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The Leadbeater-Besant control fastens more and more firmly on the Theosophical Society. The Vice-President appointed to that position by Mrs. Besant personally, is now a sort of Inspector-General, always traveling from place to place, always ousting the local leaders, and himself presiding (a right which he claims on questionable grounds) at important official gatherings, such as the annual Conventions of the different Sections. The Neo-Theosophic magazines in inspired paragraphs do their best to make it appear that all is well with their cause, and not infrequently point to resolutions passed at such Conventions as evidence in support. But it is a fictitious effort, and must end in failure. A cause that has to be manipulated and propped in this way is doomed, especially in an organization which, from its very nature, requires breathing room and freedom for the individual, both in speech and action.
Mrs. Besant, as a leader, with the record she has made for herself, will never again have the full confidence of the more intelligent T.S. member. Her paranoiac declaration that she herself is the appointed agent of superhumans; her spiteful outpouring in the magazines, and her vindictive action in expelling without trial important Lodges and important members who do not happen to bow the knee to her personality, present her at best as a pathetic relic of a happier past. Mrs. Besant's actions may be symptoms of old age truly, but they are not only that. They are the sequel to a departure from first principles which began many years ago, probably when it was decided to make the E.S. a bodyguard in the interests of self-styled "Leaders," and a vehicle for the grafting of Leadbeaterism on to the Theosophical Society.
The "policy" of the "leaders" today is to bolster up the Liberal Catholic Church and the Star in the East movement. Both have been so exposed and pilloried that even the most credulous followers are more or less Shaken in their innermost hearts regarding them, and something has to be done to reinspire these doubting ones. That, indeed, is likely to be the chief mint of 1924 policy if the signs are correctly read. "Star in the East" affairs are in a muddle for the most part. The leaders themselves don't quite know what to say or do next. The naming - years ago - of Krishnamurti as the vehicle for an asserted coming World Teacher has led to certain complications, and though the way has been prepared for further Leadbeaterian announcements on the subject - little information is forthcoming. As in offset, an effort is being made in Sydney to rivet the attention of followers in other prices on the building of an amphitheatre
and by endless public talks about everything which does not matter, and about events in the world over which mere oratory has no control.
In Australia itself the amphitheatre foible has caused dissension in the ranks. To read the official magazines is not the way to know how things really are. Outside the small body of Leadbeaterites responsible for it, the amphitheatre is regarded as a joke. From inside the ranks one gathers that the last thing it is to be used for is to herald the "coming" of the World Teacher.
One reads in the official communications of provision being made for "tea-rooms," "shop-windows," "galleries facing the ocean to get the view," of shops for selling "soft drinks, ice-creams, fruit, cakes and sweets," of kitchens, offices, printing premises, and of still more tea-rooms.
The Representative of the Order in Australia writes in the January issue of the official magazine, The Star in the East:
"Already we have been approached by some of the most influential Managers, Directors, Conductors, Organists, and Physical Culturists in the city, with a view to the use of the place when completed," . . . "Other requirements are a cinema outfit and films, slides for screen-lectures, wireless installation . . . a good phonograph . . . wardrobes for our dressing rooms, crockery for tea-rooms, etc."
The discerning onlooker who can gather from all this just what the amphitheatre - or stadium, to use the name more generally applied to it, is intended for - deserves recognition for perspicuity.
Apparently the Leadbeaterite promoters themselves have no clear idea on the subject. All the same, the thing keeps the "followers" occupied, and perhaps from the point of view of perplexed leaders, that itself is an important end.
Nor is the Liberal Catholic Church having much of a time if all one hears is true. In London the movement is described as dead. The effort to restore faith in the particular "Apostolic Succession'' which flowed through "Bishops" Willoughby and Wedgwood to "Bishops" Leadbeater and Irvine Cooper, after, and in spite of the Farrar confession and the Gauntlett exposure, seems to have ended in failure, and for the time being to have been abandoned. It is now planned to erect a permanent church building at Letchworth (England), and the begging list is going round for that. Like the priests of other institutions, the followers of Leadbeater are impressed by the importance of working on the impressionableness of youth, and there is a school at Letchworth founded and supported by the Theosophical Society.
The principal of this school, the Rev. F.W. Piggott, M.A., is reported to be on his way to Sydney for the purpose of having more of the "Apostolic Succession" bestowed upon him at the hands of "Bishops" Leadbeater and Cooper, Mr. Piggott is to be made a "bishop" to take the place of the defunct Wedgwood. Incidentally, it would seem that Mr., Piggott is a good choice, and likely to do his cause more credit than his predecessor. He was a young Anglican clergyman in Auckland, N.Z. a few years ago. After reading some of the H.P.B. Theosophical literature of his day, Mr. Piggott found himself opposed to the views of his bishop, and retired from his work in Auckland.
The consecration of a new "bishop" may be expected to intrigue the L.C.C. following in Sydney, and to restore Generally a somewhat flagging in-
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terest in the "Leadbeater Catholic Church" - as somebody has christened it.
It is rumored that some of the visitors making pilgrimage to Sydney this spring are expecting to receive reward for their "loyalty" and service in the way of a Leadbeater initiation of sorts. The full-moon of May is the time usually chosen by the Australian Arhat for making his announcements on this subject, and that is why the autumn is such a favorite time for the visits of those who consider themselves entitled to receive some recognition for services rendered.
It is a strange world, my breathers! Poor human nature is no match for the guile of religious pretenders; it never was. History is crowded with the records of good living, trustful enthusiasts who gladly allied themselves with humbugs who announced themselves as acting under the direct guidance of the Holy Ghost, or claimed to be receiving directions from an Archangel; or to having placed before them in vision inspired tablets containing instructions. Such, whether self-deceived psychics or deliberate adventurers, have only to ape some of the characteristics popularly ascribed to "seers,'' to gather around themselves the nucleus of a following. The rest is easy. The Holy Ghost, or the Archangel, is represented as conveying some message which flatters a promising follower and gratifies the vanity innate in human nature, and everything such a one possesses, wealth, reputation, influence, is annexed, car maybe, by the new prophet. Flattery delicately conveyed is irresistible,
There are many who would soon detect mere adulation; who would follow the advice of Solomon and "meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips," and who have not realized that "self-love is the greatest of flatterers." Let the appeal be to their self-love, and, in spite of logic and reasons, most excellent people will he deceived by falsehood. The particular method adopted by Leadbeater, and developed gradually since 1908, when he was brought back to Adyar by Mrs. Besant, after having been condemned by the 1906 London investigation, was a distinctly clever one. Not only was it clever, but it was subtle, also it was pre-destined to succeed because it was based on this unerring appeal to self-love. The procedure was to hint that one of the Masters had conveyed to Leadbeater the gratifying assurance, that he (the Master) was distinctly pleased with the great progress which Mr. A. or Mrs. B. was making on the path. If they continued as they were going, Mr. A, or Mrs. B. - so it was declared - would soon he ready to take a great step forward in evolution and to be received as a pupil of the Master himself.
The first people to be flattered in this way (not including Mrs. Besant, who received special treatment, as it were), were one or two erstwhile Leadbeater boys in India, who had then grown to man's estate. The success of the first venture was encouraging. The ardor of the gratified recipient, of these astral honors increased amazingly. Then began the outpouring of adulatory gratitude which has since become such a marked feature or the Adyar magazines, and with which the names of certain contributors are so noticeably associated.
Nothing too fulsome could he spoken or written about the "great leaders" and Arhats - Mr. Leadbeater and Mrs. Besant. But Mrs. Besant was not responsible for all Leadbeater's inner-plane messages. At first, indeed, she was astonished to hear that particular Mr. A.'s or Mrs. B's were so advanced upon the path as was announced; but having already acknowledged Leadbeater as a seer, and his correctness in ascribing to herself a semidivine place in the Occult Order, she had to follow to the bitter end. All this is not speculation. The facts have documentary evidence to support them.
Year after year prominent people were notified that one or other of the Masters was prepared to accept them as pupils. When it was decided to launch the new Wedgwood-Leadbeater Church, the latter announced that the Lord Maitreya was himself collecting a following. As time proceeded, the "pupils" took "steps," and became, after shorter or longer intervals, "initiates." The demand for notice grew rapidly when the chance was realized. From North and South and East and West candidates came flocking to Australia, instead of to Adyar, where the supposed Arhat - who thus held the key to this occult heaven - settled himself down on these inviting shores. Eventually, too, the whole membership of Mrs. Besant's Esoteric School was thrilled with the prospect of discipleship and ultimate initiation into the Great White Lodge, per favor of Leadbeater. What a climax!
Just what would have happened, who can say, if what happened had not happened?
The answer to this speculation must be left to posterity. What did happen in 1919 was that new "initiates" were being put through by Leadbeater at such a pace that Mrs. Besant could not remember who was "in" and who was still "out" of the Hierarchy, and she was declaring that Mr. Blank was certainly not can "initiate" - how could he be when he was not even decently moral! - while at the same time Leadbeater was claiming the same Mr. Blank as one of the white-headed flock of second-borns.
"Initiates" today are, it is presumed, made with more caution. At any rate, there is more secrecy
observed in announcing them, but the full moons of May and July are still regarded with awe, also with hope by many aspirants who, like the devotees of old, have laid their votive offering, of money, or gifts, or adulation, or service, or something of each, on the altar of Leadbeaterism. So it happens that as the full moon of May approaches, so are these flowers in the Leadbeater garden wafted across the seas to be near the "great one" at the auspicious moment. Why physical attendance is necessary when the ceremony is asserted to take place on the astral plane, with the body asleep, and nothing is remembered by the physical brain of the dupe, is a question that has not been answered; but so far only those who have come to Leadbeater for the purpose of being "put through" have been announced - either as accepted disciples or "Initiates."
That the candidate sees nothing, hears nothing, remembers nothing - counts with him for nothing against the glorious thrill recorded in the secret recesses where dwells his self-love. He passes out into the world radiantly buoyed up in the belief that he is a full block or two ahead of the other fellow, and a whole street ahead of normal humanity in evolution.
This is the strength: also it is the weakness of Neo-Theosophy today. The "leaders" hold their following so long as their faith in all this pretence lasts. How long will or can that faith last? That is another question which time only can answer. Today there are many signs that the faith is not quite so robust as it has been. It seems to be necessary to back it up with vice-presidential visits of great frequency, with demands - issued to the members pledged to obey Mrs. Besant - more and more exacting. With a deliberate control by Adyar of the self-governing powers of the different Sections. By the nomination of the leading officers of those Sections. By the tightening of the net, indeed, which has been woven around drowsy Theosophists in the night of their spiritual deep by Leadbeater and Company, and finally by the practical abandonment of the Theosophical Society's real work for that of promoting the "religious" and political fads of the self-imposed "leaders."
