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Kosov and its religious background

Apr 22, 1999 09:41 PM
by M K Ramadoss

On Kosov crisis, while we read about it and see the live pictures on TV, it
was not until I read the write up by Margolis, that I understood the real
problem. The print and news media while concentrating on the minute to
minute happenings, did not point out the real problem behind all that is

The situation reminded me of a passage in a letter from Master KH to APS
(ML10) which is reproduced below.

One wonders if humanity is better today than what it was 500 or 2000 years
ago. It seems to show that theosophy, especially the first object is still
a valid one and if one we can make it pervasive we will have a better world.

In the context of religion and sacredotal caste, a related question that
should come up in the minds of theosophists is the issue of LCC. After
Besant-Leadbeater took over, they espoused LCC as one of the three legs of
future salvation or adepthood. A related question that comes up is that if
LCC was considered that important to the future of TS, surely HPB and the
Adepts would have told HPB to establish LCC when she was alive and made
Olcott or someone else as the LCC Pope, which was not done.

These are just some questions that come to my novice mind.


"Think well over these few words; work out every cause of evil you can
think of and trace it to its origin and you will have solved one-third of
the problem of evil. And now, after making due allowance for evils that are
natural and cannot be avoided, -- and so few are they that I challenge the
whole host of Western metaphysicians to call them evils or to trace them
directly to an independent cause -- I will point out the greatest, the
chief cause of nearly two thirds of the evils that pursue humanity ever
since that cause became a power. It is religion under whatever form and in
whatsoever nation. It is the sacerdotal caste, the priesthood and the
churches; it is in those illusions that man looks upon as sacred, that he
has to search out the source of that multitude of evils which is the great
curse of humanity and that almost overwhelms mankind. Ignorance created
Gods and cunning took advantage of the opportunity. Look at India and look
at Christendom and Islam, at Judaism and Fetichism. It is priestly
imposture that rendered these Gods so terrible to man; it is religion that
makes of him the selfish bigot, the fanatic that hates all mankind out of
his own sect without rendering him any better or more moral for it. It is
belief in God and Gods that makes two-thirds of humanity the slaves of a
handful of those who deceive them under the false pretence of saving them.
Is not man ever ready to commit any kind of evil if told that his God or
Gods demand the crime?; voluntary victim of an illusionary God, the abject
slave of his crafty ministers. The Irish, Italian and Slavonian peasant
will starve himself and see his family starving and naked to feed and
clothe his padre and pope. For two thousand years India groaned under the
weight of caste, Brahmins alone feeding on the fat of the land, and to-day
the followers of Christ and those of Mahomet are cutting each other's
throats in the names of and for the greater glory of their respective
myths. Remember the sum of human misery will never be diminished unto that
day when the better portion of humanity destroys in the name of Truth,
morality, and universal charity, the altars of their false gods." 

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