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the secret doctrine

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

The “Wurzburg Manuscript”
Dr N C Ramanujachary
‘It seems to be “the order of things” that certain objects that are intended not to disappear do finally turn up. The original manuscript of the first Secret Doctrine, Vol.I, sent by H.P.B to Colonel Olcott, was at Adyar. How it reached Dr Besant’s room in Banaras I do not know; but once when she was not present at Convention I happened to look into an empty bookcase in her room, and on one shelf, in a dark corner, lying flat, was this big foolscap volume. Who had forgotten it when emptying the shelves, I do not know. I brought it to Adyar and began publishing it,’ writes Mr. C Jinarajadasa, in article published in The Theosophist, April 1952.
But he had to abandon its publication, which appeared seriatum since October 1932 to November 1933, in The Theosophist, ‘owing to the many difficulties constantly encountered in getting this Manuscript ready for printing’, as explained  by him in the issue for November 1933.
We cannot, at this later date, understand whether this happening is mere accidental, occasional, or mystical in its character. Mr. David Reigle, in his well documented Introduction to the Book “The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript by H. P. Blavatsky: (pub: Eastern School Press, 2014) gives out the sequential events, also discussing the authenticity of third volume of The Secret Doctrine, 1897. The value addition of the book is the inclusion of Mr. Daniel Caldwell’s two pieces as appendices. The Chronology of the writing makes it abundantly interesting for a common reader as well to a keen student-researcher.
Madame Blavatsky begins her prologue ‘To the Readers” with a quote from Epictetus: “Strike but listen”, while this gets transformed in the final printed version to read as: Introductory: “Gently to hear, Kindly to judge” (Shakespeare, Henry V, Prologue).
Readers are perhaps aware and do remember that when the text The Secret Doctrine was initially thought of, it was proposed and supposed to be an ‘elaboration’ of Isis Unveiled(1877), in an intent to make the contents more comprehensive and understandable.  But the total plan was revised and re-revised a number of times. A mention of an old Book appears on the first page of Isis, where as we are provided with an explanation of the first page. ‘The short allusion to “the seventy thousand years of experience” has also to be vindicated and shown correct and the claims of the Kabalists and the Occultists more definitely stated. The eastern Adepts claim more decidedly their science to be older than that; for they place its origin with the First Race of men “whose thoughts were objectively expressed in  colour” as Speech descended later on, on Earth’ she asserts here. She reaffirms that Isis was a first and cautious attempt to acquaint the public with Occultism. She prepares the reader ‘to understand more clearly the teachings on Cosmic Evolution and the birth of man; and shows “on the authority of numberless works, ancient, mediaeval and modern, the actual existence of a WISDOM-RELIGION whose origin is lost in prehistoric periods”; as also that ‘the primitive Revelation to mankind as taught in the oldest record in the world (is) now in possession and safe keeping of the few surviving Initiates in Central Asia.” ’
H.P.B. wanted ‘to divide the few lines from the Old book’ into three principal groups:
  1. The ages of the World, our globe and that of man
  2. The primeval Manus of Humanity, under their various differentiations
  3. The first men of the Fourth Root-race and the Fifth of present mankind.
She categorically states that the last seventh sub race of the Third Root-race fell into generation and that we are one of the last offshoots of the first sub-races of the 5th great Aryan Race. (p.251 of the text)
Similarly, in each section of the text we find invariably some new idea or fact that provokes the thought. She says in the Section 5 ‘The Trial of the Sun-Initiates’: “If the Jesuits contented themselves with making dupes of  Freemasons, and converting that order into a mere convivial Benefit Club, which allures members by the prospect of refined Banquets in the Societies of Princes, statesmen and eloquent orators in speech and song. Their lethal plotting, however, have a much wider scope, and embrace a minuteness of detail and care of which the world in general has no idea. Everything must be done by them to bring the mass of mankind again to the state of passive ignorance and superstition. --- If Masonry was spoiled by the Jesuits they are unable to crush the real, invisible Rosicrucians and the Eastern Initiate.  --- The Hierophant of the Sapta Sindhava (seven rivers) and of the SAPTARSHI (the seven great Rishis) is not killed and may have something to say to the modern Initiate of the “Seven Hills.” It is only a question of time and patience,---” (p.119-20)
