Can HPB Forgive Olcott?
May 11, 2006 08:58 AM
In February 1885, to use Boris de Zirkoff’s words, H.P. Blavatsky did make "a bitter mention to Col. Olcott’s part in this tragi-comic investigation” of the S.P.R.
As Zirkoff explains, it was probably because of Olcott’s “naive ambition to convert the skeptics of the Society for Psychical Research to a favourable viewpoint by his inadequate personal efforts and his careless offer of official assistance without proper safeguards against their hostile investigations”. (1)
Gravelly ill, five days after writing her Last Will and Testament HPB stated in a signed note written in blue pencil in her own copy of the SPR’s libellous Report:
“Never, throughout my long & sad life, never was there so much of uncalled for, contemptuous contempt & suspicion lavished upon an innocent woman as I find here in the few pages published by so-called friends! Dead or alive, I will never forgive Col. Olcott for having thrust himself & our phenomena upon the attention of the gentlemen Scientists of the P.R.S. H. P. Blavatsky.” (2)
This is the stuff which John Algeo and Daniel Caldwell – so-called HPB’s friends – insist in publicizing.
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
(1) “Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume VI, 1989 reprint, pp. 326.
(2) “Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, same volume and page.
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