A Magazine Devoted to the Promotion of Universal Brotherhood
Vol. 2 - No. 10. May 1, 1923 Price Ninepence
- Spiritual Healing
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"Seek the way by retreating within."
No Master of Wisdom from the East will Himself appear, or send anyone to Europe or America . . . . . until the year 1975." - H.P. Blavatsky.
Readers of Mrs. Cleather's fine book, H.P. Blavatsky: Her Life and Work for Humanity, see the founder of the Theosophical Society portrayed as a specially trained messenger. Naturally possessing "psychic" faculties - that is, the little understood vision of things normally unseen - Madam Blavatsky became attached to a school of true occultists in a trans-Himalayan retreat, and her psychic faculties were methodically trained by experts. After a few years of this tuition, she was able to keep in touch with her tutors telepathically at will. Today it is not difficult to understand this. We know how in practice mechanical instruments can be designed to transmit subtle and impalpable waves of ether, and others to respond to them, and how wireless messages can thus be communicated over vast distances. It is, therefore, readily accepted that, given a master of the mechanism of the human brain and nervous system, there is nothing impossible in using human faculties to perform in the realm of thought anything which wireless instruments can perform in the realm of matter. So it was, that, having under her control this avenue of communication with her teachers, H.P.B. was able to draw upon the profound knowledge which they appear to have possessed. She attributes the inspiration for her wonderful books, The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled, to These, her teachers, and describes Them as Elder Brothers of Humanity, Who are the actual and natural guardians of the wisdom of all time.
Belief that there existed in some invisible sphere a wider knowledge of worldly affairs than was available to man has always been in evidence. Always, too, people have tried by various devices to tap that inner source. In olden days young girls were trained as vestal virgins to act as channels of communication in the temples. Prior to that priests sought to communicate with the hidden forces behind, so it is asserted, by means of the finely balanced stores which are found in different parts of the world today. Witches, and such like, described as possessed of the evil eye, have been favorite refuges of the masses, and all kinds or magical formulae have been devised to bring the mortal into touch with what lies beyond.
In late years a common means of communication has been the medium of the seance room, and the late Vice-President of the T.S., Mr. Sinnett, who drew much inspiration from Madam Blavatsky, while she lived, had recourse to mediums - after her death - in the hope of retaining contact with the invisible teachers Who were behind her. Mr. Sinnett's later results were not happy. Clearly his mediums did not reach the Masters of Wisdom, and little of an occult nature published by Mr. Sinnett since H.P.B.'s death has compared with his Esoteric Buddhism and The Growth of the Soul, which were inspired by letters received during H.P.B.'s lifetime.
Col. Olcott, who continued to act as President of the Theosophical Society after H.P.B's death, found himself floundering in outer darkness after the passing of his wonderful colleague. During her life he - through her - was in frequent communication with the trans-Himalayan teachers. When H.P.B. died the "columns became silent" for the colonel, as they did for Mr. Judge, of America. Mrs. Besant, who had met Madam Blavatsky shortly before her death, and saw only a little of her seems to have been even more anxious than any of her contemporaries to find some means of tapping the wisdom of H.P.B's. teachers, of securing guidance from the world's Elder Brothers; but, alas! she had not been trained in any way for such a privilege. Fresh from the squalid battlegrounds of materialism and socialism, Mrs. Besant brought a keen intellect and a capacity for adaptation.
She had been born with a gift for using words cleverly, which with practice blossomed almost into genius; but the inner eyes were closed, the inner ears were deaf, and the "voice of the silence" could not be sensed by mere eloquence. After H.P.B.'s death, Mrs. Besant turned first to the seance room and later to W.Q. Judge for inspiration, and seems to have thought that through him the Masters of Wisdom Themselves spoke to her. Indeed, she went so far as to declare in a public address, not long after H.P.B.'s death, that these Great Ones were still at work, and that she herself was now the recipient of communications from Them. Later on the statement had to be qualified, the messages having proved bogus.
Mrs. Besant was determined to make the H.P.B. mantle fit her however. She visited India and drank deep of the well of Brahmanism. She found in a Hindu - a Brahman of great oratorical ability and much learning - one whom she was led to believe was in communication with H.P.B's. trans-Himalayan Brotherhood. To this gentleman she attached herself, becoming his disciple. She publicly, too, adopted Hinduism, and forthwith professed that religion; she wore Hindu dress; learned Sanscrit - or a considerable smattering of it - and rendered into good English a lot of Hindu literature, for which posterity should always be grateful to her. Through her Indian "Guru," Mrs. Besant believed herself to be really in touch with H.P.B's. Master, and she took what the Brahman reported to be the directions of the master as genuine. This was the beginning of her troubles. In a year or two Mrs. Besant had quarreled with Mr. Judge, and declared his message bogus. She had before long edited H.P.B.'s original manuscript left for publication, to harmonize it, so it is alleged, with the views of her Brahman Guru. This Brahman, like many others of his day, objected to the publicity given by H.P.B. to knowledge which the Brahmans regarded themselves as privileged to be the sole possessors.
It is rumored that under this supposed "occult" guidance, Mrs. Besant changed the character of the "Esoteric Section," the headship of which she and Judge had taken over in the death of H.P.B. Mrs. Besant's present Esoteric School bears little resemblance to the original because of the innovations suggested by the Brahmanical influence so potent in the early years.
Mrs. Besant seems to have been happy amid the pleasant delusions of this period, and undoubtedly did some fine publicity work for the Theosophical Society, but there grew up silently an influence which was to exercise a wonderful change in her outlook. Mr. Leadbeater, in fact, began to assert himself. He claimed to have acquired the faculty of clairvoyance, and to have been accepted as a disciple of one of the Masters. It is true he did not go to Tibet and undergo a few years of strenuous training, as did the courageous H.P.B., but, at any rate, he reclined upon the lounges at Adyar headquarters, and said that he was paying astral visits to the Ashrama on the other side of the Himalayas, where he claimed that he met H.P.B.'s Master and others, from Whom, he said, he received messages and "directions."
Mrs. Besant at this time had begun to doubt the genuineness of her Brahman Guru. He got married, amongst other things, so it is said, and the Leadbeater claims seem to have been like seed cast upon fertile ground. At any rate, this particular seed sprouted - Mrs. Besant abandoned her erstwhile Guru, and henceforth adopted C.W. Leadbeater as her medium of communication with the "Occult World."
Mr. Leadbeater had been in turn a High Church Anglican priest, a vegetarian, and a spiritualist. There was nothing belonging to the seance room that he did not know. No trick of priestcraft that he had not reviewed. No types of credulity that he did not understand. It is said that the deposed Hindu Guru was a powerful hypnotist; but in this respect he had an excellent rival in Leadbeater, who knew all about the magnetized amulets, crosses, rings, and other paraphernalia of the mesmerist. The Leadbeater influence was for a while checked by nasty "rumors," as they are now referred to by Mrs. Besant, but were in reality actual charges of misconduct with boys, after a brief residence in Ceylon; but this little scandal was soon plausibly explained away, and the partnership rapidly matured. By 1903, or thereabouts, Mrs. Besant had eloquently launched Leadbeater on to the attention of a trustful Theosophical Society as a gifted clairvoyant. It was soon believed that he could investigate the inner planes of nature at will, read the character of his neighbors by glancing at the colors of their auras, transmit the will of the Elder Brothers in the still silences of night while his body reposed. Leadbeater in return hinted at the blossoming of the flower of adeptship in "Annie" (Besant), referred to her in conversation as also possessing the inner vision, painted her in the consciousness of the Theosophical Society as a wonderful occultist. All this "went down" and was accepted in the spirit in which it was given; for it was given with apparently disinterested graciousness and accepted in only too generous credulity. It is a mystery to "outsiders" today how men and women of good sound common sense could have been taken in by
all this unsupported pretence; but if the circumstances are considered it is quite understandable. It was the quiet building up stage by stage of "faith" on the part of people, who, many of them, were without guile. They believed Mrs. Besant in her own right, and she never let them suppose that she had been herself wandering in the wilderness seeking for manna at the hands of mediums, and of Brahman or other incapable Gurus. They believed in Leadbeater because Mrs. Besant advertised him and solemnly vouched for him.
The Leadbeater-Besant combination quickly became the ruling force in the Theosophical Society. Col. Olcott, as President, was powerless to resist it. He viewed with suspicion and fear the combining of the headship of Mrs. Besant's Esoteric School with the presidentship of the Theosophical Society, and, as to Leadbeater, he knew him for what he was through the scandals of 1906 and the exposure which resulted. But even the Colonel's deathbed was made use of, and it was claimed that the form of H.P.B's. Master appeared beside the dying President, and commanded that Mrs. Besant should be President after his death. If it be true that Mrs. Besant herself edited the text of this occultly rendered "order" which went out to the Theosophical fraternity, it must be assumed that she regarded it as genuine, though other accounts declare that Mrs. Besant was not herself present during the "manifestations." Anyway, owing to this asserted, though challenged, "occult guidance," Mrs. Besant became President of the T.S. while still head of her Esoteric School, and she can remain in that position so long as she chooses and nominate her successor with the utmost confidence, for one result of the Leadbeater partnership is that the later generation of T.S. members regard both her and her partner as semi-divine beings, in spite of the fact that they are such only on their own evidence. In this way has Mr. Leadbeater risen to the position of Oracle in Chief of the Society; nay more, of the world, according to Mrs. Besant. He is, indeed, the great high priest. Mrs. Besant in turn is royalty personified. The world's chief priest and the world's uncrowned queen are the figures which auto-suggestion builds in filmy dream stuff around the two self-proclaimed "leaders." Mrs. Besant is content. She has found her Master - through Leadbeater. The Great Ones speak to her and give her their orders as they spoke to H.P.B. - they speak through Leadbeater. Verily, because the line of communication is open, and because the channel is pure and undefiled, being no other than the unchallenged Leadbeater, "the king can do no wrong." That is where the faithful Theosophist of today finds himself. He blesses the day that he was born, which brings him so near this divine effulgence. But what about Leadbeater? This is the question of questions today.
