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H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), Russian-born Occultist and co-founder of The Theosophical Society, demonstrated psychic powers of a startling nature and claimed personal contact with highly developed Masters living in Tibet and India. A well-versed student of metaphysical and esoteric lore, she promoted a greater Western knowledge of Eastern religions, philosophies and mythologies. Madame Blavatsky's major works (Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine, The Key to Theosophy, and The Voice of the Silence) are considered classics in occult and Theosophical literature.
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"We came into contact with certain men, endowed with such mysterious powers and such profound knowledge that we may truly designate them as the sages of the Orient. To their instructions we lent a ready ear.   The work now submitted to public judgment is the fruit of a somewhat intimate acquaintance with [these] Eastern adepts and study of their [esoteric & occult] science."
H.P. Blavatsky,
Isis Unveiled, 1877.

"Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is surely among the most original and perceptive minds of her time.  She is among the modern world’s trailblazing psychologists of the visionary mind." 
Theodore Roszak,
Unfinished Animal: Aquarian Frontier
& the Evolution of Consciousness

"Blavatsky's esoteric synthesis has served as a basic source for later esotericists, literati, scientists, and entire movements, including the New Age.  Unlike most of her contemporaries, she is as visible today as an modern trendsetting guru, and she will most likely remain the most memorable and innovative esotericist of the 19th century." 
James A. Santucci,
Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism.

"Madame Blavatsky...stands out as the fountainhead  of modern occult thought, and was either the  originator and/or popularizer of many of the ideas  and terms which have a century later been   assembled within the New Age Movement.  The Theosophical Society, which she cofounded, has been the major advocate of occult philosophy in the West and the single most important avenue of Eastern teaching to the West." 
J. Gordon Melton, Jerome Clark &  Aidan A. Kelly, eds.,
New Age Almanac.

"Theosophy occupies a central place in the history of new spiritual movements, for the writings of Blavatsky and some of her followers have had a great influence outside of her organization....The importance of Theosophy in modern history should not be underestimated. Not only have the writings of Blavatsky and others inspired several generations of occultists, but the movement had a remarkable role in the restoration to the colonial peoples of nineteenth century Asia their own spiritual heritage."
Robert S. Ellwood and Harry B. Partin,
Religious and Spiritual Groups in Modern America.

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  Blavatsky Reading Room contains scores of introductory articles, essays & selected books about H.P. Blavatsky, the Mahatmas and Theosophy.  

The following introductory pages are highly recommended: (1) An Introduction to Mme. Blavatsky & Theosophy, (2) Who Is Helena Petrovna Blavatsky?, (3) An H.P.B. Photo Gallery: Closeups, (4) H.P.B.Speaks, (5) The Fountain Source of Modern Theosophy, (6) H.P. Blavatsky's Books and the Mahatma Letters, (7) H.P. Blavatsky, the Mahatmas and Theosophy: 20 Highly Recommended Titles, (8) A Brief Overview of Theosophy,(9) An Introduction to Esoteric Principles. and (10) MORE SUGGESTED READING

  Blavatsky Library contains almost 300 Blavatsky & Theosophy books, pamphlets & selected articles.  All online.

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Newly Discovered Material by H.P. Blavatsky
Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge: How It Was Written, Part One
by Daniel H. Caldwell and Doss McDavid

Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge: How It Was Written, Part Two
by Daniel H. Caldwell and Doss McDavid

A Casebook of Encounters with the Theosophical Mahatmas.
H.P. Blavatsky claimed personal contact with certain Adepts, Masters and Mahatmas living in Tibet, Ladakh, India, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. During her lifetime and since her death, there has been a great deal of controversy and skepticism concerning the existence of these Mahatmas. Almost all of H.P.B.'s critics have doubted the actual existence or reality of her Masters. Nevertheless, more than twenty five people testified to having seen and/or been in contact with the Mahatmas during Madame Blavatsky's life time. In the pages of this book, the reader will find the detailed accounts and testimonies of most of these witnesses in which they relate their sightings, encounters and meetings with H.P.B.'s Adept Teachers.

