You are on page 1of 134






P. Blavatsky : A Great Betrayal. A Protest against the policy and teachings of the Theosophical Society since the death of Madame Blavatsky.





Co., 1922.




Helena Petrovna
by Old Friends.


Personal Recollections


YORK, 1922.





Music- Dramas.


Wagner's own

interpretations based upon his studies

of Oriental Philosophy.




Co., 1904










INTRODUCTORY. but nowhere in the Western systems of thought could I discover satisfactory answers to certain fundamental I read Mr. P. The Occult World. that say what is my I shall therefore necessary about myself in this short Introduction. little book for is THIS written Society an expansion Journal a of a series of the articles the of Maha Bodhi monthly. A. B. Madame (of as the personal pupil of the late H. the whole of my previous training had been in Western Philosophy and Metaphysics. P. in order to keep only to the main theme in the book itself. Buddhist short account of myself and the nature of my connection with the wonderful woman who forms the subject of this book. at the request of the Editor. For this book purported to be composed largely of letters from certain exalted beings known as the Masters of Wisdom whose existence I had postulated to myself as a logical outcome of evolution. Up to the time I first became acquainted with the Eastern Esoteric Philosophy taught by H. B. Huxley's argument always appealed to i . In 1881 book. P. my me to discover the limitations of orthodox Christianity. of what she alone taught. Blavatsky a Russian Lady of noble birth it is For whom I shall hereafter write as H. the Venerable the Anagarika Dhannapala. in the family of a clergyman of the natural bent of mind soon led Born and brought up Church of England. who also asked me to preface them with a (Calcutta). P. Sinnett's first problems.) I and as an address exponent readers. which at once opened up new vistas.

the " " which is as old knowledge of that Wisdom Religion as humanity and from which all exoteric creeds and religions B. the knowledge of the path which leads to immortality. and joined Mr. I may truly call her my have sprung. in 1891. but to learn from her something of the knowledge she had acquired in the already wrote to her at once. Sinnett's London Lodge. Mr. . Sinnett in order to join the It new lodge. in 1887. VI) on certain phenomena associated with H. after reading about her in The Occult World. Sinnett Indian chela and Mr. and remained under her guidance and tuition until the death of her suffering. B. P. for to her I owe the most spiritual precious gift which can be bestowed upon any mortal. that there must exist is as far beetle. Chatter ji. P. visit to Europe. also the Report of the Society for Psychical Research (see Chapters V. met H. beings whose intelligence is beyond that of the black ours as ours beyond It will therefore be seen that I approached H. not as a wonder-seeker. (an aspect of the matter which never interested me). and therefore I was one of a considerable number who at once left Mr. and in 1885 I read Mr. worn-out body. to Mohini M. I East from those Masters in whose existence I second book Esoteric Buddhism. B.. I was duly initiated with the esoteric ceremonial (including signs and passwords) then still in force under the Indian Rules of 1879. an who was on a P. B. When H. I was the fifth applicant to I first foundly influenced " " my life. Sinnett's believed. came England issued a notice to the effect that members in 1887. Sinnett of his lodge could not also belong to the contemplated Blavatsky Lodge . was thus that I became at last personally acquainted with the wonderful being (for she was far more than mere woman) whose teachings have so pro- mother and guide. by P.

by H. P. could be. President of the American Section. Judge's death in 1896. B. York when Mrs. and outsiders. and many others left Mrs. Neither of their leaders inspired me with any confidence. I was one of those of Mrs.'s To original teachings as. B.join the School of Theosophy in 1888. (or " Eastern ' Esoteric " ') and as we formed the Council pupils personal of the E. and E. Judge. S. Mrs. S. and the third to whom she gave the opportunity " " Inner Group of joining the of that School. as both were introducing ideas completely foreign to those promulgated to be carrying on her work. therefore. I Subsequently. who followed the latter. T. Tingley was introduced to the E. in " " This Inner consisted of her twelve Group 1890. B. neither of these organisations was I. S. S.'s death some of which have never been openly spoken of. When the Theosophical Society was disrupted in 1894-5 by Mrs. able to belong. P. T. (See Addendum. which neither of them scrupled to use for this purpose. P. owing to the pledge of secrecy.) . most things came to my knowledge . W. S. Besant was. Council as Mr. on her side. concerning the inner working of the T. T. both before and after H. Q. while professing An important instrument. in 1899. was the Esoteric School which. then stood. Besant's attack on Mr. Judge's successor. for the simple reason that the action Besant and her friends violated the cardinal principle of Brotherhood for which the T. She then asked me to accompany her on the tour round the world which passed through India in the winter of that year. 1 was among those English members cabled for to attend the convention at New On Mr. and was so used without the knowledge of the T. S. Tingley's Society on discovering that she was departing as far from H. though the whirligig of time has brought many hidden things to light since those early days.

B/s death. first in France and later in Italy. out. therefore. When I was in India. more than once asked I had. Besant's Society found only on dusty For she. I At was able my even when quite young looked upon India as the true and only home of spirituality as it is also the birthplace of those great Teachers who sent I had always . T. always been to realise a long and deeply-cherished intention. Tingley's organisation at the same time that I and many others did. He took an active part in the struggle for the principle of Brotherhood in 1894-5. she shows no signs of the close of the century I to unable found myself carry on any public Theosophical work without becoming involved with one or other of So it came about that these two societies (though I was to form another one myself). with my family. on account of a nervous breakdown through over-work. in 1918. like the : comprised others of different nationalities and shortly before the Great War I left England. shortly after H. subsequently leaving Mrs. My students were not confined only to England. sought ever something which. B/s teachings. B. from an eleven years' Editorship of the London Law Times. in Mrs. S. a barrister who joined and teachings S. the T. should the way ever open life-work. good. to go to India for the remainder of last. carrying on my work as before. H. then already relegated to the background and with The bookshelves Secret Doctrine to be " " new a practice Athenians. certain experiences which I was fortunate enough to pass through served but . P. and E. Basil Crump. but . Associated with me in this work have my only surviving son brought up on these Mr. P. P. to content myself with private work and propaganda of H. it may be added. as Their messenger to the West. He was compelled to retire in 1912. for . in 1896.

was still lie in and ' it was not until twenty-two years later that the way did. Soon after our arrival in India. From that century. with all the symbology and appurtenances of Tantrika and devil-worship. in the presence of their Chief " " 1 Yellow-cap (Gelugpa) Tibetan Lamas. in the Chumbi Valley performing the Ritual. at last.. however. P. we learnt that we were the first and only Europeans who had ever taken the Five Precepts at this sacred spot. Geshe Rimpochd. P. immorality and drunkenness. and the position in regard Movement she founded *The reason we arranged to take Pdnsil under a Gelugpa Lama be seen from the following information given by H. and he and his monks make an annual winter pilgrimage to Buddha Gaya. whose Buddhism had deteriorated and been dreadfully adulterated with the tenets of the old Bhon Religion were all Dugpas. in the " Before the advent of Tsong-ka-pa in the Theosophical Glossary fourteenth century. at Buddha Gaya. B. we three January 1920. and after the rigid laws imposed upon the Gelugpas (Yellow caps) and the general reform and purification of Buddhism (or Lamaism) the Dugpas have will : given themselves over more than ever to sorcery. ' Teacher. B. B. in 1918. the Tibetans." Being at that time resident we visited most of the monasteries in Sikkim and found they were all Dugpa (or Red Cap). adept of black magic '. if any. This brief explanation of my own to H. Dugpas in Eastern Tibet. however. . and everything vile. There are few. under the sacred Bodhi Tree. We were so fortunate as to obtain the great privilege of making our public profesfollowing the example of my took Pdnsil in sion of the Precepts binding on the Buddhist laity. P. Later. the Head Lama of the Dongkar Monastery. clearly indicated to my own work and duty the West ' . H.. open out '. but they congregate in Bhutan ' ' in Darjeeling Sikkim and the borderlands deepen my already formed conviction that India alone was the true field for lasting and effective work in the " " which is that of the Wisdomcause of Theosophy Religion. her Teachings. Since then the word Dugpa has become a synonym of sorcerer '. The monastery of our Gelugpa Lama is just over the Sikkim-Tibet frontier in the Chumbi Valley. At that time.

buried under the accretions by the lethal influences of the Kali fold more powerful in the Yuga West than it is " weighted a thousand- in the East/' as H. deal with certain disastrous events and activities which soon after followed. in an Addendum. After bringing H. B. with her death. I shall. More personal details will be found in the book on H. Laura Lan^ford. long of the centuries. B. . all little that need be given by way of an introduction to a work dealing with one who may truly be called the Resuscitator of the Wisdom (Bodhi) of the East. and finally wrecked the Society for which she had given her life. I should perhaps add that in this book I deal with her life only in so far as it was bound up with her work. once wrote. P. in which I have collaborated with Mrs. P.'s Life-work up to the point when it ceased. P.


longed for is When at last that which we have always arrived. are due. its religion. then to be coarse. EMERSON. then to be critical and treat such a visitant with the jabber and suspicion seems of the streets. and shines on us with glad rays out of that far celestial land. this is right insanity. . nor where its allegiance.1DO fine not forgive in my friends the failure to know a character and to entertain it with thankful hospitality. This is confusion. when the soul no longer knows its own. argues a vulgarity that to shut the doors of heaven.

Blavatsky. out to the world so much of the That Agent was H. ist Ed. 1 Let it never be that it is the highest welfare of humanity which is ever Their sole motive for making such efforts from time to time throughout the ages for the world of ordinary. but must employ agents.CHAPTER I. . . work openly in^the world.) 1 It is scarcely necessary to explain. THE MESSENGER AND THE MESSAGE. of which They declare Themselves this to be the " In Their view " highest welfare Elder " is Brothers. no fact of [physics and metaphysics] is the in degree of its potentiality of moral interesting except results. for us. unprogressed humanity. in 1881. the reasons why Beings so exalted and highly progressed in the scale " of humanity as those whom we call " the Masters of Wisdom cannot in such an age as this. to Mr. the Kali Yuga. but always of a spiritual nature. . A. at least to Orientals. ABOUT middle of the nineteenth century the Trans-Himalayan Masters of Wisdom began to prepare an Agent through whom They could give the Light of Truth as cyclic law permitted at the end of the first five thousand years of the Kali Yuga or Black Age of Indian Chronology. As one of " The chief them wrote. Preliminary Work in America." either of these sciences (Quoted in The Occult World." never of a material. and the ratio of its usefulness to mankind. Sinnett : object of the Theosophical Society is not so much to gratify individual aspirations as to serve our fellowmen . P. forgotten P. poor unknown philanthropists.

fearless challenge to Christendom.. your sole advantage ' ? That we have broken the silence ? of centuries for the profit of a handful of . recognition of the anciently universal " " " and the second volume on Religion was in particular directed against theological Christianity.'s work in detail. to save those nations from the doom their ignorance is preparing for them ? Think you the truth has been shown to you for . can be checked Is not this a thing worth working for." says the " Preface. the progress of materialism. to pass very briefly in review its main features. " Our work. is a plea for the " Wisdom-Religion . / - :. from the time when she was sent by her Master to New York. But the records show clearly that what was then formed " was little more than a miracle club. not only for the phenomenal erudition exhibited but still more on account of the . in 1873. with Universal Brotherhood as its principal object..." The work created an immense sensation. was then Isis engaged there on her first great work entitled Unveiled A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and : " Modern Science and Theology. . P. .'. the increase of and the tendency towards spiritual suicide dangerous self-indulgence.. . H.: : : io Tlie same' Masjter also wrote in a letter of reproof and advice to the then Honorary Secretary of the London " The members of the London Lodge have such Lodge an opportunity as seldom comes to men. B. before dealing with H." and the idea of brotherhood was not even mooted. dreamers only (I It may quote from my own copy of the letter. P. was founded at New York in 1875. It has always been stated that the Theosophical Society as now known.) be well. If they do their whole duty. the chief we cast our gauntlet opponent of free thought . B. A movement : calculated to benefit the English-speaking world is in their custody.

P. and especially at the Vatican. caste It will at once be seen that the inspiration of this constitution was essentially Buddhistic. S. And although H. P. went to India in 1879. In 1890. She wished to bring an action for libel. returned. where she founded the Theosophist " and organised The Theosophical Society or Universal Brotherhood. B. Madras. Judge.) This failure was India's loss and Europe's gain." irrespective race. B." Headquarters subsequently established at Adyar..II at the dogmatic theologians who would enslave both history and science . at once brought an action on H. for her Masters sent her to England and she never her. she and Colonel Olcott publicly took Pdnsil at Galle in 1880. who in conjunction with the London Society for Psychical Research. Mr. . P. P.. creed. but the Council at Adyar lacked faith and declined to support (See her letter of 1890 to the Indians quoted in Chap. H. worked specially for unity and a common platform for all religions. formulated an elaborate attack on H. and her colleague and pupil Colonel Olcott.'s the behalf and procured a full and unqualified withdrawal and a statement which finally disposed of all such libels. Unfortunately this work for Indian unity was defeated by certain Scottish missionaries of Madras." Having completed this work. when a similar libel was published New York Sun. and went to England on a successful mission to the Government in 1884 on behalf of the Ceylon Buddhists to redress certain wrongs. and therefore " of or colour.'s bona fides." The constitution was settled at Benares. with a " clause repudiating all interference with Governmental relations of were any nation or community. sex. the president of the by American T. B. Army. S. B. and published in the Theosophist for April 1880. Universal Brotherhood was denned as based on the " Thou art THAT " of the Upanishads. V. of the U.

Among other works written by H. one who renounces : Nirvana in order to remain and help humanity. for mind. meaning of In this was given the esoteric Nirmdnakaya i. two of the Philosophy/' in which Masters collaborated with Trans-Himalayan Religion and The preface states that only some fragments of the her. Although written in English . in London the most notable was a selection of verses from the Tibetan Book of the Golden Precepts. B." It gives an entirely new view of evolution..12 Before leaving India H. there is sacrifice to man- none known. P. on account of the great renunciation and kind. and asserting his divine origin and destiny. notably reversing the Darwinian theory that man descended from the anthropoid ape. B. higher than whom. B. entitled The Indians. the fundamental unity from which they all spring. whose sacred records deal with yugas cycles of Voice of the Silence." . " Gautama Buddha. In it H. from the secret records the fact that the Aryan race gives is over a million years old and is destined to outlast all Oriental others. P. P. P. B. had already begun her second great work. fundamental tenets are given. H. it acceptable to the is far more comprehensible and and enormous duration and antiquity. is such a Nirmdnakiya. will appreciate the significance of this effort for unity. and the giving out of important teachings at the end of the first 5000 years of the Kali Yuga. to rescue from degradation the archaic truths which are the basis of all religions and to uncover. and 2500 years after Gautama Buddha had made a similar effort for India. the West. The aim of the work is " to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the universe . with several of his there states that Arhats.e. The Secret Doctrine : " The Synthesis of Science. to some extent.

" Reminiscences of P. P. more work than would fill thrice twenty of any normally busy and active life. " When the time was ripe in Tibet taught and prepared intellectual. when He showed her somewhat of the future which lay before her. which * was quite unexpected. first In 1851 she (she met her Master 1 " in the flesh " had known Him. almost * * up * to the day * of her death. Further. During the latter part of her life she was almost a complete invalid. making her a peculiarly Agent for Their purpose. 1831). in 1891. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine " H '. in Tibet. 2 1 * Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky. as her guardian).13 Shortly after this. could keep her from her desk. by Countess Constance Wachtmeister. * H. as letters written by her nearest relatives at that time and her own account of hour herself show. He told her that He needed her co-operation in forming a Society of which He wished her to be the founder but warned her of the many troubles and trials which this work would entail. Although she was only sixty she had accomplished. B. . her extraordinary natural spiritual. she was withdrawn from earth life owing to the same lack of solidarity and support in Europe as in India. and psychic all moral grandeur suitable combined with a purity and her own. from childhood. He said she would have to spend some years . was mysteriously watched over and guarded " from her earliest childhood (she was born at midnight on July 30/31. during the last twenty of those years. With dauntless courage and amazing energy she laboured at her task. psychically. yet no pain or suffering. bodily or mental. by she was personally the Brotherhood for gifts her mission. in order to be prepared for this important task.

P. of her occult 1 knowledge. " ." says in his Old Diary Leaves true history of the Theosophical Society. the territory and its neighbourhood. as formed New York in America. Sinnett writes " Probably the years 1867 to 1870. and have visited such places of Tibet " as have never been visited by other Europeans. so far as was not thought of he and the others were concerned.. unprogressed minds from the occult standpoint and had to proceed with extreme caution." Into her work in the Western world. giving them just so * Incidents in the Lije of Madame Blavatsky* . Of this period or a part of it Mr. S. . for its was chief if incorrect. We must follows that H. I have stopped different "I have lived at in Lamaistic convents. " The identical with that later : President-Founder. interesting of Madame Bla vat sky's eventful life in the associated with were great progress expansion they . previous to her reaching India in 1879. would be found by far the most : . if the story of these could be properly told. The idea of Universal Brotherhood was not there The Brotherhood plank in the Society's future platform . and have been further into. S. had remember that she was dealing with immature and . B. ." This may be true. . and were passed in the East. however. It has always been understood that the T. The formation of the Theosophical Society in in 1875. known as having Brotherhood. Olcott. and these combined periods form more than seven years . This is Universal object we accept what Colonel H.. The : He writes . . but it by no means " " not thought of it. visited Tzi-gadze [Shigatse]. as some general misconceptions exist in regard to this event. says (see A Modern Panarion) periods in Little Tibet as well as in Great Tibet.. : B. is of importance. it is unnecessary to enter at any great length. A. P. P. Teshu-Hlumpo .Writing in 1883 H.

After her death.. March 1890). Colonel Olcott found among her MSS. man toward It irrepressible their forgotten aspiration flight of the higher Gods and the God within him was an undeniable and one heard the voice of the public not to be . . as she saw they were capable of assimilating at the In 1873 H. . I. p. identify " I had to save the situation. " " she evidently intended to be published so he writes. P. P." . for I was sent from Paris to : America on purpose to prove the phenomena. 13). she " she herself with the continues Spiritualists. She there says that the spiritualistic phenomena which began in America about 1850. then in Paris. Vol. The importance and significance of this preliminary work in America is shown in an article by H. and their reality. B. B. " memorandum under the heading Important Note/"" " had to After explaining how. In this passionate this elements in conscience. and show the fallacy of the spiritualistic theory I did not want people at large to know of spirits that I could produce the same thing AT WILL. in the first instance. itself : Why : The question here naturally suggests was she sent to America ? The answer is simple she gives it herself. " " The Cycle Moveth entitled (Lucifer. were Theosophy and the occult Gnosticism Mysteries human Soul of the antediluvian of the . prepared yet to understand the philosophy of Occult and that there are hidden powers in man Science . was directed by her Master to go at once to New York. The world is not .15 much time.. I had received orders to the contrary .. a memorandum which.. . and subsequently overran " but the cyclic pioneers of pre-historic Europe. where she arrived in July of that year. which are capable of making a god of him on earth. and where she lived and worked for nearly six years. He gives this (see Old Diary Leaves..

and is in line with what a few of us always knew that H. and to the dogmatic. P. " founded what was then known as the Theosophical Society." This is clear and unmistakable. the Spiritualistic movement of course in its higher and a helper of. without a shadow of with the foundation of the and its The attempt of Branches." Theosophical Society " May 1875. . B.. P. of man to the . she expressly repudiates such an idea in a letter published by Colonel Olcott himself (though he quotes it under the impression that it serves to prove him to be the more important of " " the two Founders "). who would have none of her. however. he failed to support her against the Madras missionary plot and the privilege of S. B. in India." H. and thus earned the becoming intimately associated with all her future work. charges. to form a nucleus in warrant of facts credits me a Miracle Club/ having]f ailed ' . . was sent first to the Spiritualists. Another popular misconception is that H. P. because the occult explanation of the phenomena was unpalatable to them. Among those whom she met at this time. Olcott then a well-known authority on the phenomena was broad-minded enough eventually to accept her explanation of them. Replying. continues Colonel Olcott. a supplement to. up to the time when." A of becoming an ally to. and more philosophic aspect. to a caustic " he not only sees in me a critic. P. . Materialism of the age of State religions. .i6 misunderstood answer of the inner nature . It was ecclesiastical conventionalism little passionate protest against both further on she states that the Theosophical Society " was ushered into the world with the distinct intention a loud. but became her bitterest enemies. S. She did not ." in New York. B. writes : ' Buddhist priestess ' (!) but. R. the next opportunity . Colonel H.. in 1878.