The article by Mr. Basil Crump, which appears elsewhere under the title, The Secret Doctrine on the Problem and Evolution of Sex, should prove of great value not only to Theosophists who attach importance to the Secret Doctrine, but to all who are interested in the problems of sex. The sex instinct is rooted in a primary function just as is hunger for food, and this fact leads a modern school of writers to regard sex tendency much as it does hunger - i.e., something to be gratified in order to maintain normality. When Mrs. Annie Besant published The Fruits of Philosophy, this view was presumably uppermost in her mind, and when she became prominent in the Theosophical Society, the public largely assumed that the Society adopted her views on the sex question. Later, when the immoral teachings of Leadbeater were condoned and excused by Mrs. Besant, the Society took a place in public estimation alongside the Aggapemenites, and other communities of that ilk, but there still remained a greater descent for the Society's reputation when its recognized leaders combined to retain in its regard and esteem proven sex perverts. We are quite aware that this very false position was adopted to avoid any admission of weakness and fallibility on the part of the same leaders; but the unhappy fact remains that throughout the length and breadth of the world, whenever the name Theosophical Society is mentioned, there is immediately suggested something abnormal on the sex question.
Why the T.S. should hear this peculiar karma is hard to explain. The true "teachings of Theosophy" support those who believe that the sex function in man and woman was intended to be used only for the purpose of reproduction. Never for self-gratification; never for "relief," as per the Leadbeater school; never to maintain normality, as some of the modern psychologists would have us believe.
Hunger is a normally continuous craving, because the body wastage must he made good: but sex craving is, if the Secret Doctrine is right, and if the wisdom of the world's greatest spiritual teachers is accepted, an abnormal disease, and should be regarded as such by all who hold up to others the ideal of human progress and ultimate perfection.
On another page will be found a short review of a new book, the publication of which at the present time is probably as important to the world as was the founding of the Theosophical Society. The book is a compilation of the letters from Masters K.H. and M. (most of them by K.H.) to A.P. Sinnett, written in the early eighties. The Adyar officials have published limited selections of, and extracts from, these letters; but have omitted such letters or extracts as reveal the viewpoint of the Authors on Neo-Theosophy and its crudities. We search Mr. Jinarajadasa's publications in vain for instance, for such vital statements as this, from the pen of Master K.H.:
"And now, after making allowance for evils that are natural and cannot be avoided . . . I will point out the greatest, the chief cause of nearly two-thirds of the evils that pursue humanity ever since that cause became a power. It is religion under whatever form and in what-
ever nation. It is the sacerdotal caste, the priesthood and the Churches; it is ill those illusions that man looks upon as sacred, that he has to search out the source of that multitude of evils which is the great curse of humanity, and that almost overwhelms mankind. Ignorance created Gods, and cunning took advantage of opportunity." (Roman ours. - Ed.)
What are we to think now of the effrontery of the Leadbeater-Wedgwood-Besant Liberal Catholic Church and its sacerdotal caste, in the light of this statement of the acknowledged inner Founder and Inspirer of the T.S.? What are we to think of the introduction into the Nucleus of The Universal Brotherhood of Humanity of the priestly fetters which cursed Europe for a thousand years and reduced all men to spiritual and intellectual bondage? What shall we say about the perverted Leadbeater's priesthood, all of whom are vowed to obedience to himself and his satellites in exact imitation of "the priesthood and Churches" described by Master K.H. as "the great curse of humanity"? One more quotation from the same authority should satisfy even the most incense-drugged victims of the Leadbeater Catholic Church. It is:
"Far from our thoughts may it ever be to create a new hierarchy for the future oppression of a priest-ridden world." (Italics ours. - Eds.)
These letters, which Mr. Barker has published, will enable students to recast their views on such subjects as the after death states, Spiritualism, the Law of Karma, and many others which have suffered at the hands of Neo-Theosophical writers. The Mahatma Letters will serve indeed as the great textbook for a new generation of Theosophical students and authors, and no doubt do much to counteract the insidious effect of Neo-Theosophy. Perhaps it is a coincidence, and perhaps not, that this wonderful book comes at the opening of a new cycle of seven times seven years of T.S. experience. Published at 25/-, the volume for its size is only moderately priced, its value cannot be calculated, and it is hoped that every earnest student of Theosophy will secure a copy and saturate his mind with the contents.
"The Secret Doctrine" on the Problem and Evolution of Sex
By Basil Crump,
The following are the principal points in the teaching of the Secret Doctrine (Vol. II, Anthropogenesis, 1888 Edition) on the origin and evolution of sex, and the causes which led to the present evils and difficulties connected with the sex appetite in man. An enquirer, in view of the various perverted ideas and teachings prevailing among Theosophists, says: "I am in a fog as to why the division in the sex principle, if the end is to be a unification and creation by Kriyashakti. I should like to hear what the Secret Doctrine says of the matter of sex. Why the division? What of the future?"
There must be many student who, through lack of study of the S.D. (thanks mainly to the deliberate policy of discouraging it in favor of the Besant-Leadbeater perversions), are in the same position! The following is a very brief sketch of the teaching, with the principal passages either quoted or referred to, taken from the notebooks of a Secret Doctrine Study Class conducted by Mrs. Cleather. They form the outline of what may later become the first of the popular Manuals which the Independent T.S. of Australia have asked her to write. It must be borne in mind that, like all Occult
works, the information is purposely somewhat confused, scattered, and even in places apparently contradictory, so that the student has to use diligence and intuition in order to piece it together and draw correct inference. H.P.B. once said to her pupils: "The S.D. contains all you want to know - but you won't find it." Even of Isis Unveiled she said that it concealed a hundred mysteries.
The first point to bear in mind is that the human Egos did not all start equal on this planet, but were of various degrees in their last births in the previous manvantara (cycle of evolution) on another planet (II., 249). Thus the Buddhas are those who had renounced Nirvana in previous manvantaras, whereas those Egos who, in an incredibly far past, selfishly entered Nirvana, are now punished by returning as the Egos (Higher Manas) of ordinary mortals, and have to fight their way up again. For the Nirvanic state is not eternal, but lasts only for the Manvantara.
A Buddha of Compassion or Nirmanakaya, on the other hand, is free from Karmic action, and can incarnate when and where He chooses. To this class of Beings belong the "Sons of Will and Yoga, Ancestors of the Arhats," or Masters of Compassion, Who
were the Teachers of early humanity (II., 79). These were the "Elect Race" who (p. 276) "happily for the human race, had already become the vehicle of incarnation of the (intellectually and spiritually) highest Dhyanis before Humanity had become quite material." When the Third Race perished They had "already acquired the secret of immortality on Earth, that gift which allows the same great personality to step ad libitum from one worn-out body into another." (See also extract from Commentary, p. 281): "The inner man of the first . . . only changes his body from time to time: he is ever the same, knowing neither rest nor Nirvana, spurning Devachan and remaining constantly on Earth for the salvation of mankind." See also "The Elixir of Life" (Five Years of Theosophy). These great beings have never shared with the rest of mankind the "Fall into Generation." They have remained in the pure androgynous state of the early Third Race, and in the Seventh Race will once again create by Kriyashakti.
The following summary of the incarnation of the principle of Mind (Manas), and the errors and sins which followed man's abuse of the divine gift, should be carefully studied and memorized, because they furnish the key to our present condition, and a complete and logical answer to the vital problem of sex. The history of Mankind, in its present form as separate sexes, goes back about eighteen million years to the middle of the Third Race in Lemuria, when the Mind element began to incarnate. Up till then man was "an empty, senseless Bhuta" (form or shadow), the product of two streams of evolution, the Monadic or Spiritual and the Material.
Reproduction in the earlier Races was as follows: First Race, Self-Born. Second Race, Sweat-Born. Third Race, Egg-Born - at first Sexless, then Androgynous, and finally separate sexes. All these processes are re-enacted in the stages of the present human embryo. The early oviparous stage of the Third Race is thus described in the Commentary (p. 166): "The emanations that come out of their bodies during the seasons of procreation were ovulary, the small spheroidal nuclei developing into a large soft, egg-like vehicle, gradually hardened, when, after a period of gestation, it broke, and the young human animal issued from it unaided, as the fowls do in our race."
The process of separation began in this egg stage, one sex predominating more and more over the other, until, in the course of ages, separate sexes were born. The Commentary says that before the eggs hardened they were often tampered with by huge animals of species now unknown, and monsters resulted, which were not allowed to live (p. 192).
The newly-born babe lost the faculty of walking at the end of the fifth sub-race of the Third Root Race ( II, 170).
The animals, which are all the product of man's vital energy in the early stages of this Round, were the first to separate and breed, their example being followed later by the separating human beings (see Stanzas 31-2, p. 184). It was then, as Stanza 32 relates, that the "Sin of the Mindless" took place. The early sub-races of the Third (p. 275) evolved by sexless creative instinct an "intermediate race," in which the higher Dhyan Chohans incarnated at the time the separation of sexes occurred. These were the "Sons of Will and Yoga," already referred to. They represent the full incarnation of the Mind principle, which is something much higher than our mentality, for these beings had (p. 167) "already reached, during previous cycles of incarnation, that degree of intellect which enabled them to become independent and self-conscious entities on this plane of matter."
The second class of Egos did not incarnate fully at once, but chose to wait, projecting only "a spark," and it is these who "constitute the average humanity which has to acquire its intellectuality during the present Manvantaric evolution" (p. 167). It is important to bear in mind that we belong in various degrees to this class, and can only win to the state of the fully incarnated Ego (i.e.. union with the Higher Self or true Manas), and "immortality on Earth," by following the stern and unbending laws laid down by Those who have won to that state. The first and most important of these laws is the absolute conquest of sex and of the personality, which "is the drag and poison on the inner man in his upward progress. Mankind was never more selfish and vicious than it is now" (p. 110). The "Sin of the Mindless" consisted in this, that those males of the separated human beings that "had no spark, took huge she-animals unto them," and begat a race of "crooked, red-hair-covered monsters, going on all-fours. A dumb race to keep the shame untold." (Stanza 32). Thus, unconsciously and irresponsibly, the first misuse of sex took place (p. 185). "Thus the sin of the brainless or 'mindless' Races, who had no 'spark,' and were irresponsible, fell upon those who failed to do by them their Karmic duty." Thereupon, seeing this Karmic result, the "Sons of Wisdom" endowed all men with Manas, "lest worse should happen." Speech was developed after this. Vol. I., 181. With the entry of Manas, a Third Stream of Evolution was added to the Spiritual and Material, thus raising Man far above all the rest of "Creation." This stream was, as already stated, the result of the development of intellect or mind in previous cycles of evolution, and conferred self-consciousness on the hitherto mindless.