Coming back to the history of writing, in a letter to Mr. Sinnett (April 25, 1884), HPB writes: “I thank you for the intention you had of writing the Preface for Secret Doctrine. – I did not ask you to do it but the Mahatmas and Mohini here, and Subba Row there (at Adyar TS Headquarters) are quite sufficient for the task of helping me. --- But my own predilections or wishes have naught to do with my duty. MASTER orders and wills it be rewritten and rewrite I will.---“ Even earlier, in January 1884, she writes to him: ‘Subba Row helping me and writing most of the commentaries and explanations’. T. Subba Row, however, withdrew from cooperating with her work for his own reasons, but has ‘liked the Proem part of the first volume’, which we find from a letter of H.P>B. to Col. Olcott. We must remember the ‘proem’ consists in its part the ‘three fundamental propositions’ that offer the basic philosophy of theosophy.
In a letter to Colonel Olcott, February 24, 1888, H.P.B. writes: “It is I, who brought in, the first, the existence of our Masters to the world and the T.S. I did it because They sent me to do the work and make a fresh experiment in this XIX Century and I have done it, the best I knew how. It may not dovetail with Subba Row’s ideas, (but) it answers truth and fact.”
The Secret Doctrine text appeared in many editions brought from various publishing units; many abridgements, digests, commentarial books too came in, and we have minutes of HPB’s meetings, dialogues with students in recent years providing additional material for contemplative reflection. Yet, the reading of the Wurzburg Manuscript has its own unique and specific advantage. The same time we must also remember H.P.B’s words: The text basically is written ‘to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern civilization’ and ‘to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the Universe’.  This must induce further exploration by the scholars in every walk of life. Also the statement that the work is dedicated ‘to all true theosophists in every country and of every race for they called it forth and for them it was written,’ decidedly increases our responsibility.                                                                       #####
The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript’ by H P Blavatsky(subtitled The 1885-1886 Version with the Stanzas of Dzyan and HPB’s Accompanying Commentaries)” --- is a recent publication from Eastern School Press (2014). Mr David Reigle provides an enlightening Introduction, running to 9 pages, wherein the reader can find the story of text’s writing, and its non-availability in full in public domain till now. Therein also is a particular reference to ‘a solitary page’ containing the three fundamental propositions  and three different versions thereof. Mr Reigle says “ It is a mystery how this solitary page got to Adyar, it is even greater mystery how another page came into the hands of Manly Hall in California. These are the only two pages from it now known to existence.”
Mr Reigle humbly says: “Preparing the Wurzburg Manuscript for publication was no small task. It required considerable labor and considerable expense. I was only one of four individuals involved in this task, the other three preferring to remain anonymous. It was they who did most of the work and bore all the expense. I offer my sincere thanks to them.” Yet the reading public and researchers do have a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness for the undaunted courage they, all the four, had in performing the total work.
The text running to 380+XV pages is divided into three volumes ( History of some great occultists; Evolution of Cosmos and Evolution of Man) apart from three appendices.
Mr Daniel H Caldwell is one who did lot of research on the subject, among other tasks on HPB’s works. And his two essays (1) The writing of The Secret Doctrine: A Chronology and (2) The Myth of the “Missing” Third volume of The Secret Doctrine, running around 120 pages, get included, with his kind permission, in the present publication. The value of these essays is too unexplainable and incalculable. The reader could have landed in a total disadvantageous position in obtaining comprehensive understanding/assessment of the work of HPB.
Mr David Reigle deserves the thanks of the students, the present and future generations, of the theosophical philosophy.
 
