Re: Theos-World TS Election - A view from England
May 07, 2008 09:43 PM
by Cass Silva
Which many seem to have forgotten.
nhcareyta <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thank you for this quote Cass
She certainly was a fearless Truthseeker as we are
each encouraged to be.
Power/politics and freedom/truth make for thorny bedfellows.
--- In email@example.com, Cass Silva <silva_cass@...> wrote:
> Ooops, the ex-communicators are sharpening their swords.
> Sincerity is true wisdom, it appears, only to the mind of the
moral philosopher. It is rudeness and insult to him who regards
dissimulation and deceit as culture and politeness, and holds that
the shortest, easiest, and safest way to success is to let sleeping
dogs and old customs alone. But, if the dogs are obstructing the
highway to progress and truth, and Society will, as a rule, reject
the wise words of (St.) Augustine, who recommends that "no man should
prefer custom before reason and truth," is it a sufficient cause for
the philanthropist to walk out of, or even deviate from, the track of
truth, because the selfish egoist chooses to do so? Very true, as
remarked somewhere by Sir Thomas Browne, that not every man is a
proper champion for the truth, nor fit to take up the gauntlet in its
cause. Too many of such defenders are apt, from inconsideration and
too much zeal, to charge the troops of error so rashly that
they "remain themselves as trophies to the enemies of
> truth." Nor ought all of us (members of the Theosophical Society)
to do so personally, but rather leave it only to those among our
members who have voluntarily and beforehand sacrificed their
personalities for the cause of Truth. Thus teaches us one of the
Masters of Wisdom in some fragments of advice which are published
further on for the benefit of the Theosophists (see the article that
follows this2). While enforcing upon such public characters in our
ranks as editors, and lecturers, etc., the duty of telling
fearlessly "the Truth to the face of LIE," he yet condemns the habit
of private judgment and criticism in every individual Theosophist.
> Free discussion, temperate, candid, undefiled by personalities
and animosity, is, we think, the most efficacious means of getting
rid of error and bringing out the underlying truth; and this applies
to publications as well as to persons. It is open to a magazine to be
tolerant or intolerant; it is open to it to err in almost every way
in which an individual can err; and since every publication of the
kind has a responsibility such as falls to the lot of few
individuals, it behooves it to be ever on its guard, so that it may
advance without fear and without reproach. All this is true in a
special degree in the case of a theosophical publication, and Lucifer
feels that it would be unworthy of that designation were it not true
to the profession of the broadest tolerance and catholicity, even
while pointing out to its brothers and neighbours the errors which
they indulge in and follow. While thus keeping strictly, in its
editorials, and in articles by its individual editors,
> to the spirit and teachings of pure theosophy, it nevertheless
frequently gives room to articles and letters which diverge widely
from the esoteric teachings accepted by the editors, as also by the
majority of theosophists. Readers, therefore, who are accustomed to
find in magazines and party publications only such opinions and
arguments as the editor believes to be unmistakably orthodox--from
his peculiar standpoint-must not condemn any article in Lucifer with
which they are not entirely in accord, or in which expressions are
used that may be offensive from a sectarian or a prudish point of
view, on the ground that such are unfitted for a theosophical
magazine. They should remember that precisely because Lucifer is a
theosophical magazine, it opens its columns to writers whose views of
life and things may not only slightly differ from its own, but even
be diametrically opposed to the opinion of the editors. The object of
the latter is to elicit truth, not to advance the
> interest of any particular ism, or to pander to any hobbies, likes
or dislikes, of any class of readers. It is only snobs and prigs who,
disregarding the truth or error of the idea, cavil and strain merely
over the expressions and words it is couched in.
> MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> I just received a msg from Edi D. Bilimoria, a long-time
> England. I am quoting from it since it raises some very valid
> regarding the Election.
> "I would like to add my own testimonial regarding Radha Burnier's
> mind, plus my response to the letter from the French National
Board - please
> see attached.
> I am utterly dismayed by the following:
> 1. To fabricate Radha Burnier's supposed 'brain damaged'
and 'weakened mind'
> state when: (a) hard medical evidence from two Doctors, one a
> Medicine, indicates the very contrary - please see attached (b)
> eye witness accounts of Radha Burnier's performance at the last
> have stated that she was able to deliver her Convention speech
> one and a half hours (c) facts about her recent travels on duty in
> 2. Then to perform such actions under the thin guise of doing
it 'for the
> good and welfare of our Society', distribute it widely, and sign a
> with words such as 'fraternally'.
> 3. For the International Vice-President NOT to speak out in defense
> rabid attack against the International President.
> 4. For lobbying and electioneering activists to present just one
> the story - Radha Burnier's *supposed* weakened state of mind - and
> mention the facts on the other side.
> Indeed the Chairman of British Telecom once remarked: *I have
> observed that the amount of back-stabbing and skullduggery in an
> organization is directly proportional to the nobility of its
> he seems to be right.
> May I kindly remind all that we are TRUTH LOVING AND TRUTH SEEKING
> Compromise that and we plunge into an Avitchi of political mayhem.
> I AM OUTRAGED BY THIS BREACH OF THE *FUNDAMENTAL CORE-ETHIC* OF OUR
> It is high time we institute formal measures to revoke the
> those who demonstrably act against the cause of truth and the best
> of our Society.
> With best wishes in upholding the Truth
> Edi D. Bilimoria"
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