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Not long after this, a
medium in America claimed that Blavatsky plagiarized one of his
lectures and published it as a "revelation" from Coot Hoomi. (The
Occult: A History by Collin Wilson pgs ) . About this same time The
Society for Psychical Research set out to India to investigate
Blavatsky at the insistence of Coulomb. The investigator, Richard
Hodgson, was admitted to the room containing the "shrine" where Coot
Hoomi's letters magically appeared, but only after much stalling. He
smelt a rat after finding just a newly made cedar wood box and freshly
plastered walls. A bungling follower tried to defend HPB by saying "You
see, it's perfectly solid" while slapping the back of the 'shrine', and
thus accidentally causing the back to fall off, revealing a secret
entrance to Blavatsky's bedroom! The investigator interviewed several
people who had witnessed her "magic feats" and grouped them into four
categories: 1. Skeptics 2. Partial skeptics 3. Sincere believers 4.
Confederates who aided her in deception. (Madame Blavatsky High
Priestess Of The Occult by Gertrude M. Williams pgs.270-271)
The Society for Psychical Research published a detailed 200 page report, detailing the methods of trickery Blavatsky used. The report concluded by calling her "...one of the most accomplished, ingenious, and interesting imposters in history". Her society sounds as though it was actually a cult. Many of her closest followers were said to have suffered miserable fates, including suicide. Biographer Gertrude Williams wrote that "she ruled her followers ambidextrously, through glamour and fear". Toward the end of her life, she wrote a confession to one of her detractors, a Russian writer named Solyvov, and admitted she had lied about many things, including the existence of the Mahatmas, having hundreds of lovers (she was actually a virgin until they day she died), that she faked communications with spirits and that some of the phenomena her followers saw could be attributed to hallucination! Even then, she wrote the letter in the most dramatic manner possible, making herself sound like a persecuted martyr rather than a fraud. Later she retracted part of the confession, claiming the Ascended Masters were real after all, which would mean she lied about lying if that were the case. Considering the Chinese Army has control of every square inch of Tibet, it's unlikely they would have failed to miss the discovery of an underground Buddhist momentary. And if Tibetan Buddhists had all these miraculous powers, with all due respect, the Dalai Lama would not have to live in exile as he has for decades!
Though Blavatsky was proven a fraud in her lifetime and even finally admitted it, her Theosophical Society continues on. There are chapters in several countries even today, including the U.S. Her followers will even say things like "Sure, HPB had a streak of charlatanism in her, but you have to look past that and read her teachings for what they really are."
What are these teachings? Blavatsky's Theosophy deals with such hokum as the "seven root races". The god like giant Aryan race lived on Atlantis and lost their god-like status by intermarrying with the "semi-human" Jews. The intermarrying with Jews caused the Aryans to devolve, according to Blavatsky. Blavatsky called Judaism a "religion of hate and malice toward everyone and everything outside itself." , while the Aryans were the most advanced people spiritually. Compare this type of mentality with that of Joseph Mengele. Theosphy is nothing but recycled occult gobbledy gook from previous books with a strong flavor of anti-Semitism and anti-Christianism thrown in for flavor!
Eventually, so the story goes, the Aryans blew up Atlantis through black magic. Kaboom! The next root race were invisible, made from 'fire mist', and lived at the North Pole. No doubt, neighbors of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I wonder if they were invisible how anyone knew they existed since they can't be seen? There's a head scratcher. The race after that was just barely visible, lived in Asia and 'invented sex'. A race of giant telepathic apes inhabited the now vanished continent of Lemuria. (I know, it sounds like a D.C. comic.).
Her writings are not only anti-Semetic but as well as anti-Christian. She considered Jesus to have been 'a failure', and seemed very troubled, if not jealous, of the many depictions of the Virgin Mary by Roman Catholics. She often snidely commented on the 'many changes of wardrobe' Mary seems to have, almost like one woman envious of another woman's clothes. Blavastky's hokum was a big inspiration for many occultists of her day. It stirred up interest in goddess worship and influenced many Rosicrucians groups, The Golden Dawn, Astara ( the California psychic church and mail order occult school run by the Cheney's), The Church Universal and Triumphant (Elizabeth Claire Prophet's gun toting survivalist cult), among others. The Rosicrucian Fellowship uses Blavatsky's teachings for the bulk of their mail order 'Western Philosophy' course. Aleister Crowley, claimed to have actually met her in person, and Blavatsky's books were required readings for members of Crowley's occult organizations.
HPB was probably the first to introduce reincarnation into Spiritualism. Up until then, most Spiritists believed in a heaven like existence throughout eternity, called 'Summerland'. Blavatsky also introduced evolution into reincarnation by saying people were reincarnated as people, not randomly switching incarnations between animals and people as in the version of reincarnation taught by Eastern religions, like Hinduism and Bhuddism..
Her saddest and most horrifying accomplishment was being the spiritual impetus for the Nazi regime, decades after her death. As you can guess by her doctrines about Aryans and Jews previously mentioned, many German occultists and racists embraced Blavatsky's idea of being descended from Aryan god-men and her anti-Semeticism. Blatvatsky's favorite occult symbol was the swastika, which she claimed was the symbol of the Aryan race and the most powerful of all occult symbols. This symbol was adopted by the Nazis. Heinrich Himmler was a devout believer in Blavatsky's teachings, and even went on an expedition to Asia as Germany was losing WWII to try and find the (non-existing) link to the Tibetans and the Aryans.
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