A Third Class of Egos deferred incarnating until the Fourth or Atlantean Root Race, the progenitors of which were those of the later Third, "who had failed to master their lower natures." It was in this Race that the worst sexual karma was incurred, for the Atlanteans renewed the sin of the Mindless, this time with full knowledge and responsibility because they possessed Manas. Some of the still semi-divine beings took entirely human wives, in whom lower, more material beings had incarnated. They had no mind, only animal instinct, and were descendants of the half-animal monsters bred by the sin of the Mindless in the Third Race (p. 284). The anthropoid apes are the degenerate descendants of this renewed and conscious sin; and further, it is stated (302) that in this case it was "the Spiritual being who sinned, the Spirit element being still the "Master' principle in man, in those days," and that (303) "many of us are now working off the effects of the evil Karmic causes produced by us in Atlantean bodies."
The most significant statement of all in this connection occurs on p. 228: "As to those 'Sons of Wisdom' who had `deferred' their incarnation till the Fourth Race, which was already tainted (physiologically) with sin and impurity, they produced a terrible cause, the Karmic result of which weighs on them to this day. It was produced in themselves, and they became the carriers of that seed of iniquity for aeons to come, because the bodies they had to inform had become defiled through their own procrastination."
"This was the `Fall of the Angels,' because of their rebellion against Karmic Law. The 'fall of man' was no fall, for he was irresponsible."
It is clear, then, that we are the "carriers of that seed of iniquity for aeons to come," and this explains why we have such an awful struggle with the sex impulses in our bodies and lower minds, which take a thousand forms, many more subtle than the mere physical impulse. It is these latter which have given rise to so many perversions of practice and doctrine in regard to sex and its functions in the various branches of the T.S. since H.P.B. was withdrawn, and the brain minds of those who tried to carry on her teaching followed their natural lower trend, and departed more and more from the pure doctrine of the "Sons of Wisdom," as taught through H.P.B. in The Voice of the Silence, Practical Occultism, etc.
The terrible and conscious abuse of sex by the Atlanteans led on to the worship of the human body, and finally of the sex principle in itself, which survives today in all the degraded forms of religion in the shape of most revolting and obscene symbols and practice, in the Tantrika of the Hindus, the Red Cap or Dugpa Lamaism of Asia, etc. The early races of the Third possessed spiritual vision, the organ of which was the Third Eye, functioning at the back of the head, and now represented esoterically by an eye or spot in the forehead on statues of Buddha and other high deities. With the fall into generation and the abuses that followed, the Eye gradually atrophied and receded into the centre of the head, where it now exists as the Pineal Gland. By the end of the Fourth Race it had ceased to function both physically and spiritually. This is why absolute sexual purity on all planes, not only physical, is insisted on in Occult training, because the Pineal Gland has to be redeveloped to perform its original function, and this can only be done by completely mastering that which overcame us in our Atlantean bodies, and regaining the purity of the early Third, of which the Masters of Compassion are the only representatives surviving from that period. It is the loss of the Third Eye, says H.P.B.. which "prevents the remembrance of previous lives," and no sexually impure person can therefore "read the Akashic records," as some claim to do.
As to the enquirer's question: "Why the division?" the S.D. makes it quite clear that it was part of the Evolutionary scheme, and was not a "Fall" in itself. The karmic evils arose entirely from abuse of the divine creative fire for sensual gratification. Originally the sexes were neutralized, except at certain seasons, as in most animals, even today, when not too touch domesticated (i.e., defiled) by man. It was the conscious abuse of the function, together with sex-worship and Black Magic (in which sex is the basic force misused), by the Fourth Race, which developed the originally pure instinct into an ever-present "gnawing vulture of Desire," which we carry today as our heaviest Karmic burden. Thus is made very clear in the splendid chapter, "The `Curse' from a Philosophical Point of View'' (II, 409), in which the "Prometheus Bound" of Aeschylus is shown to be the "drama enacted daily within our actual mankind: the lower passions chain the higher aspirations to the rock of matter, to generate in many a case the vulture of sorrow, pain, and repentance" - that vulture that gnaws at the vitals of the divine Titan. At p. 410 we read that the curse of Karma was called down "for abusing the creative power, for desecrating the divine gift, and wasting the life-essence for no purpose except bestial personal gratification." The whole nature of the Fourth Race was gradually changed, physiologically, morally, mentally, and physically, "until, from the healthy King of animal creation of the Third Race, man became in the Fifth, our race, a helpless, scrofulous being, and has now become the wealthiest heir on the globe to constitutional and hereditary diseases, the most consciously and intelligently bestial of all animals." Dr. Abrams, inventor off the new
Electrotonic method of diagnosis and treatment, declares that "Syphilis is the basis soil of all diseases," especially cancer and tuberculosis. Syphilis is the direct result of the Karmic causes set up by the abuse of the creative force in the Fourth Race.
The problem we are now faced with, therefore is: How to subdue and master this terrible monster, which we have created by our own folly and sensuality in the far past. No compromise involving any form of indulgence whatsoever is admissible if we are to work off the evil Karma and retain the lost purity of the early Third Race. Any use of the sex function on any plane of our being, other than its legitimate one of physical reproduction of the species, inevitably leads to fresh bad Karma, and therefore increases instead of lessens the load we have to bear. Hence only the sternest self-control, as taught by H.P.B. is of any avail. The present sexual condition of mankind is wholly abnormal from the Occult standpoint; but modern Materialism, ignorant of the ancient cause, regards it as normal, and hence unalterable. So methods such as Birth-Control, which are sheer Black Magic, are now being widely advocated, even by Theosophical leaders, to their eternal shame, and are retarding the salvation of the race from the Karmic results of this awful "Curse."
In reply to the enquirer's second question: "What of the Future," the S.D. says that we are now past the lowest point of the evolutionary spiral, and in this Fifth Root Race we are on the ascending curve leading away from the gross materiality and Black Magic of the Fourth Race towards the pure state of the Early Third Race, but with the addition of all the experience gained by our failures and mistakes. As the "Voice" says: "Each failure is success, and each sincere attempt wins its reward in time. "
In the Sixth Root Race immaculate reproduction will again take place, as in the early Third; and in the Seventh (p. 275), "the great Adepts and Initiated ascetics will 'multiply,' i.e., once more produce Mind-Born immaculate Sons." All evolution has progress for its object, hence the Eastern saying that "the Universe exists for the benefit of the Soul alone." As H.P.B. points out, Prometheus steals the creative fire from the "gods," "so as to allow men to proceed consciously on the path of spiritual evolution, thus transforming the most perfect of animals on earth into a potential god, and making him free to 'take the kingdom of heaven by violence"' (p. 244). And again (103), speaking of these "Divine Rebels," of which Prometheus is the type: "It is owing to this rebellion of intellectual life against the morbid inactivity of pure spirit that we are what we are - self-conscious, thinking men, with the capabilities and attributes of Gods in us, for good as much as for evil. Hence the REBELS are our Saviors . . . It is only by the attractive force of the contrasts that the two opposites - Spirit and Matter - can be cemented on earth, and smelted in the fire of self-conscious experience and suffering, find themselves wedded in Eternity..... It explains the 'rebellion' of the oldest and highest angels, and the meaning of their being cast down from Heaven into the depths of Hell, i.e., MATTER.... (513) Satan.... Lucifer, or 'Light-Bearer,' is in us: it is our Mind - our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Savior from pure animalism. Without this principle - the emanation of the very essence of the pure divine principle Mahat (Intelligence), which radiates direct from the Divine Mind - we would surely be no better than animals."
In several places H.P.B. shows how religions doctrines changed with man's degradation (p. 54): "With the Aryans and the earliest Akkadians all things are emanations through, not by, a creator or logos. With the Semites everything is begotten. (40) Jehovah is but a lunar and 'generation' god. (41) Christian theology, having rejected the doctrine of emanations and replaced them with direct, conscious creations of angels and the rest out of nothing, now finds itself hopelessly stranded between Supernaturalism, or miracle, and materialism." But it is promised that all these errors will pass with the conquering of the lower nature. The gift of the creative fire turned into a curse because (412) "the animal element, and consciousness of its possession, has changed periodical instinct into chronic animalism and sensuality. It is this which hangs over humanity like a heavy funeral pall. "Thus arises the responsibility of free-will; the Titanic passions which represent humanity in darkest aspect; the restless insatiability of the lower passions and desires, when, with self-asserting insolence, they bid defiance to the restraints of law.'" (See Introd., "Prometheus Bound"). (415) "The Promethean myth is a prophecy indeed, . . . It points to the last of the mysteries of cyclic transformations, in the series of which mankind, having passed from the ethereal to the solid physical state, from spiritual to physiological procreation, is now carried onward on the opposite arc of the cycle, toward that second phase of its primitive state, when woman knew no man, and human progeny was created, not begotten.
"That state will return to it and to the world at large, when the latter shall discover and really appreciate the truths which underlie this vast problem of sex. It will be like 'the light that never shone on sea or land,' and come to men through the Theosophical Society. That light will lead on and up to the true spiritual intuition. Then (as expressed once in a letter to a Theosophist), 'the
world will have a race of Buddhas and Christs, for the world will have discovered that individuals have it in their own powers to procreate Buddha-like children - or demons." When that knowledge comes, all dogmatic religions, and with these the demons, will die out.'"
The statement that this light has "come to men through the Theosophical Society," is, of course, a reference to what H.P.B. hoped to do through the T.S., as framed by her (vide the Constitution of the T.S. or U.B. given in Mrs. Cleather's book on her Life and Work for Humanity). Since her death the lethal influence of the Kali Yuga has caused the subsequent leaders of the T.S. to promulgate doctrines which are the direct antithesis of hers, as above set out (see Mrs. Cleather's A Great Betrayal), so that the T.S. has become the vehicle of exactly the opposite of what the "Sons of Wisdom" wished to teach humanity through it, and has become a menace instead of a help to Humanity at large; just as the divine gift was turned into a curse by man's own lower nature.
