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The following communication sent to us by Mr. Babajee D. Nath through Dr. Hartmann contains important evidence.
1. He asserts that he saw a letter actually forming itself on his table.
2. That about the 1st of last August, some time after the Coulombs and servants supposed to be attached to them had been expelled, and while the founders of the Society were still in England, he being alone in the room, a heavy packet fell with some noise, and was found to contain letters, &c., in the Koot Hoomi handwriting.
3. The statements in paragraph 9 involve the occurrence of Koot Hoomis handwriting without the direct agency of Madame Blavatsky.
Mr. Babajee also gives us the important information that he has lived in Thibet, and knows the Mahatmas personally.
Having been called upon to give an account of the phenomena that have taken place independent of, or during the absence of, Madame H. P. Blavatsky, I beg to state as follows: ---
1. I was present when Rawal Shree Hurreesinghjee Roopsinghjee (of Varel, Kathiawar, Guzeratha) opened the Shrine and found a reply inside his unopened letter. This phenomenon is described in the last paragraph but one of his letter published on p. 87 of the Supplement to the Theosophist for June, 1884.
2. One morning in February, 1884, I was addressing wrappers for subscribers to the Theosophist, at my desk in the Theosophist office at Adyar. There lay on my desk a bundle of about one hundred wrappers to be addressed; and next to it on the desk was also stretched out the mailing register of subscribers. In the course of addressing the wrappers, I suspected that a subscriber had changed his address, and that the change was omitted to be noted in the register; to satisfy myself on this point, I left my desk and went to the desk of an assistant manager in the same office-room. I returned within a minute to my desk. Damodar K. Mavalankar had not stirred at all, but was working at his desk as usual. We were only three in the room. On approaching my desk, I saw distinctly an envelope and paper forming themselves, and in a few seconds, on the partly addressed wrapper lay an envelope (or rather a closed letter) to the address of Mr. P. Sreenivas Row, Small Cause Judge of Madras. This phenomenon is recorded in paragraph 4 of his letter dated 9th July, 1884, published at p. 113 of the Supplement to the Theosophist for August, 1884.
3. A similar phenomenon happened when we three alone were in the office-room, and it is described in paragraph 2 of Mr. Sreenivas Rows letter above quoted.
4. One evening, my friend and brother, T. Vijaiaraghava Charloo Garu (whom we familiarly call here as Ananda), was sorely troubled at heart by some private affairs. During the night he slept in his usual place on the verandah as myself and Damodar. Early in the morning he rolled up his bed and put it away. Damodar asked him funnily whether he could not notice anything strange in his bed. I forget the exact words. In reply Vijayaraghava Charloo Garu rushed at once to examine his bed, and found there where he laid his head a note from Mahatma K. H. in a Chinese envelope --- giving him the consolation and encouragement he then so much needed. This happened on 27th February, 1884, after Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott had left for Europe.
5. On or about the 1st August, 1884, I was examining whether the wrappers addressed to subscribers (to the Theosophist) were correct, sitting in the room next to our office-room; on a large camp table were spread the addressed wrappers. With some noise fell a heavy packet (with a covering letter to me) on the wrappers. The letter contained some wholesome and timely advice to me, and directed me to hand over the packet to Mr. St. George Lane-Fox. I accordingly gave it, and found that in the packet was a Chinese envelope and letter addressed both to Dr. F. Hartmann and to Mr. Lane-Fox. When the packet fell on my table, there was nobody then in the room or in the office-room. I was alone. The letter and contents were in the well-known handwritings of Mahatma K.H. and of B.D.S.
6. Mr. Peter Davidson (F.T.S., of 9, Arbeadic Terrace, Banchory, Kincardineshire), wrote a letter dated 27th February, 1884, to the address of Mr. W. T. Brown, who is now with us here. Mr. Brown handed over the letter to Damodar in the morning, as soon as the letter was received by the mail, after reading it. The two founders, Madame B. and Col. Ol., had left India then. Damodar left Davidsons letter on our office table. As I was all along in the office and writing on the table, I know that the letter remained uninterfered with, until in the afternoon we found an endorsement in blue pencil by Mahatma K.H., directing me to answer Mr. Davidson, to whom I accordingly wrote a letter, dated 21st March, 1884.