 
 
 
The “Wurzburg Manuscript”
Dr N C Ramanujachary
‘It seems to be “the order of things” that certain objects that are intended not to disappear do finally turn up. The original manuscript of the first Secret Doctrine, Vol.I, sent by H.P.B to Colonel Olcott, was at Adyar. How it reached Dr Besant’s room in Banaras I do not know; but once when she was not present at Convention I happened to look into an empty bookcase in her room, and on one shelf, in a dark corner, lying flat, was this big foolscap volume. Who had forgotten it when emptying the shelves, I do not know. I brought it to Adyar and began publishing it,’ writes Mr. C Jinarajadasa, in article published in The Theosophist, April 1952.
But he had to abandon its publication, which appeared seriatum since October 1932 to November 1933, in The Theosophist, ‘owing to the many difficulties constantly encountered in getting this Manuscript ready for printing’, as explained  by him in the issue for November 1933.
We cannot, at this later date, understand whether this happening is mere accidental, occasional, or mystical in its character. Mr. David Reigle, in his well documented Introduction to the Book “The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript by H. P. Blavatsky: (pub: Eastern School Press, 2014) gives out the sequential events, also discussing the authenticity of third volume of The Secret Doctrine, 1897. The value addition of the book is the inclusion of Mr. Daniel Caldwell’s two pieces as appendices. The Chronology of the writing makes it abundantly interesting for a common reader as well to a keen student-researcher.
Madame Blavatsky begins her prologue ‘To the Readers” with a quote from Epictetus: “Strike but listen”, while this gets transformed in the final printed version to read as: Introductory: “Gently to hear, Kindly to judge” (Shakespeare, Henry V, Prologue).
Readers are perhaps aware and do remember that when the text The Secret Doctrine was initially thought of, it was proposed and supposed to be an ‘elaboration’ of Isis Unveiled(1877), in an intent to make the contents more comprehensive and understandable.  But the total plan was revised and re-revised a number of times. A mention of an old Book appears on the first page of Isis, where as we are provided with an explanation of the first page. ‘The short allusion to “the seventy thousand years of experience” has also to be vindicated and shown correct and the claims of the Kabalists and the Occultists more definitely stated. The eastern Adepts claim more decidedly their science to be older than that; for they place its origin with the First Race of men “whose thoughts were objectively expressed in  colour” as Speech descended later on, on Earth’ she asserts here. She reaffirms that Isis was a first and cautious attempt to acquaint the public with Occultism. She prepares the reader ‘to understand more clearly the teachings on Cosmic Evolution and the birth of man; and shows “on the authority of numberless works, ancient, mediaeval and modern, the actual existence of a WISDOM-RELIGION whose origin is lost in prehistoric periods”; as also that ‘the primitive Revelation to mankind as taught in the oldest record in the world (is) now in possession and safe keeping of the few surviving Initiates in Central Asia.” ’
H.P.B. wanted ‘to divide the few lines from the Old book’ into three principal groups:
  1. The ages of the World, our globe and that of man
  2. The primeval Manus of Humanity, under their various differentiations
  3. The first men of the Fourth Root-race and the Fifth of present mankind.
She categorically states that the last seventh sub race of the Third Root-race fell into generation and that we are one of the last offshoots of the first sub-races of the 5th great Aryan Race. (p.251 of the text)
Similarly, in each section of the text we find invariably some new idea or fact that provokes the thought. She says in the Section 5 ‘The Trial of the Sun-Initiates’: “If the Jesuits contented themselves with making dupes of  Freemasons, and converting that order into a mere convivial Benefit Club, which allures members by the prospect of refined Banquets in the Societies of Princes, statesmen and eloquent orators in speech and song. Their lethal plotting, however, have a much wider scope, and embrace a minuteness of detail and care of which the world in general has no idea. Everything must be done by them to bring the mass of mankind again to the state of passive ignorance and superstition. --- If Masonry was spoiled by the Jesuits they are unable to crush the real, invisible Rosicrucians and the Eastern Initiate.  --- The Hierophant of the Sapta Sindhava (seven rivers) and of the SAPTARSHI (the seven great Rishis) is not killed and may have something to say to the modern Initiate of the “Seven Hills.” It is only a question of time and patience,---” (p.119-20)
Coming back to the history of writing, in a letter to Mr. Sinnett (April 25, 1884), HPB writes: “I thank you for the intention you had of writing the Preface for Secret Doctrine. – I did not ask you to do it but the Mahatmas and Mohini here, and Subba Row there (at Adyar TS Headquarters) are quite sufficient for the task of helping me. --- But my own predilections or wishes have naught to do with my duty. MASTER orders and wills it be rewritten and rewrite I will.---“ Even earlier, in January 1884, she writes to him: ‘Subba Row helping me and writing most of the commentaries and explanations’. T. Subba Row, however, withdrew from cooperating with her work for his own reasons, but has ‘liked the Proem part of the first volume’, which we find from a letter of H.P>B. to Col. Olcott. We must remember the ‘proem’ consists in its part the ‘three fundamental propositions’ that offer the basic philosophy of theosophy.
In a letter to Colonel Olcott, February 24, 1888, H.P.B. writes: “It is I, who brought in, the first, the existence of our Masters to the world and the T.S. I did it because They sent me to do the work and make a fresh experiment in this XIX Century and I have done it, the best I knew how. It may not dovetail with Subba Row’s ideas, (but) it answers truth and fact.”
The Secret Doctrine text appeared in many editions brought from various publishing units; many abridgements, digests, commentarial books too came in, and we have minutes of HPB’s meetings, dialogues with students in recent years providing additional material for contemplative reflection. Yet, the reading of the Wurzburg Manuscript has its own unique and specific advantage. The same time we must also remember H.P.B’s words: The text basically is written ‘to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern civilization’ and ‘to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the Universe’.  This must induce further exploration by the scholars in every walk of life. Also the statement that the work is dedicated ‘to all true theosophists in every country and of every race for they called it forth and for them it was written,’ decidedly increases our responsibility.                                                                       #####
The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript’ by H P Blavatsky(subtitled The 1885-1886 Version with the Stanzas of Dzyan and HPB’s Accompanying Commentaries)” --- is a recent publication from Eastern School Press (2014). Mr David Reigle provides an enlightening Introduction, running to 9 pages, wherein the reader can find the story of text’s writing, and its non-availability in full in public domain till now. Therein also is a particular reference to ‘a solitary page’ containing the three fundamental propositions  and three different versions thereof. Mr Reigle says “ It is a mystery how this solitary page got to Adyar, it is even greater mystery how another page came into the hands of Manly Hall in California. These are the only two pages from it now known to existence.”
Mr Reigle humbly says: “Preparing the Wurzburg Manuscript for publication was no small task. It required considerable labor and considerable expense. I was only one of four individuals involved in this task, the other three preferring to remain anonymous. It was they who did most of the work and bore all the expense. I offer my sincere thanks to them.” Yet the reading public and researchers do have a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness for the undaunted courage they, all the four, had in performing the total work.
The text running to 380+XV pages is divided into three volumes ( History of some great occultists; Evolution of Cosmos and Evolution of Man) apart from three appendices.
Mr Daniel H Caldwell is one who did lot of research on the subject, among other tasks on HPB’s works. And his two essays (1) The writing of The Secret Doctrine: A Chronology and (2) The Myth of the “Missing” Third volume of The Secret Doctrine, running around 120 pages, get included, with his kind permission, in the present publication. The value of these essays is too unexplainable and incalculable. The reader could have landed in a total disadvantageous position in obtaining comprehensive understanding/assessment of the work of HPB.
Mr David Reigle deserves the thanks of the students, the present and future generations, of the theosophical philosophy.
 
