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Re: theos-talk Comments on an article about Esoteric School of TS

Nov 19, 2011 06:59 AM
by John E. Mead

You have hit on a very perplexing issue.
The ES appears to be a major "Part" of the TS (well, TSA at least) and yet they are not officially a part of the TS. Or - that was the position at one point in this puzzle, as I recall. Regardless, the ES appears to be part of the TS. I recall receiving a letter of introduction from the ES at one point (granted - quite a long time ago) , which implies they had access to the TS membership list. I am unsure if that is still true or even if they still mail those to new members of the TS. I do know firsthand that many people left (or would not join) the TS because of the impression that the ES controlled the TS (puppet masters) and were the Heart of the Dogmatic-Side and Liturgy. Indeed - a few people refer to them as the "Dark-Lodge". From a Taoist point of view - that Dark-side is needed to cycle people back into the Light and Freedom of individual pursuits.
So - the real question is why would anyone join the ES?
I knew an ES member who once said that the Old First Editions (CWLeadbeater) had some (or a few) teachings of the ES .... now removed/emended. I have no idea. Ironically - a Top-Secret classification (USA) for extra-sensitive material has often been referred to as a TS-ES clearance. One Physicist referred to it as TopSecret - Embarrassingly Sensitive (i.e. a ton of money spent on a really stupid idea and was too embarrassing to ever "let out").

On 11/19/2011 8:05 AM, MKR wrote:
Articles about the ES of the Theosophical Society are very rare. Recent
issue of Krotonian - a newsletter put out by Krotona Institute of
Theosophy, Ojai, California has a reprint of an article titled âWhat is the
ES?â  which originally appeared in the Quest Magazine in 1999.

The articleâs author is the former President of the American Section and
the candidate who unsuccessfully tried to defeat Radha Burnier in the last

Opening sentence reads âthe purpose of the ES can be expressed Radha Burnier suggests, preparing oneself to lead a truly
Theosophical life.â

The article also reveals how ES membership in USA is very small. However,
it is pointed out that every International President and American Section
National President has been a member. As a corollary, I suspect that most
likely, heads of all Sections around the world and the members of the
General Council are members of ES.

So it is very clear that for all practical purposes, if you want to be in a
leadership position in the TS, invariably you end up being a member of ES
as well.

Many lodges around the world, when welcoming new members of TS, are told
about the ES and how one can apply for membership after two years of
membership in the TS.

Let us look at the recent history of TS. In the last International
Election, most of those who worked to defeat Radha Burnier using the ruse
that she is mentally and physically sick, were members of the ES. In
addition, the quartet of GC members who ultra secretly attempted to
disenfranchise all members and seize the Presidency and make the President
a puppet of  GC members were members of the ES.

Many who have been around TS for a long time personally know of the
dedication, integrity and altruism of many ES members who were the driving
force behind many lodges around the world.

But, new TS members will have great difficulty in reconciling the aims of
the ES in the light of  the events cited above in which ES members were
leading participants. Internet makes it possible for anyone to learn about
the events with ease and facts are transparent. So we will have to wait and
see to what extent the past actions of TS leaders who are members of ES has
hurt both TS and ES.


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