7. M. R. Ry. G. Sreenivas Row Garu, Sule Registrar of Cumbum, Kurnool District, India, wrote a letter dated 15th January, 1884, to the address of Damodar, who gave it to me for reply. Early in the morning at 7 a.m., I arranged all the papers to be answered on my desk, with which nobody ever interferes. I put this letter of Sreenivas Row in a prominent place on the table, and then after locking the office-room and taking the key with myself, I went out to take a bath; at about 8 a.m., I returned and opened the office door; on approaching my table, what do I find? Endorsement on Sreenivas Rows letter in blue pencil, in the handwriting of Mahatma K.H., ordering me to answer the letter. There is not the least possibility of doubt in this case.
8. Mr. Stanley B. Sexton, F.T.S., No. 2, Park Row, Chicago, Ill., U.S. America, wrote a letter dated 1st January, 1884. It was received on the 18th February, 1884, by Damodar, who after reading it, put it on the large table in the centre of our office where he and I were sitting and working opposite each other. On the morning of the 19th idem (next day), at about 8 a.m., Damodar searched for the letter, but could not find it anywhere in the office-room! He asked me and another Brother (an assistant manager), working in the room, if we saw it. We did not even touch it, but still examined all our papers, desks and drawers in vain. An hour or two after I found Sextons letter on my own desk, with an endorsement from Mahatma K.H., in his blue pencil handwriting, ordering me to reply. All this I take down from the record then made by me of the circumstances. My desk is in a secluded corner, with a large cupboard to its left, a table of mine to its right (a tin partition wall and wire-work behind the table), and in the front of my desk a glass door with strong bolts, never opened for many months. And, during the hour or two, nobody came into the room, all of us three in the office working at our respective places without stirring.
9. Mr. R. Ry. P. Iyaloo Naidu Garu (retired Deputy Collector of Arnee, now at Chudderghat, Hyderabad, Deccan, India) is an old and very devoted member of the Theosophical Society. On the 20th April, 1884, he wrote a letter to Damodar, enclosing therewith a letter for Mahatma K.H. Damodar was then at Ootacamund, and, as I was in charge of the office, I sent the letter to him. When it was returned to me, I found remarks and endorsements not only on the envelope (of the letter to Damodar), but also inside the letter to the Mahatma --- in his well-known blue pencil handwriting. Though, of course, the letters were received by me (opened) from Ootacamund, still this fact proves that phenomena do occur during Madame B.s absence. Under similar circumstances, I received endorsements in Mahatma K. H.s handwriting on the letters of Mr. M. A. Lane (of St. Louis, U.S.A.), dated 25th February, 1884, and of Professor J. D. Buck, M.D. (Dean of Pultney Medical College, Cincinnati, O., U.S.A.), dated 18th March, 1884.
10. On or about the 27th March, 1884, at about 10 a.m., one morning, there were in the office-room, only, (i.) myself, at my desk; (ii.), Damodar, in his usual place at the large table in the office; (iii.), Vijaiaraghava Charloo at his desk in a corner; (iv.), Mr. Nawtamram Ootamram Trivedi (F.T.S., of Surat, Bombay Presidency); and (v.), a peon, who does not know English, nor anything about phenomena or the Society. The peon was taking copy of an official letter in a copying book, by the copying machine. None of us left our seats. I heard a noise suddenly, and found a letter to Nawtamrams address lying on the floor between Damodar and the addressee. The letter contained allusions to some advices given by Mr. T. Subba Row (at his house) to our guest and brother of Surat, as well as some remarks on phenomena, which remarks our guest stood in real need of.
11. One morning (I do not remember the date --- of course, after the Founders left India), only three of us were in the office-room: --- (i.), myself; (ii.), Damodar; and (iii.), T. Vijaiaraghava Charloo Garu. Damodar told me to look at my table for a communication from the Master. I searched everywhere, but to no purpose; I was not to be deceived by my senses, for I heard a noise. Both Damodar and Vijaiaraghava Charloo Garu were at their seats. I went from place to place, searched not only my table, but the tables of the other two. Damodar told me at length to look into a tin box which I had placed on my table, and in which I keep postage stamps and some cash for sundry expenses. A few minutes before, I opened it and took stamps from it. There was, of course, no letter of the Master in it. I looked as desired, after opening the tin box, and found there a letter.
12. In conclusion, I have to add that, even before Madame Blavatsky had left for Europe, I had received messages at different times and places, direct from Mahatma K.H., independent of, and far away from, Madame Blavatsky and others at the headquarters; and that I have seen and lived awhile in Thibet, and seen the Masters in their physical body, and conversed with them. But as a narration of the details of these experiences involves much of my personal life, and as I am not prepared to adduce proofs and evidences touching those facts, I leave them out of consideration.
BABAJEE D. NATH.
Adyar (Madras, India), 13th September, 1884.