The Mahatmas and Their Chelas in India.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was the first person in modern times to claim contact with certain Eastern Adepts or Mahatmas. In the opening pages of her first book ISIS UNVEILED (1877), Madame Blavatsky told her readers: "When, years ago, we first travelled over the East...we came into contact with certain men, endowed with such mysterious powers and such profound knowledge that we may truly designate them as the sages of the Orient. To their instructions we lent a ready ear....The work now submitted to public judgment is the fruit of a somewhat intimate acquaintance with [these] Eastern adepts and study of their science..." (Volume I, pp. vi, v.) In the pages of this book, the reader will find the detailed accounts and testimonies by seven Indian members of the early Theosophical Society who met H.P.B.'s Adept Teachers.

Evolution of the Higher Consciousness: An In-depth Study into H. P. Blavatsky's Teachings.
In this book Pablo Sender explores the writings of Mme. Blavatsky, tracing her teachings on the evolution of the higher consciousness throughout her voluminous writings. The book not only explores the philosophy but also has four chapters devoted to the application of these teaching..


The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky: Insights into the Life of a Modern Sphinx .
The story of H. P. B.'s life in the words of those who knew her. A unique biography full of rare primary source material. Including dozens of photographs.
ORDER FROM AMAZON. See also preview.  See also book reviews. 

"...No other book you could possibly read will give you the same sense as this one that you have known H. P. Blavatsky, the person, as well as she can be known more than a century after her passing from this world --- not alone HPB, the writer, the Theosophist, or the controversial figure, but also HPB, the unique individual in the midst of her travels, her ups and downs, her daily life." Dr. Robert Ellwood in his review of Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky in The Quest Magazine Nov-Dec 2001, p. 236.

"...This book...[is] an extremely useful collection of primary documents about Blavatsky. There is nothing else in the literature about Theosophy's history quite like it. The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky will undoubtedly be a standard work in Blavatskian bibliographies for many years to come. Not only will it provide the sources that future researchers need for their own work on will give the general reader a vivid sense of Blavatsky as others knew and experienced her....Caldwell helps us to appreciate...what this first generation of Theosophists appreciated: the radical nature of Blavatsky's affect on those around her...." Dr. W. Michael Ashcraft in his review of Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky in Theosophical History, July 2002, p. 264.

"Daniel Caldwell's excellent collection, The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky, includes many eyewitness accounts of meetings with the Masters by a wide range of people." Gary Lachman in his 2012 biography Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality.


Theosophy: Divine Wisdom from Long-Sealed Ancient Fountains by H.P. Blavatsky and others.  Compiled & edited by Daniel H. Caldwell.  An introduction to Theosophy from the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and her Teachers. ORDER A COPY. See also pdf version. 


Esoteric Buddhism: A Summary of the Theosophical Teachings as found in "The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett". 
by A.P. Sinnett. This Theosophical classic was the first simple exposition of Theosophy in modern times.


An Introduction to Esoteric Principles by William Doss McDavid.
A good introduction to the basic teachings of Theosophy as found in the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and the Mahatmas.
Read book online. BUY A COPY. Read Spanish version online. BUY Spanish version.

See also the following writings and talks by Doss McDavid: [Bio sketch]
•  HPB on the Gospel According to John. 
•  The Human Principles in Early Theosophical Literature. 
•  Evolution and The Secret Doctrine. 
•  An Audio Talk on the Secrets of The Secret Doctrine . 
•  A Video Talk on HPB and the War of the Worldviews. 
•  A Secret Language used in Druze Communications. 
•  A Prophecy in The Secret Doctrine. 
•  Reading the BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE.  (First published in Supplement to BRAHMAVIDYA: The Adyar Library Bulletin, 2013)


Madame Blavatsky: The Case for Her Defense Against the Hodgson-Coulomb Attack by Walter A. Carrithers, Jr
This is Mr. Carrithers' magnum opus. In this book Walter A. Carrithers, Jr. gives the most thorough and detailed analysis and rebuttal available of the Hodgson Report against Mme. Blavatsky. Discoveries never before published are now available in this volume.
See sketch of Mr. Carrithers' life here. See also his other writings here.


