Happy Birthday Helena Petrovna Blavatsky – A Most Extraordinary Woman

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“Our Society had never certainly any idea of rising superior to the brotherliness and ethics preached by Christ, but only to those of the sham Christianity of the Churches…” ~ HPB

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (August 12 1831 –  May 8 1891)  gave the western world The Ageless Wisdom.  Everything we know about the  Masters of the Wisdom, Root Races, how our Earth came to be and its place in the Cosmic Choir of infinite Light, Life, Love, and Wisdom as well as ten thousand other metaphysical concepts from both Eastern and Western wisdom traditions came from the works of this remarkable woman for the ages.

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HPB is THE “source material” for the entire Golden Age upon us now, and her work spawned countless other movements.  Her spiritual offspring include Annie Besant, Rudolph Steiner, Alice Bailey, Max Heindel, Krishnamurti,  and thousands more.

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Theosophist artist Wassily Kandinsky

She blasted the doors wide open to a greater Way, Truth, and Life, was controversial and loved by thousands (and hated by a few.) She gave us some of the greatest spiritual works ever written, including her translation of The Voice of the Silence, the venerable ancient work by Arya Asanga that serves as a manual for those who would aspire to become Arhats and Boddhisattvas.

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She was truly one of the most remarkable women of history, and besides a host of interesting personality qualities that would keep anyone enchanted for a lifetime, she possessed a phenomenal mind, very advanced “psychic” powers cultivated in Tibet, and absolute integrity.

 Like sparkling seeds of Light, everywhere she went people were pulled toward her knowledge and wisdom, and she revolutionized her world in countless ways.

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Helena Blavatsky’s dharma was to offer the world the Ageless Wisdom known as Theosophy through a series of articles and books, the most famous of which are Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. The first shredded materialistic science and religion as they dominated the world in the 19th century, and though some call the style of Isis Unveiled  hectic and often digressive, it without a doubt demonstrates the inconsistencies and errors of materialistic rationalism as well as superstitious religious belief systems, most of which still dominate the sciences and religions of our present world.

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Her masterwork The Secret Doctrine is a direct translation of some ancient Commentaries from Tibetan and other sources of great antiquity, and offers a voluminous account of Cosmogenesis and Anthropogenesis. Though attacked by detractors, there was never a time when she was proved a fraud or hypocrite. With others she founded the world-wide theosophical movement, dedicated to studying the wisdom of the East and West, that all of humanity might come out of its collective ignorance of thousands of years, and reclaim its high calling among the natural orders of life. Blavatsky described Theosophy as “the synthesis of science, religion and philosophy” proclaiming that it was reviving an Ancient Wisdom which underlay all the world’s religions.

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Our Society had never certainly any idea of rising superior to the brotherliness and ethics preached by Christ, but only to those of the sham Christianity of the Churches…  ~  HPB

HPB states her guiding principles in establishing the Theosophical Society, which are also universal principles for all truth seeking Souls:

The Founders had to exercise all their influence to oppose selfishness of any kind, by insisting on sincere fraternal feelings, the great diversity of creeds not withstanding; expecting and demanding … a great mutual help in the research of truths in every domain – moral or physical – and even, in daily life.

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They had to oppose in the strongest manner possible anything approaching dogmatic faith and fanaticism – belief in the infallibility of the Masters,… a great respect for the private views and creeds of every member was demanded…. The greatest spirit of free research untrammeled by anyone or anything, had to be encouraged.

She was dedicated to furthering the fellowship of humanity, and loathed dogmatism. She thought these are proved by human behavior, and how we live.

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Theosophy must be made practical, and has, therefore, to be disencumbered of useless discussion… It has to find objective expression in an all-embracing code of life thoroughly impregnated with its spirit – the spirit of mutual tolerance, charity and love…. The problem of true theosophy and its great mission is the working out of clear, unequivocal conceptions of ethic ideas and duties which would satisfy most and best the altruistic and right feeling in us, and the modelling of these conceptions for their adaptation into such forms of daily life where they may be applied with most equitableness.

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She argued against prejudice in all forms, and asserted the universality of the human condition, regardless of race, sex, social status, nationality, religion, creed, and cultural expression.  All are equal, and the Truth must be sought without compromise. Her motto for the TS was There is no religion higher than Truth!

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 “The disciples and followers of the great Spiritual Teachers didn’t want to LIVE the teachings, so they created religions based in worshiping the persona of the Teacher. ~  Alan Watts

The virus of the cults of personality seem to pervade most of the religions of our planet. Maybe that’s why there’s so much fear and division.

All great Truths must make a positive difference in human behavior. Ideally, they serve as models and working examples of how to live life creatively, free from dogma. All Truth leads us to a more universal point of view and way of relating to others. Toleration and inclusivity are qualities necessary to neutralize the wide-spread thought forms of prejudice and exclusivity that are the source of so much human suffering.

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In embracing these higher qualities of expression, we naturally attract to ourselves others of like kind. This is the true Sangha of Buddhism, our community that serves as one of the divine “refuges” from worldly delusions and the four mental afflictions.

All paths to Truth lead to forms of unity, within and without. Individuality is developed without needing to conform to dogmas and superstitious belief systems. The world culture supersedes individual culture, not by negation, but by inclusivity. Bonds of unity are more valuable than ideas that separate. Mutual development is the result of all honest inquiry and debate.

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Our Society had never certainly any idea of rising superior to the brotherliness and ethics preached by Christ, but only to those of the sham Christianity of the Churches…  ~  HPB

An Eastern Master of the Wisdom once attributed two-thirds of the world’s suffering on religion.  He of course meant institutions that dogmatically define Truth in terms of their own limited ways of interpreting beliefs.

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Truth is found in that which unifies, not divides. Truth is found in love, not fear. Truth is found in universals, not mental constructs corrupted by rigid prejudices and assumptions that exclude more than they include.
Integrity comes from the same root sound as integration and integral. These concepts imply inclusivity, wholeness, and therefore a degree of universality. By abandoning integrity, the ability to realize the power from living one’s higher Truth of Being is lost. However, in our integrity and search for Truth we provide the substance for the higher ideal of humanity.

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As HPB was told by her Teacher, “You and your colleagues may help furnish the materials for a needed universal religious philosophy; one impregnable to scientific assault because itself the finality of absolute science; and a religion, that is indeed worthy of the name, since it includes the relations of man physical to man psychical, and of the two to all that is above and below them.”

HPB taught there is a universal fellowship of humanity. There is only one race – the human race. There are powers latent in our human vehicle that are beyond most people’s imagination. We are evolving, individually and collectively, toward an ideal that would enchant us all and encourage us forever, if we would consider our higher possibilities rather than cling to obsolete points of view, philosophically and personally.

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As a human race  we are all on the path of Self-realization. We are all learning to live forms of higher awareness that will forever shatter the lie of separateness dividing us from ourselves and each other.  We are here to diminish selfishness  i.e., too much obsession with the impermanent separate self, and through radical unconditional Love expressed through courage and openness, we all are learning to see our true effectiveness in the Universal order.

We are One evolving Light-Life moving into an awareness of matter and energy beyond anything previously known. Embracing the eternal and universal Wisdom tradition destroys obsolete belief systems forever, and eventually makes us Masters of the Wisdom, serving our world in our own way and time.

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HPB opened the door.  Aum namah Shivaya!

Taken in part from an article by Robert Wilkinson

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