Evidence has been pouring in on all sides which seems to class him with so many other religious humbugs who have glorified themselves per medium of the credulity that seems part of the goodness in people. Until Mrs. Besant, as President of the T.S., makes provision for an impartial hearing of present-day charges against Leadbeater, first of immorality, and second of deception, she certainly has no right to persecute nor to allow her officers to persecute those members who regard him as a charlatan and perhaps a menace. This is putting the case mildly. Meanwhile, Mrs. Besant remains deaf to all demands for such enquiry, and Dawn draws its own conclusions.
The Australian General Secretary has, it is reported, sent letters to a few members in his Section telling them that he has withdrawn their diplomas, as they have "become a continued focus of disturbance." So far as Dawn can ascertain, these documents have been sent only to those members who voted against a Resolution of Confidence in "Bishop" Leadbeater at the 1922 Australian Convention. The Australian General Secretary may be acting on his own initiative, but there is reasonable ground for the suspicion that he has the hearty sympathy of the "Bishop," who is proverbially a wire puller behind the scenes. This, then, seems to be the long arm of retribution which our "great, leaders" use to suppress opposition to themselves.
Dawn now awaits with interest the action of Mrs. Besant as President. It is whispered that everything has been fixed up beforehand with her, and that she is expected to formally confirm the action of the Australian General Secretary. This official carefully avoided bringing any charges against the persecuted members, nor has he asked them for any explanation; indeed, they have been given no opportunity to defend themselves from the assertion made, or even to baldly deny it.
The President of the T.S. will probably recognize that she has no power to sentence anybody without trial; if she does not, she will hold both herself and her office up to the contempt of the whole world, and will get it. Moreover, even with her confirmation (without trial and opportunity for refutation), the President herself cannot legally expel a member or withdraw a charter.
Under these circumstances, it is not to be wondered at that no notice is being taken of the General Secretary's little scraps of paper, and that they are characterized as mere bluff.
The Secretary of the Sydney Lodge received a similar sort of document. This, we understand it
is proposed to have handsomely framed and presented to the museum of curiosities. The privileges of members are not in any way affected by these scraps of paper, by the way, and they do not prevent attendance and participation in Theosophical Society meetings, conventions, or committees which the recipient was entitled to attend before their receipt.
Recently the Presidents of all T.S. Lodges were asked to vote in favor of some resolutions proposed by Blavatsky Lodge members of the Section Council to the effect that the General Secretary withdraw the Charter of the Sydney Lodge. Of course, the General Secretary has no power to do this, and the President of the Melbourne Lodge, after consultation with his officers, voted against the resolution on the ground that it was unconstitutional.
The Presidents of the Adelaide, Hobart, H.P.B., Sydney, and Townsville Lodges also voted against the resolution. These "No" voting Lodges represent probably more than half the entire Lodge membership of the Section, so that the Leadbeaterites are showing up even worse than they did at Convention in their proposed vote of confidence.
If the Australian General Secretary has the right to expel members of his Section whom he does not like, or whom the "leaders" do not like, what a splendid vista for future action is opened up. All the General Secretaries must have names on their lists that they would fain have off them. One can imagine pressure being brought to bear on the English General Secretary to get rid of a few of his subjects, particularly authors of articles which show up Leadbeater's "akashic records." Then the American General Secretary could do fine work in thinning out all those disagreeable fellows who regard Blavatsky as the inspirer and founder of the T. S.
Somewhere else there might be found a General Secretary who would run amok in the ranks of bogus Bishops and Fathers - by the way, we seldom hear now of "Father" so and so; the "Fathers" must be lying low. This idea seems worth pursuing; the Australian General Secretary should be heralded as a brilliant and original reformer. By adopting his shrewd business method, the Theosophical Society can be in quite a short time reduced to conformity; every brother will be of the same stature spiritually, mentally, emotionally - perhaps physically in sex habits, if Leadbeater's advice is adopted. There will be no differences of opinion. No member will vote against a declaration of faith in Leadbeater, or fail to regard him as on the "threshold of divinity"; the sheep will all be of one fold and have but one shepherd, and will bleat contentedly as they are driven from pasture to pasture by enterprising leaders.
Mr. Hickson has got hold of the popular imagination all through Australia, and there is no reason to question the genuineness of his cures.
He claims that "the work of spiritual healing centres round the Person of Christ. That, Christ formed His Church to carry on this work, healing those in trouble and lifting the burdens from the suffering people."
The art of healing by faith seems, however, to have been common long before the time of Christ. The Therapeuts and Essenes were wonderful faith healers a couple of centuries before this era.
Theosophists, knowing somewhat of the latent powers in man which spring from the Divinity which is the cause of his existence, will be inclined to agree with Paracelsus, who wrote (sixteenth century):
"Whether the object of your faith is real or false, you will nevertheless obtain the same effects. Thus, if I believe in St. Peter's statue, as I would have believed in St. Peter himself, I will obtain the same effects that I would have obtained from St. Peter; but that is superstition. Faith, however, produces miracles, and whether it be true or false faith, it will always produce the same wonders."
Suggestion is now recognized as a most potent influence, arousing the faith which cures. Dr. Cutten (Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing) declares:
"What particular form of suggestion is most effective in any given case depends upon the temperament of the individual, and his education, religions training, and environment. When we consider the whole matter, we are forced to the conclusion that mental cures are independent of any particular sect, religion, or philosophy: some are cured by one form and some by another. Not the creed, but some force which resides in the mind of everyone, accomplishes the cure, and the most that any religion or philosophy can do is to bring the force into action."
According to the same authority, and, indeed, it is a fact so patent as hardly to need emphasizing:
"It is noticeable that any system of treatment, however absurd, that can be puffed into public notoriety for efficacy, any individual who, by accident or design, obtains a reputation for a special gift of healing, is certain to attract a multitude of sufferers, among whom will
be many who are capable of being really benefited by a strong assurance of relief. Thus the practitioner with a great reputation has an advantage over his neighboring physicians, not only on account of the superior skill which he may have acquired, but because his reputation causes this confident expectation, so beneficial in itself.
"There have been many fashions in cures as in other things. At one time a certain relic, or healer, would attract and cure, and shortly afterwards it would be deserted and inefficacious, not because it had lost its power, but because it had lost its reputation, and the people had consequently lost their faith in it."
In ancient Egypt the physician was the temple priest. The Ebers Papyrus shows that an important part of the treatment consisted in the laying on of hands, combined with ceremonial rites. Certain formulae, to be used as prayers while compounding medicaments, are found in this papyrus. Some of the prescriptions given are accompanied by exorcisms.
In Ancient Greece patients came to the temples laden with sacrifices. After prayer they cleansed themselves in water drawn from a holy well. Certain ceremonial acts were performed by the priests: sometimes patients were put to sleep (hypnotized) while the priests performed further rites. In many cases the sick awoke suddenly cured. Large sums of money were asked and paid for such cures.
It will thus be seen that the records of all times, including the established facts of today, show that healing is certainly not the function necessarily of a Christian agent. Elijah Dowie was a great healer and the walls of the chief temple in Zion City were covered with crutches and such like left by patients who had been cured miraculously, just as is the shrine at Lourdes; and the one outstanding fact is that a mental condition can be provoked in the patient which has a curative effect. That mental condition is one of the phases of the hidden man, the Ego who really orders the human mechanism, and is in turn the agent of the divine life which lives in all beings, and from whom all blessings flow, whether they be of healing, or of any other gracious kind.
The study of Theosophy, and of the constitution of man in the light of Theosophy, will do much to explain these hidden mysteries of human life.
Annie Besant versus Dr. Besant
By Albertus Mont-Craven.
"Those who follow personalities rather than principles will always be shaken out of the Theosophical Society." - Annie Besant in her Convention Address, 1908.
The above statement was made by Annie Besant to the handful of members who remained faithful to the great principle of Universal Brotherhood following the stormy days of 1906-7, and at the same sleeting she also said: -
"In the testing you have just been through either Mr. Leadbeater or myself had to be the storm-centre. This time it was Mr. Leadbeater - in the next crisis it may be myself. I am growing old, and the words of an old woman are not to be given the same weight as those of a younger leader; but, whatever comes, remember what l say: Do not follow me or any personality, but the great principle of the Theosophical Society."
It is perhaps fitting in this issue of Dawn to give some tribute to the greatness of Annie Besant, not forgetting what the world owes to her, even though now we are, for the preservation of the Society, forced into the position of opposing much that she says, and standing firm for the rights of the individual to criticize and disagree with any pronouncement which is contrary to his or her highest ideal.
In this incarnation, now passing into the shadows of futile old age, Annie Besant has by her dauntless courage, splendid and unswerving energy, and the great power of her inspired oratory, moved more human beings than any other one, or two combined historical speakers. Demosthenes and Cicero together in uttering their magnificent speeches did not have through their lives an audience of more than 100,000. Annie Besant has stirred millions of souls to action; and by stimulating their minds and their aspirations, has affected their lives toward the higher and nobler conceptions of humanity. She has reached through their ears into their souls. and has given to the world her gift of eloquence freely and abundantly through her consistent desire to aid mankind.
It would be very foolish for us, knowing her greatness, to seek to belittle or register her past labors as of no moment or value. She was a great soul, a born leader, and an earnest follower of the ideal she thought best for mankind.
