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H.P. Blavatsky on Adyar & the General Council

Oct 01, 2008 10:17 PM
by danielhcaldwell

In August, 1889, H.P. Blavatsky wrote:

...It is pure nonsense to say that "H.P.B. . . . is loyal to the 
Theosophical Society and to Adyar"(!?). H.P.B. is loyal to death to 
the Theosophical CAUSE, and those great Teachers whose philosophy can 
alone bind the whole of Humanity into one Brotherhood. Together with 
Col. Olcott, she is the chief Founder and Builder of the Society 
which was and is meant to represent that CAUSE; and if she is so 
loyal to H. S. Olcott, it is not at all because of his being 
its "President," but, firstly, because there is no man living who has 
worked harder for that Society, or been more devoted to it than the 
Colonel, and, secondly, because she regards him as a loyal friend and 
co-worker. Therefore the degree of her sympathies with 
the "Theosophical Society and Adyar" depends upon the degree of the 
loyalty of that Society to the CAUSE. Let it break away from the 
original lines and show disloyalty in its policy to the CAUSE and the 
original programme of the Society, and H.P.B., calling the T. S. 
disloyal, will shake it off like dust from her feet.

    And what does "loyalty to Adyar" mean, in the name of all 
wonders? What is Adyar, apart from that CAUSE and the two (not one 
Founder, if you please) who represent it? Why not loyal to the 
compound or the bath-room of Adyar? Adyar is the present Headquarters 
of the Society, because these "Headquarters are wherever the 
President is," as stated in the rules. To be logical, the Fellows of 
the T. S. had to be loyal to Japan while Col. Olcott was there, and 
to London during his presence here. There is no longer a "Parent 
Society"; it is abolished and replaced by an aggregate body of 
Theosophical Societies, all autonomous, as are the States of America, 
and all under one Head President, who, together with H. P. Blavatsky, 
will champion the CAUSE against the whole world. Such is the real 
state of things....

    Whenever "Madame Blavatsky does not approve" of "an action of the 
General Council," she will say so openly and to their faces. Because 
(a) Madame Blavatsky does not owe the slightest allegiance to a 
Council which is liable at any moment to issue silly and 
untheosophical ukases; and (b) for the simple reason that she 
recognizes but one person in the T. S. besides herself, namely 
Colonel Olcott, as having the right of effecting fundamental re-
organizations in a Society which owes its life to them, and for which 
they are both karmically responsible. If the acting editor makes 
slight account of a sacred pledge, neither Col. Olcott nor H. P. 
Blavatsky are likely to do so. H. P. Blavatsky will always bow before 
the decision of the majority of a Section or even a simple Branch; 
but she will ever protest against the decision of the General 
Council, were it composed of Archangels and Dhyan Chohans themselves, 
if their decision seems to her unjust, or untheosophical, or fails to 
meet with the approval of the majority of the Fellows. No more than 
H. P. Blavatsky has the President Founder the right of exercising 
autocracy or papal powers, and Col. Olcott would be the last man in 
the world to attempt to do so. It is the two Founders and especially 
the President, who have virtually sworn allegiance to the Fellows, 
whom they have to protect, and teach those who want to be taught, and 
not to tyrannize and rule over them.

    And now I have said over my own signature what I had to say and 
that which ought to have been said in so many plain words long ago. 
The public is all agog with the silliest stories about our doings, 
and the supposed and real dissensions in the Society. Let every one 
know the truth at last, in which there is nothing to make any one 
ashamed, and which alone can put an end to a most painful and 
strained feeling. This truth is as simple as can be.

    The acting editor of the Theosophist has taken it into his head 
that the Esoteric Section together with the British and American 
Sections, were either conspiring or preparing to conspire against 
what he most curiously calls "Adyar" and its authority. Now being a 
most devoted fellow of the T. S. and attached to the President, his 
zeal in hunting up this mare's nest has led him to become more 
Catholic than the Pope. That is all, and I hope that such 
misunderstandings and hallucinations will come to an end with the 
return of the President to India. Had he been at home, he, at any 
rate, would have objected to all those dark hints and cloaked sayings 
that have of late incessantly appeared in the Theosophist to the 
great delight of our enemies.....
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