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Sinnett's and Leadbeater's Claims: Part 4

Mar 08, 2007 08:01 AM
by danielhcaldwell

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 
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.]
Quoted from: 

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 
Henry Olcott:

"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 <>


Part 2 <>


Part 3 <>

Continued in Part 5....


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