If now we are in the position of Arjuna going into battle, and forced to take up arms and send
our arrows against our erstwhile teacher - let it be with love in our hearts, not hatred; and though we fight the injustice and evil which is manifesting through her aged body - as fight we must for the great principle of universal freedom, now opposed through Dr. Besant - let us study not to wound for the lust of battle, but to surround her with our sincere well-wishes, even though we battle to overcome the forces at present behind her. I love Annie Besant - Dr. Besant I do not know, except by her written word, and that is so childish and puerile, so trivial and lacking in dignity and spiritual worth, that were it not written by our (lately admired) President of the Theosophical Society - it would not be worth notice. Coming from her, it is, however, filled with danger to the very fabric and meaning of the Theosophical Society, whose nucleus we are striving to form.
In the Limelight
The Australian General Secretary is at the moment in the limelight of the Theosophical world in the old-fashioned character of heresy-hunter. To those who know him well, the good Doctor must be more or less out of his natural bearings in these strenuous labors. He is by temperament kindly, with a tear of sympathy and a pocket full of silver for any poor waif who crosses his path.
As General Secretary of the Australian Section T.S., the Doctor has not had a very easy time. His training was not the most favorable for a secretarial position, and his lack of experience has been a source of irritation to many delegates at annual Conventions, and to others who have had to cooperate with him in the every-day affairs of the Section.
Dr. Bean was elected General Secretary early in 1919, and succeeded Mr. Martyn, who had held the same office, though in an honorary capacity, on previous occasions. It was generally reported through the Section that it was Mr. Martyn's recommendation to the Council that led to Dr. Bean's appointment, and it is an odd turn of the wheel that presents the new General Secretary zealous persecutor of his patron.
Our good natured Secretary is, after all, probably only the tool of designs he does not fathom. Dr. Bean, with his strong humanitarian leaning, has never been much of a student of Theosophy in the sense that his predecessors were, and he has, no doubt, been the more easily swayed to pursue his present unbrotherly way on that account. Dr. Bean's access to office was warmly welcomed by the Assistant General Secretary, then Mrs. John, and possibly the cunning Cupid had already winged the shaft which ripened later into the bonds of holy matrimony. Dr. Bean, though perhaps a score of years younger than his wife, has in her a practical and experienced nuptial partner. An honorarium of L400 per annum is paid by the Australian Section to the General Secretary and his wife.
Neo-Theosophy Exposed is the title of a book published in 1914 by F.T. Brooks, for many years a prominent member of the Theosophical Society, resident in India. It is now very difficult to obtain a copy of Neo-Theosophy Exposed; not long after its publication the author died, and the entire issue of his work mysteriously vanished. Some say that extraordinary efforts were made to buy up copies wherever they could be traced for the purpose of destroying them. A rare copy reaches Dawn, however, and the exposure of 1913 is so opportune in the present crisis that Dawn proposes to make a few extracts in this and future issues for the benefit of those who are now striving to restore to the Theosophical Society its original impulses, and to cleanse it from the accretions of 1907 and onward.
Mr. Brooks quotes extensively from articles published in secret journals by Mrs. Besant and others. He remarks in his introduction:
"The cry of 'dishonorable breach of promised secrecy' is futile when the real breach of honor has been on the other side. When a 'confidence trick' man gets your promise of secrecy on the understanding that all his dealings with and through you shall be both blameless and beneficial, and you then gradually awaken from a blissful dream of implicit confidence in his goodness and Honor, to find yourself drifting into the position of a victim, or worse, an accomplice in what is not straightforward, and therefore cannot be truly and enduringly good, your duty surely is to expose the mischief and put all possible future victims on their guard as far as in your power lies."
Not long ago Dawn called attention to an article published in one of these secret journals, The
Australian E.S. Bulletin, in which Mr. Jinarajadasa discussed some "Little Failings," as he put it, of certain T.S. members. It seems, therefore, that the pledge of secrecy which is demanded of all T.S. members who drift or are drawn into Mrs. Besant 's "Esoteric Section" is still being taken advantage of as it was in and around 1913.
Another remarkable correspondence between this early period and the present is suggested by the following extract from Neo-Theosophy Exposed (p. 29): -
"Now you, Mrs. Annie Besant, have somehow lately managed to publicly canonize yourself ALIVE - or get it done for you by your friend Leadbeater, whom you have duly repaid in the same coin. Not only have you got yourself canonized by mere assertion without a shadow of proof or rebuttal of disproof, but Mr. Leadbeater has informed us on your behalf that no proof can or should be sought - that you are to be accepted at your own valuation - or his - on the unproven and unprovable grounds of his having 'stood with you in the Presence of the Supreme Director of Evolution on this Globe,' and of his 'knowing that whereof he speaks' you have similarly proclaimed him as being 'on the Threshold of Divinity.' Your word and his, unproven, are to be taken by the whole civilized world as evidence for both of you being living saints - accredited Representatives of God Himself on Earth.
"You have, moreover, asserted yourself - and got yourself proclaimed - as the Ambassadress of a returning 'Christ.' . . . So that the earnest followers of every great Religion have no choice but to accept you as the Prophet of their Lord, or denounce you as an arrant impostor. There is no middle way: You have left room for none. . . . You have thus proclaimed yourself, or had yourself proclaimed, an Initiate, or Saint, and an Ambassadress of more than earthly Potentates, not before a Court of cardinals requiring equally proof and disproof, but before the Tribunal of Public Opinion, which you both skillfully manipulate and utterly despise, and before which a whole international body of devoted followers, glamored to the point of surrendering their very reason and conscience, pleads your cause in unison.
"Did not you yourself, eight years ago (1906), in a moment of salutary fear, pen these momentous words: 'Leadbeater has fallen . . ., I shall probably fall too . . . If the day of my fall should come, I ask those who love me not to shrink from condemning my fault, not to attenuate it or say that black is white.'"
In confirmation of all that Brooks says, in 1911, we have Mrs. Besant's claims, both on Leadbeater's behalf and her own, repeated quite recently in an article written for a public magazine, The Theosophist (March, 1922).
Even the Theosophical world was startled by this article, which appeared under the suggestive title, "Whom Will Ye Serve?"
There, after describing "my brother Leadbeater" as the next greatest teacher to H.P. Blavatsky, Mrs. Besant writes of him that he "has passed through a very hell of accusations of the foulest kind. Other lesser men have shared his crucifixion, and just now the Jesuit conspiracy is making its must venomous attack with its old weapons against the leaders of the Liberal Catholic Church, which it recognizes as its deadliest enemy, because its Bishops, as in early days, are in touch with the Masters of Wisdom." - (Italics ours - Eds.)
After saying all this for "my brother Leadbeater," and his latest and most unsavory progeny, the L.C.C., Mrs. Besant concludes her article: -
"Choose ye whom you will serve. The cause of Brotherhood, of Love, of Truth, or that of disintegration, venomous hatred and falsehood: in a very real sense, will you choose Christ or Barabbas? I stand as the chosen Head of the Theosophical Society, chosen not only by the Society, but also by its true Founders and by their Agents. To those who know anything of Occultists I say that I stand as the servant of the hierarchy; obeying Their Will and doing Their work, as H.P.B. bade me declare. Either I am Their agent, or I am a liar and a blasphemer. Take me as you will."
Neo-Theosophy, in a nutshell, amounts to this, "Leadbeater and I are God's appointed agents to lead the Theosophical Society as we think proper; to herald, prepare, and welcome Christ on His return to earth; to start a new Christian Church, and impose still another tribe of priests on a defenseless and long suffering people. I am specifically authorized by the Elder Brothers of Humanity to direct and manipulate the world's politics; to make use of the Theosophical Society in support of all my schemes, and to bless and curse respectively those who obey and those who refuse obedience to my will, to decide for all time who are for Christ and who for Barabbas."
This is very much the same as the Neo-Theosophy, which Brooks protests against, and having got so far as to quote Mrs. Besant's desire that those who love her should not shrink from condemning her fault, he proceeds to show on what a frail foundation all these astonishing claims are built up.
In 1913, there had been a series of law cases in Madras, and the effect of the evidence produced then was much like that which the Farrer confession in London caused just a year ago. When Mrs. Besant wrote on March, 1922, that the Liberal Catholic Bishops were "in touch with the Masters of Wisdom," she may not have known that Farrer's sworn confession was being published; but she did know all about the presiding Bishop of
that Church, and the scandals associated with him, for she herself had condemned him. Mrs. Besant's present day audience will, therefore, not be so surprised to hear what Mr. Brooks has to say in repudiation of the earlier claims. He takes his readers back in a review of the law cases tried in Madras in 1913, for a start. Many T.S. members are aware that there was one Madras lawsuit, but few know that there were actually two distinct series of cases.
One series, that of which something is known by some members today, was started by Mr. Narayaniah against Mrs. Besant for the recovery of his boys. The second series was started by Mrs. Besant, with two of her followers, against the Hon. Dr. T.M. Nair and Dr. U.S. Rama Rao, for publishing and printing in their Medical Journal, The Antiseptic (and against the editor of The Hindu (daily paper) for reproducing an article by the first-named of these, entitled, "A Case of Psychopathia Sexualis in a Mahatma," which, to quote Brooks (p. 136) -
"Expressed concern, lest Mr. Leadbeater's continued residence at Adyar should contrive to make that place a 'temple of Onanism,' and exercise a demoralizing influence over the student community in Madras close by. Note that the article appeared in 1911, but was only complained of two years later . . . This case opened in the Court of one of the Presidency Magistrates (since titled), who ruled that the article in question was justifiable, and acquitted the accused."
Mrs. Besant appealed, and the presidency magistrate's ruling was confirmed by Justice Ayling, of the High Court.
"Pray note carefully," writes Brooks, "and help your friends to understand that this is a case of which the decision stands. It is an infinitely graver case than the 'Alcyone' one, as it impugns the whole management of the T.S., and exposes the unscrupulousness of its 'leaders.'"
