Second Generation refers to a shifted leadership in the Theosophical Society, with international headquarters in Adyar, Madras, post-1890’s, and led by Annie Besant in 1907 til her death. The second generation Theosophists drift from a teaching of progressive evolution to a program of “progressive millenialism,” says Catherine Wessinger, in her The Second Generation Leaders of the Theosophical Society (Adyar). U.G. (Uppaluri Gopala) Krishnamurti, a 20th century philosopher, recollects his early life where he was surrounded by the Theosophical Society. U.G.’s recollection should be informative, against the psychological traps of cult-habits. U.G. talks of his impression he gained about Jiddu Krishnamurti, C.W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant, and things he heard about H.P.B. as a strangely hypnotizing woman who gave lectures at the colleges smoking her cigar.
§ It is worth noting, U.G. Krishnamurti’s correct remarks on second generation Theosophical Society, and as to Catherine Wessinger’s paper on its shift to a progressive millenialism, under Besant and C.W.L.’s leadership, i.e., the expectation of a collective salvation by superhuman agents contradicts H.P.B.’s superiors.