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Mahatma Letters 3

  1. 1. The Mahatma Letters
  2. 3. The Mahatmas and the Brotherhood of Adepts <ul><li>Koot Hoomi </li></ul><ul><li>Morya </li></ul><ul><li>Serapis Bey </li></ul><ul><li>The Venetian </li></ul><ul><li>Comte de St. Germain </li></ul><ul><li>Hilarion </li></ul><ul><li>Polidorus </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Helena P. Blavatsky Henry Steel Olcott Co-founders of the Theosophical Society and direct pupils of Mahatma Morya
  4. 5. The turban of Mahatma Morya left on the table of Col. Olcott in New York to demonstrate that their one-hour conversation in New York was not an illusion.
  5. 6. <ul><ul><ul><li>“ A Mahatma is a personage who, by special training and education, has evolved those higher faculties and has attained that spiritual knowledge which ordinary humanity will acquire after passing through numberless series of incarnations during the process of cosmic evolution, provided, of course, that they do not go, in the meanwhile, against the purposes of Nature. . .” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>H. P. Blavatsky </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>“ They are members of an occult Brotherhood [but] not of any particular school in India.” This brotherhood, she adds, did not originate in Tibet, and some of its members live outside of Tibet, but “most of its members and some of the highest are, and live constantly, in Tibet.” </li></ul><ul><li>Then, speaking of the Mahatmas, she says: “They are living men , not ‘spirits’ or even Nirmanakayas 1 . . . Their knowledge and learning are immense, and their personal holiness of life is still greater — still they are mortal men and none of them 1,000 years old, as imagined by some.” (H. P. Blavatsky) </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Hanson </li></ul>
  7. 8. In answer to an interview by Charles Johnston as to the age of the Mahatma: <ul><li>“ My dear, I cannot tell you exactly, for I do not know. But this I will tell you. I met him first when I was twenty. He was at the very prime of manhood then. I am an old woman now, but he has not aged a day. He is still in the prime of manhood. That is all I can say. You may draw your own conclusions.” (H. P. Blavatsky) </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The Mahatma K.H. was a Kashmiri Brahman. He spoke and wrote French and English fluently. </li></ul><ul><li>was educated in Europe. He was familiar with European ways and European thinking. He was most erudite and occasionally wrote passages of great literary beauty. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>The Mahatma Morya was a Rajput prince. He was “a giant, six feet eight, and splendidly built; a superb type of manly beauty.” </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><ul><ul><li>Alfred Percy Sinnett. He was editor of The Pioneer , a leading English newspaper published in Allahabad. He became interested in the philosophy being expounded by the two Theosophists and was curious about the remarkable happenings that seemed to be taking place wherever H.P.B. was. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>“ Bear in mind, that these my letters, are not written but impressed or precipitated and then all mistakes corrected.” (ML-10) </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have to think it over, to photograph every word and sentence carefully in my brain before it can be repeated by “precipitation.” As the fixing on chemically prepared surfaces of the images formed by the camera requires a previous arrangement within the focus of the object to be represented, for otherwise — as often found in bad photographs — the legs of the sitter might appear out of all proportion with the head, and so on, so we have to first arrange our sentences and impress every letter to appear on paper in our minds before it becomes fit to be read. For the present, it is all I can tell you. When science will have learned more about the mystery of the lithophyl (or lithobiblion) and how the impress of leaves comes originally to take place on stones, then will I be able to make you better understand the process.” (ML-12) </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>“ An adept — the highest as the lowest — is one only during the exercise of his occult powers.” (ML-85B) </li></ul><ul><li>“ When the inner man rests the adept becomes an ordinary man, limited to his physical senses and the functions of his physical brain. Habit sharpens the intuition of the latter, yet is unable to make them supersensuous. The inner adept is ever ready, ever on the alert, and that suffices for our purposes. At moments of rest then, his faculties are at rest also. When I sit at my meals, or when I am dressing, reading or otherwise occupied I am not thinking even of those near me; and Djual Khool can easily break his nose to blood, by running in the dark against a beam, as he did the other night — (just because instead of throwing a “film” he had foolishly paralyzed all his outer senses while talking to and with a distant friend) — and I remained placidly ignorant of the fact. I was not thinking of him — hence my ignorance.” (ML-85B) </li></ul>
  13. 14. Contents of the Mahatma Letters <ul><li>Theosophical teachings on cosmos, planets, inner world, life after death, elementals, karma, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachings on the spiritual life and discipleship </li></ul><ul><li>Views on activities of the TS </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of advice to disciples </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>In spite of his conviction of the genuineness of the phenomena performed by H.P.B. during the summer of 1880 at Simla, he felt that they were not always surrounded by the necessary safeguards and that it would not be very difficult for any thoroughgoing skeptic to cast doubt on their validity. </li></ul><ul><li>So, Sinnett decided that in his first letter to the Mahatma, he would suggest a test which he was sure would be absolutely fool-proof and which could not fail to convince the most profound skeptic. This was the simultaneous production in Simla (in the presence of the group there) of one day’s editions of the London Times and The Pioneer. </li></ul><ul><li>At that time, London and India were at least a month apart by all means of communication other than telegraph, and it would obviously have been impossible for the entire contents of the Times to have been telegraphed to India in advance of its publication in London, and to appear in print in India at the same time that it appeared in print in London. Further, such a project could not have been undertaken without the whole world knowing about it. </li></ul>First Letter Received by Sinnett, Oct. 17, 1880
