“I must tell you that during the last quarter of every hundred years an attempt is made by those “Masters,” of whom I have spoken, to help on the spiritual progress of Humanity in a marked and definite way. Towards the close of each century you will invariably find that an outpouring or upheaval of spirituality – or call it mysticism if you prefer – has taken place. Some one or more persons have appeared in the world as their agents, and a greater or less amount of occult knowledge and teaching has been given out. If you care to do so, you can trace these movements back, century by century, as far as our detailed historical records extend. … If the present attempt, in the form of our Society, succeeds better than its predecessors have done, then it will be in existence as an organized, living and healthy body when the time comes for the effort of the 20th century.”
– H.P. Blavatsky, “The Key to Theosophy” p. 306-307
“Among the commandments of Tsong-Kha-pa there is one that enjoins the Rahats (Arhats) to make an attempt to enlighten the world, including the “white barbarians,” every century, at a certain specified period of the cycle. Up to the present day none of these attempts has been very successful. Failure has followed failure. Have we to explain the fact by the light of a certain prophecy? It is said that up to the time when Pban-chhen-rin-po-chhe (the Great Jewel of Wisdom) [i.e. Panchen Rinpoche, the Panchen Lama of Tibet] condescends to be reborn in the land of the P’helings (Westerners), and appearing as the Spiritual Conqueror (Chom-den-da), destroys the errors and ignorance of the ages, it will be of little use to try to uproot the misconceptions of P’heling-pa (Europe); her sons will listen to no one.”
– H.P. Blavatsky, “Tsong-Kha-pa – Lohans in China” and “Tibetan Teachings”
“Mesmer … was an initiated member of the Brotherhoods of the Fratres Lucis and of Lukshoor (or Luxor), or the Egyptian Branch of the latter. It was the Council of “Luxor” which selected him – according to the orders of the “Great Brotherhood” – to act in the 18th century as their usual pioneer, sent in the last quarter of every century to enlighten a small portion of the Western nations in occult lore. It was St. Germain who supervised the development of events in this case; and later Cagliostro was commissioned to help, but having made a series of mistakes, more or less fatal, he was recalled. Of these three men who were at first regarded as quacks, Mesmer is already vindicated. The justification of the two others will follow in the next century.”
– H.P. Blavatsky, “Theosophical Glossary” p. 213-214
“Every century an attempt is being made to show the world that Occultism is no vain superstition. Once the door permitted to be kept a little ajar, it will be opened wider with every new century. The times are ripe for a more serious knowledge than hitherto permitted, though still very limited, so far.”
– H.P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. xxxvii-xxxviii (Introduction)
“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. … 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.”
– Master K.H., from a Letter to Col. Olcott
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Some people object to the idea that the Masters were only willing or able to give out new teachings to the world between 1875-1900 and that no further or deeper information would or could be made available from the Gupta Vidya – the Secret Doctrine itself – until the closing quarter of the following century, i.e. 1975-2000. Some wonder where this concept comes from, thus showing their lack of familiarity with the work and teachings of H.P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge, and the written words of the Masters themselves.
First, it may be useful to read these excerpts from the article “The Closing Cycle” which was written in January 1895 by William Judge. Its great significance and importance can only be appreciated by those who are familiar with Mr Judge’s central role and position in the Theosophical Movement, on both the exoteric and esoteric level, and how he was looked upon and spoken about by HPB. The articles Who was William Quan Judge? and The Welcome Influence of William Q. Judge should be read in this regard. He wrote:
“Nothing is more plain than that H.P. Blavatsky said, on the direct authority of the Masters, that in the last twenty-five years of each century an effort is made by the Lodge and its agents with the West, and that it [i.e. the effort] ceases in its direct and public form and influence with the twenty-fifth year. Those who believe her will believe this; those who think they know more about it than she did will invent other ideas suited to their fancies.
