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A Stranger Visits Mr. Ghafur

Mar 09, 2006 09:56 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline


HPB on a “Muslim Pope”:




Dear Friends,

Although he was an influential islamic leader, Mr. Abdul Ghafur (1794-1877), the Akhund of Swat, was a quick reincarnation of Roman Pope Sixtus V. There were close inner links between islamic and Roman Christian fanaticism , according to H.P.B. (1)

Being a “mystic of Hate”, Mr. Abdul Ghafur created the most significant secret societies in Islamism from where he lived, in the region of Peshawar, in Afghanistan/Pakistan. It was not far from the cave systems where the sacred Bamian Statues (dating from the fourth race) were located until their recent destruction by the Taliban in 2001. (2) This is the same region where nowadays the Taliban and Al Qaeda ‘mystical fanatics’ have their strongholds and hiding places in Afghanistan.

Powerful as he was, Mr. Ghafur, the “islamic Pope” of 19th century, had strong reasons to fear the Sages who work with truth, and who use truthfulness and compassion in their efforts to benefit mankind.

HPB writes:

“One highly dramatic incident in the life of the ‘Pope of Saidu’ is the following well-authenticated case, which was much commented upon in his part of India (3) about 20 years ago. One day, in 1858, when the Akhund, squatting on his carpet, was distributing amulets, blessings and prophecies among his pious congregation of pilgrims, a tall Hindu, who had silently approached and mingled in the crowd without having been noticed, suddenly addressed him thus: ‘Tell me, prophet, thou who prophesiest so well for others, whether thou knowest what will be thine own fate, and that of the ‘Defender of the Faith’, thy Sultan of Istamboul, twenty years hence?’ ”

The old Ghafur, says HPB, was “overcome with violent surprise”. He stared at his interlocutor, but no answer came. “In recognizing the Sikh, he seemed to have lost all power of speech”, and “the crowd was under a spell”.

HPB describes the scene:

--- “If not”, continued the intruder, “then I will tell thee. Twenty years more and your ‘Prince of the Faithful’ will fall by the hand of an assassin of his own house. Two old men, one the Dalai Lama of the Christians, the other the great prophet of the Moslems -- thyself -- will be simultaneously crushed under the heel of death. Then, the first hour will strike of the downfall of those twin foes ot truth -- Christianity and Islam. The first, as the more powerful, will survive the second, but both will soon crumble into fragmentary sects, which will mutually exterminate each other’s faith. See, thy followers are powerless (4), and I might kill thee now, but thou art in the hands of Destiny, and that knows its own hour.”

HPB concludes:

“Before a hand could be lifted, the speaker had disappeared”.

Roman Catholic Pope Pius IX held office from 1846 till his death in 7 February 1878 (5). Abdul Ghafur died in 1877. As predicted, “the rival pontiffs of Rome and Swat” died almost simultaneously.

The Hindu visitor was stern enough when he defined Christianity and Islam as “twin foes of truth”, an expression which reminds one of the Prayag Letter, and also of the Letter 10, in the non-chronological editions, or Letter 88, in the chronological edition of “The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett”.

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Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline

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(1) See the article “The Akhund of Swat”, in the “H.P.B. Collected Writings”, TPH, Volume I, pp. 369-375.

(2) As to the Bamian Statues, see “The Secret Doctrine”, Vol II, pp. 337- 341.

(3) That is, the “Great India” of the 19th century.

(4) A Reference to the fact that the crowd standed still, like under a spell, as the Hindu talked.

(5) Source of the date: “Encyclopaedia Britannica”, 1967, vol. 17, p. 1136.

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