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Anand: "...Blavatsky was interested in power...."

Oct 04, 2008 03:20 PM
by danielhcaldwell

Anand comments:

These passages from Old Diary Leaves are extremely interesting. It is
a rare reference. It shows how Blavatsky was interested in power and
threatened to split the society unless her desire to become president
of European TS was gratified.
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Readers might want to compare and contrast this statement by Anand
with what HPB herself said in 1890:

...Acting under the Master's orders I began a new movement in the
West on the original lines; I founded Lucifer, and the Lodge which
bears my name. Recognizing the splendid work done at Adyar by Colonel
Olcott and others to carry out the second of the three objects of the
T.S., viz., to promote the study of Oriental Literature, I was
determined to carry out here the two others. All know with what
success this had been attended. Twice Colonel Olcott was asked to
come over, and then I learned that I was once more wanted in India ?
at any rate by some. But the invitation came too late; neither would
my doctor permit it, nor can I, if I would be true to my life-pledge
and vows, now live at the Headquarters from which the Masters and
Their spirit are virtually banished. The presence of Their portraits
will not help; They are a dead letter. The truth is that I can never
return to India in any other capacity than as Their faithful agent.
And as, unless They appear among the Council in propria persona
(which They will certainly never do now), no advice of mine on occult
lines seems likely to be accepted, as the fact of my relations with
the Masters is doubted, even totally denied by some; and I myself
having no right to the Headquarters, what reason is there, therefore,
for me to live at Adyar?

The fact is this: In my position, half-measures are worse than
none. People have either to believe entirely in me, or to honestly
disbelieve. No one, no Theosophist, is compelled to believe, but it
is worse than useless for people to ask me to help them, if they do
not believe in me. Here in Europe and America are many who have never
flinched in their devotion to Theosophy; consequently the spread of
Theosophy and of the T.S., in the West, during the last three years,
has been extraordinary. The chief reason for this is that I was
enabled and encouraged by the devotion of an ever-increasing number
of members to the Cause and to Those who guide it, to establish an
Esoteric Section, in which I can teach something of what I have
learned to those who have confidence in me, and who prove this
confidence by their disinterested work for Theosophy and the T.S. For
the future, then, it is my intention to devote my life and energy to
the E.S., and to the teaching of those whose confidence I retain. It
is useless that I should use the little time I have before me to
justify myself before those who do not feel sure about the real
existence of the Masters, only because, misunderstanding me, it
therefore suits them to suspect me....
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Plus what Master KH wrote to Colonel Olcott in 1888 should
be considered also:

You will be told
that the chief originator of most, if not of all these disturbances
is H.P.B. This is not so; though her presence in England has, of
course, a share in them. But the largest share rests with others,
whose serene unconsciousness of their own defects is very marked and
much to be blamed. One of the most valuable effects of Upasika's
mission is that it drives men to self-study and destroys in them
blind servility for persons. Observe your own case, for example. But
your revolt, good friend, against her infallibility?as you once
thought it?has gone too far and you have been unjust to her, for
which I am sorry to say, you will have to suffer hereafter along with
others. Just now, on deck, your thoughts about her were dark and
sinful, and so I find the moment a fitting one to put you on your

Try to remove such misconceptions as you will find, by kind
persuasion and an appeal to the feelings of loyalty to the Cause of
truth if not to us. Make all these men feel that we have no
favourites, nor affections for persons, but only for their good acts
and humanity as a whole. But we employ agents?the best available. Of
these for the past thirty years the chief has been the personality
known as H.P.B. to the world (but otherwise to us). Imperfect and
very troublesome, no doubt, she proves to some, nevertheless, there
is no likelihood of our finding a better one for years to come?and
your theosophists should be made to understand it. Since 1885 I have
not written, nor caused to be written save thro' her agency, direct
and 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 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. As I
once before remarked, ingratitude is not among our vices.

With yourself our relations are direct, and have been with the rare
exceptions you know of, like the present, on the psychical plane, and
so will continue thro' force of circumstances. That they are so rare?
is your own fault as I told you in my last

To help you in your present perplexity: H.P.B. has next to no concern
with administrative details, and should be kept clear of them, so far
as her strong nature can be controlled. But this you must tell to
all: ?With occult matters she has everything to do. We have not
abandoned her; she is not `given over to chelas'. She is our direct
agent. I warn you against permitting your suspicions and resentment
against `her many follies' to bias your intuitive loyalty to her. In
the adjustment of this European business, you will have two things to
consider?the external and administrative, and the internal and
psychical. Keep the former under your control and that of your most
prudent associates, jointly: leave the latter to her. You are left to
devise the practical details with your usual ingenuity. Only be
careful, I say, to discriminate when some emergent interference of
hers in practical affairs is referred to you on appeal, between that
which is merely exoteric in origin and effects, and that which
beginning on the practical tends to beget consequences on the
spiritual plane. As to the former you are the best judge, as to the
latter, she.
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Did Colonel Olcott take the Master's sage advice?


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