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Report of the 1884 Adyar Committee

Jun 07, 2006 12:49 PM
by cardosoaveline



Dear Friends, 

The 1884  Annual Convention of the Theosophical Society, in Adyar,  
appointed a broad Committee to advise H.P. Blavatsky as to the best 
course of action  with  regard to the Coulombs' attacks against the 

Those were the same attacks  which Mr. Daniel Caldwell  and Mr. John 
Algeo have been publicizing for some years now.

The Chairman of the 1884 Committee was Mr. Norendra Nath Sen.  Its 
secretary, Alfred Cooper-Oakley.This is their Report,  dated 
December 28, 1884: 

"Resolved:  That the letters published in the Christian College 
Magazine  under  the heading `Collapse of Koothoomi' are only a 
pretext to injure the cause of  Theosophy, and as these letters 
necessarily appear  absurd to those who  are acquainted with our 
philosophy & facts, and as those who are not acquainted with those 
facts could not have their opinion changed  even by a judicial 
verdict given in favour of Madame Blavatsky, therefore,  it is the 
unanimous opin ion of  this Committee that Mdme Blavatsky should not 
prosecute  her defamers in a court of law."

[Signed:]  "Alfred Cooper-Oakley (Secretary), Norendraneth Sen 
(Chairman),  P. Iyaloo Naidu, Franz Hartmann, M.D.,  Nobin K. 
Bannerji, Rud. Gebhard,  S. Ramaswamier,  P. Sreenevasa Row,  S. 
Subramani Iyer,  Naoroji Dorabji Khandalvala,  R. Ragoonath Row,  
Gyanendra Nath Chakravartti, M.A.,  T. Subba Row, H. R. Morgan,  M. 
General." (1) 

So far, the  document. 

The important fact in this report is that its clearly states the 
obvious reality :  those slanders against  HPB and the Masters of 
the Wisdom are only "a pretext to injure the cause of  Theosophy".  

Also,  it is said that the forged letters "appear absurd to those 
who  are acquainted with our philosophy & facts".  The Committee is 
clearly right. 

What are  the motives, then (more than one century later) for John 
Algeo, Daniel Caldwell and a few others to try to adopt those 
slanders as if they had been written by HPB herself?   I will leave 
that to the reader. 

The Coulombs at least had the trouble to forge the letters they said 
were written by H.P.B. But Soloviof didn't even present any 
forgeries. He just published the libellous texts that  he himself  
had created, mixed up with some sentences from authentic letters, 
but he never showed any "originals".   All his work of libels 
followed the same lines established by  Emma and Alexis Coulomb. 

The Coulombs did received a bribe for their "pioneer" work.  This is 
well-documented. They took  at least 150 rupees.(2)  Yet it  is not 
known whether V. Soloviof worked "on a volunteer basis" for the 
Vatican and other powerful  enemies of the movement, or if he  
received a bribe ? and of how much.    

This is the stuff John Algeo and Daniel Caldwell have been making  
propaganda of, in the last few years.    

Best regards,  Carlos Cardoso Aveline


(1) Reproduced from "The Coulomb Case", by Michael 
Gomes, "Theosophical History Occasional Papers", Vol. X, Fullerton, 
California,  2005,  73 pp., see p. XV.  

(2) "The Coulomb Case", by Michael Gomes, "Theosophical History 
Occasional Papers", Vol. X, Fullerton, California,  2005,  73 pp., 
see document at the p. 49, and footnote  78, at p. 29. See also pp. 


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