Brooks asks why Mrs. Besant did not carry these cases to the Privy Council, or publish the evidence, and complains that she was content to declare that "The judges have decided against all the evidence"; thus, as Brooks declares, "slandering two honorable judges."
As already stated, it was the other series of cases which really caught the public eye. This series was opened in the District Court, but was immediately transferred for the convenience of the parties to the Madras High Court. It was decided against Mrs. Besant by Justice Bakewell; and again decided against her on appeal by the Chief Justice (Sir Arnold White) and Justice Oldfield.
"It is in this case alone that Mrs. Besant has appealed to the Privy Council, which has nullified the decision of the Madras Court on grounds of jurisdiction, and because the boys were not represented. The facts of the case were not gone into at all. . . . All the evidence elicited stands on record, so do the exhibits filed. It is with this case that the book Mrs. Besant and the Alcyone Case deals.
"Even now this case still stands technically open - closed only by the father's poverty, not by the Privy Council's judgment, since the Lord Chancellor clearly stated that their Lordships' decision was without prejudice to the respondent seeking redress in the correct way. Were funds available, the case might be immediately reopened in the Court of Chancery . . and the discussion of facts (the Esoteric side of the O.S.E., for instance) would open the eyes of the British public, in a manner most unpalatable to Mrs. Besant and prejudicial to her schemes; and this, whatever the final issue might be in regard to the boys."
In the January issue of The Theosophist is a picture of a young man with a remarkably smug and self-satisfied expression, due possibly to imperfect photography. In the letterpress, Mrs. Besant explains that she is asked to write something about her late ward, and says:
"The first time I saw him was on the platform of the Madras railway station, on my return from England in 1909, when, having exchanged a warm clasp of the hands with Mr. C.W. Leadbeater, an eager, large-eyed boy stepped forward to put a garland round my neck, and Mr. Leadbeater's voice said, 'This is our Krishna.'"
This was the beginning to one of the most freakish stories ever told. Leadbeater, restored to the shelter of the Theosophical Society in the year preceding, had to make good somehow, and he seems to have hit upon the very ancient but apparently ever effective expedient of announcing a coming Christ, with one of his boys in the place of distinction. Possibly the wonderful success of the Bahai movement put the idea into his head; anyhow, whatever its origin, it caught on wonderfully with the President of the T.S., who seems to have adopted it with astonishing avidity. Before long, a new religious cult, called The Order of the Star in the East, was organized, and its first assault was made on the juvenile intelligences of the Central Hindu College. With the little Indian boys, the blue ribbons and the badges, became a source of wonder and delight; but with the responsible officials of that institution, Mrs. Besant soon found herself at war. The Central Hindu College (for boys) had been built up out of funds supplied largely by members of the T.S., and by the devoted labors of qualified educationalists, who gave their gifts either gratis or for a moiety to a labor of love. In its origin the aim was to establish a great school, which should be neutral on all sectarian "isms," and form a common educational centre in which could be trained children of any Hindu or Mohammedan sect. The broad prin-
ciples of religion on which all sects were agreed were outlined for the helping of the boys, and its adoption in the college was entirely successful. Up to this point, in fact, the Central Hindu College seems to have been one of the finest accomplishments of Mrs. Besant's career. As soon as the new adventist movement was introduced, troubles sprang up like mushrooms in a night. The school lost its value, and ultimately was lost to the Theosophical Society; and the period of disintegration is marked by some of the most painful episodes in the history of the Society. It was at this juncture the Society lost Miss Lilian Edger, M.A., so well-known in Australia, Upenderenath Basu, Bhagavan Das, and many others who had borne the heat and burden of the day.
Mr. Bhagavan Das gave evidence in the Madras Law Cases in which he exposed the policy of the President in making use of the E.S.T. to bolster her influence in the T.S. Mrs. Besant refused at this time to accept the resignation from her Esoteric School of Mr. B. Das, but that made deference to his attitude. He told the Court that he had in a written opinion stated that no persons who had taken one-sided pledges of absolute obedience to anyone should be appointed to any office in the Theosophical Society, as that obviously made freedom of opinion and of discussion in it practically an impossibility. Mrs. Besant admitted that out of twenty-two Sections of the T.S. nineteen of them have General Secretaries in the E.S., and the twentieth was just entering; also, that six out of the seven Councilors were in her Eastern School.
At the T.S. Convention in 1912, resolutions were put forward by Bhagavan Das designed to make ineligible for the offices of General Secretary or T.S. Council "any members who belonged to any secret group, pledged to obey or to unquestionably believe in any outside authority." In moving his resolution, he declared that he was - after most careful consideration - of opinion that some such puritanical measure was "absolutely indispensable to save the T.S. at this crisis."
Short shrift was given in the resolution by the delegates at the Convention, for nearly all of them were pledged to obey Mrs. Besant.
So far, we have touched lightly on a few of the causes of strife as they were disclosed at the Madras trials, but the most startling are those which refer to C.W. Leadbeater - and his relationship with boys. The review of this evidence we must leave for the next issue of Dawn, and will only say here that Mr. Brooks' book contains some of the most convincing evidence (documentary, mainly) against that gentleman, which has been published. It includes the "cipher letter," the "Pettit letter," and, most damaging of all, perhaps, a document which has not yet seen the light of day in Australia - the confirmatory letter of Pettit's father, dated March 8, 1912. It has been announced recently by the Australian General Secretary that he has made arrangements for an independent digest of the evidence taken by the Criminal Investigation Department in Sydney into Leadbeater's conduct with boys since 1911. Dawn rather wonders if Dr. Bean understands what the word independent means. He has admitted that he declined to review this evidence in the company of Mr. Martyn, and to prepare a joint report on it to the Australian Sectional Council. No doubt, it will be safer for him to hand the job over to some "independent" who can be relied on to whittle down the telling points, or to do it himself, and overlook what he does not want to see; but there already exists a precis of extracts from this evidence which await explanation, and Dawn will supply this precis to those who want to read it. It is a wonderful coincidence, to say the least, that in Ceylon in 1890, in America in 1903, in India in 1911, in Australia in 1911, there should be the same sort of charges supported by telling evidence. Odd, too, that always there are T.S. members, solemnly pledged to obey Mrs. Besant and to revere Leadbeater, who will go to any length to suppress facts and abuse and injure those who are forced to tell the truth!
These good people will with their "great leader" declare, with their tongues in their cheeks, that this purest of mortals, innocent of innocents, "has passed through a very hell of accusations of the foulest kind." Both leader and lead, however, are strangely adverse to any independent investigation being made in order to settle facts. They prefer to say it is all a "Jesuit Conspiracy." To them, because Mrs. Besant says so, therefore, it is so!
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What One Hears
That a comparatively beardless youth, as yet unknown to fame, resident at Adyar, wrote recently to one of the National Divisions of the Theosophical Society, modestly offering his services as General Secretary. He was turned down. What about trying Australia, room for improvement there!
That to judge from the huge reduction in membership in the T.S. in India, members there are responding to Mrs. Besant's invitation to decide "Whom will ye serve?" and the reply is, "Not Mrs. Besant!"
That it is noticeable that "Bishop" Leadbeater has offered no reply to the article in the February Occult Review charging him with pirating matter for his "Past Lives" from current literature. Is any answer possible?
That the Esperantists are doing more to make a common platform for people of different nationalities to work together on than is the Theosophical Society. More shame to the T.S.!
That with a flaring heading of "FRONT SEATS," "Christ's Coming," "Theosophists' Plans," a Sydney evening paper recently announced the following:
"With the avowed object, it is stated, of having a vantage point to witness the second coming of Christ, a religious organization said to be the Theosophists is applying to the Mosman Council for permission to erect a huge amphitheatre on land they are said to own here."
This is, of course, some craze of The Order of the Star in the East folk; it is one of the misfortunes of the Theosophical Society today that it has to carry on its shoulders all the fads of "Bishop" Leadbeater, but it cannot be helped. It can be stated, however, that there are still some Lodges in the Theosophical Society which will have nothing whatever to do either with The Star in the East and Leadbeater's Coming Christ, nor with his other freak, The Liberal Catholic Church.
These Lodges are out to uphold the Theosophical Society as a neutral body, intended to lay the foundation for universal human co-operation by avoiding alliance with all and every sectarian movement. These Lodges are now strenuously fighting to rid the parent Society of its unwelcome parasites, and hope to succeed, for the world does need cooperation, it does need to final a way for universal brotherhood to become possible; it does not, however, need a Leadbeater, a faked Christ, a new priesthood, nor one more Christian Church.
That somebody seems to have made a big cake for "Bishop" Leadbeater's birthday. The "Blavatsky Lodge News" says:
"The afternoon ended by the Bishop cutting the huge cake with a sword, which soon disappeared."
Lest any reader should be anxious about the effect on the "Bishop's" health, it may be explained that the "Blavatsky Lodge News" refers to the disappearance of the cake, not to that of the sword.
That religious intolerance is still the greatest stumbling-block to the success of the League of Nations. If the Theosophical Society had maintained its original impulses instead of adopting various sectarian cries, there might have been a different story to tell before this.
That the anti-Christian movement in Russia is partly the result of Jewish influence in the government, and partly the outcome of the past abuses of the clergy. The broad T.S. platform is sadly needed in the land of the Soviet.
That the T.S. in Australia has taken to cannibalism, eating up its own brethren for a start.
That if Mrs. Besant is ill-advised enough to cancel charters of lodges and diplomas of members who press for impartial enquiry into charges of immorality against prominent people in the T.S., to avoid holding such enquiry, her name will pass down to posterity, condemned by all right-thinking and clean-living people.
That Messrs. Van Gelder (a Dutchman from Java) and Reid (a politician) have been very active in the agitation against the Sydney Lodge and oppose the demand for enquiry into the Leadbeater scandals. The latter is very useful to his "cause," as a paternal government gives him free railway rides anywhere in Australia.