 
 
 The “Wurzburg Manuscript”
Dr N C Ramanujachary
‘It seems to be “the order of things” that certain objects that are intended not to disappear do finally turn up. The original manuscript of the first Secret Doctrine, Vol.I, sent by H.P.B to Colonel Olcott, was at Adyar. How it reached Dr Besant’s room in Banaras I do not know; but once when she was not present at Convention I happened to look into an empty bookcase in her room, and on one shelf, in a dark corner, lying flat, was this big foolscap volume. Who had forgotten it when emptying the shelves, I do not know. I brought it to Adyar and began publishing it,’ writes Mr. C Jinarajadasa, in article published in The Theosophist, April 1952.
But he had to abandon its publication, which appeared seriatum since October 1932 to November 1933, in The Theosophist, ‘owing to the many difficulties constantly encountered in getting this Manuscript ready for printing’, as explained  by him in the issue for November 1933.
We cannot, at this later date, understand whether this happening is mere accidental, occasional, or mystical in its character. Mr. David Reigle, in his well documented Introduction to the Book “The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript by H. P. Blavatsky: (pub: Eastern School Press, 2014) gives out the sequential events, also discussing the authenticity of third volume of The Secret Doctrine, 1897. The value addition of the book is the inclusion of Mr. Daniel Caldwell’s two pieces as appendices. The Chronology of the writing makes it abundantly interesting for a common reader as well to a keen student-researcher.
Madame Blavatsky begins her prologue ‘To the Readers” with a quote from Epictetus: “Strike but listen”, while this gets transformed in the final printed version to read as: Introductory: “Gently to hear, Kindly to judge” (Shakespeare, Henry V, Prologue).
Readers are perhaps aware and do remember that when the text The Secret Doctrine was initially thought of, it was proposed and supposed to be an ‘elaboration’ of Isis Unveiled(1877), in an intent to make the contents more comprehensive and understandable.  But the total plan was revised and re-revised a number of times. A mention of an old Book appears on the first page of Isis, where as we are provided with an explanation of the first page. ‘The short allusion to “the seventy thousand years of experience” has also to be vindicated and shown correct and the claims of the Kabalists and the Occultists more definitely stated. The eastern Adepts claim more decidedly their science to be older than that; for they place its origin with the First Race of men “whose thoughts were objectively expressed in  colour” as Speech descended later on, on Earth’ she asserts here. She reaffirms that Isis was a first and cautious attempt to acquaint the public with Occultism. She prepares the reader ‘to understand more clearly the teachings on Cosmic Evolution and the birth of man; and shows “on the authority of numberless works, ancient, mediaeval and modern, the actual existence of a WISDOM-RELIGION whose origin is lost in prehistoric periods”; as also that ‘the primitive Revelation to mankind as taught in the oldest record in the world (is) now in possession and safe keeping of the few surviving Initiates in Central Asia.” ’
H.P.B. wanted ‘to divide the few lines from the Old book’ into three principal groups:
  1. The ages of the World, our globe and that of man
  2. The primeval Manus of Humanity, under their various differentiations
  3. The first men of the Fourth Root-race and the Fifth of present mankind.
She categorically states that the last seventh sub race of the Third Root-race fell into generation and that we are one of the last offshoots of the first sub-races of the 5th great Aryan Race. (p.251 of the text)
Similarly, in each section of the text we find invariably some new idea or fact that provokes the thought. She says in the Section 5 ‘The Trial of the Sun-Initiates’: “If the Jesuits contented themselves with making dupes of  Freemasons, and converting that order into a mere convivial Benefit Club, which allures members by the prospect of refined Banquets in the Societies of Princes, statesmen and eloquent orators in speech and song. Their lethal plotting, however, have a much wider scope, and embrace a minuteness of detail and care of which the world in general has no idea. Everything must be done by them to bring the mass of mankind again to the state of passive ignorance and superstition. --- If Masonry was spoiled by the Jesuits they are unable to crush the real, invisible Rosicrucians and the Eastern Initiate.  --- The Hierophant of the Sapta Sindhava (seven rivers) and of the SAPTARSHI (the seven great Rishis) is not killed and may have something to say to the modern Initiate of the “Seven Hills.” It is only a question of time and patience,---” (p.119-20)
Coming back to the history of writing, in a letter to Mr. Sinnett (April 25, 1884), HPB writes: “I thank you for the intention you had of writing the Preface for Secret Doctrine. – I did not ask you to do it but the Mahatmas and Mohini here, and Subba Row there (at Adyar TS Headquarters) are quite sufficient for the task of helping me. --- But my own predilections or wishes have naught to do with my duty. MASTER orders and wills it be rewritten and rewrite I will.---“ Even earlier, in January 1884, she writes to him: ‘Subba Row helping me and writing most of the commentaries and explanations’. T. Subba Row, however, withdrew from cooperating with her work for his own reasons, but has ‘liked the Proem part of the first volume’, which we find from a letter of H.P>B. to Col. Olcott. We must remember the ‘proem’ consists in its part the ‘three fundamental propositions’ that offer the basic philosophy of theosophy.
In a letter to Colonel Olcott, February 24, 1888, H.P.B. writes: “It is I, who brought in, the first, the existence of our Masters to the world and the T.S. I did it because They sent me to do the work and make a fresh experiment in this XIX Century and I have done it, the best I knew how. It may not dovetail with Subba Row’s ideas, (but) it answers truth and fact.”
The Secret Doctrine text appeared in many editions brought from various publishing units; many abridgements, digests, commentarial books too came in, and we have minutes of HPB’s meetings, dialogues with students in recent years providing additional material for contemplative reflection. Yet, the reading of the Wurzburg Manuscript has its own unique and specific advantage. The same time we must also remember H.P.B’s words: The text basically is written ‘to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern civilization’ and ‘to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the Universe’.  This must induce further exploration by the scholars in every walk of life. Also the statement that the work is dedicated ‘to all true theosophists in every country and of every race for they called it forth and for them it was written,’ decidedly increases our responsibility.                                                                       #####
The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript’ by H P Blavatsky(subtitled The 1885-1886 Version with the Stanzas of Dzyan and HPB’s Accompanying Commentaries)” --- is a recent publication from Eastern School Press (2014). Mr David Reigle provides an enlightening Introduction, running to 9 pages, wherein the reader can find the story of text’s writing, and its non-availability in full in public domain till now. Therein also is a particular reference to ‘a solitary page’ containing the three fundamental propositions  and three different versions thereof. Mr Reigle says “ It is a mystery how this solitary page got to Adyar, it is even greater mystery how another page came into the hands of Manly Hall in California. These are the only two pages from it now known to existence.”
Mr Reigle humbly says: “Preparing the Wurzburg Manuscript for publication was no small task. It required considerable labor and considerable expense. I was only one of four individuals involved in this task, the other three preferring to remain anonymous. It was they who did most of the work and bore all the expense. I offer my sincere thanks to them.” Yet the reading public and researchers do have a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness for the undaunted courage they, all the four, had in performing the total work.
The text running to 380+XV pages is divided into three volumes ( History of some great occultists; Evolution of Cosmos and Evolution of Man) apart from three appendices.
Mr Daniel H Caldwell is one who did lot of research on the subject, among other tasks on HPB’s works. And his two essays (1) The writing of The Secret Doctrine: A Chronology and (2) The Myth of the “Missing” Third volume of The Secret Doctrine, running around 120 pages, get included, with his kind permission, in the present publication. The value of these essays is too unexplainable and incalculable. The reader could have landed in a total disadvantageous position in obtaining comprehensive understanding/assessment of the work of HPB.
Mr David Reigle deserves the thanks of the students, the present and future generations, of the theosophical philosophy.
 
