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Afghanistan, Hume, and secret groups behind the early TS?

Oct 20, 2001 09:07 AM
by bri_mue

"unless you put your shoulder to the wheel yourself Kuthumi Lal Singh 
will have to disappear off the stage this fall." Unsigned Mahatma 
letter to Olcott, June 1883" and seemed to indicate (see my previous 
mail and editorial 1+2 on; that the Mahatma 
wanted Olcott to help with the distribution of the mahatma letters, as 
is indicated by other remarks around the same time.
This was at a time when,Thakur Singh planned to go to England and 
Mohini apparently went in his place to see Dalip Singh.Later on Thakur 
also managed to go and had a meeting with the Queen of England.

In Late Victorian Holocausts by American Historian Mike Davis mentions 
that Alfred Russel Wallace , who jointly put forward the theory of 
evolution with Darwin, agreed with radical journalist William Digby 
that the unnecessary deaths of millions of Indians would be the 
greatest monument to the British Raj.
Kipling's myths of heroic Britishers saving the starving natives are 
total myths where historical records show that the British obsession 
with maintaining free trade at all costs sacrificed millions to 
starvation in the famines of 1876-7 in southern India when Lord Lytton 
was Viceroi. Lytton and later Viceroys secretly used funds earmarked 
for famine relief in India after protests to fund the invasions of 
Afghanistan instead.

Maybe that is part of what coused the "seeding unrest" that Hume 
mentioned, and led to him being shown the secret "7 volumes" (becouse 
they knew Hume was both friendly to the Indians and also close to 
Lytton) in the same year as Olcott and Blavatsky where forging 
contacts in India, A.O. Hume later explained in a memorandum to the 
next Viceroy when I proposed to start the Congress, that he had been 
shown "seven volumes of secret reports" in the summer of 1878 which 
convinced him of the existence of "seething discontent" and "a vast 
conspiracy to violently overthrow British rule." Hume to Lord Ripon, 
11 Jan. 1884, Ripon Papers. Add. Mss. 43, 616. ) Hume claimed that 
though Blavatsky and Olcott had proved untrustworthy they had helped 
in the first instance to reunite him with a network of mystics
with whom he had had brief contact in Paris in 1848, just prior to his 
coming to India.

Hume maintained that the Theosophical founders were working with a 
lower Association' which the "friends" (Advaitists) with whom he was 
now associated "did not acknowledge or approve because its principles" 
were not "at all as rigidly pure, nor its objects as elevated." 
"Peace, order, brotherly love, freedom and progress" he assured Ripon 
were "thekey-notes of our people." Hume explained however that his 
Association had effectivly against the European revolutions of 1848 
and the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny (Indian/Sikh rebellion against the british), 
an was now eager to prevent an outbreak of violent revolution in 

Hume wrote of "legions of secret quasi-religious orders, with 
literally their millions of members, which form so important a factor 
in the Indian problem" led by gurus who "through their chelas or 
disciples, are fully informed of all that goes on under the surface." 
These gurus approached Hume for assistance because of his interest in 
Eastern religion. 
"As soon as I made a little real progress in occultism, and fell into 
the hands of real occultists, I learnt the truth about the 
head-quarters tricks-Amongst the channels by which it was expected to 
disseminate some vague conception of occult matters, the Theosophical 
Society has to be reckoned. They started under the direct influence of 
Brothers of an inferior school, who at one time at any rate believed 
it to be a child of their own; it really came from a higher source. It 
was one of the seeds that they more suo flung out, and left to 
germinate and bear fruit, or perish, as natural causes might 
determine. Those who took it up, and set Madame B. to act as 
gardener,at first at any rate, wanted it pushed to full growth. They 
instilled into her the necessity of success, but except in helping her 
now and then, and now and again putting a stopper on her frantic 
activity, have since, I believe, left her pretty much to her own 

Hume must have been referring to an esoteric/masonic system. These 
mostly high degree, systems however where either royalistic like some 
organisations in France started by the Stuarts in exile the previous 
centurry . Or the revolutionarry organisations that where limited to; 
a) the esoteric/masonic organisations started by Buonarotti, but he 
whas a Socialist Revolutionary in the line of Babouf, later Bakunin 
and Marx. b) The organisations lyke the later generation of Carbonari 
run by Mazzini /Garibaldi and some of the Memphis or and Misraim 
shisms for some time.
There was the partly revolutionary "Societe Hormonique" with its 
various brances based on Mesmeric principles. b) the esoteric/masonic 
Philadelphians,their interborrowing between monarchists and 
republicans in common opposition to Napoleon began with the "infernal 
machine" (a cart loaded with gunpowder) detonated in the rue Nicaise 
in Paris by royalists appears to have imitated an earlier machine 
designed by Jacobins. The intellectual discussion group that took 
shape at the same time on the rue des Marins brought together elements 
of the two extremes and gave birth to the Philadelphians, who mixed 
royalists and republicans. The Philadelphians followed the Babeuvists 
in idealizing from the Left the grass-roots heroism of the Vendée on 
the Right. Their first real organization appears to have been the 
Conspiracy of the Alliance, formed in opposition to the crowning of 
Napoleon as emperor by the Pope in Notre Dame Cathedral on December 2, 
1804. The group contemplated kidnapping Napoleon as he passed through 
the Jura on his way to Milan to receive the crown of Italy in March 
1805. Later the Philadelphians made an alliance with Memphis Misraim 
and the Carbonari of Garibaldi/Mazzini.
Non of the known organisations matches Hume's description however, 
or what would you say ?

I checked if it could have been Garibaldi's masonic group, becouse he 
was supported by the British, so it would be possible he in turn would 
support British rule in India.Garibaldi was also a member of a lodge 
with french revolutionaries in 
England. But there then again are other aspects that don't fit in with 
Hume's political description of the Association.
Something similar to Hume's story, that there was a first "Kut Hoomi" 
and then a second person hidden behind the persona of K.H. that was in 
reality a "Russian spy", showed later up in "The Transcendental 
Universe" by C. G. Harrison.
This book has always has been a bit of an enigma among esotericists, 
Rudolph Steiner jumped on it , although as Friedrich Eckstein a 
friend of Steiner (Steiner run afther Eckstein and got a lot of 
information from him) testified, Steiner at first was a firm believer 
in the Mahatmas, and till the end of his life kept his own version of 
the Master myth. (Steiner told his inner group that the goal of the 3e 
class he was going to establish was, to make contact with the 
Masters, but then he died while he was still working on the 1e class)
Godwin claimes informer of Harrison was Massey, but since Massey had a 
different view of K.H. as Steve Stubbs 
( pointed out. 
A more likely candidate as an informant for Harison might therefore be 

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