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The Identities of the Theosophical Masters Series VIII: Insight into Olcott’s Strained Relationship with Blavatsky


During a period that The Secret Doctrine was being written, Olcott’s relationship with H.P.B. had become more strained, and it is said K.H. materialized a letter on Olcott’s table saying of H.P.B., that the Adepts have no favorites. K.H. adds, despite H.P.B.’s personality and flaws, she is their direct agent, and that they employ the best agents:

“….we have no favourites, nor affections for persons, but only for their good acts and humanity as a whole. But we employ agents – the best available. Of these for the past thirty years the chief has been the personality known as H.P.B. to the world (but otherwise to us). Imperfect and very troublesome, no doubt, she proves to some, nevertheless, there is no likelihood of our finding a better one for years to come – and your theosophists should be made to understand it. (…) Theosophists should learn it. You will understand later the significance of this declaration so keep it in mind. Her fidelity to our work being constant, and her sufferings having come upon her thro’ it, neither I nor either of my Brother associates will desert or supplant her. As I once before remarked, ingratitude is not among our vices. (…) To help you in your present perplexity: H.P.B. has next to no concern with administrative details, and should be kept clear of them, so far as her strong nature can be controlled. But this you must tell to all: – With occult matters she has everything to do. We have not abandoned her; she is not ‘given over to chelas’. She is our direct agent. I warn you against permitting your suspicions and resentment against ‘her many follies’ to bias your intuitive loyalty to her. (…) I have also noted your thoughts about the ‘Secret Doctrine’. Be assured that what she has not annotated from scientific and other works, we have given or suggested to her. Every mistake or erroneous notion, corrected and explained by her from the works of other theosophists was corrected by me, or under my instruction. It is a more valuable work than its predecessor, an epitome of occult truths that will make it a source of information and instruction for the earnest student for long years to come.”

The Theosophical Society lost its masters and sponsors, and Morya had written two letters to Col. Henry S. Olcott in very personal tone, saying: “The night before last will prove a memorable one for you. … You have alienated from yourself another brother – though a woman – and that, I am afraid, for ever. What possessed you to speak in the way you did of a friend, a woman, one to whom you owe all you know, and even the possibilities of the future – for she was the first to show you the way – is more than all the occult sciences are able to explain! … She went to Maha Sahib the same night and proved to him she had been all the time right and He wrong. … The Maha Sahib had nothing to say – neither have I or any of us, but to regret, and that very deeply, that want of discrimination and tact so prominent in a man of your intellect and sense.” In the second mentioned letter: “These are foolish, insane ideas of yours about Upasika [H.P.B.], Henry, wretched thoughts – the mirage thrown upon your brain by some of those who surround you (…) You wrong her from beginning to end. You have never understood Upasika, nor the laws thro’ which her apparent life has been made to work since you knew her. You are ungrateful and unjust and even cruel.”

The superior of K.H. and M. introduced in The Identities of the Theosophical Masters Series IV as Maha Sahib is Serapis Bey, who was mentioned earlier.

This is showing that these Adepts watched the Theosophical Society mature from a distance, repeatedly stating their roles are not to be nannies, and the leaders and members must sort out the karma they create, and which brought them together. William Q. Judge, a co-founder of the Theosophical Society became Vice-President of the T.S., and leader of the entire American Section.

In a private letter to H.P.B. dated 29th November 1890, W.Q. Judge states that: “I know and have for years known what is the matter with Olcott. It is this, he has never been loyal to you who gave him all he ever knew of the Masters and their wisdom. He used to say and to write the most awful mean things to me about you, and that is why I have always been disgusted with him. But I regarded him as a man whom THEY had taken to use for THEIR purposes as long as he would carry them out. I am not surprised at his attitude now for it is perfectly in line with the past and now when he has been put in the fire he shows the weakness of his disloyalty. Whatever you are and whatever faults you have in the eyes of the world I have never found you to fail about the Masters and Their wishes, and more I know that I and all the rest of the Society owe all that we prize in that line to you.”

Hence, it is very odd, that in the April Theosophist (magazine) of 1895, Olcott admits publicly his opinion, that H.P.B. forged bogus messages from these masters, and yet had such detailed accounts of him meeting the masters, stating of himself to be a pupil of Morya. William Q. Judge says in The Path, Vol. X, June 1895 that Olcott despite being beside H.P.B. remained ignorant of ‘practical occultism,’ in the same manner, H.P.B. said lacked in Annie Besant (Anagarika Dharmapala and Gandhi Distrusted Charles Leadbeater and Besant). Have we digressed? Not quite. The point we establish here is that there was believed to be also a subtle magical and magnetic link between the Theosophical Society and the secret fraternities of the Adepts – a link, which was severed through pettiness, credulity, conflict and scandal. The adepts removed themselves from having anything else to do with the Theosophical Society, contrary to the claims of C.W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant and Alice A. Bailey that these same masters were then continuing to direct their work. Many theosophists have argued against this last case.

Although, for the skeptic he may only conclude as Patrick Jane does in “The Mentalist,” when he unveils the switchboards to a supposed ‘Haunted House’ during a murder case:

“All fake, because you see my credulous Van Pelt, spirits are smoke-and-mirrors, and that’s all that they are.” (Patrick Jane played by Simon Baker, Season 2, Episode 5. Red Scare, “The Mentalist” TV Show)

But in light of the given information, is it that simple? It isn’t.

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