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Master Morya in the Mayavi Rupa: The Testimony of Damodar K. Mavalankar

Mar 30, 2002 04:44 PM
by Daniel Caldwell

Damodar K. Mavalankar 
April 1883, 
Adyar, Madras, India 

Last night was a memorable one. Narasimhulu Chetty and
myself were seated on a chair quite close to Mme.
Blavatsky’s bed, fanning her and talking together, so
as gradually to induce sleep in her. Suddenly Mme. B.
gave a start and exclaimed, "I feel him [Mahatma
Morya]." She enjoined on us strictly not to leave our
places, nor to get excited, but remain where we were
and be perfectly calm and quiet. Suddenly she asked
for our hands and the right hand of each of us was
held by her.

Hardly two minutes had elapsed and we saw him coming
from the screen door of Mme. B.’s bed-room and
approaching her. His manner of walking was so gentle
that not a footstep, not the slightest sound, was
audible; nor did he appear to move, by his gestures.
It was only the change of position that made us see he
had come nearer and nearer. He stood exactly opposite
Mme. B.—not quite an arm's length from us. We were on
this side of the bed; he on the other.

You know I have seen him often enough to enable me to
recognize him at once. His usual long white coat, the
peculiar Pagri [turban], long black hair flowing over
the broad shoulders, and long beard were as usual
striking and picturesque. He was standing near a door,
the shutters of which were open. Through these the
lamplight, and through the windows which were all
open, the moonlight, were full upon him. And we being
in the dark, i.e., having no light on our eyes—we
being turned against the windows through which the
moonlight came—we could see distinctly and clearly.

He held out and put his hands twice over Mme. B.’s
head. She then stretched out her hand which passed
through his—a fact proving that what we saw was a
mayavi rupa [apparitional body], although so vivid and
clear as to give one the impression of a material
physical body. She immediately took the letter from
his hands. It crumpled, as it were, and made a sound.
He then waved his hands toward us, walked a few steps,
inaudibly and imperceptibly as before, and
disappeared! Mme. B. then handed the letter to me, as
it was intended for me. Never shall I forget last
night’s experience; so clear, so vivid and tangible it

Quoted from:
Damodar K. Mavalankar. "Echoes from the Past."
Theosophist (Adyar), May 1907, 633–4. Reprinted in
Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement,
comp. Sven Eek, 307–9. Adyar, Madras: Theosophical
Publishing House, 1965. 

[Note: The above extracts have been transcribed from
the original source but material not relevant to the
subject has been silently deleted. The original texts,
however, can be found from the bibliographical
references. Explanatory words added by the editor are
enclosed within brackets.]

Daniel H. Caldwell
"...Contrast alone can enable us to appreciate things at
their right value; and unless a judge compares notes and
hears both sides he can hardly come to a correct decision."
H.P. Blavatsky. The Theosophist, July, 1881, p. 218.

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