The quotation from "a letter to a Theosophist" is taken from a letter of the Master K.H.
Mutilations of "The Secret Doctrine" and "The Key to Theosophy."
By Hugh R. Gillespie, F.T.S.
In response to a request from the Editors of Dawn for a concise description of the mutilations and suppressions in Mrs. Besant's republished editions of certain books written by H.P. Blavatsky, I append a resume of a letter written to and refused publication by the Editor of the French Sectional Magazine.
I have personally verified most of the references, and recommend all who read this to verify for themselves before accepting what I write as true.
Mrs. Besant, P.T.S., is accused of being responsible for numerous apparently deliberate, intentional, and fundamental mutilations of certain books written by H.P.B. These books were entrusted to and republished by Mrs. Besant through the publishing houses controlled by her.
Our present references will be to -
The Secret Doctrine,
The Key to Theosophy.
The Secret Doctrine will be dealt with first; and for clarity we must emphasize the fact that there are now under discussion four editions or issues which are designated and described as follows:
(a) The Original edition, two volumes, published by H.P.B.
(b) The Second edition, two volumes, a reprint of the original, approved by H.P.B.
(c) The Point Loma edition, four volumes, a virtual reprint of the original two volumes, published by Mrs. Tingley in California.
(d) The Third and Revised edition, three volumes, edited by Mrs. Besant and G.R.S. Mead, and published by her in 1893.
It is in connection with the last that Mrs. Besant, or her agents, is accused of deliberate, intentional, and fundamental mutilation. We will take but a few instances, deal with them briefly, and leave those with a sense of honor to investigate further for themselves -
(1) In the Preface to the original edition and the Second editions of the Secret Doctrine, the author, H.P. Blavatsky, writes: "The third volume is entirely ready, and the fourth (volume) almost so."
In Mrs. Besant's "Third and Revised" edition this reference has been entirely removed. Absolutely no intimation of the omission is given, and the signature of H.P.B. is printed at the end of the mutilated "Preface."
(2) Every other reference by H.P.B. in the S.D. to the "finished" third volume, and to the "almost" finished fourth volume has been systematically removed without the slightest intimation
(3) Actual count has shown an average of one alteration to every two lines, or a total of about 8,000 changes in the first four hundred pages!
Other examiners have calculated an approximate total of over 32,000 alterations in the two volumes!
These inexcusable mutilations have not only been kept secret, but over their own signatures Mrs. Besant and Mr. G.R.S. Mead write in their introduction to the third edition: "We have striven to correct minor points of literary form, without touching at all more important matters."
(4) Again, H.P.B.'s references (in her Letter to the American Section, 1888, and in other places), to the third volume, as being ready for the press, are
so definite and explicit that there can be no doubt as to their having been then in existence as completed manuscripts. Therefore, the only possible explanation of their disappearance is that they have been deliberately suppressed, and all reference to them systematically expunged from the Besant edition.
(5) In their contributions to "Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky," the two Keightleys refer to the material for four volumes, and admit in so many words that they recommended the division into "four'' sections, which recommendation H.P.B. accepted.
(6) Finally, the so-called third volume, as published by Mrs. Besant, is a bogus volume, with whose contents as a volume H.P.B. had nothing to do. It is made up (as Mr. Bertram Keightley ingenuously admits in his letter to the French General Secretary) of certain manuscripts which were not considered worthy of publication. The fact is, they were manuscripts which H.P.B. had cast away, and to them (to Complete the bogus "third" volume) Mrs. Besant added certain confidential E.S. papers which all E.S. members had been pledged to keep secret!
The Key to Theosophy
When we compare, as the writer has, the London edition of this book with the original and second editions, as published by H.P.B., we find that over fifteen pages have been removed!
In the Introduction to the London edition, Mr. G.R.S. Mead writes that his attention has been confined to:
"(a) The removal of some obscurities of style;
"(b) The omission of some passages of a controversial nature, which are no longer of general interest."
My own investigation of these omissions proves them to contain most valuable information of a general and historical character. Moreover, at least one of the omissions is decidedly significant, in view of the recent incursions of Mrs. Besant and her familiars into the realms of spurious Catholicism and worse. Note the following "cut" from the original edition of The Key, page 50:
"It is not lawful for any officer of the Parent Society to express in public, by word or act, any hostility, or preference for, any one section, religious or philosophical, more than another. All have an equal right to have the essential features of their religious belief laid before the tribunal of impartial world. And no officer of the Society, in his capacity as an officer, has the right to preach his own sectarian beliefs to members assembled, except when the meeting consists of his co-religionists. After due warning, violation of this rule shall be punished toy suspension or expulsion."
It may be well to point out that in her use of notes, italics, and large and small capitals, H.P.B. worked on a system whereby the use of any one of these indicated the relative importance of the statement in which it occurred.
In her editing of the afore-mentioned books, however, Mrs. Besant's coadjutors have recklessly ignored this significance of notes, italics, and Capitals, large or small. Notes have been included in the text, and italics and capitals omitted or altered to suit the crude conceptions of those making the alterations, with supreme disregard of, and indifference to, the wishes or intentions of the writer, H.P. Blavatsky.
I would explain in conclusion that of the many devoted followers of H.P.B. with whom I have discussed these inexplainable mutilations, not one has expressed other than regret for the making of these accusations. And had Mrs. Besant shown the slightest appreciation for decency in connection with the matter, the expose might never have been made.
Mrs. Besant's characteristic attitude, however, in the face of any demanded explanation, however justifiable from the standpoint of honor and decency, has been an arrogant assumption of moral invulnerability that has effectually prevented any possibility of harmonious discussion or explanation. So the accusation has been laid. It is for Mrs. Annie Besant and Mr. G.R.S. Mead to meet it and refute it if they can. The writer would be the first to rejoice if adequate refutation can be made.
Why Mrs. Besant would like to suppress the Sydney Lodge.
Printed matter bearing directly on the present crisis in the T.S. will be forwarded to any reader on request. In each case a small donation should be sent to cover cost of postage. The following among other documents is available:
- The Martyn letter to Mrs. Besant.
- Farrar's Confession.
- Statement by Mr. Rupert Gauntlett (late of the L.C.C.).
- To "All Fellow Theosophists" (a statement by Mr. B.P. Wadia).
- "To Members of the Council, Australian Section, T.S." (a letter by Mr. T.H. Martyn).
- The Validity of Orders in the Liberal Catholic Church.
Address: Editor, Dawn, Box 1489, G.P.O., Sydney, Australia
"Master's Land," "Krotona"
By Old Krotonian.
The recent very belated decision of Mrs. Besant as to the allocation of the proceeds of the recent sale of Krotona, or "Master's Land," closes another chapter in the history of one of the many failures that have marked the connection of Mrs. Besant with the T.S.
Some years ago in "Watch Tower Notes," Mrs. Besant referred with characteristic self-complacency to the fact that three centres for "Master's" work were then in being, and wrote in glowing terms of the Adyar, London and Krotona "Headquarters." Adyar's glory has long since departed, and many years it has been little but a centre for political agitation and psychic superstition as practiced by Mrs. Besant and her psychic yoke-mate, C.W. Leadbeater.
Adyar "compound," originally Huddlestone's Gardens, may, for all the information given to F.T.S. at any time pass to the Indian Government on the expiration of the lease.
What is known as "Adyar Compound" includes within its boundaries the T.S. Headquarters, Adyar Library, Russak Bungalow, the Theosophical Publishing House, etc., and unless some effectual action has been taken to renew, the buildings will pass over with the land.
London Headquarters also, projected and planned on a most ridiculous and lavish scale by the "leader of gods and men" (it would have required at least L7,000 a year to run), registered a direct loss of some L60,000, chiefly owing to the carelessness and crass incompetence of the chief T.S. officials of the time. The raids on Arizona copper and Australian gold were ruthless, and from them it is rumored much of the cash came.
"Krotona" has now come under the hammer, and according to a circular issued and signed by Mr. Geo. H. Hall, General Manager, on December 2, 1922, the sixty-seven lots, at an average price of $4,500 each, should return about $301,500. We are safe in allowing $100,000 for commissions and expenses, and the net receipts therefore should be about $201,500.
This Mrs. Besant allocated as follows: -
One-half to the Esoteric Section, America.
One-half to the American Section.
But the Ternary, with the land attached, remains the property of the E.S. in America. The total value is now about $120,000. Thus ends "Master's Land," and with it the faith and trust of many devoted Theosophists who denied themselves in many ways to contribute to its upbuilding.
The allocation to the American Section is a tardy refund (though with interest) of the contribution supplied by the American members for the purpose of erecting a T.S. Sectional Headquarters at Krotona. The foundation stone of this building was laid with Masonic honors on July 2, 1912; but that was as far as the Headquarters ever got, for the money was diverted to another object, without intimation, and any information in reference thereto was refused. Not only that, but the Section was actually charged a rental of $500 for very inadequate accommodation at Krotona.
An interesting point is, that Mrs. Besant, the President of Krotona Corporation, being an alien, cannot legally function, so to Mr. A.P. Warrington, Vice-President, is delegated all the power and authority to appoint or remove at pleasure, with or without cause, all officers, employees, and Executive Council; to manage and control the affairs of the corporation, and to make and enforce rules and regulations, etc.
There is a Board of Trustees of fourteen, which is self-perpetuating; but before each one takes his seat he must be a member of the E.S., and pledged to obedience, and also must place in the hands of the Vice-President his signed resignation, to be used at will by that functionary-absolute. Four members of the Board form a quorum, of which the Vice-President is one. He holds the signed resignations, and so has absolute control of the corporation and its property.
Mr. Warrington was at one tine E.S. Corresponding Secretary, Vice-President of Krotona, and General Secretary of the American Section, and for the latter he managed to bring into operation a constitution equally iniquitous with that of Krotona. In fact, by collecting about 1,200 proxy votes from E.S. members he could run a perfectly legal General Convention with only himself and half a dozen members present. Mrs. Besant knew of this, and did not disapprove.
Another interesting point is that the portion sold is the portion that received the benediction of A.B. and C.W.L. The portion retained - The Ternary - and now owned by the E.S. in America, was refused by Mr. Warrington because, as he said, it had bad Karma! It was offered to the Brothers of Service, to the brotherhood of Arts, and finally it was almost pushed down the throats of the Krotona trustees. The fine Theosophical Library is housed there, but no one save E.S. members may pass the notice that "Trespassers Will be Prosecuted."
