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
THE THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT 1875 - 1950:
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
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