In honor of National Women's History Month, I decided to highlight the achievements of H. P. Blavatsky, a leading figure in the New Age Movement of the 19th century. I first found out about H.P. Blavatsky while attending Unity Church of Christianity in the 70's. It was through studying about her life that I learned about Easter philosophies, the Ascended Masters of The Great White Brotherhood (White in this context means Light), the lost continents of Lemuria and Atlantis, root races, and Theosophy.
Born in Russia to a wealthy, aristocratic family in 1831, H.P. was not the usual young woman of her time. She spent
long hours in her grandfather's library reading books on alchemy, magic
and other occult subjects. One of the best biographies of her life is
Sylvia Cranston's H.P. B: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena
Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement.
Blavatsky was either a genius, or crazy and many during her era thought
the later, because of her extraordinary psychic abilities and her talk
of letters she received from The Masters, who existed in another
dimension. Her book, Secret Doctrine, now considered her magnum opus
promulgates the theory that humanity's evolution on Earth is part of the
overall Cosmic evolution. The process is overseen by a hidden Spiritual
Hierarchy, called the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom or Great White
Brotherhood. The Masters are advanced spiritual beings that can inhabit both this dimension and higher echelons.
Blavatsky co-founded the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875, in accordance with the Masters' plan to have an infrastructure on Earth to disseminate spiritual information and help with the ascension of humanity. According to Wikipedia, Blavatsky saw herself as a
missionary of this ancient knowledge and 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". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_race
I once read that Blavatsky was a racist because of her use of the word,
Aryan, to describe a group of people who were superior to other races. I now realize that her use of the word was taken out of context. Blavatsky described the fifth root
race with the following words: The Aryan races, for instance, now
varying from dark brown, almost black, red-brown-yellow, down to the
whitest creamy colour, are yet all of the same stock – the Fifth
Root-Race – and spring from one single progenitor, which Hindus call
Blavatsky was a visionary and trailblazer in introducing Eastern
religious and spiritual thinking into the Western world during the 19th
century. All of her books, first published over a hundred years ago, are
still in print. If you want to learn more about Blavatsky, her work,
and Theosophical Society, I recommend you visit their website at http://www.theosophical.org/ or just google the initials H.P.B.