Woods, Woods, oh, the dear joy of them!
Temples of healing with green aisles of rest,
Prayer-mats of mossy knolls,
Ivy for Dryads' stoles.
Fairies for Priestesses, happy and blest.
Birds, Birds, oh, the full song of them!
Loud-swelling music or dignified hush,
Far from the haunts of men,
Robin or sober wren,
Sweet-throated warbler and brown-coated thrush.
Creeds, Creeds, what need have I of them?
Creeds blind the inner sight, miss Life's goal --
Naught between God and me,
Hence with Man's sophistry,
Here I can worship and pour out my soul.
- M. Beaty
That Kenya Decision
The T.S. was to have taken part in a Congress of Religions at Wembley this year, and preliminary steps were taken. For some reason known only to the "leaders." Mr. Jinarajadasa (Vice-President T.S.) declared that the Kenya decision of the Government made all his arrangements, as to getting lecturers in India, futile. Is it possible the Vice-President T.S. has not much influence in India? Simultaneously a Besant-Leadbeater announcement was made that the Advent of the World Teacher would be postponed on account of the Kenya decision! Evidently the world had been done a very bad turn by the British Government. Perhaps some of our readers do not know just what the Kenya decision was. It is possible some have never even heard of Kenya. Well, that does not matter; though Dawn may explain in passing that Kenya is a not all-important portion of African territory, and that Mrs. Besant has chosen to take an interest in its political relations with Great Britain and India.
But here comes the joke. After the Advent was postponed by the advance agents - self-appointed - of the World Teacher, Mrs. Besant and Mr. Leadbeater, a Colonial Conference was called to further consider the "Kenya decision," and the whole difficulty was met and overcome by the usual procedure of friendly give and take on the part of the different political factions.
So there is no trouble about Kenya after all, and yet the Advent of the World Teacher has been indefinitely postponed because it was mistakenly believed that there was.
Dawn and its many readers will await the next act in this childish farce with amusement.
Following a net loss in membership for the September quarter, the English Section T.S. reports a further net loss for October. Not long ago attention was called to the retrograde position of India, where the membership had decreased by thousands. We now have the Report of the new Zealand Section for 1923. The General Secretary announced that the membership was now 1,219, a reduction of 80 on the year. This is the second year running that new Zealand has shown a serious net loss in membership. Naturally delegates wanted to know the reason why. The General Secretary replied that he thought the loss of members was "partly due to the stream of poisonous literature coming from Australia and America." Neo-Theosophy does not like too much light thrown on its proceedings anywhere, but New Zealand need not go even so far as Australia to find the reason for its decline.
The T.S. there has opened its arms to the L.C.C. and the Adventist movement, and adopted them as Lodge activities all through the Section. The T.S. General Secretary himself is also the Representative of the Order of the Star in the East and the chief priest of the Leadbeater Church. Leadbeaterism has poisoned the N.Z. well, not literature from Australia, and until the Dominion shakes it off it is likely to pass still further downwards towards extinction. When the Australian Convention is held in April next, the Report for two years will show an even more disastrous condition of things. The Independent T.S. fortunately is carrying the flag along and gaining what the Adyarites are losing.
The Universal Brotherhood Campaign
The three months' Universal Brotherhood Campaign announced by the General Secretary of the English Section, has resulted in little more than a flood of articles in the T.S. magazines on the subject of Brotherhood.
A contemporary asks why only a three-months' campaign? This is an opportune question.
The T.S. was founded with the primary object of forming a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood. So far it has written and talked incessantly about Brotherhood, but nothing has been done about it. The same contemporary writer above quoted continues:
"It is almost hopeless to elicit more than yawns by lectures on Brotherhood, not because there is not much to be said, but because one cannot arouse the feeling of love for others by discoursing on metaphysics, and that is what most speakers do. By its very nature it can originate only in oneself. He who would practice Brotherhood must begin with those nearest to him, with his family, his friends, and if he is a Theosophist, with the members of his own lodge. After that he will extend it to some form of social service for which he is most fitted and which he can most readily take up. The more these admit of direct and personal communication with those to be helped, the better, says H.P.B. in The Key to Theosophy: "The Theosophical ideas of charity mean personal exertion for others: personal sympathy, forethought, and assistance in their troubles or needs." "To live to benefit mankind is the first step. To practice the six glorious virtues is the second," says The Voice of the Silence. Those who understand that love is the most important thing in the universe will see this, and those who feel that love in themselves will obey it not because it is so said, but because they cannot help doing so."
There is no doubt as to how the individual - Theosophist or otherwise - can express Brotherhood but we do not yet seem to have found out how to form a nucleus of it by means of the T.S. as an organization.
If it has taken us half a century to find out that the T.S. has this doing of something as its own particular mission, possibly we are on the way to making a start. In this connection the Sydney Lodge (Independent T.S.) in putting forward the Three Objects, boldly meets this problem, as will be noticed in the reprint of its syllabus, the introduction to which is here appended:
The Independent Theosophical Society
The Independent Theosophical Society owes its origin to the Theosophical movement promoted by H.P. Blavatsky, Henry S. Olcott, William Q. Judge, and others, in 1875. Its objects are:
1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature, and the powers latent in man.
Attention may be called at the outset to the distinction between forming a Brotherhood, and forming a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
There are Many Brotherhoods - and the promotion of brotherhood in any form can only be regarded as estimable; but Brotherhoods, in the ordinary sense, imply uniformity. People who are alike in temperament, or whose interests are alike, who think or believe alike, or who are brought up in the same religions sect, readily fall into groups and cooperate with a common object. The first object of the Independent Theosophical Society is more complex and more difficult. The nucleus which it aims at collecting must necessarily represent all types, all temperaments, all religious creeds, all castes, all colors. There can be no uniformity here, but in externals the widest divergence. This nucleus, indeed, is nothing less than a collection of people whose environment assures difference. This nucleus is a miniature of the world as it is today, and that is why it is so necessary to make a beginning with what will, when the great dream of every big-hearted humanitarian comes true, be the Universal Brotherhood.
This nucleus is made possible only by building up a habit of mutual tolerance. It can be maintained only by the common observance of a strict neutrality. It will be vitalized only by a recognition of the fact that the One Divine Life flows through all beings, evolving man as the most finished outer expression of the Supreme Spirit on this planet. It will appeal because the Divinity in all men and women finds expression in sacrifice and love and service, not by means of self-seeking or self-interest.
If this nucleus is maintained, it will grow and expand as the years pass, and lead the way - as does every lonely pioneer - for greater numbers who wild follow later until the whole world, with all its differences, will have the framework established for universal co-operation. Only that consummation will make an end of distrust, competition, and war.
This is the material side of the Independent Theosophical Society, and a vitally important part of it. There is also a spiritual side, and to develop this in members and temper the movement itself it assumes as its particular mission the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science, and the investigation of the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man.
Joining the Society
The Sydney Lodge is affiliated with the Independent Theosophical Society, and welcomes new members. Any who feel in sympathy with its objects may help to promote them by joining this Lodge, which offers many facilities for their pursuit; opens also many avenues for useful work and self-improvement. No particular form of belief is required of applicants, and every care is taken to free the Society from association with any form of sectarianism.
What One Hears
That Mr. Loftus Hare's new book, Mysticism of East and West: Studies in Mystical and Moral Philosophy, is deservedly finding a large sale, both with T.S. members and the public.
That many Neo-Theosophists are aspiring for Initiation at the hands of "Bishop" Leadbeater, and quite a number of visitors are expected in Australia for the Buddhist feast days in May and July, when it is usual for the "Bishop" to hand out the prizes.
That the T.S. is not the only school for great souls is suggested by this bit of news published in the cable columns of the Australian papers: "Mr. George Lansbury, editor of the 'Daily Herald,' presided at a meeting of British Communists held in memory of Lenin. The speakers described Lenin as a genial soul, full of love for all peoples and the savior of Russia, which was the hope of the world."
That when appealed to by T.S. authorities in America to adjudicate in their dispute about the proceeds of the sale of Krotona Estate, Mrs. Besant awarded the Ternary property and 50,000 dollars to the E.S., of which she is the head, and the balance to the American Section estimated at about 70,000 dollars. "How happy should I be with either," remarks our informant.
That the "Blavatsky" Lodge of Sydney, composed of the Neo-Theosophists who broke away from the Sydney Lodge at Mrs. Besant's direction in 1922, seems to have exhausted itself after its unsuccessful efforts to dispose of its great rival. It is announced that the "Blavatsky" Lodge has given up the use of a fine hall for public lectures, and rented a smaller one; it has also removed from presentable offices, with a good window front, to small rooms upstairs in another building. Signs of the times again!
That a correspondent in America refers to statements made in an Australian newspaper about the Ku Klux Klan, and continents: "This is pure rot. The Klan was organized to oppose negro domination in certain sections, but especially the increasing and threatening activities of the Roman Catholic Church in the Government, and in opposing the public schools and the freedom of the press. The charges of outrages are faked, and mostly of Catholic origin. They have never been proved against it. The Klan is as respectable an organization as the Masons, or any other purely patriotic association. It is doing an immense amount of good here, and is just what you need in Australia to fight the R.C.'s. It is strongly supported by leading Masons, and by newspapers which are not under Roman Catholic censorship, as most of them are.''
That Mr. Erik Cronvall, writing in The Theosophist (January, 1924), quotes the creed of the Neo-Theosophist, which the Australian General Secretary puts into words, and says:
"The only objection against the formula of Dr. Bean seems to be that he lays stress on the circumstance that this belief is said to be accepted by a majority of the members, as if from this the inference could be drawn that the belief of a majority has a greater right within the T.S. than the belief of a minority."
Continuing, Mr. Cronval says:
"This is an attempt to formulate in an unequivocal way the belief of certain members of the T.S., and as such, it is no doubt valuable.
"Now there are other members, not few in number, who do not accept this belief. I do not know of any attempt to formulate the beliefs of such other members, probably because there are so many shades of belief, that it hardly can be grasped in one formula."
Dawn begs to remind members who subscribe to any creed which does not accept the essentials of the Neo-Theosophic creed, that they are in great danger of losing their Theosophic lives if the President hears about it.
