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Re: theos-talk TS work in India

May 04, 2012 10:06 AM
by MKR

For those who may not have any idea of the segregation during the British
regime in India, British had minimal contact with Indians and they kept
themselves totally isolated. I recall an instance of how there was a
gathering of Indians and British called by a Governor or Viceroy who was
influenced by theosophy and it was stated that it was the first time ever
there was a gathering where the British mixed with Indians. Colonialists
always had the in-built prejudice against anyone who does not look like
themselves and it was in theosophical circles that alpha and omega mixed in
those days. Theosophists felt in their hearts the principle of brotherhood
and they practiced it.

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM, Ramanujachary <>wrote:

> **
> An excerpt of an Opinion
> Prof. D S Sarma, in his book "Hinduism through the Ages" (Pub: 1956 and
> several later reprints) has a chapter on Annie Besant and the Theosophical
> Society. He concludes this chapter with the following paragraph:
> "The Theosophical Society with its centre at Adyar, near Madras, is a
> world-wide organization. But it became more popular in India than
> elsewhere. That was because most of its teachings were taken from Hindu and
> Buddhist scriptures and modified in the light ( r twilight ) of occultism
> derived from various sources. Whether we approve of all these teachings or
> not â most Hindus would have nothing to do with them now â we should ever
> feel grateful to the Theosophical Society, and especially to Mrs. Besant.
> For some of the fundamental principles of our faith, viz., Karma,
> Reincarnation, Yoga and Spiritual evolution, have been broadcast by this
> great and wide-spread International Association. The Society has, moreover,
> a library of rare books and manuscripts in Adyar and regularly publishes
> useful editions and translations of Hindu scriptures. It is a centre of
> culture and art. And above all, to its lasting credit it must be said that,
> at a time when colour-prejudice ran high, it deliberately set its face
> against it and did its best to bring together men from the East and the
> West on terms of equality and brotherhood and this, not as a matter of
> policy but on religious principle, not in mere theory but in actual
> practice. This alone would entitle it to a high place in the Kingdom of
> Spirit."
> Dr N C Ramanujachary

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