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Oct 26, 1995 04:14 AM
In a message dated 95-10-25 15:42:42 EDT, you write: > But I was talking with regard to dogma being >the required minimum beliefs that would constitute Theosophy. The >dogma would be those beliefs that are taught on theosophical platforms >that are required of someone to call themselves a Theosophist. Pardon me for shouting but, THERE IS NO DOGMA IN THEOSOPHY. There is nothing in the Divine Wisdom which must be accepted. The doctrines are given out for our consideration, only. That this is even being brought up is amazing to me. Now, assuming dogma is that teaching which must me accepted because of the "authority" of the "source", here are some things to think about: "We are engaged in trying to develop a truer appreciation of the Light of Life which is hidden in every man, and so the "final authority" is the man himself." (Wm. Q. Judge, Articles, v. II, p. 543) "But no Theosophist has the right to this name, unless he is thoroughly imbued with the correctness of Carlyle's truism: 'The end of man is an ACTION and not a thought, though it were the noblest' -- and unless he sets and models his daily life upon this truth." (HPB, Key to Theosophy, p.230) "I do not refer to technical knowledge of the esoteric doctrine, though that is most important; I spoke rather of the great need which our successors in the guidance of the Society will have of unbiassed and clear judgment. Every such attempt as the T.S. has hitherto ended in failure, because, sooner or later, it has degenerated into a sect, set up hard-and-fast dogmas of its own, and so lost by imperceptible degrees that vitality which living truth alone can impart." (HPB, Key to Theosophy, p.305) "It (Theosophy) will gradually leaven and permeate the great mass of thinking and intelligent people with its large-minded and noble ideas of Religion, Duty and Philanthropy. Slowly but surely it will burst asunder the iron fetters of creed and dogmas, of social and caste prejudices. . . . . and will open the way to the practical realization of the Brotherhood of all men" (ibid.) There are numerous references to the destructive dogmas of Christianity throughout the literature of HPB. As numerous are the references to Theosophy being KNOWLEDGE which each of us can attain for ourselves through experience and observation. I would say that there is no room for dogma or authority in the "Divine Wisdom", and HPB and Judge have specifically said so and explained why. The opening quote from a previous post indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of what Theosophy is, but that's okay, that's why we're here: to learn and to clear up these misunderstandings.