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RE: Appearance of the Masters

Jan 09, 2006 05:20 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck

1/9/2006 4:49 AM

Dear Friends:

Responding to a comment: "Any late breaking evidence that the Masters have
made more appearances lately? There's been a lot of noticeable discord

first, one might refer to this:


FOLLOWING on the departure of H.P.B. from the scene of action, some weak
voices in the Society have asked, "Have the Adepts deserted us?" 

This question has also come from those who are not weak in character, but
who certainly do not understand very clearly what the Adepts are or how They
work. And in the use of the term "Adept" are included also "Mahatmas,"
"Brothers," "Masters."

That these beings exist we have no manner of doubt, since for those who have
studied in the right way plenty of proof has been offered; for others the
proofs exist within themselves. The former class has had tangible evidence
in the way of letters and appearances of the Adepts before their eyes; the
latter long ago concluded that the Masters are necessities of evolution. 

Those who received proof palpable were those whose karma and past work
entitled them to it; the others, having in previous lives gone through the
experience and the argument, now quickly decided that, inasmuch as there are
grades of intelligence and wisdom and power below ourselves, so there must
beyond us be still other grades, all leading up, ex necessitate rei, to the
Adept or Master of whatever degree.

Now in the Society's ranks there have always been three mental positions
held in respect to the question whether or not the Adepts - once admitted as
existing - have anything in particular to do with the Theosophical Society.
These are, first, that they have; second, that they have not; third,
sometimes doubt about it, at others surety that they have, - in fact,

Those who think that the T.S. movement is merely a natural development of
thought cannot be affected by the present discussion; the first and third
classes are interested in the matter. 

To those it should at once occur that in the West the idea of the existence
of the Adepts and of Their connection with our movement was first brought
forward in this century and in our Society by H.P. Blavatsky, who,
consistently throughout her career, has declared that the Adepts - whom she
was pleased to call her Masters - directed her to engage in this work and
have always helped and directed her throughout. 

That They should so direct her and then desert the Society she founded
merely because her body came to its dissolution seems so illogical as to be
unthinkable. Many persons have affirmed to the reception of messages in
writing from the same Masters, in which They said that some of Their efforts
were for the benefit of the T.S. Among these persons we may mention Mr. A.P.
Sinnett, who has never abandoned that position, and who today possesses a
great number of such letters. Why should the unseen founders withdraw Their
help when the work of the Society has but just begun to have its due effect
upon the age? There seems to be no reasonable reply.

Once that we admit the existence of the Adepts and that They have adopted
the T.S. as one of Their agents in this century for disseminating the truth
about man and nature, we are bound to suppose that ordinary common-sense
rules would govern as to the continuance of help or its withdrawal. 

Now one of the most obvious conclusions is that the Society should not be
deserted until it had accomplished its mission or had utterly failed.
Sixteen years of steady work show an enormous effect produced upon the
thought of America, Europe, and Asia; but that portion of the work has been
in the line of fighting against odds and breaking down of opposition, with a
beginning in this sixteenth year of an interest in the doctrines brought to
the attention of the West by the efforts of our members. From that we must,
as reasonable and foresighted beings, deduce the necessity for continuance
of assistance. It is plain that our work of clear promulgation and wise
building-up is still before us. Why then should the Adepts desert us? Still
no reasonable reply can be found.

But considering what we know of the motives and methods held and pursued by
the Adepts, we cannot for a moment suppose our real founders and constant
helpers could yet leave us to fight alone. In letters and messages from Them
we read that Their motive is to help the moral - and hence external -
progress of humanity, and Their methods to work from behind the scenes by
means of agents suited for the work. 

Those letters and messages also say that the agency is not restricted to one
person, but that all sincere lovers of truth are used to that end, whether
they know of it or not. The departure of H.P.B. does not remove the other
sincere lovers of truth from the scene, nor does it prevent the Adepts from
sending messages if needed. Such messages have been received before H.P.B.'s
departure by persons in no way connected with her, and have since that sad
event also come to encourage those who are entitled to such encouragement.
The contents of these are not for the public, nor indeed for any one save
those to whom they have come.

Yet even if no such messages had been received, there is ample evidence, for
those who are not blind, of the help of the Masters. For, as They said long
ago that the work would be helped, so it has been; no other reason can be
given for the increase of the work in America, since their personal effort
put forth by the members will not account for the spreading of the movement.

