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HPB & CWL on Life After Death

May 18, 2012 08:50 AM
by Daniel

In a 1975 Adyar T.P.H. publication, Helen V. Zahara observed:

"The original statements in the Theosophical Society regarding the after death processes were given in Letters of the Mahatmas to A.P. Sinnett. . . . One must, however, note that a different description of the after death process appears in some works by theosophical writers.  One such exponent was C.W. Leadbeater, a notable clairvoyant, who recorded what he saw of after death conditions. . . . This [Leadbeater's version] would seem to be at variance with the original teaching."  Quoted from:  Zahara, Helen V.   "The Panorama of Human Existence," pp. 68-69 in The Universal Flame:   Commemorating the Centenary of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Madras, India, Theosophical Publishing House, 1975.

Hugh Shearman (another well-known member and writer of the Theosophical Society, Adyar) also acknowledged these contradictions:

". . . the accounts of after-death conditions in her [Blavatsky's] own direct writings and in the Mahatma Letters clash very emphatically not only with what Bishop Leadbeater and other members of the [Adyar Theosophical] Society later described, but also with descriptions given by psychics quite unconnected with the Society."  Quoted from:  Shearman, Hugh.   "Theosophical Ontologies," The Theosophist, October, 1971, p. 11.

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