Henry J. Strutton

 

AMERICAN


Magazine Editor


Henry J. Strutton, editor of the Occult Review magazine, came to meet Baba. Explaining about the role of the intellect and the heart, Baba stated:
  
There is a vast difference between the intellect and the heart. It would be wonderful if both were used for the highest good, but to have only intellect with a dry heart is of no use. The supremacy of the heart over the intellect is best.
Compared to a religious hypocrite, an honest atheist is preferred. Books give only the outer husk; Real Knowledge is not derived from books. Real Knowledge is the Guru's gift, but it is not given without paying the price of love – loving. Love has great powers, and love is the shortest and easiest path to Self-Realization. Only through love can Realization be attained. 

 

Lord Meher Volume 4, Page 1434



 

 

1933


Henry Strutton, editor of The Occult Review, came to see Baba on October 13th. He was an intellectual seeker, yet highly impressed with Baba. Ernest Davy and a friend came the same day, as did Akbar and Lady Hyderi, Mr. Munshi, and also Charles Purdom.

 

Lord Meher Volume 5, Page 1824

 


The Occult Review was published between 1905 and 1952, and in its heyday was without doubt the most influential journal of its type, with articles, reviews and correspondence by many of the most famous occultists and writers on esoteric subjects of time. These included more than a few important figures associated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and its offshoots, amongst whom: Edward W. Berridge, J. W. Brodie-Innes, Algernon Blackwood, Florence Farr, Dion Fortune, E. J. Langford Garstin, Isabelle de Steiger, A. E. Waite, and William Wynn Westcott, as well as that Order's enfant terrible Aleister Crowley and a number of his associates: Frater Achad, Ethel Archer, J. F. C. Fuller, Israel Regardie, and Meredith Starr. Other well known authors who contributed to  The Occult Review included Meher Baba, Annie Besant, Paul Brunton, Hereward Carrington, Mabel Collins, W. B. Crow, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Franz Hartmann, H. Hensoldt, Aldous Huxley, William Kingsland, G.R.S. Mead, Sylvan J. Muldoon, H. Stanley Redgrove, Lewis Spence, and Alan W. Watts, to name but a few.
The subjects that the The Occult Review covered were every bit as varied as its authors: they included Alchemy, Astral Projection, Astrology, Automatic Writing, Clairvoyance, Demonology, Dreams, Druidism, Eastern Religions, Fairy-Lore, Folk-Lore, Freemasonry, Ghosts, Gnosticism, Magic, Hypnosis, Kabbalah, Mythology, Poltergeists, Prophecy, Psychical Research, Mysticism, Rosicrucianism, Seership, Spiritualism, Swedenborgianism, Symbolism, Tarot, Telepathy Theosophy, Vampires, Werewolves, Witchcraft, and many others.




The editor of The Occult Review, Harry J. Strutton, considered Wilson a gifted naturalseer and gave his blessing to the new spiritual movement. Notable individuals who joinedthe Aquarian Foundation included the English astrologers Alfred Barley and his wifeAnnie Lewton Barley,22 and Sir Kenneth MacKenzie of Tunbridge Wells. Wilson is alsoalleged to have known, or been associated with, such prominent individuals as Sir OliverLodge, Sir Arthur Eddington, Sir Neville Chamberlain, Sir Herbert Austin, and the SouthAfrican statesman Jan Smuts. The circumstances and details of his association with thesemen remains a matter for investigation.The excitement with which Brother XII’s Message was greeted was no doubt relatedto the widespread feeling of disenchantment which existed at the time among manyTheosophists with the leadership of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater. The Society’spromotion of Jiddu Krishnamurti as the vehicle for the coming World Teacher was amatter of intense controversy. And to many, the “Neo-Theosophy” epitomized in theteachings of C.W. Leadbeater was incompatible with the original teachings given out byMadame Blavatsky. Brother XII was highly critical of the T.S., claiming that with thedeath of H.P.B., and later of a few of her close personal associates, the Masters hadsevered all connection with the Society:The Society has been irreparably discredited through its self-appointed leaders dependingupon the mediumistic pronouncements of certain psychics, one of whom has beendescribed as “standing upon the threshold of divinity.”23We are told that the Christ is to incarnate almost immediately in the body of one who hasbeen schooled by these psychic “Bishops.” Unsavoury psychism is palmed off oncredulous followers for spiritual powers and insight; ancient records, plagiarized anddistorted, are camouflaged as independent psychic research. A new and constantlyincreasing supply of “Initiates” and “Arhats” are turned out as needed.