Sinnett's and Leadbeater's Claims: Part 4
Mar 08, 2007 08:01 AM
Sinnett's and Leadbeater's
Claims: Part 4
In September 1893 in the pages of THE PATH magazine (edited by
William Q. Judge), Mr. Sinnett publicly revealed that he was
still in contact and communication with the Master Koot Hoomi.
But at this time he did NOT give the kind of details that he would
give months later in LIGHT magazine. [See Part 1 of this essay.]
In this September 1893 PATH article, Sinnett wrote:
...I am entitled to add that at a very recent date, within the last
few months since this subject [the so-called Mars-Mercury
controversy] has been under discussion [in the pages of THE PATH.
See Mr. Judge's article, "Mars and Mercury", The Path, July, 1893,
the Master himself IN COMMUNICATION WITH ME made the following
comment on the situation: --- "If I had been capable of paltering
with the truth, and playing with words in the way which has been
attributed to me [by Blavatsky and Judge???], not one line of all the
manuscript of mine in your possession would have been worth the paper
it is written on".
Few persons in touch with the principles of occultism will be
surprised to hear me quoting recent words addressed to me by the
Master. Relations like those which were established between my
humble self and Him in days gone by are of a kind that do not come to
an end except through the misconduct or faithlessness of the pupil.
During Madame Blavatsky's lifetime my privileges of communication
with the Master through channels OF WHICH SHE KNEW NOTHING were
private and personal, and I was precluded from speaking of them.
That prohibition has since been removed. Madame Blavatsky disliked
anything that savored of interference with her rights as founder of
the Theosophical Society, and while she lived no one else would have
been allowed to speak on behalf of the Masters to the Society at
large. But it will be obvious on reflection that unless the whole
design of occult teaching is a delusion also, fresh neophytes as time
goes on must come within the scope of the personal teaching of the
Masters. In this respect we are moving forward now in a new era. I
should be the last person to claim any monopoly --- such as Madame
Blavatsky in a certain sense enjoyed while she lived --- of the honor
of conveying teaching from the Masters. No one now left in the
Society, I should think, could be so unwise as to make claims of that
nature. But as it has been my duty in the past to put the teaching
of the Mahatmas before the world, so it looks probable that such
tasks will present themselves again, and on this account it is that I
am bound at the present crisis to speak rather more plainly than
inclination in other circumstances would have prompted. For many
Theosophists, I know, Madame Blavatsky represented the whole
movement, but, great as she was, the movement is something much
greater. For many such persons Madame Blavatsky may have been the
only teacher from whom they received occult enlightenment. Immense
as my respect is for her attainments, for her industry and devotion
to the work she undertook, it is, nevertheless, a fact that I myself
did not receive my Theosophic teaching directly from her, but in the
way described; and long before her death my relations with the Master
were carried on THROUGH THE INTERMEDIATION OF ONE OF HIS CHELAS,
quite outside the range of Madame Blavatsky's connexions. It ought
to be for all earnest workers in the Theosophical movement a matter
of great satisfaction that this is so, because in this way an
entirely independent line of confirmation is provided for much that
Madame Blavatsky has taught, for the bona fides of her position in
its broadest aspects, and for the much-discussed existence of the
[CAPS ADDED. Also comments in brackets added by me. DHC.]
Compare what Sinnett wrote ABOVE with what has already been presented
in the three previous parts of this essay.
For example, reread again Sinnett's remarks QUOTED ABOVE and then
compare and contrast with what Master KH wrote in his 1888 letter to
"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
See also other material to be found in:
Part 1 <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theos-talk/message/40177>
Part 2 <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theos-talk/message/40179>
Part 3 <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theos-talk/message/40180>
Continued in Part 5....
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