Short quotations from Blavatsky, her Gurus, supporters and other Sages:

To all, whether Chohan or chela, who are obligated workers among us the first and last consideration is whether we can do good to our neighbour, no matter how humble he may be; and we do not permit ourselves to even think of the danger of any contumely, abuse or injustice visited upon ourselves. We are ready to be "spat upon and crucified" daily — not once — if real good to another can come of it. 

This is from Mahatma Letter #83 (114 chronologically).  So we need not only compassion, but wisdom and courage.

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A real gem! 



The code of conduct referred to here in ML #83, with all its unfortunate personal ramifications, was strictly followed by H. P. Blavatsky. She did not shrink from this, even though she foresaw the consequences both to herself and to the Theosophical Society she founded. Countess Constance Wachtmeister recounts in Reminiscences of H. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine (Chapter 1: "Blavatsky's Pledge"):

"Though too proud to justify herself to those who were incapable of appreciating the lofty standard of conduct which she followed herself and ever held up to the world in her ethical and mystical writings, she would occasionally open up her inner mind to her few earnest pupils who were pledged to tread the path. I do recollect an explanation she gave on this very point, when the crowd of scoffers in the press and in drawing rooms asked one another, "How is it that this pupil of semi-omniscient Mahatmas, this natural clairvoyant and trained reader of the minds of men, cannot even tell her friends from her foes?"

""Who am I," She said, answering one question with another, "who am I that I should deny a chance to one in whom I see a spark still glimmering of recognition of the Cause I serve, that might yet be fanned into a flame of devotion? What matter the consequences that fall on me personally when such a one fails, succumbing to the forces of evil within him - deception, ingratitude, revenge, what not - forces that I saw as clearly as I saw the hopeful spark; though in his fall he cover me with misrepresentation, obloquy and scorn? What right have I to refuse to any one the chance of profiting by the truths I can teach him, and thereby entering upon the Path? I tell you that I have no choice. I am pledged by the strictest rules and laws of occultism to a renunciation of selfish considerations, and how can I dare to assume the existence of faults in a candidate and act upon my assumption, even though a cloudy forbidding aura may fill me with misgivings?""


Such a reply reveals a mind which has truly evolved to the higher altitudes of consciousness. 



"The Cause I serve", this is a wonderful phrase for all theosophical students to contemplate.  We are not working for ourselves but instead for the whole human family.


Through joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, the soul comes to a knowledge of itself; then begins the task of learning the laws of life, that the discords may be resolved , and the harmony be restored.

--------- HPB

I am taking some time to contemplate the above. Love what you have contributed here.
thank you, Nicholas



[Lucifer, Vol. II, No. 8, April, 1888, pp. 85-91]


Good question. I'm guessing that that's the Dzyan lodge's way of referring to the western calendar. 3 x 7 instead of 21 to highlight the importance of 7 in cycles, perhaps. Saturn maybe because it is considered to be the presiding planet of the Christian era? (HPB equates the Judeao-Christian divinity with Saturn) or maybe because Saturn (along with Uranus) governs Aquarius, hence related to the age of Aquarius? But that's just my own way of understanding it, it could be something else all together...


Yes, it would seem like a good idea to look into that - where was Saturn at various points and what not - here's an interesting general bit on 700-year cycles:

Kabbalistically, one could consider the following:

* In the Kabala the same numbers are a value of Jehovah, viz., 1065, since the numerical values of the three letters which compose his name — Jod, Vau and twice He — are respectively 10 ( ), 6 ( ) and 5 ( ); or again thrice seven, 21. SD I  90


Hi Nicholas,

 Whether by phenomenon or miracle, by spirit-hook or bishop’s crook, Occultism must win the day, before the present era reaches “Sani’s (Saturn’s) triple septenary” of the Western Cycle in Europe, in other words—before the end of the twenty-first century “A.D.”

While I don’t think anyone is going to give you the full meaning of the above, perhaps a few thoughts that may help, but like the Riddle of the Sphinx, one may not find it purely by intellect alone. Saturn’s triple septenary may not necessarily mean 3 x 7, but perhaps the seven levels of consciousness or planes, with triple possibly being the first three states, physical, astral/desire, and mental, a bit like the mark of the beast. Those who cling to the outdated philosophy’s of the past involving a personified God, refusing to evolve with the rest of Humanity or something similar.  

Casady may have a vital point, Saturn being co-ruler of Aquarius, maybe he is going to execute exact Karma on those advanced Nations and Religions who did not repent during the Piscean Age before entering Aquarius. The younger races and Nations have their own Karma and path to follow at present. Also check when the Aquarian Age actually starts as this maybe another vital clue.

