Zum Gedenken an den 111. Todestag von W. Q. Judge
W. Q. Judge
ON November 30th, 1894, I received, from a source I always respect, this warning:
“Look out for anonymous and bogus ‘occult’ messages to members of the Society. Both will be sent, as attempts at delusion, as burlesques, and for other purposes.”
On the second of December, at 144 Madison Avenue, New York, a New York F.T.S. in the presence of Mr. A. Fullerton handed me a packet. A plate giving the written contents is given below.
The member’s name is Joseph W. Ganson, a very earnest student. He said it had fallen into his lap at his Club, the Harvard, or seemed to fall out of a newspaper he held. The only other person present was a friend who declared he had nothing to do with it. The packet is of yellowish linen paper, looking quite eastern. It was addressed “Ganson,” and near the address is “a pledge.” Inside was also a half of a palm-leaf south Indian manuscript with a flower in it.
Mr. Ganson said he did not know whether it was genuine or not, but could not decide and asked me to tell him. I then said that if a joke he could take the words to heart, if he chose, for what was good in them, but that in three days I would decide. On December 5th I gave him a signed certificate that the message is not genuine and had been concocted by three persons, and that all genuine objective messages from the Masters carried with them a peculiar and definite odor which could not be imitated and which once identified would not be forgotten. The message was shown to a large number of members at a meeting, and but few were willing to decide for or against it, admitting non-ability save by argument, inference, and appearance. Appearance is no guide, because this message might have been genuine and still have the same appearance and contents.
Beeindruckend und doch nur Illusion – astrale Botschaften von vermeintlichen “Meistern”
Mr. W. E. Coleman of San Francisco is also occupying himself in sending post-cards to many members in all parts signed “Mahatma E.” with three stars, referring to exposures and scurrilous attacks. Members may as well know these facts. I invite all to send to me any and all messages, real or pretended, and I will guarantee to render a decision according to the fact in each case. Beware not only of bogus messages but also of anonymous communications. (Path, January, 1895)
Anmerkung der Redaktion
Am 21. März jährt sich der Weggang von William Quam Judge vom irdischen Arbeitfeld im Jahre 1896. Zuvor hatte der selbstlose Verfechter der authentischen Theosophie, heftige Anfeindungen aus dem eigenen Lager zu ertragen. Eine bereits angeschlagene Gesundheit konnte dem Druck schließlich nicht standhalten. Und so starb die Hülle eines SEHENDEN – weit vor der Zeit im 44. Lebensjahr -, der noch bis in das 20 Jahrhundert hinein ein ECHTER Botschafter der MEISTER hätte sein können. Makabererweise wurden ihm von zweifelhaften „Nachfolgern“ von H. P. Blavatsky – die 1891 unter ähnlich feindseligen Umständen gegangen war – vorgeworfen, unechte Botschaften der Meister (Bogus Mahatma Messages) verteilt zu haben. Dabei hat sich seinerzeit keiner sonst so vehement gegen das ausgesprochen, was heute mehr denn je ein beliebtes Freizeitvergnügen und einträgliches Geschäft ist: das Channelling. Seine Warnungen vor diesem Phänomen sind auch heute von zeitloser Aktualität.
Unser kollektives Karma ist es, echte Sendboten in den Tod zu treiben und falschen unsere Herzen und Geldbörsen zu öffnen.