And now let it stand as a prophecy made in the messages spoken of, that in
the kingdom of Great Britain and in Europe there will in five years be seen
a similar spreading of Theosophy. Let no one of us, then, be in any way cast
down. As the Masters exist, so They help us; and as we deserve, so will they

W.Q.J.	PATH, August, 1891

Secondly, one finds interesting and apposite information in a letter (in
part) from HPB:


"...Styling himself an adept, whose "Hierophant is a western gentleman," but
a few lines further on he confesses his utter ignorance of the existence of
a body which cannot possibly be ignored by any true adept! I say "cannot"
for there is no accepted neophyte on the whole globe but at least knows of
the Himalayan Fraternity. 

The sanction to receive the last and supreme initiation, the real "word at
low breath" can come but through those fraternities in Egypt, India, and
Thibet to one of which belongs "Koot Hoomi Lal Singh." True, there is
"adept" and adept, and they differ, as there are adepts in more than one art
and science. 
I, for one, know in America of a shoemaker, who advertised himself as "an
adept in the high art of manufacturing Parisian cothurns." J.K. speaks of
Brothers "on the soul plane," of "divine Kabbalah culminating in God," of
"slave magic," and so on, a phraseology which proves to me most conclusively
that he is but one of those dabblers in western occultism which were so well
represented some years ago, by French-born "Egyptians" and "Algerians," who
told people their fortunes by the Tarot, and placed their visitors within
enchanted circles with a Tetragrammaton inscribed in the centre. 

I do not say J.K. is one of the latter, I beg him to understand. Though
quite unknown to me and hiding behind his two initials, I will not follow
his rude example and insult him for all that. But I say and repeat that his
language sadly betrays him. If a Kabbalist at all, then himself and his
"Hierophant" are but the humble self-taught pupils of the mediaeval, and
so-called "Christian" Kabbalists; of adepts, who, like Agrippa, Khunrath,
Paracelsus, Vaughan, Robert Fludd, and several others, revealed their
knowledge to the world but to better conceal it, and who never gave the key
to it in their writings. 

He bombastically asserts his own knowledge and power, and proceeds to pass
judgment on people of whom he knows and can know nothing. Of the "Brothers"
he says: "If they are true adepts, they have not shown much worldly wisdom,
and the organization which is to inculcate their doctrine is a complete
failure, for even the very first psychical and physical principles of true
Theosophy and occult science are quite unknown to and unpractised by the
members of that organization--the Theosophical Society." 

How does he know? Did the Theosophists take him into their confidence? And
if he knows something of the British Theosophical Society, what can he know
of those in India? If he belongs to any of them, then does he play false to
the whole body and is a traitor. And if he does not, what has he to say of
its practitioners, since the Society in general, and especially its esoteric
sections that count but a very few "chosen ones"--are secret bodies? 

The more attentively I read his article the more am I inclined to laugh at
the dogmatic tone prevailing in it. Were I a Spiritualist, I would be
inclined to suspect in it a good "goak" of John King, whose initials are
represented in the signature of J.K. 

Let him first learn, that mirific Brother of the "Western Hermetic Circle in
the soul-plane," a few facts about the adepts in general, before he renders
himself any more ridiculous. 


(1) No true adept will on any consideration whatever reveal himself as one,
to the profane. Nor would he ever speak in such terms of contempt of people,
who are certainly no more silly, and, in many an instance, far wiser than
himself. But were even the Theosophists the poor misled creatures he would
represent them to be, a true adept would rather help than deride them. 

(2) There never was a true Initiate but knew of the secret Fraternities in
the East. It is not Eliphas Levi who would ever deny their existence, since
we have his authentic signature to the contrary. Even P. B. Randolph, that
wondrous, though erratic, genius of America, that half-initiated seer, who
got his knowledge in the East, had good reasons to know of their actual
existence, as his writings can prove. 

(3) One who ever perorates upon his occult knowledge, and speaks of
practising his powers in the name of some particular prophet, deity, or
Avatar, is but a sectarian mystic at best. He cannot be an adept in the
Eastern sense--a Mahatma, for his judgment will always be biased and
prejudiced by the colouring of his own special and dogmatic religion. 

