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HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY (1831-1891)


 Picture of Helena Blavatsky looking bored or depressed with the caption, "I'm just thrilled to be here!"

"I'm Just Thrilled To be Here!"

[ Her expression pretty much sums up Theosophy]

       She was the authoress of Isis Unvieled, The Secret Doctrine, The Stanzas of Dyzan, and founder of the Theosophical Society. Theosophy became the basis for many occult societies who borrowed from it, including an offshoot called 'Arianosophy", most Rosicrucian groups around today (especially the Rosicrucian Fellowship), The Chaney's Astara of Los Angeles, and Elizabeth Claire Prophets' Church Universal and Triumphant, to name just a few. Many members of the Golden Dawn had started out in Theosophy, and it's teachings seem to have been incorporated into modern day Spiritualism.

    The two hundred fifty pound Russian Medium Helena Blavatsky started the Theosophical Society 1875 claiming she had made telepathic contact with mysterious 'ascended masters' in Tibet. She dubbed herself a 'Priestess of Isis', and combined Spiritualism, Cabala, Western occultism, Hinduism and Buddhism along with a dash of Darwinian evolution, to make the whole thing sound 'scientific'. In fact, most occultists snidely think they are more scientific than Christians, simply because they believe in Evolution and the Big Bang (even though many  if not most Christians do too!)...while they also believe in such things as elves, fairies, and magic and carry red flannel bags with a lodestones to bring good luck. While Theosophists may not believe in all those things, they do have many beliefs that most people would find strange.

    The Theosophical Society had an alliance with an organization run by a certain Swami Sarasvati, until the Swami denounced Blavatsky and her sidekick Ollcott as charlatans, and they were exposed as such many times. Nevertheless, the society is still around today. She wrote two occult best sellers, Isis Unveiled (1887)  and  The Secret Doctrine (1888), which are still in print. Blavatsky claimed the ascended masters (humans who are centuries old living inside a mountain in Tibet) inspired her to write the books and communicated with her telepathically. She claimed the goddess Isis herself gave her the ideas for Isis Unveiled. There's actually no real evidence she actually  had any contact with 'ascended masters' or 'Isis', and the bulk of the material for her books is simply plagiarized from other works.

    A skeptic named William Coleman discovered 2000 passages Blavatsky lifted from other books and never gave credit for. He counted a total of 100 books in all used in the making of Isis Unveiled, and The Secret Doctrine was discovered to be in a similar vein, with even entire pages plagiarized from other books!  The footnotes to Blavastky's books were added years after her death by her followers to help cover up her plagiarism.. The Book of Dyzan, yet another book Blavatsky wrote, claiming it was the oldest book in the world, also turned out to be a hoax with many passages copied from books of the 19th century! Nevertheless, her books are still in print to this day (Madame Blavatsky High Priestess Of The Occult pgs. 374-375 by Gertrude M. Williams).

    Blavatsky was born of Russian nobility. She married a 50 year old Colonel, but soon left him. She is said to have had several odd jobs, including a trick rider in a circus, a piano teacher, and manager of an artificial flower factory. She also became the traveling companion of a wealthy heiress who had a library of hundreds of books that she always took with her. This is no doubt where Blavatsky got much of her material to plagiarize from.

    She had been previously been employed as the assistant to medium Daniel Home, and this is where she learned the tricks of the trade of Spiritualism. She was not as cautious as Home, however, and got accused of fraud and exposed as a fake several times during her career. She set up shop as a medium in Cairo, Egypt, but was exposed as a fake when someone found a long white glove stuffed with cotton in the Seance room right before a Seance was about to begin (The Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural by James Randi, pg 34 ). She fled Egypt after that and went to America. Blavatsky's psychic "powers" were proven fake many times. Once she claimed to have materialized a teacup by meditating while sitting on the ground. When an observer accused of her of  having buried it their earlier and merely digging up the teacup, she was treated to one of those blasts of foul language Blavatsky was notorious for.   Another time Blavatsky claimed to have found a lost broach of an heiress. The heiress accused Blavatsky of simply buying one that looked like it. Blavatsky denied this profusely, until a receipt for the broach from a local pawn broker was produced!

    Blavatsky decided she needed a better scam than Spiritualism. At first they called it The Miracle Club, but it didn't take, since it was too much like Spiritualism. Then she decided on the name Theosophy instead, and the scam worked....well most of the time.  Once she claimed to have materialized a teacup by meditating while sitting on the ground. When an observer accused of her of  having buried it there earlier and merely digging up the teacup, she was treated to one of those blasts of foul language Blavatsky was notorious for. ( The Occult: A History by Colin Wilson, page 334)   Another time Blavatsky claimed to have found a lost broach of an heiress. The heiress accused Blavatsky of simply buying one that looked like it. Blavatsky denied this profusely...even though a receipt for the broach from a local pawn broker was later produced by a defector! (Ibid, 334)

    One follower (who had apparently been Blavatsky's assistant in fakery) named Emma Coulomb became disillusioned with Blavatsky and set out to expose Blavatsky as the fraud she was. Coulomb passed along evidence which showed Blavatsky to be a fake to the editor of Christian College Magazine. One revelation was that Blavatsky made letters from 'Coot Hoomi' (one of the Tibetan ascended masters Blavatsky supposedly had contact with) seem to magically appear from nowhere by simply shoving them through cracks in the ceiling from the room above! Coulomb also revealed Blavatsky had secret passages and hidden doors built into her house which aided her in deceiving people about her "psychic abilities". Why did she do this? Well, it's because she was a fraud and she had no powers and people who follow her teachings today need to accept this. The Theosophists tried to strike back, claiming Christian missionaries were behind a conspiracy to stop them, involving thousands of dollars. The reality is Christian missionaries never took the Theosophists seriously, and never launched such a campaign, nor did they have the thousands of dollars at their disposal as Theosophists charged.

 






























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