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there is no uniformity in the number of successive reports ; (b) that they occur in clear weather as well as rainy ; (c) that apparently they are not connected with a super-abundance of atmospheric moisture; (d) that there is a certain season more favourable to them than another season ; and (e) that they come from a certain direction. The irregularity of the sounds would seem to suggest that they are not due to the boom of surf upon the beach along the Bay of B en gal; their occurrence in dry weather, that they are not echoes of distant noises, thrown back from the sky, like the roll of thunder; and their greater frequency in the monsoon, that they are not persistent volcanic discharges, even if it were possible that any active marine volcano could go one month, let alone centuries, without being detected ! But why do they seem to come from the south-west ? There is no mountain-range to the west of Baris&l, that might reflect sound rippling or rushing towards it from the B a y : all is a flat, alluvial plain. Then, again, it is reported that at Kukri Mukri, the most southerly island in the Bakarganj District, the sounds seem to come from out at sea, to the southward, and that “ they are distinct from the noise of breakers or of the tide coming in.” The natives say “ it is the sound of the opening and shutting of Ravan’s gates in the Island of Lanka ” (Ceylon); but in his paper on the “ Antiquities of Bagirhdt” (Journ. As. Soc., Beng. 1867) Babu Gaurdis Bysack says that the popular explanation is that the cannonade is fired by aerial hands (of course, he means the elementals— Devatas) in honour o f Khanja Ali or Khan Jdhan who was tehsildar of Bagirhat some 400 years ago. Mr. Beveridge, the Bakarganj historian, thinks the Ravangates theory at Kukri Mukri “ valuable, because it shows that the sound comes from the south.” From the south, certainly, but from what nucleus or source to the southward? Y et not always from the south: sometimes from the north and south-west. As an occultist, I think the Ravana theory quite as important as indicating, in connection with the K h in Jahdn theory, the survival of tradition that the Devatas cause the guns, and that they are explosions, not in the grosser atmosphere, but in the akaz. Since we have nothing better than several physical hypotheses, each more inapplicable than the other to the actual facts, I think we may venture to put in our vote to, at least, consider the occult aspect of the question. The occasion for the present essay is the fact that the Asiatic Society o f Bengal has decided to try and solve the puzzle of the Baris&l Gun, and that the Honorary Secretary has done me the honour to accept the assistance I offered when I heard that the enquiry was on foot. Even before leaving Baris&l, in August last, I had arranged with an amiable Catholic friar there for a series of daily observations and records throughout an entire year, so that we might try to get some light upon the phenomenon ; but he was unfortunately transferred soon after to another station. In connection with the enquiry in question, Lt.-Col.

13H.P. Blavatsky & M. Collins, editors - Lucifer Vol. III, No. 13 September, 1888  

Source : The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP, www.iapsop.com), digitized by Go...

13H.P. Blavatsky & M. Collins, editors - Lucifer Vol. III, No. 13 September, 1888  

Source : The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP, www.iapsop.com), digitized by Go...

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