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Thakur Singh Connection and Damodar meets the Mahatmas

Theosophist, Damodar Mavalankar


In one testimony of theosophist and disciple, Damodar K. Mavalankar, he tells us his meeting with K.H. in Lahore, and three nights consecutively for about three hours in Jammu:

“…I was visited by him in body, for three nights consecutively for about three hours….[in Jammu] I had the good fortune of being sent for, and permitted to visit a sacred Ashram where I remained for a few days in the blessed company of several of the much doubted MAHATMAS….There I met not only my beloved Gurudeva [K.H.] and Col. Olcott’s Master [Morya], but several others of the Fraternity….” (Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement, pp. 335-336)

Due to their close vicinity in Jammu to Thakur Singh, K. Paul Johnson makes a leap of faith, assuming that Thakur Singh was Koot Hoomi, despite not citing any of the accessible historical records and minutes that would suggest Thakur Singh was in Lahore and Jammu the same time as Damodar.

We can also include Scottish Theosophist, William Tournay Brown’s testimony of meeting K.H. in Lahore physically in the afternoon of November 19, 1883. W.T. Brown appeared in his testimony to be incredibly surprised by meeting K.H. in the flesh, stating how “markedly audible” his foot-steps were on the ground as he left that evening. This testimony is well-known to Theosophists and was compiled by Daniel H. Caldwell in his casebook of encounters:

“…Lahore has a special interest, because there we saw, in his own physical body, Mahatma Koot Hoomi himself. On the afternoon of the 19th November, I saw the Master in broad daylight, and recognized him, and on the morning of the 20th he came to my tent, and said, “Now you see me before you in the flesh; look and assure yourself that it is I,” and left a letter of instructions and silk handkerchief. On the evening of the 21st, after the lecture was over, Colonel Olcott, Damodar, and I were sitting outside the shamiana (pavilion or pandal), when we were visited by Djual Khool (the Master’s head Chela), who informed us that the Master was about to come. The Master then came near to us, gave instructions to Damodar, and walked away. On leaving Lahore the next place visited was Jammu, the winter residence of His Highness the Maharajah of Cashmere. At Jammu I had another opportunity of seeing Mahatma Koot Hoomi in propria persona. One evening I went to the end of the “compound” (private enclosure), and there I found the Master awaiting my approach. I saluted in European fashion, and came, hat in hand, to within a few yards of the place on which he was standing. After a minute or so he marched away, the noise of his footsteps on the gravel being markedly audible.” (A Casebook of Encounters with the Theosophical Mahatmas, Case 37, compiled and edited by Daniel H. Caldwell)

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