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Has Krishnaji Failed? Book review of The Initiate In The Dark Cycle by His Pupil

"I do not consider that Krishnaji is a failure" -CWL

Has Krishnaji Failed?

Book Review Of “The Initiate In The Dark Cycle”, By His Pupil

C.W. Leadbeater

Originally published in The Australian Theosophist,
August, 1933, Page 123

(Ed Note: originally published under the pseudonym 'His Pupil', the 3 initiate books were later revealed to be published under the name of the well-known composer and TS author Cyril Scott. There has been speculation in the biographies of J. Krishnamurti that CW Leadbeater had reputedly said that the coming has gone wrong. We do not know exactly what was said or under what context the statement may have been made. However, in his own words and considered opinion, CWL states publicly that he does not consider Krishnaji a failure.)

This is the third of a series of books which began some years ago with a volume The Initiate. This third volume has more story in it, and there is a distinct Theosophical flavour in many of the conversations. It is evident that the writer is well acquainted with our ideas, and he mentions both Madame Blavatsky and our President (Dr. Besant) in a respectful and appreciative manner.

The point which is arousing some controversy is that he has a good deal to say about Krishnaji also, with much of which I cannot quite agree, though there is some truth in it. He seems to think that Krishnaji has failed in his mission, has been largely left to himself, and will soon be superseded by a female teacher, who is to draw the whole world into her train. I do not know anything about this lady, but I do not consider that Krishnaji is a failure. I admit that some of his statements have been inaccurate, a little fanatical, and not always tactfully put; but he is doing a difficult and important piece of work to the best of his ability.

I do not know the name of the author of this book; there was a persistent rumour that Bishop Wedgwood was the Initiate, and Sir Cyril Scott the pupil; that story, however, is explicitly denied in this volume. It is clear that the author belongs to a certain group of students, one of whom (a certain Mr. Bryan Ross) has recently written a book which he has entitled Through the Eyes of the Masters, which will probably also attract some attention. It contains several chapters, each of which is supposed to have been written or dictated by one of the Masters. There is nothing harmful in them, though they do not "ring true," and are hardly up to the level one would expect. They are accompanied by nine illustrations, intended to be portraits of our Masters; some of them are quite good faces, but they emphatically do not resemble those Great Ones whom we know so well. I cannot recommend that book, because the portraits are all wrong, and I doubt the alleged authorship, though I fancy the writer fully believes in his own impressions and visions.

But The Initiate in the Dark Cycle is different; it reminds me in some ways of Mr. Sinnett's novel Karma; there are many nice passages in it, and I think on the whole it will do more good than harm. Read the book and form your own judgment.

C.W. Leadbeater

Image Attribution: CWL by Simon


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