Chart Showing the Four Step Process of Discovery as applied to Case D
OLCOTT'S ACCOUNT OF MEETING A MASTER AT THE GOLDEN TEMPLE IN AMRITSAR ON OCTOBER 26, 1880

What is your interpretation of Olcott's testimony about this encounter with this Master?


Step 1
Unexplained
experience, phenomenon
Step 2
Hypotheses, possible explanations for experience
Step 3
Evidence (collected & analyzed)
Step 4
Interpreting and drawing conclusions
"'...at a shrine where the swords, sharp steel discs, coats of mail, and other warlike weapons of the Sikh warrior priests are exposed to view in charge of the akalis, I was greeted, to my surprise and joy, with a loving smile by one of the Masters, who for the moment was figuring among the guardians, and who gave each of us a fresh rose, with a blessing in his eyes...." (Old Diary Leaves, Volume III, pp. 254-255, 1974 printing.)

In Olcott's own handwritten diary, the entry for October 26, 1880 reads:

"...In the afternoon we went to the Golden Temple again & found it as lovely as before. Saw some hundreds of fakirs & gossains more or less ill-favored. A Brother there saluted H.P.B. and me & gave us each a rose."


1.  Olcott perhaps was simply lying and this whole experience never actually happened.
2.  Olcott was possibly duped by a confederate hired by Blavatsky to personate a Master.
3.  Olcott was perhaps hypnotized by Blavatsky to see this "imaginary" adept.
4.  Olcott was maybe under the influence of drugs &  hallucinated the whole experience.
5. Olcott possibly met a real physical man who was an adept.
6.  ??????????
7.  ??????????
etc.
  Conclusion ??????:

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