Brendan French: “The Theosophical Masters”

The University of Sydney Library has finally made Dr Brendan French’s PhD thesis – The Theosophical Masters: An Investigation into the Conceptual Domains of H.P. Blavatsky and C.W. Leadbeater (2000) 2 v. (xviii, 829 leaves): ill., ports. (some col.) – available on-line in digital format: https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/7147

Abstract:

“  H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891) and C. W. Leadbeater (1854-1934) were successive
ideologues for the Theosophical Society. The revelation they articulated was premised on the existence and benevolence of a Brotherhood of Masters with whom they alleged contact. The Masters are presented as perfected men, possessed of supranormal physical and spiritual endowments, whose task it is to guide humanity along an inclined trajectory toward ultimate divinisation.

The objective of the present work is to examine the Masters phenomenologically, and to ascertain their role within Theosophical discourse. No attempt is made to discern the ontic reality of the Masters as such an enquiry lies beyond the scholar’s methodological apparatus. Rather, the Master is examined as a function of Theosophical esotericism, and as a pivotal personification of Theosophy’s occultistic engagement with such prevailing paradigms as progressivism, evolutionism, and perfectibilism.

The work is divided into five parts: the first is concerned with methodologies and heuristic definitions; the second examines the ideational structures of the Blavatskian conceptual domain; the third explores Leadbeater’s redaction of the Blavatskian template; the fourth proposes several typological categories under which the Masters may be viewed (the Mercurian, the Monastic, the PredagogicaI, the Oriental, the Perfected, the Angelic, the Rosicrucian); and the fifth is devoted to appendices (portraits, geographical location, fictional literature, ‘Malign Masters’, and contemporary recensions of the motif).”

KH  Morya CWL

Table of Contents

PART ONE: METHODOLOGY AND OVERVIEW

CHAPTER I. METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES FOR THE STUDY OF THE THEOSOPHICAL MASTERS

-Religionism and Reductionism

-The Sociological Method

-An Empirical Approach

CHAPTER 2. PURVIEW OF THE PRESENT STUDY

-Delimitations with regard to Source Materials

-Delimitations with regard to Time Period

-Delimitations with regard to Geography and Language

-Preliminary observations with regard to Terminology

CHAPTER 3. THE MASTER – A HEURISTIC DEFINITION

-Toward a Definition: A selection of materials

-Characteristics and Attributes of the Master

-Functions of the Master

-A Working Heuristic

-Initial Observations

PART TWO: HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY

CHAPTER 4. THE EARLY YEARS

-Childhood and Youth

-The Blavatskian Odyssey

-Fraternities and Friendships

CHAPTER 5. THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

-Ex Oriente Lux?

CHAPTER 6. EARLY MASTERS OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

-Ramsgate, 1851

-Spiritualism and John King

-In Correspondence with the Masters

CHAPTER 7. AN EXTENDED FAMILY: EXTRAMURAL MASTERS

-William Stainton Moses and Imperator

-Frederick Hockley and the Crowned Angel

-Emma Hardinge Britten and the Chevalier Louis

CHAPTER 8. ISIS UNVEILED

CHAPTER 9. INDIA

-The Theosophical Society of the Arya Samiij of India

‘Budhism’, Buddhism, and Chelaship

CHAPTER 10. THE MAHATMA LETTERS

-Intimations of a Theosophical Universe

-Divinity and Materiality

CHAPTER 11. THE ADYAR YEARS

-The ‘Kiddle Incident’

-The Masters in propriis person is

-Occident or Orient?

-The Coulombs and the ‘Hodgson Report’

CHAPTER 12. THE SECRET DOCTRINE I

-The Book of Dzyan

-Cosmogony and Temporality

CHAPTER 13. THE SECRET DOCTRINE II

-Cosmology, Anthropogeny, and Ethnography

-Evolution and Involution

-Karma and Reincamationism

-The Power behind the Processus

CHAPTER 14. THEBLAVATSKIAN SYNTHESIS

-Developmentalist Historiography and Joachimism

-Jacob Boehme

-Eliphas Livi

-Giordano Bruno

-A Renovated Prisca Theologia

-Blavatskian Gnosis

CHAPTER 15. THE FINAL YEARS

-The Esoteric Section

-The Inner Group

-Heavenly Ascent

-The Passing of Blavatsky

PART THREE: CHARLES WEBSTER LEADBEATER

CHAPTER 16. THE CONCEPTUAL INTERREGNUM

-Charismatic Authority in Post-Blavatskian Theosophy

-William Quan Judge and the Unfalsifiability of Masters’ Mandates

-A New Mouthpiece for the Masters

CHAPTER 17. THE LEADBEATER ASCENDANCY

-Childhood and Youth

-Introduction to Theosophy and Occult Apprenticeship

-Clairvoyant Investigations

-Occult Chemistry

-Theosophical Homiletics

CHAPTER 18. ‘CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION’

