”H.P.B. A Great Betrayal”, by Alice Leighton Clether,
following lines in the Adyar Album, p. 45:
can I say to you of your President that you do not know already? Her
colossal [sic] intellect, her unfailing wisdom, her unrivalled
eloquence, her splendid forget-fulness of self, her untiring devotion
to work for others all these are familiar to you. Yet these qualities,
these powers, are but a small part of her greatness; they are on the
surface, they may be seen by all, they leap to the eyes. But there are
other qualities, other powers, of which you cannot know, because they
pertain to the secrets of Initiation. She is a pupil of our Masters;
from the fount of Their archaic wisdom she derives her own, the plans
which she is carrying out are Their plans for the welfare of the world.
Think, therefore, how great an honour it is for you that you should
be permitted to work under her, for in doing so you are virtually working
under Them. Think how watchful you should be to miss no hint which falls
from her lips, to carry out exactly whatever instructions she may give
you. Remember that because of her position as an Initiate she knows
far more than you do; and precisely because her knowledge is occult,
given under the seal of Initiation, she cannot share it with you. Therefore
her action must certainly be governed by considerations of which you
have no conception. There will be times when you cannot understand her
motives, for she is taking into account many things which you cannot
see and of which she must not tell you. But wbether you understand or
not, you will be wise to follow her implicitly just because she knows.
This is no mere supposition on my part, no mere flight of the imagination.
I have stood beside your President in the presence of the Supreme Director
of evolution on this globe, and I know whereof I speak. Let the wise
hear my words, and act accordingly.”
is easy to see how minds not gifted with a highly developed critical faculty,
or the instinctive sense that discriminates the true from the false, would
yield hopelessly to such a formidable assault. They cannot see that he
who thus guarantees the infallibility of Mrs . Besant has himself need
of guarantee. . . I do not think that any religion or man-made cult, even
in the earliest ages, has ever promulgated superstition in its grossest
form so openly and boldly as this. . .
Mr. Leadbeater.. . demands
deliberate suppression of thought. . . And having extolled such a deliberately
induced mental torpor for Mrs. Besant's benefit, he immediately demands
it for himself when he speaks of the ”Supreme Director of evolution
on this globe.” Who is this administrative person? With whom is he
to be identified in the scheme of evolution as it has been given to us
by Mrs. Besant and Mr. Leadbeater themselves ? . . . What avenging God
will come to confound this impious prophet who seeks to reduce humanity
to the level of a troop of obedient automata! . . . A gentle and winning
voice, infinitely reassuring, rises out of the depths of my being . .
. a great light breaks forth, triumphant. Mr Leadbeater hears the words
of a judgment immediate and without appeal, pronounced by the Buddha himself:
not what you have heard said; believe not in traditions merely because
they have been transmitted through many generations; believe not merely
because a thing is repeated by many persons; . . . believe not conjectures
. . . believe not solely upon the authority of your Masters and elders.
WHEN UPON OBSERVATION AND ANALYSIS A PRINCIPLE CONFORMS
TO REASON AND LEADS TO THE BENEFIT AND WELFARE OF ALL, ACCEPT IT AND
HOLD IT.” (Buddha, Anguitura Nikaya.)
of Personal and Impersonal Aspects of Consciousness
the best will, good motive and most Wonderful Experiences
may lead into Difficulties, Sorrows and Conflicts.
And Further Experiences, Insights, Realizations and Values.
Stockholm, 5th of April, 2011,