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Damodar K. Mavalankar on the Blavatsky-Coulomb Letters

Dec 17, 2006 08:45 AM
by danielhcaldwell

Damodar K. Mavalankar 
on the Blavatsky-Coulomb Letters:

MR. DAMODAR said that reference had been made to him in four or five
of the letters published in the September number of the Christian
College Magazine. An attempt had been made to prove that he had been
imposed upon by Madame Blavatsky. Long before the dates assigned to
those letters he had seen phenomena with which neither Madame
Blavatsky nor Col. Olcott were concerned, accounts of which were
given by him at the time in letters to several people in England and
America. If these were not sufficient to strengthen his "faith," he
did not see what use there could have been in the clumsy tricks of
the Coulombs. He would prefer to confine his remarks to only one
letter written from Simla. He said, "I have been able, from evidence
in the Theosophist, to assign dates to these letters. From Simla
Madame Blavatsky is made to write that she sends a letter to
Coulomb, which letter is to be thrown at me in a miraculous manner;
that refers to certain family troubles I then had." Here the speaker
produced the letter and said: In September, a Bombay native weekly
paper published one Sunday an article containing a personal attack
on Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olcott in reference to myself, stating
that their only object in taking me was money; that they had duped
me, that because I belonged to a rich family it was their interest
to make my father give up my property to them. Four or five days
after the attack appeared, it was repeated in the columns of an
influential Anglo-Indian paper, without my being allowed any time
for answering the vernacular paper's correspondent. When I saw such
attacks, it made me very miserable, because it seemed that my
removal to Head-quarters, instead of fulfilling its object of
helping the Founders, was only the cause of slander and trouble to
them. Engrossed in such thoughts, that very evening I was making up
accounts, but felt very unhappy, when suddenly I saw a white form
before me and felt a shivering sensation. Here is the letter I then
saw formed before my eyes; and to show that it refers to this
particular occasion, I will read an extract: "Do not feel so
disheartened, my poor boy; no need for that; your fancy is your
greatest enemy. Do not accuse yourself and attribute the abuse
lavished upon ... to your fault. I tell thee, child, the hissing of
a snake has more influence upon the snow-covered Himavat, than the
breath of slander on me. Keep steadily to your duty and no mortal
man will harm you." That is the advice I have always tried to
follow, and so, as soon as this last attack appeared, my first
feeling was that this being a great work, we cannot help being
attacked; but we have to keep steadily to our duty and no mortal man
can harm us. The evidence I have given proves how impossible it was
for Madame Blavatsky to have written the letters, referring to me.
As regards one of those published, which refers to my father, he was
bed-ridden at the time, and Madame Coulomb had professed a desire to
nurse him; so Madame Blavatsky writes: "Take care of Damodar's
father," which is construed into meaning "Play a trick upon him!"
Such a hypothesis is perfectly absurd under the circumstances, as my
father was confined to bed in his own house.
Quoted from:


"...none but the logician, the investigator, the dauntless
explorer should meddle with books like this. Such delvers
after truth have the courage of their opinions."
H.P. Blavatsky

"...Contrast alone can enable us to appreciate things at
their right value; and unless a judge compares notes and
hears both sides he can hardly come to a correct decision."
H.P. Blavatsky

" the world mental as in the world spiritual each man
must progress by his own efforts. The writer cannot do the
reader's thinking for him, nor would the latter be any the
better off if such vicarious thought were possible..."
H.P. Blavatsky


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