Re: HPB's Masters....quasi spirit guides...this imposter...literary devices
Nov 23, 2000 10:02 PM
Mention was made in your letter regarding W.T. Brown.
If this the same W.T. Brown who expressed the following as
recorded in the Archives, then why would you cite him as
evidence of the material manifestation of the "mahatma"?
How do explain this?
The following excerpt from the Archives of the last statement
made by W.T. Brown regarding the Mahatmas:
"In due time I resolved to travel in search of the `masters' as far
north as the Himalayas themselves. The beloved neophyte
Damodar was my constant companion. The marvels which
`Koot Hoomi' performed through this holy young Hindu far
exceed belief. What is to be thought, for instance, of my gold
watch-chain being taken away from my dressing-table at Poona,
not far from Bombay, and put into the pocket of my
dressing-gown (where I never had placed it) at Jamnu
Cashmere? What is to be thought of `Koot Hoomi's' coming at
Lahore into my sleeping apartment at dead of night, of his
awakening me by putting a letter into my hands, and of rushing
out before I had time to get a light in order to gaze on his sacred
countenance? What is to be thought of `Koot Hoomi's' coming,
on a very dark night, at Lahore, and standing at a distance of fifty
yards from the spot where the Colonel and I were sitting; his
mystic person arrayed in Hindu turban and white dress? With
what awe I gazed upon his misty outline --- the `magnetic
conditions', as the Colonel explained to me, not being favourable
for his nearer approach!
What is to be thought of all these manifestations? Was not
Damodar a witness to these marvellous phenomena, and was
he not instrumental, or perhaps, as we might say, indispensable
in bringing them about?
But enough of Lahore and the Himalayas. I returned to Madras a
poorer, though not yet a wiser man. Damodar had got back
before me, and strange to say I found that Madame Blavatsky
had received a revelation --- doubtless by mystic telegraph --- of
my experiences in the North. Arrived at the `shrine' I found that
letters came, as before, into the magical box, and that replies
could be despatched to Thibet by the old methods. All went well
with the mystical post office until the servant Coulomb, of
theosophic renown, offered us an unpoetic, but noteworthy,
rationale of these manifestations, by revealing to me and to one
or two other true believers the secrets of the sacred letter-box.
This woman offered me further the unpleasant assurance that
the holy neophyte Damodar was solely responsible for the
`Koot-Hoomi' appearances. My faith held out against her
arguments for a time. I hoped there might yet be some
explanation of what seemed the mechanism of trickery. But I
hoped, I need hardly say, in vain.
I have, since that time, done as much as has been given me to
do, in order to restrict the peculiar exhibitions of the Thibetan
magic within the limits of Thibet. I have sought as occasion
offered to discredit the `wisdom religion' wherever I found others
walking into the toils in which I had been ensnared. And I have
the trust that in this way something has been done to check the
spread of physical diseases as well as to prevent waste of
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Blavatsky Archives " <info@b...>
> SUBJECT: HPB's Masters....quasi spirit guides...this
> imposter...literary devices
> Art, I have gone through alot of your recent emails and have
> together at the end of this posting some of your various
> in which your express your opinion about HPB's Masters. I
> with Peter Merritt that you give few if any specifics. You use
> strong words but back them up with no evidence.
> You may be on to something but your readers have no easy
way to know
> if your thoughts on this subject are valid or not because you
> your readers with little to go on.
> If you really feel strong on this subject as indicated by some of
> your words quoted below, then I invite you to write an article or
> essay on this subject and I will post it at Blavatsky Archives.
> archives has an international readership and I think interested
> persons will find your thoughts most interesting. All I ask of
> is that you flesh out your thoughts and provide your readers
> some evidence and details --- not just generalizations.
