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

May 16, 2009 01:37 PM
by Frank Reitemeyer

One should bear in mind the "Pledge of Probationers of the Eastern School" as of 1891, which R.A.Gilbertin has published in his booklet "The Golden Dawn and the Esoteric Section",. Theosophy History Centre, London 1987, p.22 and of which a transcript can be found on the web as Document No. 6 at:

>From this it is quite clear that the rumors of the anti Besant faction are wrong, who believe that the term O.H. was an invention of Besant.
This rumor found also entry into the valubable book "The Judge case".

One should also bear in mind that AB was made a pupil in the E.S. which she entered in 1889 and her status as joint O.H. was that on prabation only, while Judge was a teacher in the E.S. and member of it since 1875. When Master K.H. ended her probation in 1895 she had no worldly and no occult right to claim occult status in 1897 again, therefore her cant about Masters has had to stop.


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jerry Hejka-Ekins 
Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2009 2:04 AM
Subject: Re: Theos-World Re: Query regarding "Outer Head"

Dear Cass,

My understanding is that Annie Besant used the title to mean that she 
was the Head of the Esoteric School and sole (or, perhaps, final) 
spokesperson for the Masters in matters concerning that School. 

But actually, your question is a further illustration of the point that 
I was trying to make by bringing up the subject in the first place. 
That new terms and titles appeared after HPB died, and that we need to 
be careful about applying them retroactively to her time. Your question 
includes two more of those terms: "The Inner Government" and "The Great 
White Brotherhood." Both terms are commonly seen in Annie Besant and 
C. W. Leadbeater's writings, and later. However, HPB never (as far as I 
know) used those terms. 


Cass Silva wrote:
> Doesn't outer head imply that HPB was not one of the inner government 
> of masters or The White Brotherhood?
> Cass
> ________________________________
> From: Jerry Hejka-Ekins < <>>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, 15 May, 2009 10:53:24 AM
> Subject: Re: Theos-World Re: Query regarding "Outer Head"
> 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
> titles.
> 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?
> Best
> Jerry
> danielhcaldwell wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi Jerry,
> >
> > Well, look here:
> >
> > http://tinyurl. com/psmbsu <http://tinyurl. com/psmbsu>
> >
> > 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 theos-talk@yahoogro
> > <mailto:theos- talk%40yahoogrou>, 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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