. Committee. P." It was the phenomena she afterwards consented to do in India which led to the fatal Report ! the word ' ' and forthwith of the Society for Psychical Research. " that it would be a good thing to form a society to pursue and promote such occult research/' He then scribbled this idea. turning over the leaves of a Dictionary..17 presented Felt lectured to a few on the yth of September of the " same year. a question for grave discussion Colonel Olcott says that several names " were suggested some of which he gives." While the lecture on The Lost Canon of " was proceeding. P. Judge to hand to H." was. P. B. did not found the My society in years. in of us came this Theosophy name was unanimously adopted Finally. we reach his " H. despite what was asserted in after " " She did no more than assent to the proposals New and would only accept the nominal office of Corresponding Secretary. on a slip of paper and passed it to " Mr. (See Chapter VI. plaintive upon whose help as had not we thought everybody unreasonably counted. of course. idea occurred to me/' he writes.) whole object in citing these apparently trivial " " details is to show that H. B. who read it and nodded assent/' This and the investigation of phenomena were the motives actuating the founders (excluding H. York." and it was not until she calls " " reached India in 1879 t^ at Universal Brotherhood was . The time was evidently not ripe the psychological moment had not arrived the minds of those with whom H. " the Proportion of the Egyptians itself when Mr. one " across At last.. .) of the subsequently organized Society. B. P. of others. refused to do the slightest phenomena at our meetings. friends of ours . in the form of a question. statement that B. B. then had to deal were unprepared for the promulgation of what Colonel Olcott " The Brotherhood plank. for which "a name in . . P.

history and philosophy of the Eastern Schools and their had no idea what relations with those of our own times/' The full account of the writing of this astounding work and the marvels attending its evolution. to any open and unprejudiced mind. P. Ministers Consuls and from the Department of State a special : But the reason becomes intelligible Colonel Olcott writing. Vol. In the summer of 1878 H. and that his There can be little selection at this time and the were very largely due to this special privileges he enjoyed fact. In showing " him the first few sheets one day in the summer of 1875. I. doubt that the work which Colonel Olcott was destined to accomplish for Southern Buddhism in the East. P. and the Society was entirely reconsti- on the basis of Brotherhood/' with a comprehensive programme. A few months later. B. This may appear strange if her chief work was intended to be in and for India. S. adding that she night by order : it was to be. B. then declared ' " ' " I wrote this last . took out naturalisation papers as a citizen of the United States of America.] I received departure for India from the President of the United States an autograph and letter of recommendation to all U. as given by Colonel Olcott (Old Diary Leaves. I have already alluded to Isis Unveiled as H. was foreseen by the Masters. find when we " On the I3th [of Dec. P. B. establishes without the necessity for further contro- versy the claim she invariably made that in her work she acted for. and was under the direct guidance of. the Himalayan Brotherhood.i8 added to the tuted " title.'s principal work in America. " she wrote him is to be a book on the that it however.) reads almost like a fairy tale and at once. . on the eve of their ." Colonel Olcott writes that H. a book which she wrote in the incredibly short space of little over a year.

B. . runs darkbut which he An entry in her diary. . left New . calls her " heart-cry of joy. which he What next ? All Great day " ! .19 . P. . B. . tranquil .C. P. five days later.L. when H. he and H.]. passport such as is issued to American diplomats These documents proved useful later on in India [italics mine A. . CONSUMMATES EST . " : quotes. ! York for Bombay." . and I were under suspicion " of being Russian spies At last.

P. Oh for the Land ! Oh for India and HOME In his Incidents in the writes Life of 1885). On January 19.. How. Foundation of the Universal Brotherhood in India. will be dealt with later of At present we are concerned with the arrival . writing in her diary Night of : tossing and rolling !" . in the midst of " which we find H. I say. passing through several terrific gales. however. could one close of the first five doubt on.. this when one ? reads the Maha Chohan's Letter. Blavatsky Sinnett Her Theosophic Mission appears soil to India to plant the Theosophical Society in the it was destined chiefly to flourish." How doubt that the Masters of could one Trans-Himalayan " Wisdom had India in view "from the outset in their great effort for the rehabilitation of Buddhism real Buddhism. P. written in 1880 This. stopping a short time in London to see the members of the P.CHAPTER Movement II. ist " : Edition. India as " its to have had from the outset/' that she objective point came where the Bodhidharma of the Archaic Ages taught by all the Buddhas ? This effort is peculiarly significant at the thousand years of the Kali Yuga. and approximately two thousand five hundred after Gautama Buddha's Enlightenment and Renunciation of Nirvana (the Trans-Himalayan Tradition). New York British Theosophical Society (afterwards called the London some leading Lodge) Egyptologists. Madame Mr. B. B. 1879. (Chapter IX. A. If ** and Colonel Olcott arrived in England from on New Year's Day. they and Spiritualists left for and Bombay.

the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient . P. B. subsequent history of the Society had he been able to But bring himself to listen more often to her advice he did not possess that true humility which would have enabled him to recognise her as immeasurably his superior in the occult sense . but to read Colonel Olcott 's account in Old Diary 1879 Leaves it might be supposed she had little or nothing to do with it. " H. Theosophy ? my says : Theosophy then. although. History of the Theosophical Society" is preposterous it is a case of Hamlet without the Prince. was to him and to Mr. in her editorial What is. and the activities immediately following. germane to " e. devoted to Oriental Philosophy. is " present purpose . B/s memory. How different might have been the was. P. To call them . Art. tireless and devoted worker as he undoubtedly . and the baseless and unworthy insinuations. B. Hume. A. In the first number of the Theosophist there is much of extreme importance. B. at Bombay in February 1879.21 H. in justice to H. at first through corresIt pondence. B. I feel that. above We come now to the founding The first number appeared on October I. O. was written. "The True egotism was quite beyond the normal consequently he was incapable of understanding the real H. the archaic Wisdom- Religion.g. with Mr. " a monthly journal by H. P. Colonel Olcott 's . then Editor of the Pioneer. P.. Sinnett. and Occultism/' . of the Theosophist. as we have already seen. Literature. that the Letter from the mentioned. I must place on record my condemnation of the whole tone which Colonel Olcott uses in writing of his great colleague of the petty feelings shown. a Revenue official at Simla. ! he became her pledged pupil before they left America. Good man. throughout his four volumes. It was while they were at Bombay that she and Colonel Olcott became acquainted. Maha Chohan. P.

" This Supreme section being. under the significant new this a cardinal principle of the Society. with Brotherhood at all. in December.e." The most notable and vital features of this new Constitution. H. and the " " himself subject to the authority of a Council representing the highest section. confined to " " Initiates in Esoteric Science and Philosophy (i. publishes a full account of it in the Theosophist for April. B. as revised in General Council at the meeting held at the palace of H." showing that with their arrival in India the time had come to make Only two months later. and Bye-Laws.22 country having claims to civilisation. 1879." there was a General Council. B. October 30. are the following of : Formed upon the basis of a Universal Brotherhood Humanity. the Masters). Formed at New York. Beneath are the words : " U. 1875 but. as showing that the intention was to place India once again under the spiritual guidance of her ancient Rishis. " America. P. P. President was . of . Next follow " : Principles. as I showed in the New York did not concern itself Society Chapter I. S. it is evident that the Society in its new form was to be under Their direct control. Rules. This is a very important point. H. speaks of the Society being established upon the footing of a Universal Brotherhood. double title : THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OR UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD. the Maharajah of Vizianagram. at Benares." It is followed by " one entitled What are the Theosophists ? " In it " H. the constitution was entirely remodelled and established on a purely esoteric basis. formulated in and for India.. I7th December. Benares. 1880. as we shall see further on.

ability fixed. of Nature " (e) seek to obtain knowledge of . remain the trated. ' moral. demonsquer evil habits and unwarrantable prejudices They were in "Active. library . or creed . " it'for selfish purposes.. whether as an intolerant religious sectarianism. . ancient philo. ." . The necessary instruction spiritual. sophies. until their " " become had Society conto their and their usefulness shown. ." divided into of a brother who and were Honorary." purpose to on probation.e. and who are ready to defend the life or honour Theosophist even at the risk of their own lives." " The Second consisted of those who have become : able to regard all men as equally their brothers.23 The declared plans were " (a) (b) : To keep alive in man his spiritual intuitions. colour. " Corresponding. (f) (g) and legends.. every form." " (c) To promote a feeling of brotherhood among nations (d) . . intellectual. except with the permission of the teacher." " To oppose and counteract bigotry in ." ." " The Third was the Section of Probationers. " non-sectarian education. traditions. or The Society was divided into three Sections " The First was composed exclusively of proficients initiates in Esoteric Science and Philosophy." " First Section was to be given by members of the and a solemn oath not to use the Masters) under nor to reveal it.. or belief in miracles or anything supernatural. race. to encourage and assist Finally . all the laws To gather for the Society's correct information upon the various " . ." "To . and Occult Sciences. irrespective of caste. . ." To promote " and chiefly. individual Fellows in self-improvement." (i.

His body may be enslaved as to his Soul he has the right to give the proud answer of Socrates to his Judges. speaking of the ." matters set forth in the present document.. When H. and such multifarious aims and . had already struck this note very forcibly in the Theosophist for October. therefore.L. B. . its Such is the Theo- Society.C. that this section attitude of his in failing to support her in refuting the Madras Missionary attack)." at London. she writes Unconcerned about politics hostile to the insane dreams of Socialism and Communism. where. A was the following " The Society repudiates all interference on its behalf with the Governmental relations of any nation or : community. which it abhors mine A. finally had to leave India in 1885 (again owing to this It is evident." . under Mrs. H. B. the Society cares but little about the outward Society's : " : human management its of the material world. They have . very important clause. Whether the physical man be under the rule of an empire or a republic concerns only the man of matter. P. programme.24 for candidates for Chelaship. The whole of of the visible aspirations are directed towards the occult truths and invisible worlds. in India. Besant. was intended and that promotion to the Second Section implied that the candidate was "accepted" by the Members of the First. confining its attention exclusively to the . in view of the political activities of the present T.] as both are but disguised [Italics conspiracies of brutal force and selfishness against honest labour . she revived it as the " Esoteric Section. P. no sway sophical objects.. over the inner man. S. This purely Esoteric basis for the whole Society was interfered with by Colonel Olcott's exoteric objections and activities. in 1888.

. on an esoteric basis with the Masters as the Supreme Council and and H.25 of the T. because he flatly refused to cancel a trip to Ceylon and stay to help her with the Theosophist. matters. B. as usual. OR U." This make-up rendered him quite unable to appreciate the formation of the T. That there must be some reason for this extraordinary omission It may be that what he flippantly called is certain. they are mostly minor . at Bombay. entertainments. P. : . S. Certainly he would be likely to object agreeable to the occult character imparted to the new T. H. S. " A Master visited her on the igth " and as a result. S. they came to an agreement to T. B. when H. S. It was ever her custom to give him the limelight. 2 to the events at Benares. Colonel Olcott devotes several chapters of vol. as Their accredited and Agent Representative. and affairs in which he was the leading figure. but not In a " " even the barest mention is to be found in Old Diary Leaves. this very important true history Constitution ought to have been fully recorded . only comes in when she satisfies phenomena. P. P. because at the end . putting the Brotherhood idea forward more prominently. on a different basis. on " reconstruct the the 25th. P. and keeping the occultism more in the background . " The inference is obvious Colonel Olcott had evidently made various objections to the new Constitution drawn up at Benares we may First Section. He invariably showed an entire want of comprehension of such matters and undisguised indifference (not to say his craze for contempt) for anything fatal lack in his " occult " or " esoteric. B. B. On February n. B. : : therefore fairly conclude that in the form published in April it had been modified somewhat. and he took full advantage of it. " " the brotherhood plank being now introduced was not to him. he records a quarrel " " with H. and he were the guests of the Maharajah but.

she says Q. B. had been in was because the further efforts she made vain. It has been shown that she was specially trained for her letter to Mr. it has W. point of dying and it." In a private written about 1887. the Mother and the Creator of the Society.. she and. alone could the is that she inference when obvious finally Society.. and that it had been proved impossible it to carry the Society safely through into the 20th century. Yes for it was the only to live means to save Therefore I consented which in my case means to hours of the day suffer physically during twelve mentally twelve hours of the night. generally. work and told by her Master " : that she would have to form " I am a Society. As she herself wrote in 1886 in the December number : of the Path (the official organ of the American Section) " Unless radical reforms in our American and European Societies are speedily resorted to. lightning conductor of Karma for it. its its and she was " Karma did go in 1891. Judge. fluid Therefore I alone and to a can serve a as degree. I quote it here to show that whatever the " President-Founder " (as he always liked to be called) may have believed. . B. Creator. when at the my magnetic ." A word on H. H. alone.. February 26 and 28. P. as its Founders.26 are the words " : Revised and ratified by the Society at Bombay." Although given somewhat out of its proper place. then. S. had wished to do. the physical shell when I get rid of . Olcott. . accepted " cross of its failures and mistakes. H. should here be said. B/s real relation to the T. S. and whatever subsequently became the commonly accepted opinion among members of the T. I said. " " the save If. P." She voluntarily " as we bore the shall see. the Masters. I fear that before long there will n main but one centre of Theosophical Societies . I was asked whether I was willing. 1880. P. in 1887.

once more raised her the Sons of old MASTER. .. B. and rules and original purposes answer in every particular and detail if strictly carried out to the innermost Deep called ' Failures its ' will close over fundamental thought of every great Adept-Reformer the beautiful dream of a Universal Brotherhood of Man.27 and Theosophy in the whole world namely. the Great War would not have been possible. efforts will be in vain ' : . Aryavarta the Motherland of my " Needless to add. was rent in twain by mutual quarrels. spiritual Force in the world. and absolutely unbrotherly conduct. All my love and aspirations belong to my beloved brothers." Alas tic. is preparing to close on the world Unless we can succeed in placing the T. are in the very midst of the Egyptian darkness of Kali ' Yuga the Black Age/ the first 5. in the first number of the English Vahan : " We say to-day to all If you would really help the noble cause you must do so now for a few years more We and your. the T. From and owing to this failure to carry out in practice Subsequent history but conclusively proves the truth of my assertion For had the Society successfully accomplished its mission in the world. Thus will have ingloriously perished the only association whose aims. " failed failed completely as a living. jealousies that hour. but three short years after the death of its Founder. S. . in India on that country I call all the blessings of my heart. " the cardinal principle of Brotherhood. on the safe side of the spiritual current. ! and the T. and the whole i'ate of humanity would : . as well as our. and H. these " radical reforms were not carried out . before that date." warning voice. it will be swept away irretrievably into the and the cold waves of oblivion devoted head. . P. .S. these words proved only too tragically propheS.000 years of which its dreary first cycle between 1897-8.

ment will sink in such a sea of horror that its parallel History has never yet recorded. the Russian Revolution. and we cannot repeat it too often. " 1889 : If Theosophy prevailing in the struggle. . of joy For real . its all-embracing philosophy strikes deep root into the minds and hearts of men. then indeed will dawn a day and gladness for all who now suffer and are outcast. not long before her death. herself. B. the future foresaw the world-ruin and desolation which . of Hope and Responsibility." And who is there among the more thoughtful and intelligent who will not see in the Great War. . unswerving devotion to Truth But if not. then the storm will and our boasted western civilization and enlightenburst. foresaw.28 have been changed. Theosophy is Altruism. and the ever-increasing intensity of the terrible struggle between Capital and Labour. The fact that H. B. P. . if its doctrines of Reincarnation and Karma. It is brotherly love. P. here foretells. with prophetic insight. mutual help. find a home in the lives of the new generation. in other words. must inevitably follow upon the rejection of true Theosophy. is clearly proved by the fine concluding words of her leader in the May Number of Lucifer. symptoms of the coming cataclysm which H.

l 1 First Edition. I have mentioned that H. after an examination of our papers He and other evidence. I sis Unveiled. Mr. where she met Mr. entitled In it " Politics and Theosophy. says : Upon a hundred platforms have announced this fact [absolute neutrality as regards politics] . P. B. succeeding ones are misleading. become a naturalised American before leaving New York in 1878. on the basis of Brotherhood and true Esotericism. which are not only untrue. as Mr. and adds that the Government of India. P. P. O. Hume. A. I find that H. S. but absurd. . at Benares in 1879. P. the word Politics had never been pronounced in connection with our names was too absurd to be even entertained. . Sinnett has added statements about H. B. among I other things." " Colonel Olcott. .CHAPTER N I the last Chapter I gave a III. Sinnett gives an account of this . B. . in which he was much interested led to a visit she paid the Sinnetts at Allahabad.'s first great work. P. summary of the re-constitu- tion of the T. Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott had corresponded with Mr. 1883 (Supplement) politics. Sinnett soon after they reached India. B. The Masters of Wisdom and Their Chelas. visit in his Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky. in December. became convinced of our political " neutrality Proving how wise was the foresight which made H. for the idea much less then alludes to the police surveillance expressed/' " to which they had been subjected. Before we came to India. . including a very clause repudiating any interference with In the Theosophist for July. . 1879. and Colonel Olcott had to issue a most important definite warning to the members. This correspondence which was partly about H.

crisis of . . When we had . See Introductory. in 1920. came a mighty shout settle and customary way. H. A great crowd was present Silas. both a formal of our previous professions. . to cover up the fact that H. apologising continually illustrious visitor. P. and to his credit be it said. B. Early in 1880 she and Colonel Olcott. at a temple of the Rimanya and were formally acknowledged as Nikya . like Colonel Olcott. . of have been some made. finished the last of the and offered flowers in the . P. P. down I believe that this incident as far as possible. there the people could not . who was subsequently called by his Master to Tibet). . P. We had a good deal of trouble in catching the Pali words that we were to repeat after the old monk confirmation [but this must have been child's play to our struggles with Tibetan under similar circumstances. Buddhists/' as Leaves. too. where they " " " tookpdnsil on May 25. R. (a Brahmin Chela. to suppress themselves to silence for . Sinnett proved himself one of her most staunch defenders in the Madras missionary attack and S. . finds it necessary to be and criticising. visited Ceylon. in ourselves Buddhists long privately and publicly. .] .30 He. and I kept her company.. 1884-5.. at Buddha Gaya. though at this time he and his been wife seem to have to attached sincerely H. in Old Diary declared We had previously before. with Damodar Mavalankar K. II. B. some minutes . . suffered from an abnormal bump of egotism. so that this was but America. his for. knelt before the huge statue~of the Buddha. . Mr. He. . was as completely accepted a Buddhist as any Sinhalese in the island to be a regular Buddhist is one thing. He says Colonel Olcott " : writes. B. and to be a debased modern Buddhist sectarian . by my attempts leading colleagues of Europe and America. Vol.

or Bodhism the Wisdom-Religion). and instruct them in occult science. which was identically the Wisdom-Religion of the Aryan Upanishads. viz. P. I can say that if Buddhism contained a single dogma that we were compelled to accept. P. writes : " Having disposed of personal motives. let us analyse your terms for helping us to do public good. and the soul of all the ancient world-faiths . to the day of her death.. .. came to do in India. and much of the replies was embodied in The Occult World. to endeavour to prove to the Hindus the fundamental identity of their ancient faith and worship with that of Buddhism (or rather Budhism. Speaking for her as well as for myself. Lucifer. In the autumn of 1880 H. Adept Gautama Buddha. where most of the phenomena described by Mr. B. Broadly . S..quite another. . B. Accordingly they both addressed letters to this effect to one of the Masters." In these words Colonel Olcott strikes the keynote of the work H." Their interest in the phenomena. we would not have taken Our Buddhism was that of the Masterthe pdnsil . Hume resulted in the place. and the splendid vistas of further investigation along these lines which. again visited the Sinnetts at Simla. At this herculean and (as the event proved) thankless task she laboured incessantly in the pages of the Theosophist for so long as she was able to remain in India. and continued it in her English magazine. The Master. so they considered. Sinnett in The Occidt World (his first book) took The effect upon him and Mr. decided them to ask " The Brothers " to take the " Simla Eclec" tic specially in hand. were thus opened up. entitled the Simla Eclectic. " establishment of a Branch of the T. after going at some length into the motives which had actuated them in making their request for the favour of special instruction.

and the one give the experimental proof to the other that his instrucMan of the world. that an independent Anglo- Indian Theosophical Society shall be founded through your kind services. should be brought face to face. can be more reasonable than to ask that that teacher anxious to disseminate his knowledge. will you say. these terms are first. and in tions were correct ? full sympathy with it. P. and be satisfied with . .Is of so for and the beneficent eager knowledge any you powers it confers.32 stated. he has to come to us . knocks. first and most important your opinion they of our objections is to be found in our rules . we invariably welcome the new comer only. or let him wait. and who world of ours. And . therefore. that one of us shall take the new body under his patronage/ and afford them . . . in the management of which neither of our present representatives [H. second. as so many others have. B. door is always open to the right man who . as to be ready to leave your world and Then let him come by all means. to follow and appreciate the can hardly be blamed for not responding as heartily to your suggestions as in The deserve. instead of going over to him. and Colonel Olcott] shall have any voice and. But the men of this other modes of thought. a majority of your countrymen if not of Europeans might share that opinion. . living in. and. come into ours ? ." I words so as to avoid inaccuracy in " From your point of view. you are undoubtedly right. as the pupil to the master and without conditions. The . indeed. those terms to provoke no dissent. seem so very reasonable as may have copied your own defining the position. ' that he really possessed that superior knowledge of the forces of Nature and the attributes of the human soul which would inspire them with proper direct proof ' ' confidence in his leadership. and pupil offering him to do so. untutored in your find it very hard at times latter. What.

but to its ordinary conceit and effrontery on the part of these men . this to them extraordinary reprehensible. " published in the Theosophist for September. The new Society. morality. be. a branch of the . though bearing a distinctive title of its own. which. . They wrote that they claimed their right as disciples (chelas) to protest against the tone used " and the " bold 3 . and Northern Cashmere." which H. Sinnett and Hume had asked. parent body. as recognises. every Oriental student as the Master himself recognises. not for the benefit of chosen few who were not even prepared to sacrifice anything really vital in order to earn the privilege of to be for the good of " all pronouncement that the Movement was intended receiving such instruction . discussed. must. are an essential to such preliminary teaching as that for which receiving Messrs. Yet you have ever and in other practicable ways promoting its . put down. It is difficult adequately to characterise such extra. test point of view called forth an exceedingly strong " " " Pro' from twelve ' ' Accepted and ' Probationary their dis- Hindu Chelas ciples in India of the HIMALAYAN BROTHERS. . This perfectly comprehensible and natural attitude of a Western mind. 1882. neither were they prepared entirely or faithfully to follow those simple fundamental rules of conduct. . is regarded by Eastern disciples as not only most unseemly but actually In fact.33 such crumbs of knowledge as may fall in his way . as is the British Theosophical Society at London. if founded at all. P. in fact. B. one advantage was to draw from the Master the very definite " a men. questioned its usefulness. the idea of a Universal Brotherhood. and self-discipline. and advised to remodel the Theosophical Society on the principle of a college for the special study of occultism . and contribute to its vitality and usefulness by leading idea of a Universal Brotherhood.

criticisms of

long letter

H. X.~ a lay Chela." This referred to a from Mr. Hume signed H. X., in the same

They proceed No one who has once

right to openly criticise

offered himself as a pupil has any and blame our MASTERS simply upon


positively exceptional favours were shown, to drag their personalities as unceremoniously before the public as he would any other class of

maintain that

it befits ill

hypothesis one, to



And we




Asiatic race,

Belonging as we do, to the so-called "inferior" we cannot help having for our Masters that boundless devotion which the European condemns as

think that our blessed Masters ought to be the best how to impart instruction. Most of us have seen and judges know them personally, while two of the undersigned live with











know how much

of their


used for the good

and well-being of Humanity. And if, for reasons of their own, which we know must be good and wise, our Gurus " to the world all the knowledge abstain from communicating
they possess
[sic !]," it is

no reason why


and yet so little about them should assume upon themselves the right of remonstrating with, and teaching them publicly what they imagine to be their duty. Therefore, however indisputably clever and highly able,
call it


" lay chelas " "


a sin



from a literary and intellectual standpoint, H. X.'s



be], its


must not

feel surprised to find that,



natives discern in

foremost and above

an imperious




to our


spirit that

would dictate


laws even to those

who can

never come under any one's sway. No less painfully are we impressed by the utter absence in the letter we are now
for the little that has confessedly

protesting against, of any grateful acknowledgment even been done.


