which ideas are theosophical? (fwd)
Sep 17, 1993 09:24 AM
by John Mead
> The original Theosophy of HPB emphasized certain teachings, an
> approach of learning and study and morals that might be characterized
> as a form of Jnana Yoga, a path of study and contemplation.
It is interesting that you mention this. Theosophy is more an
attitude or Process than a Doctrine or set of beliefs.
> 1. Are the differences between the teachings of the different groups
> merely a manner of emphasis and expression, or are some right and
> others wrong?
I would lean toward a difference mostly in emphasis and expression.
I might add that it was nice to see the various societies working
together at the Parliament in Chicago.
> (For example, did you know *what* Blavatsky smoked? Or the sort of
> language that she'd use in polite company?)
> 3. Is it necessary to rewrite history to make theosophical authors
> saintly, and to edit out offensive portions of their books in order
> to preserve respect for their ideas?
Only the societal Elders seem to care much about this.(?) When
compared to the modern media-scandals these seem very tame.
It actually enhances the "Human"-ness of the society, which
> (An example that I heard--correct me if I'm wrong and I don't mean
> to single out CWL for special criticism--is that "The Inner Life"
> was reprinted in an edition with all his mention of human society
> on matters with water in the canals etc. edited out.)
I hadn't heard that one!
p.s. Thanks for the FTP site! Have you put Don's Help-file
I think that he was waiting to receive comments before releasing
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