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Re: Theos-World TS -Comments on Olcott by HPB

May 16, 2008 09:41 PM
by Martin

But she had 'balls'...

--- wrote:

> She forgot the most important quality, which every
> President since Col. Olcott has lacked--a long,
> white beard.
> Chuck the Heretic
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MKR <>
> To:; theos-l
> <>
> Sent: Fri, 16 May 2008 10:31 pm
> Subject: Theos-World TS -Comments on Olcott by HPB
> In an article written by HPB in 1886, she discusses,
> H S Olcott, who was
> President for Life. Some of the comments on the
> chief requisites of a leader
> of the Theosophical Movement are very valid even
> today.
> mkr
> =======
> No; "truth does not depend on show of hands"; but in
> the case of the much
> abused President-Founder it must depend on the show
> of facts. Thorny and
> full of pitfalls was the steep path he had to climb
> up alone and unaided for
> the first years. Terrible was the opposition outside
> the Society he had to
> build--sickening and disheartening the treachery he
> often encountered within
> the Head Quarters. Enemies gnashing their teeth in
> his face around, those
> whom he regarded as his staunchest friends and
> co-workers betraying him and
> the Cause on the slightest provocation. Still, where
> hundreds in his place
> would have collapsed and given up the whole
> undertaking in despair, he,
> unmoved and unmovable, went on climbing up and
> toiling as before,
> unrelenting and undismayed, supported by that one
> thought and conviction
> that he was doing his duty. What other inducement
> has the Founder ever had,
> but his theosophical pledge and the sense of his
> duty toward THOSE he had
> promised to serve to the end of his life? There was
> but one beacon for
> him--the hand that had first pointed to him his way
> up: the hand of the
> MASTER he loves and reveres so well, and serves so
> devotedly though
> occasionally, perhaps, unwisely. As President
> elected for life, he has
> nevertheless offered more than once to resign in
> favour of any one found
> worthier than him, but was never permitted to do so
> by the majority--not of
> "show of hands" but show of hearts, literally--as
> few are more beloved than
> he is even by most of those, who may criticize
> occasionally his actions. And
> this is only natural: for, cleverer in
> administrative capacities, more
> learned in philosophy, subtler in casuistry, in
> metaphysics or daily life
> policy, there may be many around him; but the whole
> globe may be searched
> through and through and no one found stauncher to
> his friends, truer to his
> word, or more devoted to real, practical
> theosophy--than the
> President-Founder; and these are the chief
> requisites in a leader of such a
> movement--one that aims to become a Brotherhood of
> men. The Society needs no
> Loyolas; it has to shun anything approaching
> casuistry; nor ought we to
> tolerate too subtle casuists. There, where every
> individual has to work out
> his own Karma, the judgment of a casuist who takes
> upon himself the duty of
> pronouncing upon the state of a brother's soul, or
> of guiding his
> conscience, is of no use, and may become positively
> injurious. The Founder
> claims no more rights than every one else in the
> Society: the right of
> private judgment, which, whenever it is found to
> disagree with Branches or
> individuals is quietly set aside and ignored--as
> shown by the complainants
> themselves.
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