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Re: Theos-World To Anand Gholap: Mr. Sinnett & his Communications with KH Part 1 ...

Sep 26, 2008 11:05 PM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

Dear Anand, Daniel and others,

My views are:

Not to muddy the waters too much.
But we have to be more clear about which Mahatma Letters were fake ones, and which were written by Chelas, and by Blavatsky her self, and which one were by the Masters themselves.

To use each Mahatma Letter as 100% genuine is going a bit too far is it not?

M. Sufilight

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: danielhcaldwell 
  Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2008 7:10 AM
  Subject: Theos-World To Anand Gholap: Mr. Sinnett & his Communications with KH Part 1 ...


  I am going to try to see where the two of us agree and disagree.

  I assume that both of us believe in the existence of the Master Koot
  Hoomi. Am I right?

  But it would appear that our beliefs differ significantly in many 
  other aspects concerning Theosophy.

  Therefore this posting is Part 1 of a series of postings in which I 
  am going to try to ascertain where the two of us agree and disagree 
  and more importantly I will try to determine what our thinking
  and reasoning on these issues are.

  Let me therefore start off with Mr. Sinnett's description of how he
  was introduced to the Master Koot Hoomi.

  He writes:

  With the arrival of the Founders [H.P. Blavatsky and Henry S. Olcott]
  in India the real development of the [Theosophical] Society may be
  regarded as beginning. The situation at the time was briefly as
  follows: -

  Madame Blavatsky is the central figure to be considered. She was the
  one person who knew of her own knowledge, that The Brothers, - as she
  called them in those days - were Beings, human in aspect, of flesh
  and blood, for she had been for a time in company with two of them in
  Tibet. She knew they had dazzling powers in dealing with the affairs
  of the world. She herself had faculties of a super-physical order
  that kept her in touch with them wherever she might be. She knew she
  had a mission to fulfil which had for the moment assumed the shape of
  the Theosophical Society. She must have been conscious of possessing
  wonderful powers the exercise of which was under restriction, to
  which she submitted in devotion to the great Brother whom she
  regarded as her own Master, in a pre-eminent degree. .[Early Days of
  Theosophy, page 17]

  The events attending the presence of Madame Blavatsky at Simla [in
  September and October 1880] are described for the most part in my
  book The Occult World.. The manifestations of occult power then
  freely given [by and through Madame Blavatsky] had a profound effect
  on my own mind. I felt that those who exhibited such marvelous power
  over natural forces unfamiliar to physical science must possess
  knowledge to correspond. .I wished I could get into communication
  with one of the Brothers [Masters] she talked about..Conversation
  showed that she thought this might not be impossible, and I wrote a
  letter addressed to A Brother and gave it to Madame Blavatsky for
  transmission. In due course I received a reply [from Master Koot
  Hoomi], and this was the first of a long series of letters from the
  Masters K. H. and M. which led to the preparation of The Occult World
  [published June 1881] and afterwards to Esoteric Buddhism [published
  June 1883].. [Early Days of Theosophy, page 27]

  Anand, the FIRST letter from Master KH received by Mr. Sinnett in
  Simla, India around the middle of October 1880 can be found on the
  WWW at:

  And as far as I can ascertain, the LAST long letter from Master KH
  received by Mr. Sinnett in London soon after April 7, 1885 can be
  found online at:

  Notice what Master KH says at the end of this 1885 letter:

  "Once more, accept my blessing and parting greeting if they have to
  be my last."

  Now it is important to point out here that Mr. Sinnett was NOT able
  to communicate directly with Mahatma K.H. He himself --- unlike H.P.
  Blavatsky --- had no "faculties of a super-physical order" by which
  he could communicate directly with the Master.

  Therefore, Mr. Sinnett communicated with the Master KH via
  correspondence from October 1880 to April 1885. [I will ignore in
  this part 1 the Holloway Affair.]

  After this correspondence ceased in 1885, Mr. Sinnett found himself
  no longer in communication whatsoever with the Master.

  Although I am not aware of any text in which Mr. Sinnett expresses
  his state of mind and his thoughts about no longer having a means to
  communicate with the Master, I would imagine that he was not "happy"
  with this state of affairs. And as far as I know, he never in 1885
  admitted at least to the public that his communication via letter
  with the Master had ceased.

  But the next year -- 1886 -- , we find him trying to REESTABLISH SOME

  In "The Autobiography of Alfred Percy Sinnett," he tells us:

  "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. . . . 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
  us . . . in February 1888 and our regular mesmeric sittings were
  resumed almost every evening, the Master [KH] 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 caps added

  Again Anand, Mr. Sinnett's own words show that he himself was NOT
  able to communicate directly with the Master KH through some
  telepathic or clairvoyant means.

  Instead he "mesmerized" Mary and as a result of this he came to
  believe that Mary had somehow established communication with the real
  Master KH.

  Now the question comes to my mind: Was Mr. Sinnett actually in
  communication with the SAME Mahatma Koot Hoomi that he had
  corresponded with from 1880 to 1885?

  Or could he have been in communication via Mary with some imaginary
  Master created in the subconscious mind of Mary?

  Did Sinnett ever even seriously consider this latter possibility?

  But it would appear that for whatever reason or reasons, Mr. Sinnett
  accepted/believed that he had reestablished a link of communication
  with the REAL Mahatma Koot Hoomi.

  That is, he beleived that he was once again in communication with the
  original Koot Hoomi who had been introduced to him by Madame
  Blavatsky herself in 1880.

  Therefore you can readily imagine his surprise or consternation that
  he must have experienced sometime in August/September/October 1888
  when Colonel Henry Olcott who had come to London from India showed
  Mr. Sinnett the letter from Master Koot Hoomi that Colonel Olcott had
  received in August 1888 while on board the SS Shannon in the
  Mediterranean. In this letter, Mahatma Koot Hoomi had told Colonel

  "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." caps

  And in this same KH letter we find this warning to Olcott:

  "Prepare, however, to have the authenticity of the present [letter]
  denied in certain quarters."

  So Anand, do you accept what the Master KH says above in this letter 
  to Olcott?

  Anand, if you accept the above statement in the letter from KH then 
  would you not conclude that the oral communications
  Sinnett believed he had been receiving during 1886, 1887 and 1888
  from "KH" through Mary are not from the real Master Koot Hoomi???



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