All the names which follow are those of Easterns, one them being that of Damodar K. Mavalankar, to whom

All sign themselves Fellows I have already referred. the Theosophical Society, save the two actually living with the Masters in Tibet, whose names are printed








have quoted at some length from this Protest," " an chela on for not only do I myself accepted proba" tion (through H. P. B.) since 1889 fully agree with all






but I wish to establish, in

the minds

my readers, a thorough understanding of the foundation upon which the Society created by H. P. B. rested

in its inception.




Great Master on Buddhism and Brotherhood.
dealing with the

must quote at some from the Maha Letter from a remarkable length very Chohan, the supreme Chief of the Trans-Himalayan of Brotherhood. For it really constitutes a sort " of and work real the Imperial Charter/' outlining scope the Theosophical Movement. Curiously enough, it was

BEFORE for Psychical





called forth

by the

Sinnett and


truly amazing request of Messrs. " " Branch Simla Eclectic that their

be accorded special privileges and instruction by the Masters. I will give the extracts from the manuscript copy in my possession, to the end of which the Master
(Mr. Sinnett's correspondent) who took it down from the " An lips of the Maha Chohan, adds the following version of the views of the Chohan on the abridged

T. S. from his


words, given last night."

H. P. B.

gave a good deal of this Letter in Lucifer (August, 1888) in a leader on a very open-minded article on Buddhism

and the work of the T. S. (Revue des Deux Mondes, July, well-known Sanskritist, M. Emile 1888) by "the


copy has the following heading


Several good reasons given by the CHOHAN, why the T. S. should be a Brotherhood of Humanity.



Simla Eclectic




"The doctrine we promulgate being the only true one, supported by such evidence as we are preparing

37 to give truth. to cause as many of our fellow-creatures as we possibly can to benefit by it. . its imprisonment in the narrow grooves of bigotry and superstition a process which cannot fail to [lead to] utter deformation of the intellectual principle . . is eternal truth. owing to the deliberate surrender of their intellect. P. latter is striving for Theosophia. It is not the individual and determined purpose of attaining oneself Nirvana (the culmination of all knowledge and absolute wisdom) which is after all but an exalted and glorious selfishness but the self-sacrificing pursuit to lead on the right path our neighbour. we have to preach and popularize a knowledge of Theosophy. The Secret Doctrine. 1 H Blavatsky t A Great Betrayal. Besant in " Third and Revised 1 897 is of very doubtful authenticity. Divine Wisdom. purity. The so-called Vol. self-denial. . the other unrestrainedly indulg- ing its animal propensities. which For our doctrine to practically is a synonym of Truth. react on the so-called moral code or the ideas of truthfulness. enforcing its theories unimpeachable facts for those who know with direct inferences deduced from and corroborated by the evidence furnished by modern exact science Buddhism. Vols. 1888. which constitutes the true Theosophist. London. Her Edition'" of Vols. in cases of failure. Blavatsky. I and II. I and II is fully dealt with in my pamphlet. charity. P. Ill published by Mrs. etc. 1 become ultimately triumphant as every other Yet it is absolutely necessary to inculcate it gradually. " The intellectual portions of mankind seem to be fast drifting into two classes the one unconsciously preparing for itself long periods of temporary annihilation or states of non-consciousness. and he who strives for the . reacting upon dissolution. By H. with the deliberate intention of submitting to annihilation pure ' and simple . to millenniums of degradation after physical ' Those intellectual classes.. stripped of its superstitions.

to recognise the reality of that transcendental selfthe Buddha. prophecy quoted ante. the sons of Theosophists are more likely to become.. Eliphas Levi would have called it) how is the combative natural instinct of man to be restrained from inflicting hitherto unheard-of cruelty and enormities. and at the same time misuse of free-thought and liberty (the universal rule of Satan. the God of every preacher. in their turn. 1 The atrocities committed during the Great War. All of us have to get rid of our own ego. the white Dove of Truth has hardly room whereon to rest her weary unwelcome foot. and which look up to them as noble and fit examples to follow. ' ' tyranny. .'s H. Mystical Christhat to say. Christianity which teaches P 1 .. etc. by the other Buddha. p. It is time that Theosophy should enter the arena . B.the ignorant masses which they attract. and equivalent to regenera- tion or rebirth in spirit will be found just the same truth as the Nirvana of Buddhism.. degrade and morally ruin those they ought to protect and guide. P. . has ever achieved during his lifetime a complete triumph not even Buddha In . the illusory apparent self. no prophet. view of the ever-increasing triumph. See also striking examples. if not through the soothing influence of brotherhood and of the practical application of Buddha's esoteric doctrine is tianity. not be selfish. self-redemption through man's own seventh principle this liberated Para-Atma (Augoeides) called by the one Christ. and the still re greater horrors now suffered by Russia under Bolshevist rule a 28. we must strive to make other people see that truth. the Christ. This is why even exoteric Buddhism is the surest path to lead men towards the one esoteric truth. No messen- " ger of truth. Between degrading superstition and still more degrading brutal materialism. to recognise our But if we would true self in a transcendental divine life. Theosophists than anything else. injustice. that .

as well as its political and social systems based on that idea has now proved a failure. is but a burden and an illusion that it is our . The world . in general. philanthropy. through its hells and damnations. all this We have nothing to do with Theosophists say the lower classes and the inferior races (those of ' ' conception of the British) cannot concern us and must manage as they can what becomes of our fine professions of benevolence. almost unknown among Buddhist popula- Teach the people to see that life on this earth. most preva' It weakens in lent in Europe and America. Mussalman. etc. and Christendom in particular. inculcated the greatest dread of death. how main objects of Theosophy are misinterpreted by those most willing to serve us personally are we to deal with the rest of mankind ? With that curse known as the struggle for existence/ which is the real and most prolific parent of most woes and sorrows. " If . reform. . the cause producing the effect. tions. and honour and mercy both flung to the winds. whether Christian.000 . and the great struggle for existence will soon lose its intensity . left for 2. for instance. that is our own judge. justice is disregarded. is . Therefore do we find the struggle ' ' raging most fiercely in Christian countries. even the happiest. religion. years to the regime of a personal god. " karma. . has hitherto while a taught practical contempt for this earthly life each of them always with that solitary exception has. can ours be the true path ? Shall we India. our saviour in future lives.? Are these professions a mockery ? And if a mockery.39 ' As we find the world now. or Pagan. and all crimes ? Why has that struggle become the almost universal scheme of the universe ? We answer because no since the ' ' ' ' ' with the exception of Buddhism. and . in the . In a word. pagan ' lands.

1 that they might be born again and again subjected to misery. It Sinnett and cisely this. Padma Pani. they might become the means of securing salvation and bliss in the hereafter.4o devote ourselves to teaching a fat of the ' few Europeans. repeated throughout long and dreary centuries. the devoted followers of hall of occultism.e. who had asked pre" passion for the bell-ringing and cup" growing that led to the S. that spirit incarnate of absolute self-sacrifice. to take care of themselves and their hereafter. chosen among but one mankind. or Avalokiteshwara. of the poor and despised. of philanthropy. than that 1 we should permit it become no better than an academy of magic. P. Report dealt with later. and a That we. was their . the refuge of the few with no thought in them for the many. R. for a hand- men. as of all the highest virtues attainable on this earth of sorrow. Among the few glimpses attained by Europeans of Tibet and its mystical hierarchy of perfect lamas/ there ' is one which was correctly understood and described The incarnations of the Bodhisattva. Alluding to Messrs. fed on the gifts of land fortune many the of them loaded with the blind ' rationale of bell-ringing. should ever allow the Theosophical the embodiment to Society represent of selfishness. with both to its hapless founders. and all the sorrows of life. imprisonment in the flesh. the summum bonum of bliss and of individual personal felicity . the man of men. ful of 1 of the many races of Hume. relinquish at their death the attainment of Buddhahood i. of divine kindness.. of the spiritual telephone. the best they know how ? Perish rather the Theosophical Society. the lowly and oppressed. cup-growing. Gautama Buddha. is a strange idea. " my brothers. and astral body formation. provided that by such a self-sacrifice. and leave the teeming millions of the ignorant.

Humanity brothers No. ! not by actually for noble men and not be All our knowledge. must be somewhere a consistent and if our doctrines will show their competence to first then the world will be the to confess that ours must be the true philosophy.And it is we. is conclusive evidence that none of its religions and philosophies " those of the ' ' civilised races less than have ever possessed the TRUTH. past sufficient to repay them. any other The right and logical but to these there solution. They are as far from the solution as they ever were. need not undertake a task too heavy for him. 1 and present." 1 The mention of India needing help is a striking Point in previous chapters. are as impossible to them now as they were 1881 years ago. liberty and despotism. which gives truth and nothing but the TRUTH. the true light. egotism and altruism. I have but a few more words to add. no. the true religion. explanation on the subject of the problems of the great dual principles right and wrong. pain and pleasure. by the Chohan as the country specially confirmation of what I have said on this | . That the world is in such a bad condition morally. by if correcting the women himself propagating this idea. would Having explained our views and aspirations. Oh to help us effectually in India in that divine task. who are expected to permit the Theosophical Society to drop ' " its noblest titlethat of ' the Brotherhood become a simple school of philosophy. But there is hardly a Theosophist in the whole it Society unable to effectually help erroneous impression of outsiders. To be true. mistake too long already. good and evil. offer it. religion and philosophy must offer the solution to every problem. He who does not feel competent enough to grasp the noble idea sufficiently this to work for it. the humble disciples of these perfect lamas. good you have been labouring under of to .

but ears to hear.'s definitions quoted in Chapter X.. P. let esoteric BUDHISM. B. last B.42 H." " Buddha " 1 For the difference in meaning between the words and " Budha " see H. P. He that hath him hear. . in concluding her Lucifer article with these is sentences. adds " : And this 1 TRUTH ' not Buddhism.

. the idea of the Masters. P. She writes in the re-awakening of Aryavarta which has been part : of the work the Masters. the liberties taken with their names and Personalities. gives some of them in a very important objects. great misconceptions arose concerning Them . 1922). her death. . " the Effort (or India Failed... the Siddhis. or creed. B. letter. Them. discretion. . and discrimination. . and had . The Society had also at that time other extremely definite H. and belief in ." . but as tradition and the acquired all ' ' they are in fact and nature and also that I was a Chela These early misconceptions of one of Them notwithstanding." The passages which I have quoted from the Letter dictated " " real Founders by the Ma ha Chohan to one of the of the Movement. is now clearly proved that the T.. gives this in unmistakable terms. race. written from London in 1890 barely a year before " To my Brothers of Aryavarta " (Theosophist. has already brought its good fruit in India. " One of the chief factors January. colour. S. All that I was then permitted to reveal was that there existed somewhere such great men that some that They were learned as none of Them were Hindus others in all the ancient wisdom of Gupta Vidya. of the Theosophical Society was the ideal of But owing to want of judgment. BROTHERHOOD was founded for OR UNIVERSAL good of all the irrespective of caste. Their chief desire was to preserve the true religious and philosophical spirit of ancient India .CHAPTER V. Why T i men. not as these are represented in blinds of ancient writings. .

to the human race. P. ." Note. or social status . could that world have understood the message. though belief in the Masters was not. even then. The truth about the inner man. however. has never been realised . was once more : opened . being. the Masters of Wisdom. the " After thousands of years the Path of " way to the Lesser Mysteries. and not even by the vast majority of the Society through which it was given Well did H. as will have been seen from her letter to Mr. come into They inspired. of which They " are the avowed Elder Brothers. reason why Earlier in the article she gives the real our generation has entirely failed to benefit " . B." leading to the attainment of true immortality. the of Brotherhood. namely. They founded through H. write in Practical Occultism out. practice The tremendous importance to the world of this for entering the Path. certainly not by the world at large. B. message of Hope. because they prove so clearly that.44 I have italicised two passages in the above quotation. behind the more exoteric objects lay the following enormously Brotherhood important fact Initiation. " He who would profit by the wisdom of the universal mind. and through her alone. this revelation. . that coincidently with the opportunity so given went also the intimation for those who " " ears to hear of the one indispensable condition had even to understand the message. proves that. none the less were They the true raison d'etre of the Movement. but to the whole world. was freely offered by its immemorial Guardians. religion. obligatory in any sense of the word. The very " nature of the Benares Constitution with Universal added to the title. his potential god-like nature. has to reach it through the whole of Humanity without distinction of race.. Without Them it could never have it. not to a chosen few only. P. Judge. complexion.

in accord- ance with cyclic law which.'s death Constitution in Old Diary Leaves.'s letter of 1890 toher Hindu brethren..45 So strong has personality by this golden opportunity in and that men seek each America. that things altered very much for the worse at Adyar after she had been driven away in 1885. Headquarters Ame'ica. was dropped. and let a the sacred Light stream forth. beam again was He. and finally in Europe. to be unfitted or unable to perceive a Light which meant nothing to him. even when they do not make of them the law of their lives and " seek to impose them upon others. . P. wherever H. when They finally recalled her altogether . then in India. after H." its than the formation first Universal Brotherhood. Hence he does not mention the Benares modified until. in the it And the hand that practically closed the President's. As the Masters withdrew from Adyar when Their Agent was the real " " driven out * so. In the West men think that their own likes and dislikes of other men and things are guiding principles for them to act upon. let there be no mistake. P." This golden oppor. and nothing more " " a nucleus thereof was left as the of object. P. permitted the Guardians of the Secret Wisdom of the Ages to open even if ever so of slightly the Door of the Sanctuary. B. there were the Masters. understanding nothing of the priceless nature of the boon offered. " tunity may not recur for another 2. at the close of the first 5. It is only too clear from H. light of his own exoteric knowledge and understanding. was.500 years. there the true Heart of the Movement. Europe grown to benefit himself at all costs. and even the so-called courtesies of life are but a hollow mask covering these demons of hatred and jealousy . and " it was gradually noblest title. " . judged the world. Thus it was in of the T. B.000 years of the Kali Yuga.. B. S. For.

P. . from the President downwards. had ever even thought of giving H. which drove her from India. it complete withdrawal as well. says she feels obliged to " " Brothers of Aryavarta that it was largely their own I ungrateful conduct. She begins the in to explain why she did not return. to avow their conviction of the real existence of the In India. [Observe that no-one in India. naturally implied Their own Colonel Olcott did not see by pushing the esotericism of the Benares Constitufinally tion into the background and eliminating it altogether. speaking of her attitude with regard to the new leaf turned in the history of the T. and twice since then.."] of For it is not solely on account bad health that I do not return to India. could easily keep alive there as They do me here. the true spirit of devotion to the Masters and " . ever since my departure. B. P. her tell In the 1890 letter H. on the other hand.. S. responding Secretary. their failure to support her in " the crisis of 1884-5. P. he completely obscured one of the main proofs of the scientific and logical necessity for the practice of Brotherhood. men and women who have the courage .46 for that century in 1891. and hastened to get rid of her when she wanted to -defend the Society against the Missionaries and the " Hitherto she had filled the minor ofiice of CorS. that. Those who have saved me from death at Adyar. the courage to avow it* has steadily dwindled away Masters . by my letter it is by saying that her " " duty " being formally placed at the head of the Theosophical Movement in Europe. R. . A line of conduct has been traced for me here. . her proper place as Head of the organisation. and I have found among the me for in India English and Americans what I have so far vainly sought . . and remained my Europe in spite of " ardent desire to return to India. I saw was not wanted. B. There is a far more serious reason.

quote from the Preliminary Memorandum issued when she founded the Esoteric Section in 1888 : " At this stage it is perhaps better that the applicants should learn the reason for the formation of this Section. S." throughout are mine. B. and while we were away the Padri-Coulomb thunderbolt that the . " .'s side of the whole disgraceful affair. P. B.It was during that time descended . I need only point to H. ' ' . Who can fail to see in these last pregnant words of H. at work to impede and ruin the Theosophical Movement .'s proof of her Italics prevision of the ultimate wreck of the Society for which she gave her life ? And how strikingly this confirms my alive longer contention that the Masters could have kept her if They had seen any hope of carrying the T. So long as I remained at Adyar. I have already pointed out that. . things went on smoothly enough. past the critical cyclic period of 1897 into the present century. because one or other of the Masters was almost constantly present among us. P. the " " T. .. 1884 Colonel Olcott and myself left for a visit to Europe. had in the failed as a living spiritual Force world. . . were planted by our enemies. in my view. P. If this apparently sweeping conclusion be objected to. There is much more in this letter to which I shall have occasion to refer when I come to deal with the crisis of 1884-5 at Adyar. seeds of all future strifes. The Theosophical Society had just entered upon . S. . giving H. B. and Their spirit ever protected the Theosophical Society from real harm.'s own words.. and let me say at once dis- integration of the Theosophical Society. which I will . But in .47 She then goes on to speak of the utterly undeserved " " her Let shown towards at animosity Adyar itself it be understood that I accuse no-one . knowing what I do of the activity of the forces of Kali Yuga. .

.48 the fourteenth year of its existence . was recalled less forming it." as longer extended by the Masters to " H.e. * points which rank foremost among [i. for unseemly wranglings " " between two of its members). and conclusively " failed as a proves my assertion. and which breaks . But this dead failure does not necessarily imply an equal failure on the part of individuals. had " Force in the as H. P. had descended to the are great. viz. results on the exoteric and utilitarian plane... or groups of individuals. B. even SHAMS This should be sufficiently clear. wrote to the Hindus. the Benares ' . and if it had accom- plished great. which They are the best exemplars be abandoned by Them and will never [and who] always find Their beneficent help whenever needed. B. condition and live the life of will practising Brotherhood. S.." Observe once more the " " on which such help can be extended. and humbly life. follow to striving living the . whether obviously or invisibly. that the T. pretensions but whose whose names are simply nay. and after making yet " those who. " Follow the path in Their footsteps. And. one may almost say stupendous. world.. Spiritual " The Masters can give but little assisgoes on to say tance to a body not thoroughly united in purpose and masks . the Inner Group (which was suspended for a short time. it had proved a dead failure on Constitution]. S." : feeling. than three years after more successful in this " " for H. living. act up to Their teaching one more unsuccessful attempt. it all those the objects of its original establishment. . . its first fundamental rule sadly obvious that universal brotherly love the Esoteric Section proved no . P. " It is respect than the T. by the Master's order. not long after its formation. to prove them" " nor does it mean that help is no Force selves such a . P. B. Thus as a Universal Brotherhood level of all those Societies .

thanks to the good sense and courtesy of Lord Derby. that in Paris and London great receptions were held to which most of the leading lights in diplomacy. accompanied Colonel Olcott. for it was of course foreseen that she would eventually be driven from India and finish her work in England." Their Committee requested him to proceed to London. P. my path. philosophy. to " and do not follow me or a pupil. and which had brought me to London in the spring of 1884." The mission was entirely successful. well knowing they would all turn their backs when the coming attack was launched. partly for a needed change of climate. and science flocked to of her through the slanders and talk with one whom they then regarded as worthy of honour for the work she had already done. which have. in the Royal name. " and to ask of the Home Government and the Commons of England such help as may be practicable to redress their wrongs and give full effect in future to the assurances of religious neutrality in Her Majesty's Asiatic dominions. day of was recognised. B. then Secretary of State for the Colonies. P. been of religious processions solemnly pledged." H. literature. from time to time. It will doubtless surprise many who only know and misrepresentations that followed soon after. III) as with which the Sinhalese nation had honoured me. who saw Colonel " Olcott personally with the happy result that the right " ." This visit to England is described by Colonel Olcott " the Buddhist commission (Old Diary Leaves. see 4 . 6. But she cared naught for all this show. and They did what was possible to the almost dying body to render it fit to undertake the tremendous work still awaiting her in Europe. In 1882 she had paid a brief visit to the Masters vid Darjeeling and Sikkim.49 I show. the Masters that are behind/' wrote H." and the birththe Lord Buddha was proclaimed a full holiday for the Buddhists of Ceylon.

because neither Colonel Olcott nor the Council (composed largely of Indians) would permit her to bring an action for libel. had obtained was never used. and thence to Cairo. despite the fact that the attacks were based on forged letters. The evidence H. P. these two discharged fabricated employees had furnished evidence to the Madras missionaries and the agent sent out by the Society for Psychical Research. Tempted by money. B.50 Having adjusted certain difficulties in the London Lodge. . The result of this deplorable lack of faith we have already seen. where with the help of Nubar Pasha she obtained evidence against the Coulombs. she went to Germany.

