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Robert Crosbie in 1907 on Katherine Tingley

Aug 02, 2007 10:14 AM
by danielhcaldwell

BELOW is what Robert Crosbie (the founder of the United Lodge of 
Theosophists) wrote about Mrs. Katherine Tingley in 1907. 

Crosbie's words follow ---

"...I am slow to turn back from any task I have set myself, and am
prone to excuse inconsistencies and deviation in others, so that
although I had begun to doubt, and to see, it was more than a year
afterwards before I saw so clearly and unmistakably that I took
occasion to tell Mrs. T. [Tingley] the facts as I saw them, and to
state my intention to withdraw from all connection with her. She
tried of course in every way to change my determination, but finding
me unchangeable, she let me go, and as I afterwards heard, gave out
that she had sent me away for "bad conduct" - just what I do not
know. This of course, to "save her own face" as the Chinese say. I
am quite will aware of her capacities in the above direction form the
history of others who had discovered her real character, and left;
there is no slander too low or mean for her to use in such cases to
justify herself. Sorry as I am to say it, such is the character of
Katherine Tingley, the Leader of the Theosophical Movement Throughout
the World, as she styles herself - (there is more of it that is
simply too nauseating to write.) It was a hard schooling for me, but
it had its good uses and effects. I feel no enmity towards her; I
truly pity her and would help her do right any time it might be in my
power. I also feel most deeply towards those who are held in mental
bondage by her; but nothing can be done - they must open their own
eyes, they are not in a condition to have them opened by anyone else.

. . . Katherine with a large number of her "students" are in this
city this evening giving the play of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; It
will be beautifully staged, and everything will be done to give a
fine impression - undoubtedly with success.

She will also speak in Belasco Theater on Sunday eve on "Some
Practical Lessons in Human Life", and will doubtless present a fair
picture to the mind's eye; and yet she is as I have said. Those who
see these pictures would not believe anything different from what
they see - and she knows it, and preys upon the best and noblest in
human nature for her own ends. I tremble for the Karma she
invokes. . . . "
Quoted from:
One might compare Crosbie's words with those of G. de Purucker which
can be found at:

But see also Crosbie's PRE-1907 views of Mrs. Tingley which can be 
found at:


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