> You call HPB's Masters "literary devices" and "this imposter"
> fail to explain, for example, these two experiences of William
> and Henry Olcott:
> (1) "The place to which our narrative really next pertains is the
> city of Lahore. Here, as elsewhere, Colonel Olcott delivered
> addresses to large audiences; but Lahore has a special
> because there we saw, in his own physical body, Mahatma
> "On the afternoon of the 19th November, I saw the Master in
> daylight, and recognized him. . . . At Jammu I had another
> opportunity of seeing Mahatma Koot Hoomi in propria persona.
> evening I went to the end of the "compound" (private
> there I found the Master awaiting my approach. I saluted in
> fashion, and came, hat in hand, to within a few yards of the
> which he was standing. After a minute or so he marched away,
> noise of his footsteps on the gravel being markedly audible."
> (2) "One day at Bombay I was at work in my office when a
> servant came and told me that a gentleman wanted to see me
> Blavatsky's bungalow --- a separate house within the same
> as the main building. This was one day in 1879. I went and
> alone there my Teacher[Master Morya]. Madame Blavatsky was
> engaged in animated conversation with other persons in the
> bungalow. The interview between the Teacher and myself
> perhaps 10 minutes, and it related to matters of a private
> with respect to myself and certain current events in the history
> the Society. . . . He put his hand upon my head, and his hand
> perfectly substantial; and he had altogether the appearance of
> ordinary living person. When he walked about the floor there
> noise of his footsteps. . . . He was then stopping at a
> far from Bombay, belonging to a person connected with this
> brotherhood of the Mahatmas, and used by Mahatmas who
may be passing
> through Bombay on business connected with their order. He
> our place on horseback. . . . I have seen him at other times
> the flesh]. . . . [His appearance on all those occasions has
> unmistakable as the appearance of either of you gentlemen [of
> sitting here and asking me questions]. . . ."
> It is hard to believe that these Masters are merely "literary
> devices" of HPB's especially in light of the experiences like the
> I hope you will take up my invitation and write such an article
> let me publish it at Blavatsky Archives.
> Art Gregory on HPB's Masters (compiled from various emails
> To me the Mahatmas of the early
> theosophic movement are very close to spirit guides in the
> Spiritualist movement and that's just the way I see it. many of
> early theosophists were spiritualists and frequented seances
> and this tinged the Mahatma concept with a kind of flavor that to
> me has thrown many of our most valuable contributions into
> disrepute. I would urge the classical concept of Mahatma as a
> great soul or Siddhi an accomplished, perfected being that is
> understood in India/Tibet as opposed to the quasi spirit guides
> of our theosophic antecedents in the TS.
> There is to me a lot of deception apparent and shadowy
> that I believe that afflicted the early Theosophic movement...A
> kind of spiritualistic oneupmanship and battle for leadership
> authority... We may still be suffering the effects of it.
> What I understand is that the Masters as commonly
> by Theosophists is a concept that was heavily influenced by
> spirit guides then used in the spiritualist movement... here I
> to the mysterious letters that appear from the Mahatmas...
> The "Mahatma" idea is really i believe a synthesis between the
> Rosicrucian concept of the invisible brotherhood and the
> european ideas of what a Mahatma was then current in the
> twentieth century... These ideas are of historical interest only
> should be respected as such. I do feel strongly that to hold to
> existence of these shadowy beings is to bring a kind of
> on us and the work of theosophy.
> What I mean to say is that spiritualism seems to have
> the manifestations of the "mahatmas" in question, such as the
> mysterious letters that appear from the air.
> I respectfully disagree with you regarding the existence of the
> "Mahatmas" and suggest as I have that they are figures largely
> influenced by the spiritualist movement and are lacking in
> This is why I feel we're really bringing a kind of disrepute on
> ourselves by continuing this imposter. The rest of the world is
> not so naive as to enlist under this soiled banner. I'm sorry I
> must beso blunt with you,but it is sadly the case...
> Her own genius is to be appreciated aside from the "masters"
> whom she attributed so much. I also suspect that the
> were a literary device on her part and another expression of her
> resourcefulness and genius, if you will.
> Daniel H. Caldwell
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