Did D.K. write the Secret Doctrine?
Mar 10, 2008 09:49 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen
To all readers
My views are:
Now who wrote the Secret Doctrine?
Was it as Alice A. Bailey in the below claims mostly Master D. K. or was it as claimed in Mahatma Letters the Master M and KH?
I will in the below give some quotes, so to show, why I think Alice A. Bailey are mistaken.
H. S. Olcott writes:
"On the following night -- as my Diary entry states -- "H. P. B. got from her Teacher the plan for her Secret Doctrine, and it is excellent. " (ODL, III: 199-200)
"On January 6, 1886, HPB wrote to Olcott that The Secret Doctrine would be the vindication of herself and her teachers.
For Secret Doctrine is entirely new. There will not be there 20 pages quoted by bits from Isis. . . .
In four Parts -- Archaic, Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Periods. Each Part 12 chapters, with Appendices and a Glossary of
terms at the end. Countess here, and she sees I have almost no books. Master and Kashmiri (M and KH) dictating in turn.
She copies all. -- Theos., Aug. 1931, 667"
Countess Constance Wachtmeister writes:
"One day during this time, when I walked into HPB's writing room, I found the floor strewn with sheets of discarded
manuscript. I asked the meaning of this scene of confusion, and she replied, "Yes, I have tried twelve times to write this one page correctly, and each time Master says it is wrong. I will not pause until I have conquered it, even if I have to go on all night."
I brought a cup of coffee to refresh and sustain her, and then left her to prosecute the weary task. An hour later I heard her voice calling me, and on entering found that, at last, the passage was completed to satisfaction, but the labor had been terrible, and the results were often at this time small and uncertain.
As she leaned back, enjoying her cigarette and the sense of relief from an arduous effort, I rested on the arm of her great chair and asked her how it was that she could make mistakes in recording what was given to her.
She said, "Well, you see, what I do is this. I make what I can only describe as a sort of vacuum in the air before me, and fix my sight and my will upon it, and soon scene after scene passes before me like the successive pictures of a diorama, or, if I need a reference or information from some book, I fix my mind intently, and the astral counterpart of the book appears, and from it I take what I need. The more perfectly my mind is freed from distractions and mortifications, the more energy and intentness it possesses, the more easily I can do this; but today, after all the vexations I have undergone in consequence of the letter from X., I could not concentrate properly, and each time I tried I got the quotations all wrong. Master says it is right now, so let us go in and have some tea.""
(Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine, by Countess Constance Wachtmeister - http://www.katinkahesselink.net/his/hpb_wach.htm)
The Master KH gives further insight into the writing of the SD in his letter to Olcott, August 1888:
"I have also noted, your thoughts about the "Secret Doctrine". Be assured that what she has not annotated from
scientific and other works, we have given or suggested to her. Every mistake or erroneous notion, corrected and explained
by her from the works of other theosophists was corrected by me, or under my instruction. It is a more valuable work than
its predecessor [Isis], an epitome of occult truths that will make it a source of information and instruction for the
earnest student for long years to come." -- Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, No. 19, 1:47, 5th ed.
This of course does not imply that Master KH wrote the whole of The Secret Dcotrine.
We will see, that it was in fact KH and Morya, who wrote the Scret Doctrine and not D.K.:
"There have been many who have been loth to acknowledge that it may have been written, at any rate in large part, by one or more of the Masters of the Wisdom, but we do have the following certificates that were sent to Dr Hübbe-Schleiden:
The first certificate alluded to runs thus:-
"I wonder if this note of mine is worthy of occupying a select spot with the documents reproduced, and which of the peculiarities of the 'Blavatskian' style of writing it will be found to most resemble? The present is simply to satisfy
the doctor that 'the more proof given the less believed'. Let him take my advice and not make these two documents public.
It is for his own satisfaction the undersigned is happy to assure him that The Secret Doctrine, when ready, will be the triple production of [here are the names of one of the Masters and of H.P.B.] and --- most humble servant", [signed by the other].
