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    • Purity of thoughts and feelings is a practical necessity for those who want to look at reality in a lucid way. Impure emotions distort mental perception. Purification is alchemical and profound. It is a synonym to concentration. It results from the impersonal, unselfish adoption of a clear-cut goal in life: the search for eternal wisdom.

    • "Be Theosophists, work for Theosophy!"

      "After all, every wish and thought I can utter are summed up in this one sentence, the never-dormant wish of my heart, "Be Theosophists, work for Theosophy! " Theosophy first, and Theosophy last; for its PRACTICAL realization alone can save the Western world."

      ("Five Messages from H.P. Blavatsky to the American Theosophists" p.31)
    • Има една книга, която е издавана само веднъж, през 1993 година. Казва се Окултни изследвания. Ако може да я намерите, я прочетете.

      Това е сборник от отговори на Е. Блаватска на читателски въпроси в издаваното от нея списание "Луцифер". Всички статии са писани в края на недългия живот на Блаватска, а езикът е по-масов и несравнимо по-лесен за възприемане от този в Тайната доктрина.
    • THE HEROIC NATURE OF H. P. BLAVATSKY

      I was only fourteen when I met H. P. Blavatsky. But ever since then I have been fascinated by her. It is far more her personality which has fascinated me and less her wonderful teachings, for her personality shows the great qualities of a hero.
      To understand her heroic nature, we must remember a few facts which perhaps are not all to be found in published books. Occult tradition states that, after her training in Tibet under her Master, she was sent out on what then seemed a forlorn hope. In 1870, when she started on her mission, Materialism was the coming Gospel of Life. She was given the work of stemming the tide of Materialism with the occult knowledge which she possessed. She was not told how the work was to be done, except in 1874 when she was informed that a certain H. S. Olcott would assist her.
      But as she went out to do her work, she knew quite well the awful sufferings in store for her. She knew that she would be considered a fraud, a trickster, be vilified, and that in every possible way her name would be dragged in the mud. She knew that she would have to do many things using occult forces, and since she was not able to reveal all the truth concerning those forces, that her actions would often appear suspicious and fraudulent. She had made a pledge, and in the face of this destiny of misunderstanding, she went straight to her goal of martyrdom.
      It is this intense devotion to the Cause of Humanity, and the unswerving loyalty to the orders of her Master, which stand out in her character. Her health was wretched and she suffered terribly, but yet never for one moment did all her agonies make her forget the pledge she had given to lead the forlorn hope.

      Even in 1885, when the attack on her of the Christian missionaries caused her agonies and she lay dying, she did not forget her work. For her Master then appeared to her and offered her the choice of dying and so being relieved from her miseries, or of living on with broken health in order that a signal piece of work for mankind, the writing of “The Secret Doctrine”, might be done, and she chose to suffer once again. He showed her pictures of the sufferings still in front of her, but she chose that suffering rather than leave unfinished a part of her work for mankind.
      It is this unflinching loyalty of hers to a great Cause which ever fascinates me. We, who are lesser in stature, are often apt to forget, when surrounded by difficulties, and particularly by humiliations, that what matters is less ourselves and more our work.

      Our true aim should be to dedicate ourselves to our work at all cost. When that work of ours is broad-based to serve all mankind, then our character becomes indeed heroic. I think more and more as men understand all the details of her life and work, H. P. Blavatsky will be recognized as one of the great heroes of humanity.

      The text "The Heroic Nature of H. P. Blavatsky", by C. Jinarajadasa, is available at http://www.helenablavatsky.org/…/the-heroic-nature-of-h-p-b…

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    • Helena Petrovna Blavatsky through the eyes of ...

      "Every teacher has loneliness for hours." With all their knowledge of and love for mankind, and their hope for the future, sadness and loneliness sometimes have to come to them: because the bonds in the disciple's heart are not always present with the teacher. highly perverted, and the great truths are swept away for the falsities, and because insincerity and hypocrisy and selfishness and vice are the powerful representatives of today and control our current civilization - but especially loneliness comes when the disciples fail, turn around and destroy the work that they helped and made an effort to save them, with her disciples this often happened, as we know, and she did her utmost to prevent their calamity, and at least knew that she had not neglected her duty to them. . "

      Katherine Tingley
      The Gods Wait
      Chapter: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
    • Helena Blavatsky in World Literature

      A two-side editorial phenomenon can be seen by anyone who observes the evolution of esoteric literature between the 1950s and the first half of the 21st century.

      On one hand, the books by Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater, which used to be best-sellers, have been abandoned by readers and editors due to the superficiality of their contents and the numerous mistakes which time has turned obvious, revealing their lack of value.
      On the other hand, the works by Helena P. Blavatsky (1831-1891) have been printed in new editions in different languages and her teachings attract a growing number of students and researchers.
      In order to understand HPB’s status in the evolution of thought, one must look at human history as a whole. The practice of writing gradually spread in the ancient world, starting some 2,500 years ago. Since then, only the writings of a very few thinkers of any nation or area of knowledge have had renewed editions in dozens of volumes and in various languages, circulating around the world one century or more after their death. HPB and Plato are among them.

