Re: Theos-World 'neo theosophy' vs 'original theosophy'
Oct 22, 2005 07:04 PM
by Frank Reitemeyer
With all the discussion recently on `neo
theosophy' vs `original theosophy' one
point I think we need to remember is that
while there are teachings that are contrary
greater or lesser degrees in the writings of
Annie Besant and C.W Leadbeater with those of
HPB and the Mahatmas that does not therefore
mean that they did not write some very
good theosophical material.
Perry, no one ever said that ALL what AB and
CWL wrote is wrong.
The main argument is that the lack of
spirituality (or living theosophy as opposed
to dead-letter theosophy) and implicated the
lack of a moral code, both in both person
character, their claims of being in contact
with Masters (even higher Masters as were
HPB's teachers), their cant (or Orwell
newspeak) language and their fighting against
the pukka doctrines, in the main up to 1929,
and subliminal until today.
So, when - to say a number - 50 percent of
their information is true and the other 50
per cent or untrue:
How difficult will it for a student of
Theosophy, to decide, what of it is true and
How long will it take, when he/she/it
studies, say, five hours a day? One decade,
two or three?
This is the main reason, why no responsible
and compassionate fellow theosophist will
recommend the writings of AB & CWL to a new
student or beginner, because for newbies (and
you can be a newbie even after twenty years
of study!) it is dangerous, as they have not
yet developed enough discrimination power.
Newbies should begin with HPB, Judge, Tingley
and especially de Purucker with his unique
OTOH, if you have a theosophy student, who is
experienced enough over many decades, if not
lifes - then he can study AB & CWL without
fear of stumbling.
When I had my own experimental study group, I
had to work with the people who where there,
and some came from Adyar, although they were
renegades since a longer time (but
unconcscious to themselves they as Adyar
renegates if not foes still filtered
Theosophy through their Adyar-conditioned
After I had lectured in some meetings about
pukka Theosophy, some of the old students
were stricken and shocked. I will never
forget the reaction of an old student in his
seventies, who had tears in his eyes and was
shouting: "Why the hell no one informed us
before? How many decades I have wasted with
Besant and Leadbeater! Now in my seventies I
begin to study Purucker and I know he is
right. That is the true Theosophy! How
terrible are the people of Adyar that they
have stolen my life time!"
The big plus for a student of the original
and unaltered teachings as delivered by
Blavatsky, Judge, Tingley, Purucker and their
chelas is, that they never have to go back
and continue from another cross-road or
un-learn wrong things. They are on the safe
side with their teachers.
Everyone in the broad Theosophical Movement
is free to study and accept as teacher what
he likes. But a student who follows the
Bodhisattva path of love and compassion warns
his fellow-student not to go the wrong path,
although he has his free will to do so.
Everyone is free to make of his life-time,
what he will. I for one have no time to
waste, neither in my personal life, nor in
the universal life.
I need not to study wrong teachings, to
un-learn them to come to the real teachings.
I need no hunts for the astral world,
emotional psychic language, visions, secret
initiations, astral flights to the Wesak
valley, research of my former lifes as
prince, guru, king and millionaire. I begin
with the real teachings and feel well with
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