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Fanaticism and Dogmatism

Jun 30, 2009 01:55 PM
by Erica L. Georgiades

There was no major incidents during the Conference.
We had police protection 24 hours per day. I couldnât avoid feeling deeply
frustrated to be on a theosophical meeting. I am posting here an e-mail (originally written in Greek) which I sent to some friends theosophists  in Greece. 
Brothers and Sisters,
One of the major works of the Theosophical Society is
to promote the ideals of freedom from religious fanaticism and dogmatism, which
are one of the major sources of evil in humanity. On the name of God people
kill and promote hatred, and a God which in the heart of every religion is a
God of love is transformed, in a God of hate and barbarism, by those who blinded
by dogmatism, condemn, criticize, promote religious hatred and many times  even murder those who think in a different
The Theosophical Society through its objects, try to
show the world that there is no reason for such fanaticism. The Truth is one and
it doesnât matter if itâs named Allah, Brahman, Christ etc.
wisely said the philosopher Epictetus:âAll
religions must be accepted... because... every man must go to heaven on its own
I must also mention the great privilege we had, to meet
on that holy Island which is Samothrace. We must feel privileged to have had
the opportunity to be there and during two days to discuss and study about the Kabeirian Mysteries. 
The circular of the bishop of Alexandropolis,
condemning our conference and the Theosophical Society, did not stop us to exercise
our rights. On the contrary the circular taught us that dogmatism
is still strong and even worst, dogmatism lives and rules on the land which
taught the world Democracy, on the land of the great Philosophers, on the land of
light which is great Hellas.  We see these
events with deep sadness, but always holding a theosophical position, which is
to promote the theosophical ideals within the limits of respect and
consideration to others. 
Still we cannot forget that one of the major crimes against
humanity was the destruction of the ancient Hellenic religion. We know the truth
never dies, never is forgotten. The truth speaks louder than any circular, than
any crowd, always survives even if centuries and millenniums passes by, the
truth never is lost.  

Many times we may be taken by sadness, when we visit ancient
temples, but we know that we never support the truth in the same way of the
barbarians.  Our way is the way of goodwill,
of balance and harmony. Itâs the way of peace. But this does not mean we must remain silent in front
of injustices, fanaticism and psychological violence, on the contrary itâs our
duty to raise our voice against such barbarism.  

One of the major works of the Theosophical Society in Greece is the renascence of the ancient Hellenic wisdom, and no circular of any clergy
can intimidate real theosophists, or make them to stop supporting the promotion of
the timeless principles of Theosophy.  We keep on with our work letting the words on our emblem speak louder:


Erica L. Georgiades

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