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Re: Theos-World To Govert: Part 2 ---- Studying HPB's Teachings

Apr 14, 2009 02:06 PM
by Govert Schuller

Dear Daniel,

The reasons you apparently give for having "preferred to focus my attention, time and study on the teachings as first given out by H.P.B. and in the Mahatma Letters" are the following:

1) There is so much of it, that it is more than enough to be busy with.

2) Her writings are amazingly profound and deep.

Are these reasons sufficient? I ask this because the very same qualifications I could apply to the writings of Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, just to name a few of my own favorites. 

What, if I may ask, happened in your life that you prefer HPB?


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: danielhcaldwell 
  Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 7:14 PM
  Subject: Theos-World To Govert: Part 2 ---- Studying HPB's Teachings

  Below is a Theos-Talk posting from July 2007 in which I
  make a number of comments which reflect my thinking:

  Pablo AND Frank
  on discrepancies between Purucker & Blavatsky

  Well, after reading both Pablo's and Frank's postings
  on the above issue, I would say that neither writer
  has presented a good least so far.

  But setting aside both Frank's and Pablo's views, the basic problem
  would appear to be as follows:

  What student of Theosophy has actually carefully read and studied
  H.P.B.'s writings in enough depth and detail to be in
  a position to say this is what H.P.B. teaches on [NAME THE SUBJECT,
  in this case on the Kumaras]??

  Then has that same student then gone and carefully
  read and studied all of G. de Purucker's writings
  in enough depth, etc. to understand what he is teaching on this
  or that subject???

  And then, who has taken the additional time and effort
  to compare and contrast the teachings of Blavatsky and
  Purucker in enough depth, etc. so that one is in a good position
  to know if there are actually such real discrepancies or not???

  The above study would take probably months if not years to adequately do!

  Over the years I have known students on both sides of the fence.

  For example, the late Walter Carrithers, Jr. and Leona Sterba had
  some serious reservations about some of G. de Purucker's teachings.
  Especially Mr. Carrithers. Others pesons could be mentioned.

  On the other hand, there are many students who are very impressed
  with Purucker's teachings. The late John Cooper, Jerry Hejka-Edkins,
  Elton Tucker, to just name a few!

  I personally have preferred to focus my attention, time and study on
  the teachings as first given out by H.P.B. and in the Mahatma Letters.


  Well, for one reason, there is more than 10,000 pages of H.P.B. and
  the Mahatmas' writings. That's alot of pages! Just to read! not
  counting the time to actually study and ... maybe understand!

  I personally find SO MUCH MATERIAL here in this Blavatsky corpus of
  writings that is more than enough to try to read, study and .....

  I'm afraid that in many cases I've only skimmed the surface of some
  of this Blavatsy/Mahatma literature.

  Maybe I have a small brain capacity....

  Now don't get me wrong, I have also read some of the books by Besant,
  Judge, Leadbeater, Purucker, etc. etc. All of these books that I
  have read contain food for thought, if nothing else.

  But I have focused primarily on the Blavatsky material simply because
  at some point, one must ask oneself: how many books by all these
  different authors do I want to read? And what is to be accomplished
  by reading more and more....

  So I have returned time and time again to the Blavastky
  writings ...those 10,000 plus pages...and I find myself amazed at the
  profundity and depth there....

  I sometimes grin to myself when I hear writers say: Well, you know
  that H.P.B. only presented a "fragment" of the real Theosophical
  teachings. No doubt, No doubt, I reply. But what a fragment! What
  a HUGE fragment!



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