In Astrology Saturn is the “Lord of Karma”, sometimes called the Grim Reaper. However he is not really to be feared, but seen to bring us opportunity to grow. His place in our natal chart, his transits and aspects tell us a lot of what to expect and what to change in order to break our repetitive negative patterns of the past. His Law is exact.  This same law applies for Nations, some of which must change if they are to survive as a Nation. Things like ‘Punishing those whose conduct they are dissatisfied with’.  

One can see from HPB’s quotes below that the Jews of the Old Testament distorted Saturn’s  energy and made him their personal God of ‘an eye for an eye’, then refusing to listen to the 11th Commandment given by Jesus for the 11th Zodiac sign,‘Love one another’, and that, Saturn has not forgotten as HPB shows below.  HPB also speaks of other Nations and Religious Institutions that need changing as well.

HPB….The true Magus throws a spell without ceremony and by his sole disapproval, upon those with whose conduct he is dissatisfied, and whom he thinks it necessary to punish; The true Adept of the "Right Hand" never punishes anyone, not even his bitterest and most dangerous enemy: he simply leaves the latter to his Karma, and Karma never fails to do so, sooner or later.] he casts a spell, even by his pardon, over those who do him injury, and the enemies of Initiates never long enjoy impunity for their wrong-doing. We have ourselves seen proofs of this fatal law in numerous instances. The executioners of martyrs always perish miserably; and the Adepts are the martyrs of intelligence. Providence [Karma] seems to despise those who despise them, and puts to death those who would seek to prevent them from living. The legend of the Wandering Jew is the popular poetry of this arcanum. A people had sent a sage to crucifixion; that people had bidden him "Move on!" when he tried to rest for one moment.... well! That people will become subject, henceforth, to a similar condemnation; it will become entirely proscribed, and for long centuries it will be hidden "Move on! move on!" finding neither rest nor pity  SD 3 27

HPB  quote;  " The seven Angels who preside over the seven Planets are the Builders of our Universe - a purely Eastern doctrine, as Saturnilus was an Asiatic Gnostic. These Angels are the natural Guardians of the seven Regions of our Planetary System, one of the most powerful among the seven creating Angels of the third order being Saturn, the presiding genius of the planet and the God of the Hebrews ... namely Jehovah ... to whom is dedicated the seventh day or Sabbath, Saturday – ‘Saturn’s day among the Scandinavians and also among the Hindus. SD3 115


That's interesting - funny coincidence - that can help situate things - a lot of interesting things were happening with Saturn in that period, with Pluto and Uranus (Saturn is exalted in Libra and Saturn in Libra is linked to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Korean War)

Here's an intriguing passage from the Mahatma Letters 47:

"Let us all do our best. There are cycles of 7, 11, 21, 77, 107, 700, 11,000, 21,000 etc.; so many cycles will make a major and so on. Bide your time therecord book is well kept."


If so, how does this idea sit with the teaching of self-reliance?


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Permalink Reply by Kristan Stratos on June 20, 2015 at 8:22am

For a while I've been on the fence on this topic.  It wasn't until a few years ago I felt that I understood what was really being said.

The outside Masters are very, very important.  These are very truly our personal saviors. Though, I believe the present day idea of finding these great Gurus has been greatly misunderstood.  Cults of personality are the first results.  We see some people becoming fanatically involved in some institutions and more seriously, sacrificing their will to the will of their "guru."  In other words, becoming hypnotized by a potential fraud or worse, a black magician. 

Self-reliance is a must.  Even when we have been blessed by the Presence of a Master, we still must strive to be even more self-reliant, more vigilant than before.  The Great Ones will guide their students, that is, when the student develops the ability of total Self-reliance, will, vigilance, and absolute self-negation. 

Permalink Reply by barbaram on June 20, 2015 at 8:43pm

At this point in my understanding, the need of a teacher on the physical plane and the required self-reliance sounds contradictory.  Assume we are so blessed that a teacher could actually appear in our lives,  then why spend so much time fumbling with our own self-devised methods, which often lead us to many dead ends and detours.  A trained teacher can easily point the way.

Permalink Reply by barbaram on July 4, 2015 at 2:44pm

Very important information and distinction, indeed.

Permalink Reply by David Reigle on August 22, 2015 at 8:21am

This passage explains a lot. Thanks, Nicholas, for posting it. I have always thought that it is one of the most important passages in Isis Unveiled. See also Blavatsky Collected Writings, vol. 5, p. 222.

