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Re: On changing headers, toxicity, etc.

Nov 11, 2004 05:03 PM
by prmoliveira

--- In, Jerry Hejka-Ekins <jjhe@c...> 

> I would choose the title "Theosophy in the Post Modern Generation" 
> something like that. Would that title work for you? This title 
> describes the subject I'm trying to get Dallas to respond to, but 
> had less success than I had anticipated, though I still have 
hopes. I 
> think he is really trying to figure out what the heck I'm talking 
> Perhaps others will chime in with ideas and observations. I 
> would like to explore this subject and get a variety of views. I 
> even say that the future of Theosophy depends upon this kind of 
> dialoguing. 


I have followed with interest your dialogue with Dallas. Perhaps you 
go a bit too far when you say that "the future of Theosophy depends 
upon this kind of dialoguing". I would suggest that it is our 
understanding of it that depends on such a dialogue for Theosophy, 
as a Wisdom Tradition, exists in its own "svarupa", unaffected by 
time and social conveniences. As I see it, one of the critical 
aspects in this discussion is the need to find out if, IN OUR 
UNDERSTANDING OF IT, Theosophy is a belief-based teaching or an 
inquiry-based one. 

Perhaps, because there are a number of absolutistic statements both 
in "The Secret Doctrine" and in "The Mahatma Letters", the tendency 
to believe them intrinsically, considering their sources, supplants 
the need (as well as the advices contained in both the works 
mentioned above) to inquire into their teachings for oneself. When 
there is no inquiry, the theosophical teaching may become nothing 
more than a description instead of an exploration into an 
unchartered territory.


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