“She explained, as will all those who are taught (as are many) by the same Masters, that were the public effort to go on any longer than that, a reaction would set in very similar to indigestion. Time must be given for assimilation, or the “dark shadow which follows all innovations” would crush the soul of man. The great public, the mass, must have time and also material. Time is ever. The matter has been furnished by the Masters in the work done by H.P. Blavatsky in her books, and what has grown out of those. She has said, the Masters have said, and I again assert it for the benefit of those who have any faith in me, that the Masters have told me that they helped her write The Secret Doctrine so that the future seventy-five and more years should have some material to work on, and that in the coming years that book and its theories would be widely studied. The material given has then to be worked over, to be assimilated for the welfare of all. …
“We have to do as Buddha told his disciples: preach, promulgate, expound, illustrate, and make clear in detail all the great things we have learned. That is our work, and not the bringing out of surprising things about clairvoyance and other astral matters, nor the blinding of the eye of science by discoveries impossible for them but easy for the occultist. The Master’s plan has not altered. He gave it out long ago. It is to make the world at large better, to prepare a right soil for the growing out of the powers of the soul, which are dangerous if they spring up in our present selfish soil. It is not the Black Lodge that tries to keep back psychic development; it is the White Lodge. The Black would fain have all the psychic powers full flower now, because in our wicked, mean, hypocritical, and money-getting people they would soon wreck the race. This idea may seem strange, but for those who will believe my unsupported word I say it is the Master’s saying.”
The previous year, Mr Judge published an article titled “Will Masters’ Help Be Withdrawn in 1898 until 1975?” Some of his statements there help to further explain and clarify what we have just read:
“The Masters are governed by the law of action and reaction, and are wise enough always not to do that which might result in undoing all their prior work. The law of reaction applies as much to the mind of man as to physical things and forces. By going too far at any one time with the throwing-out of great force in the mental plane, the consequence would be that a reaction of superstition and evil of all sort would undo everything. … Among other reasons for not keeping up the display of much force is that if it went too far many unprepared persons whose moral senses are not rightly governed would take up with all our theories and follow them out along the lines of pure selfishness for business and other purposes. …
“At the end of the twenty-five years [i.e. from 1900 onwards, through to 1975 at least] the Masters will not send out in such a wide and sweeping volume the force they send during the twenty-five years. But that does not mean they will withdraw. They will leave the ideas to germinate in the minds of the people at large, but never will they take away from those who deserve it the help that is due and given to all. However, many will have gone on further by that time than others, and to those who have thus gone on from altruism and unselfish devotion to the good of the race continual help and guiding will be given. Many, however, in and out of the T.S. will continue so selfish and personal that they will have to content themselves with what they will get from others and from the general development. H.P.B. was quite definite on this. It agrees with history. During all the centuries there have been many persons who have had direct and valuable help from Masters, and to suppose that at the end of our first twenty-five years all of that will be finished, is an absurdity in itself.”
Alongside this article was published a statement by Claude Falls Wright, who had been one of the twelve specially chosen members of HPB’s esoteric “Inner Group” in London:
“H.P.B. frequently remarked in my hearing with regard to this question, that … during the last twenty-five years the conditions in the mental and psychic world are such as to allow work with large bodies of persons, whereas after that the work is more or less confined to the few. This is because it is then the Spring-time of the Cycle, when good and evil tendencies and changes come rapidly into existence. But always there have been attempts made to create an Order or association which should be able to live and carry on the work on the original lines from one century to the other. So far, then, from withdrawing Their help, Their desire is to continue to give it, not only after the close of the cycle, but always and at every time. It is the cyclic conditions only that prevent the influx of spiritual wisdom after the close of the cycle.