 
 
 The “Wurzburg Manuscript”
Dr N C Ramanujachary
‘It seems to be “the order of things” that certain objects that are intended not to disappear do finally turn up. The original manuscript of the first Secret Doctrine, Vol.I, sent by H.P.B to Colonel Olcott, was at Adyar. How it reached Dr Besant’s room in Banaras I do not know; but once when she was not present at Convention I happened to look into an empty bookcase in her room, and on one shelf, in a dark corner, lying flat, was this big foolscap volume. Who had forgotten it when emptying the shelves, I do not know. I brought it to Adyar and began publishing it,’ writes Mr. C Jinarajadasa, in article published in The Theosophist, April 1952.
But he had to abandon its publication, which appeared seriatum since October 1932 to November 1933, in The Theosophist, ‘owing to the many difficulties constantly encountered in getting this Manuscript ready for printing’, as explained  by him in the issue for November 1933.
We cannot, at this later date, understand whether this happening is mere accidental, occasional, or mystical in its character. Mr. David Reigle, in his well documented Introduction to the Book “The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript by H. P. Blavatsky: (pub: Eastern School Press, 2014) gives out the sequential events, also discussing the authenticity of third volume of The Secret Doctrine, 1897. The value addition of the book is the inclusion of Mr. Daniel Caldwell’s two pieces as appendices. The Chronology of the writing makes it abundantly interesting for a common reader as well to a keen student-researcher.
Madame Blavatsky begins her prologue ‘To the Readers” with a quote from Epictetus: “Strike but listen”, while this gets transformed in the final printed version to read as: Introductory: “Gently to hear, Kindly to judge” (Shakespeare, Henry V, Prologue).
Readers are perhaps aware and do remember that when the text The Secret Doctrine was initially thought of, it was proposed and supposed to be an ‘elaboration’ of Isis Unveiled(1877), in an intent to make the contents more comprehensive and understandable.  But the total plan was revised and re-revised a number of times. A mention of an old Book appears on the first page of Isis, where as we are provided with an explanation of the first page. ‘The short allusion to “the seventy thousand years of experience” has also to be vindicated and shown correct and the claims of the Kabalists and the Occultists more definitely stated. The eastern Adepts claim more decidedly their science to be older than that; for they place its origin with the First Race of men “whose thoughts were objectively expressed in  colour” as Speech descended later on, on Earth’ she asserts here. She reaffirms that Isis was a first and cautious attempt to acquaint the public with Occultism. She prepares the reader ‘to understand more clearly the teachings on Cosmic Evolution and the birth of man; and shows “on the authority of numberless works, ancient, mediaeval and modern, the actual existence of a WISDOM-RELIGION whose origin is lost in prehistoric periods”; as also that ‘the primitive Revelation to mankind as taught in the oldest record in the world (is) now in possession and safe keeping of the few surviving Initiates in Central Asia.” ’
H.P.B. wanted ‘to divide the few lines from the Old book’ into three principal groups:
  1. The ages of the World, our globe and that of man
  2. The primeval Manus of Humanity, under their various differentiations
  3. The first men of the Fourth Root-race and the Fifth of present mankind.
She categorically states that the last seventh sub race of the Third Root-race fell into generation and that we are one of the last offshoots of the first sub-races of the 5th great Aryan Race. (p.251 of the text)
Similarly, in each section of the text we find invariably some new idea or fact that provokes the thought. She says in the Section 5 ‘The Trial of the Sun-Initiates’: “If the Jesuits contented themselves with making dupes of  Freemasons, and converting that order into a mere convivial Benefit Club, which allures members by the prospect of refined Banquets in the Societies of Princes, statesmen and eloquent orators in speech and song. Their lethal plotting, however, have a much wider scope, and embrace a minuteness of detail and care of which the world in general has no idea. Everything must be done by them to bring the mass of mankind again to the state of passive ignorance and superstition. --- If Masonry was spoiled by the Jesuits they are unable to crush the real, invisible Rosicrucians and the Eastern Initiate.  --- The Hierophant of the Sapta Sindhava (seven rivers) and of the SAPTARSHI (the seven great Rishis) is not killed and may have something to say to the modern Initiate of the “Seven Hills.” It is only a question of time and patience,---” (p.119-20)
