FOR THE PRESENTATION OF A SILVER CUP AND TRAY
TO THE FOUNDERS OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
BY THE MEMBERS OF ITS BOMBAY BRANCH
[Supplement to The Theosophist, April, 1883.]
The address of our Brothers at Bombay to the Founders on the eve of the latter’s departure from that place to Madras, published on page 8 of the Supplement to the Theosophist for January last, must have been read with interest by our members.
The sentiments in the address, expressive of the loyalty of our Bombay Branch to the cause of Theosophy and their determination to assist its furtherance are no doubt very gratifying. The expressions therein made use of, are but the indicators of the feelings which our friends at Bombay entertain for the Founders who, whatever their shortcomings, are yet zealously and earnestly working for the IDEA, the promotion and propagation of which has been the chief end and aim of their life. It is but natural, therefore, that the temporary separation, caused by the removal of our Head-Quarters to this place, should evoke an outburst of those feelings in the shape of an address and some other token of fraternal regard and esteem felt for the Founders by their Bombay friends. The latter, therefore, proposed in the “Address” to offer for the acceptance of the Founders, “an article of Indian make, with a suitable inscription,” as a token of their “sense of appreciation of your labour of love, and as a keepsake from us.” As the article was not then ready, its presentation had to be deferred. It is, therefore, after we arrived here, that the Madras Theosophical Society was specially requested by their Bombay Brothers to present on behalf of their Branch, to the Founders, a silver cup and tray of Indian make, specially designed for the purpose. A meeting was accordingly convened on the evening of the 15th February, when M. R. Ry. P. Sreenevas Row Pantulu Garu, Judge of the Small Cause Court, and one of the Vice-Presidents of the Madras Branch, made a short speech, on behalf of our Brothers at Bombay, and presented, in the name of the latter, the articles to the Founders. The President-Founder, Col. Olcott, on behalf of Madame Blavatsky and himself, made a suitable reply. His speech was very impressive and infused vigour and spirit into the audience. He gave a short sketch of the working of the Theosophical Society and thanked the Bombay brothers for the kind and fraternal feelings which had actuated them. M. R. Ry. T. Subba Row Garu, Secretary of the Madras Branch, then made a few remarks upon the subject of Occultism, which were very interesting and instructive. M. R. Ry. G. Muttuswamy Chettyar Garu, Judge of the Small Cause Court, and one of the Vice-Presidents of the Branch, also addressed the meeting. After a few more desultory speeches, the meeting was dissolved.
The Founders beg to take this opportunity of expressing again their deep and sincere feeling of gratitude for this new token of the fraternal regard entertained for them by their Parsi and Marathi Brothers of Bombay. The article is of exquisite make and bears the following inscription: —
It will ever remain in the Head-Quarters Hall as a token of the appreciation of the humble efforts of the Founders for the good of India, alongside with the beautiful Silver Plate presented to them by the Rohilkhand Theosophical Society — the Bareilly Branch.
DAMODAR K. MAVALANKAR,
Recording Secretary of the
Parent Theosophical Society.