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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Annie Besant

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A MYSTERIOUS BROTHERHOOD.

Mrs. Annie Besant has been interviewed relative to her recent extraordinary statement that she had received communications "in the same handwriting" as those received by the late Madame Blavatsky. In the first place, she explained that -
"We Theosophists allege that there is a brotherhood which has existed for many thousands of years who are what we call Mahatmas, or Masters. We say that these men have in their hands a great body of teaching and scientific knowledge, and
that from time to time they have sent out messengers to give out to the world parts of this knowledge." She proceeded to say that Mdme. Blavatsky was one of these messengers, and then the interviewer asked:
"What can you tell me about the letters you have received? What was the means of their communication, how were they written, and upon what kind of paper?"
"I cannot answer you there so fully as you might wish, because I must not. There is always this one difficulty in dealing with these matters to the public, that the modus operandi is not explained. I am pledged to secrecy, but, apart from that, it would
be as difficult to explain the transmission of such messages as to explain the working of the telephone to a person who knows nothing of electricity. There is a further difficulty; the forces with which the transmission of messages is closely connected
may be used for very mischievous ends. The manipulation of those forces is only taught to those who are pledged disciples of the Mahatmas."
"If you will not say anything more in this relation, will you still tell me one thing? Has the death of Madame Blavatsky affected the connections existing between your Theosophical colony and the Mahatmas?"
"A large number of men and women were pupils of Madame Blavatsky, and those came into relations with the Mahatmas, which relations are not altered by her departure. I myself came into direct communication with the Mahatmas nearly a year ago; so I
am able to say I have first-hand evidence of their existence. Until that time my only personal knowledge of the existence of these abnormal powers was in their exercise by Madame Blavatsky herself. The radical difference in our position now as compared with
our position before Madame Blavatsky left is that she was an initiate, while now there are only pupils. There is no one who has the power of knowledge to take the place she occupied amongst us. If it became necessary the Mahatmas would send over another messenger,
but it is impossible to say whether the necessity for that will arise."
"That remark leads me to ask where your Mahatmas are principally located - in what part of the world?"
"They are scattered all over the world, and belong to all nations, but the largest group of them are resident at present in Tibet, and it is with the Mahatmas there that the Theosophical Society is connected."
Hereanent the London Daily Chronicle, which has devoted many columns to the discussion of the subject, says: That the Mahatma controversy has excited extraordinary interest is evidenced by the attention it has received from many of our contemporaries. It is not too much
to say that the discussion has spread all over the country, as may be seen by reference to the columns of the chief provincial newspapers. If the Theosophical Society feel any satisfaction in arousing the spirit of inquiry, they may congratulate themselves on a "revival" which has spread
even to the Continent, and is to be observed especially at Paris. Whether the investigation, so far as it has gone, is in their favour is another matter. "Mahatma" is a Sanskrit word - or, rather, two words, "Maha" and "Atma" - meaning literally, "great spirit." Among the Hindus "Mahatma" is in common
use without reference, necessarily, to the "Masters" of Theosophy. Among the Buddhists the equivalent word to "Mahatma" is "Arhat," which if shorter is also less melodious. In a "short glossary of Theosophical terms," compiled by Mrs. Besant and Mr. Herbert Burrows, "Atma" is described as "the seventh,
the highest principle in man," and "Mahatma" as the name given to "highly evolved and living men, who have developed the spiritual nature and mastered the physical and passional."

Source: Aberdare Times, 12 September 1891, Page 2

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Re: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Annie Besant

Post by Karen on Mon 19 May 2014 - 12:42

The Master of the Rolls heard on Saturday an application by Mr. Ince, Q.C., and Mr. Bardiswell, on behalf of the Rev. Frank Besant, to remove out of the custody of his wife, the well-known Mrs. Annie Besant, their child Mabel Emily
Besant, and put her henceforth under the father's care, on the ground of her mother's conduct and refusal of religious instruction of the child. After hearing council and Mrs. Besant herself, the Master of the Rolls granted the application, expressing
strong disapproval of the conduct of the mother.

Source: Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser, 24 May 1878, Page 4

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Post by Karen on Mon 19 May 2014 - 12:42

MADAME BLAVATSKY.

The late Madame Blavatsky, the founder and leader of the Theosophists, was a Russian by birth, but had become a thorough cosmopolitan. She had travelled in many lands, visited strange places, and acquired an enormous amount of information. Her books,
"Isis Unveiled" and "The Secret Doctrine," in which she expounds Theosophy, are the best testimonials of her learning. They are stiff reading. After preaching Theosophy in America, Madame Blavatsky settled in London, which became the headquarters of the cult.
The movement has extended very much in recent years, especially in Eastern counties. Madame Blavatsky (say the Star) was a woman of huge size, and in recent years she has moved about little. She was unconventional in her habits. As a cigarette smoker she could give
points to most people. She was amiable, kind, and a true friend to all who were in distress - physical or mental. She has been often bitterly and brutally attacked, but never had the worse of an encounter.

Source: Evening Express, 11 May 1891, Page 2

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THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY.
What Life is For: Does Death End It?