Coming back to the history of writing, in a letter to Mr. Sinnett (April 25, 1884), HPB writes: “I thank you for the intention you had of writing the Preface for Secret Doctrine. – I did not ask you to do it but the Mahatmas and Mohini here, and Subba Row there (at Adyar TS Headquarters) are quite sufficient for the task of helping me. --- But my own predilections or wishes have naught to do with my duty. MASTER orders and wills it be rewritten and rewrite I will.---“ Even earlier, in January 1884, she writes to him: ‘Subba Row helping me and writing most of the commentaries and explanations’. T. Subba Row, however, withdrew from cooperating with her work for his own reasons, but has ‘liked the Proem part of the first volume’, which we find from a letter of H.P>B. to Col. Olcott. We must remember the ‘proem’ consists in its part the ‘three fundamental propositions’ that offer the basic philosophy of theosophy.
In a letter to Colonel Olcott, February 24, 1888, H.P.B. writes: “It is I, who brought in, the first, the existence of our Masters to the world and the T.S. I did it because They sent me to do the work and make a fresh experiment in this XIX Century and I have done it, the best I knew how. It may not dovetail with Subba Row’s ideas, (but) it answers truth and fact.”
The Secret Doctrine text appeared in many editions brought from various publishing units; many abridgements, digests, commentarial books too came in, and we have minutes of HPB’s meetings, dialogues with students in recent years providing additional material for contemplative reflection. Yet, the reading of the Wurzburg Manuscript has its own unique and specific advantage. The same time we must also remember H.P.B’s words: The text basically is written ‘to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern civilization’ and ‘to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the Universe’.  This must induce further exploration by the scholars in every walk of life. Also the statement that the work is dedicated ‘to all true theosophists in every country and of every race for they called it forth and for them it was written,’ decidedly increases our responsibility.                                                                       #####
The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript’ by H P Blavatsky(subtitled The 1885-1886 Version with the Stanzas of Dzyan and HPB’s Accompanying Commentaries)” --- is a recent publication from Eastern School Press (2014). Mr David Reigle provides an enlightening Introduction, running to 9 pages, wherein the reader can find the story of text’s writing, and its non-availability in full in public domain till now. Therein also is a particular reference to ‘a solitary page’ containing the three fundamental propositions  and three different versions thereof. Mr Reigle says “ It is a mystery how this solitary page got to Adyar, it is even greater mystery how another page came into the hands of Manly Hall in California. These are the only two pages from it now known to existence.”
Mr Reigle humbly says: “Preparing the Wurzburg Manuscript for publication was no small task. It required considerable labor and considerable expense. I was only one of four individuals involved in this task, the other three preferring to remain anonymous. It was they who did most of the work and bore all the expense. I offer my sincere thanks to them.” Yet the reading public and researchers do have a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness for the undaunted courage they, all the four, had in performing the total work.
The text running to 380+XV pages is divided into three volumes ( History of some great occultists; Evolution of Cosmos and Evolution of Man) apart from three appendices.
Mr Daniel H Caldwell is one who did lot of research on the subject, among other tasks on HPB’s works. And his two essays (1) The writing of The Secret Doctrine: A Chronology and (2) The Myth of the “Missing” Third volume of The Secret Doctrine, running around 120 pages, get included, with his kind permission, in the present publication. The value of these essays is too unexplainable and incalculable. The reader could have landed in a total disadvantageous position in obtaining comprehensive understanding/assessment of the work of HPB.
Mr David Reigle deserves the thanks of the students, the present and future generations, of the theosophical philosophy.
 
 
 
 




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Re: Quarterly collected international Theosophy-News

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

Thanks . Very informative and enlightening.



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Quarterly collected international Theosophy-News

Steven Otto (Söhne des Feuers)
 

Dear friends of Theosophy,

I've just published the 27th issue of Theosophy World News: 


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Re: American Section & Fetzer Trust

Ramu
 

"The question of the last issue to the readers, if TS Adyar in North-America (TSA) should help the people and not vice versa, was answered 80:20 with a clear yes."


American Section & Fetzer Trust

M K Ramadoss
 

John Fetzer, a very successful American Businessman set up $500 million dollar foundation. He had lifelong interest in Channeling and Mediums.