They saw the spreading of Christianity in India being threatened by H. etc. Others occurred at Adyar in the ordinary " one or other of the Masters course of the work. was concerned the phenomena. P. most of which were performwith mainly ed by H. by the must ever remain Madras. in a prove trickery .. own scrip- S. P. R. which aimed attack on H. at Simla to satisfy Messrs. the wife forged letters (a purporting to be from H. that psychic phenomena would stand no chance in a Court of Law. The husband cupboard to carpenter) faked trap-doors. of VI.. and its fatal results. at teaching the Indians to understand their tures.'s Letter constantly present It was the publicity given to 1890. R. not upon the phenomena per se. B. B. owing to " almost being (see H. P. . B.CHAPTER The Indelible Stain P. to herself. on the other hand. P. Hume and The Sinnett. P.'s work. P. 43). B. S. P.. But he forgot that the whole case depended. B.'s wish to bring an action for libel was. a disgrace to missionary work in India or any other country. ante p. in on the begun THE Scottish missionaries 1884. and these were bought by the missionaries and published in their maga- Expert evidence produced in Court would have proved the fraudulent nature of what the Coulombs had zine. investigation Colonel Olcott's excuse for opposing H. B. but upon the evidence furnished by the Coulombs. P. these phenomena by those who thought them of more of importance than the Esoteric Philosophy that led to the " " S. R.

. The evidence on both sides would have been properly dealt with. clear. Johnston said The public accepted Mr. and the case for the missionaries and the S. . B. R. would have won the action she wished to bring for the sake of the work. retired) the learned Orientalist. P. would have inevitably collapsed. R. It is logical. P. (3) That Committee never investigated them. In the course of his address Mr. R. Hodgson's view without question or examination . Johnston was present when this young man returned and read his report before the S. and for an indefinite period. and H. Charles Johnston (I. C. It is to Mr.52 done. P. R. twenty years . terse. P. P. S.. It was popularly supposed that the S. and has rested on it for more than : . Mr.. to have been brought to the attention of the general public (equally with the Report itself). B/s case this would have been avoided had she been allowed to bring an action for libel. (1) The Society in fact never investigated them. and was decided to supplement this by a further investigaA young and inexperienced agent. In 1884 the of it S. Hodgson. Convention in America but it ought . and not for herself. had investigated the phenomena. at London early " in 1885. and very much to the point. as an example of the fatal ease with which the reputation and character of a person can be damaged." In he able and delivered a most >97 scathing denunciation of it before a T. P. issued a Preliminary private Report an impartial and even sympathetic character. . was then sent out to Adyar for this purpose. named tion in India. (2) It delegated the work to a Committee of five. S. that we owe the most able and best reasoned expose of this Report and the methods of the Society for Psychical Research that has ever been written. and stigmatised it as scandalously unfair. In H.

" MR. P. who fell (d) accepted the view of its agent. The very credulous thing is hearsay and conjecture hearsay. were not mere exhibitions of . R. which the accepted accepted the view of its Committee. after comment- ing on the documents. and not very intelligent conjecture. In his report Mr. He 1880. Hodgson relies much on similarity of expert parts of letters attributed to a Master. who never saw the phenomena he professed to investigate.53 (4) The Committee entrusted its task to (5) Mr. Not one hi ten thousand of those who to this day believe that the S. and some writing said to be by Madame hand. Hodgson. gave it as his positive conclusion that Madame Blavatsky was not the writer of the letters attributed io the Master. Hodgson never investigated them. that not one of those who are reporting was actually a witness of the phenomena as they occurred. could not because most of them occurred at Simla in nearly five years after. HODGSON DELIBERATELY CUT OUT THIS PART OF THE EXPERT'S LETTER. He submitted to an The expert ' in a somewhat detailed reply. the only evidence that would have been accepted in a Court of Law was suppiessed because it was in the defendant's favour ! The phenomena produced by Madame Blavatsky and the Masters who worked with her. In other words. The really grave charge against the Report of the Society for Psychical Research is. Mr. Blavatsky. exposed whole . and then based his report entirely on the evidence of dismissed -employees. As the verdict (a) (b) (c) in with their prejudices they view of the Society. " " Madame Blavatsky ever read the Report. despite the fact that they were absent when the He did not reach India till most important phenomena took place.writing.

P.54 magic. Mr. used flying machines. even by popular opinion e. who nourished two million years ago. X-Rays. missionary] faint-hearted. B. therein gives something from her side of these disgraceful episodes which must for ever stigmatise the actors therein as cowards and traitors. They were experiments intended to show that certain kinds of Force existed. Darwin taught the evolution of the body. " What with the Writing of that time at Adyar. Mechanical dawn of the twentieth flight was not believed in until the century. Blavatsky taught the evolution of the Soul. she did in very truth teach and teach practically the evolution of the Soul. that the anthropoid is the degenerate misuse of the procreative function by man in the early evolution. Telepathy.'s specific mission . B..g. It teaches.] " Can we be expected to invented believe that Madame Blavatsky to illustrate subse- " just the right ? phenomena quent discoveries Charles Darwin was branded as a fraud and a blasphemer. Doctrine (1888) [It is also noteworthy that in The Secret psychical worlds. 1 H. Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony. since H. Inter-Atomic Energy. on the contrary. P. Johnston's last sentence admirably expresses H. that definite powers could be applied to produce results of a definite kind in the physical and Every type of force so illustrated has since been recognised. Radiant Matter. Let us turn once more to the Letter from which I have quoted so much. result of the stages of his . etc. she says Patterson [a . . Telekinesis. Madame Blavatsky states that the Atlanteans. that man is physically descended from the anthropoid ape. Madras . and a like reversal of the popular verdict is inevitable in the case of Madame Blavatsky. He has had his revenge. P. Coulomb-Hodgson shaken in their conspiracy * the It should be pointed out that The Secret Doctrine denies the well-known Darwinian theory still followed by orthodox Science.

if the Masters are genuine Mahatmas. A. Hindu and European. yet I protested. I was hurried away from as I was. I say. It is the mission of Karma to punish the guilty and not the duty of any Master . .. . done . . * .. . . imploring him to let this I received the ridiculous me return . . it was one long series of false charges. however cunning the legal traps set for me. which such a futile pretext for keeping me from Adyar was seized upon. might have made in the executive conduct of Society. . this or the . had stood together as one man... . . had I found But some feared legal entanglements. I left. Colonel Olcott. almost dying in truth. . To answer that no sooner should I return.55 began to ask Why. as the physicians said. firm in their conviction of the reality and power of the Masters.. urged on by the Executive Council under the . every . for Ill protests. mail bringing something new [Damodar] urged me to return . have they allowed such things to take place ?' Yet it had been explained numberless times that no Adept of the Right Path will interfere with the just belief.. been disloyal to Them.] " In spite of my Headquarters. and none of their fears would have ever been realised. shows in clear colours the ingratitude of those to whom I had given my life and health. than I should be sent to the Andaman Islands as a Russian spy The readiness with . C. and immediately and rumours intrigues began . the matter [Italics mine. If. and would have battled Theosophy in India to my last breath. L. the members of the and especially its leaders at Adyar. by the other Masters.. . their humble representative. some the Government Well. workings of Karma . I had been abandoned loyal support. I wrote to that effect to very strongly . Nay more. Theosophy would have come out more triumphantly than ever.. at the critical moment. and whatever mistakes and errors of judgment /.

A. in case of heirs might claim a share in the Adyar property. S. " " its Creator and their devoted friend and than to treat servant Messrs.]. the President sent me a legal paper to sign." Yet Ingratitude reply it was Colonel Olcott who permitted himself. entirely absurd ^pretext that. [Most of them were Hindus.56 death. It hardly bears thinking of and Karma must lie heavy on the shoulders of those who perpetrated this is filled . and Colonel Olcott should be put " Simla Eclectic." the on one side in favour of their " not is was among our vices. C. and sanction the " " Heart of the dismissal and disinheritance of the real T. although I rupees of my own and share of the profits of the house had spent several thousand private money. and had devoted my of THE THEOSOPHIST to the purchase Nevertheless I signed the " its furniture.. to be made the tool and accomplice of unscrupulous and ambitious persons at Adyar.. . from the occult standpoint. When Sinnett practically suggested to the Master that H. ingratitude one dastardly act of disloyalty and ingratitude. Small wonder " " failed if its leading members knew no better the T. This. S. by which I my my formally renounced any right to the Headquarters or even to live there without the Council's permission. with such scorn and ignominy. and one of them. renunciation without one word of protest . ten years later. L. for such indeed it was. In reading of such a lamentable manifestation of with indignation (surely "righteous "). P. B. was mainly instrumental in disrupting the Society. only three Hume and years later.

She was at Wurzburg. alone with H. I am am made to bear all and now that I am dubbed the and it falls p. and without a word of warning. It was a cruel blow. in the form it took. who will listen age. R. and. that it was wholly unselfish momentary despair : Two and impersonal. is This/ the Karma of the Theosophical Society. Countess Wachtmeister records intimately I IN much H. I the scapegoat [see ante the sins of the Society. was Europe's Opportunity. caused by fear of the possible ruin to her Master's work which this cruel and unjust Report might the other. 26]. and the Society will be ruined I die Master's ' " ! work things clearly emerge from this bitter cry of One. " reached " her. shall I live ? O produced to please private friends cursed phenomena. P. which I only and instruct those What an it ? awful If Karma to bear ! How will through be wasted. VII. in 1885. upon me. stony despair that she cast on ' me when I entered her sitting-room and ' found her with the book open in her hands: she cried.'s that bears life on the period of with which am now dealing. greatest impostor of the a Russian spy into the bargain. wholly unexpected. ." writes the Countess. and to me or read The Secret Doctrine ? How can I carry on Master's work around me. by the early post.CHAPTER India's Failure her Reminiscences. that she herself had obviously bring about . B. P. P. in Bavaria. who was then hard at work on The Secret Doctrine when one day the final Report of the S. B. I shall never that nor the look of blank and forget day.

practically unheeded. S. the main objects of Theosophy those most willing to serve us. They are Buddhists (see the Maha Chohan's Letter. as has been shown. B. but only in the investigation of phenomena. or was considered " " Phenomena. would never have wished to defend herself. S. Chapter IV). the one person through whom its redemption might have come. Council lost sight of the occult side of the matter. for which the New York T. Sinnett. personally. have always been warned by their teachers the hankering after phenomenaLike the thirst for drink and opium. . you our philosophy. In the early eighties one of Them wrote on this very question of phenomena. for it did not seem to have occurred to any of them that H. He certainly had not taken much interest in it before. P.) the reason why the philosophy was very largely " not better grasped. nor that those who. phenomena only of minor importance. S. like her. Colonel Olcott enthusiastically embraced the cause of Southern Buddhism. the world over. was all the cry Olcott. the case was entirely different. . long before she first went to America. nearly all of them : caring for little else . B. until. Brotherhood was never really practised. . B.'' (Italics mine. and the President proves how nise in entirely he and the T. P. P." as the misinterpreted by will never learn is This Maha Chohan wrote to the Simla Eclectic. Hence the complete failure of the T. In other words. Thus India failed to recog- H. " Everyone should try to break through that great Maya against which occult students. on reaching India.58 thought nothing of the phenomena by which her (unconsciously thus becoming her enemies) " fi iends' so- were profoundly impressed that the philosophy she taught passed them by. With H. it grows with gratification If you cannot be happy without phenomena . was mainly founded. She had spent many years with the Masters in Tibet. or rather Esoteric Budhists.

as a mere agent own General Council. Wiirzburg and before Ostend. are expressly forbidden to do so. in which this | very question of phenomena is dealt with. and America's also . but fails to see the prime question of its private reputation " welfare The event tragically proves the colossal mistake made by them all . " I have told her dealing with this very question that she and I. B. having called into existence [cf. in relation to the Society.. on this : n the Ninth Report of the T. B. to the prime questions of its welfare. P." Here he not only places himself. Colonel Olcott writes. that we must subordinate. B. Judge's leadership it grew into a large and powerful organisation " from 1885 until the fatal " Split which occurred ten India's loss for the years later. in H. he finally completes the destruction of the Esoteric character of the Indian Society. P. Judge. H. the Countess Wachtmeister gives some very letters she received after valuable extracts from they in left she rejoined H. S. P. and the Masters' it. " " in the hands of the Treating H. B. Agent was therefore compelled to abandon was Europe's gain. 24). Under Mr. are now bound to consider ourselves its agents in all things affecting its interests and point . . P. our own private reputations. 26] this important Society. American Society. which had been dormant since 1878. it was the logical consequence ! her " " and " any connection between of Colonel Olcott 's action in having pushed into the background the essentially occult character of the Indian Constitution drawn up at Benares in 1879 ( see ante p. B. began to show signs of life. P. In her Reminiscences of H. see ante p. B.59 are pledged to the service of the Masters. P. as she has more than once stated. on an equality with H. as usual. no less than our strength and our means.'s words to Mr.

These accursed phenomena is a small thing and ruined Theosophy in Europe . which had left First.6o writes that she had had " Master. At last she dropped off into a state of unconsciousness . B. no matter Finally her illness took a dangerous turn. yet so long as she could " " keep at her desk. P. It seemed to me impossible that she should die and leave her work unfinished The thought came to me that the Master had told H.. was ruined " a long conversation with her " her with two convictions. What would be the use of all her self-sacrifice and the agony she had gone through if the work of her life was not to be completed. ? Day after day she had suffered tortures. and even before H." H. S.." says the Countess. but her health was rapidly failing . that she was to form a circle of students around her and that she was to teach them . writing of that night. small wonder that it . . as . could not be " saved. . she just clenched her teeth together and fought her battle bravely. B.. P. . . the T. says all hope. P. left us in 1891 it was evident that the Society. Had only Master's philosophy been given and phenomena been kept in the background it would have been a success." It was too late. S. . says Master. the T. have ruined my character which also welcome. . If phenomena were thrown overboard and philosophy alone stuck to.. She was very anxious about her Secret Doctrine . and one night the doctors gave up The Countess. however the spirit of the age was against it. was comfortably established at Ostend when the Countess joined her in the winter of 1886.. sufferings were.. both of mind and body of mind through the falsity and treachery . B. such. . by having been transplanted on the European soil. had not improved since she left India. . then." : what her pains or I hardly dared hope she would live through the night . But phenomena are the curse and ruin of the Society. but they have could be saved in Europe.

. Yes/ she ' said. have already given my heart's blood. to prove the reality of gratitude. and a dire my eyes. . spent in regions unknown to ordinary mortals. ard that perhaps to H. My whole has been an my . as I felt how truly I A wave I of blank despondency loved this noble . . . and of the Theosophical Society in general. B. that I have before I me in England (for I thought teach a few things. the was stealing in. so that though her body might be near. has ever inspired me. Master has been here . looking at me calmly with her clear grey ' eyes . had died during my sleep died whilst I was untrue my vigil. she was an enigma.6r ol those who had called themselves friends and then had slandered her behind her back. Such were the thoughts which passed through my mind. B. attempt. to which I of those students to am to go there) but when whom I shall be permitted to . strange powers. woman . P. or I might live and finish The Secret Doctrine. P.. can find no words in which since I fittingly to express the gratitude it devotion with which life. I turned round towards the bed in horror. her extraordinary insight into human nature. When I opened gave a bitter cry and knew no more . however feeble. I accepted the sacrifice I .. as one of those " for whom and my Teacher made this great sacrifice. who had been alone with her for so many months." " students who write. casting stones at her while they in their ignorance thought she would never know the hand that had thrown them None of those who knew her really understood her. with her . as I sat hour after hour that anxious night. came over me. he gave me my might die and be free if I would. Even to me. her soul was often away in commune with others. began to profit by this sacrifice. and then I saw H. . watching her as she seemed to be getting weaker and weaker. . early morning light appiehension came over me that I had slept. He told me how great would be my sufferings ana what a terrible time I would choice. and her mysterious life.

B. . in India. P.62 In these words of H. evidently because." of recall in spite of her as she explains in the long 1890 letter from which I have already quoted so much (see Chapter V. so-called Theosophists both Indian and European considered that they no longer needed her. They drove her away beyond any possibility " ardent desire to return to India.'s to the Countess we get the first suggestion that she was to go to England .).

46) She continues " Here in Europe and America are many who have never this period that from of paramount.CHAPTER Work in VIII. in 1884. . P. Dedicated to the Few.. in the Masters which she had]found in English and faith American Theosophists (ante p. P. much to Mr. The other chela who collaborated with her in Man was Mr. and the next year saw the completion and publication of her magnum opus. was founded soon after her arrival. who went to Europe with H. and took up her residence in London. to which I have contributed my own reminiscences of our great Teacher. P. The Blavatsky Lodge. There she started the magazine Lucifer. England : 1887 to 1891. Mrs. Ostend in 1887 shortly after the severe and phenomenal recovery related in the last Chapter. B. of which I was one of the earliest members. It is H. Vols." and The Key to Theosophy for beginners and enquirers. He initiated me into the Theosophical My friend Mrs. Sinnett's chagrin. 1 More must now be given on the reasons for her going to England and what she had hoped to accomplish I have already quoted her testimony to the there. I and II. followed in 1889 by that priceless little volume of mystic and occult instruc" tion The Voice of the Silence. B. " Two Chelas " one of the has just published Fragments of Forgotten History in America a volume on H. became firsthand : flinched in their devotion to 1 Theosophy consequently the . The Secret Doctrine. as already mentioned. left illness H wished (like Colonel Olcott) to be my knowledge and personal. Langford 's experiences ante-date mine. B. as he with his London Lodge P. Laura Langford who wrote Man : Society in 1885. B. and are of absorbing interest. Mohini Chatterji.

. The chief reason for this is that I was enabled and encouraged by the devotion of an everS. suspicion. are the only ones I whom yet one which is the only means of cutting off a diseased limb from the healthy body of the Tree.'s at large. . and thus save I can care only for those who cannot it from infection. S. then. misunder. be swayed by from. during the last three years [she writes in the spring of 1890] has been extraordinary. and my It is to the teaching of those whose confidence I retain. L. in increasing number it of members to the Cause and to Those A. whoever it and every may emanate Thenceforth let it be clearly understood that the to rest of my life is devoted only willing to those who believe in the Masters. but to their Higher Self and the Mah&tmic aspect of the Masters). a privilege I cannot exercise with the F. and this for the following reason . moreover. C. intention to devote For the future. sneer.spread of Theosophy and the T. it is my and energy to the E. useless I should use the little time I have before me to justify myself before those who do not feel sure about the life real existence of the Masters. or criticism. " every breath of calumny. B. the West. : have the right to expel for open disloyalty to their pledge (not to me. and this confidence S. therefore. only because. . it therefore suits them to suspect me . and are work for Theosophy as They . T.] to establish an [Italics mine. The only claim.. which India could ever have upon me would be only strong in proportion to the activity of the Fellows there for Theosophy and their Know.. P. S. that any loyalty to the Masters further proof and teaching I can give only to the Esoteric its members Section. standing me. Esoteric Section in which I can teach something of what who guide I have learned to those who have confidence in me. H. who prove by their disinterested work for Theosophy and the T.

