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Re: Newsweek's book review on Blavatsky's Baboon

Feb 26, 1995 03:49 PM
by Ruben Cabigting

The President of the Theosophical Society in America sent the
following to the Editor of Newsweek in response:

Letters Editor, Newsweek
251 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

To the Editor:

The review of Madame Blavatsky's Baboon ("A Bunch of Balmy
Swamis," THE ARTS, Feb.  20), mentions that Theosophical
supporters have included W.B.  Yeats, Thomas Edison, and Gen.
Abner Doubleday; others such as Wassili Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian,
and Jawaharlal Nehru could be added.  The Theosophical Society
has attracted such persons perhaps because its objects are to
bring human beings together without distinction of nation, race,
creed, or sex; to honor the truths or religion and science
equally; and to be open without prejudice to the potentials of
the universe and human nature.  Teaching self-reliance and
individual responsibility, Theosophy rejects dogmatism in all its
forms --- whether as religious fundamentalism, political
totalitarianism, or intellectual closed-mendedness.  More
Knowledge and less flippancy would have improved the accuracy of
your review.

John Algeo
National President
Theosophical Society in America

--- Ruben

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