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Annie Besant on the Lord and His Twelve Apostles

Sep 02, 2004 07:20 PM
by Daniel H. Caldwell

The following is quoted from the book titled

What happened to the Theosophical Society, 
through the years, under the guidance of Mrs. 
Besant, became abundantly clear during a "Star" 
Congress held at Ommen, Holland, in 1925.
That this event should have taken place in 
the year that was the fiftieth anniversary of 
the founding of the Theosophical Movement, and 
on August 11, the anniversary of H.P.B.'s birth, 
only throws into greater relief the almost 
immeasurable departure from the original spirit 
of the Movement, to which Mrs. Besant had led 
her faithful followers. The purpose of the 
Congress was to further the "Krishnamurti" 
cult, for this young Hindu had been burdened 
by Mrs. Besant with the task of "saving the 
world." In her opening address, which teems 
with supernaturalism and breathless references 
to personages like "the Nameless One" and "Lords 
of the Fire," she told her listeners: 

And now I have to give you, by command of the King, His message, 
and some of the messages of the Lord Maitreya and His great 
Brothers. . . what I am saying, as to matter of announcement, is 
definitely at the command of the King whom I serve. 
His taking possession of His chosen vehicle . . . will be soon. 
Then He will choose, as before, His twelve apostles . . . and their 
chief, the Lord Himself. He has already chosen them, but I have only 
the command to mention seven who have reached the stage of Arhatship, 
Who were the "Arhats"?
The first two, my brother Charles Leadbeater and myself, . . . C. 
Jinarajadasa, . . . George Arundale, Oscar Kollerstrom, . . . Rukmini 
I left out one and must leave out another. Naturally, our 
Krishnaji was one, but he is to be the vehicle of the Lord. And the 
other is one who is very dear to all of us, as to the whole 
Brotherhood: Bishop James Wedgwood. He had borne his crucifixion 
before the seal of Arhatship was set upon him by his King. 
Those are the first seven of the twelve whom He has chosen, with 
Himself as the thirteenth. "Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye do 
well, for so I am."  
Now the wonder may come into your mind: H.P.B. was the only one 
who was really announced as the messenger of the Master. Since then 
the world has grown a good deal, and it is possible that while the 
few may be repelled, many thousands will be attracted to the 
Christ. . . . Whatever the effect, since He has said it, it is 
done. . . 

A continuous stream of this sort of "revelation" pervades the annals 
of the Theosophical Society of this period. For example, while, in 
1925, Rukmini Arundale, George Arundale's young wife, had reached
degree of "Arhat," by 1928 she was ready for promotion to the almost 
ineffable position of "World-Mother," embodying the power of "Durga 
and Lakshmi and Sarasvati"—aspects of the Hindu Trimurti "in Its 
feminine manifestation." Mr. Jeddu Krishnamurti, however, who had 
been either potentially or actually "Lord of the World" since 1909, 
and openly declared as such in 1911, eventually became unable to 
participate in these pretensions, for in 1929 he dissolved the "Order 
of the Star in the East" and proceeded to ignore both the Liberal 
Catholic Church and the World-Mother. He abolished his own office 
of "Lord" or "World-Savior" entirely and withdrew to the relative 
obscurity of an ordinary human being. Since that time he has been 
occupied with lecture tours, and has gained a considerable following, 
both in the United States and Europe. His principal counsel to his 
listeners is for them to depend upon themselves, and no one else, for 
spiritual enlightenment.

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