  15. 16. <ul><li>“ Precisely because the test of the London newspaper would close the mouths of the skeptics — it is unthinkable. See it in what light you will — the world is yet in its first stage of disenthralment if not development, hence — unprepared. Very true, we work by natural not supernatural means and laws. But, as on the one hand Science would find itself unable (in its present state ) to account for the wonders given in its name, and on the other the ignorant masses would still be left to view the phenomenon in the light of a miracle, everyone who would thus be made a witness to the occurrence would be thrown off his balance and the results would be deplorable. Believe me, it would be so — especially for yourself who originated the idea, and the devoted woman who so foolishly rushes into the wide open door leading to notoriety. This door, though opened by so friendly a hand as yours, would prove very soon a trap — and a fatal one indeed for her. And such is not surely your object?” </li></ul>Letter No. 1
  16. 17. Letter No. 1
  17. 18. <ul><li>The suicides , who, foolishly hoping to escape life, found themselves still alive, — have suffering enough in store for them from that very life. Their punishment is in the intensity of the latter. Having lost by the rash act their seventh and sixth principles, though not for ever, as they can regain both — instead of accepting their punishment, and taking their chances of redemption, they are often made to regret life and tempted to regain a hold upon it by sinful means. </li></ul><ul><li>Unhappy shades, if sinful and sensual they wander about — (not shells , for their connection with their two higher principles is not quite broken) — until their death-hour comes. Cut off in the full flush of earthly passions which bind them to familiar scenes, they are enticed by the opportunities which mediums afford to gratify them vicariously. </li></ul>Letter No. 68
  18. 21. <ul><li>“ The success of an attempt of such a kind as the one you propose, must be calculated and based upon a thorough knowledge of the people around you. It depends entirely upon the social and moral conditions of the people in their bearing on these deepest and most mysterious questions which can stir the human mind — the deific powers in man and the possibilities contained in nature.” </li></ul>Letter No. 1
  19. 22. <ul><li>“ What then would be the results of the most astounding phenomena, supposing we consented to have them produced? However successful, danger would be growing proportionately with success. No choice would soon remain but to go on, ever crescendo , or to fall in this endless struggle with prejudice and ignorance killed by your own weapons. Test after test would be required and would have to be furnished; every subsequent phenomenon expected to be more marvellous than the preceding one.” </li></ul>Letter No. 1
  20. 23. <ul><li>“ In common with many, you blame us for our great secrecy. Yet we know something of human nature, for the experience of long centuries — aye, ages — has taught us. And we know, that so long as science has anything to learn, and a shadow of religious dogmatism lingers in the hearts of the multitudes, the world’s prejudices have to be conquered step by step, not at a rush. As hoary antiquity had more than one Socrates so the dim Future will give birth to more than one martyr.” </li></ul>Letter No. 1
  21. 24. <ul><li>“ One witness of well known character outweighs the evidence of ten strangers; and if there is anyone in India who is respected for his trustworthiness it is — the Editor of the Pioneer . . . . </li></ul><ul><li>“ TRY — and first work upon the material you have and then we will be the first to help you to get further evidence.” (ML-1) </li></ul>Letter No. 1
  22. 25. <ul><li>“ The mysteries never were, never can be, put within the reach of the general public, not, at least, until that longed for day when our religious philosophy becomes universal. At no time have more than a scarcely appreciable minority of men possessed nature’s secret, though multitudes have witnessed the practical evidences of the possibility of their possession. The adept is the rare efflorescence of a generation of enquirers; and to become one, he must obey the inward impulse of his soul irrespective of the prudential considerations of worldly science or sagacity.” (ML 2) </li></ul>Letter No. 2
  23. 26. <ul><li>“ Is any of you so eager for knowledge and the beneficent powers it confers as to be ready to leave your world and come into ours? Then let him come; but he must not think to return until the seal of the mysteries has locked his lips even against the chances of his own weakness or indiscretion. Let him come by all means, as the pupil to the master, and without conditions; or let him wait, as so many others have, and be satisfied with such crumbs of knowledge as may fall in his way. ” (ML 2) </li></ul>Letter No. 1 Letter No. 2
  24. 27. <ul><ul><ul><li>“ This brooch, No. 2, is placed in this very strange place simply to show to you how very easily a real phenomenon is produced and how still easier it is to suspect its genuineness. Make of it what you like even to classing me with confederates.” (ML-3B) </li></ul></ul></ul>Letter No. 3B
  25. 28. <ul><li>“ A crisis, in a certain sense, is upon us now, and must be met. I might say two crises — one, the Society’s, the other for Tibet. For, I may tell you in confidence, that Russia is gradually massing her forces for a future invasion of that country under the pretext of a Chinese war. If she does not succeed it will be due to us; and herein, at least we will deserve your gratitude.” (ML-4) </li></ul>Letter No. 4
  26. 29. <ul><li>It is true that the married man cannot be an adept, yet without striving to become “a Raja Yogi” he can acquire certain powers and do as much good to mankind and often more, by remaining within the precincts of this world of his. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The term “Universal Brotherhood” is no idle phrase. Humanity in the mass has a paramount claim upon us, as I try to explain in my letter to Mr. Hume, which you had better ask the loan of. It is the only secure foundation for universal morality. If it be a dream, it is at least a noble one for mankind: and it is the aspiration of the true adept .” (ML-5) </li></ul>Letter No. 5