The question of a future life had become of absorbing interest at all times and amongst all nations, said Mr. B.E.R. Everett, president of the local Theosophical Society, in a lecture at the Carlylean Club on Sunday. Christian ideas on the subject were vague and unsatisfactory.
Theosophy taught that we were spiritual beings, incarnated in physical matter, not animal bodies having souls, and that after death were were precisely the same individuals as before, with this exception, that we had no physical bodies. In the disembodied state, after ridding ourselves
of animal passions and desires, such riddance involving a struggle longer or shorter in proportion as we had lived virtuous or sinful lives. We passed into a state of bliss in many ways corresponding to the Christian heaven. Theosophy taught that in this state of being we digested and
assimilated what we had learned in earth life. This process being completed we returned to earth to gain more experience. We began again just where we left off, the object of these repeated incarnations being to gain control over our lower animal nature. Everyone would thus be saved. The law
of justice was all-merciful, and never ceased to give chances of reformation and amendment while a spark of goodness remained. There was no forgiveness of sins; men could not escape the consequences of their acts. No one was saved by believing, but by action. Death-bed repentances were an
absurdity. The lecturer concluded by urging that a knowledge of this law of justice that we must all inevitably reap what we sow would tend to the practice of virtue and the eschewing of vice. In reply to a question, Mr. Everett claimed that there was no outside influence tempting men to do wrong. God and the
devil were parts of their own nature.

Source: Cardiff Times, 9 April 1898, Page 8

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Post by Karen on Tue 20 May 2014 - 2:50

MRS. BESANT AND THEOSOPHY.
Messages from the Unseen World.

Mrs. Annie Besant has been interviewed by a representative of the Press with regard to the remarkable statement she made on Sunday night at the Hall of Science, to the effect "that since Madame Blavatsky 'left' she had had letters in the same writing
from the same source whence Madame Blavatsky received her letters." Mrs. Besant, in reply to her interviewer, said: -
We Theosophists allege that there is a brotherhood which has existed for many thousands of years, who are what we call Mahatmas, or Masters. We say that these men have in their hands a great body of teaching and scientific knowledge, and that from time
to time they have sent out messengers to give out to the world parts of this knowledge. They are men who have reached a point of evolution which the race itself won't reach for thousands of years, and this they have done by special training prolonged through many
incarnations. Still, the fact remains that they are living men, and that they can be seen and talked with like other men. But in addition to being able to talk in the general way, they have evolved the power of communicating instantaneously with persons in any part of the world,
either by speech or writing, and of appearing to persons in what we call the thought body - that is, the intelligence separated from the physical body, which under those conditions is left unconscious - in the place where the person is living. There is nothing in what I have been
describing that is miraculous; it is simply the knowledge of laws of nature not commonly known. There is nothing more miraculous in one of the Mahatmas conveying speech or writing across hundreds of miles than in a man in London speaking through a telephone to another man
in Paris. The difference is that the Mahatmas are able to use those currents without wires, while Western science is only able to use them with wires. To speak of those men as spirits, in the ordinary sense of the word, is a mistake. They are spirits as every human being is a spirit, but
in no other sense. The interest of the existence of those men lies in the view that they are what we can be, and what the whole race will be in the course of evolution. They have simply quickened their development. It was from those men that Madame Blavatsky came as a messenger,
and under their direction that she founded the Theosophical Society. She received from them a large number of letters, and she was in continual communication with them. It was alleged against her that the letters she said were from the Mahatmas were forged by herself. It is interesting
in this connection to say that letters in the same handwriting have been received by myself and others since Madame Blavatsky left.
Here the interviewer asked what Mrs. Besant could tell him about the letters: "What was the means of their communication, how were they written, and upon what kind of paper?"
I cannot answer you there so fully as you might wish (replied Mrs. Besant), because I must not. There is always this one difficulty in dealing with these matters to the public, that the modus operandi is not explained. I am pledged to secrecy but apart from that it would be as difficult to explain
the transmission of such messages as to explain the working of the telephone to a person who knows nothing of electricity. There is a further difficulty: the forces with which the transmission of messages is closely connected may be used for very mischievous ends. The manipulation of those
forces is only taught to those who are pledged disciples of the Mahatmas. A large number of men and women were pupils of Madame Blavatsky, and those came into relations with the Mahatmas, which relations are not altered by her departure. I myself came into direct communication with the Mahatmas
nearly a year ago; so I am able to say I have first-hand evidence of their existence. The radical difference in our position now as compared with our position before Madame Blavatsky left is that she was an initiate, while now there are only pupils. There is no one who has the power of knowledge to take the place
she occupied amongst us. If it became necessary, the Mahatmas would send over another messenger; but it is impossible to say whether the necessity for that will arise.
In reply to another inquiry, Mrs. Besant said that the Mahatmas are scattered all over the world, and belong to all nations; but the largest group of them are resident at present in Tibet, and it is with the Mahatmas there that the Theosophical Society is connected. She added; -
The only condition of entrance into the Theosophical Society is acceptance of the doctrine of universal brotherhood; but those who desire to go further and study Occultism - as the science of those hidden forces of nature is called - must be prepared to surrender all worldly advantages, and to live a life of complete
self-sacrifice, and to work for others. The study is surrounded with so many difficulties that few who begin persevere, and fewer still succeed. Many persons have begun simply with a desire to gain powers, and they have all broken down under the conditions of training. Great courage, as well as great unselfishness, are
necessary to pass even the early initiations. Bulwer's famous story of "Zanoni" is not entirely a fiction.
As to the connection between the social side of Theosophy and these occult things, Mrs. Besant said they were not directly related. Increased happiness depended on the spread of Theosophical ethics rather than on mere knowledge. From the highest sort of secularism might be expected recruits for Theosophy. The future
was for her wholly and absolutely for Theosophy. However, she did not expect to be believed, although convinced of the truth of her doctrines.

Source: Cardiff Times, 5 September 1891, Page 4

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