“But she also said that the amount of power put out was enough to keep the world thinking on these matters far into the coming century, giving as example a train – running at full speed – having its steam shut off; it would continue to run for a long distance after that if left to itself. And the work will not by any means end directly the cycle is ended. On the contrary, she said the endeavor is to educate a number of persons who will be able to preserve the spirit of Theosophical endeavor and keep in touch with the Masters from the close of one public attempt to the beginning of another. This, she declared, is the meaning of the words spoken by one of the Adepts – “So long as three persons remain true to the Brotherhood, the Theosophical Society will continue to live.” And if this is Their promise it only remains for each member to become one of these three in order that the Society should continue to receive the active help of the Masters all the time.
“If it is remembered that it is not because Masters withdraw Their help at all that there is not so much work done at one time as another, but because it is less possible to make changes in the psychic atmosphere during certain seasons than in others, then the rest is perfectly clear.”
In a letter, the Master K.H. writes these words in regard to what he called “the centennial attempt.” We have put certain phrases in bold in order to draw people’s attention to just how serious and insistent the Masters are about this:
“If, for generations we have “shut out the world from the Knowledge of our Knowledge,” it is on account of its absolute unfitness; and if, notwithstanding proofs given, it still refuses yielding to evidence, then will we at the End of this cycle retire into solitude and our kingdom of silence once more. … It is our mission to plunge and bring the pearls of Truth to the surface; theirs – to clean and set them into scientific jewels. And, if they refuse to touch the ill-shapen, oyster-shell, insisting that there is, nor cannot be any precious pearl inside it, then shall we once more wash our hands of any responsibility before human-kind. For countless generations hath the adept builded a fane of imperishable rocks, a giant’s Tower of INFINITE THOUGHT, wherein the Titan dwelt, and will yet, if need be, dwell alone, emerging from it but at the end of every cycle, to invite the elect of mankind to co-operate with him and help in his turn enlighten superstitious man. And we will go on in that periodical work of ours; we will not allow ourselves to be baffled in our philanthropic attempts until that day when the foundations of a new continent of thought are so firmly built that no amount of opposition and ignorant malice guided by the Brethren of the Shadow will be found to prevail.
“But until that day of final triumph someone has to be sacrificed – though we accept but voluntary victims. The ungrateful task did lay her [i.e. HPB] low and desolate in the ruins of misery, misapprehension, and isolation: but she will have her reward in the hereafter for we never were ungrateful.”
There is also a well known statement by HPB in which she asserts that 31st December 1899 would be the last moment possible for further Knowledge to be given out. She emphasises the tremendous restrictions of Cyclic Law, especially during this Kali Yuga or Age of Darkness.
Some people, desperate to believe in the validity and legitimacy of the supposedly Master-inspired teachings and writings of later Theosophists, have asserted that HPB “made a mistake” in what she said about this matter and that all these statements and notions mentioned above should simply be discarded and forgotten about and put down to error on her part and the part of others. But if this is so, then the following points need to be considered by those who are so quick to dismiss and belittle the words and work of the one the Masters called their “direct agent” and “brother”:
* If HPB was mistaken in this, then how can we know that she was not mistaken in other things that she said and taught? If this statement of hers was “erroneous” then all her statements may well be erroneous. In which case, why are you even bothering with Theosophy at all, in any shape or form, if it’s built upon such a supposedly shaky and untrustworthy foundation?
* If HPB was mistaken in this, then how come the Masters did not correct the error? If it is an error then it’s a very serious and misleading one, especially considering the definitiveness with which it’s stated. They had ample time and opportunity in which to correct both it and any “misconceptions” arising as a result of it, being able to do so either via HPB herself or via their contact with any of the numerous Theosophists and even non-Theosophists with whom they were at times in written communication during HPB’s lifetime. But the fact is that they refrained from doing this and that they expressed the exact same viewpoint – and at even greater length – in their own letters.
* If you wish to believe that HPB was mistaken in this, in order to thus give validity to the claims, teachings, and revelations put forth by post-HPB Theosophists who asserted that they were in direct contact and communication with the Masters, then why exactly is this? What exactly do you have against HPB, her teachings, and the written teachings of the actual Masters themselves, that you would want to rubbish them in this way? What exactly is it that you dislike so much about the original authentic Theosophy that you would want to discard it in favour of the “neo-Theosophy” presented by the likes of Leadbeater, Besant, Bailey et al; this being an entirely different and hugely contradictory system of teaching to that laid out by HPB, W.Q. Judge, and the Masters who stood behind them?