That the Liberal Catholic Church party in the Brisbane Lodge T.S. recently called a meeting of members to confirm the action of their Lodge Executive in voting for the withdrawal of the Sydney Lodge charter. The result was not altogether what was expected, and out of 70 members present 43 voted for, and 27 voted against their executive, while many of those who voted for it did so because it was claimed that to vote otherwise would be displaying a want of confidence. The main issue - the withdrawal of the Sydney Lodge charter - was hardly mentioned.
That a correspondent writes front America: "The trouble here, as in England, is that you simply can't get people to read and think. They have made up their minds to accept Leadbeater, no matter what he is, and to find some justification for his acts in as far as they cannot deny them."
Have courage, brother; the Leadbeater stock is not so strong on the market as you fear, and the Wedgwood fiasco is now complete.
That, according to reports, the outlook in America does not seem particularly encouraging for a purified T.S. The tendency on the part of dissatisfied members being to leave the Society entirely. This is shown by a big falling-off in the membership of the American Section. This is only half the case, however, for The United Lodge of Theosophists, which Mr. Wadia and others joined, is growing more powerful, and is reported to be in "a highly flourishing position."
That Mrs. Cleather's two books, H.P. Blavatsky - A Great Betrayal and H. P. Blavatsky - Her Life and Work, are having a wide circulation both in America and in Australia, and the demand for them keeps up. Nothing in print explains that grand soul H.P.B. and her mission as does the latter of these two issues. It is charmingly written, too, and contains a brief summary of the teachings of the Secret Doctrine, which is almost inspiring.
That the Brothers of the Star publishes an address by "Bishop" Leadbeater, delivered at "The Manor," in which this characteristic pose occurs:
"There is a very widespread expectation of the near coming of the Lord, but I think we are perhaps the only people who really know how near it is, and even we do not know exactly, but only that it will be very soon, as we count time.''
That what Mrs. Besant describes as the Leadbeater "slanders" fall under three heads, according to Neo-Theosophy Exposed, by F.T. Brooks. They are: -
(a) The Douglas Pettit Document and correspondence relating thereto.
(b) The Cipher Letter and correspondence relating thereto.
(c) The original letter from Mrs. Dennis, conveying the charges, and correspondence relating thereto.
These will be reviewed in the nest issue of Dawn. Of Course, Mr. Brooks knew nothing about the Australian record of 1911 and later. That will make clause (d).
That the little quarterly publication of the Blavatsky Lodge, in its last issue, shows its teeth and barks viciously at the Sydney Lodge.
That H.P.B. wrote: "You must remember that all our members have been bred and born in some creed or religion; that all are more or less of their generation, both physically and mentally; and consequently, that their judgment is but too likely to be warped and unconsciously biased by some or all of these (sectarian) influences."
Is this what is the matter with "our great leaders"
That H.P.B. hoped that "slowly but surely it (the T.S.) will burst asunder the iron fetters of creeds and dogmas, of social and caste prejudices; it will break down racial and national antipathies and barriers, and will open the way to the practical realization of the brotherhood of all men." Now that the reform movement is gaining headway, there is still hope.
That the Sydney Lodge recently issued a Catalogue of its Lending Library books. This has been followed by a well-got-up Catalogue and price-list of the Book Depot, the outcome of a lot of hard work put in by the honorary manager.
That the fearless editor of The O.E. Library Critic is doing Herculean service for the Theosophical Movement, and should be supported.
That the U.S.A. Messenger for March says that Bishop Leadbeater, in a letter written last August, said, referring to the children's round table movement, of which he has secured personal control: "It would be far better that it should absorb the Lotus Circles as pages than that they should be allowed to take its place." It may be explained that the Lotus Circles represent a highly successful effort to draw children together, and to instill into them a smattering of Theosophical ideals. Most T.S. Lodges have their happy children's Lotus Circles, usually looked after by some of our most lovable and kindly members. The "Bishop" is evidently out to alter all that, and to drag the little ones into his L.C. Church net through the Round Table organization, which, as said, he controls. Parents are strongly advised to stick to the Lotus Circles, and to keep their children away from the far-reaching influence of this bogus "Bishop."
That. Dr. Bean writes in the Australian Sectional Magazine (T. in A.) for April: "We have just carried through our Xmas scheme of propaganda, the distribution of several thousand copies of the Return of the Messiah leaflet."
What business is this of the General Secretary of the T.S. and its official organ?
That the following notice is being distributed all over the English Section T.S. It is a bit late in the day for the T.S. to "inaugurate" a Universal Brotherhood Campaign, as that should have been done 48 years ago; however, Dawn wishes the effort every success - better late than never - and at the moment the idea seems quite original!
"Universal Brotherhood Campaign, Autumn, 1923. In view of the present grave crisis in the world's history, and particularly the state of Europe today, more serious even than most of our members realize, the National Council of the Theosophical Society have decided to inaugurate a Universal Brotherhood Campaign, beginning in October, in which not only the National Society, but all Federations, Lodges, and Members, are asked to take part. To make this a success we must begin now to think, to plan, to meditate. The seeds of Brotherhood are everywhere: water them. - D. Graham Pole, General Secretary."
That, according to the Australian General Secretary, the way to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity is to expel members from the Theosophical Society who do not believe that "Bishop" Leadbeater is on the threshold of divinity.
That, according to a contemporary, "One of the chief industries of the Theosophical Society is the manufacture of initiates. In general, this appears to be done in reward for some equivalent rendered to the leaders, and the announcement is made by them." In America, remarks this writer, initiates have to announce themselves!
That Mr. Baillie Weaver, late General Secretary English Section, is reported to have said in a recent lecture in London: "The Masters want independent thinkers and judgers, people who will decline to accept what purports to be Masters' teachings if it seems to them to be wrong."
Keep away from Australia, Mr. Baillie Weaver, or you, surely, will get expelled.
That Krotona, the dream garden of American Theosophists, is to be cut up into allotments and sold to the highest bidder. Its founder, Mr. Warrington, has, coincidentally, taken to himself a wife.
That Mr. Claude Falls Wright, a prominent T.S. member lost to the Society in the Besant-Judge quarrel, was accidentally drowned in Nicaragua last January. Lately, Mr. Wright has been very active in T.S. work in New York, and was billed to lecture in Toronto early this year. He acted as Secretary to H.P.B. during the last three years she was alive, and arranged to publish a Life of H.P. Blavatsky, but lost all the papers collected for the purpose.
That Mrs. Besant, writing in the April Theosophist, patronizingly remarks of H.P.B. that "her policy suited the early days," but "we act as she acted, on first-hand, not second-hand, knowledge."
How much truth there is in this claim can be judged from the Wedgwood episode. If the cable of Mr. Jinarajadasa to Mrs. Besant advising her to change her attitude because Leadbeater had declared a sex pervert to be an initiate, was not second-hand evidence, what is?
That on Anzac Day a conference was held in Sydney at the Friends' Meeting House, aiming at a warless world. Half a dozen subjects for consideration were advertised, the first being a "League of All Peoples."
Where is the Theosophical Society, and what is it doing, that the "Friends" have to promote a "League of All Peoples" at this late hour in the day?
That London Truth, commenting on the published result of the Sydney police enquiry, says: 'Bishop' Leadbeater may get what satisfaction he can out of this result, but in view of his previous record, his continued connection with the Theosophical Society can do nothing but bring Theosophy into ill-odor. I am surprised that Mrs. Besant does not see this and cut herself clear of the "Arhat," which is Leadbeater's esoteric title, and all the little crowd of "Liberal Catholic'' Bishops with whom she has so obstinately allied herself."
That once more (April Theosophist) Mrs. Besant scoffs at the "little group of people in America, Europe, and Australia, who are always employed in investigating other people. " Dawn is glad to notice that the President now recognizes that the "little group" is not confined to Sydney, and wonders if she will ever remember that all this recent trouble originated through her own "investigating" of the case of one "Bishop" Wedgwood, and of her remarkable volte face when Leadbeater said he was an initiate and not a sex pervert. Dawn again reminds the President that in Australia the demand is for investigation of scandals since 1914, not "early in the century." It seems vitally important to know whether our "great leaders" are in the know or not.
That an old T.S. student, bemoaning the strife in the T.S., remarks that "as the world is now, evil is stronger than good on lower planes (physical, astral, and lower psychic), as the Masters often told us. What else can one expect in the Kali Yuga?"
Hence the enormous difficulties encountered by all who are taking their stand for H.P.B., her teachings, and the Great Lodge.
That older members are reminded by the action of the erratic General Secretary in Australia, that Col. Olcott, in 1906, expelled C. Jinarajadasa from the T.S. because of his campaign in defense of Leadbeater's sex "teaching." While the action of the first President then was narrow and unwise, it was certainly more justified than that of the people who want to expel members now because they condemn uncleanness in the T.S.
It is always pleasant to find that the work one is doing is becoming known outside of the particular organization one is working with. The correspondence pouring in to Dawn from all parts of the world is an indication of this, and we have recently had some rather remarkable illustrations of the fact that even the post-office knows us. Recently a post-card from Finland, addressed Dawn, Australia, was correctly and promptly delivered; and another letter from England, addressed to the wrong box number, was immediately forwarded to us. So that not only the gods, but the Civil Service, is working for us!
We have received many letters - too many to refer to separately - from Theosophists of world-wide reputation, who all ask us to give them a constructive policy. We have that policy, and will proclaim it in the near future; but just at present Dawn and the T.S. Loyalty League cannot leave the work in hand, although the fulfillment of that work is already in sight for some of us. It will be remembered, of course, that the T.S. Loyalty League first came into existence for the purpose of showing members of the Theosophical Society how they were being misled and deluded by the pseudo-psychism of their "leaders." A clarion note of warning was sounded, and it was heard in every section of the Society, and is being headed. The Leadbeater-Besant control of the T.S. is sectarianizing H.P.B.'s Society, and the orthodox T.S. of today bears about as much resemblance to the original Society as a modern religions sect does to the Christianity of the Christ.
