by Franz Hartmann
[Reprinted from Supplement to The Theosophist
(Adyar, Madras, India), July 1884, pp. 99-100.]
To answer the continual insinuations of the London "Light"
[journal] and others of our spiritualist friends, who, in the face of all demonstrations
to the contrary, insist on believing that the so-called occult phenomena are produced by
"spirits" through the "mediumship" of Madame Blavatsky, I will state
that the occurrence of these phenomena has not ceased since the departure of Madame
Blavatsky for Europe. She left Bombay on February 20, 1884, and since that time I have
personally received three of the well-known occult letters in the familiar handwriting of
the Masters, and one of them (from K. H.) enclosed in an envelope with Thibetan
characters. One of these letters was received on March 22nd through the astral
form of a high Chela, another one on April 1st was written on a blank sheet of
paper lying on a table, and the third one, containing very important information about a
subject, which information was six weeks afterwards found to be correct, was transmitted
to me through Damodar K. Mavalankar on April 28th. Besides many other phenomena
have happened, while neither of us has yet shown any symptoms of being a medium in the
usual acceptation of the term.
Dr. F. Hartmann.