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?
Hypotheses, possible explanations for experience
Evidence (collected & analyzed)
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.
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