Study of H.P. Blavatsky's Writings: Statement from Blavatsky Study Center
Sep 02, 2004 11:54 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
Our modern knowledge of Theosophy sprang
from two sources: The Mahatma Letters &
the writings of H.P. Blavatsky.
>From the Masters' letters, A.P. Sinnett
wrote 2 books "The Occult World" & "Esoteric
Buddhism." From the knowledge gained directly
from these Masters, Madame Blavatsky penned
more than 10,000 pages of writing including
her major works "Isis Unveiled," "The Secret
Doctrine," "The Key to Theosophy" & "The Voice
of the Silence."
Since HPB's death in 1891, NUMEROUS individuals
have claimed contact with her Masters, stating
that they were new "messengers" conveying further
esoteric teachings. See a partial list of
The end result has been a CONFUSING MORASS of claims,
counterclaims & various contradictory teachings.
Even during her lifetime, Mme. Blavatsky told the Theosophists:
"Great are the desecrations to which the names of two of the Masters
have been subjected. There is hardly a medium who has not claimed to
have seen them."
HPB & the Mahatmas also warned about "imitations of Occultism and
Theosophy" and "disfigured" expositions of Theosophy. They wrote
about "wild and fanciful speculation" and "erroneous notions" about
Theosophy that were distorting the original teachings.
Concerning certain "false ideas" grafted onto Theosophy, Blavatsky
penned the following:
"Nothing is more dangerous to Esoteric Truth than the garbled and
distorted versions disfigured to suit the prejudices and tastes of
men in general."
For more background on the above, see:
H.P.B.'s Occult Status & the Claims of Latter-Day Messengers of the
In light of the above confusion and conflicting claims, the Blavatsky
Study Center recommends inquirers & new students to go directly to
the fountain source of Modern Theosophy: the original writings of
Blavatsky & the Mahatmas.
These source writings contain a wealth of valuable material on
metaphysics, esoteric lore and knowledge, occult laws and processes
in nature, ethical, spiritual and devotional material, and much more.
Whether the student is inclined to believe Blavatsky's claims or not,
whether one ultimately comes to accept or reject what she wrote, we
have available HPB's major books, more than 1000 of her articles,
hundreds of her personal letters to correspondents, more than a
hundred Mahatma letters received during HPB's lifetime,
and voluminous historical accounts of people who met and knew
HPB and her Teachers. Some of these latter accounts have been
compiled in the book ESOTERIC WORLD OF MADAME BLAVATSKY.
The Blavatsky and Mahatma source material is now available on CD-Rom.
Also see much of this material online at
Interested inquirers and students are encouraged to read and study
this original material. No one is asked to believe or disbelieve what
is written but simply encouraged to try to gain an UNDERSTANDING of
what is being conveyed in material from the pens of HPB and the
Far too many readers don't take the time and effort to try
to understand what HPB is attempting to convey in her many writings.
Far too often students interject their own thoughts & understanding
on to the subject. Nothing is inherently wrong with that approach
but the Center recommends that a student should try to ascertain FIRST
OF ALL what HPB's and the Mahatmas' views actually are on various
subjects. This can be a challenge in itself but it can be done.
A reader would do well to ask: "Do I really understand what HPB and
the Mahatmas are trying to convey in their writings?"
One student's advice has been: Give HPB and the Mahatmas the lectern
and allow them to speak. The initial goal should be to try
to "listen" to them, to try to understand their view, their take on
This is not to say that one should assume that they are always right
or anything like that. HPB and the Mahatmas never claimed they were
infallible. But many students have reasonably concluded that HPB and
her Teachers were very knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects.
Furthermore, keep in mind the following words of HPB:
"Every reader will inevitably judge the statements made from the
stand-point of his own knowledge, experience, and consciousness,
based on what he has already learnt."
We also might do well to keep uppermost in mind how limited our OWN
knowledge, experience and consciousness MAY be.
Daniel H. Caldwell
BLAVATSKY STUDY CENTER
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