WHY HPB DIDN'T GO TO COURT
May 08, 2006 06:00 AM
WHY DIDN'T HPB GO TO COURT AGAINST
RICHARD HODGSON AND THE S.P.R. ?
Commenting on the 1885 Report of the Society for Psychical Research, presented by Richard Hodgson, and whose contents has been ambiguously publicized since the 1990s by Daniel Caldwell, H. P. Blavatsky wrote:
“Mr. Hodgson knows, and the Committee (1) doubtless share his knowledge, that he is safe from actions for libel at my hands, because I have no money to conduct costly proceedings (having given all I ever had to the cause I serve), and also because my vindication would involve the examination into psychic mysteries which cannot be dealt fairly with in a court of law ; and again because there are questions which I am solemnly pledged never to answer, but which a legal investigation of these slanders would inevitably bring to the front, while my silence and refusal to answer certain queries would be misconstrued into ‘contempt of court’. This condition of things explains the shameless attack that has been made upon an almost defenceless woman, and the inaction in face of it to which I am so cruelly comdemned. [signed] H.P. Blavatsky.” (2)
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline
(1) Committee of the S.P.R.
(2) “The Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky”, TPH, third printing, 1987, volume VII, p. 11.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
[Back to Top]
Dedicated to the Theosophical Philosophy and its Practical Application