Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophy – Introduction and Resource Center
Though her name is scarcely known by the masses, those aware of Madame Blavatsky, whether they agree with her beliefs or not, are compelled to admit that she is without a doubt, one of the most influential characters of recent history. Few who are aware of her are without an opinion on her. In her own time, most were enamored by her, while some became vehemently determined to oppose her. Her teachings reached far beyond her own lifetime, being later reflected in the works of Ghandi, Manly Hall, Rudolf Steiner, ALL the other theosophical authors, even the Dalai Lama and many more.
Unfortunately, not all those who ‘echoed’ her message did so in the proper light, or for the proper reasons. Thus, there has been great debate regarding the legitimacy of the Theosophical Society after her death, when it was cleaved into three general factions based in India, Europe and America. It is very clear from the onset to any student of Theosophy, that the society would have been formed lacking any other member but her, though without her, it would certainly never have initiated. She was the undisputed key to the entire existence of the society, and its quick fall into internal feuds occurring after her death is further testimony that she was truly the unifying factor that held the whole together.
As she so plainly states, she was directed to form the society by an enlightened brotherhood of ascended masters which she often referred to as the Great White Brotherhood. Of course, this title has nothing whatsoever to do with race, as Blavatsky had nothing but the deepest respect and interest in the cultural and genetic diversity of humanity. Even still, some today find ways to associate her with the Nazis or Illuminati, claiming her theories on occult subjects and specifically regarding the sub-races of humanity, laid the foundation for Hitler’s ‘Master Race’ hypothesis. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While her vast exposition of the occult world did open many doors to all types of minds and ambitions, she never expressed the superiority of any race over another. It is much like claiming that Einstein was responsible for Hiroshima because he helped establish quantum theory, regardless of the fact that he clearly opposed such things. No such association should ever be made.
Half a century spanned between Blavatsky’s death and the events of World War II, when, also, the sacred swastika, seen on many early theosophical publications, was perverted into a symbol of hate.
The core of Theosophy is the teaching of the unity of all life and this is expressed succinctly in the theosophical mission statement:
“The Three Objects of the Theosophical Society
To Form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
To investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man.”
Therefore, there are yet many misconceptions regarding her character and because of the severe relevance of her message in today’s world, it is a subject that must continually arise.
There is a predominant class of Theosophist that tends, for the above reasons, to remain largely focused only on the works HPB herself and largely disregard her followers. The reasoning is generally that most of the later books are not more than restatements of her work anyway, with little being added, and many of the other individuals had questionable associations, practices and views that may have affected their agendas. Just as the messages of seers ahead of their time have always been butchered and distorted by so-called successors, so has post-Blavatsky Theosophy become a mass, more of questions, than answers and it is juxtaposed by her voluminous writings which likewise demonstrate perfect clarity and continuity. As with all studies, it is simply best to look to the original source rather than copies and interpretations. Her works take years to read alone and many more to process and apply to life, but there is no replacement for such knowledge. It is all one needs.
This is not to say there is not a wealth of useful information to be found in the later theosophists, but it can scarcely be denied that none have paralleled her. One exception may be William Q Judge, who was particularly close to HPB. This is the opinion of BlavatskyTheosophy.com, a site I have come to treasure, as I too have come generally to believe that a focus on Blavatsky herself is the best approach.
Though I have greatly enjoyed the works of Annie Besant, I believe it quite possible that her allegiance shifted somewhat. Charles Leadbeater also wrote many books that inspired me as a blossoming student, but allegations against him seem to prove him an unsavory character. Alice Bailey was also prolific in her revival of theosophical concepts, yet had a pronounced Christian overtone, which tended to undermine HPB’s general focus on Eastern philosophies and language, as it was a better frame in which to describe metaphysical concepts. Again, little has been added, collectively, that Blavatsky did not cover herself, and why toy around with those who may or may not be tied to other agendas.