B. in 1888. Blavatsky is the mouthpiece one of those Adepts referred to in Theosophical literature. of whom : for this section He is H. member will 5 . H. and in particular to obey. It is through H. S. Blavat- sky that it each member is hitherto under His influence brought more closely than and care if found worthy of . the obedience. Who had ordered her to form the School. wrote this letter." In the opening phrases of the Preliminary Memorandum " H. founded the E. I and II) was published. B.. This must be left to those . P. B. thus: " I pledge myself to support." It ran before the world. P. its leaders and its members . without cavil or delay. the orders of the Head of the Esoteric Section in all that concerns my relation with the Theosophical movement. P. It consisted of second clause being the one of " seven clauses. the Theosophical movement.'s Master. on the lines upon which They originally established it. writes The real Head of the Esoteric Section : is a Master." Italics are again mine. and for the T. S. P. alone. P. value of the work of this Section to the : depend entirely upon (i) The person's power to assimilate the teachings and make them a part of his being and .. " " for those lines were laid down at Benares nine years before H. and it is to be distinctly understood that in this Section and these relations no such thing is known as favour all depends upon the person's merits and no member has who know " The individual either he or she the power or knowledge to decide what is entitled to. . About the time that The Secret Doctrine (Vols. and concerned in the formation of the Theosophical Society. and I have already quoted from the Preliminary Memorandum which she issued to the members. . B.understand it. P. The original Pledge was in reality taken to H.

upon whether he has entered this Section determined to work for humanity. . once offered the grand example of practical altruism. or with only the desire to benefit or gain something for himself alone. .. and led to follow the example set before them . that the great Exoteric Society may be redeemed and made to realise that in union and harmony alone lie its strength and power . how the practice of Brotherhood again and again. insisted on once more. even if unacquainted with one another. It is through a group in which all the members. . only by a select group of brave souls. the whole Theosophical community may yet be steered into action. . and seriously examine into their motives. quite regardless of the good of other people less determined . Dis- appointment ' is sure to come to those who ' join this arts ' Section for the purpose of ' learning magic or acquiring occult training for themselves. . " Let all members.e. for to all those ensue. work for each other. and who strive to acquire powers but to place them at the service of their fellowmen. as being the one .66 (2) Upon the unselfishness of . join this Section certain consequences will . the motives with which he seeks for this knowledge that is to say. and by working for all work for themselves an Esoteric Section alone i. . Forget fulness of the personal self and sincere altruism and indispensable requisites in the training of those who are to become White Adepts either in are the first ' ' this or a future incarnation. therefore. who . that the Theosophical Society at large can be brought back to its original lines." Here we is see. of the noble lives of those who learn to master the great knowledge but to help others. a handful of determined men and women hungry for It is genuine spiritual development and the acquirement of soul-wisdom. take warning in time. .

B. drinking for the sensual pleasure they give . for the this. " sent by post and I mailed quite prosaically at the Sikkim frontier." above mentioned. students. S. members had proved Preliminary Explana" Of the fact : unable to the high level of conduct thus outlined for them. He wrote two letters to H. " : As pure water poured into the scavenger's bucket is befouled and unfit for use. tion As H. This particular extract proves that the Master was well aware of the private lives of many of the E. the other in August" (1890). for. I have quoted some passages from these letters in my " pamphlet H . was aware from the beginning. has now become could remain without its traitors.) that no such large and ever-growing body as the E. one in March. for the instruction of her E. in which H. only one year after it For the E. eating and : . rise to at a time of grave crisis in the E. S. so is divine Truth when poured into the consciousness of a sensualist.'s recall " only a year later " Behold. quotes at considerable length from both letters. and what He here says clearly indicates the reason for " H. B. S. Knowledge students is worse than useless. in a very long letter to H. indolent in . P. P. S. as the Master Himself wrote to H. Blavatsky I and the words which now Betrayal give are taken from the : A Great Preliminary Explanation. of one of selfish heart and a indifferent mind and inaccessible to justice and compassion." Matters were so serious that the Master Himself had to intervene. B. P. Without of becoming reception of Divine for instruction in Gupta Vidya. was founded. P. B. P. P." " These words were written. B. P. secret and open. such Divine S. wrote in a " " to one of the Instructions (E. S. how many of them are sluggards in the morning and time-wasters at night gluttons. B.67 indispensable condition fit Wisdom. by the Master (the real " Head of the Section).

And yet all call themselves Theosophists all talk with outsiders about Theosophical ethics and things. hard forgetting the keeping of their neighbours* interests in view . . B. 68 business . from all that I have given in preceding chapters. were willing essential for success. B. and formed them into an Inner group bound by a more solemn pledge. But even so small a number failed to maintain the unity the traditional " " and harmony Although nine " the last hour of the term for years yet remained before that century." though many truly earnest and aspiring " " but souls. with a puffed up. which they of the students were unable to grasp the fact that the strict observance of the simple yet fundamental ethical belonged was incapable The majority precepts enjoined on all aspirants is an indispensable condition for the reception of Divine Wisdom. ' ' conceit in their hearts. " were not the Kali " able. making money out of the loan and failing to return it . It will be abundantly clear. GUILTY OF SECRET IMMORALITY in more than one form.powering influence of to Yuga constituted a force which the body of resisting. S. H." In spite of this deplorable state of things H. S. the Cause in general and its volunteer. selfish as to (brothers ') Theosophists. last effort to form a small united body. both in the T. She selected six men and six women (the first time that half made one have been women) Twelve Disciples from among her most trusted workers. was withdrawn on the 8th of May. was recalled because we had all failed her. . and E. denying themselves nothing. vain workers. P. P. and the movement was left to its inevitable fate. and even debauchees. 1891. borrowing from brother- OF LUXURIES. None really understood her " message.. EVEN for the sake of helping poorer brethren ." The almost over. lazy in study and waiting for others to think for and teach them . T. B. that H. P.

Instruction." " " In the InstrucPreliminary Explanation (to an " tion temporarily withheld. and will experience everlasting life even while in temporary bodies of short duration. . who lives that life which is prescribed by the code of mortals and their fallible legislation. no gaps. and lasts for but one incarnation. or of temporary delusions. B. and their respective relation you to be ' ' ' to the human principles/ as plained. no interludes. if occult value of even such trite truths as are contained in some have already comyou are ignorant of the real grandmother's sermon/ how can you hope to under" stand the science which you are studying ? In concluding her first E. he will move surrounded by . proves how well] aware she was of this attitude of non" Some of you may indulge comprehension. not even those during periods which are the halting places of the Such a man . faithfully following He who carries out only those laws established by minds. will be physically of matter. But I say again. . P. How much happier human that while strictly performing on the temporary leads in . but also therein paints a picture of the magnificent results to be obtained by " " the small old Path (Upanishads). but he himself will be entirely without it. man who. no breaks of continuity. She writes in the thought that it is useless for me to be teaching : goody-goody instead of going on with my Instructions and give you explanations about that occult jumble of colour and sound. P. objective plane the duties of daily life life a a with reality spiritual and permanent existence. H. chooses as his guiding star a beacon which shines on the ocean of Maya". matter. my ' again refers to this sine qua non. These laws are necessary for the life and Avelfare of physical man alone . S. . All . long pilgrimage of purely spiritual life . and yet he will live beyond and outside it. . His body will be subject to change. B. by the Master's order)H.

L. . A. or selfishness. and the suppression of personality. and consequently of all human sorrow. which is the cause of all sin.this may be achieved by the development of unselfish universal love of Humanity. C]. [Italics mine.

we live intensifies this mystery like the " " and we our eyes are holden Emmaus. P. and in considering her as to remember that the very blackness of the . world. P. however. we have age in which disciples at a part of that Light. was opened by the Masters in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. from the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood. commotions. Appreciations. : been asked If H. to permit a beam of the Sacred Light to stream forth into the blackness of the Kali Yuga. drawn from their ideal of the personality of Jesus Christ. P.CHAPTER Some Personal IX. B. B. why was it that she " " that wherever she was herself such a storm-centre and was. I have spoken of the " Door " which. was that she was such. and approach the problem in the light of the ancient teachings which she revived and re-stated for the modern HAVE often I . . symbolically. as a rule. Purity and the practice of Brotherhood alone give this power of inner vision. and we shall find that this is. to pierce the mask of personality. But cannot see. for the last century. an ideal which for so many centuries has dominated the thought and captivated the imagination of all Christendom.. of what " " such a Messenger ought to be . we must endeavour to divest our minds of preconceived ideas. upsets. psychic disturbances took an question place ? This pre-supposes obviously ideal already existing in the questioners' minds. the capacity to see beneath the surface. H. She has herself said " " a Mystery . Blavatsky really was the " Messenger ". In the case of such an extraordinary phenomenon as the personality of H.

P." so was the real H. Like a Light brought into a dark place full of the " creatures which love darkness rather than light. whom I have already mentioned. to a lamp. For true spirituality is one thing psychism quite another. to her in humbleness of spirit. and : therefore. B. it was Few were they who came . H. and it is the latter only about which . also. they saw only their own and went away thinking her nothing but " a malicious old woman. Therefore is the " the living present race of mortals called in occultism " " dead (cj. B.e. P. it was withdrawn from our midst. which shows a deeper insight than any of the there is . returning to the realm from whence it came. is belief in the divine potentialities of the soul of rialistic man almost non-existent in the hard. B. <c In the collection of appreciations of H." How often have I not seen ! this Another of her functions was to act as a " psychic resolvent. interest and curiosity are busy in these latter days. one by Mr. Johnston. Paul Ye are dead in your sins") ." bringing to the surface the scum.purity and charity (which not virtues which flourish brotherly love) are easily in the Kali Yuga is .. all our earth the realm of Instantly. cold. in fact they are seldom encountered. did abundantly but finally in 1891 they put it out . the Maha Chohan's Letter. St. certainly in India." published shortly after her death. by some of her pupils. mate- West. with a sincere desire only to obtain Light and Truth. wherever she might be. -were i. P. reflection. Chapter IV) irresistibly attracted round Not only did they obscure the Light this they her.'s personality was not only a mask also a mirror. like moths attracted the denizens of this dark place which is illusion (cj. Did a malicious or ill-natured person visit her. and is slowly dying in the East.

An immortal spirit. or change of feeling opened the eyes. . She was a personality of such magnitude as to divide the world into her adherents and her opponents. and manifesting the energies of an immortal. . by the sympathetic personality. . we catch a glimpse of the . . . nothing more truly stamped her as one of the elect. . power that rent them asunder. to the . and reaching Another primeval eternities of Truth unfolded itself more slowly the great and piercing . . . on the very depths of Nature.. she loving had the courage to live as an immortal spirit . . She is nature as much . and this dominant power and this clear interior light were united to a nature of wonderful kindness." and continues others. than the great humility of her character . a It was rather the sense of profound deep-seated reality . Nothing in and forgiveness of her was more remarkable. and the ordinary great person. blue. noxious clouds of evil and ignorance that envelop and poison human life the rift in their leaden masses through which. who domi. . the test of the force of her leaving none indifferent between . and one recognised the With unparalleled presence of a denizen of eternity insight of her soul. ." He " " " as her mere at once confuting the of presence speaks negation of spiritual life.. like : " This sense of the power of individuality was not what one has felt in the presence of some great personality. wonderful gentleness. . as it were. P. and tranquillized by the feeling of balanced power till some sudden turn of thought. . with transcendent strength she taught the reality of spirit. and absolute self-forgetfulness wrong. by living the life. . . perpetually took her stand on the realities of spiritual nature . This humility was no mere affectation . . force she asserted the soul . B. She cast herself with torrential force against the dark. . high above. One was lulled. bears testimony to the greatness of the the fierce animosity of her enemies as the devotion of her friends .73 inasmuch as he distinguishes between a Being " H. a spirit built down side . nates and dwarfs surrounding persons into insignificance .

by those whom " He came she loved. B. William Kingsland. and every Hindu the purest of the pure among the Brahmins would be proud and delighted to call her Hindu and a mother. or some other distinctive doctrine. . though they stood outside of the Theosophical movement." is One ' of from the pen the most rarely appreciative tributes of Mr. But the term was never so limited in its application . men and women true Theosophists. . by the inspired and unto his own. She these doctrines in order men that dissociate taught might ' themselves from allformsoi doctrine. One who stood beside her. P. clairvoyant driven from Adyar.74 but the profoundly sincere expression of her own . and his own received him not/' is here tragically and pitifully true. . Already in the world a Theosophist has come to mean some-one who believes in Re-incarnation and Karma. so ? Because she is no longer a Mlechchha woman she has passed that stage. andreach Alaya's Self. a member of the proudest and most exclusive race of men on earth." so deeply appreciated who was friend." like hers could ever cease Yet it was this " great soul. . . . by the great founder of the Theosophical Society. Another testimony from the same collection is that of a high caste Brahmin. to whom all Western peoples are Mlechchhas (outcastes) . that a great soul to be. It is the essence of all the teachings . often pointed out to us . He writes : H. . could never believe that that splendid power had ceased to be . who were . and for whom she had done most. . but he " declares that he joins his hands like a submissive child before the white Yogini of the West. . in death.' There is no older doctrine than this of Divine Compassion of Universal Brotherhood. so calm and quiescent nature . that a power like hers could not be quen- ched by death. Why . driven from India.

Humanly speaking. should oppose with scornful contempt the teachings of both religion and science which degrade humanity" And she paid the penalty. and restored she herself had to the world the treasures of ancient wisdom. but also by example. And thus not merely did she teach us the meaning of Theosophy by precept. in the divine law of love. Another testimony of a somewhat different order is given by Dr. . Only those who were her intimate friend^ . . that must still be done. but because made the * Great Renunciation. .' " dying or the cross of living. and rejoiced But the Master came to her.. The very important one. instead in the selfish desires of their lower nature. . showed her the work greatly. She was given up a martyr's death. by the doctors she herself knew she was dying. knew how she suffered. and died . she ought to have died then. .' it is above doctrines.. and gave her her choice the bliss of . and vilified to the last degree. hardly excepting even the Countess Wachtmeister. Archibald Keightley. " She chose the cross. slandered. known. She was herself the greatest of the Theosophists* not merely because she founded the movement.. and take refuge the essence of all religion. as well and as intimately as any of her friends and pupils. . she lived a hero's life. through years of physical and mental torture. miss the one principle which alone can save the world. all formulas Yet men ever miss it. . What wonder then that one who believed so ardently in the divine nature of man. all creeds. " Some few years ago she was at death's door. Misunderstood. He writes " It is next to impossible to convey to one who did not know her the varied sides of her personal character . . who knew H. B. a point point on which I specially desire to quote his words is a I have always firmly believed myself.. '" . It n : . " .75 of all the Buddhas It is and all Christs the ' world has ever . P. mentally and bodily [she worked] as no other woman has worked.

seen . Blavatsky actions that there and that it with distinct. I convinced myself that H. profit by used the physical instrument which was called H. B. viz. and that H. untiring purpose. P. that H." This realised is. but a specially prepared (cj. B. His majority assert). although the instrument grew so impaired by sickness that it became increasingly difficult to direct it. Truly she was indeed the mystery of the Lodge. and by few determinedly and even fiercely denied " and opposed by most. P.. Chapter I) and chosen instrument. B. depended on the observers how much they might the lesson . P. the bare and exact truth. indeed. P. " vehicle/' was no medium (as the Blavatsky. P.. I am positive from long observation of her was a purpose in all her acts and words." the Initiate was the real Messenger and Teacher. always and fully conscious.76 is not in any degree possible to comprehend the many phases of a single human character." as she told one of her pupils. in " her own brain. and especially such a complex one as H. .

partly by myself and partly by my brother year after this.) and most humble him that the when servant. Judge published some very important statements with regard to this Authorship. . . is happy to assure ready. On the back of this was " the ' mentioned following.). 1893. and at the same time copies were given from the same source to others." PROPOSE now to show that the real Authors and I Inspirers Masters to refer. . was being written " a certificate signed by the Masters was sent to one who had then a few doubts. I. P. certain doubts having arisen in the minds of individuals. which is now. " B. signed in the above by the Master who is can be of any use or help to . B. The present is simply to satisfy the Doctor [Gebhard] . I doubt the humble it. another letter from one of the signers of the foregoing A was sent and reads as follows. It is for his own satisfaction the undersigned Secret Doctrine. in the future. of The I Secret Doctrine so often were the two Whom have had occasion to In the Path for April. will be the triple production of (here are the names of one of the Masters and of H. The Writing of " The Secret Doctrine. occupying a select spot with the documents reproduced. Mr. (signed by the : other). The of first certificate is runs of thus ' : I wonder if this note mine worthy . for use . D. P.CHAPTER X. At the time the S. undersigned Faquir though certify that the Secret Doctrine is dictated to (name of If this H.

given last year saying that the Secret Doctrine would be when finished the triple produccertificate The tion of (H. " " afforded by The Secret Doctrine there is the proof " As H. about the Masters the Esoteric . the original for the purpose and then you can verify the of allowing you to copy it corrections of this presently forwarded copy. D. . . then be well to indicate to those wishing to know what portions in the Secret Doctrine have been copied by the pen of (H. but for which you are well qualified to " wait/ Quite aside from any testimony of this kind. it is now (1893) the it. though without quotation marks. have done the " Master. . B. P. the universal consensus first of opinion about the S. . is correct. from my own from .'s name).' And this is. receive from the hands of the very person to whom the certificate was given. which " " could only be in the nature of proof to those who. formed even after a . has come true. like myself. time goes on.. use on the day Copy this and also of the aforesaid certificate. : truth . or I have invented both those that * Them and among I if Philosophy. P. wrote Either I have stated the itself. though the last is manuscript and perhaps more difficult from the rarity of his known writing and greater ignorance of his All this and more will be found necessary as style. B/s name) into its pages. as will happen without your asking. . You will find keep the copy them both of when you shall. and have tried to understand something of Their nature and methods. and myself was and some have doubted not only the facts although . There are the Esotericists of the inner group who say latter. believe absolutely in the Masters. And it may . P. . then I must myself be a indeed. B. given in it but also the authenticity of the message in which it was contained.As the prophecy time to publish " ' in it .

The eminent American Freemason. Even so. the work does not cease to be a marvel. however. testi- . abounding in quotations. J. indeed. S. P. G. nary gifts : . would be the knowledge and priceless the opportunity to verify all these known to have been made apparently from references innumerable references to books in . tor the purpose of verifying her statements as well as for further research. B. The book is a marvel. . Mead. it is only those who are to be found who have never even looked into among the doubters and detractors the sneering. He says Everyone who has ever read her larger works. of H. gives the following secretary and early Christian striking testimony One of the greatest proofs to me of H. Dr. . even with : curious and literary interest. author of Mystic Masonry and other works. Buck. was the way in which she wrote her articles . and her great work unthinking crowd. P. B.79 reading it . and as my studies progressed I kept buying books to which she referred in Isis Unveiled. sceptical. R. B/s private from 1888 until her death. Profound. nately I and in her almost numberless fugitive essays. who was H. for it is well attested that she had a small number of volumes of any sort within her reach. the well-known authority on Gnostic origins. P. and for months together never left the house in which she was living. after day she would produce quantities of MS. Through the clues thus afforded by her in the Secret Doctrine. and yet day I knew every book she had in her small library. which were seldom inaccurate. almost a " miracle/' unless one believes the explanation given by the Masters Themselves which I have just quoted. has remarked the almost many many languages and written in almost every age. Mr.'s extraordi. gives still more remarkable evidence. writings / was almost unconsciously gathering a mass of mony in support of the old Wisdom-Religion. and books. D. memory. Fortu- have one of the largest libraries of occult and rare books to be found in America.

found H.. P. should possess the unusual knowledge that . . not consulting a library. . B.. in which he said and I : On ordinary lines it is strange that an old. B. P. . given. Dr. (then Professor) Carter Blake's special field of research was Anthropology and Zoology he knew H. capable of estimating evidence. MSS. B. work. raised once certain enquiries concerning his own and expressed the doubt that any man then living could or would answer his enquiries. / could undertake to support the great bulk of H. by outside and overwhelming testimony.. and having no books of her own of consequence. perfectly mine. and who had devoted more than twenty years to this special A friend of mine who line of researches. and for One more quotation must be a long time assistant to Sir Richard Owen. B. Italics are most profound and wonderful woman He. and loyal at all times to the simple truth.'s teaching in the ancient has probably made more discoveries Kabbala than anyone known to modern times. very well. Who helped and brain of guided her in all she wrote and did. Dr. Blavatsky that knew all this.. as she herself incessantly repeated. P. he did The result was nearly forty pages of very closely written so. now. have often met him at the Headquarters in London. To the present time he declares his conviction the that H. He wrote a short memoir of her for the Countess Wachtmeister's book. P. but her Masters. P. B. sickly woman. an obscure and unknown iamiliar with all his work. Carter Blake. . one of the secretaries of the British Association in 1863. It certainly was not the physical H. answering every question he had raised. was of this or of any age.8o Given. in the shape of testimony from a scientist. and adding a fund of information that astonished the recipient beyond measure . an individual of fair intelligence.. a specialist for half a lifetime in field. P. I suggested that he should write to H. in regard to the matter .

] refers to facts which she could not easily have gathered from any published book. Secret Doctrine. Madame Blavatsky undoubtedly prehensible. is again as a interesting proof that she did not obtain her information by thought-reading. and had spent her whole life in study. a fact that she of knew more than etc. pliocene did I hear of them. W. U. how Madame Blavatsky.. Secret Doctrine. in spite and of the fact that I had made a speciality of the subject not until Madame Blavatsky put me on the track of the . it is incoman extraordinary mental capacity. at the tune she was engaged on The Secret Doctrine. her first Headquarters]. I did on my own Anthropology. Istoria Fiscia de Chile. in Lansdowne Road [London. On page 754. Castlenaw's book on Chile. %When Madame Blavatsky spoke of the fossil footprints footprints to Mr. A. sprung upon me the fact that the raised beaches of had always thought them I Tarija were pliocene.. and Bloxam. W." and sentence beginning " of of the existence pliocene mammalia and occurspeaking rence of pliocene raised beaches. the " If we turn to the new world. On page 755. information was superior to my own on the subject of the Naulette Jaw. The fact that these beaches are pliocene has been proven to me since from the works of Gay. Page 744 in the second volume of The Secret particular lines For instance.8i Indeed. also of the second vol. to my great astonish- ment. did notf know of their existence. unless she were of Madame But far as that of a it is Blavatsky's education had not even been carried as High School student of the present day. pleistocene following the line of reasoning of Darwin and Spotswood Wilson. II.. though those out of the way books had never then come into my hands. On the contrary. Indiana. G. her mention of the from Carson. from many sources we gain undoubted evidence that did. her Doctrine [1888 ed. Assistant Secretary of the Anthropological me I 6 . and other works." I remember in conversation with her in 1888. S.

