Sinnett's Later Claims of being in Contact with H.P.B.'s Masters
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Sinnett's Later Claims of being
in Contact with H.P.B.'s Masters
In 1884, the Theosophist A.P. Sinnett, who was the major recipient
of "The Mahatma Letters," believed he was in contact with the Master
Koot Hoomi, INDEPENDENT of H.P.B. acting as mediator.
Sinnett wrote in his book "The Early Days of Theosophy":
"About this time [early July 1884] Mrs. Holloway, a wonderfully
gifted American psychic came to stay with us. . . . .She used to get
vivid clairvoyant visions of the Master [Koot Hoomi], - could pass
on messages to me from K.H. and on one occasion he actually made use
of her to speak to me in the first person." p. 27
But the Master K.H. (in a letter received by Mr. Sinnett on July 18,
1884) pronounced Sinnett's claim FALSE and UNTRUE:
"You ask me if you can tell Miss Arundale what I told you thro' Mrs.
H[olloway]. . . . . .[But] I have never . . . communicated with you
or any one else thro' her. . . . . She is an excellent but quite
undeveloped clairvoyante. . . . ." The Mahatma Letters, 2nd ed., p.
During this same summer, Master KH wrote to Mrs. Holloway:
"Your vivid creative fancy [imagination] evokes illusive Gurus and
chelas, and puts into their mouths words coined the instant before
in the mint of your mind, unknown to yourself. The false appear as
real, as the true, and you have no exact method of detection since
you are yet prone to force your communications to agree with your
preconceptions. . . . " "Mrs. Holloway and the Mahatmas," Letter 17.
Despite this emphatic denial by K.H., Sinnett persisted in searching
for another "channel" to the Master INDEPENDENT of H.P.B.
In "The Autobiography of Alfred Percy Sinnett," he wrote:
"On the 26th of April 1886. . . we went . . . to the Albemarle
Club . . . to meet a lady who was . . . desirous of making my
acquaintance . . . . . I will give her a fictitious name and call
her Mary. . . . shortly afterwards I tried a mesmeric experiment
with her (in accordance with her wish) and obtained remarkable
results - she went very easily into a trance in which she became
unequivocally clairvoyant. . . .I became convinced that she
clairvoyantly saw the mountain region in Tibet where the Master K.H.
resided. . . . . It became obvious that Mary might become a link
between myself and the Master. . . . . Mary came to stay with
us . . . in February 1888 and our regular mesmeric sittings were
resumed almost every evening, the Master [KH] talking to me through
her in most cases. In this way I gathered a great deal of
miscellaneous occult information. . . . . Mary left us to go to her
own home in May 1888 having had mesmeric sitting almost every
evening while she was with us, at most of which the Master spoke to
me, - or rather dictated to her what he wished to say. She would
pass into a higher condition in which she could be in touch with him
and be enabled to repeat his words to her in reply to my questions
or remarks." pp 33 & 38-39
Again Master KH in a letter (dated August 22, 1888) to Colonel Henry
S. Olcott DENIED Sinnett's claim:
"Since 1885 I have not written, nor caused to be written save thro'
her [HPB's] 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 [HPB's] 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." "Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom," Series I, 1973, p.
Mr. Sinnett also ignored this warning preferring to believe that he
was in contact with the real Master K.H. thru the same individual
(Mary --- actually Maude Travers) mentioned above.
After H.P. Blavatsky's death in 1891, numerous other individuals
have claimed to be in contact with her Adept Teachers and have
stated that they were new "messengers" of the Masters conveying even
more esoteric teachings from the Masters.
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