Erica brings up THE MASTERS REVEALED by Johnson
Nov 01, 2004 10:44 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
You wrote in part:
"Unfortunatly I had no opportunity to read your
[Paul Johnson's] book. So I am not in position to
make any comments about it."
Erica, if you are interested in gaining
an OVERVIEW of Johnson's views on the Masters
Morya and Koot Hoomi and closely related subjects,
you should read the following SELECTED sections
from Johnson's book THE MASTERS REVEALED:
• "Foreword" by Joscelyn Godwin, pp. xv-xix
Three extracts from Godwin's "Foreword" outline
succinctly Johnson's argument:
"The principal Masters in question were Koot
Hoomi and Morya, supposedly residents of
Shigatse in Tibet...." (p. xv)
"The theme of this book is that HPB's Masters
were not the Himalayan sages whom she
invented to distract her co-workers...."
"Mr. Johnson's suggestion---and he makes
it clear that it is no more than that ---
is that the Mahatmas Morya and Koot Hoomi
are fictitious Tibetan personae that conceal
well-documented historical figures: Ranbir
Singh and Thakar Singh." (p. xviii)
Then after Godwin's "Foreword", read the following nine chapters of
THE MASTERS REVEALED written by Paul Johnson:
• "Introduction: The Masters and the Myth", pp. 1-15
Johnson in this "Introduction" summarizes his views on the Masters KH
and M as follows:
"Thakar Singh Sandhanwalia, founding president of the Amritsar Singh
Sabha, corresponds in intriguing ways to clues about Koot Hoomi's
identity in the writings of Olcott and HPB....
"Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Kashmir has many correspondences to Morya
as described by HPB....
"Although much of HPB's portrayal of Morya and Koot Hoomi was
designed to mislead in order to protect their privacy, enough
accurate information was included to make a PERSUASIVE CASE for their
identities as these historical figures...." (pp. 5-6.) Caps added
• "Giuseepe Mazzini", pp. 38-43
• "Ooton Liatto", pp. 59-62
In this chapter on Ooton Liatto, Johnson wrote the telling comment:
"The names Ooton Liatto and Hilarion Smerdis have been equally
impossible to find in biographical and historical reference books.
While both may be pseudonyms, there is little doubt that two real
adepts visited Olcott in New York." p. 62
• "Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Kashmir" , pp. 120-147
• "Thakar Singh Sandhanwalia", pp. 148-175
• "Sarat Chandra Das", 191-194
• "Ugyen Gyatso", pp. 195-197
• "Sengchen Tulku", pp. 198-206
• "The Occult Imprisonment", pp. 242-245
A careful reading of these selected chapters should give one a fairly
accurate understanding of what Johnson's ideas about the Master K.H.
and M. involve.
If you want to read critiques of Johnson's claims, you can read the
• "The Theosophical Mahatmas: A Critique of Paul Johnson's New
Myth" by David Pratt
• "K. Paul Johnson's House of Cards?: A Critical Examination of
Johnson's Thesis on the Theosophical Masters Morya and Koot Hoomi"
by Daniel H. Caldwell
Johnson answered my "House of Cards?" critique and his answer can be
• "Strain at a Gnat, Swallow a Camel: A Reply to Daniel
Caldwell's Criticisms" by K. Paul Johnson
And my follow-up replies can be found at:
• "A Closer Look at Some of K. Paul Johnson's Arguments
Concerning H.S. Olcott's Testimony about the Masters" by Daniel H.
• "I view M. as a composite character...." by Daniel H. Caldwell
And related material can be found at:
• "Chart Showing Interpretations of Some of Henry S. Olcott's
Encounters with the Masters" by Daniel H. Caldwell
• "Henry S. Olcott's Testimony: Nine Accounts of Meeting Masters
and Adepts" compiled by Daniel H. Caldwell
• "A Casebook of Encounters with the Theosophical Mahatmas"
compiled by Daniel H. Caldwell
And see especially the following source for more
important information about Johnson's book and his ideas:
• "H.P. Blavatsky and K. Paul Johnson"
My own view of Johnson's book can be summarized in the words of Dr.
John Algeo, who wrote:
"Johnson's evidence for identifying the Masters is so weak that he
seems to make whatever connections he can, however remote and
inappropriate...There is no real evidence, but only a few
circumstantial coincidences and a good deal of Wonderland logic...The
Masters Revealed is a record of historical research with a flawed
thesis that dooms it to frustration. Johnson has...not revealed HPB's
Masters. He has not touched the mystery."
John Algeo, past President, Theosophical Society in America.
Algeo's review of Johnson's book can be found in "Theosophical
History," Volume V, July, 1995, pp. 232-247. Available online for
sale in pdf format. See:
Daniel H. Caldwell
BLAVATSKY STUDY CENTER
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