Writing in 1883, H.P.B. says, "I have lived in different periods in Little Tibet as well as in Great Tibet, and these combined periods form more than seven years... I have stopped in Lamaistic convents, visited Shigatse, the Tashi-Lumpo territory and its neighborhood, and have been further into, and visited such places of Tibet as have never been visited by other Europeans." (4)
You class these claims under the order of hashish delirium or blatant imposture. But it is interesting to note some of the many facts, necessarily suppressed by your book!
Your "biography" fastidiously by-passes the fact that, after Mme. Blavatsky’s death, (5) Major-General C. Murray (in 1854, Captain of Her Majesty’s Sebundy Sappers and Miners at Punkabaree, beyond Darjeeling on the borders of Nepal) testified in a sworn affidavit that he had detained H. P. Blavatsky in an attempted penetration of Tibet -- "to gather material for a book, as she said." (6)
Equally ignored is the testimony of Major Cross, Managing Protector to estates of His Majesty, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, who in 1927 on a home visit from the East, declared that he had "...traced the progress of a white woman in 1867, through the most difficult country of Tibet to a lamasery in the far north, through the recollections of various old natives who were impressed by the personality of this unusual visitor..." He identified her with Madame Blavatsky. (7)
Here is proof of prime importance -- skillfully left unmentioned by a supposed biographer! Why? Because neither testimony can be explained away on a wretched hypothesis of fraud! General Murray’s testimony was published at the time of his declaration, and he never retracted his statement. It cannot be excused on objections of "forgery" or fiction -- nor would a high officer of the elite of British India publicly lie to gratify strangers, the ostracized devotees of a public-condemned "accomplished, ingenious, and interesting imposter." No critic has ever challenged his assertion; and Gertrude Marvin Williams very conveniently forgets it!!
Beyond this, the same holds true in the case of Major Cross. There are, moreover, still living in Canada, those who witnessed his declaration -- and we leave the assassination of these witnesses to future, more imaginative "biographers"!
This is a fact that, by itself, impugns the very veracity of your book. Here is a fact that bears the most vital relationship to Mme. Blavatsky’s claims, to her subsequent career, and to her entire life work. That she was the first white woman to penetrate Tibet (8) -- and that alone; that at twenty-three, she was the youngest European ever to assault those Himalayan gates ("in quest of those Great Teachers beyond the Snowy Range," as she said) -- all of this is a fact proven on irrefutable testimony!
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