Mahatma, H.P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge

on the relationship between and the function of the Adept

"I never gave myself out for a full-blown occultist, but only for a student of Occultism for the last thirty or forty years. Yet I am enough of an occultist to know that before we find the
Master within our own hearts and seventh principle--we need an outside Master...I got my drop from my Master (the living one)...He is a Saviour, he who leads you to finding the Master within yourself. It is ten years already that I preach the inner Master and God and never represented our Masters as Saviours in the Christiansense."
[ HPB to Dr. Hartmann, PATH X p. 367]

" I venerate the Master, and worship MY MASTER--the sole creator of my inner Self which but for His calling it out, awakening it from its slumber, would never have come to conscious being--not in this life, at all events..."
[Letters of HPB to APS, p. 104]


"We have offered to exhume the primeval strata of man's being, his basic nature, and lay bare the wonderful complications of his inner Self...and demonstrate it scientifically...It is our mission to plunge and bring the pearls of Truth to the surface...

For countless generations hath the adept builded a fane of imperishable rocks, a giant's Tower of INFINITE THOUGHT, wherein the Titan dwelt...emerging from it but at the end of every cycle, to invite the elect of mankind to cooperate with him and help in his turn enlighten superstitious man...until that day when the foundations of a new continent of thought are so firmly built that no amount of opposition and ignorant malice guided by the Brethren of the Shadow will be found to prevail. But until that day of final triumph, someone has to be sacrificed--though we accept but voluntary victims. The ungrateful task did lay her [HPB] low and desolate in the ruins of misery, misapprehension, and isolation: but she will have her reward in the hereafter for we never were ungrateful..." M L 51

"...our true progress lies in fidelity to Masters as ideals and facts."...I think a constant reliance on Masters as such ideals and facts--or either--will lead the T S on to greater work...I belong to that class of persons in the T S who out of their own experience know that the Masters exist and actually help the T S...I am not acting impulsively in my many public statements as to the existence of Masters and help from Them. It is done under an old order of Theirs and under a law of mind. The existence of Masters being a fact, the assertion of that fact so often made in America has opened up channels in men's minds which would have remained closed had silence been observed about the existence of those Beings...Experience has shown that a springing up of interest in Theosophy has followed declaration, and men's minds are more powerfully drawn away from the blank Materialism teaching." WQJ Art II 43

" worker, however feeble or insignificant, is outside the range of Master's eye and help." WQJ Art II 47

"...I can swear it, the Masters are watching us all, and, without fail, when we come to the right point and really deserve, They manifest to us. At all times I know They help and try to aid us as far as we will let Them. Why, the Masters are anxious (to use a word of our own) that as many as possible may reach to the state of power and love They are in. Why, then, suppose They help not? As They are Atman and therefore the very law of Karma itself, They are in everything in life, and in every phase of our changing days and years. If you will arouse your faith on this line you come nearer to help from Them than you will recognize."
Letters that have Helped Me, Theosophy Company edition, p.68

"...between adept and chela--Master and Pupil--there gradually forms a closer tie; for the psychic interchange is regulated the water in a full tank runs into an empty one which it is connected with; and as the common level will be sooner or later reached according to the capacity of the feed-pipe, so does the knowledge of the adept flow to the chela; and the chela attains the adept-level according to his receptive capacities. At the same time the chela, being an individual, a separate evolution, unconsciously imparts to the Master the quality of his accumulated mentality. [ we ] always ascertain independently and for ourselves whether the ideas so reflected in us are right or wrong."
Letters From the Masters of Wisdom (I) p. 82-3

"the Master-Soul is one"... [Thou art THAT.] Voice of the Silence, H.P. Blavatsky p. 54

"...the light of the ONE MASTER, the one unfading golden light of Spirit, shoots its effulgent beams on the Disciple from the very first. Its rays thread through the thick dark clouds of matter..."
Voice of the Silence, H.P. Blavatsky p. 19

" the best and most important teacher is one's seventh principle [Atma] centred in the sixth [Buddhi]."
Letters that have helped me, p. 96

"...fix your thoughts again on Those Elder Brothers, work for Them, serve Them, and They will help through the right appropriate means and no other. To meditate on the Higher Self is difficult. Seek, then, the bridge--the Masters."
Letters that have helped me, p. 112

"The Masters are not Eastern nor Western, but universal."
Letters that have helped me, p. 109

"And whoever therefore wants to see the real MAHATMA, must use his intellectual sight. He must so elevate his Manas that its perception will be clear...His vision will then be bright and he will see the MAHATMAS wherever he may be, for, being merged into the sixth and seventh principles, which are ubiquitous and omnipresent, the MAHATMAS may be said to be everywhere."
HPB Art I 294

"Just now the best and biggest work by us poor children is on this plane with the great aid of Master, Whose simple single will keeps the whole organization [in being], and acts as its support and shield."
Letters that have helped me, p.87

"the image of the Master is the best protection against lower influences; think of the Master as a living man within you."
Letters that have helped me, p.164

"The whole sweep, meaning, and possibility of evolution are contained in the word Mahatma...those great souls who have triumphed before us...but just because they are of the human race."

"...more help could be given to the movement in America because the fact of their existence was not concealed from motives of either fear or doubt...Occult help from Masters requires a channel just as much as any other help does...the persons to be acted on must take part in making the channel or line for the force to act, for if we will not have it they cannot give it.

Now as we are dealing with the mind and nature of man, we have to throw out the words which will arouse the ideas connected with the forces we desire to have employed. In this case the words are those which bring up the doctrine of the existence of Adepts, Mahatmas, Masters of Wisdom. Hence the value of the declaration of our beliefs."

"The Occult Science is not one in which secrets can be communicated of a sudden...till the neophyte attains to the condition necessary for that degree of illumination to which, and for which, he is entitled and fitted, most if not all of the Secrets are incommunicable. The receptivity must be equal to the desire to instruct. The illumination must come from within...Fasting, meditation, chastity of thought word and deed; silence for certain periods to enable nature herself to speak to him who comes to her for information; government of the animal passions and impulses; utter unselfishness of intention, the use of certain incense and fumigations for physiological purposes, have been published as the means since the days of Plato and Iamblichus in the West..."
M L 282-3

"A Mahatma is not only an Adept, but much more...This does not mean a noble-hearted man merely, but a perfected being, one who has attained to the state...when time and space are no obstacles to sight, to action, to knowledge or to possess information of a decidedly practical character concerning the laws of nature, including that mystery for science--the meaning, operation and constitution of life itself..."
Echoes of the Orient, W.Q. Judge p. 23

Q.:-- "What then are the Adepts doing?

A.:-- (a) Assisting all good movements by acting on men from behind the scenes through mental influence.

(b) Preparing as many men and women who are fit for it so that they may, in their next incarnation, appear in the world as active devotees to the good of the Human Family.

(c) Spreading now, through impulses given in many places which must not be mentioned, a philosophy of life which will gradually affect the race mind, and in particular the active, conquering Western peoples, thus preparing the whole people to change and evolve yet further and further until evils disappear and better days and people reappear."
WQJ Articles II 53-4