Fetzer Trust is partnering with American Section and offering a Quest ebook for free. Trust must be generous in helping American Section when it very badly needs money.

Today there was an offer by the Trust - a free video and study guide on A Course in Miracles, a work claimed directly dictated by Lord Jesus thru channelling

Is American Section/Krotona going to offer online courses in mediumship and channelling?

Fetzer Trust will be very generous


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Re: T SubbaRow

Shashank Burse
 

Dear Sir,
Very nice write up on Bro. T. Subba Rao. It fondly revived his sweet memories and valuable contribution to Theosophical movement. I have also read your book on T. Subba Rao which is also very good. By the way can you give me some information about Judge N.D.Khandalawala? Thank You. With Greetings, Shashank.D.Burse    

On Sunday, 18 October, 2020, 11:36:37 am IST, Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti via groups.io <srivirinchi@...> wrote:


If you consider JK's life and work.
It's only a surmise. You may consider or leave it open.




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From: "Pavel Axentiev" <eternaldelight100@...>
Sent: Sat, 17 Oct 2020 23:52:20 GMT+0530
To: Theosophy@groups.io
Subject: Re: [theosophy] T SubbaRow

And how were the HPB’s prophecies regarding T Subba Row’s reincarnation fulfilled, may I ask?

On Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 10:23 PM Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti via groups.io <srivirinchi@...');">rediffmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
T Subba Row (1856-’90)
Dr N C Ramanujachary
The contribution of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.
Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into correspondence with HPB,  which lead to a long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows his eager interest in Occult Science and the ‘Ineffable word’. He was instrumental for Founders’ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally, also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment of the theosophical association and his joining that.
He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices, could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name, at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.
He was the Secretary and later President of Madras Theosophical Society’s Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places, including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time. But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani, Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the Path.
It was his desire to retire early from the professional work, and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures. His statements on Occult Philosophy stand the test of time.
HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were, it appears, fulfilled.
*****
 
 
 




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Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584



Re: T SubbaRow

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

If you consider JK's life and work.
It's only a surmise. You may consider or leave it open.




Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584

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From: "Pavel Axentiev" <eternaldelight100@...>
Sent: Sat, 17 Oct 2020 23:52:20 GMT+0530
To: Theosophy@groups.io
Subject: Re: [theosophy] T SubbaRow

And how were the HPB’s prophecies regarding T Subba Row’s reincarnation fulfilled, may I ask?

On Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 10:23 PM Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti via groups.io <srivirinchi@...');">rediffmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
T Subba Row (1856-’90)
Dr N C Ramanujachary
The contribution of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.
Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into correspondence with HPB,  which lead to a long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows his eager interest in Occult Science and the ‘Ineffable word’. He was instrumental for Founders’ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally, also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment of the theosophical association and his joining that.
He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices, could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name, at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.
He was the Secretary and later President of Madras Theosophical Society’s Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places, including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time. But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani, Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the Path.
It was his desire to retire early from the professional work, and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures. His statements on Occult Philosophy stand the test of time.
HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were, it appears, fulfilled.
*****
 
 
 




Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



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Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584



Re: T SubbaRow

Pavel Axentiev
 

And how were the HPB’s prophecies regarding T Subba Row’s reincarnation fulfilled, may I ask?

On Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 10:23 PM Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti via groups.io <srivirinchi=rediffmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
T Subba Row (1856-’90)
Dr N C Ramanujachary
The contribution of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.
Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into correspondence with HPB,  which lead to a long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows his eager interest in Occult Science and the ‘Ineffable word’. He was instrumental for Founders’ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally, also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment of the theosophical association and his joining that.
He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices, could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name, at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.
He was the Secretary and later President of Madras Theosophical Society’s Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places, including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time. But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani, Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the Path.
It was his desire to retire early from the professional work, and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures. His statements on Occult Philosophy stand the test of time.
HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were, it appears, fulfilled.
*****
 
 
 




Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

Pavel Axentiev
 

Nice quote, that last one. To the point)

On Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 8:30 PM jeffndc via groups.io <jeffndc=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Here is Blavatsky on the topic: 


HPB said: 
 
“The third basic idea to be held is that Man is the microcosm. As he is so, then all the Hierarchies of the Heavens exist within him. But in truth there is neither Macrocosm nor Microcosm but ONE EXISTENCE. Great and small are such only as viewed by a limited consciousness. Fourth and last basic idea to be held is that expressed in the Great Hermetic Axiom. It really sums up and synthesizes all the others: ‘As is the inner, so is the outer; as is the great so is the small;  as it is above, so it is below; there is but One Life and Law: and he that worketh it is ONE. Nothing is inner, nothing is outer; nothing is great, nothing is small; nothing is high, nothing is low, in the Divine Economy’.”

On Oct 2, 2020, at 11:27 PM, jeffndc via groups.io <jeffndc=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Perhaps others in this group would like to chime in, too.

On Oct 2, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:

"Each of us contains the spark of universal consciousness."

Is that some theory?

What is the basis of assertion of "universal consciousness" and for each of us containing its spark?

