Helena Blavatsky on Masons and Rosicrucians in American Revolution

This article quoted below was a response to “The Adepts in America in 1776,” in The Theosophist, Vol. V, No. 1(49), October, 1883, pp. 16-17 (signed by Ex-Asiatic) by Chhabigram Dolatram (Dikshita) in the 1883 December issue of The Theosophist, Vol. V, No. 3 (51), 1883, pp. 79-80 on the question whether western adepts had a hand in the great American Revolution of Independence, among other Revolutions.

In order to understand the excerpts below, before consequentially misinterpreting, see both the full passages in context in the first, with an editor’s note, and the original article of William Quan Judge’s assertions about the American Founders:

The response is saying that there were, some Rosicrucians and Masons involved, who were naturally on the side of the revolutions, but that the effort and victory of the American Revolution and its subsequent Independence was an independent effort:

“Neither the Tibetan nor the modern Hindu Mahatmas for the matter of that, ever meddle with politics, though they may bring their influence to bear upon more than one momentous question in the history of a nation – their mother country especially. If any Adepts have influenced Washington or brought about the great American Revolution, it was not the “Tibetan Mahatmas” at any rate; for these have never shown much sympathy with the Pelings of whatever Western race, except as forming a part of Humanity in general. Yet it is as certain (…) that several Brothers of the Rosie Cross – or “Rosicrucians,” so called – did take a prominent part in the American struggle for independence, as much as in the French Revolution during the whole of the past century. We have documents to that effect, and the proofs of it are in our possession. But these Rosicrucians were Europeans and American settlers, who acted quite independently of the Indian or Tibetan Initiates. (…)

“Nevertheless, it is our firm conviction based on historical evidence and direct inferences from many of the Memoirs of those days that the French Revolution is due to one Adept. It is that mysterious personage, now conveniently classed with other “historical charlatans(men whom have faced unjust calumny) namely, the Count de St. Germain – who brought about the just outbreak among the paupers, and put an end to the selfish tyranny of the French kings – the “elect, and the Lord’s anointed.” And we know also that among the Carbonari – the precursors and pioneers of Garibaldi there was more than one Freemason deeply versed in occult sciences and Rosicrucianism.” (The Theosophist, Vol. V, No. 3 (51), December, 1883, pp. 79-80; cf. Blavatsky Collected Writings, Vol. 6, Vol. 15)

“In the last century the Illuminati taught, “peace with the cottage, war with the palace,” throughout the length and breadth of Europe. In the last century the United States was freed from the tyranny of the mother country by the action of the Secret Societies more than is commonly imagined. Washington, Lafayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, were Masons.” (Helena Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled Vol. 1, 1877, pg. 391. My brackets added)


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