Let’s keep the link unbroken

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Let’s keep the link unbroken

Aspasia Papadomichelaki

The following speech was delivered on the White Lotus Day held by the Theosophical Movement – Athens ULT, on May 14th, 2006, to honor H. P. Blavatsky’s work.

Today’s presentation is dedicated to the spiritual work of H. P. Blavatksy, who brought and disseminated to the 19th century West inner wisdom and the messages of unity of life and brotherhood of men.

This work, called “Theosophy”, was accomplished by H. P. Blavatsky and her close collaborators, H. S. Olcott and W. Q. Judge and started with the foundation of the Theosophical Society in 1875.

In “The Key to Theosophy” the writer, H. P. Blavatsky, says that “Theosophy is synonymous with Everlasting Truth” [1] and that “Theosophy is Divine Knowledge or Science, “Divine Wisdom” [2].

It is also called “Wisdom – Religion”, inheritance of all peoples, as Theosophy is the substratum and basis of all world- religions and philosophies, taught and practiced by a few elect ever since man became a thinking being [3]

Theosophy is no man’s inspiration or fancy, it has nothing to do with personal opinion. It is the Ancient Wisdom existing along with the presence of man on our planet.

It was once called Wisdom – Religion. As ages went by and humanity, according to the cyclic law of evolution and involution, was plunging deeper and deeper into matter, Ancient Wisdom – Religion or Theosophy split into two branches, the branch of knowledge and that of religion. Religion, then, came under various names, in various places and eras developing people’s religious attitudes through ethical mandates and rituals, whereas occult knowledge was hidden away from the masses being passed down from teachers to pupils and only to the ones deemed worthy of it.

Modern Theosophy

Modern Theosophy, that is the spiritual teaching given by H. P. Blavatsky through her texts, is an aspect of Ancient Wisdom reckoned by the Mahatmas, i.e. the Spiritual Masters, suitable to be disseminated to the modern Western world.

In the Preface to her monumental work “The Secret Doctrine” the writer says:

The Secret Doctrine was the universally diffused religion of the ancient and pre-historic world. [4]

While in the Proem to the same work, she mentions:

These truths are in no sense put forward as a revelation nor does the author claim the position of a revealer of mystic lore, now made public for the first time in the world’s history…. What is now attempted is to gather the oldest tenets together and to make of them one harmonious and unbroken whole… It is needless to explain that this book is not the Secret Doctrine in its entirety but a select number of fragments of its fundamental tenets….   the teachings, however fragmentary and incomplete, contained in these volumes, belong neither to the Hindu, the Zoroastrian, the Chaldean nor the Egyptian religion neither to Buddhism, Islam, Judaism nor Christianity exclusively. The Secret Doctrine is the essence of all these. [5]

This portion of Ancient Wisdom given out by the end of the 19th century coincided with the convergence of three cycles: the cycle of the last 25 years of the centenary, the new cycle of the Aquarius Era and the cycle of 5000 years from the beginning of Kali Yuga.

During such cyclic rounds, those responsible for the evolution of humanity i.e. our Elder Brothers and Supervisors, known to us as Mahatmas and Masters of Wisdom, arouse men’s consciousness by re-displaying aspects of occult reality. It is the concern of the Spiritual Hierarchy to have Knowledge renovated, disseminated to us, so that new lines of thinking and conduct are framed each time adjusted to the ascending to Perfection evolutionary spiral.

In the introduction to “The Secret Doctrine”  it is mentioned that,

in the 20th century of our era scholars will begin to recognize that The Secret Doctrine has neither been invented nor exaggerated but, on the contrary, simply outlined finally, that its teachings antedate the Vedas[6].

And that

….one by one the facts and processes in Nature’s workshops are permitted to find their way into the exact Sciences, while mysterious help is given to rare individuals in unraveling its arcane. It is at the close of great Cycles, in connection with racial development, that such events generally take place. We are at the very close of the cycle of 5.000 years of the present Aryan Kaliyuga; and between this time and 1897 there will be a large rent made in the Veil of Nature, and materialistic science will receive a death-blow.[7]

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

The prominent occultist was “the chosen link” of the Masters of Wisdom through which were presented in the West some excerpts of this age-long mystic knowledge. Her collaborator, William Q. Judge, says the following regarding the writer:

They say that the Ego used by this body was and is a great and brave worker of the Lodge sent to the West with one mission being fully aware of the insults and slander she would face. And they add that those who do not understand her had better not try to explain her position…..[8]

A principal part of her work was that she made known to the general public the existence of the hierarchy of higher Beings, the Mahatmas, about whom she said that they are the Supervisors of humanity. Between Them and humanity, there stand their recognized Adepts whose role and duty it is to convey spiritual knowledge and the Masters’ teachings to humanity.