Step by step we were able to show that the "psychics" who control the T.S. are not the sort of people to whom any revelation is likely to be given, that their "psychism" is imagination allied to an overwhelming desire for temporal power, and that the rubbish about "past lives" of members is simply designed to flatter those members, and to gain the support of their banking accounts. But our work is not yet finished, as there are several definite examples with which we have to deal, of the inordinate - and blasphemous - lengths to which these people are prepared to go, in order to gain their ends; and the most important of these (now that we have effectually disposed of the Liberal Catholic Church) is the Order of the Star in the East.
This Order, raised in 1911 from the ashes of the "Order of the Rising Sun," has been moribund for many years: but now, desperate attempts are being made to revive it, and, apparently in order to give a "sign" to the faithful, "Bishop" Leadbeater has proclaimed the advent within the next couple of years!
Lately, at the direction of "Bishop" Leadbeater and Mrs. Besant, Mr. Krishnamurti has been performing what Dr. Stokes, of the "Critic," calls the "dancing-bear stunt." He has been paraded round before the faithful, in order to stimulate their enthusiasm and belief (a sacred word, belief); but as this has not had the desired effect, the colors have been nailed to the mast, a two-year limit has been proclaimed, and the Parable of the Wise Virgins is being quoted!
Lastly, we have, in Sydney, the amphitheatre project, whereby a structure to seat 2,500 persons is proposed, to be built on the shores of the harbor, in order that the "advent of the Christ may be witnessed." One of the Sydney papers, commenting on the proposition, said that "more and more is Our Harbor attracting distinguished visitors."
The estimated cost of this amphitheatre is in the vicinity of L10,000, and members are asked to invest this sum. They are promised wonderful returns, financially and Heavenly; the first as the theatre is capable of producing a revenue of L1,500 per week (their own estimate) as a place of amusement, and the second in carefully graduated rewards, ranging from "Initiations" to "Honorable Mention" (my own estimate).
Of course, if people subscribe with a view to the latter (the Heavenly) type of reward, nothing can be said. But if a scheme is placed on the market as a financial proposition, everybody has a right to investigate it. Financially, this is what the famous "Bulletin'' would regard as a "wild-cat scheme." Sydney has never taken to open-air shows. Formerly, every suburb had one or more open-air cinemas, and they all failed. The climate is against it, as is the climate of every ocean city. Nobody wants to go and sit in the open, and take the risk of sudden showers.
Still, the financial aspect is, after all, a minor matter compared to the main point of the immediate Advent. Here we have another of "Bishop" Leadbeater's announcements, similar to his work concerning "Occult Chemistry" and "Past Lives,'' neither of which will bear investigation, as we have already shown.
A criticism of this new announcement is only possible if our readers bear in mind that the T.S. Loyalty League will be just as pleased to behold the Christ as will the Order of the Star. But not so much if the Christ proves merely to be an invention of "Bishop" Leadbeater's, produced under his direction. That is quite another matter. And all that is promised, is that on a given day, at a given time, (to be announced later), the Christ will "overshadow" our friend Krishnamurti, and proclaim a new Order. Well, it may be so, but it would be more reassuring if we did not know the people concerned. And, after all, why should the E.S. and the Order of the Star (they are one and the same) hold the sole rights? The Star is not the only Adventist Sect, nor is it the most numerous. And what about the great orthodox churches - are they not to be included?
Personally, l do not believe that the Lord Maitreya is going to incarnate in two years' time, as proclaimed by Mr. Leadbeater; but I do not know. For Him, regarded alike in East and West as the Teacher of Gods and men, to visit the outer world at present, would appear to me to be a waste of time.
However, if He does elect to incarnate, He will find that the members of the T.S. Loyalty League will be among His first adherents (always supposing that Mr. Leadbeater will graciously allow us the privilege of approaching Him). And that's that.
But for the meantime, readers are reminded that sane, commonsense information on the Masters is available in H.P. Blavatsky's Key to Theosophy (First Edition), Mr. Lazenby's two books, The Servant and the Work of the Masters, and Mr. Wadia's book, The Inner Ruler. All of which may be obtained from the Book Depot of the Sydney Lodge, 69 Hunter Street.
I do not propose to say anything concerning the action of our enthusiastic General Secretary, who has "cancelled" the membership of a few of us in the T.S., excepting this. The notices are not worth the paper on which they were written, unless one regards them as curios - but even then their market value will not be high, as their author is not very prominent in the world of fame.
My mail-bag continues to make me work overtime (for which I do not get paid), and the letters received this month cause me to wonder how much longer Mrs. Besant will be able to maintain the "storm in the tea-cup" attitude. All over the T.S. we read of Lodge Presidents, Federation Presidents, E.S. Corresponding Secretaries, etc., etc., resigning offices and membership in protest of the President's "No investigation" decision. But all that the official magazines can say is still the old, old story of "the little knot of Sydney members headed by Mr. Martyn."
The current number of Theosophy in Australia is full of controversial matter, of which only one sentence contains anything of truth. It occurs in "The Case Against the Sydney Lodge T.S.," and reads as follows: - "The clever innuendoes of the Press are bound to attach to the T.S. as a whole, the stigma of sexual depravity in the minds of the reading public."
The "clever innuendoes" are statements of fact by an unbiased party, otherwise the sentence is correct. It was exactly because we resented the undoubted "stigma of sexual depravity" that we are pressing for an independent investigation of recent events in connection with Mr. Leadbeater, thereby disassociating ourselves from the stigma, and those members who do not want an investigation must remain content to live under the stigma. One cannot have the cake and eat it too, and one cannot have Mr. Leadbeater and leave his reputation outside the front door. Like Mrs. Micawber, it will never leave him.
The Letter Box
To Whom it may Concern
The Editor, Dawn,
Sir, - Nearly every great society was established by people who worked unselfishly for Humanity.
When it becomes a going concern, then comes the professional's opportunity. He will live on the game and bask in the limelight.
The Professional Theosophist who enters the Society rather late in life is sometimes a publicist of some sort with a past. He has already learned the noble art of impressing people with his supposed superiority.
The characteristics formed in a Non-Theosophical environment are already deeply engraved in his soul, and seek expression.
He soon finds that members of the Society - souls good, true, and lovable, and clever in their own spheres - are but babes in Theosophy, and easily gulled.
He seeks pre-eminence and then predominance. His psychopathic tendencies get him into trouble, but the dear, devoted souls rally round him again and again, fighting heroically for a bad cause.
He feeds their fanaticism with personal worship of himself and a lot of "Masters," from whom he produces all sorts of convenient messages.
His dupes believe that he is hovering of the verge of the Divine. Their souls, their wealth, and the little sons in whom their hearts' blood flows, lie prostrate before him, perversion, Theosophic and sexual, is permanently established.
He has a Rasputin-like influence over boys and old women, who, when his vileness is exposed, shout, "Judge not - be tolerant!"
A prominent old lady who is under his spell, in a moment of doubt, referred to his influence as "glamour." He has induced her to believe that when she was asleep he had conducted her to meetings of the Great White lodge, where high honors were conferred on her, and another; but she cannot remember when she awakes.
A little black magic covers a multitude of sins.
The aroma of Egypt (Port Said) and the aroma of Rome are about him.
He binds his dupes with the old chains of priestcraft and ceremonial magic.
All who would approach the temple of Truth must penetrate pickets of fanatics singing his praises, and thrusting his books in people's faces.
His victims seek other victims to lay before him. He becomes a screen on which his dupes project their ideals of a demi-god, and then fall down and worship him - with his cordial approval.
Other Professional Theosophists become what, in the outer world, would be described as his flunkeys and lick-spittles. The Society is rent in twain, and subverted by this poor unfortunate - but ultra-cunning - psychopath.
The success of this vile type demonstrates the fact that the Theosophical Society requires at its head A MAN - one who has never worshipped at the Shrine of the Psychopath.
What induces this letter is not the desire to injure any man, but the will to destroy an evil influence.
In conclusion, let it be said all that all alleged messages from the Masters (Elders is a better word, and not so servile) should be received at their intrinsic value.
"Abandoned! The Australian T.S. Convention"
The Editor, Dawn,
131 Collies Street, Melbourne,
April 10, 1923.
Sir, - Anyone reading your notes under the above heading in the March issue of Dawn could not fail to be misled as to the facts in regard to the postponement of the Australian T.S. Convention. Being one of those who first discussed the matter of postponement, and an officer of the Melbourne Lodge which, acting on the advice of its officers, unanimously refused to have the convention in Melbourne, I claim to know firsthand the facts relating to the reasons for that refusal.
The implications contained in your article, viz.:
(1) That "something had happened" that had to be kept from the knowledge of Convention.
(2) That "this desperate expedient" had been adopted by the Section Executive only after that body had found it had not received "sufficient support from other important lodges to its former proposals.
(3) That the "something" that had happened was the release of a "lot of evidence - awful evidence at that" - in relation to the police enquiry, and that because of this release the Section Executive was "dumbfounded with fear and panic" - could hardly be more misleading.
In the discussion by the officers of the Melbourne Lodge, that directly resulted in the postponement, these matters did not even have a place. Most emphatically do I deny the implication that the idea of postponement was arrived at by the Section Executive; and I hereby definitely state that the proposal was formulated in Melbourne by Melbourne Lodge officers, without anyone from outside the Lodge - either directly or indirectly - having anything to do with the proposal until it was definitely settled.
