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Aug 14, 1996 04:48 AM
by Sy Ginsburg
I think it is very important to make a distinction between being a theosophist and being a member of the Theosophical Society. As we can see from the discussion going on entitled ( "Theosophist" a fighting word), there is no general agreement about what makes one a theosophist. Certainly the word predates the modern theosophical movement by a long time. I call the importance of the distinction between being a theosophist and being a member of the Theosophical Society to your attention because I believe it is what has been behind the expulsion of national sections (i.e. Yugoslavia, Denmark) from the Theosophical Society (Adyar) and the expulsion of a local Lodge (i.e.Boston) from the Theosophical Society in America. We take too lightly the only requirement for membership in the Theosophical Society, which is to be in sympathy with the 3 declared objects. Those objects specifically encourage the comparative study of religion, philosophy and science; and the investigation of unexplained laws of nature and powers latent in humanity. When those comparative studies and investigations have led a national section or local lodge to want to more thoroughly delve into a particular study, i.e. the Alice Bailey teachings, this has brought down upon them, the wrath of the theosophical leadership, and that leadership is then in direct violation of the 3 declared objects. As soon as that leadership begins to object to what is studied, they then begin to define what is appropriate for study. This cannot be done if the 3 declared objects of the Theosophical Society are to have any meaning. If my postings dwell on this subject, it is because I see it as the single most important problem facing the theosophical movement. The Theosophical Society, continually shrinking, in the face of a greatly rising interest in esoteric studies throughout the world, will continue to shrink so long as the leadership disregards the 3 declared objects, even while paying lip service to them.