Other Books on HPB's life:
When Daylight Comes by Howard Murphet.
Madame Blavatsky by G. Baseden Butt.
H.P.B.: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky by Sylvia Cranston.
The Real H.P. Blavatsky by William Kingsland.
The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky by Daniel Caldwell.


Lists of Suggested Reading

H.P. Blavatsky's Books & the Mahatma Letters: A Guide to Online Material

H.P. BLAVATSKY, THE MAHATMAS & THEOSOPHY: A 28-Page Core Library of Suggested Reading

See also H.P. Blavatsky & Theosophy: A Comprehensive Library of Books & Pamphlets 

Religions, Mythologies, Cults, Symbolism, the Occult/Paranormal & Ancient Civilizations of the World: 54 Recommended Introductions and Useful Reference Works.

The Psyche in physical life & in the Afterlife
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"Is There A Life After Death?": A Bibliography of 49 "Cream of the Crop" Titles.

Parapsychology, Spiritualism, Life After Death & Reincarnation: Suggested Reading.

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THE CHRISTMAS LETTER OF 1886: A Video Talk by Dr. James A. Santucci..
Dr. Santucci gives a talk about his research and findings on H.P. Blavatsky's December 25, 1886 letter to J. Ralston Skinner. This letter with a detailed introduction will be published in the Jan-April 2021 double issue of THEOSOPHICAL HISTORY.

"Following the publication (in THEOSOPHICAL HISTORY Vol. XVIII/1-2) of H. P. Blavatsky's thirty-six page letter to James Ralston Skinner, dated February 17, 1887, it came to my attention that another letter, known only to a small number of researchers and apparently at one time located in the Andover-Harvard Divinity Library's collection of the J. Ralston Skinner Papers (bMS 516), predated the February letter by two months....In reviewing the provenance of the letter, it gradually became clear...that an earlier letter composed by Blavatsky and addressed to Skinner, dated December 25, 1886 and originating from Ostend, may have been part of the collection. If it were included in the Skinner Papers, it inexplicably disappeared from the Library without any evidence that it ever existed...." Dr. James A. Santucci, editor of THEOSOPHICAL HISTORY.


"Anita Atkins has made a great contribution to a better public understanding of HPB by writing the biography HPB: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND INFLUENCE OF HELENA BLAVATSKY. This biography was first published in 1993 under Anita's pen name Sylvia Cranston. I first corresponded with Anita around 1975. By the early 1980s I no longer wrote letters to her but had started calling her on a fairly regular basis at her New York residence. I found this was the easier way to communicate with her. In fact, on the phone we could go over in much greater detail all sorts of matters regarding our mutual HPB research. I would send her material; she would send me material.

It was in early 1983 or in late 1982 that Anita told me over the phone about the discovery of the HPB letters to Skinner at Harvard. She said she would send me her typescripts of these letters. Anita had personally gone to Harvard to see the originals of these letters. I clearly remember the day I received that large manilla envelope from Anita with the typescripts. I ripped the envelope open and read all these letters. Of course, the first letter I read was HPB's Christmas letter of 1886. As an aside, I should mention here that it was Anita's brother A. Edgar Atkins who donated the money to have HPB's letters to Skinner restored at Harvard." Daniel H. Caldwell, founder and organizer of THE BLAVATSKY STUDY CENTER/BLAVATSKY ARCHIVES. For more, see Sylvia Cranston: An Eyewitness.


"J. Ralston Skinner, author of THE SOURCE OF MEASURES, corresponded with HPB during the writing of THE SECRET DOCTRINE. One of the topics addressed in their correspondence was the 'numerical cipher of the ancients,' which Skinner had, in part, discovered. Writing to Skinner, HPB complimented his discoveries and told him that he would have never been successful in the work he had accomplished without the unseen guidance and help of the Masters. She did, however, take issue with Skinner's ideas about the preeminence of the Hebrew language and insisted that the inhabitants of India had a fully developed numerical system for sacerdotal purposes thousands of years before the development of Hebrew....[HPB's] letter to J.R. Skinner, [is] dated December 25, 1886. Original in the Andover Theological Library, Harvard University...." William Doss McDavid, "Gematria, Senzar and the Book of Dzyan," THE QUEST magazine, September, 1998, pp. 7, 12.