The Blavatsky Theosophy website is an incredible resource for any interested student. There are countless sites, teachers and variations of theosophy, but this sites editors have covered all the most important questions within Theosophy in extensive articles that heavily source from HPB’s writings directly. (See here… https://blavatskytheosophy.com/articles/)
When getting started, I personally began by reading some of HPB’s biographies and memoirs, which, in modern terms, tend to make Indiana Jones look like Dora the Explorer. As a lone woman traveling through many of the most inhospitable regions of the world in the 1800’s, she certainly shines as a incredible role model. She was an intrepid adventurer who witnessed events unthinkable. From Russia to Europe, North, Central and South America, to Egypt, India and finally Tibet, she sought out every mystical teaching and tradition known on earth. Reading about her life will no doubt so deeply inspire the reader that they will pursue the greater study of her work as she took up the task of the Masters and established the society in New York.
When you are ready to approach the goldmine of wisdom known as Isis Unveiled, take heart, you will make it through in time. Though the book is intimidating in it’s size and in the intensity of every single phrase, once one begins, the words turn into medicine that your soul had previously longed for. Those of us born suspicious of this world – knowing full well that there is far more to existence than we’ve been told or even observe – find in this text, such relief as we have never known. As each sentence resonates with our internal, instinctual hypotheses, we come to understand that we are not crazy, alone or wrong. It is the world that turns backwards and ignores these golden concepts. The world ignores the forces that govern it because they are invisible to it.
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That high wisdom which she was not able to fit into this unparalleled compendium of science and philosophy, was framed into the second installment – equally intimidating on first approach – The Secret Doctrine. Delving deep into the Stanzas of Dzyan, she explains the history of this enigmatic text, which she claims to be perhaps the most ancient verse on earth. She describes its original form written in a language of symbols on palm leaves that were preserved, but that it also took form in many sacred languages, including Senzar and some made of colors, numbers, gestures and dances. Blavatsky was required to memorize these stanzas in her Buddhist training and she was the first to translate them into English and write such a massive treatise on them.
In fact, she was the first to truly introduce Buddhism and Hinduism to the Western World (English speakers). By the turn of the century, she had transformed the somewhat blind American ‘Spiritualism’ movement into a well oiled machine for investigating occult phenomena and Eastern philosophy. These effects rippled back through American culture later through the transcendentalists, beatniks, hippies, yogis and anthroposophists, as well as within the circles of alternative archaeology.
Her final book was titled The Voice of the Silence. This contained segments of the Book of Dzyan itself. A very small book by any standards, it is further dwarfed when placed beside The Secret Doctrine, yet it’s content is potent beyond belief. It is such a powerful inspiration to seekers of truth that in the Centenary edition of 1989’s preface, HH the Dalai Lama stated, “I am therefore happy to have this long association with the Theosophists and to learn about the Centenary Edition: THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE which is being brought out this year. I believe that this book has strongly influenced many sincere seekers and aspirants to the wisdom and compassion of the Bodhisattva Path. I very much welcome this Centenary Edition and hope that it will benefit many more.”
The book enjoyed the endorsement of many of the highest thinkers since its time and continues to inspire today. As religions of the world continue to race drastically away from the messages transmitted by their prophets, the overall spiritual condition of mankind becomes clouded and full of inconsistencies. Many tend to ignore the details and pursue the fashionable mindset of rationalistic, scientific thinking only, denouncing all religious study as unnecessary and superstitious. There are many in the world who are actively and intentionally pushing humanity towards the abolition of religion as a whole, aiming at a one world scientific corporatocracy. On the other hand, Theosophy in it’s true form, aims to unite all religions, philosophies and sciences into a singular study, all overshadowed by the highest morality and respect for all beliefs. It aims to correct the misconceptions that have arisen in the distortions of prophetic teachings and demonstrate the consistency of all inspired knowledge.
It demonstrates that all our modern religions have their roots in the ancient esoteric wisdom of cultures long gone and it pursues their origins to the most distant past. Like the Ancient Egyptian mystery religion, theosophy penetrates the veil of the afterlife and describes the details of it’s inner workings.
For every student there is a specific path, but it is unlikely one will enter into esoteric studies without very quickly realizing that some of the most advanced wisdom on earth can be found in the writings of Blavatsky. There is good reason for her fame amongst occult enthusiasts. Unlike the many others who took to the field, her morals were uncompromising and she never understated the importance of moral training that should be undertaken before one goes questing into psychic realms.
The great function of Theosophy is to show ourselves why we must cast away our desires, balance and nullify the forces steering our lower nature, and tune our will to that of nature – that we might aid all other living beings in the unfolding of humanity’s greater forms, purposes and lessons.