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Oct 12, 1996 12:49 PM
by Bee Brown
Ann wrote: > >I've learned a lot about the many Theosophical organization from being on >this list, but most of all, I've learned the differences that separate >them, almost to the point of it looking like different sects of one >religion. > >The Internet is educational in more ways than one can count. In my >relationships with the LCC and the TSA, there was no mention of any other >independent churches or Theosophical organizations. Perhaps one way to >beat the competition is to simply pretend it doesn't exist. If your >members don't know about anything else, they'll think your group is the >only game in town. God bless the Internet! Ditto. We received the latest Theosophist yesterday from Adyar and I just happened to read the standard blurb inside the front page and I got confused. It seems that the Society subscribes to the saying, ' Do as I say, not as I do.' Here is what I read. FREEDOM OF THOUGHT. As The Theosophical Society has spread far and wide over the world, and as members of all religions have become members of it without surrendering the special dogmas, teachings and beliefs of their respective faiths, it is thought desirable to emphasize the fact that there is no doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught or held, that is in any way binding on any member of the Society, none which any member is not free to accept or reject. Approval of its three Objects is the sole condition of membership. No teacher, or writer, from H.P. Blavatsky downwards, has any authority to impose his teachings or opinions on members. Every member has an equal right to attach himself to any school of thought which he may choose, but has no right to force his choice on any other. Neither a candidate for may office nor any voter, can be rendered ineligible to stand or to vote, because of any opinion he may hold, or because of membership in any school of thought to which he may belong. Opinions or beliefs neither bestow privileges nor inflict penalties. The Members of the General Council earnestly request every member of The Theosophical Society to maintain, defend and act upon these fundamental principles of the Society, and also fearlessly to exercise his own right of liberty of thought and of expression thereof, within the limits of courtesy and consideration for others. This is offical from the magazine from the horse's mouth. Perhaps we should all have a copy pinned to our computers. Cheers > > > Bee Brown Member Theosophy NZ, TI. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.