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Re: Theos-World Article on Olcott in Sun Magazine - 4/5/2010

Apr 04, 2010 02:56 PM
by MKR

We need to thank Jayananda Hiranandani for altering us about the article in
the Sun and the credit goes to him.


On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM, MKR <> wrote:

> New Religion Could End All Human Suffering
> (excerpted from Sun, 4/5/2010)
> HENRY Steel Olcott was a Civil War colonel who played a key role in the
> investigation into the brutal assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
> One of America's greatest visionaries, he was also the first person of
> European descent to officially convert to Buddhism and the founder of the
> Theosophical Society, which was at the forefront of the Spiritualist
> movement in the U.S.
> He traveled to India and Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, to study his
> newfound religion from original sources and founded several Buddhist
> schools.
> While living at one of his schools, Ananda College, Olcott began the daily
> practice of deep meditation.
> His trances lasted for up to six hours and it was during one of these
> marathon sessions that he discovered he had the gift of prophecy. The
> Buddha
> appeared to him and declared that a brutal storm was due to arrive in one
> week, and if he didn't undertake emergency construction work, Ananda
> College
> would be swept away in a mudslide.
> Olcott made the necessary repairs and the school was saved.
> Other prophecies enabled him to seek medical treatment for followers who
> had
> undisclosed illnesses. Without the foreknowledge imparted by the Buddha,
> they would all most likely have died.
> During a trance, the Buddha told Olcott that it didn't matter what religion
> one followed, as -long as one made the alleviation of human suffering one's
> top priority.
> In describing this experience to a group of followers. Olcott revealed that
> a new religion would take root in America in the first or second decade of
> the 21st century.
> "It will arise in a very dark hour for "our nation," he said. "At first, it
> will be greeted with hostility, but its followers will demonstrate courage
> and will work quietly to keep the new faith alive. Eventually, it will
> emerge from the shadows and even the most resistant opponents will have to
> take it seriously.â
> The primary sacrament of the new religion will not be a ritual carried out
> inside a church. Instead, it will consist of acts of mercy toward fellow
> human beings, especially those who are ill or burdened with poverty.
> "It will be a universal duty to help these unfortunates, and doing so will
> be the path to spiritual peace for adherents of the new religion," Olcott
> said.
> No one will have to abandon his religion to become a member of the new
> religion, but rather will continue to believe in Christ or Yahweh or Allah.
> The only thing they will have to do is help the needy whenever they become
> aware of suffering around them.
> "They will go forth helping others,â Olcott said. âTheir good deeds will
> transform the world."
> Olcott prophesied that, imbued with the spirit of the new religion,
> Americans would banish greed and pettiness from their hearts and become the
> leaders; of a worldwide movement that would bring ah end to hunger,
> sickness
> and war.
> "Americans will fulfill their God-given destiny by building a paradise on
> Earth," he said. "That is the real meaning of the American Dream."
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