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Wednesday, 05. March 2008
Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?
Elena Petrovna Gan, July 30 - July 31, 1831, better known as Helena Blavatsky - Russian: Елена Блаватская - or Madame Blavatsky, born Helena von Hahn, was a founder of the Theosophical Society in New York, 1875. She left humanity a voluminous number of writings, of which the theosophical standard work 'The Secret Doctrine' is the most well known.
Henry Olcott, Blavatsky, Hartmann and others -- click it for a larger view
History of the Theosophical Society
Organized in New York City in 1875, the Society's principal founders were Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the first Russian woman to be naturalized as an American citizen, and Henry Steel Olcott, a prominent lawyer and journalist who became the first President of the Society. Madame Blavatsky was a Russian of noble birth, whose mother was a social novelist and whose grandmother was an accomplished amateur scientist. As a young woman, she traveled all over the world in search of wisdom about the nature of life and the reason for human existence. Eventually, Blavatsky brought the spiritual wisdoms of the East and of ancient Western mysteries to the modern West, where they were virtually unknown. Her writings became the first exposition of modern Theosophy.
Colonel Olcott was a veteran of the Civil War, during which he had been a special investigator into corruption in the armed services and after which he was a member of the commission appointed to investigate the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He was also an internationally renowned agricultural authority. Olcott related the timeless wisdom of Theosophy to the cultures of both East and West, applied it to everyday life, and built the Society into an international organization.
Associated with these two were William Quan Judge, a young New York attorney, and a number of other individuals interested in the philosophy expounded by Madame Blavatsky. The latter included General Abner Doubleday, the legendary founder of baseball, and later the inventor Thomas Alva Edison.
Here is a video of the history of the Theosophical Society in America. Narrated by Paul Meier, this documentary celebrates 125 years of Theosophy in America. Rare film footage and photos!
In 1879, the principal founders, Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott, moved to India, where the Society spread rapidly. In 1882, they established the Society's international headquarters in Adyar, a suburb of Madras (currently Chennai), where it has since remained. They also visited Sri Lanka, where Olcott was so active in promoting social welfare among oppressed Buddhists that even now he is a national hero of that land. Today the Society has members in almost 70 countries around the world.
The administrative center of the Section in the United States (called "Olcott" in honor of the President-Founder) is located in Wheaton, Illinois, USA: Theosophical Society in America.
The Theosophical Society - International Headquarters – Pasadena, California.
The Theosophical Society - International Headquarters - Adyar, India.
Theosophical Movement FAQ
AnandGholap - Most Important Books Online on Theosophy.
Articles and Books by Helena Blavatsky and other Theosophists
800 + Theosophical On-line Documents.
Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was the first person to state that all world religions are from the same source. In the Victorian Age, this statement was heresy.
Critically acclaimed and appearing regularly on Russian television, "Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?" was produced to vindicate the name and reputation of Helena Blavatsky for the Russian public. Because her writings were in English and censored by the Communist Party, this 1991 production is an important historical work - the first Russian film on her life.
Madame Blavatsky, her sister, cousin and her enemy, Mr. Soloviov - who smeared her name and reputation after her death - are brought to life by great Russian actors in a modern-day confrontation.The award-winning actress Irina Muraviova portrays Blavatsky with an uncanny resemblance to her in both appearance and spirit.
Filming took place in the house where Blavatsky was born as well as in India and a Mongolian Buddhist Monastery where areas and activities seldom witnessed by foreigners were filmed live.
Official Site: Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?
A film by Karine Dilanyan (49 minutes)
The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky by the Theosophical Society in America.
Blavatsky Study Center - Extensive material on the life, writings & teachings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.
Alternative Link: Blavatsky Study Center.
Articles and Quotes by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.
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