Master Morya delivers a letter
Oct 17, 2008 09:42 AM
Damodar K. Mavalankar
Adyar, Madras, India
Last night was a memorable one. Narasimhulu Chetty and myself were
seated on a chair quite close to Mme. Blavatsky's bed, fanning her
and talking together, so as gradually to induce sleep in her.
Suddenly Mme. B. gave a start and exclaimed, "I feel him [Mahatma
Morya]." She enjoined on us strictly not to leave our places, nor to
get excited, but remain where we were and be perfectly calm and
quiet. Suddenly she asked for our hands and the right hand of each of
us was held by her.
Hardly two minutes had elapsed and we saw him coming from the screen
door of Mme. B.'s bed-room and approaching her. His manner of walking
was so gentle that not a footstep, not the slightest sound, was
audible; nor did he appear to move, by his gestures. It was only the
change of position that made us see he had come nearer and nearer. He
stood exactly opposite Mme. B.?not quite an arm's length from us. We
were on this side of the bed; he on the other.
You know I have seen him often enough to enable me to recognize him
at once. His usual long white coat, the peculiar Pagri [turban], long
black hair flowing over the broad shoulders, and long beard were as
usual striking and picturesque. He was standing near a door, the
shutters of which were open. Through these the lamplight, and through
the windows which were all open, the moonlight, were full upon him.
And we being in the dark, i.e., having no light on our eyes?we being
turned against the windows through which the moonlight came?we could
see distinctly and clearly.
He held out and put his hands twice over Mme. B.'s head. She then
stretched out her hand which passed through his?a fact proving that
what we saw was a mayavi rupa [apparitional body], although so vivid
and clear as to give one the impression of a material physical body.
She immediately took the letter from his hands. It crumpled, as it
were, and made a sound. He then waved his hands toward us, walked a
few steps, inaudibly and imperceptibly as before, and disappeared!
Mme. B. then handed the letter to me, as it was intended for me.
Never shall I forget last night's experience; so clear, so vivid and
tangible it was!
Source: Mavalankar, Damodar K. "Echoes from the Past." Theosophist
(Adyar), May 1907, 633?4. Reprinted in Damodar and the Pioneers of
the Theosophical Movement, comp. Sven Eek. Adyar, Madras:
Theosophical Publishing House, 1965, 307?9.
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