Archive for April, 2013

The Buddhist Flag – II –
April 21, 2013

As previously seen, Henry Steel Olcott apparently wrote in his ‘Old Diary Leaves’:

“I was much interested to learn, some years later, from the Tibetan Ambassador to the Viceroy, whom I met at Darjeeling, that the colors were the same as those in the flag of the Dalai Lama.”

Fact:  Henry Steel Olcott never went to Tibet.

Fact:  To Tibet went H.P.Blavatsky, at least twice, to meet there her masters [ Maharaj Maha Chohan, and Maharaj Morya, both of the Maras hierarchy, and therefore belonging to the Kshatriyas, as Devadatta  did, with the difference that Maras are the end of all]. 

Fact:  Henry Steel Olcott was also a disciple of those Maras, as he himself proclaims in his ‘Old Diary Leaves’.

Fact: In good faith, Venerable H. Sumangala Thera, then the highest authority of the Buddha Sangha in Ceylon, became Vice-president of the Theosophical Society, when the laic Buddhist, Henry Steel Olcott, was its president.  However, the Venerable Thera soon resigned.

Fact:  In the Buddha religion, the chief form [or shape] is the circle, or sphere, symbolizing the Wheel of the Buddha Good Law.  In Nature, the chief form [or shape], is the circle, disk, or sphere.

Fact:  As real disciple of Maras, and therefore, herself Mara, H.P.Blavatsky shows in her Esoteric School of Theosophy the colors of the aura of the Buddha, framed by circles, in papers distributed by her, to her theosophical disciples, and in which Buddhist religious teachings appear under the name of theosophy, and as being theosophy, not Buddhism.

Fact:  In the Buddha Sangha of Tibet, in thangkas attempting to reproduce the aura of the Buddha, circles frame the colors there presented, and although sometimes colors may differ,  yet, the shapes, or forms, surrounding the colors, are always circular. Never rectangular. Never square.

Fact:  Everybody knows what are the consequences when, in the middle of the arena, a Spanish torero shakes a red flag in front of a ferocious bull: the torero is immediately attacked.

Fact:  Everybody knows what are the consequences when the Buddhist Flag is shaken in front of ferocious minds…  Buddhist monks attacked!  Buddhist monks slaughtered!

Note that: in some Tibetan thangkas, which better reproduce the aura, the indigo blue of the intellectual sphere always has within it, gold rays symbolizing the Buddha compassionate intellect.*

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(*) – As, without the gold light of compassion, the intellect is cruel – no matter how intelligent it might be.  

The Buddhist Flag – I –
April 20, 2013

In his ‘Old Diary Leaves’as shown  in Internet* – Henry Steel Olcott  apparently wrote:

It was at this time that our Colombo colleagues had the happy thought of devising a flag which could be adopted by all Buddhist nations as the universal symbol of their faith, thus serving the same purpose as that of the cross does for all Christians.

It was a splendid idea, and I saw in a moment its far-reaching potentialities as an agent in that scheme of Buddhistic unity which I have clung to from the beginning of my connection with Buddhism.

With the many points of dissemblance between Northern and Southern Buddhism, the work of unification was a formidable one; yet still, in view of the other fundamental features of agreement, the task was not hopeless.

My Buddhist Catechism was already circulated in Japan in two translations, and now this flag came as a powerful reinforcement.

Our Colombo brothers had hit upon the quite original and unique idea of blending in the flag the six colors alleged to have been exhibited in the aura of the Buddha, viz., sapphire-blue, golden-yellow, crimson, white, scarlet, and a hue composed of the others blended.  In Pali the names of the colors are Nila, Pita, Lohita, Avadata, Mangasta, and Prabhasvara.

The adoption of this model avoided all possible causes of dispute among Buddhists, as all, without distinction, accept the same tradition as to the Buddha’s personal appearance and that of his aura; moreover, the flag would have no political meaning whatever, but be strictly religious.

As the Colombo Committee had sketched the flag, it was of the inconvenient shape of a ship’s long, streaming pennant, which would be quite unsuitable for carrying in processions or fixing in rooms. ‘

My suggestion that it should be made of the usual shape and size of national flags was adopted, and when we had had a sample made, it was unanimously approved of.

Accepted by the chief priests as orthodox, it at once found favor, and, on the Buddha’s Birthday of that year, was hoisted on almost every temple and decent dwelling-house in the Island.

From Ceylon it has since found its way throughout the Buddhist world.

I was much interested to learn, some years later, from the Tibetan Ambassador to the Viceroy, whom I met at Darjeeling, that the colors were the same as those in the flag of the Dalai Lama.

The importance of the service thus rendered to the Buddhist nations may perhaps be measured with that of giving, say, to the Christians the Cross symbol or to the Moslems the Crescent.

The Buddhist flag, moreover, is one of the prettiest in the world, the stripes being placed vertically in the order above written, and the sequence of the hues making true chromatic harmonies.

In pursuance of the policy of unity, I held a Convention in Colombo on 14th February (1885) to agree upon a line of action as regards the tour I had come to make in the interests of education and religion. Sumangala, Megittuwatte, and personal representatives of Wimelasara and Ambagahawatte were present, and we were able to come to a perfectly unanimous conclusion.

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The remodelled Committee, formed on 18th April, 1885, had the High Priest Sumangala as Honorary President and the most influential laics as active members.

I was elected an Honorary Member, and have had frequent occasion to assist with counsel and otherwise my co-religionists.

…. the Defence Committee was permanently organised; and, last but not least, the Buddhist Flag was devised, improved, and adopted.

OLD DIARY LEAVES, Third Series, events that took place from 1883 till 1887,  by Henry Steel Olcott.”

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(*) – The Theosophical Society is an expert in the forgery of books, and written texts.  This is not an irresponsible accusation, thrown at random, but the statement of a fact, with many documented proofs, published in many different languages.