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Re: Theos-World V. S. Solovyov's Testimony Concerning the Master

Mar 23, 2009 11:20 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen


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  From: danielhcaldwell 
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  V. S. Solovyov's Testimony
  Concerning the Master

  This valuable testimony by Solovyov BELOW gives the student
  some important hints and clues as to how the Masters
  sometimes deal with interested seekers.

  Vsevolod S. Solovyov,
  August 26-27, 1884,
  Brussels, Belgium and then later at Elberfeld, Germany
  Having received a letter from my countrywoman, Madame Helena
  Blavatsky, in which she informed me of her bad health and begged me
  to go to see her at Elberfeld, I decided to take the journey. But as
  the state of my own health obliged me to be careful, I preferred to
  stop at Brussels, which town I had never seen, to rest, the heat
  being unbearable.

  I left Paris on the 24th of Augusst. Next morning, at the Grand
  Hotel in Brussels, where I was staying, I met Mlle. [Justine de
  Glinka] (daughter of [a] Russian ambassador and maid of honour to
  the Empress of Russia). Hearing that I was going to Elberfeld to see
  Mme. Blavatsky, whom she knew and for whom she had much respect, she
  decided to come with me. We spent the day together expecting to
  leave in the morning by the nine o'clock train.

  At eight o'clock, being quite ready to depart, I go to Miss [de
  Glinka's] room and find her in a great state of perplexity. All her
  keys, which she always kept about her person in a little bag and
  that she had in this bag on going to bed, had disappeared during the
  night, although the door was locked. Thus, as all her baggage was
  locked, she could not put away the things she had just been using
  and wearing. We were obliged to postpone our departure to the one
  o'clock train and called a locksmith to open the largest trunk. When
  it was opened, all the keys were found in the bottom of the trunk,
  including the key of this trunk itself, attached as usual to the
  rest. Having all the morning to spare, we agreed to take a walk, but
  suddenly I was overcome by weakness and felt an irresistible desire
  to sleep. I begged Miss [de Glinka] to excuse me and went to my
  room, and threw myself on the bed. But I could not sleep and lay
  with my eyes shut, but awake, when suddenly I saw before my closed
  eyes a series of views of unknown places that my memory took in to
  the finest detail. When this vision ceased, I felt no more weakness
  and went to Miss [de Glinka], to whom I related all that had
  happened to me and described to her in detail the views I had seen.

  We left by the one o'clock train and lo! after about half an hour's
  journey, Miss [de Glinka], who was looking out of the window, said
  to me, "Look, here is one of your landscapes!" I recognized it at
  once, and all that day until evening, I saw, with open eyes, all
  that I had seen in the morning with closed eyes. I was pleased that
  I had described to Miss [de Glinka] all my vision in detail. The
  route between Brussels and Elberfeld is completely unknown to me,
  for it was the first time in my life that I had visited Belgium and
  this part of Germany.

  On arriving at Elberfeld in the evening, we took rooms in a hotel
  and then hurried off to see Madame Blavatsky at Mr. Gebhard's house.
  The same evening, the members of the Theosophical Society who were
  there with Mme. Blavatsky showed us two superb oil paintings of the
  Mahatmas [Morya] and Koot Hoomi [painted by Mr. Schmiechen]. The
  portrait of M. especially produced on us an extraordinary
  impression, and it is not surprising that on the way back to the
  hotel, we talked on about him and had him before our eyes. Miss [de
  Glinka] may be left to relate her own experience during that night.
  [Miss de Glinka's experience was similar to Solovyov's. -Editor.]

  But this is what happened to me:

  Tired by the journey, I lay peacefully sleeping when suddenly I was
  awakened by the sensation of a warm penetrating breath. I open my
  eyes and in this feeble light that entered the room through the
  three windows, I see before me a tall figure of a man, dressed in a
  long white floating garment. At the same time I heard or felt a
  voice that told me, in I know not what language, although I
  understood perfectly, to light the candle. I should explain that,
  far from being afraid, I remained quite tranquil, only I felt my
  heart beat rapidly. I lit the candle, and in lighting it, saw by my
  watch that it was two o'clock. The vision did not disappear. There
  was a living man in front of me. And I recognized instantly the
  beautiful original of the portrait we had seen during the evening
  before. He sat down near me on a chair and began to speak. He talked
  for a long time. Among other things, he told me that in order to be
  fit to see him in his astral body I had had to undergo much
  preparation, and that the last lesson had been given me that morning
  when I saw, with closed eyes, the landscapes that I was to see in
  reality the same day. Then he said that I possess great magnetic
  power, now being developed. I asked him what I ought to do with this
  force. But without answering, he vanished.

  I was alone, the door of my room locked. I thought I had had a
  hallucination and even told myself with fright that I was beginning
  to lose my mind. Hardly had this idea arisen when once again I saw
  the superb man in white robes. He shook his head and, smiling, said
  to me, "Be sure that I am no hallucination and that your reason is
  not quitting you. Blavatsky will prove to you tomorrow before
  everyone that my visit is real." Then he disappeared. I saw by my
  watch that it was three o'clock. I put out the candle and
  immediately went into a deep sleep.

  Next morning, on going with Miss [de Glinka] to Madame Blavatsky,
  the first thing she said to us with an enigmatical smile was "Well!
  How have you passed the night?" "Very well," I replied and I
  added, "Haven't you anything to tell me?" "No," she replied, "I only
  know that the Master was with you with one of his pupils."

  That same evening, Mr. Olcott found in his pocket a little note,
  that all the Theosophists said was in the handwriting of M:

  "Certainly I was there, but who can open the eyes of him who will
  not see."

  This was the reply to my doubts, because all the day I had been
  trying to persuade myself that it was only a hallucination, and this
  made Madame Blavatsky angry.

  I should say that on my return to Paris, where I am now, my
  hallucinations and the strange happenings that surrounded me, have
  completely stopped.


  Quoted from Beatrice Hastings' SOLOVYOFF'S FRAUD, 1988, pp. 27-29.
  Some material in the text has been silently deleted.



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