Then, after the Melbourne Lodge had refused to act as host to the Convention, the Section Executive was practically powerless to do otherwise than accept the "suggestion'' of Melbourne for postponement.
[Mr. Williams, no doubt, writes in good faith; but he sees only what he is wanted to see. Dawn asserts that the action of the Melbourne Lodge was inspired from Sydney, though in a clever, unobtrusive and subtle way. If Mr. Williams will trouble to read the lengthy effusion sent round by the Australian General Secretary to the Lodge Secretaries, dated November 22nd to February 23rd, he will notice that in order to secure a favorable vote from members of the Sectional Council to the resolution in favor of withdrawing Charters and Diplomas, it was moved that the General Secretary's wife, Mr. Chapped, and Senator Reid be sent round the Section. This was not done, as there was not enough money to pay the expenses; but it is always easy to influence the policy of T.S. Lodges by inspiring one or two E.S. members. Very little happens by accident nowadays in Australian T.S. politics, and Dawn can at any time name the wire-pullers. - Eds.]
The Sydney Lodge Charter
April 25, 1922
The Editor, Dawn
Sir, - Our General Secretary, who is a salaried officer, writes to the Hon. Secretary of the Sydney Lodge, and says: / withdraw your Lodge Charter. Is this part of a comedy or only egotism run mad? I am glad to hear that my Lodge Executive is taking no notice of this bluster, but I would like to call attention to one or two things that seem odd to some of us who are members of the grand old pioneer Sydney Lodge.
First, then, Dr. Bean and his wife are, so far as I know, the only T.S. members in this Section who are paid for their work. They draw what, in my modest circumstances, seems the quite handsome pay of L400 a year from us members. I am not saying they are not worth it, Mr. Editor, nor that their job is overpaid: but I do say that a paid servant is not the one to dismiss his employers, nor even to talk cheek to him, the man who gives him his job. Something wrong here. An employer can dismiss his paid servant, though, if he doesn't behave himself properly, and I think it's about time the Sydney Lodge told employees who are acting the goat, as the boys say, that their services are no longer required. It seems to me that when being General Secretary means drawing a big income, we are worse off than when we found volunteers to do the work for love of it.
My own opinion is, Sir, that any man who does everything he can to make good-will and harmony impossible in the Australian T.S., for the next dozen years, ought to be fired.
A Protest from Hobart
Theosophical Society, 123 Collins Street,
April 16, 1923.
The Editor, Dawn,
Sir, - Arising from the action of the General Secretary of the Australian Section of the Theosophical Society in canceling the Diploma of Membership of Mr. J.M. Prentice, President of the Hobart Lodge, T.S., on the grounds of his being a focus of continued disturbance in the Section, I desire to advise that the attached resolutions were moved, seconded and carried at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Lodge on Friday, 13th inst.
I shall be glad of your assistance in having the resolutions transmitted as directed, or of ensuring the widest publicity, as it is the wish of the Lodge to have the action of the General Secretary annulled as early as possible, and also to show the Theosophical world that Mr. Prentice retains the confidence of the Lodge, which recently elected him as its President, by an overwhelming majority, the action of the General Secretary notwithstanding.
E. WORTH, Hon. Secretary.
Resolution No. 1
That the Hobart Lodge, being seriously concerned with the growing sense of strife and the lack of well-being in regard to the Australian Section of the Theosophical Society, resolves: -
That the President of the T.S. be respectfully asked to intervene as early as possible, and, with a view to ending the present unseemly state of affairs, be requested to make a statement, covering: -
(a) The relations between herself and Mr. C.W. Leadbeater and Mr. J.I. Wedgwood, with special reference to the latter in regard to his supposed Initiation and connection with the White Lodge, having in view (1) her reputed statement to Mr. Rupert Gauntlett regarding Mr. Wedgwood; (2) her alleged message to Mr. Wedgwood through Mr. T.H. Martyn; (3) her cancellation of the latter message on receipt of a cable from Mr. Jinarajadasa, to the effect that Mr. Leadbeater had declared Mr. Wedgwood to be an Initiate.
It is realized that a statement covering these points will involve (a) the Occult relations of Mrs. Besant and Mr. Leadbeater, and the extent to which she is guided by the latter and is dependent upon him; (b) the extent to which the Theosophical Society is involved by such Occult relations, and how far the government. of the Society by the P.T.S., as its chief executive officer, is affected thereby; and
it is exactly upon these points that information is desired and expected.
(b) That the President be earnestly invited to establish a tribunal whose impartiality will be beyond question to inquire into (1) the charges of immorality made against Mr. Leadbeater subsequent to 1911, together with all matters that may directly arise out of previous allegations made in 1906 and later, which may prove a bearing or throw a light on the present matter; (2) the charges of fraudulent occult investigations arising from articles in The Occult Review and Dawn and involving Occult Chemistry and Rents in the Veil of Time.
It is suggested that the personnel of such a tribunal be empowered to receive formulated charges, to hear evidence, and to report to the Annual Convention of the Theosophical Society, and that the members be chosen from non-members of the T.S., but who are known to be in general sympathy with what is understood as Theosophy and Occultism; and that failing such persons being available, the tribunal be composed of Fellows of the Theosophical Society, and that not more than two-fifths be members of the E.S., or other allied activities of the Society.
In this regard the President is urged to lose no time and to spare no effort in bringing to an end the unhappy state of affairs prevailing in all parts of the world, so that before Mr. Leadbeater and herself are called to labor on planes other than the physical, the present cloud may be dissipated, and the T.S. saved from a legacy of suspicion and obloquy that may profoundly affect generations of Theosophists yet to come.
That copies of these resolutions be forwarded to the General Secretary for further transmission to Mrs. Besant, for filing in the Section archives, for publication in The Theosophist, and for publication in Theosophy in Australia.
That a copy be also transmitted to Dawn, that the greatest possible amount of publicity be obtained for the resolutions, in order that other Lodges may take similar action in asking for the support of their members to the resolutions herein set out.
Resolution No. 2
That this meeting of the Executive Committee of the Hobart Lodge of the Theosophical Society learns with regret that the General Secretary of the Australian Section has cancelled the Diploma of Membership of its President, as far as the Australian Section of the T.S. is concerned, and requests that (a) the cancellation be immediately annulled, as it has every confidence in Mr. Prentice, both in regard to his management of the lodge affairs and in regard to his presentation of Theosophy; (b) that this resolution be transmitted to the General Secretary for immediate action in this regard.
(2) The meeting further affirms that (a) Mr. Prentice has never been a focus of disturbance as far as Tasmania is concerned, and that consequently the reason expressed for the cancellation of his Diploma does not apply; (b) it is desirous of expressing its satisfaction with, and its gratitude for, the loyal and selfless services that Mr. Prentice has rendered to the Theosophical Society for nearly two decades, and to the Hobart Lodge during the past two years; (c) it further affirms that it has no fault to find with, but rather accepts without hesitation the presentation of Theosophy given by Mr. Prentice, and believes him to be a teacher of the Ancient Wisdom in its fullest and most ample aspects.
(3) The copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Editor, The Theosophist, the Editor, Theosophy in Australia, and the Editors of Dawn to ensure the widest publicity.
A Very Open Letter
The Editor, Dawn,
Sir, - Having had posted to me "An Open Letter to Mr. Wadia," signed J. Krishnamurti, J. Nityananda, I take it that they deemed me interested in the matter there dealt with, or else saw in me one who might possibly return to the fold where the senses could be dulled and "belief" hold sway.
The general tone of the letter is undoubtedly a forced one, evidently due to the gentlemanly and courteous attitude adopted by Mr. Wadia in his letter of resignation to the President, Mrs. Annie Besant. The attitude of these two boys to Mr. Wadia, addressed as "My Dear Wadia," implies an erring, brother sadly gone astray; but in spite of the attempt to adopt a patronizing and friendly tone, little slips creep into phrases such as "elbowing your way to the front" and "the intolerant and dogmatic attitude you adopt," showing there was a considerable strain placed upon the writers to hide the claws all too ready to scratch. Incidentally, if the boys had learned grammar, they should have said "Our Dear Wadia."
One cannot help noticing the outstanding egotism of these young people who hitherto have never been heard of in connection with any real work for the T.S. "It is a pity," say they, "that such an enthusiastic worker as yourself should have taken such a deplorable step, and it is still a greater pity that you should have circulated this unwise pamphlet,'' and there is delightful assurance in "few have been favored with the privileges that karma has strewn in your pathway, hence our grief is all the greater," which, if not hypocritical, is at any rate Leadbeaterian, though somewhat farcical from the pen of youth. The youngsters get funny when they judge what is wise or unwise for Mr. Wadia to do, or what are the privileges of karma, that have been his during this incarnation. Mr. Wadia, a man strong in reputation throughout the world for work done, being judged to his disadvantage by two almost children as yet unknown to fame.
It will give pleasure to all those who voted against "Bishop" Leadbeater as a leader of the T.S. at Convention in Sydney, 1922, to read what the boys have to say about the status of that gentleman of psychic proclivities: "From your further remarks, the natural inference is, that the leaders of the present-day Theosophical thought within the Society, chief among whom are the President of the T.S. and the Right Reverend C.W. Leadbeater, have promulgated teaching contrary to those of H.P.B. Since he holds no official position within the T.S., Bishop Leadbeater stands within the smear category as any of us." - (Italics mine - G.C.B.)
This expression of the "Bishop's" position is identical with those expressed by reform Theosophists; but no sooner is the sentence written that we find the old error being introduced, for the boys tell Mr. Wadia, "And you have taken upon yourself to pronounce judgment, for you have condemned the leaderships of Dr. Besant and Bishop Leadbeater" (italics mine - G.C.B.), already stated to be "within the same category as any of us." Why should not Mr. Wadia be permitted to "pronounce judgment," when we find these two boys calling Mr. Wadia's letter of resignation a "deplorable step'' and "this unwise pamphlet"?