For more on the "numerical cipher of the ancients" and gematria as related to the Book of Dzyan, see Doss McDavid's Reading the BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE.  (First published in Supplement to BRAHMAVIDYA: The Adyar Library Bulletin, 2013)


H.P. Blavatsky's Esoteric Papers.
The most complete collection ever assembled and published of HPB's esoteric papers. 683 pp.

The Esoteric Instructions: The April 1891 Edition..
This is a photographic facsimile of the April 1891 Edition of H.P. Blavatsky's Esoteric Instructions I, II and III as corrected, edited and approved by Madame Blavatsky herself. 140 pp.

Inner Group Teachings of H.P. Blavatsky, 1890-1891 .
Here, for the first time online, is a complete transcription of the original oral teachings by H.P.B. to her Inner Group in London. This transcription is not available in the COLLECTED WRITINGS Series of HPB's writings. This material will be published in 2021 in a new revised and enlarged print edition by Fohat Productions.

Concerning Mme. Blavatsky and the last year of her life, Walter R. Old, a member of the Inner Group, wrote in 1893:

"...She gathered closer round her such of her pupils as circumstances rendered the most accessible, and began a system of regular instruction, opening up new lines of thought and study which, if steadily pursued, would yield fruit indefinitely. Questions on the Esoteric philosophy, on the teachings of the Secret Doctrine and her various writings, were answered as fully as possible, and the whole body of information thus elicited, was written down. These instructions occupied a special evening each week, and continued until the fatal sickness came upon her...." The Theosophist, June, 1893, p. 542.

History of the Inner Group Teachings of H.P. Blavatsky


The Secret Doctrine Wurzburg Manuscript by H. P. Blavatsky

The Writing of "The Secret Doctrine": H.P Blavatsky's Magnum Opus
Compiled & edited by Daniel H. Caldwell.
See pdf version. 

The Myth of the "Missing" Third Volume of THE SECRET DOCTRINE

The Secret Doctrine Dialogues: The 1889 Unpublished Manuscript by H. P. Blavatsky

Click on this link to see : How the Missing SECRET DOCTRINE DIALOGUES were discovered 


The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky: Volume 1 1861-1879.
This unique volume contains all known letters H.P.B. wrote between 1860 and early 1879. Meticulously edited by Dr. John Algeo, this volume also contains letters to and about Blavatsky, articles, and editorial commentary.

Photographic facsimile reprints of H.P. Blavatsky's 2 Theosophical magazines are available: The Theosophist and Lucifer


Mrs. Holloway and the Mahatmas
Includes full colored reproductions of more than a dozen letters from the Masters M and KH.

K. Paul Johnson's House of Cards?: A Critical Examination of Johnson's Thesis on the Theosophical Masters Morya and Koot Hoomi

The Painting of the Portraits of Morya and Koot Hoomi
See the paintings of the Masters at this link..  Also at this link.. 
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The Olcott Portfolio: Col. H.S. Olcott's Testimony to the Existence of the Mahatmas

Master Serapis

Where Was the "Ravine in Tibet"?

Was Koot Hoomi a Sikh?
See a reproduction of Koot Hoomi's portrait at this link.. 

Some Notes on the Chronological Edition of The Mahatma Letters

Who is "Suby Ram" in The Mahatma Letters?


Mary Unveiled: A.P. Sinnett and Maude Boyle-Travers

H.P.B.'s THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY: Important Information on the origin of this HPB book.

Kriyashakti: Conscious and Unconscious: The Psychology of the Visionary Experience.

Some Questions Concerning Reincarnation and the Fate of Victims of Accidents & Violence by Daniel H. Caldwell.

Review of J. O. Fuller's Biography on H.P. Blavatsky: PART ONE

Review of J.O. Fuller's Biography on H.P. Blavatsky: PART TWO

Does Theosophy Have Core Doctrines?

What Madame Blavatsky Accomplished in Just 4 Years!

Review of Geoffrey A. Barborka's book THE PEOPLING OF THE EARTH.

HPB Speaks.

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