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Re: Theos-World Re: Query regarding "Outer Head"

May 14, 2009 05:53 PM
by Jerry Hejka-Ekins

Hello Daniel,

Yes, your link works.  The link went to p. 323 where Judge, announcing 
HPB's death, refers to her as ..."outer Head of the Section."   Thanks.

If Judge capitalized both words, i.e. "Outer Head," I would take it as a 
title.  Otherwise, I think Judge meant that HPB's title was "Head of the 
[European ] Section [of the E.S], and he added the modifier of "outer" 
to distinguish her from her teacher, who might then be called the inner 
Head of the E.S.  On the other hand, it could be a typo, and Judge 
really meant to write "Outer Head."  But if this is the case, and if I 
am correct that HPB never used the title "Outer Head", then it would 
have been Judge who meant to coin that title for HPB.  But when Besant 
and Judge jointly led the EST, they both took (at least in the 
beginning) a much humbler pose and signed their joint circulars without 

Anyway, it is an interesting point, and is possible that Besant read 
"outer Head" as "Outer Head" and assumed that title for herself after 
the Judge split in the Spring of 1895.  Also, Katherine Tingley was 
dubbed "Outer Head" by her followers in the May 21, 1896 Point Loma line 
circular--a year after Judge died.

However, my original question was:  Where (if anywhere) does HPB 
/herself/ use the title "Outer Head"?  Have you anything on this?


danielhcaldwell wrote:
> Hi Jerry,
> Well, look here:
> <>
> If this link works, it will go to p. 323 of my ESOTERIC PAPERS OF 
> See what Judge writes upon HPB's death.
> I don't know if this would be considered a "title" but Judge does use 
> the two words together to describe HPB.
> What do you think?
> Daniel
> --- In 
> <>, Jerry Hejka-Ekins <jjhe@...> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Dear Friends,
> >
> > I have been unable to find any documents, inside or outside of the E.S.
> > where H.P.B. uses the title "Outer Head." As far as I have been able
> > to determine, this title was first used by Annie Besant. Does anyone
> > here know of any documents where H.P.B. uses the title "Outer Head"?
> >
> > Best
> > Jerry
> >
> >
> > In a recent post, someone wrote:
> >
> > "O.H. stand for Outer Head, a term coined by HPB for the responsible
> > messenger who is the teacher and the link."
> >

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