The influence of some more subtle mind is suggested in my next quotations from this delightful "open letter," "then you declare that the noble ideals of Theosophical ethics are exploited and dragged into the mire of psychism and immorality . . . after twenty years, which you say you have spent in work in and for the Society, are we to take this appalling phrase as your considered opinion of the results of the work done under Dr. Besant's term of office? Dr. Besant has worked over thirty years, etc., etc."
Dear reader, do you not notice that when the word immorality is used we find there is only one leader of the Society. Dr. Besant has to meet that charge; Mr. Leadbeater steps into the background, for Mr. Krishnamurti and his brother dare not allow this "leader's" name to appear when immorality is mentioned.
If ever Mr. Wadia was justified in using an expression of condemnation, he certainly was when he used "psychism and immorality" in relation to the present T.S. I have per-
sonally seen the precis of the police report upon "Bishop" Leadbeater's alleged unnatural offences, and have no hesitation in stating that any person who aids and abets the placing of his or her or anybody else's child in the hands of C.W. Leadbeater, immediately justifies the utterance of the Christ when he spoke of millstones for those who wrong little children. Although I do not always believe in methods adopted by my colleagues, I nevertheless feel that every investigation should be made prior to placing boys of innocence and tender years in the charge of a man who has made himself notorious throughout the world through teaching and practicing unnatural things; it is, I believe, only a question of a little time when the world will realize what it is they have been harboring in their midst.
Readers of Dawn will rejoice to know that our two friends from India encourage investigation into the results of our "leaders'" occult researches, they say "we have ourselves heard, times out of number, in public and in private, both Dr. Besant and Bishop Leadbeater declare that it is their intention to amplify and to expound by independent investigation the teachings first given forth by Madam Blavatsky; we have ourselves heard times out of number, in public and in private meetings, both Dr. Besant and Bishop Leadbeater reiterate, with great emphasis, that the results of their clairvoyant investigations should be examined and weighed, and that their teachings should not be accepted blindly, and that those who are willing to follow them should use their own independent judgment in all things concerned."
Thank God it is not too late to delve into these things. Those who have already carried out the wishes of our "leaders," and taken a few peeps into the "akashic records," come back dumbfounded to find that some of them are to be found in obscure books upon library shelves. A Bachelor of Science noted (see Dawn November, 1922) that the structure of the atom in "Occult Chemistry" was anticipated some years prior to its "discovery" by A.B. and C.W.L., by a Dr. Babbitt, in a work called "Light and Color." On top of this we read in the February Occult Review, that admirable journal edited my Ralph Shirley, an exposure of one of the lives of Ulysses, Mr. Loftus Hare shows where and how this piracy was committed. By all means let us have individual investigation, even if it is to prove that "Alcyone" had birth not on the Moon Chain, but in the imagination of a modern adventurer.
The appeal for the prodigal to return must, we assume, have been authorized by A.B. No ordinary members like these two brothers would dare to do such a thing. On the whole, perhaps, it is as well Mr. Wadia is out of the road, as it will facilitate the arrangements by which Mr. Jinarajadasa will succeed to the chief office of the Society, where it is hoped, he will in due course, and from that lofty height, interpret for humanity the "divine plan."
Mr. Krishnamurti and his brother imply that Theosophy is their life. This may be, but I also think it is their living. Had I desired to inspire the writing of this "open letter," I think I could have chosen more wisely the figureheads. To make the appeal stronger, a powerful altruist would have been preferable - one who is known for what he gives in kind to the Society, not these two Boys, who have an allowance provided by Theosophists. Where bread and butter is concerned the stomach dictates, not the head and heart, hence we must interpret this ''open letter" accordingly, and make allowance for the difficulties of the position.
The Editor, Dawn,
Sir, - The February Theosophist contains an answer to a question raised in the November issue of Dawn, page 11, but stated this time by Professor Barker, of Leeds University, as follows: -
"In this work Hydrogen is given by supposedly direct observation - 18 ultimate atoms, and Chlorine 35.5 x 18 ultimate atoms. By this means Chlorine, stated in terms of Hydrogen, is given an atomic weight of 35.5, coinciding with the atomic weight until recently given by scientists. With the discovery of the isotopes of Chlorine the figure 35.5 must now be supplemented with atomic weights above (37) and below (35).
"If occult powers of observation are what they are claimed to be, why were these isotopes not seen and reported on when the occult observations in question were made?"
Mr. Jinarajadasa, in reply, assumes that the special conditions under which scientists have observed their isotopes find no parallel in nature. This assumption is proved unjustifiable by reference to the Secret Doctrine itself, passages in which relate to the properties of light, which is electro-magnetic in character, and the circulation of energy in the form of electric particles or electrons, which arrive in countless numbers from the sun.
I would furthermore draw Mr. Jinarajadasa's attention once again to the fact that in the natural condition, so emphasized by him, the atoms of most elements do not exist singly, but in groups (molecules), in which the structure of individual atoms are modified. To quote the Vice-President's own example - chlorine. The molecule of this gas at ordinary temperatures contains two atoms. It is necessary to raise the temperature to about 800 deg. F. before the molecules split up and yield the separate atoms, as Mr. Leadbeater is supposed to have pictured them. Are we to understand that a temperature of 800 deg. F. constitutes the "natural" conditions under which it is claimed the clairvoyant observers worked?
It is impossible to subscribe to Mr. Jinarajadasa's division of isotopes into two classes, Natural and Alchemical; but since he has suggested the division, we ask him why he has omitted the element lead from his list of "natural" isotopes observed by Mr. Leadbeater - or rather, how the latter gentleman failed to observe the isotopes of lead.
It is noticed that lead is not definitely mentioned as having been examined by him, but, like the "new" elements, it must at least have come under his notice accidentally, for it is a common impurity in specimens of other elements.
Without resort to direct observation on this particular element, science can account for the existence of two distinct varieties having atomic weights 206.05 and 207.9 respectively. These are, in practice, well known, and it is assumed that ordinary lead (apparent atomic weight 207.2) is a natural mixture of these isotopes.
Can Mr. Jinarajadasa amend his explanations of Mr. Leadbeater's shortcomings to cover this additional ground, which, after all, represents just one or two of the multitude of doubts which arise in the orthodox mind with regard to this work. I do not dispute that Mr. Leadbeater pictures what he sees, but whether he is justified in dogmatically labeling his diagrams atoms, is open to question.
I must add also, in comment on Mr. Jinarajadasa's latest assertions, that science will not ignore any faculty of man which can add to knowledge, when the reliability of those faculties is demonstrated beyond reasonable question.
The statement that "Clairvoyance is not mere imaginings in the brain, but a mode of seeing objectively," must be proved to the satisfaction of others besides Mr. Jinarajadasa before it can be accepted. The "proofs" as yet furnished, judging by Occult Chemistry alone, are far from convincing. Of course, this fact may be taken as weakening our belief, not as regards clairvoyance in general, but in the "clairvoyants" to whom the book in question is due.
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The T. S. Loyalty League
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Foreword - The T.S. Loyalty League had its birth in Sydney, Australia, August, 1921, and between one hundred and two hundred members of the Sydney Lodge attached themselves to it within a few days of the adoption of its platform.
The Theosophical Society appeals to those who join it because of its international ideals; because it aims at making Universal Brotherhood possible; because it seeks to plant itself in every corner of the world and form amongst all sorts and conditions of people centers which represent its objects; because no other existing organization offers any real promise of universality; because supreme and confident faith in the inherent Divinity of man and the Fatherhood of God inspires service to such a cause.
The Founders of the Society realized that to enable it to succeed a new habit of studied neutrality towards all other organizations must be formed in its ranks. They realized clearly that the one rock on which the Society as a Universal movement was most likely to be wrecked was the tendency towards sectarianism inherent in those who joined. Madam Blavatsky left on record her fears on this head in "The Key to Theosophy," and the last chapter in that book on "The Future of the Theosophical Society" is a very telling introduction to the T.S. Loyalty League.
Though intended in the first instance to help the work of the Sydney Lodge, many enquiries have come in from places at a distance, and the League may well become a rallying ground for members of the Theosophical Society in other parts of the world, who still regard its first object as of paramount importance.
If, indeed, wide co-operation at the present time makes possible greater interchange of fraternal interest; if it should provide a bond of sympathy and mutual regard all through the world, it may help the Society to achieve where hitherto it has failed; for we sadly lack a mutual knowledge of one another, and our various sections lose something of the wider spirit by comparative isolation. With a view to meeting this need, the T.S. Loyalty League provides an Hon. Organizer, hoping with his cooperation to keep in touch with sympathizers in other parts of the world.
The League is not a separatist movement, but an expression of the desire of all true Theosophists to preserve individual liberty and to prevent any member from enforcing the acceptance of his or her personal opinions on the Society as a whole.
The League adopts the broadest principles of democracy, believing these to be necessary to Universalism. It has no President, and its policy is guided by a Council elected by its members annually.
There are no fees of any kind, but voluntary donations will, at all times, be gratefully received.
The Headquarters of the League are in Sydney, and members of the T.S. resident elsewhere who desire to form branches are invited to communicate - with the Honorary Organizer or Honorary Secretary.
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The League proposes to encourage greater attention to methods for establishing and maintaining a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity; to the study of the early literature of the Society, and of modern science.
It is believed that it is important to encourage in our members faith in their own inherent Divinity so emphasized in the writings of the Founders: and to seek in that the Laws of right thinking, right feeling, and right conduct.
It is believed that the present condition of the Society calls for organization on the part of those of its members who have been attracted to it by its splendid universality, its avoidance of sectarian restrictions, and its encouragement of all shades of thought and opinion.
It is believed that all these great principles have, during late years, become endangered.
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