“Night before last I was shown a bird’s eye view of the theosophical societies. I saw a few earnest reliable theosophists in a death struggle with the world in general and with other – nominal and ambitious – theosophists. The former are greater in number than you may think, and they prevailed – as you in America will prevail, if you only remain stanch to the Master’s programme and true to yourselves. And last night I saw (…) The defending forces have to be judiciously – so scanty are they – distributed over the globe wherever theosophy is struggling with the powers of darkness.” (Helena Blavatsky, Lucifer Mag., June, 1891)
Commentary: I question, whether I am of the “nominal and ambitious,” and not of the ‘earnest,’ and ‘reliable.’ Herman de Tollenaere marks the definite decline of the Society and Movement at the Year 1939. In the course of that 39 years, after H.P.B.’s death, the “nominal and ambitious” grew large in number, and became the expression of a “theosophist.” Nominal could just refer to ignoble opportunists using the name of theosophy.