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Sinnett's and Leadbeater's Claims: Part 3

Mar 08, 2007 07:02 AM
by danielhcaldwell

Sinnett's and Leadbeater's 
Claims: Part 3

When did A.P. Sinnett first try to establish some kind of contact and 
communication with Master Koot Hoomi INDEPENDENT of H.P. Blavatsky 
acting as mediator?

Sinnett wrote in his book "The Early Days of Theosophy": 

"About this time [early July 1884] Mrs. [Laura] 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) told Sinnett the following: 

"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. 
355  [CAPS ADDED.]

During this same summer, Master K.H. wrote to Mrs. Holloway warning 

"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. . . . " 

Quoted from: "Mrs. Holloway and the Mahatmas," Letter 17. 

Despite the emphatic DENIAL by Master K.H., Sinnett PERSISTED in 
searching for still another "channel" to the Master INDEPENDENT of 

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 [her real name was Maude Travers]...."

"...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 February 1888 and 
our regular mesmeric sittings were resumed almost every evening, the 
Master [K.H.] 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 

This time in a letter (dated August 22, 1888) to Colonel Henry S. 
Olcott, Master Koot Hoomi DENIED Sinnett's new claim: 

"Since 1885 I have not written, nor caused to be written save thro' 
her [H.P. Blavatsky'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." 

Quoted from:  "Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom," Series I, 
1973, p. 45 

Mr. Sinnett totally IGNORED this warning preferring to believe that 
he was in contact with the REAL Master K.H. thru Mary (Maude 


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of this posting for THE LATER DEVELOPMENTS in the 1890s when C.W. 
Leadbeater returned from India and became part of Mr. 
Sinnett's "inner group".

Continued in Part 4....


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