[Note on Confusion about Theosophy and Theosophists]
Theosophist, July, 1881
Article Selections from “The Hindu Sabha”| Notes by H.P.B.
The Hindu Sabha.
Inaugurated A.D. 1880—Kali Era 4882.
Affiliated to The Theosophical Society, Bombay.
The members of the Sabha will endeavor their best:—
1. To cite from the Vyasiyam or the teachings of Vyasa, authorities for any doctrine or practice, which they may uphold, or against any which they may oppose.
2. To give certificates of qualifications and characters to learned priests.
3. To encourage the marriage of girls after puberty and the re-marriage of child-widows.
4. To promote unity and good-will amongst the sects and casts of India.
Subscriptions by Members to the monthly Journal and Vyasiyam, per annum. Rs. 5. . . .
The Vyasiyam will be issues as a Supplement and separately paged. . . .
The Theosophical Society to which the Hindu Sabha is affiliated exists to study and support the cause of Hindu philosophy, religion and science, and bring them home to all other creeds and races. . . .
. . . our definition of Hindu is one who respects the Rishis of India and loves the nation devoted to them . . . every educated Hindu should acquire as much proficiency as is possible for him in the Vyasiyam. . . . Yet still after publication of eight numbers of the Journal we have to confront the anomaly of Hindus wishing to know what is the Vyasiyam and who is a Hindu. . . .
Editor’s Note.—Our esteemed Brother seems to wonder that “after the publication of eight numbers of the journal” he, the Editor, has “to confront the anomaly of Hindus wishing to know what is the Vyasiyam and who is a Hindu.” His surprise may cool, perhaps, when we have told him, that after six years of the Theosophical Society’s existence, and after the publication of twenty-one numbers of The Theosophist journal, full of the objects and aims of its Society, we encounter nearly daily the “anomaly” of its Members and Fellows wishing to know “what is Theosophy” and “who or what is a Theosophist”! Some of them, we find, laboured under the extraordinary impression that no sooner were they initiated than they would find themselves able to cross the Himalayas astride on a cloud, converse with the “Unknowable” face to face, or—secure at once an appointment for High Court Judgeship! . . .