An Interesting Letter from ML to APS
Feb 13, 1997 10:31 PM
Here is an interesting letter from the Appendix of ML to APS.
What makes it very interesting is that it explains that while they can find
100s of thousands of people who are leading most "pure" life, none of them
have heard about or heard from the Adepts because they are on the path of
error. This is in response to complaints from TS members who say they are
tee totalers, vegetarians, and abstainers from vice. Something to think
about and meditate on, and reconsider our own "beliefs" especially in the
light of the *traditional* *Theosophical* approach.
Another striking statement relates to the difficulty that prevents Them from
dealing with people who have erroneous and sincere beliefs.
ML to APS - Letter No 134; TPH 3rd Edn 1962 pp. 454
Debra Dun. Friday. 4th.
Arrived only yesterday, last night late from Saharanpur. The house very good
but cold, damp and dreary. Received a whole heap of letters and answer yours
Saw at last M. and showed him your last or rather Benemadhab's on which you
have scratched a query. It is the latter Morya answers. I wrote this under
his dictation and now copy it.
"I wrote to Sinnett my opinion on the Allahabad theosophists. (Not
through me though ?) Adityaram B. wrote a foolish letter to Damodar and
Benemadhab writes a foolish request to Mr. Sinnett. Because K.H. chose to
correspond with two men who proved of the utmost importance and use to the
Society, they all- whether wise or stupid, clever or dull, possibly useful
or utterly useless-lay their claims to correspond with us directly-too. Tell
him (you) that this must be stopped. For ages we never corresponded with
anyone, nor do we mean to. What has Benemadhab or any other of the many
claimants done to have a right to such a claim ? Nothing whatever. They join
the Socicty, and though remaining as stubborn as ever in their old beliefs
and superstitions, and having never given up caste or one single of their
customs they, in- their selfish exclusiveness, expect to see and converse
with us and have our help in all and everything. I will be pleased if Mr.
Sinnett says, to everyone of those who may address him with similar
pretensions, the following: " The ' Brothers ' desire me to inform one and
all of you, natives, that unless a man is prepared to become a thorough
theosophist i.e. to do as D. Mavalankar did, - give up entirely caste his
old superstitions and show himself a true reformer (especially in the case
of child marriage) he will remain simply a member of the Society with no
hope whatever of ever hearing from us. The Society, acting in this directly
in accordance with our orders, forces no one to become a theosophist of the
IId. Section. It is left with himself and at his choice. It is useless for a
member to argue ' I am one of a pure life, I am a teetotaller and an
abstainer from meat and vice. All my aspirations are for good etc.' and he,
at the same time, building by his acts and deeds an impassable barrier on
the road between himself and us. What have we, the disciples of the true
Arhats, of esoteric Buddhism and of Sang-gyas to do with the Shastras and
Orthodox Brahmanism There are 100 of thousands Fakirs, Sannyasis and Sadhus
leading the most pure lives, and yet being as they are, on the path of
*error*, never having had an opportunity to meet, see or even hear of us.
Their forefathers have driven away the followers of the only true philosophy
upon earth from India and now it is not for the latter to come to them but
for them to come to us if they want us. Which of them is ready to become a
Buddhist, a Nastika as they call us? None. Those who have believed and
followed us have had their reward. Mr. Sinnett and Hume are exceptions.
Their beliefs are no barrier to us for they have *none*. They may have had
influences around them, bad magnetic emanations the result of drink, Society
and promiscuous physical associations (resulting even from shaking hands
with impure men) but all this is physical and material impediments which
with a little effort we could counteract and even clear away without much
detriment to ourselves. Not so with the magnetism and invisible results
proceeding from erroneous and sincere beliefs. Faith in the Gods and God,
and other superstitions attracts millions of foreign influences, living
entities and powerful agents around them, with which we would have to use
more than ordinary exercise of power to drive them away. We do not choose to
do SO. We do not find it either necessary or profitable to lose our time
waging war on the unprogressed Planetaries who delight in personating gods
and sometimes well known characters who have lived on earth. There are
DhyanChohans and " Chohans of Darkness," not what they term devils but
imperfect " Intelligences " who have never been born on this or any other
earth or sphere, any more than the " Dhyan Chohans " have, and who will
never belong to the " builders of the Universe," the pure Planetary
Intelligences, who preside at every Marwantara while the Dark Chohans
preside at the Pralayas. Explain this to Mr. Sinnett (I CAN'T)-tell him to
read over what I said to them in the few things I have explained to Mr.
Hume; and let him remember that as all in this universe is contrast (I
cannot translate it better) so the light of the Dhyan Chohans and their pure
intelligence is contrasted by the " Ma-Mo Chohans " - and their destructive
intelligence. These are the gods the Hindus and Christians and Mahomedans
and all others of bigoted religions and sects worship; and so long as their
influence is upon their devotees we would no more think of associating with
or counteracting them in their work than we do the Red-Caps on earth whose
evil results we try to palliate but whose work we have no right to meddle
with so long as they do not cross our path. (You will not understand this, I
suppose. But think well over it and you will. M. means here, that they have
no right or even power to go against the natural or that work which is
prescribed to each class of beings or existing things by the law of nature.
The Brothers, for instance could prolong life but they could not destroy
death, not even for themselves. They can to a degree palliate evil and
relieve suffering; they could not destroy evil. No more can the Dhyan
Chohans impede the work of the Mamo Chohans, for their Law is darkness,
ignorance, destruction etc., as that of the former is Light, knowledge and
creation. The Dhyan Chohans answer to Buddh, Divine Wisdom and Life in
blissful knowledge, and the Ma-mos are the personification in nature of
Shiva, Jehovah and other invented monsters with ignorance at their tail).
The last phrase of Ml's I translate is thus. " Tell him (you) then that for
the sake of those who desire to learn and have information, I am ready to
answer the 2 or 3 enquiries of Benemadhab from the Shastras, but I will
enter in no correspondence with him or any other. Let him put their
questions clearly and distinctly to (you) Mr. Sinnett, and then I will
answer through him (you)."
============== end of Master's letter--
I send you my uncle's letter just received by me. He says (as my translation
of his Russian letter shows) that he wrote to you the same. Whether you
received it or not, I know not, but I send you this. If it is identical with
yours then send me back mine. I suppose that by this time it is pretty well
proved that I am I-and not someone else; that my uncle being now adjunct
(or asst.) Minister of the Interior, is a personage who by signing his name
in full can certainly be trusted, unless, indeed, the C. and M. and your
friend Primrose invent a new version and say that we have forged the
documents. But my uncle says in his official letter to me that the Prince
Dondoukoff is going to send me an official document to prove my identity,
and so we will wait. His other private letter I cannot translate as its
phraseology is far from complimentary for Mr. Primrose in particular, and
the Anglo-Indians who insult and vilify me in general. I will ask the Prince
to write to Lord Ripon, or Gladstone direct.
Yours in the love of Jesus
H. P. BLAVATSKY.
Why the deuce does the " Boss " want me now to go to Allahabad ? I can't be
spending money there and back for I have to go by Jeypur and Baroda and he
knows it. What all this means is more than I can tell. He made me go to
Lahore and now it's Allahalbad !!
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