JUDGE and OLCOTT
May 17, 2006 06:40 AM
While I totally agree with the points made below by Bruce, I would like to add something which is often forgotten by us.
The Adyar TS suffered a terrible blow when W. Judge, the most experienced Chela still acting in harmony with HPB, and perhaps the main responsible for the creation of her Esoteric School, was persecuted and had to leave.
That was one degree of loss for the movement as a whole.
Now, in April 1906, sex scandals came in with CWL He confessed enough things to be expelled by H. Olcott from the TS by mid-1906. For some reason, though, soon after that episode Olcott died in February 1907 -- and CWL immediately came back, to get the helm of "occult" things rather firmly until 1934.
There was, then, a second and great historical turning point in 1906-1907.
Since 1907, the festival of false contacts with Masters, ritualism, Initiations, fancy-clairvoyance and what-not had no limits any longer -- until 1934, when common sense, very slowly, started to come back.
Someday in future I hope the tremendous amont of illusions which are still unacknowledged will come to surface for the Adyar TS, and the theosophical movement will be able to recover its best moments of inspiration.
It does not matter whether this future is near at hand of far distant.
Best regards, Carlos.
Data:Wed, 17 May 2006 00:05:07 -0000
Assunto:[Spam] Theos-World Judge & The Masters vs. Olcott
> In as much as history can teach us, it is instructive to look at the
> Olcott betrayal of HPB and how the Masters and Judge reacted to that
> betrayal. As we remember, the Masters wrote a preemptive letter to
> Olcott while HPB was still alive warning him of the dangers of his
> thinking process. They wrote:
> >One of the most valuable effects of Upasika's mission is that it
> >drives men to self-study and destroys in them blind servility for
> >persons. Observe your own case, for example. But your revolt, good
> >friend, against her infallibility—as you once thought it—has gone too
> >far and you have been unjust to her, for which I am sorry to say, you
> >will have to suffer hereafter along with others. Just now, on deck,
> >your thoughts about her were dark and sinful, and so I find the
> >moment a fitting one to put you on your guard.
> >Try to remove such misconceptions as you will find, by kind
> >persuasion and an appeal to the feelings of loyalty to the Cause of
> >truth if not to us. Make all these men feel that we have no
> >favourites, nor affections for persons, but only for their good acts
> >and humanity as a whole. But we employ agents—the best available. Of
> >these for the past thirty years the chief has been the personality
> >known as H.P.B. to the world (but otherwise to us). Imperfect and
> >very troublesome, no doubt, she proves to some, nevertheless, there
> >is no likelihood of our finding a better one for years to come—and
> >your theosophists should be made to understand it. Since 1885 I have
> >not written, nor caused to be written save thro' her agency, direct
> >and remote, a letter or line to anybody in Europe or America, nor
> >communicated orally with, or thro' any third party.
> The Masters write concerning Olcott's revolt that it had gone too far,
> was unjust for which he "will have to suffer hereafter along with
> others." Are the Masters foreshadowing the split of the Society here,
> with those who doubted HPB gathering behind Olcott and Besant, and
> those supporting HPB gathering around Judge? The Masters make it very
> clear that as late as 1888 HPB was their only agent through which the
> Masters addressed anyone in the TS. The implication is that Olcott's
> thoughts are unjust and will eventually manifest in a way that will
> bring suffering to him and to others involved.
> In 1895 Judge picks up on this thread when he writes in the Path the
> following lines:
> >In the April Theosophist Col. Olcott makes public what we have long
> >known to be his private opinion -a private opinion hinted at through
> >the pages of Old Diary Leaves, -that H.P.B. was a fraud, a medium,
> >and a forger of bogus messages form the Masters. This final ingrate's
> >blow is delivered in a Postscript to the magazine for which the
> >presses were stopped. The hurry was so great that he could not wait
> >another month before hurling the last handful of mud at his spiritual
> >and material benefactor, our departed H.P.B. The next prominent
> >person for whom we wait to make a similar public statement, has long
> >made it privately.
> We see here that Judge was aware of Olcott's opinions concerning HPB
> for some time. Yet this never prevented him from at first supporting
> and then trying to work with Olcott. It is only after he makes his
> private opinion public that Judge feels impelled to act. Why is this?
> Judge makes it clear that:
> >If she hoodwinked with one message, all may be the same -bogus-and
> >the great force and strength derived from a firm belief in Masters
> >will be swept away, because she, their first messenger to us, is made
> >out a fraud. All this is precisely what Olcott et al wish to do. He
> >cannot tolerate the idea that H.P.B. was greater than himself, so he
> >throws around her memory the dirty cloak of tricky and irresponsible
> >mediumship. That done, anything can be explained and anything
> >accounted for.
> >Well, for my part, I will not accept such nonsense; Col. Olcott being
> >incompetent to decide on Mahatmic messages on occult lines, and being
> >a disciple of H.P.B. is certainly much below her. His present
> >utterance settles nothing about her character, about her mediumship
> >or about the message; but it does serve to brand him as an ingrate
> >and to place him plainly in view as one who calls that great teacher
> >a fraud and medium.
> >Now let the next and the next come on, so that we may have the lines
> >clearly drawn and the hypocrisies unveiled.
> What are the hypocrisies to be unveiled? The TS was to be an
> organization of Universal Brotherhood. Members must be allowed to
> hold whatever opinions they want in their personal persuit of truth.
> All members were to have equal voice, the Masters told Olcott above to
> "Make all these men feel that we have no favourites, nor affections
> for persons, but only for their good acts and humanity as a whole."
> Regardless of what people thought, they were not held in greater or
> lesser esteem by the Masters. They were concerned with the acts of
> theosophists especially with respect to humanity as a whole. The
> organization was to be impersonal. As soon as you start criticizing
> the integrity of fellow members, you make this impersonal organization
> personal. Olcott on the one hand was saying you can believe whatever
> you want, and on the other hand he was saying if you don't believe
> what I want you to believe, I will attack you personally. This was
> total hypocrisy.
> Olcott's doubts about HPB when coupled with the political difficulties
> centered in the "Prayag Letter" caused Olcott to deny HPB. Judge
> points out that by claiming she was a fraud in this one instance,
> Olcott throws doubt on everything she did and on "a firm belief in
> Masters." "That done, anything can be explained and anything
> accounted for." The TS becomes not a Society of free thought, but
> just another creed to be manipulated by the unscrupulous. This Judge
> saw clearly and warned theosophists about in his letter in The Path.
> The important point is that when Olcott, Besant, or any of their
> followers allowed themselves to tolerate the public criticisms of HPB,
> they were in effect saying that "we know best" and that "if HPB could
> make a mistake, then so could any of you." It follows that
> Theosophists everywhere should look to these guardians of Truth for
> their answers. Where else do we find this paternalistic attitude?
> This letter is central to all that has happened to the Society since
> that time and is instructive why personal attacks are not to be
> tolerated in the Movement. For those wanting to look at this letter
> more closely, it is on line at:
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