The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett

Theosophical University Press Edition


Letter 24a

THE FAMOUS "CONTRADICTIONS"

[The numbers in brackets refer to K.H.'s replies, for which see Letter XXIVb. page 185 et seq. — Ed.]

Received Autumn 1882.

I hope you will give me great credit for obedience in having laboriously and against my inclination endeavoured to compile a case for the plaintiff in re the alleged contradictions. As I have said elsewhere these appear to me not much worth worrying about; though for the present they leave me cloudy in my ideas about Devachan and the victims of accident. It is because they do not fret me that I have never hitherto acted on your suggestion that I should make notes of them. {Underline in blue pencil.}

(1)
Hume has been inclined to trace contradictions in some letters referring to the evolution of man, but in conversation with him I have always contended that these are not contradictions at all, — merely due to a confusion about rounds and races — a matter of language. Then he has pretended to think that you have built up the philosophy as you have gone on, and got out of the difficulty by inventing a great many more races than were contemplated at first, which hypothesis I have always ridiculed as absurd.

(2)
I have not recopied here the passages about victims of accident quoted in my letter of the 12th August and in apparent conflict with the corrections on the proof of my Letter on Theosophy. You have already said apropos to these quotations, on back of mine dated August 12th: —

(3)
"I can easily understand we are accused of contradictions and inconsistencies aye even to writing one thing to-day and denying it tomorrow. Could you but know how I write my letters and the time I am enabled to give to them perchance you would feel less critical if not exacting ——"

(4)
This passage it was which led me to think it might be that some of the earlier letter had been perhaps the "victim of accident" itself.

But to go on with the case for the plainfiff: —

(5)
Most of those whom you may call, if you like, candidates for Devachan die and are reborn in the Kama loka without remembrance. . . . You can hardly call remembrance a dream of yours, some particular scene or scenes within whose narrow limits you would find enclosed a few persons. . . etc., call it the personal remembrance of A. P. Sinnett if you can." Notes on back of mine to Old Lady.

(6)
"Certainly, the new Ego, once that it is reborn in the Devachan retains for a certain time proportionate to its Earth life, a 'complete recollection of his spiritual life on Earth.' Long Devachan letter.

(7)
All those who have not slipped down into the mire of unredeemable sin and bestiality — go to the Devachan, ibid.

(8)
It (Devachan) is an idealed paradise in each case of the Ego's own making and by him filled with the scenery crowded with the incidents and thronged with the people he would expect to find in such a sphere of compensative bliss. Ibid.

(9)
Nor can we call it a full but only a partial remembrance. X. Love and hatred are the only immortal feelings, the only survivors from the wreck of the Ye-damma or phenomenal world. Imagine yourself in Devachan then, with those you may have loved with such immortal love, with the familiar shadowy scenes connected with them for a background, and a perfect blank for everything else relating to your interior social political and literary life — Former letter, i.e. Notes.

(10)
Since the conscious perception of one's personality on Earth is but an evanescent dream, that sense will be equally that of a dream in the Devachan — only a hundred fold intensified." Long Devachan letter.

(11)
". . . . a connoisseur who passes aeons in the rapt delight of listening to divine symphonies by imaginary angelic choirs and orchestras." Long letter. See (9)X ante. See my notes 10 and 11 about Wagner etc.

You say:

(12A)
"In no case then, with the exception of suicides and shells is there any possibility for any other to be attracted to a seance room." Notes.

(12B)
"On margin I said rarely but I have not pronounced the word never." Appended to mine of 12th Aug.


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