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Blavatsky argued that humanity had descended from a series of "Root Races", naming the fifth root race (out of seven) the Aryan Race. She thought that the Aryans originally came from Atlantis
"The intellectual difference between the Aryan and other civilized nations and such savages as the South Sea Islanders, is inexplicable on any other grounds. No amount of culture, nor generations of training amid civilization, could raise such human specimens as the Bushmen, the Veddhas of Ceylon, and some African tribes, to the same intellectual level as the Aryans, the Semites, and the Turanians so called.
The 'sacred spark' is missing in them and it is they who are the only inferior races on the globe, now happily -- owing to the wise adjustment of nature which ever works in that direction -- fast dying out. Verily mankind is 'of one blood,' but not of the same essence. We are the hot-house, artificially quickened plants in nature, having in us a spark, which in them is latent"
Blavatsky Unveiled by William Emmette Coleman. Bombay, India. 1892
Bogus Mahatmic Manifestations:
"From an article headed “She”, written by a lady member of the Theosophical Society, published in the Religio-Philosophical Journal, June 22, 1889, we learn that, according to the testimony of a lady who lived in the same house with Madame Blavatsky in New York, the latter was...
"wont to play ‘occult’ tricks --- she was quite an expert at Legerdemain --- on Col. Olcott, and to constantly call him a d----d fool, and to quarrel with him in the fiercest manner. Furthermore, that she deliberately broke up several families by professing to have some occult knowledge which must lead to that result.”"
And then it struck me;
how bizarre is it that the Aryans are thought to have brought the caste system to India with them, and Blavatsky goes to India and very damned nearly re-injects the nasty fascist virus back in to Europe and America, and, in fact, she does in Germany.
I know it's a stretch on my part, but geez, talk about 'the white man's burden'. Is that weird or is it just me being weird?
Bash, bash, bash,...blah blah blah.
Blavatasky was the most erudite woman who ever lived.
Originally posted by Shiloh7
Having read through the above I almost feel I have to hand my head in shame for having been a Theosophist and attending the local Theosophical Lodge. However, I won't because I don't regret it for one second.
With regards to what Theosophy stands for its "No religion is greater than truth". That is exactly what I believe.
I happened to live near a Theosophical Lodge and went along after reading the topics for talks it advertised. I found it provided a unique forum where people of different religions could attend and discuss different topics. Some of the talks were very interesting and as people came from different religions, countries etc it usually led to good discussions and greater understanding. Blavatsky was in no way rammed down ones throat, alothough the literature about her and other Theosophists was all available. I don't feel I can comment on the truth about Blavatsky, only her legacy as I have benefitted from it.
I have met people who saw Krishnamurti who was supposedly the prodigy of Theosophical instruction. One of them was my GP a solid No Nonsense Northener, who told me he "had never seen a man so Christlike, it was almost as though he floated rather than walked". I know he considered he had been in the presence of a very holy man. Several other people said pretty much the same thing.
The lodge also had a terrific library covering not only a number of religions and obscure belief systems but also unusual books on many occult subjects through to books on specific religious persons etc. For anyone like myself who was searching for something in religion that up till my mid 40's had eluded me, I found the Lodge was the only place I could really research some of the things that fascinated me.
I wanted my sons to have a mixed education and so they went to both State and Private Schools and also to a
Steiner School. The Steiner education although ignorring the computer, was based on teaching them how to think for themselves, how they fitted into their environment and it enabled them to develop a broader perspective. Sport facilities etc were sacrificed but there was more emphasis on art, music and theatre. Both boys felt they benefitted from not staying within one system only.
I am still slowly reading through the Secret Doctrine. I haven't yet picked up any plagiarism but I will keep my eye open for it.
I don't find Spiritualism is the way for me, however one of my sons appears to have a propensity for it however he has chosen to ignore it up to now.
I tend to try to keep an open mind on most things and keep the ideal of truth in religion although I do not consider myself strictly as a Theosophist.
Originally posted by Astrocyte
reply to post by Eidolon23
I had no idea she was a carny.
What do carnys make a living doing? Entertaining an audience. Yes. But what else are they good at? They're good at finding ways to deceive their audiences, or ticket payers. The ball thats too big to fit through the hole: this is a product of carny psychology. They're similar to gypsies in this way.
Knowing that she spent some time as a carny certainly lends credence to the notion that she was a con-artist. And if she were as hardened by tough experiences as described by the OP, I'm sure she was willing to commit herself to her "role" for the bare-knuckled financial gains.
That said, it is still odd. I own and have read Blavatasky's books - "Isis Unveiled" and "the secret doctrine". Even though I consider most of whats written in those books to be baseless fanciful supposition, there's good reason to believe that Blavatasky genuinely believed in the internal logic which underlies the various metaphysical systems she elucidates - whether Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Greek Masonic/Egyptian. She certainly believed all that stuff - just as many still do today.
Perhaps this fact should act a qualifier. No doubt, Blavatasky, C.W Leadbeater, Alice Bailey, etc, were sketchy immoral people; the former was a crook, the second a pedophile, and the third an antisemite. But all of them believed the metaphysics they marketed. Their philosophical focus upon the "absolute" and "amoral" truth beyond form allowed them to break the rules; to fake when they needed to; to molest little boys when they felt like it; or to cast metaphysical aspersions upon another racial group.
reply to post by Astrocyte
or develops metaphysical theories about the infirmity of another race, then like it or not, I will judge
Originally posted by Bybyots
Ok, hang tight; turns out the Theosophical Society was really pissing off the Christian missionaries in the region; yes the whole country. Strong stuff right out of the gate, that Theosophy. [..]
Emma also told of how Alex was also used to sneak letters to visitors in the night, and of course, he was a carpenter. This all happened just as the Society for Psychical Research had contacted Blavatsky and asked to investigate her. She happily obliged, just as The Christian College Magazine dropped its bombs, which had been provided by Emma. The Society, which had planned a favorable review, suddenly changed its tone, and that was right about when the first plagiary accusation came in from America;