The Masters as "the powerful Guides and Guardians of all humanity"?
Jan 27, 2003 03:25 PM
by D. H. Caldwell " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In two of BAG's postings, he writes about HPB's Masters. The excerpts
are given below. The second excerpt may have been written in jest.
(1) "The evidence is that over time there were a variety of
real 'adepts' in HPB's life. That these were other than normal
gifted men has not been shown by any credible evidence. . . Do I
think that they were the powerful Guides and Guardians of all
humanity whose 'letters' HPB delivered to the world ? NO. I am SURE
that there were no such 'masters' as her 'Mahatmas' who materialized
letters that landed on peoples' heads."
(2) "HPB's Mahatmas are guiding everything, and so it is the 'best of
all possible worlds'. Maybe they will precipitate a letter to the UN
inspection team telling them where all the WMD are being hidden. Or,
maybe they will just send Maitreya to the UN to straighten everything
out ! : )"
What is BAG's idea of HPB's Masters? He writes about "the powerful
Guides and Guardians of all humanity."
One wonders if he is confusing HPB's statements, etc. about them with
what various Neo-Theosophists have claimed since her death?
Here is what Koot Hoomi wrote in his first letter to A.O. Hume in
1880 about the adepts:
We never pretended to be able to draw nations in the mass to this or
that crisis in spite of the general drift of the world's cosmic
relations. The cycles must run their rounds. Periods of mental and
moral light and darkness succeed each other, as day does night. The
major and minor yugas must be accomplished according to the
established order of things. And we, borne along on the mighty tide,
can only modify and direct some of its minor currents. If we had the
powers of the imaginary Personal God, and the universal and immutable
laws were but toys to play with, then indeed might we have created
conditions that would have turned this earth into an Arcadia for
lofty souls. But having to deal with an immutable Law, being
ourselves its creatures, we have had to do what we could and rest
thankful. There have been times when "a considerable portion of
enlightened minds" were taught in our schools. Such times there were
in India, Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. But, as I remarked in a
letter to Mr. Sinnett, the adept is the efflorescence of his age, and
comparatively few ever appear in a single century. Earth is the
battle ground of moral no less than of physical forces; and the
boisterousness of animal passions under the stimulus of the rude
energies of the lower group of etheric agents, always tends to quench
What else could one expect of men so nearly related to the lower
kingdom from which they evolved? True also, our numbers are just now
diminishing but this is because, as I have said, we are of the human
race, subject to its cyclic impulse and powerless to turn that back
upon itself. Can you turn the Gunga or the Brahmaputra, back to its
sources; can you even dam it so that its piled up waters will not
overflow the banks? No, but you may draw the stream partly into
canals and utilize its hydraulic power for the good of mankind. So
we, who can not stop the world from going in its destined direction,
are yet able to divert some part of its energy into useful channels.
Think of us as demi-gods and my explanation will not satisfy you;
view us as simple men -- perhaps a little wiser as the result of
special study -- and it ought to answer your objection.
Daniel H. Caldwell
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