On the back of this was the following, signed by the Master who is mentioned in the above:-
"If this can be of any use or help to ---, though I doubt it, I, the humble undersigned Faquir, certify that The Secret
Doctrine is dictated to [name of H.P.B.] partly by myself and partly by my brother ---".
A year after this, certain doubts having arisen in the minds of individuals, another letter from one of the signers of the foregoing was sent, and read as follows. As the prophecy in it has come true, it is now the time to publish it for the benefit of those who know something of how to take and understand such letters. For the outsider it will all be so much nonsense:
"The certificate given last year, saying that The Secret Doctrine would be, when finished, the triple production of
[H.P.B's name], --- and myself, was and is correct, although some have doubted not only the facts given in it, but also the authenticity of the message in which it was contained. Copy this, and also keep the copy of the afore-said certificate. You will find them both of use on the day when you shall, as will happen without your asking, receive from the hands of the very person to whom the certificate was given, the original for the purpose of allowing you to copy it; and then you can verify the correctness of this presently forwarded copy. And it may then be well to indicate to those wishing to know what portions in The Secret Doctrine have been copied by the pen of [H.P.B's name] into its pages, though without quotation marks, from my own manuscript and perhaps from ---, though the last is more difficult from the rarity of his known writing and greater ignorance of his style. All this and more will be found necessary as time goes on, but for which you are well qualified to wait".
[The Path, April 1893]"
The originals of these letters are as far as I have heard to be found in Hübbe-Schleiden's collecting of papers.
"Another witness to such a phenomenon (during H.P.B's stay in Würzburg) was Dr Hübbe-Schleiden who writes, I saw a good deal of the well-known blue K.H. handwriting as corrections and annotations on her manuscript as well as in books that lay occasionally on her desk. And I noticed this principally in the morning before she had commenced to work. I slept on the couch in her study after she had withdrawn for the night and the couch stood only a few feet from her desk. I remember well my astonishment one morning when I got up to find a great many pages of foolscap covered with that blue pencil handwriting lying on her own manuscript, at her place on her desk. How these pages got there I do not know, but I did not see them before I went to sleep, and no person had been bodily in the room during the night, for I am a light sleeper. [Reminiscences, 112/3]"
- - - - - - - Now contrast this with Alice A. Bailey's words - - - - - - -
In contrast Alice A. Bailey writes:
"He occupies himself with various pupils of different Masters who can profit by his instruction, and within the last ten years has relieved both the Master M. and the Master K. H. of a good deal of their teaching work, taking over from them for certain stated times some of their pupils and disciples. He works largely, too, with certain groups of the devas of the ethers, who are the healing devas, and who thus collaborate with him in the work of healing some of the physical ills of humanity. He it was who dictated a large part of that momentous book The Secret Doctrine, and who showed to H. P. Blavatsky many of the pictures, and gave her much of the data that is to be found in that book."
(Alice A. Bailey - in Initiation Human and Solar - Chapter 5, p. 58 - http://nimrodgroup.org/AAB )
There is here a strong indication on, that Alice A. Bailey wanted to rewrite history, without having the proper knowledge about the events which took place. The reason for doing this we can only wonder about. Maybe it was to water down the Masters Morya and Khoot Hoomi. Or perhaps Alice A. Bailey was under the influence of someone calling himself D.K. who had this agenda.
And when I am myself, through my inner researches, as well lead to the conclusion, that most of what was written in the Secret Doctrine passed from Morya one way or the other through to H. P. Blavatsky, I cannot help saying that Alice A. Bailey made a mistake here.
Remember, that H. P. Blavatsky already then when writing The Secret Doctrine was a woman, who was capeable of dematerialising and rematerialising her physical body when in need. H. S. Olcott testified to this in his Diary. He wrote that it had occurred several times.
The Count de Saint-Germain and H.P.B.- Two Messengers of the White Lodge By H.S. Olcott ( http://www.theosophical.ca/SaintGermain.htm)
H. P. Blavatsky said:"The Society founded to remedy the glaring evils of Christianity, to shun bigotry and intolerance, cant and superstition and to cultivate real universal love extending even to the dumb brute".(The Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky, vol. 7, p.246)
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