As I just posted on my Modern Theosophy blog, I resigned my membership this morning.
Just thought you'd all want to know. Here's my full explanation: http://www.moderntheosophy.com/2011/member-theosophical-society/
I agree: with those last two sentences, though to be honest, in my own case - that by not nurturing my talent (whatever they are and where ever it is they're going), it sure did feel like they were pushing me out. But feelings aren't fact: I'm sure none of the prominent theosophists in the Netherlands WANTED me out.
Though whether Steiner really was more ethical than Besant is subjective IMO. She does stand out as a theosophical bodhisattva in my mind.
Best wishes, Katinka, and "God's speed" in your "Journey To The East."
I'm sure you'll zip through the basic classes you mentioned in record time and we here will one day be seeing you as a High Lama at a Monastery in the Netherlands!
I would have joined the ES, if they'd let me at age 20. My devotion to the TS was as thorough as if I had been an ES member. As I said in my blogpost, I took the three objects as a sort of vow, which I've now given back.
But I do agree: the three objects don't clash with being a Buddhist.
Perhaps it's simply that the image I had of the TS and the image I had of myself as a TS member clashed too much with the reality of both.
Its interesting to see that you need to break with the TS. I have a guru in another organization, but I consider the TS to be more or less an open-ended study group, so I don't find any conflict with continuing to belong to it. To me the three objects are extremely general.
I don't see how any of these general ideas conflict with being a Buddhist or a Yogi or a Christian or whatever.
One possibility is maybe you belonged to the Esoteric School. If so, then I can see where you might have a conflict. I have already resolved never to become a member of ES. I would consider that to conflict with my personal spiritual path.
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