Ms. Katinka Writes to "FOHAT"
Mar 15, 2006 05:18 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
On the Honesty of the Founder:
MS. KATINKA WRITES A LETTER TO “FOHAT”.
Seeing that “Fohat” magazine consistenly defends H.P. Blavatsky’s honour as
an honest and decent woman, Ms. Katinka Hesselink, from The Netherlands,
felt she had to interfere -- and wrote a letter to the Editor.(1)
Ms. Katinka probably calls herself a Theosophist, and certainly is a member
of the Adyar Society, besides being, it seems, a follower of Paul Johnson’s
For Ms. Katinka, “the real Blavatsky” is that imaginary and fraudulent
person which was entirely invented by Blavatsky’s libelers. Katinka wrote:
“It is from the work of people like [Daniel] Caldwell and [John] Algeo that
the real Blavatsky can perhaps be seen. Blavatsky DID perform phenomena.
She also probably faked a few.”
Who says so?
Katinka is implicitly quoting Solovyof and the Coulombs, without having the
nerve, though, to quote them openly, as they are universally recognized as
This absence of evidence against HPB’s innocence is one of the reasons why
Paul Johnson, John Algeo and other libelers as Katinka herself rather
“suggest” that HPB was a fraud, instead of clearly stating it. These
persons can use only gossips and innuendos, for which there is no need of
Katinka writes that “Blavatsky was no saint and never claimed to be one”.
What does Katinka mean by the widely Roman catholic term “saint”? Is it an
Blavatsky was not a ADEPT and never claimed to be one. Blavatsky was not
beyond making mistakes and never claimed to be so. But by saying that HPB
was “not perfect” Katinka means she was “not honest”.
Well, no one can be an aspirant to lay discipleship if one is not as honest
to himself and to others as he can. The level of truthfulness has to
steadily increase if he will ever turn into a lay chela. A REGULAR chela,
on the other hand, has to have an even higher level of truthfulness, which
implies a good deal of “viveka”, discernment.
HPB was a regular chela and more. She also an Initiate, that this, someone
who is essentially truthful in everyone he or she does, and has a high
degree of viveka, vairagya and compassion.
What Katinka is implying in her statements is that HPB was no disciple, or
that the whole idea of discipleship is false. Katinka’s viewpoint is in
fact Solovyof’s point of view. The only difference is that this time it is
being defended inside the theosophical movement and by the tactics of
innuendos and “maybes”.
Katinka is projecting over HPB, as Paul Johnson and John Algeo do, the
entire falsehood of discipleship as it is described by C. W. Leadbeater and
Annie Besant. These people are trying to build an alternative image of HPB
as an extension (in psychoanalytical terms, a “projection”) of Mr.
Leadbeater’s ideas, which they have consciously and unconsciously absorbed
and adopted as their own. (Leadbeater’s description of discipleship is
entirely different from the one we see in the Mahatma Letters and in HPB’s
writings -- and utterly based in his own false clairvoyance.)
Naturally, Ms. Katinka did not have the courage defend in her letter to
“FOHAT” the accuracy of the sources according to which HPB “faked
Katinka presents herself as a modern and rational mind, yet she can’t do the
most basic task of any real researcher: to examine the accuracy of his or
her sources of information. She naturally has strong reasons not to do
The motto of the Adyar Society is, even today, “There Is No Religion Higher
If those Adyar members who defend the idea that the founder of the Society
faked phenomena had any self-esteem and self-respect, they would abandon
such a Society.
If they think a Society for Truth was created by a fraudulent woman, what
are they doing there? I wonder why they call themselves “theosophists”.
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline, from Brazil.
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(1) “FOHAT” magazine, Vol. IX, Number 4, Winter 2005, p. 77.
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