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William Q. Judge & Annie Besant were joint Outer Heads of the Esoteric School

Sep 25, 2004 09:34 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell

>From the E.S.T. circular of 1891 issued after H.P.
Blavatsky's death----

The E.S.T. Council wrote:

"In virtue of our appointment by H.P.B. 
we declare:

"That in full accord with the known wishes 
of H.P.B. the visible Head of the School, 
we primarily record and declare that the 
work of the School ought and shall be continued 
and carried on along the lines laid down by 
her, and with the matter left in writing or 
dictated by her before her departure...

"That her words to Bro. Judge in a recent 
letter were read stating that this Section 
(now School) is the "throbbing heart of the 
Theosophical Society."

"That it was resolved and recorded that the 
highest officials in the School for the 
present are Annie Besant and William Q. Judge....

"That having read the address drawn up 
by Annie Besant and William Q. Judge, we 
put on record our full accord with it.

"That this Council records its decision that 
its appointment was solely for the purpose of 
assisting H.P.B. in a consultative way, and 
that as she had full power and authority to 
relieve us from duty at any time, our office 
and that of each of us ends with the above 
resolution passed in order as far as possible in our power to place 
the future conduct of the School on the basis directed and intended 
by her; therefore we collectively and individually declare that our 
office as Councillors ceases at this date, and that from henceforth 
with Annie Besant and William Q. Judge rest the full charge and 
management of this School."

In the same circular was the address to the members of the E.S.T., 
signed by BOTH Mr. Judge and Mrs. Besant:

"... it is our duty, as the two selected by H.P.B. as her agents and 
representatives after her departure, to specially speak to each one 
of you respecting the duty laid on the School by her retirement from 
the visible control of its affairs. The future of this body depends 
on the way in which this test of steadfastness and loyalty is endured 
by the members collectively and individually.... 

"Consider the position of the School: we are no longer a band of 
students taught by a visible Teacher; we are a band of students 
mutually interdependent, forced to rely on each other for our 
usefulness and our progress, until our very brotherliness in mutual 
help shall draw a visible Teacher back among us. H.P.B. remains one 
of our Heads though H.P. Blavatsky is 'dead,' and the Heads of the 
School have not withdrawn Their guidance in withdrawing the presence 
chosen to represent Them for a time on which we have rejoiced to 
lean. . . .

"We who write to you claim over you no authority save such as she 
delegated to us. We are your fellow students, chosen by her - the 
Messenger of the Masters of Wisdom - as Their channels to the measure 
of our ability, during this period of darkness....

For the use of all of us, there are written teachings left by H.P.B. 
in our hands that will give food for study and thought for many a 
year to come, and though the main duty of the Esotericist is service 
to others, and not personal advancement in knowledge, it is 
characteristic of her thought for us that behind her she left 
intellectual and spiritual food for the earnest student, as well as 
the charge to complete her unfinished work."


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