Permalink Reply by David Reigle on September 10, 2015 at 10:16am

Was this account a clairvoyant observation by W. Q. Judge?

Permalink Reply by Casady on October 8, 2015 at 12:46pm

Possibly, hard to say... that story is among the last of a series collected as "Occult Tales" in the first volume of Echoes of the Orient - most of them are signed 'Bryan Kinnavan' and describe a very ancient esoteric temple in Ireland, told in the first person with an old man involved somehow... there's also a rough draft of a mystical novel that seems based on Judge's personal spiritual experiences - so there could be autobiographical aspects to the Irish stories ... but like Blavatsky's Nightmare Tales and travel stories, they might be a mixture of occult inspiration, personal experience, and fictionalized imagination ... intriguing stories...

Permalink Reply by David Reigle on August 28, 2015 at 5:29pm

This may help to explain why the Theosophical Mahatmas clearly favored the Gelugpas and Tsong kha pa and "his position in his famous Lam rim chen mo, where great emphasis is placed on the role of gradual learning in the liberation process, and spontaneous enlightenment is explicitly and unequivocally rejected." (the quoted words are from Gareth Sparham, Ocean of Eloquence, p. 26).

Permalink Reply by David Reigle on August 29, 2015 at 11:19am

The passage you quoted from Isis Unveiled, saying that "the class of hierophants was divided into two distinct categories." When Buddhism was brought into Tibet, there was a great debate at Samye about whether to accept the Buddhism from India that taught the graded path, or the Buddhism from China that taught sudden enlightenment. Representing the former was the Indian teacher Kamalasila, who later wrote out the teachings on the graded path in his Bhavanakrama. He won the debate, and the then king of Tibet decreed that Tibet would accept only Indian Buddhism. This paved the way for the work of Tsong kha pa, and the dominance of the Gelugpa order in Tibet. The graded path was laid out in great detail by Tsong kha pa in his Lam rim chen mo, his most influential work. The Lam rim or graded path teachings have practically become the trademark of the Gelugpa order.

Permalink Reply by David Reigle on September 9, 2015 at 9:41am

Thevetat, apparently a phonetic rendering from Siamese found in a 1693 French book (see Isis Unveiled, vol. 2, p. 576), is Devadatta of the Buddhist allegorical stories (BCW 5.222). Devadatta is the proverbial "bad guy" in the Buddhist stories. However, a somewhat different picture of him is given in the 1994 book, Buddhist Saints in India, by Reginald A. Ray, in the section, "A Condemned Saint: Devadatta," pp. 162-173.

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on August 29, 2015 at 9:43am

Thank you for all these passages from HPB.  It is a wonderful contribution to the world at large and it contributes to the goal of the Theosophical Movement:  Universal Brotherhood.

Permalink Reply by Peter on September 12, 2015 at 9:19am

Thanks, Nicholas - there's a lot of hope and practical usage in that simple piece of advice from Judge.

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on October 31, 2015 at 11:23am

Hear, hear our brother.

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Permalink Reply by Casady on November 27, 2015 at 12:29pm

Judge has written some nice stuff on dreams - including some bits on dream symbolism that pre-dates Freud...

Permalink Reply by Casady on November 27, 2015 at 12:26pm

Here's a somehow obscure anecdote by Henry Olcott, or maybe not:

"Years ago- when we first came to Bombay,- I was told by H.P.B. that several of 
the Mahatmas, being met together, cause to drift by them in the astral light the 
psychical reflections of the then Indian members of the Theosophical 
. She asked me to guess which one's image was brightest. I mentioned 
a young Parsi of Bombay, then a pre-eminently active and devoted member. She 
said, laughing, that on the contrary he was not bright at all, the morally 
brightest being a poor Bengali gentleman who had become a drunkard. The Parsi 
afterwards deserted us and became an active opponent, the Bengali reformed and 
is now a pious ascetic! She explained then that many vicious habits and sensual 
gratifications often affect the physical self, without leaving deep permanent 
scars on the inner-self. In such cases the spiritual nature is so vigorous as to 
throw off these external blotches after a brief struggle."

Permalink Reply by Casady on December 3, 2015 at 12:47pm

yes, appearances can be deceiving... thankys for passing the full version along - I guess then, that this would be one of Olcott's better known writings, aside from the Buddhist Catechism...

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on December 7, 2015 at 7:24pm

Wise soul, Mr. Judge.