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A Copy of 1900 Letter

Sep 12, 2006 01:22 PM
by Mark Jaqua

Copy of 1900 Letter
   Here is a simple copy of the 1900 
letter. The Parts in [my] brackets 
are those excised in the Adyar 
original publication of it.  The copy 
below with notes is from Katinka 
Hesselink's web site,
originally published in Eclectic 
Theosophist # 101, Sept. Oct. 1987.  
(I have to admit in re-reading it that 
the part to Besant of "We watch over 
you..." seems a little hokey considering 
her clear neo-theosophical direction and 
actions [vs. Judge, etc.], but also 
possibly there was a conditional duty 
for Besant's previous work, and she may
have still been doing what she really 
thought was best, who knows?... however deluded, and
the worst hadn't manifested yet.)
  The 1900 Letter:
   "A psychic and a  pranayamist (2) 
who has got confused by the vagaries 
of the members. The T.S. And its members 
are slowly manufacturing a creed. Says 
a Tibetan proverb "credulity breeds 
credulity and ends in hypocrisy." How 
few are they who can know anything 
about us. Are we to be propitiated 
and made idols of? [[Is the worship 
of a new trinity made up of the 
blessed M.,  Upasika (3) and yourself 
to take the place of exploded creeds? 
We ask not for the worship of ourselves. 
The disciple should in no way be fettered. 
Beware of an esoteric popery.]]  The 
intense desire to see upasika reincarnate 
at once has raised a misleading mayavic 
ideation. Upasika has useful work 
to do on higher planes and cannot 
come again so soon. The T.S. must 
safely be ushered into the new century. 
[[You have for some time been under 
deluding influences. Shun pride, 
vanity and love of power. Be not 
guided by emotion but learn to stand 
alone. Be accurate and critical 
rather than credulous. The mistakes 
of the past in the old religions 
must not be glossed over with imaginary 
explanations. The E.S.T. must be 
reformed so as to be as unsectarian 
and creedless as the T.S.. The rules 
must be few and simple and acceptable 
to all.]] No one has a right to claim 
authority over a pupil or his conscience. 
Ask him not what he believes. [[All 
who are sincere and pure minded must 
have admittance.]] The crest wave 
of intellectual advancement must 
be taken hold of and guided into 
spirituality. It cannot be forced 
into beliefs and emotional worship. 
The essence of the higher thoughts 
of the members in their collectivity 
must guide all action in the T.S. 
[[and E.S..]] We never try to subject 
to ourselves the will of another. At 
favorable times we let loose elevating 
influences which strike various persons 
in various ways. It is the collective 
aspect of many such thoughts that can 
give the correct note of action. We 
show no favors. The best corrective 
of error is an honest and open-minded 
examination of all facts subjective 
and objective. [[Misleading secrecy 
has given the death blow to numerous 
organizations.]]  The cant about the 
"Masters" must be silently but firmly 
put down. Let the devotion and service 
be to that Supreme Spirit alone of 
which one is a part. Namelessly and 
silently we work and the continual 
references to ourselves and the 
repetition of our names raises up 
a confused aura that hinders our 
work. [[You will have to leave a 
good deal of your emotions and 
credulity before you become a safe 
guide among the influences that will 
commence to work in the new cycle.]] 
The T.S. was meant to be the cornerstone 
of the future religions of humanity. 
To accomplish this object those who 
lead must leave aside their weak 
predilections for the forms and 
ceremonies of any particular creed 
and show themselves to be true 
Theosophists both in inner thought 
and outward observance. The greatest 
of your trials is yet to come. We 
watch over you but you must put 
forth all your strength. K.H."
  Notes (Hesselink)
  (1) I copied this from "The Universal 
Human Family" # 17, Sep/95, the magazine 
of the WTYF managed by mr. and mrs. 
Sizzo from Brazil. They wrote: "In 
this number 17 we are offering you a 
copy of the last known Letter with 
the handwriting of one of the Adepts 
that, according to the Founders, 
inspired and ordered the foundation 
of the TS. It is a remarkable Letter 
since it appeared in 1900, several 
years after the death of H.P. Blavatsky. 
This Letter appears in the "Letters 
from the Masters of the Wisdom" (First 
Series), edited by C. Jinarajadasa, as 
Letter n. 46 (p. 99). The penciled lines 
from Master K.H.(Koot Hoomi Lal Singh), 
however, are not complete there, as 
ellipsis dots indicate, and as Mr. 
Jinarajadasa wrote, explaining that 
the omitted parts were considered to 
be too private in relation to the life 
of Dr. Besant. The complete version was 
published for the first time, as far as 
we know, in 1987, in the "Eclectic 
Theosophist", n. 101, Sept/Oct. Although 
we do not know how this Letter was read 
from the TS Archives at Adyar, we had the 
information at Adyar that this is really 
the complete version of that Letter." See 
also explanations 
   (2) "In 1900 a certain Mr. B.K. Mantri, 
of India, wrote a letter to Dr. Besant, 
then in England. When Dr. Besant opened 
the letter she found on its back a message 
from Master K.H., in His well-known 
handwriting. The first sentence has 
reference to Mr. B.K. Mantri."..... 
   (3) Upasika means female disciple, 
and refers to HPB. (Note from C. Jinarajadasa) 

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