Theosophist, August, 1883
Note by H.P.B. on an article by S. Ramaswamier
. . . On the evening of the 20th he went to the pagoda to water with rose water the famous coconut tree he had planted there during his last visit,1 and about which certain persons set a canard before the public to the great amusement of the latter and to the profit of the newspaper editors . . .
1. Last year the Missionaries assured the public through the columns of the newspapers, instigated by Bishop Sergeant, who also wrote a letter to this effect himself, that this identical tree had been dug up, and great indignation expressed by the Brahmins at their having been persuaded even to plant it, allowing their sacred pagoda to be polluted by a foreigner. Of course this untruthful statement was denied by the Theosophists. Who now has told the truth—the heathen or the Christian? But then we must not forget that the good padris hold more than ever with St. Paul when they have anything to do with the Theosophists.—Vide Romans, chap. iii, v. 7, to which we draw our readers’ attention.
[“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?”—Romans 3:7, KJV]