of the Adepts
in the Nineteenth century
s in every last quarter of a century, the Adepts desired,
once again in the nineteenth century, to help humanity. However,
what they decided upon, at that time, was “a premiere” for
what they endeavoured, had never been done before, at least
with such “overture”.
They decided, indeed, to reveal to the world not only their
own existence that of the secret Brotherhood they
have formed for thousands of years with its main seat in the
Himalayan heights but also to unveil to Man the
History of our planet, the origins of Humanity (Anthropogenesis)
and the genesis and organization of the Universe (Cosmogenesis).
They literally opened part of the Archives of Time to any
man or woman of sufficient goodwill to accept and study them
and finally see what path to subsequently tread in order to
reach the spiritual heights that each one of them (whether
man or woman)
In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the Masters
had to rekindle the flame and continue to teach this rebellious
Humanity, victim not only of Its institutions (the Church
that persists, the dawn of materialist Science), but also
the rejections induced by Its own ignorance.
It is at this precise time in European History that the
work the Masters entrusted to Helena Petrovna
Blavatsky (H.P.B) can be situated. We know the outcome of
this message: discredited, the Emissary died being dubbed
an «imposter» by the general public. Recognized for what she
really was only by those close to her, by authentic specialists
on occult tradition (the IX Panchem Lama, D. Suzuki, Lama
Kazi Dawa Sandup, etc.) and by scientists, seekers of truth
(C. Flammarion, Edison, Einstein, M. Plank, etc. H.P. Blavatsky
and her Work have begun at the later part of this
twentieth century, as she predicted to be grasped
by the general public.
H.P. Blavatsky confided to Countess Watchtmeister that during
her meeting with Master Morya in 1851 in London twenty-five
years before the foundation of the Theosophical Society ,
the latter asked her cooperation for a « work». C. Watchtmeister
declares: That He [the Master] wanted to ask
her [H.P.B] cooperation for a work he was about to
undertake… He gave her a slight sketch of all the troubles
she would have to undergo. He also told her that she would
need to spend three years in Tibet to prepare herself for
that difficult task. After three days of serious consideration
and consultation with her father [Count Hahn escorting
her daughter in London] H.P.B decided to accept the offer
that was made to her… (Reminiscences of H.P.
Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine by C. Wachtmeister
– Theosophical Publishing House – Page 44).
It would be interesting, perhaps, to know that the Masters
give the disciple a «general plan», a «global view>. of
the message to deliver, of the work to accomplish, and yet
allow the disciple to be totally free and responsible for
the implementation of all that, the way the message will «
flow». That attitude had always prevailed in past centuries
and it was the one they adopted towards H.P. Blavatsky.
It follows that the Masters (or
Mahatmas) had a framework in mind but the way that
Plan would be carried out depended on H.P.B: the foundation
of the Theosophical Society for example; H.P. Blavatsky could
have written the books that we know about and stopped right
there, even if she had to defend them through articles or
the creation of a magazine, not necessarily linked to a fraternity
as were The Theosophist or Lucifer.
It was rather the circumstances that dictated, as related
in Colonel Olcott’s accounts, the establishment of the Society
; as for the books, we have enough evidence to prove that
they were written under the guidance of the Adepts. However,
even for these writings, the situation is not predetermined
; in fact The Secret Doctrine was a response to
the public’s favorable reactions towards the publication of
Isis Unveiled and apparently, it would be that
reception and the fervour of humanity for Knowledge that encouraged
the Adepts to go farther in the partial revelation of the
occult annals of our planet. Thus they wanted the Secret
Doctrine: I did not undertake to rewrite and
bother myself with that infernal book for my own sweet pleasure…
Master orders and wills it be rewritten and rewrite it I will
wrote H.P.B to A.P. Sinnet (cf. Letters of H.P.B to A.P.Sinnet
and other miscellaneous letters, page 88). As for Colonel
Olcott, he wrote in his journal of January 9, 1885: H.P.B
received from Master M. the layout of the Secret Doctrine.
It is excellent… (cf. H.S. Olcott, op.cit).
This « Framework» of the Masters had to deliver:
- Firstly, another approach to spiritualism;
- Then, some teachings aiming to enlighten the spiritual
view of The West on occult verities.
1) Another approach to Spiritualism.
Why begin with Spiritualism? Because the phenomenon of death
sensitizes everybody; and no one can remain indifferent before
the loss of loved ones and the outcome of one’s own life.