(4) The great science, called by the vulgar "magic," and by its Eastern
proficients Gupta Vidya, embracing as it does each and every science, since
it is the acme of knowledge, and constitutes the perfection of philosophy,
is universal: hence--as very truly remarked--cannot be confined to one
particular nation or geographical locality. 

But, as Truth is one, the method for the attainment of its highest
proficiency must necessarily be also one. It cannot be subdivided, for, once
reduced to parts, each of them, left to itself, will, like rays of light,
diverge from, instead of converging to, its centre, the ultimate goal of
knowledge; and these parts can rebecome the Whole only by collecting them
together again, or each fraction will remain but a fraction. 

This truism, which may be termed elementary mathematics for little boys, has
to be re-called, in order to refresh the memory of such "adepts" as are too
apt to forget that "Christian Kabbalism" is but a fraction of Universal
Occult Science. And, if they believe that they have nothing more to learn,
then the less they turn to "Eastern Adepts" for information the better and
the less trouble for both. 

There is but one royal road to "Divine Magic"; neglect and abandon it to
devote yourself specially to one of the paths diverging from it, and like a
lonely wanderer you will find yourself lost in an inextricable labyrinth.
Magic, I suppose, existed millenniums before the Christian era; and, if so,
are we to think then, with our too learned friends, the modern "Western
Kabbalists," that it was all Black Magic, practised by the "Old firm of
Devil & Co."? ...

By centralizing the Occult Power and his course of actions, in some one
national God or Avatar, whether in Jehovah or Christ, Brahma or Mahomet, the
Kabbalist diverges the more from the one central Truth. 

omnipotent through its own Divine Spirit as much as man can be on earth. 

He has rid himself of all human conceptions and religious side-issues; he is
at one and the same time a Chaldean Sage, a Persian Magi, a Greek Theurgist,
an Egyptian Hermetist, a Buddhist Rahat and an Indian Yogi. 

He has collected into one bundle all the separate fractions of Truth widely
scattered over the nations, and holds in his hand the One Truth, a torch of
light which no adverse wind can bend, blow out or even cause to waver. ...

True, "Koot Hoomi" mentions Buddha. But it is not because the brothers hold
him in the light of God or even of "a God," but simply because he is the
Patron of the Thibetan Occultists, the greatest of the Illuminati and
adepts, self-initiated by his own Divine Spirit or "God-self" unto all the
mysteries of the invisible universe. [ MAHATMA LETTERS (Barker), pp. 33,
43-4, 58, 96, 196 ]

Therefore to speak of imitating "the life of Christ," or that of Buddha, or
Zoroaster, or any other man on earth chosen and accepted by any one special
nation for its God and leader, is to show oneself a Sectarian even in
Kabbalism, that fraction of the one "Universal Science"-- Occultism.

Sun shines for the heathen Asiatic as well as for the Christian European and
for the former still more gloriously, I am glad to say. 

To conclude, it is enough to glance at that sentence of more than
questionable propriety, and more fit to emanate from the pen of a Jesuit
than that of a Kabbalist, which allows of the supposition that the
"Brothers" are only a branch of the old established firm of "Devil and Co."
to feel convinced that beyond some "Abracadabra" dug out from an old mouldy
MS. of Christian Kabbalism, J.K. knows nothing. 

It is but on the unsophisticated profane, or a very innocent Spiritualist,
that his bombastic sentences, all savouring of the Anche is son pittore,
that he may produce some sensation. 

True, there is no need of going absolutely to Thibet or India to find some
knowledge and power "which are latent in every human soul"; but the
acquisition of the highest knowledge and power require not only many years
of the severest study enlightened by a superior intelligence and an audacity
bent by no peril; but also as many years of retreat in comparative solitude,
and association with but students pursuing the same object, in a locality
where nature itself preserves like the neophyte an absolute and unbroken
stillness if not silence! where the air is free for hundreds of miles around
of all mephytic influence; the atmosphere and human magnetism absolutely
pure, and--no animal blood is spilt. Is it in London or even the most
country-hidden village of England that such conditions can be found?

Bombay, July 20th. 

SPIRITUALIST (London), August 12, 1881


This document speaks for itself.

Best wishes,


-----Original Message-----
From: Drpsionic
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2006 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: Appearance of the Masters

Any late breaking evidence that the Masters have made more appearances
lately? There's been a lot of noticeable discord recently.

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