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Paul Johnson's Conspiracy Theory on H.P. Blavatsky & the Mahatmas

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  • Daniel H. Caldwell
    Paul Johnson s Conspiracy Theory on H.P. Blavatsky & the Mahatmas I quote three extracts from Dr. Joscelyn Godwin s Foreword to Paul Johnson s The Masters
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 11, 2005
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      Paul Johnson's Conspiracy Theory on H.P. Blavatsky & the Mahatmas

      I quote three extracts from Dr. Joscelyn Godwin's Foreword
      to Paul Johnson's "The Masters Revealed." These extracts outline
      succinctly Johnson's main argument in his "conspiracy theory":

      "The principal Masters in question were Koot Hoomi and Morya,
      supposedly residents of Shigatse in Tibet...." (p. xv)

      "The theme of this book is that HPB's Masters were not the Himalayan
      sages whom she invented to distract her co-workers...." (p. xviii)

      "Mr. Johnson's suggestion---and he makes it clear that it is no more
      than that---is that the Mahatmas Morya and Koot Hoomi are fictitious
      Tibetan personae that conceal well-documented historical figures:
      Ranbir Singh and Thakar Singh." (p. xviii)

      Johnson in his own Introduction to "The Masters Revealed" summarizes
      this hypothesis as follows:

      "Thakar Singh Sandhanwalia, founding president of the Amritsar Singh
      Sabha, corresponds in intriguing ways to clues about Koot Hoomi's
      identity in the writings of Olcott and HPB....

      "Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Kashmir has many correspondences to Morya
      as described by HPB....

      "Although much of HPB's portrayal of Morya and Koot Hoomi was
      designed to mislead in order to protect their privacy, enough
      accurate information was included to make a persuasive case for
      their identities as these historical figures...." (pp. 5-6.)

      Johnson in his "conspiracy theory" alleges that HPB and others put
      out all sorts of DISINFORMATION to mislead the public so that they
      would not suspect what was REALLY going on behind the scenes.

      For critiques of Johnson's arguments, see:

      • The Theosophical Mahatmas: A Critique of Paul Johnson's New Myth

      • K. Paul Johnson's House of Cards?: A Critical Examination of
      Johnson's Thesis on the Theosophical Masters Morya and Koot Hoomi

      • A Closer Look at Some of K. Paul Johnson's Arguments
      H.S. Olcott's Testimony about the Masters

      It would be interesting to know why Frank Reitmeyer hasn't adopted
      Johnson's "conspiracy theory" since Frank apparently accepts so many
      other conspiracy theories.

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