To know that the Human Being is not only an agglomeration
of flesh, arteries, organs, bones and a flow of blood but
also a whole made of subtle matter invisible
with a continuous gradation of refinement, the whole being
the support, the vehicle to the Unique Spirit,
that was a message this nineteenth century, excessively positivist,
had to assimilate. In fact, since Lavoisier, Science has taken
a materialist course and the negation of an invisible world
has become the foundation of any serious thought.
That was being indifferent about human suffering in the force
of what they consider a dark nothingness after death.
Moreover, the spiritualist sessions, very fashionable since
the eighteenth century, were, from an occult point of view,
some real viper’s nests: the medium was not really aware of
what was happening to his person, what was being experienced,
what was really manifesting – what was the real identity of
the spirit during the session nor
what was becoming of his own vital energy and that of his
assistants. The spiritualists also believed that the « realm
of the dead» was the authentic spiritual realm
with the positive connotation that the last epithet implied.
Unknowingly, they were opening the way to real impostures
operated by those summoned entities whose messages were accepted
as the Holy Sacrament.
Consequently, to reassure those who painfully believed in
a post-mortem nothingness and teach the spiritualists the
basic tenets of Occult Sciences.
That was what H.P.B accomplished or
tried to accomplish first in Cairo (where she
failed) then successfully in the United States of America
starting from 1874 when she met Colonel Olcott
at the Eddys’ farm. A large portion of the work, until 1878,
was devoted to this part of the plan.
2) A teaching aiming to enlighten the
spiritual view of The West on the occult verities
The awakening of occult thought, from the end of the middle
ages and over the following centuries, infused by the “Rosae+Crucis”,
the Alchemists, the Thinkers, and the “Theurgists” (such as
Giordano Bruno, the Count of Saint Germain and the Count of
Cagliostro, etc.) and finally the publication of a semi-underground
literature that stirred up the minds (the eighteenth century
was fond of that; think of the success of Montfaucon of Villars’s
book The Count of Cabalis…), made of the
end of that nineteenth century a fertile ground for the emergence
of teachings which were more complete and more coordinating
of the sparse and truncated elements that Western Hermeticism
had vehicled since the putting to death of Ancient Wisdom
in the fourth century of our era.
That was what H.P.B accomplished:
- By founding the Theosophical Society with Colonel Olcott
- By authoring Isis Unveiled
- By teaching the Hermetic Doctrine from 1878
by way of lectures in India and articles published in the
newly created The Theosophist
and then Lucifer;
- By writing her Magnum Opus which contains unique revelations
on the occult history of the Universe and our planet : The
- By pursuing the teaching, not only to her disciples but
also to a private circle in London, some time before her
In a letter kept in Adyar's archives in Madras (India) dated
February 24, 1888, H.P.B confided: I am the one who
provided the proof of the existence of our Masters to the
world… I did so because they have sent me to accomplish the
work as a new experience in the 19th century and
I did it to the best of my abilities….
Thus, in the manner of her predecessors of past centuries,
H.P.B accomplished the work of the Masters as
far as the century was concerned and, like those same predecessors,
she suffered humiliations, betrayals and calumny. If the holy
Inquisition could have sent her to prison, even the stake,
It would have done so… but her contemporaries opted to inflict
upon her the prison of ridicule and the pyre of calumny.
The Great Beings live, dream and feel beyond time,
beyond History, this complex thread of events in which we
live imprisoned. The strength of their noble sentiments enables
them to «see» in the distant future that of which we hardly
dare to have a foreboding. This enormous difference in perspective
makes communication difficult between Them and
us. However, we need each other in such an intense and sometimes
desperate manner, that the history the efforts we have
made to reconnect with them is filled with memorable facts.
Perhaps the most beautiful and suggestive pages of the great
history of Humanity are, in reality, some more or less happy
episodes of this mysterious dialogue, although it does not
appear or is even mentioned as such. Helena Petrovna belongs
to that list, fortunately long, of personages inspired by
the powerful light of millennial Wisdom… (Maria
Dolores Fernandez-Figares, article written in H.P. Blavatsky
– Reflections on the presentation of her esoteric teachings
- Ed. Nouvelle Acropole – 1991- page 127).
The Adepts are always believed to be of male gender only.
In fact, the Adept takes the physical body the most appropriate
to a mission: man or woman depending. When having to manifest
to a world of men, they took a male body most of the time,
else, their message, yet hardly accepted would
not be heard and shewould be “sacrificed”… (See
the fate of a disciple, Hypatia of Alexandria). There exist
Adepts whom official Theosophy considered to be of male gender
for the opposite would surprise, even offend,
the mentalities of the time whereas it was not
always that way. Davis Anrias, in Through the eyes of
the Masters published portraits of Adepts whom he drew,
and for some, in a totally archetypal fashion…