]. B. D. Sinnett rushed his book into print without even consulting H. or telling her a word about his intention Naturally. sorry to have to state here my conviction that. P. . and named after his title of Buddha. Hume and Sinnett. P. add that Esoteric Buddhism was presented to me as a : completed volume. Wisdom/ or knowledge the (Vidya). necessary at the beginning of a work like this one. ' Buddhism neglected to point out the difference between ' the religious system of ethics preached by ' ' ' the Lord Gautama. having been the first to bring the subject under public notice [Colonel Olcott. afterwards told me that a pamphlet on the subject out. Messrs. This explanation is absolutely Budh/ to know. Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism had rendered necessary. The Wisdom Religion is the inheritance of all the nations ' ' ' . gives several very important explanations which the premature publication of Mr. I in course of preparation. and touches directly on the real sources of information from which the 5. Such testimony as the foregoing is particularly valuable. knowing also that the S. in their library had never been Madame Blavatsky information of experts (I certainly had original sources of don't say what) transcending the knowledge on their own lines. A. weight to the validity of the assertion that the Masters of Wisdom were its real Authors. and that I was entirely unaware of the manner in which the author intended to spell the word ' Budh-ism. etc. . ! am was when resented she was compelled to state certain facts he bitterly " She says In justice to myself. D. was drawn adding . P. faculty of cognising. from the Sanskrit root . wishing to be first in the field and thus get all the credit and the kudos in Europe.82 Institute. B. therefore. In the very long Introduction H. the Enlightened and Budha.' This has to be laid directly at the door of those who. I must it.

crept in through inadvertence [ ] For the present writer ' knew all that which is divulged in Esoteric Buddhism ! ' years before it became her duty (in 1880) to impart a small portion of the Secret Doctrine to two European gentlemen. rather equivocal. is not surprising when we remember the incidents already " " related in connection with the Simla Eclectic (ante " H. A. B. here for the first time put into a scientific shape. Laura Langford's new book on H. P. important to keep in mind that no theosophical book acquires the least additional value from pretended authority . 1883]. " " communication (after 1885) was invariably through mediums direct and clairvoyants.. Sinnett] nor any other European living. Sinnett was taught in America. Olcott. Uric Buddhism . .e. 1 Moreover." This further proof of Mr. and I have had personal testimony as to this from more than one source.e. world believe that he i Yet Mr. and surely the present writer has the undoubted.83 the world owr. Sinnett would have the whole owed nothing to H. neither I [i. . P. Sinnett 's egotism. P. Colonel H. by birth and education. . which applies particularly to Mr. it must be added. B. (Preface to the original Edition) that two years ago [i. and. though~the statement was made in Eso. one of whom was the Author and much more many of Esoteric Buddhism . even before Isis Unveiled was published. want of straightforwardness. dishonest I have shown elsewhere to not downright say pose His supposed (see Mrs. Sinnett's attitude. B. a considerable part of the philosophy expounded by Mr. to two Europeans and to my It is above everything colleague. P. privilege of being a European. 31). continues This error must have p.). . though to her. S.. He has always posed as being in direct communication with one of the Masters right up to the day of his death How inaccurate and misleading was this in the autumn of 1921. knew the alphabet of the science.

entitled : H. (the third. 10 " Think you that we have broken the silence of centuries for a handful of dreamers only ? "). . Besant in 1897. most profound silence (see ante p.84 " Introductory to the two volumes of the S. issued by Mrs. as I have shown in my pamphlet This " Great Betrayal) is of the greatest value in clearly demonstrating the purpose with which the work was undertaken and given to the world. being of very doubtful authenticity. to the light. and secrecy . and proven in the course of the work. P. after long millenniums " of the . but the common basis of both Buddhism and Hinduism in that doctrine is declared. . Blavatsky A a few fundamental truths from the Secret Doctrine of the Archaic Ages permitted Not only were see " . D.

I. .. but the stupendous nature of the revelations contained in these two volumes : quote sufficient from the to show. to Ethics and Man alone. I shall Introductory to Vol. Things "unseen and incorporeal/' the mystery of Being outside our terrestrial sphere. P.CHAPTER XL The Antiquity of the Wisdom-Religion. Esoteric philosophy reconciles all religions. Indeed. at the close the last century. the " secret portions of the Dan " or " Jan-na " (" Dhyan ") of Gautama's metaphysics grand as they appear to one beginning of our unacquainted with the tenets of the Wisdom-Religion of antiquity are but a very small portion of the whole. . in nature. antiquity. B. the records we embrace the esoteric to place before the reader tenets of the whole world since the mean humanity. . It denies Deity no more absolute Divine Principle than it does the Sun. and shows the root of each to be identical with that It proves the necessity of an of every other great religion. the great Teacher left entirely untouched in his public lectures. and Buddhistic occultism occupies therein only its legitimate place. Furthermore. in this age of crass and illogical materialism. strips every one of its outward. not only the immense The Esoteric philosophy is alone calculated to withstand. AS out of The Secret Doctrine contains the real teaching given to the world. through H. God in Nature. human garments. and no more. nor Esoteric philosophy has never rejected Deity as the absolute and abstract Ens. The Hindu Reformer limited his public teachings to the purely moral and physiological aspect of the Wisdom-Religion. reserving the hidden Truths for a select circle of his Arhats . the repeated attacks on all and everything man holds most dear and sacred in his inner spiritual life. .

1 In The Voice of the Silence." None seem to have understood its real 1 meaning and importance. left to the care of uninitiated Lamas and Mongolian innovators. . that had been imparted to him owing to his pledges though he taught its true esoteric knowledge. B. therefore. . a Ksha" twice-born (the initiated Brahsoil. . for the whole Buddhist reform merely consisted in giving out a portion of that which had " " been kept secret from every man outside of the enchanted Unable to teach all circle of Temple-Initiates and ascetics. . L. differed in no wise from that of the Brahmins of his day [Italics mine. Many Chinese scholars among Orientalists have heard of the " Soul-Doctrine. The Buddha was a child of the Aryan " trya and a disciple of the mins) or Dwijas. How the pristine purity of the-e giand revelations was dealt with may be seen in studying some of the so-called " " esoteric Buddhist schools of ^antiquity in their modern garb. the public teachings of Gautama the Buddha. P." Observe also her statement that even such an exalted Being as the Buddha was bound by the pledges of secrecy that are imposed upon all members of the Occult Hierarchy. gives " " of this more than a hint as to the real meaning and importance " Soul -Doctrine. initiated His Secret Doctrine. different a born Hindu. the a philosophy built upon the ground-work of the Buddha gave to the world only outward material body and kept its soul for his Elect . A. once that they were transplanted from the secret and sacred circle of the Arhats . Thus the reader is asked to bear in mind the very important difference between orthodox Buddhism i.86 Time and human imagination made short work of the purity and philosophy of these teachings. . . not only in China and other Buddhist countries in general. H. The mystery that shrouded Nirvana has so tried and its chief dogma and aspirations irritated the curiosity of those scholars who have studied it. .]. could not be from their doctrines. but even in not a few schools in Tibet. however. perhaps within the sanctuary. C.e.. His teachings. That doctrine was preserved secretly too secretly. . already mentioned. and his esoteric Budhism.

unable to solve it logically and satisfactorily by untying the Gordian knot. . was. The members which is beyond the Himalayas. only) and A passages quoted from the Commentaries will be found Several of the teachings. . to-day. II. also. every work of a character that might have led the profane of the to the ultimate discovery and comprehension of some of the mysteries of the Secret Science. and even in Syria. since the art of writing began. that have ever been written. Vol. language or characters.. they cut itTthrough. . Tibet. found scattered throughout hundreds and thousands of Sanskrit MSS. owing to the combined efforts of the members of the Brotherhoods. The body of the doctrines given is its present name The Book of Dzyan . in whatever . problem eludes the grasp of the physicist a true valley of discord and of eternal lie buried the highest and the wherein a strife necropolis. one fact is certain. " (or Dzan ") is utterly .87 that. . Japan. of of several esoteric schools the seat . Nirvana meant absolute annihilation . India. works. been transmitted orally yet even these are in every instance hinted at in the almost countless volumes of Brahminical. and whose ramifications may be found in China. besides South America claim to have in their possession the sum total of sacred and philosophical works in MSS. Chinese and Tibetan temple literature. in fact. 27). has now . in its by . . which it is too ready to confound with the unknowable.. . declaring that The world of mad career towards the unknown . That soul becomes of our most holy aspirations Spirit-Soul. whenever the . unknown to our of never heard at rate was or by them under any Philologists. . some already translated disfigured in their interpretations. have hitherto difficult to trace. as usual others still awaiting their turn . p. . few new facts (new to the profane Orientalist. and type all the it However may be . diligently searched for . become a vast arena with every new generation more paralyzed and atrophied . It has been claimed in all that since the ever destruction ages Alexandrian Library (see Isis Unveiled.

H. What do they got it scholars say of Buddhist literature ? ? Have in its completeness Assuredly not. such as to defy the art of the best and cleverest palaeographer..88 It is of that kind. or which teries. . such an extraordinary proceeding. is it is this so ? not understood correctly to this day. B. P.580 verses. or 1. is known Elsewhere the reason is given for what may appear.028 hymns/' in spite of the Brahmanas and the mass of glosses and com- mentaries. that which has been so effectually con" a few cealed from it for long aeons and ages. Turning now to the oldest Aryan literature. after had any direct references to the ancient mys- having been carefully copied in cryptographic characters. nor could it be imparted to the present generation of Sadducees.. no one. although " are now being given fundamental truths from the Secret Doctrine " that which must remain unsaid could not be con. and entirely incomprehensible ." . . most of these vanished works true keys to works still extant. are known to have immense number of MSS. Notwith- standing the 325 volumes of the Kanjur and the Tanjur of the Northern Buddhists . " . a mocking. although the RigVeda contains only " about 10. without those additional volumes of commen- taries and explanations." . .. . Why Evidently because the Brahmanas . They have disappear- " ed without leaving the slightest trace behind them/' " contained the Moreover. themselves require a key. in these volumes. the RigVeda. . B. . that every sacred book whose text was not sufficiently veiled in symbol- ism. . which the Orientalists have failed to secure.. unbelieving world. . was also destroyed to the last copy. would be says permitted to. now to be found no more.. to : 1 . then goes on to point out that the collective researches of the Orientalists have led them to the conclusion that an existed. tained in a hundred such volumes. the student will find that. . 1 H. not even the greatest living adept. furthermore. particularly to the Western world. P. maintained." Yet. nothing. in truth. or could even if he would give out promiscuously.

" usual. . originally 80. . Edkins). ." Lost. both of the South and of the North. Moreover. . as early as the year 300 before our era (Lassen and General Cunningham). when Kashyapa. *' Son of Heaven " with the tenets . matter . the sacred canon of the Southern Church five or six times the amount of said to contain Lamaism. ac- cording to a tradition preserved by the Buddhist schools. Proofs of its a complete chain of documents. This is what all the Eastern . exist to this diffusion.000 tracts.000 (Professor as Max Miiller) . the late Sanskritist of his Swami Dayanand day Sarasvati.D..of is Yet. the greatest in India. . (Rev. But who can be quite sure that they Buddhists and Brahmins ? It is well are likewise lost for ascertained that Buddhist Arhats began their religious exodus. assured some members of the Theosophical Society of the same fact with regard to ancient Brahmanical works .." . have insisted for the last century or so that there must have been " fragments of a primeval revelation. showing its character and presence in every land. the writer that Buddhist tracts belonging to the sacred canon were stored away in countries and places inaccessible to the European Pundits. . the contained in the Bible . . at the invitation of the Emperor Ming-Ti went there to acquaint the of Buddhism. for the purpose of propagating the new faith beyond Kashmir and the Himalayas. for Europeans. but most so that there remained but 6.000 or 84. . . together with the teaching of all its great adepts. the sacred Buddhist Canon comprises of them were lost. T. granted to the ancestors of the whole race of mankind. Learned writers . Initiates and Pundits have been proclaiming to the world from While a prominent Cingalese priest assured it was well known that the most important time to time. religion of the ancient The Secret Doctrine was the universally diffused and prehistoric world. and reached China in the year 61 A. authentic records of its history.

on H. the There were portions of the life-giving sacred lore. to re-appear in some . more enlightened age. teachings. B. have been very real in the early centuries of the Christian . from Western spoliating hands. as Its tenets already stated. . That the West is unprepared to be trusted with " " the secrets which would impart dangerous knowledge and powers. but have to. speaks of " Westerns " being " protected by their very blindness and ignorant materialistic disbelief " in the occult/' adding that a clue which would . to unprepared multitude secrets of such tremendous importance. is selected volumes in these That which is given instalment first as much as from written. . [the] policy [of the Initiates] was not dictated by selfishness. B. . a generation which knows no law but the Further gratification of its own desires and ambitions. " " . Secret Science that for incalculable ages had to remain concealed from the prof ane gaze But this was because to impart . nor is its philosophy for. . P. P. it is as old as thinking man. . was equivalent to giving a child a lighted candle the in a powder magazine. and taught by. is amply demonstrated by the appalling nature of the uses to which scientific discoveries are " " liable to be put by a generation which divorces science from morality and ethics (as do the majority of scientists themselves). more than one late Ragon especially by the European from oral. .go day safe in the secret crypts of libraries belonging to the Occult Fraternity The Occultists assert that all these exist. it is not a religion. . . era [could not be given] to people fully convinced of the reality of occultism. . new religion ? Doctrine a : replies By no means new . [but] entering a cycle of degradation which made them ripe for abuse sorcery of the worst description/' Is the Secret : of occult powers and In reply to a question " " H. This been cautiously given out Initiate . or any desire to monopolise . are not now published for the first time. .

they are said to emanate from a source (Occultism) and. . H. ning of Christianity The reader is asked to give all his attention to that millennium which divided the pre-Christian and the post. repudiated by science . that its teachings . incessantly discredited before the world by all those who hate unwelcome truths These teachings will be derided and rejected a priori in this century . . ture of languages and dialects with which philology is acquainted . . For in the twentieth century of our era scholars will begin to recognise that the Secret Doctrine has neither been invented nor exaggerated. but contains all that can be given out of the world in this century . so far. and lost to men. may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a science called Gupta-Vidya . so Magic. but simply a statement based on the knowledge of facts. now known to the world has been for many ages forgotten . . . they are offered through an agency. will be sent out in 1975. Every century an attempt is being made to show the world that Occultism is no vain superstition. As real Occultism had been prevalent among the mystics during the centuries that preceded our era. In century the twentieth some disciple. . on the contrary. . . B. simply outlined and finally. . but. . 1 This is no pretension to prophecy.. but is at last found . but only in this one. though 3 still very limited. (the igth) . The times are ripe for a more serious knowledge than hitherto permitted. antedate the Vedas * . P. . Blavatsky] followed the begin. Occultism and the Occult Arts/' by H..91 based upon Stanzas. the source of all religions and philosophies . . the last quarter of every century being the time chosen f or such efforts. P. with its Occult Arts [cf. . and that . The SECRET DOCTRINE is not treatise. says elsewhere that the next messenger . or a series of vague theories. . " or rather Sorcery. 2 . which are the records of a people unknown to ethnology it is claimed that they are written in a tongue absent from the nomenclaof the esoteric doctrines is . finally.

or . that will point to the Karma for cunningly made- up HISTORY. says this one small volume was the secret sacerdotal tongue.B. and for characters slandered by posterity. D. to the sons of Light.]. our present parent stock.' both have built their churches on of heaven-kissing hecatombs human " victims. " "very old book is then referred to. China's " even the primitive Bible. great for events purposely perverted. loved to dwell in darkness and ignorance have won their proselytes at the point of the sword . says she first mentioned in I sis Unveiled (1877). . the Puranas in India. the Siprah Dzeniouta and " of the sacred volumes the Egyptian Sepher Jezirah ." Verily. . at the very " " is This race/' of the 5th race 5th (our) beginning " have who as all the Aryan. from the words of the Divine Beings. " The old book. even a glimpse intenas the hated and dreaded because throwing such a vivid light on the what is new and now known " New Dispensation. the ominous " Over f atally glowed. This event whether historically correct or not has nevertheless been made to serve as a signal for the erection of manifold bulwarks against any possible return into. the portals of our own. Tradition " taken down in Senzar.92 Christian periods. the fiendish spirits of fanaticism. the book of Shu-king. the future seer may discover other words. in A. Thoth-Hermes. of early and mediaeval Christianity and of Islam. who dictated Central Asia [Italics mine. by the year ONE of the Nativity. which H. C. mangled out of recognition. etc. will know." it studied the S. P ." continues . From " " this one small parent volume were derived the A Chaldean Book of Numbers. L. the hated religions of the Past tionally veiled interpretation of of. have from the first Both creeds . Over the gateway words the of KARMA OF ISRAEL Century I of our era.

beginning with Buddha at one and Pythagoras end and the Neo-Platonists and Gnos- the only focus left in History wherein converge for the last time the bright rays of light streaming from the aeons of time gone by. at the end of which not a few accounts will be settled and squared between the races. . [from 1888] at the death of Krishna.93 H. Arid then the last prophecy contained in nine years hence five that book (the first volume of the prophetic record for the Black Age) will be accomplished. . about 1898] the first cycle of the first millenniums. mutilatYet there remains enough.. about 5. Parent Doctrine . after giving the true history of the races from the First down to the Fifth further. of Constantine. having been in preparation since the time of Buddha's grand successor. just 4969 years ago. . built on their bodies. Sankaracharya. [that] the now at Secret Wisdom was all once the one fountain head . and is only as old as the Black Age. Volume II of the Prophecies is nearly ready. In about [i. " B. This period. which were fed the streamlets first down the later religions of all nations from the to the last. having described Cosmic Evolution and explained the origin of everything on earth. [to prove] . including physical man. and many of us will witness the Dawn of the New Cycle. the bright sun-god/ the once living hero and reformer/' But there exists another book. P.. (our) race. None of its possessors regard it as very ancient. unobscured by the hand of tics at the other. is bigotry and fanaticism. goes no It stops short at the beginning of the ' Kali Yuga. as it was born with. We have not long to wait.." was the days ed . It is further said that the last turning-point in the " ended in the [Western world] supreme struggle which throttling the old religions in favour of the new one.. .e. even among of a the actual existence records. . namely.000 years. . will end. that began with the great cycle of the Kali Yuga.

and which she now clothes in the words of Montaigne " Gentlemen. altogether fictions. AND HAVE BROUGHT NOTHING OF MY OWN BUT THE STRING THAT TIES THEM/ " : ' . were not like : Initiates . that knowledge Thus only could it be shown the Occult and the powers it confers on man. she says that in sending the Book out into a cold and unbelieving world. I HAVE HERE MADE ONLY A NOSEGAY OF CULLED FLOWERS. to the readers of The Secret Doctrine. " in the arrangement of these volumes and system " The Initiates of 1888 would indeed remain incomprehensible and ever a seemingly impossible myth. B. what she has stated all along. but that they are as old as the world itself. ." Finally. of shown to have lived in every other age of history.94 H. in concluding this very long Introductory. are not . . . then goes on to say that found it this is why she has so difficult adequately to explain the facts given " the (by the Masters it must be remembered) from " without citing evidence from the hoariest Past Hence the apparent " lack of method historical period. she can but repeat. . P.

Main Tenets


of the Secret Doctrine.

attempt to deal at all adequately with the actual teachings of an epoch-making work like The Secret Doctrine, would be out of the question in so small a book as this. I shall therefore have to content myself with bringing|f orward a few salient points of the


Esoteric Teachings, incidentally demonstrating that they are at the root of the older Eastern religions and philosophies.


say Eastern because, owing to the phenomenal soul-killing development in the West of the purely

personal aspect of man (see ante, p. 45) which inevitably " leads to the anthropomorphic conception of creation/'

the true spiritual side of Man and Nature (or rather, Man in Nature) has become for it a sealed book. Western " " civilised humanity has stifled that Principle in its

own nature which " Ye cannot (cf.

alone can grasp the eternal verities " serve God and Mammon which,

correctly understood, means exactly this), and apply them to the solving of the problems of life. (See the Maha

Chohan's Letter, Chap. IV.) In Vol. I., S. D., page
not the One,



H. P. B. writes


It is

oi< ever-present Nature in abscondito that is rejected [by Occult science], but the God of human dogma and his humanized Word/



in Nature,


In his infinite conceit and inherent pride and vanity,
references I give are all to the First Edition of the S. D. do not recognise Mrs. Besant's corrupted version which she calls the " " issued after H. P. B.'s death, and Third and Revised Edition which contains many thousands of quite unnecessary and unjustifiable corrections and alterations.


man shaped it himself with his sacrilegious hand out of the
material he found in his

upon mankind

small brain-fabric, and as a direct revelation from the


one unrevealed SPACE."

