Re: The 1900 Letter Inconsistencies
Nov 22, 1996 10:10 AM
by m.k. ramadoss
The first time I saw the letter, it was published in September/October
1987 issue of The Eclectic Theosophist, a bi-monthly publication by Point
As far as I know, no one has disputed the deleted portions as published.
May be some one else can throw more light on the redacted text etc.
Peace to all living beings.
M K Ramadoss
On Fri, 22 Nov 1996, Sy Ginsburg wrote:
> A request to Theosophical Historians and other knowledgeable folks:
> I know there was a discussion of the 1900 letter from K.H. to Annie Besant a
> while ago on Theos-L but I missed out on it. The letter was recently reposted
> to Theos-L as follows:
> THE 1900 LETTER
> ... 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. ...
> Beware of an Esoteric Popery. ...
> ...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.
> Copyright (c) 1900-1995 --- permission for goodwill non-profit use
> happily given
> In looking through my references I find the photo facsimile of this letter
> reproduced in Barborka, The Mahatmas and Their Letters,(TPH, 1973) pp 358-360
> plus photo plate. In the photo plate appearing in Barborka's book, several
> significant sentences have been blocked out, and the explanation for this by Mr.
> Jinarajadasa is given.
> Can any of you tell me what is the source for the complete text of the 1900
> letter including the blocked out text as put on Theos-L above, and is this
> generally accepted by Theosophical historians to be correct? The effort to
> insert the blocked out portions is obviously important. But in looking at the
> photo plate in the Barborka book, some of the allegedly missing words which are
> inserted in the above text do not appear to fit quite accurately into the
> context of the photo plate.
> For example, in the photo plate, following the words "How few they are who can
> know anything about us", these words appear , "Are we to be propitiated...."
> I do not find these words in the above text posted to Theos-L, so it would
> appear to me that neither the above text, nor what is on the photo plate in the
> Barborka book are complete.
> Where is the complete text? And is it authenticated?
> If this has all been discussed here before, I ask your indulgence and would
> appreciate the information.
> Sy Ginsburg
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