approached in the right way
Oct 18, 1993 01:00 PM
Regarding the undoing of the "split" in the Pasadena T.S., the
split that I was talking about was between the E.S. and T.S.,
originally between HPB and H.S.Olcott in directing the society,
something that Jerry H-E initially pointed out.
The split was undone when Long was assuming control of the T.S.,
then at Covina, when the E.S. was dissolved, and he wrote about
the esoteric becoming exoteric and the exoteric becoming esoteric.
The organization was much different after he was through with it.
The remaining membership did have lodges or an E.S. to belong to,
but rather were to consider themselves as having a direct
"partnership" with Long, and presumable through him to the Masters.
Not being a member, I cannot say much about what happened within
the organization over the years since then, other than noting
that lodges have started opening up under the name of "library
centers" and "Sunrise" started using the word "theosophy" and
printing theosophical articles again.
You'd have to tell me again if there is a separate E.S. again
in the Pasadena T.S. If in the regular activities of membership
you are required to keep secret your studies and activities,
and if you consider them a spiritual practice, then I'd say that
the organization is still an E.S. rather than a T.S. Are you
permitted to talk openly about things at Pasadena to non-members?
I don't want to ask you any questions that you are not allowed
Regarding endlessly quoting the past writings, there are a
number of possible uses for quotes. To use stray quotes, possibly
taken out of context, to add support to an opinion that won't
stand on its own is not good. It would be a false appeal to
authority, like a preacher said "God says ..." when he should
really say "I think, as I read the Bible, that ..."
Another use of quotes is to express an idea that we have in much
better words than we can. There might be an exceptional, truly
inspired passage that is uplifting, poetic, and of remarkable
clarity. Some passages from "The Mahatma Letters" qualify in
this regard. But its abuse is to not put things in our own words,
to become book rewriters rather than people expressing the
deeper truths from our own understanding. When we don't have
our own words for an idea, we really haven't gotten it yet.
Qutoes tend to be fragmentary, not exhaustive, and may have an
idea concealed under a blind or with a specific slant for a
Quotes can be used in a debate, where someone says "this proves
me right" and another tries to come up with a counter quote.
In the final analysis, you cannot prove the deeper teachings,
much less even communicate a simple understanding of them, by
just telling someone something, by giving them quotes.
This is not to say that the theosophical classical literature
is without merit. The opposite is true. It's study is a
spiritual practice that I would equate to the learning that
one would find in any valid school of the Lessor Mysteries,
*if approached in the right way*.
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