Published by Blavatsky Study Center. Online Edition copyright 2004.

Occult Phenomena

by Franz Hartmann

[Reprinted from Supplement to The Theosophist
(Adyar, Madras, India), July 1884, pp. 99-100.]

To answer the continual insinuations of the London "Light" [journal] and others of our spiritualist friends, who, in the face of all demonstrations to the contrary, insist on believing that the so-called occult phenomena are produced by "spirits" through the "mediumship" of Madame Blavatsky, I will state that the occurrence of these phenomena has not ceased since the departure of Madame Blavatsky for Europe. She left Bombay on February 20, 1884, and since that time I have personally received three of the well-known occult letters in the familiar handwriting of the Masters, and one of them (from K. H.) enclosed in an envelope with Thibetan characters. One of these letters was received on March 22nd through the astral form of a high Chela, another one on April 1st was written on a blank sheet of paper lying on a table, and the third one, containing very important information about a subject, which information was six weeks afterwards found to be correct, was transmitted to me through Damodar K. Mavalankar on April 28th. Besides many other phenomena have happened, while neither of us has yet shown any symptoms of being a medium in the usual acceptation of the term.

Dr. F. Hartmann.