In her statement on the existence of the Hierarchy of the Mahatmas or Masters of Wisdom who possess Divine Wisdom, she said that she was taught Theosophy by some of them, actually two Mahatmas, Morya and Koothoomi La Sing, who were in charge of the Theosophical Movement, while the duty of H. P. Blavatsky and her two collaborators was to pass this really huge work on to the world in the way they thought best.

Morya and Koothoomi

Indian tradition has it that Morya is the name of a Rajput race from which, according to Matsya Purana [9] ten Moryas will reign India. In Visnu Purana [10] it is mentioned that there exists a Solar Dynasty with a king called “Maru”, who, having the power of worship and devotion, still lives in the village “Kalapa” in the northern region of the Himalayas, in Tibet [11] and who will in the future restore the “Kshatriya” race back to the Solar Dynasty”. It is also said that Morya dominated the entire earth. And this is said either in the sense that Brahmins were the supreme and sole representatives of mankind from whom the latter evolved on earth or in an esoteric sense meaning that each true Mahatma is symbolically thought to “possess the earth” with the power of his occult knowledge.

The name of Koothoomi La Sing is mentioned more than once in the Puranas. According to tradition, he resides on the mountains beyond Shigatse  and also near Lhasa. [12]

The Modern Theosophical Movement

Yet, what did H. P. Blavatsky speak to us about and what did she give particular emphasis to?

Firstly, as already mentioned, she spoke about the active presence of a large host of Spiritual Masters who watch over mankind’s mental and spiritual evolution.

Secondly, she spoke of the spiritual teaching comprised in the volumes of “Isis Unveiled”, of “The Secret Doctrine”, of “The Key to Theosophy” and of “The Voice of the Silence”.

It is the metaphysical reality embracing our origin, the cyclic law witnessed in the workings of nature, the invisible synthesis of the world and man, the after death continuation of our life as well as the gradual evolution of consciousness on all realms of nature (visible and invisible). It refers to the birth, growth and death of the planets and solar systems and to the occult evolution of humanity and our planet. The Theosophical teaching has restored in the West the twofold doctrine of Karma and reincarnation, particularly stressing their significance as to the responsibility their knowledge renders onto man’s decisions. It taught man to distinguish between what is ever spiritual and what is finite and earthly while through such teachings it has been indicated how man should walk in life so as to awaken his latent spiritual powers and thus accomplish the objective of Evolution.

Defining the astral nature and its pitfalls gave a comprehensible reasonable explanation of psychic and spiritualistic phenomena and so their differences from the spiritual ones became obvious. It also pointed out that for the study and assimilation of Theosophy is required a) intelligence and b) morality.

H. P. Blavatksy presented Primal Tradition in a combined way such as included world religions, ancient mythologies and metaphysical philosophies. Comparing their common symbols and their respective basic concepts she proved the existence of One Source and Its Laws on the grounds of whom Nature, beings and ethics are framed. From the original synthesis of life issues the Theosophical ethics declaring unity, brotherhood and respect towards all species of life.

It is a fact, though, that much of what she said, incomprehensible to the 19th century culture and science, has been confirmed during the current century. Present-day developments in parapsychology, transcendent psychology and science have shown  that the psychic and spiritual capacities she had, she proved and about which H. P. Blavatsky wrote, are latent powers and capacities of the human soul.

Her teachings, her sound knowledge of the Occult and her psychic powers challenged the curiosity and affected geniuses and researchers of the previous century. Both her own and her Masters’ writings provided key propositions for the study of Nature and Humanity, which began to prove right as science broke the barrier of mechanical physics and adopted the energy-based nature of matter and the wave movement of particles.

Keep the link unbroken

The subtitle of “The Secret Doctrine” as “the synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy” demonstrates that H. P. Blavatsky defined Theosophy as a distinct teaching corpus. The distinction between genuine spiritual teaching and personal speculation and theory is evident and indicative.

The former has to do with the direct and unchangeable flux of mystic wisdom and the latter with the modified expression of inner reality as conceived by each individual.

The former, genuine wisdom, proves stable and unchangeable in its truth a) because it concurs with the testimonies of Visionaries whose visions and experiences are subject to the control and circumstance of pure spirituality and b) her propositions, valid at all times, are proven step by step and classified among the laws of visible nature and man. On the contrary, in the latter case, personal opinion distorts transcendent law as it tailors it to its own weights and measures.

Genuine wisdom issues from the immortal spiritual source, while personal opinion is but an image from the world of illusion. Given the fact that spiritual teaching is provided to awaken our latent higher nature and outlines its own way of unfolding, it can be easily understood how perilous and time consuming the journey of the soul may become, should we follow the labyrinth-like paths of personal opinion.

The mystic teachings presented to mankind from time to time are given forth in order to renovate the older expression of the same age long teaching, which becomes less vigorous with the lapse of time, with personal intervention and misuse on the part of its followers. If on top of these causes one takes into consideration the fact that the prophets themselves of the major universal teachings did not leave behind them any writing, if one adds the damage done to the teachings by the passing of time and in the hands of posterity, one can all the more appreciate the value of the Modern Theosophical teaching, texts written and preserved in their authentic form.