That Mrs. Besant is at her best in her gift of word painting, of giving beautiful outward expression to fine conceptions, and the following extract from her pen is of her best. What a pity that one with such a gift of speech should descend to such action as has marked her presidency of the T.S. and aroused such contempt:
"Men have sought for God in many ways, but have not found Him, because they sought amiss. They sought Him in forest and jungle, in desert and cave; they sought Him through austerity and self-torture, through knowledge and argument; but He ever escaped them. In one place only can He surely be found, never to be lost again, and that is a place beyond emotion and intellect, in the depths of your own Spirit, who verily is He. There He abides ever, in the Cave of the Heart, the Hidden God, the Light beyond the darkness, the Eternal, who is Strength and Love and Beauty. Find Him there and you will thereafter see Him everywhere, in every human being in every animal, in every plant, in every mineral, in the blue depths of all encircling space, in joy and sorrow, in delight and in agony, even in the darkness of evil and of shame. Worship Him in all beings; serve Him in all needs; feed Him in the hungry; teach Him in the ignorant; love Him in the unloving; make your life His temple, and your acts His sacrifice. Then shall your eyes one day behold the King in His beauty, the highest manifestation of God on earth, and you shall grow into Man made perfect, Man Divine."
That the ideal of Service is adopted by The Millions Club of New South Wales, and is thus referred to in the Annual Report of this popular Club for 1923:
"The Gospel of Service. - The fundamental principle, of our organization is that every member should prove his patriotism and public spirit by devoting some of his leisure hours to altruistic objects - to service of the community, of the nation, and of the cause of humanity, and thus do something towards leaving this old world of ours better than he found it. The Council therefore appeals to each individual member to support its efforts heartily, and assist it in every possible way."
That in a New York street off Fifth Avenue, Capt. Russell Lloyd Jones (at one time of Sydney), has opened, and kept going for over a year, the Philosophers' Book Shop. A complete line of Theosophical literature is stocked.
That the Executive Committee of the National Council (English Section T.S.) succeeded in getting the following Minute into its report last October: "It was resolved unanimously to inform Bishop Leadbeater that if he found it convenient to come to England at any time, this Executive Committee would warmly welcome him." Australia heartily appreciates the sentiment expressed by this Executive Committee, and hopes the invitation will be accepted.
That Mrs. Besant is unusually candid in a recent talk about herself, which appeared in New India. Here are her introductory remarks:
"My body is an Irish one, and Irish people are a fighting people. If they cannot fight with enemies they fight with friends, and it is not a fight in which the countrymen of my body really get angry, although they seem so. One day they will abuse and another day they will praise, always throwing themselves into the mood of the moment. The mood is changing in the mercurial people."
That an English correspondent says that "the Mahatma Letters to Sinnett, just published, lay great stress on the cycles of seven years, and this is the seven times seven, the forty-ninth year of the T.S." "These letters," continues our correspondent, "ought to make a great stir. They prove H.P. Blavatsky's bona-fides in every respect, and how far poor Sinnett had gone astray, to say nothing of the whole Society!"
That Mr. Basil Crump has a fine article in The Maha-Bodhi magazine for December, replying to some criticisms of Mrs. Cleather's books. Mr. Crump does not hesitate to say bluntly that Mrs. Cleather deals with a "monstrous imposture."
That the English General Secretary T.S., Mr. Graham Pole, has gone to Adyar. It is rumored that the visit has some connection with the demand for a special Convention of the T.S. which has been made by eight English Lodges. The Constitution requires that a special Convention shall be called on the demand of not less than seven Lodges. The special Convention is asked for to consider the causes of the disturbed condition of the Society and to enquire, among other things, into the relationship with and effect of: (1) E.S.T. (tyranny and terrorism in the T.S.); (2) The Liberal Catholic Church and the T.S.; (3) The New Method of Election of Officers; (4) The Appointment of a Court of Honor to Enquire into T.S. Scandals; (5) Charges of Maladministration of the society in England and of Interference in Politics.
So far the authorities have succeeded in dodging the application. They may dodge this one, but ultimately demand for enquiry will come like an avalanche.
That whatever the Leadbeater-Rocke Stadium in Sydney may look like, it has no sort of resemblance to the picture which misrepresents it in the January Theosophist.
That Mr. Jinarajadasa has recently issued another book of Masters' Letters, through the Theosophical Publishing House (price 5/-). It the same time, Miss Hoffman has handed over all the Mahatma letters, written in the early eighties to Sinnett, to Mr. A.T. Barker, who has published the whole series in a big book published by Fisher Unwin (price 25/-). According to a correspondent, the unedited letters in the Fisher Unwin book show that some letters which do not suit the Neo-Theosophical managers have been summarized or omitted in the publications of the T.P.S. Dawn has no means of checking this statement at present, but invites reviews on the subject.
That the T.S. Sectional Magazines contain the usual February adulatory notices. The following extract is quite a good specimen of the Neo-Theosophical psalm, which the faithful are expected to chant whenever they foregather. It is culled from Theosophy in Australia. Dawn is grateful for the mention of H.P.B. The leaven of reform must be working:
"First of all will they be thankful for the Presence once more in the world of men, in a body of flesh, of the Lord of Love and Pity? His will be the figure of light that will have brought order out of the confusion of our times. But after that, whom? H.P. Blavatsky, one feels sure, a spiritual Titan among pigmy men; a Prometheus who brought back, at great cost, Light for the world of darkness. Then Annie Besant, who caught up the torch, and lighted sconce after sconce
"THE MAHATMA LETTERS TO A.P. SINNETT FROM THE MAHATMAS M. AND K.H."
Transcribed, Compiled, and with an Introduction by A.T. Barker. 492 pages
This remarkable book, a review of which appears elsewhere in this issue, will be of intense interest to all students of Theosophy, as it is the ONLY publication which includes ALL the letters the Masters M. and K.H. wrote to the late Mr. Sinnett. These are published, in unabridged form.
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down the pillared years, until the hall of our time was bright with glory. And then next, clear-visioned, loving and forgiving, her chosen colleague, C.W. Leadbeater. Why these? Because they brought back the Light and suffered, that the world might know once more, with the mind as well as with the heart, heritage of splendor, the inner things. For, as men look back, nothing will measure up so greatly as this gift of the Wisdom-Truth, save only, I think, the Presence in the flesh of that great One who is that Wisdom Truth for all the world."
That in the official account of the last Convention of the American Section, it is stated that Mr. Kunz put up to auction some unsold articles, and concluded with "the sandals worn by Mr. Krishnamurti, they were bid in at 40 dollars each (L8) to different parties." What funny people!
That the General Secretary of the American Section T.S. by name, L.W. Rogers, recently tried to explain in The Messenger, his official mouthpiece, that he knew no less than four other Americans with the same name and initials. It appears that Mr. Rogers had not long before had a summons served on him in mistake for another gentleman of the same name. Apropos of the mistake, Mr. Rogers repeats the story of the late B. Fay Mills, who told an audience that when he was in Boston a man, on being introduced to him, turned his back on him, remarking that he declined to meet a man who had murdered his wife. Glancing at Mrs. Mills, who was on the platform with him, the lecturer explained that as he had never had but one wife, and as she showed no evidence of having been murdered, there must be some mistake.
That Neo-Theosophy is now in almost complete control of the Co-Masonic Order, and, of course, the Co-Masonic magazines. The rumbling of an approaching storm, however, is heard, and a big breakaway such as occurred in the Theosophical Society seems not unlikely.
That the President of the T.S. waxes sentimentally eloquent in her Watch Tower notes in The Theosophist for January about an act of kindness to a seal, and the way in which "brotherhood" was exemplified by a lady who actually carried a little dog with a broken fore-leg to a hospital to have it attended to. Strange? A little while ago the same sympathetic President was herself establishing "brotherhood," and exemplifying it by bundling out of H.P.B.'s Society a number of fellow-humans with hearts sore with wounds which others had inflicted on them. Consistency, thy name is surely not Besant!
That the annual Convention of the Australian Section T.S. is to be held in Melbourne next Easter. Mr. Jinarajadasa is on his way to Australia to take charge. Every precaution will be taken to prevent any opposition to votes of confidence in "Bishop" Leadbeater and others. The Adyar authorities have - it is understood - directed that drastic changes must be made in local management, which, it seems, is not altogether pleasing to them.
That the article published in last issue of Dawn, under the heading, Leadbeater and the Incas, has attracted much earnest attention on the part of students. This was to be expected, as in it the student and the expert speak to students. Apparently "Akashic Records" generally are now open to the public. Dawn would like more readings from the same gifted pen. So also would its readers. So also would those who espouse the cause of Truth.
That the illustration in The Theosophist (January, 1924), which pretends to picture as per the letterpress, "The Star Amphitheatre, Balmoral, Sydney," is misleading. At present only the nucleus of an amphitheatre exists. The illustration is entirely imaginary; perhaps it depicts what the promoters wish their followers to see
Readers of The Theosophist who have visited the amphitheatre at Point Loma, headquarters of the Tingley offshoot of the T.S. may perhaps, however, recognize a likeness to the Point Loma Amphitheatre. A coincidence, no doubt.
That in an inspired article appearing in The Messenger last September - Mrs. Besant's official organ in America - the Presidents revocation of the Charter of the Sydney Lodge is described as a wise and firm course, which will be approved throughout the T.S. and it is inferred that the step was taken because the Sydney Lodge distorted facts about Bishop Leadbeater's place of residence. But let us hear the article itself:
"An example will illustrate the point: One of the stories printed and sent out broadcast is that Bishop Leadbeater is living in a palatial residence, and yet he has no fortune that would justify it. When that statement is taken in connection with the assertion that he is a 'fake,' and that his clairvoyance is a fraud, the inference is plain. Now, the statement about the palatial residence is true, but it is one of those half-truths that constitute a most damnable lie. Some caption of industry built a residence in a Sydney suburb fit for the home of prince; but financial reverses in time forced him to vacate it. It is a very large house, in a quiet spot by the sea, particularly desirable for the home of a group of Theosophists. A number of Sydney members got together and found that by a co-operative plane, several families could lease the place and live there as easily as living where they were. They did so, and Bishop Leadbeater is their guest."
It is useful to know on such excellent authority just what motive did prompt Mrs. Besant; all the same, Dawn readers will be a bit surprised; they thought it was something else. Pity there was no proper trial of the Sydney Lodge to make the position clear.
That the old Sydney Lodge of the new Independent Theosophical Society seems to be renewing its youth, the new year having opened with quite a boom in public work and interest.
That the American Section T.S. has started Correspondence Classes at ten dollars a course, according to a correspondent, and an old student has been offered the job of preparing a Secret Doctrine are so rare in the Neo-Theosophical in the U.S.A. that efforts have to be made to obtain help outside, and even then the mistake is made of supposing that the Ancient Wisdom can be bought and paid for in currency.
