31
May

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

   Posted by: David   in Uncategorized

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Scoundrel; actress; fraud; prophet; medium; harbinger of a new age – the debate rages on about this most unique Victorian lady. Personally, I have always been attracted to those that can shake things up a bit and to those that are comfortable in their own skin even when the world around them is not so comfortable. Madame Blavatsky is one of those people and I have always been fond of her.

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She was at the Eddy farm when the brothers were in their heyday. It was possibly there that she met the love of her life Henry Steel Olcott who was at the time investigating the Eddy phenomena.

According to a Wikipedia article, “In 1875, Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott, and William Quan Judge established a research and publishing institute called the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky defined Theosophy as “the archaic Wisdom-Religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization.” One of the main purposes of the Theosophical Society was “to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.” Blavatsky saw herself as a missionary of this ancient knowledge.”

Olcott and Blavatsky settled in India in the later years of their lives. There they conducted what I would call seances. Blavatsky like many other mediums of history specialized not so much in contact with the loved ones of her sitters as contact with master teachers, ascended masters, or advanced spirit guides. It was from them that she received much of what she taught.

In another Wikipedia article, “Richard Hodgson was sent by the SPR in 1884 to India to investigate Helena Blavatsky and concluded that her claims of psychic power were fraudulent. Among the phenomena that Hodgson investigated was the supposed miraculous Theosophical letters from the Mahatmas which were said to magically appear over a four-year period in a cabinet in the Shrine Room at the Theosophical headquarters in Madres. Hodgson in his report wrote that the letters were frauds and had been written by Blavatsky herself who had put them in the cabinet from an opening in her bedroom located behind the Shrine room.”

Most of the world has accepted the Hodgson report as fact. I think this speaks to the gullibility of the world at large more than to the gullibility of the followers of Madame Blavatsky.

“In 1986, Vernon Harrison , a research worker of disputed documents, did a research on the Hodgson report. According to Harrison’s examination, the Hodgson Report is not a scientific study; it “is flawed and untrustworthy” and “should be read with great caution, if not disregarded. I cannot exonerate the SPR committee from blame for publishing this thoroughly bad report. They seem to have done little more than rubber-stamp Hodgson’s opinions; and no serious attempt was made to check his findings or even to read his report critically; if they had done so…the case would have been referred back for further study. Madame H. P. Blavatsky was the most important occultist ever to appear before the SPR for investigation; and never was opportunity so wasted…Whereas Hodgson was prepared to use any evidence, however trivial or questionable, to implicate HPB, he ignored all evidence that could be used in her favor. His report is riddled with slanted statements; conjecture advanced as fact or probable fact, uncorroborated testimony of unnamed witnesses, selection of evidence and downright falsity.”

Was Madame Blavatsky the genuine article or was she another of thousands of opportunistic frauds preying on the weak minded and vulnerable?

Is there a god or isn’t there?
Can we speak to the dead or can’t we?
Do we continue after death or do we cease to exist?

What do you think?

Much love,
David

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