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Washington’s sources are many and significant. Three noteworthy ones are Ancient Wisdom Revived by Bruce F. Campbell, Blavatsky by Marian Meade, and The Harmonious Circle by James Webb, latter being a complete history of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, and their followers. A biography of Blavatsky was also written by Theosophist Sylvia Cranston, who clumsily tries to portray HPB as a maligned saint of New Age. Meade’s biography is far superior and accomplishes even more than Washington’s or Campbell’s books in presenting Blavatsky’s complex persona to us. Another valuable resource on HPB and Western guru type not mentioned by Washington was written in 1948 by E.M. Butler—The Myth of Magus (Cambridge Canto edition, 1993). In any case, if you wish to read an updated, critical look at Blavatsky and her influence, pick up Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon. Joseph P. Szimhart Cult Information Specialist/Exit Counselor Pottstown, Pennsylvania Copyright ©1997-99 AFF, Inc.” (1)
The so-called Western guru tradition they refer to is just a superficial label. I could demonstrate how Unitarianism and Christian Science are similarly polysolipsist or panentheist in effect. Emerson, Whitehead and even Teilhard de Chardin are all part of same line of thought as are old line Gnostic or Arian Christians and even many more mystical sects of Catholicism or Christianity including Carmelites, Quakers, Sandemanians and others. You must ask yourself if their purpose is really about stopping cultish or sheepish behavior. Is there an agenda? Why do we pay people to deprogram New Age philosophy-inspired people and allow so much Fundamentalist programming including even overlooking outright proselytizing in public schools and from mouths of Presidents? Their references to Krishnamurti having Messiahhood thrust upon him at age thirteen is contrary to my understanding of what Krishnamurti wrote under name of Alcyon and how he operated all his life. He also continued to work with people inside Theosophy despite rejecting mantle of Messiah which they do get correct. In fact if they had any desire to be fair they would point out Krishnamurti was against having others tell you how to find your true and faithful calling. Here are some words by fair biographers on this great man that illustrate his aversion to dogma or any form of cult.
“Education had always been one of Krishnamurti's chief concerns. If a young person could learn to see his conditioning of race, nationality, religion, dogma, tradition, opinion etc., which inevitably leads to conflict, then he might become a fully intelligent human being for whom right action would follow. A prejudiced or dogmatic mind can never be free.” (2)
Annie Besant adopted Krishnamurti and was a great social activist as well as one of few female Masons. Why don’t they mention that? She founded a College in India and was a vital part of getting India its independence. Her work in women’s rights in England preceded Margaret Sanger in fight to educate people about what causes children despite social taboos against education. It is sad to see this travesty is allowed to go under heading of cult de-programming. Yes, Blavatsky was a promoter and plagiarist – so are most pulpit-pounders. In fact you can learn by reading her books and researching what she says. This is what reviewer should have pointed out rather than saying some of these people suffer depression. They go so far as to say “confusion and depression have been common ailments of lifelong disciples of Western guru tradition”. Sure they put it in brackets as if it was a side thought – it is main purpose of this outright spin or lie. Yogananda was a far better psychologist than this guy could ever hope to be. I am reminded of how Erickson was a guru of psychology until he saw truth in Eastern thought and science of soul. Then he was mercilessly abandoned. I was expecting to read Krishnamurti committed suicide at age of ninety, after that nonsense. These people allow a far greater insight to soul and our connectiveness than most psychiatrists and other programmers passing themselves off as healers will ever do.
Please read passage carefully and note all pejorative words and ways they demean without fair reportage. Do some research and study hard or you will continue to be made more of a sheep for paradigm. Ask yourself what role Masons had in all of this on both sides of issue including Mormons, Hitler and other real mind control cults like Scientology.
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