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Feb 26, 2006 07:32 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline


There was a typing mistake in the text below.

It says:

"Since 1987, this “inner group” promoted and “mesmeric sittings’ believed to
have mediumnistic conversations with one of the Masters through a person
named “Mary” by Mr. Sinnett. (...)"

It must say:

"Since 1887, this “inner group” promoted and “mesmeric sittings’ believed to
have mediumnistic conversations with one of the Masters through a person
named “Mary” by Mr. Sinnett. (...)"

It is corrected below.

Sorry, Carlos.

From: "carlosaveline cardoso aveline" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 11:22:32 -0400


A. P. Sinnett's Autobiography Reveals



Dear Friends,

The starting point of C.W. Leadbeater’s “clairvoyance” is honestly revealed
in the “Autobiography” written by Alfred P. Sinnett (see bibliographical
note below).

Since Mr. Leadbeater got back to London, a few years after receiving a
couple of letters from a Mahatma, he never joined the Esoteric School
founded by H.P. Blavatsky. Any true disciple or lay disciple would
certainly do that, but he didn’t.

Instead, Leadbeater joined the “inner group” of the London Lodge, presided
by Alfred P. Sinnett. All contact between Sinnett and the Mahatmas had
ceased, but fancies quickly came in to replace actual contact. Relations
with HPB’s students were most tense and uneasy.

Since 1887, this “inner group” promoted and “mesmeric sittings’ believed to
have mediumnistic conversations with one of the Masters through a person
named “Mary” by Mr. Sinnett. “Mary’s” real name was Maude Travers. (In
1893, she married Mr. Scott-Elliot, a member of this “inner group”.)

Such pseudo-contacts with the Masters and other similar mediumnistic
attempts were commented by H. P. Blavatsky in her book “The Key to
Theosophy”, published in 1889. Her words seem to foretell and describe most
of what C.W. Leadbeater and Annie Besnat would do in later years. Yet
the whole process of illusions actually started in Mr. Sinnett’s “inner
group” and during HPB’s life. She wroite:

“Great are the desecrations to which the names of two of our Masters have
been subjected. There is hardly a medium who has not claimed to have seen
them. Every bogus swindling Society, for commercial purposes, now claims to
be guided by ‘Masters’, often supposed to be far higher than ours! Many and
heavy are the sins of those who advanced these claims, prompted either by
desire for lucre, vanity, or irresponsible mediumship. (...) Worst of all,
the sacred names of Occultism and the holy keepers thereof have been
dragged in this filthy mire, polluted by being associated with sordid
motives and immoral practices, while thousands of men have been held back
from the path of truth and light through the discredit and evil report which
such shams, swindles and frauds have brought upon the whole subject.” (“The
Key to Theosophy”, HPB, The Theosophy Co., 1987, pp. 298-299)

Note the important expression “immoral practices”.

It was indeed in Mr. Sinnett’s “inner circle” that C.W. Leadbeater’s
imaginary clairvoyance and false contact with the Masters began. Also the
pseudo-informations about Martian civilization started there.

In the page 48 of his Autobiography, Mr. Sinnett reveals how the then “Outer
Head” of the Esoteric School (Adyar) , Annie Besant, was personally brought
into his unfortunate mediumnistic séances in 1894. Soon Leadbeater was
“adopted” by her as an “occult” consellor:

“Perhaps Mrs. Besant’s regard for Leadbeater may be explained in this way.
She had been admitted by her own request to the meetings of our London Lodge
group in June 1894. Up to that time her psychic faculties had not developed.
Leadbeater was one of the most important elements in our group – Mary of
course the other. (...) I do not know exactly how the idea arose that he
would (...) go to live at the Avenue Road and help the work going on there

Earlier that same year of 1894, the persecution had begun against Mr.
William Q. Judge, a long-standing chela and a loyal friend to H.P.B. The aim
was – political power. It is ironical that W. Q. Judge was accused
precisely of that which Mr. Sinnett, C.W.L. and Annie Besant were
personally doing. A campaign of rumours stated that Judge had “false
contacts with the Masters”.

What’s the practical importance of these events to us?

In the first decades of the 21st century, it seems to be the right time for
us to accept the facts, to drop fancies and false ritualisms, to recover
common sense and to take the Mahatmas’s pedagogy more seriously at heart.
Such a pedagogy points to the autonomy of the learner and lay disciple; to
the need for frankness, truthfulness and unity in diversity.

Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline

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Mr. A. P. Sinnett’s “Autobiography” was published by “Theosophical History
Center”, London, in 1986 (65 pp.).

On the personal identity of “Mary”, see the magazine “Theosophical History”,
April 1987, p. 52, which has a commentary by C. Jinarajadasa on A.P.
Sinnett’s “Autobiography”. See also the short note “Mary Unveiled”, by
Michelle G. Graye and Daniel H. Caldwell, in “Theosophical History”,
October 1986, pp.205-207. (CCA)

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