In Vol.




it is




in reality, the container

the Universe


seven principles.

limitless extent,


body of a body of in Occult phraseoIt



each being in its turn a septenary manifest in our phenomenal world only the grossest fabric of their sub-divisions." And the Occult Catechism contains the
following questions and answers, further elucidating the

same teaching What is it

(ibid p. that ever is P


Space, the eternal




is it that is ever

The Great Breath

coming and going ? that which ever


is one,

which ever was

is one, that is also




being and becoming



this is

Lift thy head, oh Lanoo, [disciple] ; dost thou see one, or countless lights above thee, burning in the

dark midnight sky ? I see one Flame, oh Gurudeva [Divine Teacher]. I see countless undetached sparks shining


sayest well.

And now

look around

and into


which burns inside

It is

different in any wise from the in thy Brother-men ? that shines light in no way different, though the prisoner is held in

dost thou feel

bondage by Karma, and though its outer gar" ments delude the ignorant into saying, Thy
Soul and



This most
Religion, the

fundamental teaching of
Oneness of



with the Universe,


outstanding feature of every ancient philosophy. In Vol. I, (p. 380, note), H. P. B. quotes M. Emile Burnouf, " seized this idea perfectly." He who has, she says, " that Brahma states [the Hindu Creator, the active
aspect of Deity] having evolved himself from the soul of the world [Brahma neuter], once separated from the first cause, he evaporates with, and emanates all nature out of


does not stand





Brahma and the


but is mixed up form one Being,

each particle of which is in its essence Brahmd himself, who proceeded out of himself." Therefore, in the
logical working-out of this teaching, the result is clearly seen to be the evolution of those we call Masters of



It is

corollary path of s0//-knowledge long



not only a possibility, but an indispensable follows that, if a man should pursue the

complying with

enough (through many lives), the rules and providing all the condi" he must ultimately tions living the life," in short the union with achieve Divinity within himself, and

become himself


At the base




nature he will find

and over


thou art


say the

Upanishads, over forms


things in that Self, from that he'll no more hide.




and Self

in everything


knoweth that all things are self for him what the existeth, what delusion, when he gazeth on





hard to behold, occultly pervading, placed down in
the heart] hid ancient by means supreme at-one-ment. on God the wise

the heart, in the Cave
of the practice of

dwelling, joy



he abandons.

Unborn, eternal, everlasting, this Ancient remains though the body be slain.

unslain he


all. all. [and] meditation. and is in the fire-sticks fire. As oil in seeds. mind Him and Him only know to be the Self. by G. . He too is the ultimate base. theirs and not the bliss which aye Shvetdshvataropanishad. In whom and all lives. thus they who know immortal they become . The Self pervading as Surely is He shall last. have given more extracts from this last Upanishad. the wise Him within their self enthroned. . . by knowledge pure. in Him the three [the Logos. in the heart of this creature [Man] the Self doth repose." The self and the and drawn therein between the Self should not be overlooked (I should add that distinctions I quote throughout from the translation J. S. beyond all decay. in meditation and self-knowledge rooted. the lord of the guardian of this world as long as time Thus .Smaller than small [yet] greater than great. the individual soul. R. hath also been sung . heaven. that Brahman. Away with other creeds Life sure is He is He who . Mead ChattopAdhyaya). so is the Self found in the self [by him] who seeks for Him with truth and meditation. " " because the Path to immortality is so clearly indicated I in these sublime sentences for those that have " ears to hear. butter milk pervades. with eye . water in springs. flames through all Creation. . C. His form stands not within the vision's field. no man beholds Him. knowing Him. earth and interspace are woven. This Self is to be reached by truth alone. . and the universe] . in every creature hid . the bridge to the immortal. by mind. Him standing in who gaze on others'. one cuts the bonds of death. and constant Of that Brahman supreme it Mundakopanishad. . butter in cream. discipline. is the heart by heart. Kaihopanishad. theme sublime of sacred teaching.

Moreover." must not be confounded. " I. ritualism system. in the Theoso" that personage of the same name. the " " " I am I the faculty of cognition. is That which that thou art. It is of this seven-times-seven scale that thou art the faithful climber and mirror. . [this] Life-Light streameth downward through the stair of the seven worlds. " 1 an Arhat." is Flowing from this sublime and soul-satisfying tenet natural corollary. Everything in the Universe follows analogy. full of Tantra worship. which is neither Northern nor Southern but absolutely esoteric. That which takes place is As said in Vol. O little man Thou art this. neither Light nor Darkness. Man is the microcosm of the Universe. (p. . the distinction between consciousness per se and $d//-consciousness must human be drawn. Bhutan and Little Tibet (Ladakh. to our . with have lived in Ayodhya (Oude) about the fifth or sixth century of era. who is said phical Glossary. The former is ' Absolute Consciousness ' which is 'behind ' phenomena. B.his works. ! it not. but is verily the container and root of these. the Buddha. as above. the Founder of the first Yogacharya School 1 : neither Spirit nor Matter. the latter being man's special heritage. etc. we find the same idea beautifully expressed by Aryasangha. but thou knowest . says H. " is conscious but it does not teach that all life and consciousness are similar to those of or even animal beings.99 Turning next to the Buddhist scriptures. 177) : ' ' on the spiritual plane repeats itself on the Cosmic plane. P. cannot be the same as the lofty system of the early Yogacharya school of pure Buddhism. and that shadow thou callest Light and Life. The Root projects at every Dawn its shadow on ITSELF. This Aryasangha. and a direct disciple of Gautama.). and taught Tantrika worship in addition to the Yogdcharya . O poor dead Form. ." and tenets followed now considerably by the red-cap sects in Sikkim. the stair of which each step becomes denser and darker. so below . taught " that everything lives and the by the Esoteric Philosophy.

(2) the admits a Logos or a collective Creator of a Demi-urgos in the sense implied when Universe . which practically cover the whole field of human evolution. by the Ideation of constructive labour the Universe [Divine Mind]. Powers and Forces " (4) . . left all the manual labour to the masons in our case the plan was furnished . Matter is Eternal. 279-10-11). the Vedantins call Parabrahm.IOO is only termed ^consciousness [e." It therefore necessarily transcends human and which conception. I.. every anthropomorphic god . maintain that no inorganic or dead matter in nature. explanation of existence." None the less must that Absolute be postulated." . whereas that Architect has never touched one stone ' of it. ' ' ' ' of an Architect Creator one speaks of an as the Edifice.. . further. of that which in the unconsciousness upheld through Eternity (5) " The Universe was evolved out . as is any reasonable most clearly stated (pp. except in the Hindu sense " It word or the rejection of ' . of its ideal plan... infinite basis) for the its one Upadki (the physical Universal Mind to build thereon the Esotericists It is the ideations. by such philosophers as Hegel] in the absence of any element of personality. but. the Ancient atheistic sense . nastika. .. There are.. in Vol. on the contrary : Wisdom is in no " (1) The Secret Doctrine of the teaches no Atheism. .g. and are powerless from " the very constitution of our being to raise the veil that shrouds the majesty of the Absolute. is Therefore.. . two important Laws taught by the Wisdom-Religion. both visible and invisible. for Yet. and the was left to the Hosts of intelligent . the distinction between the two made by Science being as unfounded as it is arbitrary and devoid of reason there . for we are unable to form any concepts save in terms of empirical phenomena . while furnishing the plan.

seventh re-birth. An Occultist or a philosopher will not . . 642-3). For the only decree of Karma an eternal and immutable 1 Persia. as the effect of his having thrown into perturbation even the smallest atom in the Infinite World of Harmony. we shall find the following comprehensive definition of " as Karma : In the West. So long. minus design. I. in short. KARMA- NEMESIS is the it is creator of nations and mortals. and Re-birth (or Reincarnation) respectively. In the Quatrains of Omar Khayyam. Unwise they. prepare them. the Astronomer. and every other Finite attribute and qualification.Poet of we find precisely the same idea : The Moving Finger writes and having writ. (pp. so unphilosophically attributed to the latter. of PROVIDENCE.. or have her wheel diverted from the path it has once taken . Karma. . . who believe that the goddess may be 1 propitiated by whatever sacrifices and prayers. collectively or indiviare paths who dually.Nemesis is the synonym There is . has not been finally readjusted. . for it is we. he will teach that nevertheless it lives guards the good and watches over them in this as in future and that it punishes the Evil-doer aye. moves on Nor all your Piety nor Wit Can lure it back to cancel half a line Nor all your tears wash out a word of it. In Vol.. goodness. even to his .. . no return from the paths she cycles over yet these of our own making.101 These are generally known as the Laws of Karma. since Pagan Wisdom has been repudiated having grown from and been developed by the dark powers supposed to be at constant war and in opposition to the little tribal Jehovah the full and awful significance of the Greek while NEMESIS (or Karma) has been entirely forgotten the dreaded goddess is absolute and immutable as a Principle. speak of the goodness or cruelty of Providence but identifying it with Karma-Nemesis. it is we ourselves nations and individuals who propel her to action and give the impulse to its direction. but once created they who make of her either a fury or an avenging Angel.

but actully omitted two or three vital passages. I go more fully into the most heinous of these omissions in my pamphlet H. II. 420) which. not. The latter are like the various costumes and characters played by the same actor. series of personalities. With mighty sweep of never-erring action. P. for the space of a few hours. almost interminable. : : . nor the sweet jasmine's silver star to thorn or thistle turn. Karma that rewards or punishes. for rigid Justice rules the World. or rather indissolubly. or is reward or punish with. B. or real man. fied by the public.' The pepper plant will not give birth to roses. of existences]. . . the Karmic progeny of all our former causes. with each of which that actor identifies himself and is identiThe inner. gives the specifically ethical " Learn that no efforts. as by all Christians .]. who ourselves according to whether we work along with nature. is the law of re-birth. She has not only altered it in many minor respects." l the definition of the Law of (given in Vol. but it is we. P. B. it brings to mortals lives of weal or woe. or of the re-incarnation of the same spiritual individuality in a long. as H. not the smallest side of this teaching : whether in right or wrong direction can vanish from the world of E'en wasted smoke remains not traceless. P. who personates those characters. p. was a universal belief/' (Theosophical Glossary) : " Intimately." I should warn my readers against Mrs. causes Journey [or the whole complete cycles sown each hour bear each its harvest of effects.e. but ever comes again. A harsh word is not destroyed. " Thou canst create this day thy chances for thy morrow the following re -birth or re-incarnation. knows the 1 In The Voice of the Silence H. connected with Karma. Besant's edition of The Voice of the Silence. Blavatshy A Great Betrayal. states elsewhere was believed in by Jesus and the Apostles. ' uttered in past lives ' ' ' ' ' ' thoughts and deeds. therefore. or the Ego. through abiding by the laws on -break and which that Re-birth Harmony depends Equally clear " them. then. men in those days. but denied now by the The putting on of flesh periodically by the soul.102 decree in the is absolute Harmony It in the is world of matter as it is world of Spirit. In the Great [i.

p. . though. These are the (or Spiritual). however. enters into a newly born being. believed that author of the Sankhya philosophy. and after the destruction of the body. the permanent individuality is fully aware of actual life the fact. Kapila. in his turn. . unfortunately. ONE REALITY " (Vol. but too real..103 whole time that he which represent. King Lear.) . the To put meet . the transformation. that ignorance is." (Vol. through the atrophy of the spiritual ' eye in the physical body. the whole life of Hamlet for the brief space of a few acts. the Intellectual. the Microcosm of the great Macrocosm and it is the union of these three streams in him which makes him the complex being he now is. I. it shortly In man three streams of evolution : for in this Universe 1 MAN is the central fact of existence." According to The Secret Doctrine. that knowledge is unable to impress itself ' on the consciousness the " cf the false personality. finite and the Physical These three are the reflections on the field of Cosmic seventh. on the plane of human illusion Hamlet. 1 "Each and guided by . I. of this doctrine. of ATMA. and ' different sets of the highest . 181. there is a triple " for the formation of the evolutionary scheme in Nature three periodical Upadhis evolution. the body. . which carries the passive soul from one material " and Herodotus tells his readers dwelling to another " that the Egyptians are the earliest who have spoken . visible character is supposed to be ignorant of the fact. of these three systems has its own laws. image of All souls have a subtle vehicle. Nevertheless. Logoi '. the aspects. And he knows that he was. . according to which the soul is immortal. p. or rather three schemes of which in our woven and interblended Monadic evolutions : system are inextricably interat every point. or the Illusion. . the is night before. of the Othello of a still earlier preceding night but the outer. 181).. is ruled is Each represented in the constitution of man. In .

EXISTING . like the object are thrown the lantern. . or the Great Illusion. is the One homogeneous divine SUBSTANCE-PRINCIPLE. such are men. while the wires of evolution are pulled by the unseen hands and men and things are thus but the reflections. around and toward which all gravitates. 277. the one radical cause. . the (2) central point from which all emerged. It 1 Compare Omar's We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumin'd Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show. and upon which is hung the philo. a progressive march towards a higher in the action of the There .) Mahamaya.. so the are all juture men . and non-intelligent Elementals The whole order of nature evinces life. design seemingly blindest forces . . " The fundamental Law in that system. is . sophy of the rest. this Manvantaras. on semi-intelligent or other Spheres .104 Every spirit so-called is either a disembodied or a future man. : To sum up " The Secret Doctrine is the accumulated (1) Wisdom of the Ages. having lived aeons ago. of the realities behind the snares of (Ibid. real Kosmos is . . During the great mystery and drama of life known as the Manvantara. and shadow thereof. and its cosmogony alone is the most stupendous and elaborate system. .. called forth by the magic The actual figures and things remain invisible. all ' Builder ' (the inferior class of Spiritual in other inferior. As from the highest Archangel (Dhyan Chohan) " ' ' down to the last conscious Entities). Three distinct representatives of the Universe in its three distinct aspects are impressed upon our thought by the esoteric philo- sophy The PRE-EXISTING (evolved from) the EVERand the PHENOMENAL the world of illusion. on the white field. . the reflection. 1 placed behind the white screen upon which Chinese shadows. .

it It is omnipresent Reality impersonal. . [which] cannot kind. while it remains a principle in the beginningless and is called ' ' ' ' endless abstract. (4) . It is latent in every atom in the Universe. visible . MAYA [Illusion].. and invisible SPACE. no better than a will-o'-theYet the Universe is real enough to the conscious all beings in it. in the mind wisp. Compared to the eternal immutability of the ONE. is CONSCIOUS : i. must be necessarily. from the fire-fly to that of the Sun. of this unknown Absolute Essence being of be identified with a any . the Universe. with everything in it. an illusion.105 Substance-Principle/ for it becomes substance' on the plane of the manifested Universe. There is no such thing as either Blind or dead or blind matter.e. with its evanes- cent ever changing forms. of a philosopher. and the changelessness of that Principle. its own kind and on its own plane of percep- must remember that because we do not perceive any signs which we can recognise of consciousness. -" The Universe is the manifestation (3) and everything. as there is no Unconscious Law. ephemeral life of because a all is temporary therein. conceived by the human intellect. throughout its Kingdoms. as in heaven so on earth and man the microcosm and miniature (6) . " (5) Everything in the Universe. we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there. say. Its periodical . that can be . and is the Universe itself. which are as unreal as it is itself. " . endowed with a con- sciousness of tion. in stones. because contains all impersonality is the fundamental of the conception system. . As above so it is below. but both " The Universe is called. IT is best described as neither spirit nor matter. These find no place in the concep' We men ' ' ' ' ' ' ' tions of Occult philosophy The Universe is worked and guided from within outwards.

io6 macrocosm is the living witness to this Universal Law and to the mode of its action The whole Kosmos is guided. p. There is one eternal Law in nature. .. . . . II. . controlled.. and animated by an almost endless series of Hierarchies of sentient Beings. and who copy of the . each having a mission to perform." (Vol. are ' ' messengers Agents of Karmic and Cosmic Laws 272-3-4) ' in the sense only that they are the . pp. and find itself finally SELF-REDEEMED. one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony. 420). ." (Vol. It is owing to this law of spiritual develop- ment superseding the physical and purely intellectual that mankind will become freed from its false gods. . . I.

Doctrines such as the planetary " 1 Sir J.. if trained Will of such knowledge would make of him "a god ". For the man is a creative force of the most magic potency. P. which deal with Evolution are absolutely comprehensive and far-reaching. D. the Rishis. grant the truth of the foregoing hypotheses. always stood for freedom of intellect . . says in the Introductory to Vol.'s statement concerning the Aryan heritage of Devotion quoted post p. it must follow that man is in intimate connection " in his own body. for to them knowledge and religion are one. 112. B. the great Bengal Scientist.. and the consequent universality of the to the ancients in a reign of that Law we in all 1 departments of human activity. This is precisely the teaching of the Guardians of the Esoteric Wisdom. Her great : . Sacrifice. D. I. S. C. and is the true cause of Their withholding that Key from the mankind of to-day. which but re-discovers and re-labels facts well known connected form." The Moral Law and the "Great IT have been seen that the teachings given out in the S. more completely correlated and For they worked in conformity with what was to them a known fact. Bose. and physical. D. (S. transcending any- thing as yet known to or admitted by modern science. the essential Unity of Man and Nature. psychical. and to see in the phenomenal world an orderly universe. parts and passions/' with all departments of Nature moral. Could he but find the Key to the practical knowledge of this. As H. I. Therefore. 210) ." Compare this with H. thinkers. :-- " The danger is this . says India through her habit of mind is peculiarly fitted to realise the idea of Unity.CHAPTER will XIII. B. P.

because it is which emanated from Gautama Buddha's heart. For this is the Kali Yuga. it the abuse of which would cause incalculable evil to humanity. is of the Silence (The Two Paths. important ation ? essentials of modern materialistic civilis- How of the could such a sense-bound generation grasp one most important tenets of the Esoteric Teachings. on seven-fold occult forces human tremendous occult powers. ' " this That the heart of the Universe ' : Love to be the love so divine and impersonal as but faintly comprehended by finite minds. correlated to those of the higher planes being of tremendous power. B clearly given out as the in the 1 ) Voice It is note. the Black or Iron and are not Coal and Iron two of the most Age . the Esoteric and the Exoteric are respectively called the Heart and the Eye DoctrineThe Bodhidharma (Wisdom-Religion) called them in China whence the names reached Tibet the Tsung-men (Esoteric) and Kiau-men the teaching (Exoteric) school. The two schools of Buddha's doctrine. or the seven races (elaborated in Vol. Masters of Compassion. whereas the Eye 1 ' " ' ' ' ' ' Doctrine was the work of his head or brain. ' seal of truth or the true is also called the the heading of almost all Esoteric works. So that any septenary division at once gives a clue to principles are. verse 2. The former is so named. planet. and a race and the every plane.io8 chain. In the Voice of is " Silence this Soul identified with Alaya." ' ' The seal. II). which is Compassion." Who will be the ones to grant the Key of the ancient MYSTERIES now in Their safe " keeping to a world whose god is gold and their religion " the pursuit of wealth (Richard Wagner's Prose - " not the Masters of Wisdom. " " Heart Doctrine by H." is (Italics are mine). P. Therefore. the Works).' Heart Doctrine a symbol found on ' ' . at once give a clue to the seven-fold nature of man. for each principle is correlated to a plane [of consciousness] a .

thy being its BEING. . in the law of the essential One-ness of Man and Nature. being absolute Harmony. .. Law of LAWS Harmony. ." says Aryaon this subject " " sanga.IOQ Compassion eternal is no attribute. A point to which I wish to is in this connection the particular attention fact that we have here the draw scientific reasons for the Practice of Brotherhood. inner Esoteric schools . which " Alaya's SELF ". To work 1 in perfect " harmony with this law " to become light This compassion must not be regarded of the Theists. The more thou dost become at one with it. . SELF essence. In Alaya the Yogacharya system of the contemplative Mahayana school. . the more thy Soul unites with that which IS. What " are the doctrines taught by the Esoteric Buddhists ? With them " has a double and even a triple meaning . and sin... Alaya's It is the .] " He who is strong in the Yoga can introduce at will his Alaya by means of meditation into the true Nature of Existence. " Law of Love is eternal.. Alaya is both the Universal Soul (Anima Mundi) and the SelJ oj a progressed Adept [Italics mine. suffering. 1 And in The it is Secret Doctrine (Vol. 48. See above quotations from the Voice for a fuller explanation." " The Alaya has an absolute eternal existence. whose nature. thrown into conufsion by discord. A. the divine love Compassion stands here as is an abstract impersonal law. the " But what is the belief of the of Emerson . . 49) said : " Alaya is literally the "Soul of the World ". L. pp. in the same as ''God. I. the law of Love eternal. Over-Soul . .. the more thou wilt become COMPASSION melted in ABSOLUTE.. C. the light of everlasting right. a shoreless universal and fitness of all things. For the tenet of Universal Brotherhood proclaims souls of that behind the is veil of flesh and matter the the men are indissolubly united in a basic consciousness.

who declared it was a sin for the Masters " not to communicate to the of the world all the knowledge They possess. different the ancient Indian point of view was is in the How shown long letter of protest against the attitude of " " Mr. In this respect there is difference between the ancient Indian and the modern Western civilisation and improvements. S. The object of the first was to ward off untimely death. other law. to reduce the sum of human slaughter with the view of avoiding future suffering and . and misery. the confusion and disturbance prevailing everywhere. the " God within " knows no that law. O. outright. This the real logical cause of the suffering. deterred inflict by no moral scruples. The cruel and deadly inventions used in the Great scientists War are the work of those for who. provide good and bad alike contrivances which. instead of killing untold and lifelong suffering. 1882). A. to the judgment ? How branch of is they ask power being utilised physical knowledge ? : in every department or A glance at history will show us that the energy of the civilised world is mainly directed to perfecting and multiplying of weapons for the destruction of human life on the one hand. divine . but fails to apply it to the world of man's inner being. responds to no other appeal." the Hindu members " What Theosophist (Supplement for November. has been the result of this European standard of " This letter was written by Berhampore T. and on the other to the creation and multiplication of human needs and their an enormous gratification . on the other is built upon its direct antithesis. is of our Western civilisation... for It is The whole hand. pain. Modern science shows us the inexorable nature of Law in its action on and in matter. which and are the almost universal conditions of man's life in the present age (see the Maha Chohan's Letter in Chapter IV).

