Well, the end isn't very nice, ATS, and I almost hate to even say how it went down. If you add the British guy, and the other two Russian guys Helena
Blavatsky was nearly unique for her time. As some of you might have realized, I am mostly going with Colin Wilson; but I have managed to find some of
the documents from the investigation that was done by the Society for Psychical Research
. I'm sorry to say that the added detail doesn't make
for a better outcome for Helena, but to me it was clear in the end that she had underestimated the hired help.
If you can believe it, it was Daniel Home that finally chased Helena and her new Theosophical Society out of England. Home wrote a nasty article about
Blavatsky and Helena decided it was time to go to India. Like the Beatles, they had met a Swami; Olcott had managed to become connected with one Swami
Dyananda, and Theosophy was somehow officially merged with Dyanada's Arya Smaj
. The Theosophical Society found themselves, after much struggle
and financial loss, the details of which must go unwritten, established in a very welcoming India.
Despite Wilson's weird timeline, it seems to me that Blavatsky,Olcott and the gang had been in India for a little more than a year when Helena was
contacted by a pair of old friends. She had met Emma Alexis Cutting and Alexis (Alex) Coulomb in Cairo, and it seems as thought it was the three of
them that were involved together when Blavatsky had been caught out with the stuffed glove in 1871. Now, Emma and Alexis Coulomb were calling on
Helena 8 years later, in 1879, because they were broke.
Buckle up folks, the end is going to come really fast now; you're going to find as I did that this is going to be one of those "What was she thinking"
moments. Of course, being the generous being that Helena was, she took Emma and Alexis in and put them to work cleaning house and gardening. The end
came in 1884, that's important, because, it shows that 5 long years passed with Emma and Alexis serving Blavatsky and the
Theosophical Society as Chelas
. It's important because Emma and her 1 eyed carpenter husband, Alex, have been accused of plotting Blavatsky's
downfall since Cairo (1871). I disagree, and you might too when you read how this winds down.Five years in to India and Helena thinks that it is safe
to return to England. She leaves behind Olcott, who is running all over India, being converted to Buddhism, writing Buddhisto-Olcottian diatribes and
opening Theosophical centres. As soon as she is out of the ashram, the Coulombs go straight to the next best thing to the press, The Christian
Ok, hang tight; turns out the Theosophical Society was really pissing off the Christian missionaries in the region; yes the whole country
Strong stuff right out of the gate, that Theosophy. Anyway, seems to me that all of this seems to have coincided with the Coulomb's burgeoning new
Christian conscience and
it sounds like especially Emma was sick of being treated poorly and like she was stupid by Helena, so she blabbed her
Emma told all about how she had been ordered by Helena to create the head for what became known as Christofolos
. Christofolos was the mannikin
that Blavatsy used to simulate the 'Mahatmas' especially, Koot Hoomi
. By Emma's own account, she was harassed by Blavatsky in to getting her
husband Alex Coulomb to walk all about the ashram and its environs, so that folks like A.P. Sinnett could see the 'Ascended masters'. Alex had it down
to a routinous walk that often ended with him hoisting Christofolos on a stick to give the appearance of disembodied spirits.
Emma also told of how Alex was also used to sneak letters to visitors in the night, and of course, he was a carpenter. This all happened just as the
Society for Psychical Research
had contacted Blavatsky and asked to investigate her. She happily obliged, just as The Christian College
dropped its bombs, which had been provided by Emma. The Society
, which had planned a favorable review, suddenly changed its tone,
and that was right about when the first plagiary accusation came in from America; about which I will not go in to detail.
And so, When Richard Hodgson, the investigator from the Society for Psychical Research
after whom the Hodgson Report is named got to India, he
found Alex's carpentry work and Emma's mannikin, Christofolos. As Helena struglled to get back to India in time to do who-knows-what about the
situation, her health collapsed.
One of the Chelas at the ashram (you can imagine the scene there), in his attempt to batten down the hatches, had tried to help show Hodgson that
there were no trap doors by pounding on a wall, which released a plastered-up trap-door. Hodgson was just finishing up his report, and the Coulombs
were securely in the arms of the missionaries when Helena finally returned to India
And they all wandered off together and danced a merry dance in silhouette against an eternally setting sun in an Ingmar Bergman film. Except for
Helena, who wandered the earth writing The Secret Doctrine
until she died of Bright's
I will be happy to fill in, if anyone has any Qs. Thanks to everyone for spinning by.
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