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Re: THEOS-L digest 898

Feb 11, 1997 11:17 AM
by Drpsionic

In a message dated 97-02-11 07:39:31 EST, you write:

>On a slight tangent, does anyone know the real basis of the dispute between
>Sinnet and Anna Kingsford in England. I have not been able to find out much
>about it (from the Anna Kingsford side), but have speculated that what we
>had was a little Hindu (used very loosely) vs Hermetic (used even more
>loosely) war here, and that it might be the basis of most of the disputes
>since then, with Adyar basically maintaining the Hindu approach and all
>those of naturally Hermetic inclinations (oh my - please don't ask me to
>explain what these are) being treated to the same as Anna Kingsford.  I have
>not researched this though (my feminist tendencies preclude prolonged
>reading of the Mahatma letters) - so I could be completely off-beam.

I've always had a sneaking suspicion that it related more to the drug of
choice used by the participants (hashish by Sinnet, laudanum by Kingsford)
than any serious philosophical dispute.  On the other hand, there was the
rather embarrassing statement by Kingsford that she was going to use psychic
stuff to kill Louis Pasteur and the press got a hold of it.  That might have
set Sinnet off.

Chuck the Heretic


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