To the Editor of THEOSOPHY: ---
Dear Sir, --- In your issue for April I observe an article entitled H. P.
B. was not deserted by the Masters, in which certain statements are made
concerning myself which it seems my plain duty to correct. I am represented as
having said that in the lifetime of H. P. B. and before the writing of the Secret
Doctrine she was deserted by the Masters and was the prey of elementals and elemental
forces. Also that I told Mme. Blavatsky to her face. . . that she was a
fraud in other directions.
I never said anything of the kind, and I never in my life called Mme. Blavatsky a
The accusation is doubly absurd because for many years past and since before the period
referred to I have had means of my own for knowing that Mme. Blavatsky had not been
deserted by the Masters, and I know that she was in their care up to the last day of her
life. That condition of things should not, it is true, be held to imply that every
word Mme. Blavatsky wrote was inspired and that every statement she made was
correct. No impression connected with the Theosophical movement can be more
erroneous than the notion that persons who may be in true psychic touch with the Masters
are therefore guided by them in every act of their lives. Every one so circumstanced
works under the law of individual responsibility and has abundant opportunity for making
mistakes. Of this freedom Mme. Blavatsky availed herself largely, for example in
connection with her unfortunate misapprehension of the teaching
about the planetary chain. But I have dealt with that subject in other writings
and do not seek to argue the quest[i]on in your pages afresh.
It is to be regretted when Theosophical students are misled about the teachings of
occult science in reference to cosmology, but after all the bearings of those teachings on
individual spiritual progress concern us much more immediately. I merely write now
to dissipate the delusion on which Mr.
Judges article is founded, and to express at the same time my great regret that
his latest utterances concerning myself should have been colored by stories as to my
sayings and mental attitude that were entirely untrue.
A. P. SINNETT.
London, May 6, 1896.
[I insert the above communication, in spite of the fact that Mr. Judge is no longer
with us to answer Mr. Sinnetts objections to statements made in the article H. P.
B. was not Deserted by the Masters. I well know that if Mr. Judge had been
alive he would have been most anxious to accept the statements made by Mr. Sinnett in the
above letter, though I am also well aware that Mr. Judges authority for his original
position was Mme. H. P. Blavatsky herself. --- ED.]