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The Last Days of Annie Besant

Feb 24, 2006 01:14 PM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline

Dear Friends,

After Pedro Oliveira called our attention to the fact that Mr. James Wedgwood was the main
founder of the Liberal Catholic Church, we have seen here that the Bishop Wedgwood had to spend the last 20 years of his life being kept indoors in the Teckels Park theosophical buildings near London.

He could not be allowed to go outside because of his mental condition.

His situation did not improve from 1931 up to his death in 1951. The unquestionable source of the information is Mary Lutyens.

Now, Annie Besant was also one of the self-appointed "Adepts" in 1925 (while Jiddu Krishnamurti was to be the Messiah). And -- what about her?

In December 1993, the Adyar "Theosophist" published an article by Mary Lutyens which tells
us something about the state of Mrs. Annie Besant in the last days of her life. Ms. Lutyens writes about the state of the Adyar President, after Krishnamurti left the Adyar Society in 1929:

"I found her very much aged since she had stayed with us in Delhi. I discovered later that she was already greatly troubled by Krishnaji's gradual break from Theosophy and the role of World Teacher assigned to him by the TS leaders. One of the greatest of her many great qualities was loyalty. Her trust, once given, was impossible to shake, hence her terrible dilemma when she found the people
she trusted most were pulling apart in irreconcilable directions. It was too much: and when she failed to reconcile them her mind gave way".

So the karma of occult illusions and fancies is something to be examined in the history of the movement.

To my knowledge, the "Collective Adepthood" announcement made in 1925 was never officially clarified so far. Adyar leaders have not openly accepted that it was a terrible mistake and illusion, with profound results and deeply negative consequences.

It seems that Mr. George Arundale never really abandoned the opinion that he was an Adept. (There may be historical evidences about this that I ignore.)

These events serve as lessons by which we can learn to keep as common sense as we can, while trying to go along the path to divine wisdom.

The many practical reasons, therefore, for getting rid of C. W. Leadbeater's illusions and fancies include the recovery and preservation of common sense notonly in our daily life but also in the movement as a whole.

Common sense protects us from many of the dangers scattered along the road. Common sense clearly did not protect James Wedgwood, Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater, among others.

This is a valuable lesson for us all, and facing it is a step ahead for the movement.

Best regards, Carlos.

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Bibliographical Note:

The article by Mary Lutyens which is quoted above is entitled "Recollections of Mrs. Besant" and was published in the magazine "The Theosophist" in Adyar, whose diretor and editor is Ms. Radha Burnier, the president of the Adyar Society since 1980. See the edition for December 1993, pp. 88-91, and more specifically p. 91. (CCA)

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