That a prominent lady member of the "Blavatsky" Lodge (Sydney) was severely reprimanded by her committee for having courteously replied to questions by a member of the T.S.
That the report which appeared in The Theosophist for June last, to the effect that a Major Cross had met in Thibet a Mahatma, now proves to be a hoax. It now turns out that "Major Cross" has no existence, but that a gentle-
man with another name, whose antecedents are said to be dubious, made a bet that he could "pull the leg" of the Indian press. He not only succeeded in doing that, but claimed as a victim also Mrs. Besant, who believes herself to be the special mouthpiece of the same Mahatma in the physical world.
That the Neo-Theosophy Adventists are not without rivals just now. In Canada, Miss Pankhurst, of Women's Rights fame, has been heralding the Second Coming as valiantly as Leadbeater himself, but on strictly Christian lines.
That Mrs. Cleather's book, H.P. Blavatsky - A Great Betrayal, is still being widely read. This little book, it would now seem, was destined to prepare the way for The Mahatma Letters. The two volumes together will, in time, ring the death-knell of Neo-Theosophy.
That in other parts of the world the Sydney amphitheatre publicity has caused much amusement. Says a correspondent: "We had exactly the same phenomenon under Mrs. Tingley at Point Loma, when all the Lodges in America sent foundation stones at great cost to California, so as to have a finger in the pie, as to speak, when the Master of Vibrations would appear. The authorities on the Astral plane do not seem to be fertile in new ideas."
The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett from the Mahatmas M. and K.H. Transcribed, Compiled, and with an Introduction by A.T. Barker, xiv., 492 pp. T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd. Cash price in Great Britain, 21/- net.
For many years it was been common knowledge amongst Theosophical students that there was it existence a great mass of correspondence which had been received by Mr. Sinnett, in the early days of the Theosophical Society, from the Mahatmas. No secret was made that Mr. Sinnett's first books, The Occult World and Esoteric Buddhism, were based on such correspondence. It was these books, it will be remembered, which most largely served to introduce the existence of the Mahatmas - now more commonly referred to as the Masters - to the European world. Since the time of Mr. Sinnett's death, some four years ago, speculation has been rife in Theosophical circles as to the ultimate fate of all his memoranda. It was common knowledge that Mr. Sinnett had placed all this material in the hands of a lady well known to many of us, who was his life-long friend. That she has now consented to the publication of the letters received from the Masters is a matter for congratulation by all those who are seriously devoted to the study of Theosophy and loyal to the Theosophical cause. The result is this sumptuous volume of over five hundred pages, packed with the most fascinating reading, and ranking in importance second only to The Secret Doctrine.
Mr. Sinnett's attitude towards Theosophy was a peculiar one, and the publication of the posthumous volume, entitled The Early Days of Theosophy in Europe, two years ago, left him open to the most serious attack regarding his attitude towards Mme. Blavatsky and other leaders in the Theosophical Society. The publication of these letters will go far to confirm the opinion then formed, that the publication of his posthumous memoirs was a blunder of the worst kind. (That it should have been given to the world by the Theosophical Publishing House was an added reason for regret and misconstruction.) For the present volume shows vividly how utterly Mr. Sinnett failed to appreciate the special qualities that made Mme. Blavatsky so unique a personage, and demonstrates how his own egotism constantly represented a force against which the Mahatmas were called upon to battle continuously. His careful preservation of these letters, however, will rank with his life-long service to
a cause which, after all, he only dimly apprehended. His minor errors are more than atoned for by the greatness of such service, and we can sincerely hope that his stay in Devachan - concerning which he so steadily sought for information - will be filled with the uttermost peace.
It will be curious to see what will be the attitude of the reading public towards this volume. That the existence of the Masters is assumed as beyond question, and that the genuineness of the letters themselves is accepted wholeheartedly by the compiler, gives an air of verisimilitude to the volume, which will carry immense weight with some, and will be a direct challenge to others - so much may be regarded as certain. The whole of the controversy of the early "eighties" regarding such Supermen may be reopened. That Theosophists themselves will be challenged by the letters is beyond doubt. For there is the tacit assumption by the compiler that the Society, through the teachings and actions of the present leaders, has reached an impasse. Moreover, there are controversial points, to be touched on later, that are a direct challenge to these very leaders. There is also the added factor that the book has been given out through a private publishing firm, and not through the T.P.H. So we shall await with the keenest interest to see what will be the reception which the volume receives.
For ourselves, we can only say that we are gratified beyond measure that it has been possible to grant access to this priceless collection of information. This does not imply that the critical faculty should not be used; there are some of the letters which are obviously of passing value only, some which deal exclusively with personalities long since gone to oblivion, and others which show no evidence of the channel of communication. It is obvious that those which came through Mme. Blavatsky and Damodar K. Mavalankar transcend in interest and value some of the others which came through less trustworthy sources. It is a pity that more evidence is not available as to the actual channels of transmission. For Mr. Sinnett was constantly endeavoring to discover fresh avenues of approach to the Mahatmas. Some of these channels, in later years, seem to us to have been of the most doubtful kind. This does not apply, except it the most limited sense, to the letters under review. By far the greater majority are self-evidently the work of Intelligences far removed from our standards. One is irresistibly struck by the difference in the communications of the two Masters. There is direct evidence it the letters that, in the case of K.H. there is an Ego which emerges as one reads. There is a continuity, an evenness of thought and conception, that suggests something of the gracious individuality that penned the scripts. It the case of M. there is a ruggedness, a halting suggestion of labor willingly performed, but in a difficult medium that has a tonic effect on the reader.
The letters are divided into seven sections, all of the greatest interest, but of which the two most important and valuable deal with the "Occult World" series, and philosophical and theoretical teachings, while the third series on Probation and Chelaship will be of fascinating interest to the would-be Occultist. There is much that one would be glad to quote, and many things to which reference could be made, were it not for consideration of space. Every well-informed Theosophist requires to have this volume in his bookcase, and every student will find it a mine from which vast quantities of the most precious of all metals may be dug. It is
not a royal road to Occultism, but it removes as far as possible many an obstacle which has hitherto proved insurmountable to many of us. Moreover, to those who are now utterly disgusted in finding in the T.S. the incense laden air of an ecclesiasticism that is utterly hateful, it will be as a strong wind that carries away for ever all the wretched "odor of Sanctity" that has made Theosophy more or less a by-word. There is in it a cleanness, a breadth of vision, a knowledge not of this world, that is refreshing beyond words.
But of the letters that will prove of supreme interest there are the two in which the old controversy regarding the relationship of Mars and Mercury with our present chain of globes, and the character of Mme. Blavatsky, are treated. In regard to the former, one can only say briefly that the actual teaching of the Masters seems to completely vindicate The Secret Doctrine and H.P.B. in her refutation of Mr. Sinnett's teaching in Esoteric Buddhism, that Mars and Mercury are globes of our present chain of worlds. Hence there is additional reason to suspect the clairvoyance of those who have since supported Mr. Sinnett's complete failure to appreciate the teaching given him in this regard. There is room for a great deal of hard thinking here. In regard to the character of Mme. Blavatsky, every student should make a point of reading Letter No. LIV (pp. 302-21) with the utmost care. It is a voice from the Void, rising up to defend the memory of H.P.B. from all the aspersions and calumnies of Mr. Sinnett's posthumous attack. All those who recall with love and veneration the memory of that heroic figure looming Large in the closing years of the Nineteenth Century, will rejoice that this splendid defense and vindication his now been belatedly given to the world. On page 314 will be found an illuminating exposition of H.P.B.'s character, that we specially refrain from quoting, so that the reader of this review may be tempted to obtain the book itself. A careful study of this letter will provide the materials for rebutting many other attacks besides that of Sinnett, and will go far towards confirming the belief of those who knew her best in her singularly upright nature.
A word of gratitude must be given to the compiler. In the mass of correspondence some sort of system had to be introduced, and it would have been hard to suggest anything better. There is abundant evidence of his care and consideration throughout the volume, while his introduction and appendices show him to have the root of matters Theosophical within him. This makes us inclined to regret that we have no personal knowledge of Mr. Barker. But we welcome him very heartily to the company of those who are fighting for sanity, cleanness, and decency in the Theosophical world. We heartily agree with Mr. Barker that "it is almost impossible to arrive at the facts, or even to form a trustworthy opinion upon a subject so far reaching, by studying an edited book of extracts," but we are grateful that we have now the opportunity of first-hand study of the complete mass of information. We agree equally with Mr. Barker when he says that "a careful study . . . yields some interesting results.... Many theories which have become the accepted dogmas of modern Theosophical doctrines, are clearly shown to be inaccurate and misleading." The introduction of undue reliance on ceremonial, orders, Churches etc., during the past twelve years, lends him to quote the Master K.H. in such terms as will forever prove that this Teacher at least cannot be behind such organizations. "It is the sacerdotal caste, the priesthood and the Churches; it is all these illusions that man looks upon as sacred, that he has to search out the source of that multitude of evils which is the great curse of humanity, and which almost overwhelms mankind." (K.H., Letter No. X) Mr. Barker has much to say in his introduction regarding the attitude of Theosophy towards Spiritualism that will rejoice many hearts. He has many wise words in regard to Occultism and Mysticism, and how both may be helped by a study of these letters. "As one reads these letters, written 40 years ago," says Mr. Barker, "the conviction is reached that the way to the Master is open today as it was then. But the possibility of achievement for the individual lies not in following and pledging loyalty to any personal leader, but by the uncompromising devotion to the Idea - to principles.'' This is the spirit that is so greatly needed to counteract so much that is false and pernicious in the T.S. today. It is the spirit also that will help most in the work that is immediately ahead - the work of restating the principle of Theosophy in such a manner that none can be deceived by the travesty that is flaunting itself in the world today. Because there is so much in this splendid volume that helps in the study of The Secret Doctrine, we are reserving a space for it beside H.P.B.'s volumes, and will study the two works in conjunction, that we may indeed be worthy of the teaching that has been given for the enlightening of the world and for the spiritual uplifting of Humanity. If we have any regrets at all in connection with this book, it is that we did not have it available twenty years ago. Copies can be ordered through the Book Depot, Independent Theosophical Society, 69 Hunter Street, Sydney, N.S.W.
The Rosary of Pan. By A.M. Stephen. Publishers: McClelland & Stewart, Toronto.
