There is a well known photograph on the internet which many people have unquestioningly accepted as being genuine. We include that photo here, along with the caption which someone online had added beneath it.
No genuine Theosophist or student of H.P. Blavatsky is likely to give credence to the photo, nor to the caption, and there are a few reasons for this:
#1. The figure on the right of the picture resembles the appearance and description commonly applied to a “Master” invented twenty or more years after HPB’s death by the controversial English Theosophist C.W. Leadbeater. He was the first to invent and describe the appearance and details of this individual, who he named the “Master R.” (for Rakoczy or Racokzy) and who he claimed had previously been Comte de Saint Germain. It was Leadbeater who first sowed the initial seeds for today’s New Age obsession with “Saint Germain,” who is worshipped (and channelled!) by many as a so-called “Ascended Master.”
HPB did indeed have personal knowledge of a “Hungarian Initiate” (her words) or “Magyar Philosopher” (Col. Olcott’s words) but never named or identified this individual in any way. He is only very briefly mentioned a few times and it is apparent that his connection and involvement with the Theosophical Movement was not as close or direct as that of other Adepts. She also never suggested him to be St Germain, although there is good evidence to suggest that she did have knowledge regarding the actual St Germain. More has been written about the fake “Master R.” in the article Theosophy warns against Ceremonial Magic.
#2. There is no such Master as “El Morya.” The real Master Morya is not known by such a name or title, which apparently equates to “God Morya” or “Lord Morya,” and which was first invented by Guy Ballard of the “I AM Movement,” the earliest “Ascended Masters” group. Anyone who has read the actual letters of the actual Master M. will have discovered how strongly this Mahatma objects to reverential titles and terms of praise or worship. Those who speak of “El Morya” or “Morya El” are invariably those who are unacquainted with facts and history.
#3. Looking at the “photo,” it becomes immediately apparent that if HPB were to stand up from her seated position, she would then be of almost the same height as the three men behind her. This cannot be so, especially since the real Master Morya is described as being a very tall individual, of at least 6’5″ tall.
But the “photo” is no photo at all. It has been found to be merely a black and white photograph of this drawing by an unknown artist, which is thought to date from sometime between the 1930s and 1950s.
“Credulity breeds credulity,” said the Master K.H. in The Final Mahatma Letter. It’s always worth doing research and investigation before accepting anything as genuine, legitimate, or authentic, especially when it relates to the Masters of Wisdom, whose names, identities, pictures, and teachings, have been utterly desecrated, misrepresented, and travestied, by those who claim to revere them.
~ Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK ~
You may also like to read Who are you, Madame Blavatsky?, The Masters and Madame Blavatsky, Words from The Masters about H.P. Blavatsky, A Film about H.P. Blavatsky, and Praise for H.P. Blavatsky and Theosophy.