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Sep 07, 1995 02:50 AM
by K. Paul Johnson

Here are the thought-provoking passages from HPB that I
promised yesterday-- from CW VII:146-8:

But if the two Founders were not told *what they had to do*,
they were distinctly instructed about *what they should never
do*, what they had to avoid, and what the Society should never
become. Church organizations, Christian and Spiritual sects
were shown as the future contrasts to our Society. To make it
(1) The Founders had to exercise all their influence *to oppose
selfishness of every kind*, by insisting upon sincere,
fraternal feelings among the Members-- at least outwardly;
working for it to bring about a spirit of unity and harmony,
the great diversity of creeds notwithstanding; expectying and
demanding from the Fellows, a great mutual toleration and
charity for each other's shortcomings; mutual help in the
research of truths in every domain-- moral or physical-- and
even, in daily life.
(2) They had to oppose in the strongest manner possible
anything approaching *dogmatic faith and fanaticism*-- beleief
in the *infallibility* of the Masters, or even in the very
existence of our invisible Teachers, having to be checked from
the first. On the other hand, as a great respect for the
private views and creeds of every member was demanded, any
Fellow criticising the faith or belief of another Fellow,
hurting his feelings, or showing a reprehensible
self-assertion, unasked (mutual friendly advices were a duty
unless declined)-- such a member incurred expulsion. The
greatest spirit of free research untrammeled by anyone or
anything, had to be encouraged.

In a note to the first para quoted, HPB quotes from a Master:
"one who has reached to the full comprehension of *the name and
nature * of a Theosophist will sit in judgment on no man and
(asterisks substitute for italics)

> Date: 07 Sep 1995 09:51:59 GMT
> From: "STEPHAN H.-R. CLERC" <Stephan.Clerc@PSI.CH>

Dear Participants,

Recently I came across the Hebrew alphabet. There each letter corresponds to a
number. Interestingly enough to mention in this context is the fact that the
letter W (vau) represents the number six. So the cute abbreviation for
"Das Welten-Weite-Weben", kurz WWW, is the number of the beast: 666.

Stephan Clerc,
J.....................................Vive la France! Boumm Boumm............B

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