It is interesting to note that before Annie Besant abandoned the cause of true Theosophy (for details of which see “H.P. Blavatsky – A Great Betrayal” by Alice Leighton Cleather, “The Theosophical Movement 1875-1950” available from Theosophy Company, amongst other books, and articles such as The Final Mahatma Letter, Col. Olcott’s Disloyalty to H.P. Blavatsky, and The “Third Volume” of The Secret Doctrine) and fell under the damaging and destructive influence of first the Brahmin Chakravarti and then the former Christian priest C.W. Leadbeater, she had been in full agreement with the exact same views expressed in this article.
Several months after HPB’s death in 1891, Besant wrote these words in a prominent article:
“By Theosophy I mean the “Wisdom Religion,” or the “Secret Doctrine,” and our only knowledge of the Wisdom Religion at the present time comes to us from the Messenger of its Custodians, H.P. BLAVATSKY. Knowing what she taught, we can recognise fragments of the same teachings in other writings, but her message remains for us the test of Theosophy everywhere. … Only, none of us has any right to put forward his own views as “Theosophy,” in conflict with hers, for all that we know of Theosophy comes from her. … Theosophists have it in charge not to whittle away the Secret Doctrine. … Steadily, calmly, without anger but also without fear, they must stand by the Secret Doctrine as she gave it, who carried unflinchingly through the storms of well-nigh seventeen years the torch of the Eastern Wisdom. The condition of success is perfect loyalty.”
Yes, “her message remains for us the test of Theosophy everywhere” and “the condition of success is perfect loyalty.”
In the article Theosophy: The Ancient Wisdom, we said:
“The closing quarter of the 19th century was an extremely important and crucial period in humanity’s history and evolution. Three great cycles all intersected at the same time, a very rare and uncommon occurrence. The first 5,000 year cycle of the Kali Yuga was due to draw to a close between late 1897 and early 1898. The Age of Pisces was rapidly fading out and the New Age of Aquarius was to gradually begin its 2,155 year course from the dawning of the new century in 1900.
“In 14th century Tibet, Tsong Kha-pa – the reincarnation of Gautama Buddha – had ordained that the Esoteric Brotherhood was henceforth to send one of their own to the Western world in the closing quarter of each century, to help bring about further spiritual awakening and enlightenment. It was known and understood that only a particular 25 years in each century could be actively used for this purpose, such were and are the very real restrictions of Cyclic and Karmic Law.
“Now the “centennial cycle,” as the Masters have called it, coincided with the closing of the other two cycles. Someone had to appear; someone had to be sent forth into the world; someone with sufficient power, knowledge, and capability to make a real and lasting difference, not only for the West, not only for the East, but for the whole of humanity.
“The “rubbish of the ages” had to be forcibly cleared away from the minds of men, so that the seeds of Truth could be planted and grow to full fruition, although neither the Masters nor their Messenger were under any illusions about the tremendous difficulties, hindrances, and opposition – both seen and unseen – that would be in the way of the fulfillment of their mission.
“That great “Someone” appeared on the scene in, through, and as a Russian woman named Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. A handful of those who were closest to HPB (as she preferred to call herself) came to recognise and realise that it was actually a male Eastern Initiate who had assumed that female European personality, in order to fulfill the mission of the Masters to the greatest extent possible. The Masters stated that although known to the world as “HPB” she was known to them by quite another name. They asserted that she was their “Brother” and their “Direct Agent.”
“In 1875, she and several others founded the Theosophical Movement in New York, USA. She was later to move to India and finally to London, England. The time had come for a re-presentation of the Ancient Wisdom, under the name “Theosophy,” a word derived from the Greek “Theosophia,” meaning “Divine Wisdom”.”
