published in the
work of research
of Spiritual Development Vol 2 of Old and New Evidence of Life: The
Mystical World-view and Inner Contest by JHM Whiteman (Colin Smythe
can only begin to imagine what a difficult task reviewers must have
had when they had first to review the monumental works of Charles
Darwin and Siegmund Freud when they first developed their theories on
Evolution and Psycho-Analysis.
do you review an amazing work by Professor JHM Whiteman, consisting of
more than 600 pages, in a few paragraphs? It is a mammoth work, which
requires an in-depth study by experts in the field of psychiatry,
psychology, mysticism, criminology, law and religion.
covers matters such as inner contests, personality structure, mystical
release, psychopathology and psychical powers which includes an
autobiographical account of his seven months’ mystical initiatory
experience, bisexuality and female sexuality in all aspects.
will also be of particular interest to the average reader and the media
researcher is his gripping psychological analysis of two bizarre causes
one being that of Marlene Lehnberg of the so-called Scissors Murder in
which it was reported that she paid a 33 year old coloured man
Marthinus Choegoe to murder her estranged married lover, Christian van
der Linde’s wife.
was found guilty and received the death sentence. Her sentence was
later revised to that of a 20 years imprisonment. Marlene was recently
released from prison.
has made a most penetrating study of this trial and Marlene’s state
of mind. According to him it would have been a travesty of justice if
she had been executed.
is not possible in this review to provide his reasons, but it would be
a fascinating study for any enterprising journalist to investigate
Whiteman’s views and make it widely known.
Whiteman points out that the failure to consider the possibility of an
episode, psychotic in character, was perhaps in part due to the Mental
Health Act of South Africa not envisaging any such thing.
investigation tries to fill in the whole picture with the help of
firstly, a large quantity of highly relevant information which emerged
after the trial and hearing of appeal, an secondly, a variety of
crucial important findings in the rapidly developing research fields
of pathological states of consciousness, drug influence and female
has widely published contributions relating to spiritual development,
psychology, and mystical or otherwise scientific matters.
taught in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the
for 29 years (principally Relativity, Quantum theory and related
has also conducted classes in Sanskrit.
previous books are: The Mystical Life (1961); Philosophy of Space and Time (1967); The
Meaning of Life Vol 1 (1986) and Aphorisms on Spiritual Method