Having already made the acquaintance of Mr. Stephen in the realms of Theosophical activity in Canada (where he has the reputation of being a brilliant publicist), it is very pleasant to receive a copy of his excellent book of verse.
Mr. Stephen manages to convey some very high teaching without the use of any label, and the book is characterized throughout by a masterly style and a scholarly use of English inspired by a vivid imagination.
As the title suggests, the book is largely the record of a lover of Nature, and so should appeal to all Australian admirers of poetry.
We understand that the book has had a very favorable reception its England, and the Australian verdict will be an endorsement of this.
Unfortunately, we can give no information regarding cost, etc., as only a presentation copy has come to hand; but, judging from the general style of the work, it should cost somewhere about 7/6, at which price it represents a literary bargain.
Mysticism of East and West: Studies in Mystical and Moral Philosophy, By William Loftus Hare, pp. 356, 8vo., Jonathan Cape, 1923, 10/6
"The work of Mr. Loftus Hare in the fields of comparative religion and philosophy should not require any introduction to Theosophists, who have for many years been familiar with it. Mr. Hare's work during this time has been of such a consistently high order that it is sufficient to say, to indicate the quality of the book under present review, that it contains the cream of his labors. As in his series of small books on The World Religions, Mr. Hare chronicled the historical and visible movement of the thought of man, so can it be said that in the present work he has put on record the spiritual and invisible progress which has always been behind historical movements, which are indeed nothing more than symbols representing this inner progression."
With these words does one of our contemporaries introduce a new book which will take its place with other classics necessary to students of Comparative Religion.
Mr. Hare, making full use of a rare knowledge, the reward of long years of research, ranges well-nigh across the whole field of religion and philosophy. There are chapters
on Chinese Egoism and on Nietzsche's Critique of Buddhism, on Nirvana and on The Key to Pythagoras, all maintaining a remarkably high level of erudition and clearness. The chapter entitled A View of Karma should arouse considerable interest. Mr. Hare effectively proves in this study that in Brahmanism reincarnation was only a subsidiary doctrine to that of karma. A view which must have suggested itself to many who have closely studied Indian thought.
The three chapters dealing with Christian belief are brimful of original new points. In one of them the superstitions and legends which have grown up around the Eucharist under the watchful cultivation of generations of priests, are convincingly disposed of.
This chapter should be widely quoted by those who are opposed to making this faded superstition of priestly mediation between man and the Supreme a requirement of true religion. The breaking-up of faith in externals, is the only possible means of helping man to find the one and only ultimate path to God; the way of introspection, of looking inward for the glory which is the Self.
The final chapter, entitled The Ethics and Psychology of Forgiveness, contains a noble and eloquent plea for the tempering of blind and unbending justice with the spirit of forgiveness, and the high ethical level of the Sermon on the Mount is approached by Reason as it once was by Love.
Answers to Correspondents
A.B.L. (Sydney): In answer to your question as to what became of the money subscribed in advance by numbers of T.S. members for copies of "The Lives of Alcyone" in book form. Have no information on the subject, and regret cannot reply to the question. You should write to the Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. It was stated some time ago that the book was printed, but not bound, and that the printed matter was stocked at Adyar. Have also heard that some presentation copies were sent to special friends -- O.R. (Richmond, Cal.): Thanks for renewal. Your suggestive appreciation is being considered. -- M.K. (Seattle, Wash.): Renewal and donation much appreciated. -- T.B.M. (Miranda, N.S.W.): Subscription for third volume booked. Thanks. -- W.T.W. (Melbourne): We are not interested. As previously said by Dawn, an official statement by the President alone can bring relief. -- Miss O. (Hobart): Thanks for letter; all the same, we are inclined to say, "Why pick us?" -- L.A.B. (Boston, Mass.): Your subscription and extra amount "thankfully received," and will be "most faithfully applied," to use phrases with which you are doubtless familiar. -- B. D. (Benares): You ought to know better than we do; we have never been specially interested in Indian politics. -- D.S.O. (Guildford, Eng.): No, the rumors started in Ceylon about 1889, and reappeared regularly ever since. -- F.G.H. (Melbourne): We can only conclude your sense of humor is
a minus quantity. -- Mrs. A.G. (Nashville, Tenn.): You are quite at sea. The name is a nom-de-plume, and the writer weighs 230 pounds! -- Miss S. (Perth): We respect your bashful wishes. We sent the literature direct. -- E.C. (Stockholm, Sweden): We hope to outline an entirely constructive policy very soon. -- T.M.R. (Ballarat): Thanks for subscription. We will consider MSS., but it must be good to warrant publicity. -- Co-Mason (Lannceston): We didn't mean to be rude, and, in any case, we know the Editor of The Occult Review personally. In fact, he once gave us a novel to read while at sea en route to Australia. -- Doctor M. (Johannesburg): Sorry cannot oblige. The published documents alone are overwhelming. -- Mary B. (no address, posted Mosman): Hopeless. You might read up the chapter on verse writing in Nessfield's Grammar. Or get advice from The World's News, which criticizes amateur efforts at poetry. -- Miss Mac. (Hobart): Tell us more about your experiences in Madras. And what India thinks of Theosophy these days. -- E.W. (Hampstead, N.W. 3): Good wishes very acceptable. Donations much more so. -- N.S.W. (Pittsburgh, Pa.): We can picture you reading Dawn in Schenley Park. Do you ever walk under the big bridge with the panthers? -- Labor of Love (Edinburgh): Your panegyric of the President fell by accident into the W.P.B. and - wasn't rescued. -- Mrs. F. (Perth): We can only repeat that the statement was (in Winston Churchill's language), "a frigid, calculated lie." -- N.S.B. (London, S.W.): The fact that no announcement has been made that one or both has become a Master, is because we are certain to hear about it and shamelessly publish it. -- "Peanut" (Adelaide): We are only able to express our sincere thanks. "There is a more joy," etc. -- L.L.B. (Fort Worth, Tex.): Thanks for clippings re "Modernism." We handed them to a Presbyterian padre, whom we met at the war. He nearly died, so we won't give him any more. -- Mrs. Q. (New York): Mrs. J.C. ver Planck, "Jasper Neimand," and Mrs. Archibald Keightly, were all one individual. She was also "Julius," of The Path. Her Christian name was Julia. She did not, however, publish a translation of the Gita. -- "Marguerite" (Bendigo): We are under the impression that the Stephen who edited Patanjali for Western Readers was "missing" after the battle of Loos, and his death was afterwards confirmed by Court of Enquiry. Sorry have no other information. He was a former scholar of Pembroke (Cambridge), and an M.A. -- "Marquis" (Le Havre): Get into touch with M. Revel, who will give you all the facts regarding M. Chevrier's resignation. -- L.C.C.: Mme. Blavatsky was most certainly an "Aristocrat." Her roughness of manner was purely on the surface; by birth and breeding she was une Grand Dame, and she certainly lived up to it - when occasion demanded. By the way, your initials are rather unfortunate, aren't they? -- W.T.L. (Wellington, N.Z.): Not exactly unsuitable, but space is limited -- B.P.W. (New York): Delighted. The news is splendid, and confirms our expectations. -- Mrs. B. (Mobile, Ala.): Yes, you are quite right. Mrs. Besant's constant reiteration of England's future greatness, and of the union of England and India being essential for world peace, has always retarded Theosophy in the U.S.A., as well as giving rise to needless irritation there. -- L.K.G. (Birmingham, Ala.): We do not know the reason why A.B. has not visited America for so many years, but we can guess. Certainly it is not want of funds, although we understand that a foolish incursion into a daily paper in London lost a lot of money for her. "Ask, and ye shall receive," has long since been Mrs. Besant's motto, occasionally varied to, "Ask (through Jinarajadasa), and, etc." -- W.L.M. (Dublin) : Literature forwarded. Please spread widely. -- F.C.J. (Melbourne): Have written you direct. -- M.C.J. (Brisbane): No, sorry, of course, but it could not be otherwise. -- C.R. (Adelaide): Your request, dear lady, cannot be compiled with. -- M.S. (Berlin): Replying direct, and enclosing translation. We fear our German requires more apologies than your English. You can still get copies of The Ancient Wisdom in your language.
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Students are advised to examine our stocks of books, and the prices asked for them. If you cannot call in person, write to the Hon. Manager, at the above address, and he will be pleased to forward a free Catalogue and Price List.
To mark the inauguration of the Independent Theosophical Society, we are offering the following complete list of books written by H.P.B. in order that students may have the opportunity of adding them to their collections at a reasonable charge:
The Secret Doctrine
We have both the American and English Editions of this famous work. The American Edition is published in four volumes, and is a true and unabridged copy of the original. The English Edition is in three volumes, with an index.
- American Edition.........L3 10 0 Post Free L3 13 0
- English Edition.........L3 3 0 Post Free L3 5 8
A Blavatsky Quotation Book
This is a handy and compact collection of extracts from the writings of H.P.B., and is just the right sort of present to give to one's friends. Compiled by an advanced student, this book contains much invaluable information for all grades of readers. - 2/6 Post Free 2/7
The Key to Theosophy
We have only the American Edition of this very valuable work, because, while it is more expensive than the English, the difference in price is not so marked, and we can guarantee this Edition to be a faithful reproduction of the original.
- American Edition (only).........10/6 Post Free 11/1
A Modern Panarion
Described by H.P.B. as "A Collection of Fugitive Fragments," and containing much information of a miscellaneous nature. Only Volume I is now in print, but this is complete in itself. - 9/- Post Free 9/10
The Voice of the Silence
This gem of occultism should be the inseparable companion of anybody who aspires to tread the Path which leads to the Masters of the Wisdom. The English Edition differs somewhat from the American, but advanced students are of the opinion that the alterations in this work are not so serious as those in the other works.
English Edition -
Paper Covers..........1/6 Post Free 1/7
Cloth Covers ........... 2/6 Post Free 2/7
Leather Binding .............. 5/6 Post Free 5/8
The American Edition contains, as a frontispiece, a fine portrait of H.P.B. and also incorporates her translation of The Stanzas of Dzyan, those marvelous relics of ancient Oriental Occultism, which form the basis of the Secret Doctrine.
- American Edition (Cloth Covers).......5/6 Post Free 5/8
Here also we have both Editions, the American being in four volumes, and the English in two. While we recommend the American Edition, we have no hesitation in selling the English Edition to those who prefer the more portable version.
- American Edition.......... L3 10 0 Post Free L3 13 0
- English Edition...........L2 0 0 Post Free L2 1 4