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Re: theos-talk Service or following the party line.?

Nov 02, 2010 06:17 AM
by MKR

For various events that took place at that time, Krotona Series of books by
Joseph Ross is another very valuable source. Anyone interested in the
historical events would find them interesting and invaluable.

Last night I was reading some letters from HPB, where she clearly states
that many do not understand that anyone wanting to serve the Masters must
first understand their philosophy. Looks like many miss this important and
yet simple fact.


On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 7:45 AM, Duane Carpenter <
> wrote:

> Interesting insights by Alice A Bailey on the Theosophical Society almost a
> hundred years ago.
>                          The Unfinished Autobiography 146-7 by Alice A,.
> Bailey
> Towards the end of 1919 Mr. Bailey was made National Secretary of the
> Theosophical Society.  Dr. Shepherd was made Publicity Director and I
> became
> editor of the sectional magazine, The Messenger, and chairman of the
> committee
> which was running Krotona.  All phases of the work and all the different
> policies and principles governing the administration were, therefore, open
> to
> us.  The General Secretary, Mr. A. P. Warrington, was a close friend, and
> all
> the senior workers were friends and there seemed to be great harmony and a
> truly
> cooperative spirit.  Little by little, however, we discovered how
> superficial
> this harmony was.  Little by little we entered upon a most difficult and
> distressing time.  Our affection and personal loyalties were with our
> friends
> and co-executives, but our sense of justice and our adherence to the
> governing
> principles were constantly being outraged.  The truth of the matter was
> that the
> management of the Theosophical Society in the United States, and still more
> so
> in Adyar (the international centre), was at that time reactionary and
> old-fashioned whereas the new approach to life and truth, freedom of
> interpretation and impersonality were the characteristics which should have
> governed policies and methods but did not.
> The society was founded for the establishing of universal brotherhood but
> it was
> degenerating into a sectarian group more interested in founding and
> sustaining
> lodges and increasing the membership than in reaching the general public
> with
> the truths of the Ageless Wisdom.  Their policy of admitting nobody into
> the
> E.S. for spiritual teaching [Page 158] unless they had been for two years a
> member of the T.S. is proof of this.  Why should spiritual teaching be
> withheld
> until a person had demonstrated for two years their loyalty to an
> organisation?
> Why should people be required to sever their connection with other groups
> and
> organisations and pledge their loyalty to what is called the "Outer Head"
> of the
> E.S. when the only loyalties which should be required are those dedicated
> to the
> service of one's fellowmen, the spiritual Hierarchy and, above all, one's
> own
> soul?  No personality has the right to ask spiritual pledges from other
> personalities.  The only pledge that any human being should give is, first
> of
> all, to his own inner divinity, the Soul, and later, to the Master under
> Whose
> guidance he can more efficiently serve his fellow-men.
> I remember at one of the first E.S. meetings I attended Miss Poutz, who was
> the
> secretary of the E.S. at that time, made the astounding statement that no
> one in
> the world could be a disciple of the Masters of the Wisdom unless they had
> been
> so notified by Mrs. Besant.  That remark broke a glamour in me, although I
> did
> not speak of it at that time except to Foster Bailey.  I knew I was a
> disciple
> of the Master K. H. and had been as long as I could remember.  Mrs. Besant
> had
> evidently overlooked me.  I could not understand why the Masters, Who were
> supposed to have a universal consciousness, would only look for Their
> disciples
> in the ranks of the T.S.  I knew it could not be so.  I knew They could not
> be
> so limited in consciousness and later I met many people who were disciples
> of
> the Masters and who had never been in touch with the T.S. and had never
> even
> heard of it.  Just as I thought I had found a centre of spiritual light and
> understanding, I discovered I had wandered into another sect.
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