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W. Q. Judge - Two Replies (to the Sun and to Theosophists)

W. Q. Judge - Two Replies (to the Sun and to Theosophists)

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To emphasize the unique place of William Q. Judge in the Theosophical Movement,the Theosophy Company planned to publish a book titled The Case for Mr. Judge.Material was accumulated toward this end, including a number of quotationstestifying to the fine qualities of Mr. Judge from those who knew him, many of themprominent theosophists. Upon reflection, however, it was decided that students ofTheosophy familiar with the writings of Mr. Judge need no further evidence of hischaracter, and mere testimony respecting his devotion and veracity carries littleweight with others. It was determined, therefore, to let Mr. Judge speak for himself.Accordingly, two lengthy statements, long out of circulation, are herein returned toprint. Given the cross-currents originating from outside the Movement at that time, itis left to the reader to evaluate what is said.
First, is a letter from Mr. Judge to the Sun, a newspaper in New York City whichchose the title: “Isis and the Mahatmas.” it is a response to an attack aimed at Mr. Judge and the Society which appeared in the Westminster Gazette, a Londonnewspaper, late in 1894. Second, is the final Reply by Mr. Judge to the chargesagainst him, prepared for an informal meeting of members of the TheosophicalSociety in Boston, April 29, 1895.
Although agreeing broadly on theosophical principles, some present-day students,unfamiliar with the work of Mr. Judge, do not agree on the facts concerningprominent personages of the early days of the Society. The purpose of this bookletthen, is to answer questions and to dispel any doubts that may linger from the past,as well as to invite all who have not benefited from Mr. Judge’s contributions to thetheosophic literature, to do so.
WE have crossed the threshold of the final decade of the twentieth-century, and itseems clear that the disintegrating forces that brought about the “Judge Case” in thelast decade of the nineteenth century struck a note of discord that continued as anundertone to seriously influence the work of the Theosophical Movement fordecades. It may be supposed, then, that today we are faced with a comparable periodwherein the general tone that will resonate through the Theosophical Movementthroughout the entire twenty-first century will be sounded during the next few years.
From 1875 to early 1896 the Messengers of the nineteenth century recorded a body ofteachings now known as modern Theosophy. As a complement to the writings ofH.P.B., there are more than two hundred clarifying articles by William Q. Judge. Inaddition to this wealth of material, students also have the advantage of theperspective provided by the events that have ensued since the death of H.P.B. in 1891and of Mr. Judge in 1896. It is now time for a review, the time to trace and reflectupon the karmic effects resulting from a century of activity within the TheosophicalMovement.
H.P.B. said that in the interest of furthering truth, “the vindication of calumniated but glorious reputations,” was among her goals in writing Isis Unveiled, her firstmajor work. It seems fair to suggest that students of today make a similar effort inthe interest of truth and brotherhood.
During the last three years of his life Mr. Judge was accused of forgery and a lack ofstraightforwardness. Although it was obvious that he had no personal stake in jurisdictional
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squabbles, the charges have left disquieting doubts in the minds of some.
Almost immediately after Mr. Judge left the scene in March, 1896, studentsconcerned for the future of the Theosophical Movement began calling for a fullrevelation of the tensions that had developed among prominent theosophicalworkers before his death. It might be recalled that the last two decades of thenineteenth century were especially trying years for those furthering the Cause.Missionaries and certain Brahmins did what they could to undermine H.P.B. andcontinued to stir trouble within the Society following her death.
The best way to resolve any questions concerning either H.P.B. or Mr. Judge andattain a glimpse of their inner nature and character is through study of a significant
portion of what they wrote on Theosophy. Since 1896 there has been an unbrokenline of theosophical students, who, coming across the Judge Case, discovered forthemselves that Mr. Judge was unfairly accused. The facts are available for studentsto consider and reflect upon.
It is highly significant that two of the most visible members of the Society during thelifetime of Mr. Judge—Col. H. S. Olcott and Mrs. Annie Besant—are reported to haveacknowledged in the late years of their lives that they had underestimated Mr. Judge.
On a trip to the United States in 1906, the year before his death, Col. Olcott spoke ofH.P.B. as his “dear old colleague,” and with respect to Mr. Judge, Mrs. Hollowayrecalled that he said, “We learn much and outgrow much, and I have outlived muchand learned more, particularly as regards Judge. . . . I know, and it will comfort youto hear it, that I wronged Judge, not willfully or in malice; nevertheless, I have donethis and I regret it.” In the early 1920’s, Mr. B.P. Wadia, who had carefully studiedthe claims and evidence presented by both sides in the Judge Case, questioned Mrs.Besant on the subject. She admitted to him that she had come to the conclusion sometime
 back that Mr. Judge had been mistreated, though she insisted that it would be wrongto bring this old issue back to life. Mr. Wadia strongly disagreed and felt compelledto write the following:
With H.P.B. and Col. Olcott, he was a founder of the T.S. and worked by the rightmethod of teaching with all those who came in his contact. His life and work must be judged by the same standard which I have always applied to H.P.B.—theillumination and inspiration of this teaching; the internal evidence of the validity ofhis message and its consistency; and in addition, the dovetailing of his teachings withthe teachings of the Secret Doctrine; and I accept him as a good and true Theosophistwho lived and toiled, who fought and died, leaving behind his own legacy to theTheosophical Movement of the century which began with 1875—a valiant servant ofthe Lodge and the Masters, who has been wronged in the T.S. and whose teachingsremain unknown to this day to its members. I accept Wm. Q. Judge as a trueTheosophist, not only because of his own fine character and his own wonderfulethical teachings, but because he stuck to the line of the Masters and remained untodeath faithful to the Original Programme which They laid down. (A Statement byB.P. Wadia, p. 14.)
It is generally acknowledged among those using the name Theosophy that theoriginal program which “They laid down” is embodied in the work of H.P.B., and it

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