Mirza Moorad Alee Beg
“Having just read in the London Spiritualist a review of Mr. Sinnett’s book, ‘The Occult World,’ I find in it more than a doubt expressed as to the reality of the ‘Brothers,’ that body of mystics to which the personage known as ‘Koot Hoomi Lal Singh’ belongs. The Editor of the paper would have his readers believe that the said person is a creation of Madame Blavatsky’s fancy. ‘Mr. Sinnett,’ he says, ‘has never seen Koot Hoomi, nor does he mention that any other Theosophist in India has had that privilege.’
“As some persons may express the same doubts, and also some, while admitting their genuine character, may attribute them to agency other than that to which Madame Blavatsky refers them (the so-called ‘Brothers,’ &c.), I hereby declare that not only have I within the last few days seen one of the persons so designated at the Headquarters of the Society at Bombay, but that I have very good reasons (which I cannot go into more fully now) to know that the said persons are not ‘spirits’ but real human beings exercising powers out of the ordinary. Both before and after my connection with the Theosophical Society I have known and conversed with them personally and witnessed the most wonderful results (which would ordinarily be described as miraculous), but I must emphasise my declaration that I do not regard them as supernatural and am altogether materialistic (or rather naturalistic) in my conceptions of the agency producing them. Further I testify that I have the strongest conviction, based on reasons which, though authoritative, are purely natural and physical, that the said ‘Brothers’ are a mysterious fraternity, the ordinary location of which is the regions north of the Himalayas.
Source: " 'The Occult World' and the 'Spiritualist,' " The Theosophist, August, 1881, p. 230.
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