This major problem, i.e. the preservation of the genuine mystic knowledge, seems to have intensely preoccupied H. P. Blavatsky, especially during her last days.

Two days prior to her death, which occurred May 8th, 1891, the great Theosophist, although terminally ill, gave a final message to her friend and pupil Isabel Cooper – Oakley, who stood by her bedside. [13]

“Isabel”, she cried out, “keep the link unbroken; don’t let my last incarnation become a failure”

These words of H. P. Blavatsky’s betray the immense agony of the Upasika [14] as to whether her successors would keep and preserve her work, actually the mystic teaching as given by the Mahatmas.

For the link between mystic wisdom and its outer expression to be kept unbroken, for the keeping up of the communication and flow of inner reality outwards, spiritual truth in its genuine form, exactly as given by the Elder Brothers of humanity needs be preserved and diffused.

The problem with the Great Ideas and Teachings is that they are kept intact and authentic so long as there are people who appreciate them, respect them and spread them exactly as they stand. When personal views gradually distort the original truth, then wisdom is lost and what remains is but the dead letter and the dogma representing it.

The historical background of the Declaration

The declaration “keep the link unbroken” affords two interpretations. In the first place it is referred to in a short biography of Isabel Cooper- Oakley published by William Judge in “The Path’ of July 1894. It is mentioned therein as if those where H. P. Blavatsky’s very last words, shortly before she left her body, while this quotation dates two nights before her actual death. The excerpt goes like this:

The bad situation of her health (H. P. B.) did not allow Mrs. Cooper- Oakley to complete the work she had intended to. In 1890 the Society had moved to Avenue Road no 1. The following year, as H. P. B. was leaving this life, she gave Mrs. Oakley her last message for the Society, the very night before she passed away. At 3 o’ clock a.m. she suddenly looked up and said: “Isabel, Isabel, keep the link unbroken, don’t let my last incarnation be a failure.

At the moment of H. P. B.’s death, Mrs. Cooper- Oakley had been out but she got a telegram and returned exactly ten minutes later.[15]

The second version has to do with the reiteration of the declaration during the meeting of May 27, 1891, of the “Eastern School of Theosophy” in London, as the “last words” of H. P. Blavatsky’s concerning the School, in other words the teaching.

…. members of this School testify that her very last words with regard to the School and her work were “KEEP THE LINK UNBROKEN! DON’T LET MY LAST INCARNATION BE A FAILURE. [16]

Robert Crosbie and ULT

Some years following H. P. Blavatsky’s absence, the founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists, Robert Crosbie, having found out distortions of the teaching due to antagonistic aspirations among members of the Theosophical Society, thought it appropriate for the Theosophists to focus on the original teaching as given by the Masters of the Movement. This is how was founded the United Lodge of Theosophists, a more recent expression of the Theosophical Movement, intending to study the authentic texts of the Movement founders. This gesture, we might say, has rescued both the teaching and the objective of the Theosophical Movement.

The existence of a spiritual teaching summing up all teachings given earlier from time to time by Great Men and whose testimonies and concepts concur with those of all the previous great spiritual teachings of our planet it is our duty to preserve and spread.

Let us, then, keep our link with Everlasting Wisdom unbroken and inseparable, by searching, studying and disseminating the pure spiritual knowledge, without blending personal views in it.

H. P. Blavatsky’s work was:

To encourage the study of Theosophy and to disseminate its knowledge to the whole world.

Therefore, in “The Key to Theosophy” the writer says:

It is dedicated by H. P. B. to all her pupils that they may learn and teach in their turn.

[1] Key to Theosophy, by H. P. Blavatsky, p.302
[2] Key, p.1
[3] Theosophical Glossary, p. 328 (English edition)
[4] S.D., I xxxiv
[5] S.D., I vii-viii
[6] S.D., I xxxviii
[7] S.D., I 612
[8] W. Judge, articles II 18
[9] Chapter 272
[10] Book IV, ch. 4
[11] Volume III, Wilson, p. 197
[12] The information on Morya and Koothoomi is taken from “The Complete Works of H. P. B.”, volume VI, December 1883, a reprint from the “Theosophist” volume V, No 3 (51), December 1883, p.99, “The Puranas on the Dynasties of the Moryas and the Koothoomi”
[13] Published by W. Judge in the “Path” of July 1894
[14] Upasika means student
[15]The Path, Isabel Cooper – Oakley (1854-1914), Vol. IX, July 1894, p. 122-24.
[16] This article can be found in: Eklund D (Comp) Echoes of the Orient: The Writings of William Quan Judge. San Diego: Point Loma Publications, Inc., 1975-1987. Vol. 2: publ. 1980; pp. 469-70
[17] Eklund D (Comp). Echoes of the Orient: The Writings of William Quan Judge. San Diego. Point Loma Publications, Inc., 1975-1987.Vol. 3: publ.1987; p.351