the key to theosophy…

“Mr. Old:  I think something might be said as to what constitutes happiness.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  With me, to sit and never move.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  And never have anyone ask questions.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  This young creature sitting here cannot live without air, and air kills me. (HPB had a dislike for drafts and kept her rooms sealed and heated).

 
Mr. Old:  That is not happiness. I think a person who has suffered physically, intense tortures, may still be happy.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  One man is very fond of money.

 
Mr. Old:  It depends where the individual consciousness happens to be gravitating for the time being. If it is in the body, physical ailments cause misery, but otherwise he would still be happy.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  There is a certain amount of truth in the old saying: “What philosopher was ever able to bear the toothache?”

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Now what are you going to do with this Burgoyne, who writes a book against us?” It shows to you the perseverance with which they act against the “Theosophical Society”. I have just received this. Burgoyne as a young man, Mr. Johnson will tell you about him, was two and a half years away for some swindling.

 
Mr. Johnson:  He had to quit the country. He victimized me; he was two years in Bradford Gaol.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I have got a portrait of him that was sent from Scotland Yard, and he has got on the handcuffs; and there he was taken before {he} was handcuffed, where he appears very smiling, and there he appears with handcuffs – well, he doesn’t smile – and this is the bright and shining light of esotericism in America.

 
Mr. Johnson:  I know perfectly well he is an enemy of the Society, and especially about you.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  How long is it since he was in England?

 
Mr. Johnson:  Three and a half years ago.

 
Countess Wachtmeister:  He had to leave the country quickly.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  For the country’s good.

 
Countess Wachtmeister:  The police said it would be the greatest swindle England had ever known. They were collecting money to purchase land out in America, and the whole thing was a bubble, and they went off to America with all they had collected. They intended to swindle the Theosophist out of his land, and not pay for it.

 
Mr. Old:  I think the best thing the “Theosophist” can do is to prepare a counterblast.

 
Countess Wachtmeister:  There are numbers of people who lost money.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But this is a Religio-Philosophical Journal (Chicago weekly Spiritualist journal). It is the same paper that for years and years has been putting in letters about my habitual drunkenness. You know, they said that I habitually every morning danced on a tight rope for an hour – I never even tasted liquor in my life, because I hate it: there is no virtue in it at all.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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