Thanks
Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

jeffndc
 

Here is Blavatsky on the topic: 


HPB said: 
 
“The third basic idea to be held is that Man is the microcosm. As he is so, then all the Hierarchies of the Heavens exist within him. But in truth there is neither Macrocosm nor Microcosm but ONE EXISTENCE. Great and small are such only as viewed by a limited consciousness. Fourth and last basic idea to be held is that expressed in the Great Hermetic Axiom. It really sums up and synthesizes all the others: ‘As is the inner, so is the outer; as is the great so is the small;  as it is above, so it is below; there is but One Life and Law: and he that worketh it is ONE. Nothing is inner, nothing is outer; nothing is great, nothing is small; nothing is high, nothing is low, in the Divine Economy’.”

On Oct 2, 2020, at 11:27 PM, jeffndc via groups.io <jeffndc@...> wrote:


Perhaps others in this group would like to chime in, too.

On Oct 2, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:

"Each of us contains the spark of universal consciousness."

Is that some theory?

What is the basis of assertion of "universal consciousness" and for each of us containing its spark?

Thanks
Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

jeffndc
 

Perhaps others in this group would like to chime in, too.

On Oct 2, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:

"Each of us contains the spark of universal consciousness."

Is that some theory?

What is the basis of assertion of "universal consciousness" and for each of us containing its spark?

Thanks
Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

jeffndc
 

On Oct 2, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:

"Each of us contains the spark of universal consciousness."

Is that some theory?

What is the basis of assertion of "universal consciousness" and for each of us containing its spark?

Thanks
Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

jeffndc
 

Over the years I’ve practiced meditation and precepts I have encountered through reading and personally practicing mindful awareness. My sources include Krishnamurti, gurdjieff, Crowley, the Gita, Blavatsky, Jung among others. It is a belief from my experience that we are connected to a universality the Jung in particular called the collective consciousness. I find this concept to be true from my experience. Of course, everyone must find their own path. 

Jeff 

On Oct 2, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:

"Each of us contains the spark of universal consciousness."

Is that some theory?

What is the basis of assertion of "universal consciousness" and for each of us containing its spark?

Thanks
Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

Ramu
 

"Each of us contains the spark of universal consciousness."

Is that some theory?

What is the basis of assertion of "universal consciousness" and for each of us containing its spark?

Thanks
Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

jeffndc
 

Each of us contains the spark of universal consciousness and one of the reasons we have the gift of awareness is to recognize this. 

On Oct 2, 2020, at 8:42 PM, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:

Yes, it makes sense to me that there is no separation between me and the whole. But the analogy of spark doess not make sense to me. 

Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

Ramu
 

Yes, it makes sense to me that there is no separation between me and the whole. But the analogy of spark doess not make sense to me. 

Ramu


Re: MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

jeffndc
 

The spark is a part of the whole and therefore contains the whole. The is no separation between me and the universe. 

On Oct 2, 2020, at 7:07 PM, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:

MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!
 
Can an infinitesimal part of an infinite whole understand the infinite whole?
 
Can a small screw in a ship work with the knowledge of the functioning of the ship?
 
Can that which operates within time understand the timeless or the eternal?
 
Can one that functions within the narrow fields of sensory perception, memories and brain-contained intellect, understand the Omniscient?
 
Can the tail wag the dog?
 
Well, it just occurred to me that I am an infinitesimal part of a infinite and deterministic Universe. In a deterministic universe, isn't it a delusion to believe in freewill?


MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!

Ramu
 

MAN, KNOW THY PLACE!
 
Can an infinitesimal part of an infinite whole understand the infinite whole?
 
Can a small screw in a ship work with the knowledge of the functioning of the ship?
 
Can that which operates within time understand the timeless or the eternal?
 
Can one that functions within the narrow fields of sensory perception, memories and brain-contained intellect, understand the Omniscient?
 
Can the tail wag the dog?
 
Well, it just occurred to me that I am an infinitesimal part of a infinite and deterministic Universe. In a deterministic universe, isn't it a delusion to believe in freewill?


T SubbaRow

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

T Subba Row (1856-’90)
Dr N C Ramanujachary
The contribution of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.
Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into correspondence with HPB,  which lead to a long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows his eager interest in Occult Science and the ‘Ineffable word’. He was instrumental for Founders’ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally, also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment of the theosophical association and his joining that.
He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices, could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name, at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.
He was the Secretary and later President of Madras Theosophical Society’s Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places, including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time. But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani, Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the Path.
It was his desire to retire early from the professional work, and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures. His statements on Occult Philosophy stand the test of time.
HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were, it appears, fulfilled.
*****
 
 
 




Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584


Re: Mr. Vora's Book: The influence of the Theosophical Society on World Thought by Bhupendra R. Vora

M K Ramadoss
 

Thanks for posting the info.
Theosophists around the world have done and are doing outstanding job.

But currently, American Section has a serious existential issue on its hand.
The current leaders have inherited the problem - it is lack of diversity in its membership.

This has dawned on some of us due to BLS movement. Current websites taking money from theosophical sources have been silent for obvious reasons.

Theosophy News, being financially independent, has publicised it here and in Facebook and Twitter. The membership in USA has been dwindling and last figure we have is from 2017. The count is 3,323 and today's numbers are unavailable and suspect it is around 3,000. Four decades ago it was 8,000 and the drop is shocking.

Unless diversity happens, in time current organization would disappear.

We are all waiting to hear from the leaders what their plans are.

Anyone wants to comment?

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