do not give out to their countrymen even so much. If on the contrary. man-made gods (e. and even races that which cannot be thus appropriated without violating the Law of Compassion. the basis were self-denial. Europeans. this great Law. it cannot be otherwise. still. . in Tibet. as in the case of individuals.Ill to reduce human needs to the narrowest limits possible is . without for a moment . as our Asiatic ADEPTS ? GURUS. and of the activities attributed to them by their devotees. Every nation known to history has perished because of its failure to perceive. of Harmony. to our certain know. ledge. for long and most fundamental law of the to segregate for his own particular use nations. This Law being abstract and impersonal. high adeptship. Violate her laws.. Such may rise and have risen to the . and without that element of caprice and variableness which is characteristic of all the anthropomorphic. acts automatically. and to act in conformity with." modern Man is now paying. modern civilisation and means for a still greater And daily encouraging every way sacrifice of human Hfe. families.g. . . and the penalty must be paid " to the uttermost farthing. and persistent violation of the Universe . and of the Masters of Indeed that moral law which governs the reticence Wisdom is expressly excluded by our scientists. crime of giving a thought to the enormity of the sin and Built as the whole fabric is on the foundation egotism and self-interest. or so little. . that even they notwithstanding their Western training and education after having conquered their innate dislike of subordinating their will to that of their is it How reaching the same powers how is it that even those they. then the very There groove of thinking would have been different have been instances of Englishmen and Europeans rising to . Nature knows no such separation or distinction. otherwise they would not put dange" " rous discoveries into unworthy hands. . . Jehovah and Allah). There is even one now. for attempting paying heavily.

is capable. of one-ness with his spiritual creators .112 greatest and seemingly most glorious heights . the and activity was a sense of soli- foremost motor in his nature natural in our heart. (The Secret Doctrine. It is Moreover. . 210-11). them perishing utterly without leaving a trace Only a spiritual civilisation can endure. That priceless Aryan heritage is thus described : When moved by Wisdom first the law of Evolution. man as he is now constituted . P. unseen of many of behind. . It will also have been seen that the Trans-Himdlayan Brotherhood. D. H. but once again " in the fullness of time/' emerge and when the hour they will for their reappearance strikes. 311) maintained that INDIA (not in its present limits. as no other. S. and became the first and . B/s great love for India led her to work whole-heartedly in the effort to pave the way for the eventual return of those far-off-days the ages of India's ancient glory -when her great Rishis came freely among the people guiding and teaching them. pp. H.. awoke to the spark of consciousness. for it is the only one which . who and ordered her to form the Society subsequently known as the T.It (still) lives undeniably. the fruits of Kriyasakti. For the Aryan Soul. TION arose out of that feeling. the Lords of infused into it Man life feeling DEVOdarity. and has settled in all its ineradicable strength and power in the Asiatic Aryan heart from the Third Race ' direct through its first mind-born ' sons I. had this end in view. In Ages past far back in the Night of Time such did exist. which is . I. B. and they still endure (for they cannot perish). is innate in us . Vol. says (S. but : " . P. civilisation but their " house " of material not being builded on the "rock" of "Maya's SELF/' they have gone down. of grasping sent her forth the sublime conceptions given out by the Masters of Wisdom.

in that august body actually tried to claim one of his discoveries. B. P. Bose recognition for twenty years. Dr. have allowed that disgraceful Report to stand as the final and still generally accepted verdict on one of the greatest minds of the last or any other century. B.. P.. 8 . when H. Even the S. although more than one eminent scientist has not scrupled to make use of its teachings without acknowledgment just as the Royal Society refused the great Indian scientist Sir J. B. while one of his opponents . Wisdom Science)/' course the key to the entire system (of the sacred " " These ancient boundaries includTibet. They wished to prove her a fraud. where the Masters of Wisdom was with us but she once told us . that from the ever-encroaching foot of the Western " invader " *. wrote her extraordinary works. and all who lived with her and witnessed the daily miracle.including its ancient boundaries) is the only country in the world which still has among her sons Adepts who nave ed of lived .7ith They were preparing to move even further away his materialistic civilisation. Keightley. R. Mead. C.). that . and therefore carefully avoided the mass of evidence of a far higher character on the other side just as they suppressed the evidence Yet they of the handwriting expert in H. They have never made the smallest attempt to re-open the whole question on a larger and fairer basis. including a dispassionate enquiry by competent judges into her works. Why ? One can only surmise it was because they could not explain away such testimony as that of Mr. P. absolutely ignored the phenomena (see Chapter very real and great phenomenon presented by the manner in which H. while professing to investigate comparatively trivial VI. P.'s favour. The attitude of Modern Science towards it The Secret Doctrine has hitherto been to treat as quite unworthy of serious consideration..

which she founded and edited. important occult teaching which ought to be collected Mr. passages in the S. Finally. but also regarding the nature of their contents as serious contributions to comparative religion. and the movement she created for the betterment of mankind. wrote a great valuable articles. P. P. P.. advertisefind. and recognise that the will and imagination both of the medium and those present play a very large part in the production of the phenomena. as did H. B. It of a more impartial and clear-sighted many should here be added that H. edited by Many of these articles contain Q. the crude Spiritualistic theory. B. recommendations of such vile attacks who became her bitter enemy because she would not accept him as a Chela and give him teaching he was unfit to receive. P. as far back as 1874. R. to repudiate.. W. P. ments and official as that of Solovyoff. I in the publications of the S. P. discoveries psychical research alone the latest confirm the explanations given by H. D.H4 not only as literary phenomena unique in history. day . to write it. will earn for them the just condemnation generation. and But there is worse than this for to this very science. But the S. Their failure to redress the great wrong done in 1885 to a noble character. philosophy. in one of the noblest or other of the Masters among many which bear the unmistakable impress of one who helped H. the Path. and published in book form. B.. B. when she began her work in America field of all is In the by dealing with tendency now The general Spiritualistic phenomena. . Judge. R. but also organ of the American Section. will never unscientific and give her the credit for what has taken them and others fifty years more to verify for themselves. not only in the Theosophist and in the Lucifer.

And it is he again ' who holds spiritual ' sway over the Adepts throughout the whole world. he from within the circle of Darkness. he is the mysterious the ever invisible) yet ever present Personage about whom legends are rife in the East.A wondrous Being. It is through these Sons of God that infant humanity got its first notions of all the arts and sciences. he has sacrificed himself for the sake of mankind. and yet whose names and whose very nature He is the Initiator/ called the GREAT are unknown. . nor in its heaven ? Because the lonely. from which he is a called Earth-Life. the Nameless One who has so many names. " . called the Initiator (to . as well as of spiritual knowledge . the guides of early Humanity. neither on this Earth. of which he drinks no longer.we read ' of ' . from the ' first awakening of consciousness. silent guidance of MAHA (great) GURU human that all the other less divine Teachers and instructors of mankind ' become. as he has naught to learn which he does not know aye. sitting at the threshold of LIGHT. in short. the profane objective man. voluntary exile himself. though but a few elect may profit by the GREAT SACRIFICE. nor will he quit his post till the last day Why does the solitary Watcher remain at his self-chosen post ? Why does he sit by the fountain of primeval Wisdom. he will not cross of this life-cycle. yet remains ever the same. which . He is. . . It is he who changes form. to every prisoner who has succeeded in liberating himself from the bonds of flesh and illusion. . as said. especially among the Occultists and the students of the Sacred Science. this It is under the direct. sore-footed pilgrims on their way back to their home are never sure to the last moment of not losing their way in this limitless desert of illusion and matter Because he would fain show the way to that region of freedom and light.' looks into it For. initiated ' ' SACRIFICE.

it is


who have

laid the



of those ancient civilizations that puzzle so sorely our modern generation of students and scholars." (Vol. I,
p. 208).



have very definitely taken up the position that the Theosophical Society was finally disrupted in 1894-5, I propose to review briefly the events which led up to " this catastrophe for such indeed it was, since a house



divided against


cannot stand."

time it is generally supposed by the that what is known as the Theosophical present generation of Mrs. is President, is identical with the which Besant Society, " " which or Universal Brotherhood Theosophical Society


this distance of


first fully organised by H. P. B., under the Masters' direction at Benares in 1879 (see Chapter II.) This would, of

course, be true in the case of

any ordinary association governed

But entirely by man-made regulations and considerations. as is clearly shown in what I have already quoted concerning
the causes of the failure of the T.
S., the exoteric

Society was

a mere vehicle jor a great moral Principle.



Judge faction Principle for which we of the so-called in England fought when Mrs. Besant violated it in her Case
in the In thus causing a split Q. Judge. Section Mrs. of the Besant carried a majority society European and most of the Indian, by the sheer force of her persona-

that "






to say, they believed what she said, instead of judging the whole question on the principle of Brotherhood* The bulk of the very large American Section, built up by



Mr. Judge since 1884, naturally followed him and largely
for the

same reason.

Mrs. Besant claimed that the portion of the T. S. she carried with her was the parent body. Technically and exoterically she was right, because the President and the

majority of the Executive in India and England supported But if we follow the principles so clearly outlined by
in her wonderful Letter of

H. P. B.

1890 to the Indians about

the failure at Adyar in 1885, and again to the E. S. in England in 1888 about the continued failure of the T. S., it is obvious

body is not the exoteric organization, but is who believe in her Masters and endeavour to composed their put teachings into practice (see Chapters V. and VI.) This crisis was really as decisive a test of faith and principle
that the real
of those

as the one ten years previously at Letter, ante p. 43).



H. P. B.'s

charges Mr. in the involved the of belief Judge against question existence of the Masters and that this must not be fixed on
the T. S. as a dogma. Yet H. P. B. makes that belief the essential feature in the success or failure of the T. S. in
dealing with the
crisis at

A great point was

made, at the time, that the



She said she remained in

England because there and in America she had found many who had the courage to avow that belief. But only four
years later (1894)


find the very


test applied

and the
of the

same mistake made. The T. S. without the " Masters was a body without a soul.




Here a most important distinction has once more to be H. P. B. had been withdrawn and, as I have shown,

without their chosen Agent the Masters could no longer give

and guidance. Nay more, the Agent's recall was the sign of the finaJ failure of the T. S. as a body. Further, H. P. B. had left no specific directions for carrying on her occult function as Agent of the Masters and Outer
their direct aid
of the E. S. The one most fitted for such a function " was Mr. Judge whom, in 1888, she had described as a chela " " of thirteen years standing," and as the Antaskarana (bridge, or link) between the American thought and the Trans-Himalayan esoteric knowledge. But this, like her


" " Recorder appointment of Mrs. Besant, in 1891, to be the of the I. G. teachings, could obviously apply only during H. P. B.'s life-time. That she made no provision (official)
in the event of her death


was due to the very important fact as she wrote the Indians, the Masters could have kept

's papers. psychic and physical. on May 27th 1891. P. to take her place. S.. This Mrs. therefore. S. Besant was then on her death. supported by us the Council immediately after H. Council was held.'s unexpected Mrs. an Annie Besant. B. . In other words. S. was fitted either by training or by the possession of H. B. B. the last hour of the term. G. I can in either E. B. moral. or anyone else for that matter. on the other. P. and on their arrival in London a full meeting of the E. P. after her death." December It is 3ist. P. and making prolonged and careful study of everything H. that even the of her pupils was authorised or fitted to succeed her as the Agent and mouthpiece of the Masters. way back from a lecture tour in America. Judge was at once cabled for . her alive as long as they wished. it is one thing to believe in Their existence and most advanced accept Their accredited and duly initiated Agent. Had they not failed as India had failed six years earlier H. find no warrant in anything she wrote. that I have come to the following absolutely clear and definite " belief in the ideal of the conclusion While on the one hand. after due deliberation. wrote relating thereto. There were still nine years to the end of the century. S. carefully considering and pondering a many years. during which cyclic Law would permit the effort through her to be continued. H. B. P. P. No directions for the carrying on of the School having been found among H. the Council. clearly no accident. " Masters was declared by H. however. S. tacitly made by assumption was. Her death " was. and the " I. B. Besant and Mr. P. through whom that belief was gained but it is quite another to assume that a Judge. decided and recorded " that from henceforth with Annie Besant and William Q. (letter of 1890) to be only over this matter for after : essential for the success of the T. would have been kept alive at least until viz.'s unique qualities. 1899."9 . for any assumption. Judge. or said or T. Mr. T." but was determined by the failure of the E. E. S. B.

Mrs. office. school was founded being.'s agents and representatives after " " her departure. P." Thus they definitely assumed H. the beginning of all the subsequent trouble. B/s pupils. In this they stated that the changes " " " made in the constitution of the School having been of themselves as by the joint Councils oj the E. S. B. G. nor any other member of the combined E.. B. 1891. a very important office ist April. made in 1888 . out of H. P. This error was one made practically. Besant 's appointment as " Recorder " automatically ceased. before Mrs.i89i a minor one made on of " Chief Secretary of the Inner Group appointing Mrs. B/s Neither I. P. P. P. Besant of the Esoteric Section the Teachings. Mead were Joint Secretaries of the I. B. therefore. Judge. because the Society They had founded through her had failed. when the the other. not also. which they both signed as "Outer Heads. P. B." It is clear that. succeed as Outer P. the Head of the E. T. of the office of Outer Head Masters in succession to H. for he took up the The full text is given in my pamphlet. as such (see ante. grave error they made the initial one lay in their speaking " H. was. H. during her the one for Mr. T.12O Judge rest the full charge and management of the School. [European and American]/' " " they considered it their duty to issue this Address. Besant and Mr.'s life-time . possibly but also that her death. as these " " were Teachings given by H." These two. B. by Mr. Besant's 1 appointment. S. Blavatsky : A Great Betrayal in which I go more fully into this question. B. only that no-one could H. and in the first instance. . 26). P. totally unexpected nine years before " " the last hour of the term meant the withdrawal oj the Councils realised at that time. and the death. P. Judge. The assumption. Besant and Mr. by Mrs. S." in an issued by them. bearing Address date 27th May. Judge. p. on the Teacher's and Recorder Both these appointments 1 obviously could refer to the holders of them only during H. were selected by us in virtue of life-time : two appointments made by H. t Mrs.

among other things. Judge. Tingley was a well-known public medium.121 position. from the time he arrived in London. and expressed surprise that Mr. On our return to New York he requested me to visit Mrs. There can. B. that Mr. She gave him messages purporting to be from Them. culminating in the fatal division in decided on. She was then the directing intelligence he did. Judge " " believed he had been told to seek. however. Tingley and report to him everything she said. P. Judge in 1895. Katherine Tingley at that time a professional psychic and trance medium in New York for those of us who . and his high personal character. and all of us including Mrs. who is possessed of considerable other dangerous powers. Tingley then told me. I was staying with Miss Katharine Hillard. little my possession. Judge . S. but even they did not know the nature of the influence she exercised over him. at the time. But my faith in Mr. Judge should consult a person of that description. was then went. Judge's intimates. communicate followed Mr. the learned Theosophical writer. and to their accepting her as a Chela oj the Masters . one for whom Mr. that he could directly with the Masters . Tingley she was known only to a few of Mr. It is at this point that reference must be made to Mrs. but subsequently I discovered that most if not all of those which he gave out as having " " been received by him had come Mrs. in her capacity as a medium. Tingley. which led eventually to her influence of this hypnotic and obtaining a complete hold over him. absolute . some documents in 1 of 1 it being contained in the E. Mr. Besant so accepted him owing to his credentials as a chela of so many years standing (already mentioned). later discovered that about the time of H. as an occultist who must know what he was doing.'s death. which was then me that Mrs. S. be When I first met Mrs. Judge came under the woman. and she urged me not to go. and also over Theosophical friends whom he introduced to her. as a very and mysterious person. through The whole history of this extraordinary delusion is a long and complicated one. He introduced me to her at special the Boston Convention of 1895. or soon after (the exact date is not known to me). telling behind the scenes of all the T. He had consulted her. so I disregarded her warning and Mrs. a year before his death.

122 doubt that she played a very large part through Mr. B. H. Judge did not discourage this Master K. Dr. S. and that she had intended. and planned probably. 250. but all the of H. but dictated by Mrs. took his place as Outer Head of the E. is idea and Mr. with a talent for organisation and showy activities on philanthropic and educational lines. in the wrecking of the T. It was not until I had worked under Mrs. She has established a successful colony at work requiring a knowledge Teachings being done by students who their under H. P. in America. At first she was announced as a mysterious " iellow-Chela " of Mr. found that she was simply a clever opportunist. S.. a sort of Lohengrin who was to remain unknown for a year. Judge. was under Mrs. p. was when I " By Master's Direction. Most of them were E. Judge was President when she first met him. really the . 1922. headed reprints of H. H. and on Mr. Judge's death in 1896. in an E. Besant. of which Mr. Tingley) deposing Mrs. B. S. Head " Occultism which culminated in the announcement. gave him my report of the interview.. organised a spectacular Crusade around the world. B.'s ." and proclaimed herself the ''Leader and Official It after of the entire Judge T. California. that a school for the Revival of the 1 It did not take Mysteries would be established in America. etseq. Judge. . She was completely successful. Judge. S. P. Tingley's influence that Mr. paper (written by Mr. 3 These old students are doing excellent work in publishing accurate 1 It is regrettable that this paper.'s books with all the references carefully checked. But she speedily " emerged from her obscurity. Judge in 1895. California B. P. T. Judge began. the campaign in favour of Western S. B." the is still accepted as such by many. was a member of H. some little We of us very long to discover that Mrs. including group at Los Angeles. See their Magazine Theosophy. and who followed acquired knowledge Mr. members and one. 2 Point Loma.'s death. S. Jrom the first to obtain control of the American Section T. Tingley knew very about Theosophy and nothing whatever about Occultism. Tingley for some time that I was forced to come to the conclusions I have briefly stated in this Addendum. Herbert Coryn. P. P. September.'s Inner Group.

Tingley 's point of view. P. Mr. Blavatsky i A Great Betrayal. the more surprising. loss of Letter of 1890. B. especially for The Secret Doctrine. B. The reason for this difficulty and Mr. contents see pamphlet. Tingley 's ignorant assertion that Western Occultism is the essence of all other systems . Besant has pushed her own For the nature of their beater's books in preference to H. Judge began his occult as ! is career at the B. for H. public but that they are unable to get supplies. was always warning students against the dangers of psychism. both in H. P. therefore.'s work. an ordinary professional In Mr. P. becoming Both men served and faithfully during H. P. Judge's occult judgment after his Teacher's death clearly was nowhere more unquestioned acceptance of Mrs. well as P. this is easily removed . not a Westerner. S. P. Mr. pledged pupils 1874. As H. but has no shadow of justification in fact. but as soon she was withdrawn they both failed in different ways. shown than in his but none of her own writings tampered with.'s same time as Colonel Olcott. However. B. which is of course inaccurate and misleading. Such failures only serve to illustrate the enormous difficulties that beset the chela's path in the Kali Yuga. The . publishers inform me that there is a large and steadily increasing demand for H. to assert that he and she were sent out together by the Masters I need hardly add that this Co-messengers not claim only impossible and untenable. clearly indicated in her of the T. P. B. It is to be regretted that these preprints are prefaced by an account of the Theosophical Movement from Mrs.'s.'s life-time. mend them My my . Judge and Mrs. B. devoid of real occult knowledge. Besant's editions. P. H. B.123 In view of the unimpeachable it is facts concerning Mr. Judge's case his considerable knowledge of occultism rendered his easy deception by for he psychic. and the magnitude of Damodar's achievement in winning through. Leadis that for years past Mrs. Tingley to be deplored that there are groups of earnest Theosophists in America who endeavour to uphold the entirely indefensible theory that he was the Some of them even go so far as occult equal of H. he was the one full success in the whole history and he was an Aryan. I recomto students in preference to Mrs.

I2 4 consistently taught and demonstrated that in the East and not in the West is the fountain head. Besant.'s teachings This was one of the radical departures made at that time as much by Mr . as I have shown throughout this book. from H. .5 Judge as by Mrs. P. B.

Sinnett. A. 1885. P. gave me a copy. London. Mead and J. H. The Secret Doctrine. I. 1891. by G. 1895. The Voice oj the Silence. London. London. Countess Constance Wachtmeister. A Modern Panarion. H. Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky. The Upanishads. 1881. London. L. but to it has never before been published my knowledge. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine. Vols. 1896.BIBLIOGRAPHY. Blavatsky. 2 Vols 1889. Esoteric Buddhism. 1888. London. . London. B. 1877. H. 1893. R. B. London. London. London. A. " Reminiscences oj H. 1892. C. London. Isis Unveiled. The Theoso: phical Glossary. P. The Key to Theosophy. Laura Langford. 1889. 1886. In Memory oj Helena Petrovna Blavatsky: By some of her Pupils. P. and II. Chattapadhyaya. The Occult World. Trans. New York. P." London. S. C. The portrait which forms the frontispiece to the present volume was taken in London in 1884 for Mrs.