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    The North-Eastern Daily Gazette, Thursday September 24th 1891, based on an article that appeared in the London Chronicle.
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  • #2
    Peter Sellers revisted

    Not Astrakan..but Mahatma.

    Mahatma Coat.. Indian cloakroom attendant

    best wishes

    from was written in the stars


    • #3
      Mahatma Cane Jeeves ( the nom de plume used by W.C.Fields when he wrote the screenplay to one of his films).

      Mike...did you see the thread ( 1889 In The News) which mentions the book with theosophic links written by Stuart Cumberland ?

      Montagu Williams apparently believed that Larkins' sailor theory was a damned good one. He mentions it in his autobio, Later Leaves.
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      • #4
        I wonder what the clue was

        I've seen a couple of references which could suggest JtR was a mahatma, the people of the East End obviously his evil counterpart, as indicated their social status (Man: Fragments of a Forgotten History)

        Blavatsky mentioned 1888 as an auspicious year, ripe for some magical operation (Lucifer 1888)

        There appears to be a belief that the murder victim's spirit would be aware of the mutilations after death (Man: Fragments of a Forgotten History)

        ...and the like

        Not very convincing really, but interesting as a Theosophist Ripper was contemplated and may have had some influence on the Donston story


        • #5
          Hi How, saw that, thanks for sharing. Thanks for those references Nemo.

          My copy of Eliphas Levi's Magic- A History of it's Rites, Rituals and Mysteries arrived this morning. Just glancing through the index, and already Vampires have cropped up but no sign of black cats and criminal goats.


          • #6
            As some of you may know, and as we chronicled in "I Beg" in Ripperologist last year, fiction writer and cartoonist Glenn Bledsoe has mused light-heartedly about whether the Ripper could have been none other than the Mahatma Gandhi.

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            • #7
              Maybe that's why he never ate. The kidne disagreed with him.


              • #8
                Here's the piece by Blavatsky from Lucifer early 1888

                Imagine you are an occult type Ripper reading this, then 1888 may be your year to "Shine"...

                People usually wish that their friends shall have a happy new year, and sometimes "prosperous" is added to "happy". It is not likely that much happiness or prosperity can come to those who are living for the truth under such a dark number as 1888; but still the year is heralded by the glorious star Venus-Lucifer, shining so respendently that it has been mistaken for that still rarer visitor, the star of Bethlehem.

                This too, is at hand; and surely something of the Christos spirit must be born upon earth under such conditions. Even if happiness and prosperity are absent, it is possible to find something greater than either in this coming year. Venus-Lucifer is the sponsor of our magazine, and as we chose to come to light under its auspices so do we desire to touch on its nobility. This is possible for us all personally, and instead of wishing our readers a happy or prosperous New Year, we feel more in the vein to pray them to make it one worthy of its brilliant herald. This can be effected by those who are courageous and resolute.

                Thoreau pointed out that there are artists in life, persons who can change the colour of a day and make it beautiful to those with whom they come in contact. We claim that there are adepts, masters in life who make it divine, as in all other arts. Is it not the greatest art of all, this which affects the very atmosphere in which we live? That it is the most important is seen at once, when we remember that every person who draws the breath of life affects the mental and moral atmosphere of the world, and helps to colour the day for those about him. Those who do not help to elevate the thoughts and lives of others must of necessity either paralyze them by indifference, or actively drag them down. When this point is reached, then the art of life is converted into the science of death; we see the black magician at work. And no one can be quite inactive.

                Although many bad books and pictures are produced, still not everyone who is incapable of writing or painting well insists on doing so badly. Imagine the result if they were to! Yet so it is in life. Everyone lives, and thinks, and speaks. If all our readers who have any sympathy with LUCIFER endeavoured to learn the art of making life not only beautiful but divine, and vowed no longer to be hampered by disbelief in the possibility of this miracle, but to commence the Herculean task at once, then 1888, however unlucky a year, would have been fitly ushered in by the gleaming star...

                ...The Theosophist who is at all in earnest, sees his responsiblity and endeavours to find knowledge, living, in the meantime, up to the highest standard of which he is aware. To all such, Lucifer gives greeting! Man's life is in his own hands, his fate is ordered by himself. Why then should not 1888 be a year of greater spiritual development than any we have lived through? It depends on ourselves to make it so...

                ...And let no one imagine that it is a mere fancy, the attaching of importance to the birth of the year. The earth passes through its definite phases and man with it; and as a day can be coloured so can a year. The astral life of the earth is young and strong between Christmas and Easter. Those who form their wishes now will have added strength to fulfill them consistently.


                • #9
                  Here's the bit from Man: Fragments of a Forgotten History mentioning pain felt by the spirit after death...

                  "The final dissolution of the body marks the complete retirement of consciousness from the plane of physical existence. Until then there is always some connection between the body and the entity which passes on to the other side. Instances are known in which victims of violence, manifesting through mediums, have declared to a consciousness of pain, from autopsy."


                  • #10
                    Cheers for these Nemo.


                    • #11
                      There was a young man called Gandhi
                      Who went into a bar for a shandy
                      With his great loincloth
                      He wiped off the froth
                      And the barman said "Blimey, that's handy!"


                      • #12
                        Thanks Robert - lol

                        Mike - I forgot to point out the mention there by Blavatsky of that Thoreau fellow who, if you remember, appears on that symbol on the frontispiece of the Patristic Gospels which also has the word "Jewes" in it...