Those who object most strongly and persistently to the concept and principle of the “closing cycle” tend to be those who do not understand what the Theosophical Movement is all about. They fail to see that it was begun in order to bring about a lasting transformation in human consciousness and contribute to the elevation and evolution of the whole of humanity, through the presentation and promulgation of the right ideas, ideals, and ethics, of the Ageless Wisdom. Instead, they seem to think that it is about acquiring and amassing “esoteric knowledge” and gaining “occult development” or initiation for themselves.
With such a selfish and misguided perspective, it is only natural that they become frustrated and annoyed when other students of Theosophy inform them that no new teachings could be given out after the end of the 19th century. Hungry for metaphysical secrets and lots of books packed full of the intellectual complexities of Esoteric Science, they deride it as “narrow,” “limiting,” and “restrictive” to “confine” oneself to the teachings of H.P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge. But what do these individuals know? What do they truly understand about the work and teachings of these two founders of the Theosophical Movement? Theosophy does not exist for us or for our sake; it exists so that we can help and benefit the human race.
In that article on Theosophy: The Ancient Wisdom, it was said: “It takes a certain amount of humility, a real sacrificing of what has been called “the personal idea,” for one to be truly content and satisfied to remain as a mere transmitter and “hander on” of a Teaching which has already been given out. Within the hearts of many lurks the desire to be looked upon as a great leader, to be viewed as a Teacher in their own right, and to be admired and revered as a new “Messenger” for “new teachings” from the Masters.
“This, combined with the constant childish longing of the masses for “fresh revelations” and the “latest messages,” especially when they have not even bothered to make proper use of the huge mass of teaching and information already available, has resulted in considerable damage and tremendous harm for both the Theosophical Movement and the world of spirituality in general.”
Let us now remind ourselves of some of the main reasons why this cycle closes after the final 25 years of each century:
* “Were the public effort to go on any longer than that, a reaction would set in very similar to indigestion. Time must be given for assimilation, or the “dark shadow which follows all innovations” would crush the soul of man. The great public, the mass, must have time and also material. Time is ever. The matter has been furnished by the Masters in the work done by H.P. Blavatsky in her books, and what has grown out of those. … The Masters … helped her write The Secret Doctrine so that the future seventy-five and more years should have some material to work on, and that in the coming years that book and its theories would be widely studied. The material given has then to be worked over, to be assimilated for the welfare of all.”
* “The Masters are governed by the law of action and reaction, and are wise enough always not to do that which might result in undoing all their prior work. The law of reaction applies as much to the mind of man as to physical things and forces. By going too far at any one time with the throwing-out of great force in the mental plane, the consequence would be that a reaction of superstition and evil of all sort would undo everything.”
* “At the end of the twenty-five years the Masters will not send out in such a wide and sweeping volume the force they send during the twenty-five years. But that does not mean they will withdraw. They will leave the ideas to germinate in the minds of the people at large, but never will they take away from those who deserve it the help that is due and given to all.”
* “H.P.B. … said that the amount of power put out was enough to keep the world thinking on these matters far into the coming century, giving as example a train – running at full speed – having its steam shut off; it would continue to run for a long distance after that if left to itself.”
* “We have to do as Buddha told his disciples: preach, promulgate, expound, illustrate, and make clear in detail all the great things we have learned. That is our work.”
Does this seem so strange or odd? Take the analogy of a farmer who sows a tremendous amount of seed in his field over a specific period of time. After sowing all the necessary seeds he must stop and wait. He must then continue to provide the necessary moisture and ingredients for the proper growth of the seeds. But he cannot just keep on sowing and sowing and sowing in the same field or the invariable result will be confusion, suffocation, and a highly imperfect harvest. A period of time must be allowed for what has already been sown to germinate, produce its natural results, and eventually come to full fruition. And this essential period of waiting and watering always takes far longer than the time it took to sow the seeds in the first place.
