FOOTNOTE TO “A FLASH OF LIGHT UPON OCCULT FREEMASONRY”
[The Theosophist, Vol. III, No. 5, February, 1882, p. 135]
[To this article which deals with the dispute between the Râjâ of Travancore and the Râjâ of Cochin with regard to alleged rights of jurisdiction over the Masonic Temple of Kudalmanikkam, H. P. B. appends the following footnote:]
European and even Hindu students of Occultism are often deploring and even wondering, why all the “Initiates” or “adepts” seem to have died out in India. They have not “died” out, nor is their absence due to “Kali Yuga” as popularly yet erroneously supposed. The “adepts” have simply and gradually if not altogether forsaken India, at least retired from its public populated portions, keeping their knowledge and often their very existence as secret as they can. Many of them are gone beyond the Himalayas. Some yet remain—especially in Southern India, but few are the privileged ones who know of them; still fewer those who could point out their places of retreat.