      How can one describe HPB’s works in a few sentences?
      The main editorial accomplishment in the theosophical bibliography during the 20th century was the 15-volume “Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky”, which presents her short texts. The effort was led by Boris de Zirkoff, and concluded in the early 1990s.
      Besides the “Collected Writings”, we have the best-known books by HPB, “The Secret Doctrine”, “Isis Unveiled”, and “The Voice of the Silence”. Readers are invited to study “The Key to Theosophy”, “Letters of H.P.B. to A.P. Sinnett”, “The Inner Group Teachings”, “From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan”, “The People of the Blue Mountains”, “A Modern Panarion”, “The Esoteric Character of the Gospels” (a compilation), “Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge”, and “The Secret Doctrine Dialogues”[1], among others.
      However, falsehood imitates truth in literature as in daily life. Plagiarism and distortion threaten the works of authors ancient and modern.
      Many a classic author has writings falsely ascribed to him or her, and HPB is one of them. Just as we have a pseudo-Plato, we have writings ascribed to HPB which were never written by her and which attack her in a cowardly way. The spurious volume with fake “letters of HPB”, edited in December 2003 by Mr. John Algeo, is a fine example of editorial wrongdoing in recent times, and should not be included in the list of HPB’s works.

      The two-volume collection entitled “HPB Speaks”, which Mr. C. Jinarajadasa naively compiled, belongs to the same category of false literature.
      The adulterated version of “The Secret Doctrine” published by Mrs. Annie Besant back in the 1890s has been informally abandoned by the Adyar Society in English by the end of the 1970s, but still circulates in other idioms as if it were authentic.[2]
      The original teachings of modern theosophy are not limited to the writings of HPB. Following the criterion of affinity in contents and in points of view, one must place together with her authentic writings volumes like “The Mahatma Letters” (edited by Trevor Barker), the “Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom” (correctly edited by C. Jinarajadasa), “Light on the Path”, and “The Dream of Ravan”.
      The writings of Robert Crosbie, John Garrigues, William Q. Judge, B. P. Wadia, Subba Row, Damodar Mavalankar, Geoffrey Farthing, Geoffrey Barborka and Eliphas Levi are also valuable tools in the study of classical theosophy.

      With such a material, readers have today a philosophical Canon of unique value, whose depth and width are unparalleled. Such a set of teachings has no similar in the esoteric movement. It is also matchless in the world literature of the last 2,500 years.
      Other great works of wisdom are well-known for their comprehensive nature, and they include:
      * The great Indian scriptures (the Vedas, for instance);
      * The Jewish Torah, and the Talmud;
      * The Confucian and Taoist teachings from ancient China;
      * Tripitaka, the vast Buddhist canon which has more than one version, and
      * The writings of Plato, the Pythagorean of 23 centuries ago.

      Yet it is only the works of HPB, written in close cooperation with a few Raja-Yogis of the Himalayas, that give us a universal key to open all doors in the Tower of Babel of human knowledge. And the teachings of HPB do that in a way that is relatively easy for the modern public to understand.

      The main bibliographical trend in the theosophical movement is therefore undisputable, and for a good reason. As time passes, the original writings have their value increasingly acknowledged, while the works of the pseudo-theosophical period (mainly between 1900 and 1935) get increasingly forgotten. Superficial writings of more recent date share the same destiny.
      It is to expect that this trend will continue: in the next decades and centuries the authentic esoteric literature must get to more languages and countries and influence future generations of authors. However, an effort must be made. Those who produced adulterated versions of theosophy also created the taboo according which “it is impossible to read HPB”. The myth goes on to say that the authentic works of esoteric philosophy are “excessively difficult”. Actually, the argument constitutes an excuse for pseudo-esotericists to present plagiarisms and fancies as if they were better than the real teachings.

      One must examine from a practical point of view to what extent it is “too difficult” to read HPB.
      There is no doubt that mental laziness must be put aside, if one is going to read classical theosophy. The original texts of esoteric philosophy are not addressed to the denser sectors of the lower self. They are directed to that part of human soul which wants to have eyes to see. Reading them creates new brain connections, and stimulates a deeper level of intelligence. This is why they seem to be difficult: they relate to the spiritual or buddhi-manasic intelligence, which is at the source of the planetary and universal perception of life.
      This level of consciousness produces true self-knowledge and is the pioneer hallmark of future civilizations. It defines the forerunners of what is called in esoteric philosophy “sixth sub-race of the fifth root-race of our mankind”. Here the word “race” does not refer to any physical characteristics. It represents a psycho-spiritual structure which emerges at the same time in individuals belonging to all nations, physical races, castes and social classes. It comes to light through the feeling of brotherhood towards all beings and defeats various social plagues as racism, Nazism, anti-Semitism, or environmental destruction.

      Planetary intelligence awakens in a gradual way, and is more easily experienced by those who defeat their own mental and emotional laziness. True pioneers make the decision to tread at any cost the Path of self-knowledge, while collecting the elements of universal truth that are scattered through different cultural traditions.

      Mind concentration is of the essence. Throughout her books and writings, at every page H. P. Blavatsky refers to many different books, realities and circumstances. A profound attention is necessary to read what she wrote. Dictionaries and an encyclopedia may be indispensable. By going slowly, one learns more. As a reward for his effort, the student starts to share the view of life of Initiates and Raja-Yogis.
      From the point of view of such Sages, human evolution is like a single open page in the book of life, a broad panorama depicting one aspect of the wider interplanetary evolution.
      As the student enables himself to understand the “biography” and lifecycles of the cosmos, he realizes that his spiritual soul is silently universal and comes to know his own true self.
      NOTES:
      [1] This 722 pp. volume, published in 2014 by Theosophy Co., is an expanded version of “Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge”, with the verbatim transcription of the dialogues between HPB and her students in London. The same compilation has a 2010 edition under the title of “The Secret Doctrine Commentaries”.
      [2] See the books “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, Carlos Cardoso Aveline, The Aquarian Theosophist, Portugal, 255 pp., 2013, and “H. P. Blavatsky – a Great Betrayal”, Alice Leighton Cleather, Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta, India, 96 pp., 1922.


      On the role of the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.