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Olcott's Mistakes

Sep 09, 2006 02:53 PM
by carlosaveline


Old H. Olcott did make many mistakes, no doubt (see below).  And he misunderstood HPB in a most unhappy way.  

After HPB's  death, in the 1890s, Olcott also played Annie Besant's  political power game,  over the control of the Esoteric School and against William Judge.   

But just before dying in early 1907, Olcott  had the time to make a deep self-criticism in a talk with Laura Holloway, in 1906. 

Once Olcott died, Leadbeater -- who had been rightfully EXPELLED  from the Adyar TS after a worldwide scandal --  immediately came back to his previous position as A. Besant's guru. 

Credulity... Love  for personal power...

Regards,  Carlos.


Data:Sat, 09 Sep 2006 20:34:31 -0000

Assunto:[Spam] Theos-World The S.S. Shannon Letter from Koot Hoomi

> Below is most of the S.S. Shannon Letter written by Master Koot Hoomi
> to Henry S. Olcott. The letter was received by Colonel Olcott on
> August 22, 1888 on board the S.S. Shannon in the Mediterranean Sea.
> Olcott was on his way to London. Madame Blavatsky was living in
> London at this time.
> In Olcott's actual handwritten diary for the above date, I find the
> following notation:
> "Weather fine. Received in my cabin while dressing a [three dots
> here in the form of a triangle] letter of instructions."
> Daniel
> ----------------------------------------
> Again, as you approach London I have a word or two to say to you.
> Your impressibility is so changeful that I must not wholly depend
> upon it at this critical time. Of course you know that things were so
> brought to a focus as to necessitate the present journey and that the
> inspiration to make it came to you and to permit it to the
> Councillors from without. Put all needed restraint upon your
> feelings, so that you may do the right thing in this Western
> imbroglio. Watch your first impressions. The mistakes you make spring
> from failure to do this. Let neither your personal predilections,
> affections, suspicions nor antipathies affect your action.
> Misunderstandings have grown up between Fellows both in London and
> Paris, which imperil the interests of the movement. You will be told
> that the chief originator of most, if not of all these disturbances
> is H. P. B. This is not so; though her presence in England has, of
> course, a share in them. But the largest share rests with others,
> whose serene unconsciousness of their own defects is very marked and
> much to be blamed. 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
> or remote, a letter or line to anybody in Europe or America, nor
> communicated orally with, or thro' any third party. Theosophists
> should learn it. You will understand later the significance of this
> declaration so keep it in mind. Her fidelity to our work being
> constant, and her sufferings having come upon her thro' it, neither I
> nor either of my Brother associates will desert or supplant her. As I
> once before remarked, ingratitude is not among our vices.
> With yourself our relations are direct, and have been with the rare
> exceptions you know of, like the present, on the psychical plane, and
> so will continue thro' force of circumstances. That they are so 
> rare - - is your own fault as I told you in my last.
> To help you in your present perplexity: H. P. B. has next to no
> concern with administrative details, and should be kept clear of
> them, so far as her strong nature can be controlled. But this you
> must tell to all: -- With occult matters she has everything to do. We
> have not abandoned her; she is not "given over to chelas." She is our
> direct agent. I warn you against permitting your suspicions and
> resentment against "her many follies" to bias your intuitive loyalty
> to her. In the adjustment of this European business, you will have
> two things to consider -- the external and administrative, and the
> internal and psychical. Keep the former under your control and that
> of your most prudent associates, jointly; leave the latter to her.
> You are left to devise the practical details with your usual
> ingenuity. Only be careful, I say, to discriminate when some emergent
> interference of hers in practical affairs is referred to you on
> appeal, between that which is merely exoteric in origin and effects,
> and that which beginning on the practical tends to beget consequences
> on the spiritual plane. As to the former you are the best judge, as
> to the latter, she.
> I have also noted, your thoughts about the "Secret Doctrine." Be
> assured that what she has not annotated from scientific and other
> works, we have given or suggested to her. Every mistake or erroneous
> notion, corrected and explained by her from the works of other
> theosophists was corrected by me, or under my instruction. It is a
> more valuable work than its predecessor, an epitome of occult truths
> that will make it a source of information and instruction for the
> earnest student for long years to come. . . .
> You had better not mention for the present this letter to anyone --
> not even to H.P.B. unless she speaks to you of it herself. Time
> enough when you see occasion arise. It is merely given you, as a
> warning and a guide; to others, as a warning only, for you may use it
> discreetly if needs be. -- K.H. -- Letters from the Masters of the
> Wisdom, First Series, Letter 19, 5th edition. caps added.
> -------------------------------------
> Daniel
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