Re: The 1900 Letter Inconsistencies
Nov 22, 1996 10:04 AM
by Patrick Alessandra Jr.
Here is the complete letter as found in the poblic new age forum on
Compuserve. (The one posted previously was a series of selected quotes
from the letter.)
THE 1900 LETTER
A psychic and a pranayamist who has got confused by the vagaries of
the members. The T.S. and its members are slowly manufacturing a
creed. Says a Thibetan proverb "credulity breeds credulity and ends
in hypocrisy." How few are they who can know anything about us.
Are we to be propitiated and made idols of. Is the worship of a new
Trinity made up of the Blessed M., Upasika and yourself to take the
place of exploded creeds. We ask not for the worship of ourselves.
The disciple should in no way be fettered. Beware of an Esoteric
Popery. The intense desire to see Upasika reincarnate at once has
raised a misleading Mayavic ideation. Upasika has useful work to
do on higher planes and cannot come again so soon. The T.S. must
safely be ushered into the new century. You have for some time been
under deluding influences. Shun pride, vanity and love of power.
Be not guided by emotion but learn to stand alone. Be accurate and
critical rather than credulous. The mistake of the past in the old
religions must not be glossed over with imaginary explanations.
The E.S.T. must be reformed so as to be as unsectarian and
creedless as the T.S.. The rules must be few and simple and
acceptable to all. No one has the right to claim authority over a
pupil or his conscience. Ask him not what he believes. All who are
sincere and pure minded must have admittance. The crest wave of
intellectual advancement must be taken hold of and guided into
spirituality. It cannot be forced into beliefs and emotional
worship. The essence of the higher thoughts of the members in
their collectivity must guide all action in the T.S. and E.S.. We
never try to subject to ourselves the will of another. At
favourable times we let loose elevating influences which strike
various persons in various ways. It is the collective aspect of
many such thoughts that can give the correct note of action. We
show no favours. The best corrective of error is an honest and
open-minded examination of all facts subjective and objective.
Misleading secrecy has given the death blow to numerous
organizations. The cant about "Masters" must be silently but firmly
put down. Let the devotion and service be to that Supreme Spirit
alone of which one is a part. Namelessly and silently we work and
the continual references to ourselves and the repetition of our
names raises up a confused aura that hinders our work. You will
have to leave a good deal of your emotions and credulity before you
become a safe guide among the influences that will commence to work
in the new cycle. The T.S. was meant to be the corner-stone of the
future religions of humanity. To accomplish this object those who
lead must leave aside their weak predilections for the forms and
ceremonies of any particular creed and show themselves to be true
Theosophists both in inner thoughts and outward observances. The
greatest of your trials is yet to come. We watch over you but you
must put forth all your strength.
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