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Sep 25, 1999 02:04 PM
by Gerald Schueler
[Doss:]<<It was the *Leadbeaterian* theosophy that postulated ( and believed by many) that to spiritually progress celibacy was important.>> Doss, please don't blame CWL for this one. This Victorian notion comes directly from the Masters (its in the MLs) themselves. <<I concur with Alan. I have read many of the Besant, Leadbeater, CJ books and learned about theosophy. But coupled with attending traditional lectures, the result was not independent thinking. One ends up assuming all that is written as incontrovertible facts, which is anti-thesis of independent thinking and investigation and being critical and skeptical about the facts.>> Again, this is human nature and is true for most who read HPB and the MLs as well. I think we need independent thinking with whomever the source of a book might be. I still don't "go along with" HPB in all areas, for example. One the one hand this makes me an independent thinker, but on the other hand there are several on this list who wonder why I am in Theosophy since I disagree with her on something she wrote. Jerry S.