HPB described what could happen if Theosophists were to do their job properly:
“The Society will live on into and through the twentieth century. It will gradually leaven and permeate the great mass of thinking and intelligent people with its large-minded and noble ideas of Religion, Duty, and Philanthropy. Slowly but surely it will burst asunder the iron fetters of creeds and dogmas, of social and caste prejudices; it will break down racial and national antipathies and barriers, and will open the way to the practical realisation of the Brotherhood of all men. Through its teaching, through the philosophy which it has rendered accessible and intelligible to the modern mind, the West will learn to understand and appreciate the East at its true value. Further, the development of the psychic powers and faculties, the premonitory symptoms of which are already visible in America, will proceed healthily and normally. Mankind will be saved from the terrible dangers, both mental and bodily, which are inevitable when that unfolding takes place, as it threatens to do, in a hot-bed of selfishness and all evil passions. …
“When the time comes for the effort of the 20th century … the general condition of men’s minds and hearts will have been improved and purified by the spread of its teachings, and, as I have said, their prejudices and dogmatic illusions will have been, to some extent at least, removed. Not only so, but besides a large and accessible literature ready to men’s hands, the next impulse will find a numerous and united body of people ready to welcome the new torch-bearer of Truth. He will find the minds of men prepared for his message, a language ready for him in which to clothe the new truths he brings, an organization awaiting his arrival, which will remove the merely mechanical, material obstacles and difficulties from his path. Think how much one, to whom such an opportunity is given, could accomplish.” (“The Key to Theosophy” p. 305-307)
But unfortunately, as the facts of history show, Theosophists did not do their job properly. The following is part of a reply sent several months ago to an enquirer:
“The Theosophical Movement and its original teachings were so powerful and profound as to have been able to make a real and lasting difference for good in this world. In fact, they were already beginning to by the end of HPB’s lifetime. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that if things had proceeded in the way that they should have done and in the direction that they were going, the world would be a very different and much better place today, with principles such as the Law of Karma and reincarnation (which are vital for right ethics) being understood and accepted by almost everyone by now.
“It would also have succeeded in destroying the “personal God” idea and broken the stronghold of organised religion over the minds of the masses, as well as helping to seal the inevitable Karmic fate of the Christian Church. HPB, William Judge, and the Masters made no secret of the fact that these were amongst their aims and that their mission was to bring Eastern spiritual philosophy to the West, in place of the Western.
“It doesn’t take much imagination to see how this would incense and pose a real threat to certain Christian occult societies and secret brotherhoods, the Jesuits in particular, who the Master K.H. once described as “the enemies of humanity.” If you read my article on the Jesuits [Note: this article is Theosophy, The Jesuits & The Roman Catholic Church] I think this will all make sense. HPB warned numerous times in her final years that there was tremendous and powerful opposition “behind the scenes” against the Theosophical Movement and that things could very easily fall apart after her departure unless Theosophists stayed true to “the original impulse,” “the original lines,” “the original program,” “the original system,” and “the original teachings.”
“It was made clear that the cycle of open communications and new teachings from Masters would close in 1900 (the year HPB said the Aquarian Age was due to begin) and not re-open until 1975, lasting from 1975-2000 as you point out. This was presented as provisional, however, and dependent upon how well Theosophists would do their job and fulfill their appointed task. All that was required was 75 years of faithful work and earnest commitment to the lines clearly laid down by the Masters and HPB…but I’m sure you know as well as I do how many people long for “the latest teachings” and “fresh revelations” from “the Masters” and especially when they haven’t even bothered to properly study, assimilate, and apply those which have already been given out!
