HPB NOT COMMUNICATING AFTER DEATH
May 19, 2006 07:37 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
Friday, May 19, 2006
Recent exchanges speak of some personal experiences on recollection of
which some individuals claimed to have seen. met or communicated with HPB –
as she appeared in her last personality.
As this subject was considered as early as in 1883, here is a reprint of
HPB NOT COMMUNICATING AFTER DEATH
UNDER THE SHADOW OF GREAT NAMES
H P B
[The Theosophist, Vol. IV, No. 6, March, 1883, p. 137]
The common vice of trying to palm off upon the world the
crude imaginings or rhapsodical concoctions of one’s own
brain, by claiming their utterance as under divine
inspiration, prevails largely among our esteemed friends,
Many clever persons known as “trance
speakers” and “inspirational writers” keep the thing up at
a lively rate, turning out oration after oration and book
after book as coming from the great dead, the planetary
spirits, and even from God.
The great names of antiquity
are evoked to father feeble books, and no sooner is it
known that a prominent character is deceased than some
mediums pretend to be his telephones, to discourse
platitudes before sympathetic audiences. Shakespeare’s
imagination pictured to his mind the mighty Caesar, turned
to clay, being made to ‘stop a hole to keep the wind
away,”* [* [Hamlet, Act V, Sc. I, 235.] ]but had he made a
forecast of our Modern Spiritualism, he would have found
an even worse satire upon the impermanency of human
greatness, in the prospect of the dead Caesar
being forced to say stupidities that, alive, he
would not have tolerated in one of his foot soldiers.
Some of our more optimistic friends of the spiritualistic party
postulate a halcyon time when mediumistic utterances will
be judged according to their intrinsic merit, like other
oratorical and literary productions, and it is to be hoped
they may not deceive themselves.
The number of bright minds that are occupying
themselves with this great subject is assuredly on the
increase, and with such men as “M.A. (Oxon),” Mr. Massey,
Mr. Roden Noel, and others of that class, spiritualistic
literature is always being enriched.
But at the same time we see no diminution as regards bogus
platform sermons claiming to come from Judge Edmonds,
Robert Dale Owen, Epes Sargent, and Professors Hare and
Mapes, or books ascribed to the inspiration of Jehovah and
his ancient Spirits.
Our poor Mr. Bennett, of the Truthseeker, had scarcely had time
to die before he was paraded as a spirit-control by an
The future has a gloomy look indeed to us
when we think that, despite their best endeavours to the
contrary, the Founders of the Theosophical Society are
quite as liable as either of the eminent gentlemen above
mentioned—with all of whom the writer was personally
acquainted, and neither of whom, in all probability, ever
communicated one word that their alleged mediums attribute
to them—to an involuntary post-mortem recantation of their
most cherished and avowed ideas.
We have been prompted to these remarks by a convincing
demonstration, by the Religio-Philosophical Journal, that a
recent “trance address” by our dear deceased friend Epes
Sargent, through a certain medium, was a sheer fabrication.
A comparison of the same with Mr. Sargent’s last and greatest
spiritualistic work, The Scientific Basis of Spiritualism,
shows beyond question that he could never have inspired any
such mediumistic oration.
While it is yet time, both the founders of the Theosophical
Society place upon record their solemn promise that they
will let trance mediums severely alone after they get to
“the other side.”
If after this, any of the talking fraternity take their names in
vain, they hope that at least their theosophical confrères
will unearth this paragraph and warn the trespassers off
their astral premises.
So far as we have observed, the best trance speakers
have been those who bragged least about their controls.
“Good wine needs no bush,” says the adage.
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