-Allegations of Misconduct

-The ‘Adyar Manifestations’

CHAPTER 19. THE ORDER OF UNIVERSAL CO-MASONRY

-Origins of a Feminine Freemasonry

-Theosophical Freemasonry

-The Seven Rays

-The Emergence of the Sixth Sub-Race

-The Coming of the World-Teacher

CHAPTER 20. THE LIBERAL CATHOLIC CHURCH

-Theosophical Christianity and Christian Theosophy

-Episcopi Vagantes (‘Wandering Bishops’)

-Leadbeaterian Liberal Catholicism

-The (Magic and) Science of the Sacraments

CHAPTER 21. KRISHNAMURTI AND THE ORDER OF THE STAR IN THE EAST

-The Discovery and Training of the Vehicle

-Accelerated Evolution

-The Vehicle Charts a Pathless Land

CHAPTER 22. AN OCCULT LABORATORY

-The World Mother and the Seven Virgins of Java

-The Egyptian Rite of the Ancient Mysteries

-Leadbeaterian Theosophy and Causative Theurgy

-The Making of a Master

-The Passing of Leadbeater

PART FOUR: A MASTERS TYPOLOGY

Introduction

CHAPTER 23. THE MERCURIAN MASTER

-Leadbeater and the Animation of Statues

CHAPTER 24. THE MONASTIC MASTER

-A Short Theological Excursus

CHAPTER 25. THE PEDAGOGICAL MASTER

CHAPTER 26. THE ORIENTAL MASTER

CHAPTER 27. THE PERFECTED MASTER

-Progress

-Evolution

CHAPTER 28. THE ANGELIC MASTER

-Enoch

-Melchizedek

-Theosophical Historiography, Messianism, and Kabbalah

CHAPTER 29. THE ROSICRUCIAN MASTER

-The Rosicrucian Novel

-Zanoni

-A Short Note concerning ‘Jack the Ripper’

CONCLUSION

PART FIVE

APPENDICES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX A. PORTRAITS OF THE MASTERS

-List of figures

-Figures

-Portraits of the Masters

-Some Stylistic Remarks

APPENDIX B. THE HOMES OF THE MASTERS

-Geography and the Masters

-Shamballah

-Europe and the Middle East

-The United States of America

-South America

APPENDIX C. THE MASTERS AND FICTIONAL LITERATURE

APPENDIX D. MALIGN MASTERS

-Savitri Devi and the Hitlerian Avatar

-The Order of the Nine Angles

APPENDIX E. THEOSOPHY AFTER LEADBEATER

1) Theosophical Groups

The Adyar Society

-Geoffrey Hodson

The Point Loma Society

-Katherine Tingley

-Gottfried de Purucker

-Arthur Latham Conger

-James Long

Groups Deriving from the Point Loma Society

-Ernest Hargrove and the Esoteric School

-Word Foundation

-Temple of the People

-The Theosophical Society of New York

-Franz Hartmann and the International Theosophische Verbruderung

-The United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT) and the Dzyan Esoteric School

-The International Group of Theosophists

2) Para-Theosophical Groups

Rudolf Steiner and the Anthroposophical Society

Alice La Trobe Bateman Bailey and the Arcane School

Benjamin Creme

Cyril Meir Scott and The Initiate

3 ) Extra-Theosophical Groups

Golden Dawn Masters: Theosophy and Theurgia

-Robert William Felkin

-Dion Fortune (Violet Mary Firth)

The Rosicrucian Order of the Crotona Fellowship

Baird Thomas Spalding

Manley Palmer Hall and the Philosophical Research Society

Guy Warren Ballard and the ‘I AM’ Movement

The Church Universal and Triumphant

Tuesday Lobsang Rampa and Cyril Henry Hoskin

The Channeled Masters

The Space Masters

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The work contains a substantial collection of illustrations of supposed portrayals of the Masters.

Note by the University of Sydney Library: “This copy was made by or on behalf of the University of Sydney. The author retains copyright of this material. This work is protected by Copyright. All rights reserved. Access to this work is provided for the purposes of personal research and study. Except where permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this work must not be copied or communicated to others without the express permission of the copyright owner.”

The previous posting on this blog – https://cwleadbeater.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/leadbeater-theses-french/ – which stated that “This thesis was digitised for the purposes of Document Delivery. It is not available on open access and access is restricted” is now redundant.

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