“It only took two years after HPB departed from the scene before things began to fall apart. …
“William Judge, Robert Crosbie, and others believed that the Teacher who would be due to arrive on the scene in 1975 would be HPB returned. Under whatever name or identity, the “new” Teacher was due to expand and build upon the work begun and the mass of teachings already given out by HPB, Judge, and the Masters. And there’s no valid reason why the Great Brotherhood would bother to organise and arrange this anyway, seeing as they knew and could see perfectly well that by 1975 (and even by several decades before that) even the vast majority of so-called Theosophists were totally ignorant as to what Theosophy teaches and were utterly uninterested in HPB’s work and teachings and even disrespectful and contemptuous towards her. Before Annie Besant turned against HPB and the Cause of genuine Theosophy, she wrote that “The condition of success is perfect loyalty.” But nothing like “perfect loyalty” was maintained, except amongst relatively small groups – the ULT (United Lodge of Theosophists) in particular – and thus I don’t think the Masters can be blamed for deciding not to bother with the 1975-2000 effort.
“I feel sure though that there will be a 2075-2100 effort, since HPB wrote that Theosophy must “win the day” by the end of the 21st century, or the consequences for humanity will be dire, since this Knowledge and Message “alone can save the Western world” as she said, and the Eastern world too, since the East is tragically deteriorating all the time. So the battle is on! I sincerely believe that one day – although it may be far in the future – the world will recognise and acknowledge the tremendous and monumental importance for humanity of Theosophy, HPB, and the Theosophical Movement.”
In closing, it must be mentioned that it is rather curious that those particular Theosophists who hold to such views as those expressed throughout this article and who choose to focus their Theosophical study on the teachings of Blavatsky and Judge – the original Theosophy in other words – are sometimes referred to as “sectarian Theosophists” and “hardline fundamentalists” by the followers of Leadbeater, Besant, Bailey, and so on. In that case, are not Annie Besant’s words quoted earlier in this article the very epitome of this so-called sectarianism and fundamentalism?
“Blavatsky Theosophists” are criticised, condemned, and even mocked and ridiculed by Alice Bailey students, for example, for declining to read the Alice Bailey books. Examples of this can readily be seen on Theosophical forum sites across the internet, where students of the original Theosophy are accused of being “conceited, bigoted, and afraid” due to their lack of interest in the Bailey teachings. Yet if this from the Bailey students is not “hardline” and “sectarian” then what is?
As the late Geoffrey Farthing, founder of the Blavatsky Trust, once said, accusations of sectarianism and hardline fundamentalism are strangely enough never levelled at those who could be described as Leadbeater students or Bailey followers – many of whom confine their Theosophical study and knowledge solely to the works of those teachers – yet Blavatsky students are often being labelled with such charming epithets by the former.
It would seem that many who call themselves Theosophists have a peculiar inherent dislike and lack of respect – often poorly disguised but in some cases open and up front – for H.P. Blavatsky, the one who gave Theosophy to the world.
Yet as is shown, amongst other things, by communications we receive from visitors to this website, there is a growing dissatisfaction and distrust around the world with “neo-Theosophy” or “pseudo-Theosophy” (a term coined by HPB herself) and a renewed interest beginning in the life, work, and teachings of HPB. As the facts are put out there and the truth of the matter continues to be unveiled, long may it continue!
What is the true work of Theosophists today? It is to continue to present genuine Theosophy to the world. It is to endeavour to get a right understanding of these timeless truths – especially the Law of Karma, reincarnation, and the sevenfold nature of man – into the general public consciousness. It is to keep alive in man his spiritual intuitions and to try our utmost to raise the thought and focus of the masses to something higher. It is to challenge and destroy the framework and foundations of materialism as well as religious ignorance and superstition, including the belief in any type of personal or anthropomorphic God. It is to relentlessly promote the concept of Universal Brotherhood, based on the philosophical, logical, and even scientific conception of the Oneness and Divineness of all life, the unity and inherent divinity of all that lives.
Unless “The Secret Doctrine” is properly and perpetually studied, understood, and assimilated by students of Theosophy, very little of this can be done to any real effect. When we look around us at the world today, it’s plain to see that Theosophy is needed now more than ever.
~ Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK ~
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