The Wisdom of H.P. Blavatsky

The Wisdom of H.P. Blavatsky

Madame Blavatsky was the agent of a group of teachers she called the brothers, and on their request formed with others the Theosophical Society.  She conveyed what she was permitted to reveal in many books and articles, gathering pupils for more intense instruction. In recent years there has been a growth of academic scholarship into the work of HPB and her teachers. For Theosophical students, this poses a challenge and an opportunity. Should we accept what the scholars say? Should we ignore it because it is just exoteric? HPB herself was in constant dialogue with scientists and scholars.In this paper, we examine some recent academic work which can help us understand HPB and her work, but should not be taken as infallible. We also look again at Science in relation to Theosophy, and ask whether the hopes of our founders have been fulfilled, from the time of Olcott’s Inaugural Address in 1875, and K.H.s statement to Hume in 1882 “Modern science is our best ally”, through various individuals and groups inside and outside the Theosophical Movement.

Finally we identify where the wisdom of Madame Blavatsky lay.