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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
1831 – 1891
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H P Blavatsky’s Life
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- Madame Blavatsky born, at Ekaterinoslav, Russia at midnight
between 30 and 31 July. Daughter of Col.
Peter Von Hahn and Helena Andreyevna, née de Fadeyev, renowned novelist who
died at only 29 years old. Granddaughter on maternal side of Privy Councillor Andrey de Fadeyev and
Princess Helena Pavlovna Dolgorukov,
who survived her education at Saratov and Tiflis,
Caucasus. Endowed from childhood with remarkable psychic
powers and talented pianist.
1849- She married General
Blavatsky, a very elderly man, from whom she soon separated.
1849-50 Left him and traveled
She studied magic in Egypt
with an aged Copt and joined 'The Druses of Lebanon,'
a secret society
1851 - Met her Master in London.
When walking with her father, she saw a tall and stately Rajput whom she recognized
as a Protector known in her visions from childhood. He spoke to her of a future
work she was to do under His direction after preparation in the East.
1852 - Embarked for Canada
late in the year, went to New Orleans,
thence via the Cape
1853 - Attempted but
failed to enter Tibet.
Returned to England via Java.
1854 - Came to America
again, crossing the Rockies
with a caravan of immigrants. May have visited South America again.
1855 - Left for India
late in the year, via Japan
and the Straits (Malaya).
1856-57 - Traveled thought
Ladakh, parts of Tibet,
1858 - Returned to Europe
via Java, staying in France
Then returned to Russia reaching Pskov on Christmas night.
1860 - Left for the Caucasus
early in the year, where she traveled among the native tribes, remaining there
until 1864-65. Experienced several physical and psychic crisis
acquiring complete control over her occult powers.
1866-67 Left Russia
again and traveled extensive in Balkans,
Returned to Italy
in 1867 and paid a short visit to Southern Russia.
Blavatsky also was with Garibaldi at the battle of Mentana and 'was picked out
of a ditch for dead with her left arm broken in two places, musket balls
embedded in right shoulder and leg, and a stiletto wound in the heart.
1868 - Went to India
with her Master.
1870 - Returned to Greece.
1871 - Embarked for Egypt
and was shipwrecked near the Island
July 4. 1871-72 Settled in Cairo,
she made an unsuccessful attempt to found a spiritual society upon the basis of
phenomena. Then as 'Madame Laura,' she did concert tours in Italy
Traveled to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon in 1872, returning for a short time to Odessa.
1873- After brief travels
in Eastern Europe,
went to Paris
where she lived with her brother, painting and writing (in addition to her
other accomplishments she was a fine artist and a very clever caricaturist).
Whilst in Paris
on her Masters orders she left to New
York, landing July 7. She was in New
York, without personal funds, having
exchanged her first class passage to steerage class (the cheapest) in order to
buy steerage class for a poor woman and children who had been swindled.
Although she had in her trunk 23,000 francs entrusted to her by her Master, she
earned her living by working for a maker of cravats. Still acting under orders
she finally took the money to the town of Buffalo
and gave it to an unknown man just in time to prevent him from committing
suicide. An unsuccessful business venture in a Long
Island Farm, used up the 1,000 Ruble legacy
she had received on the death of her father.
1874 - She was ordered to
go to the Eddy homestead in Chittenden. This was the scene of various occult
phenomena being investigated by Colonel H.S. Olcott.
1875- September 8, founded
the Theosophical Society, together with Col. Olcott, William Q. Judge and
others. Inaugural address of Col. Olcott delivered November 17.
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1877 - Published her first
great work, Isis
Unveiled, in the autumn. Her magnificent attack upon the materialism
of religion and science. She sent the first proceeds together with money
received for her various articles published by Russian newspapers and journals,
to the Red Cross in Russia to help her compatriots wounded in the Russo-Turkish
1878 - 1878 - She became
an American citizen. Later that year, acting 'under orders,' she and Olcott
sailed for India;
they landed in Bombay
in February 1879.
1879- Launched her first
magazine, The Theosophist, in October, which resulted in rapid growth of Theosophical
work in India,
1880 - Blavatsky and
Olcott the two founders of the Theosophical Society toured Sri
Lanka on behalf of Buddhism
1881 - Blavatsky and
Olcott converted themselves to the Buddhism
1882 - The headquarters of
the Society was moved to its present site in Adyar, Madras.
She made various tours of India
between her arrival in 1879 and her visit to Europe
in 1884. In the absence of the Founders, came the one sided report of the
Society for Psychical Research, in an attempt to show her up as an impostor.
Since then, the S.P.R. has retracted the allegations against her. Despite the
intervention of her Master to restore her health, it deteriorated and she was
unable to remain at Adyar for more than a short visit paid later that year.
1884 - Left for Europe,
February, 20, accompanied by Col. Olcott and others. After
visiting Nice, settled for a while in Paris to work on the Secret Doctrine.
Briefly visited London. Moved to Elberfeld, Germany, in the autumn. Went to London
in October and soon after sailed to India,
reaching Adyar December 21.
1885- Gravely ill, she
sailed to Naples
March 31, leaving India
for good. After a brief stay at Torre del Greco,
settled at Wurzburg,
where she wrote a large part of The Secret Doctrine.
1886 - Moved to Ostende in
July, visiting Elberfeld on her way.
1887 - Transferred her
residence to London
in May, where the Blavatsky Lodge was established, and her second magazine,
Lucifer, was launched in September.
1888 - Published the first
two volumes of the Secret Doctrine, late autumn. Founded the
1889 - Published the key
to Theosophy and the Voice of the Silence.
of the Silence
The Key To Theosophy
1890 - Established
European Headquarters of the Theosophical Society, at 19 Avenue Road, London,
where she died.
1891- She passed away in London.
Her ashes were divided between New
and part of it is interred under her statue in Adyar.
In her will she requested
that each year, on the anniversary of her death, her friends should assemble
and read from The Light of Asia
and the Bhagavad Gita. By Colonel Olcott's wish, this
anniversary came to be known as 'White Lotus Day.' Colonel Olcott summed up the
secret of H.P.B.'s remarkable power in producing
swift changes in the lives of those about her as due to: Her amazing occult
knowledge and phenomena-working powers, together with her relation to the
hidden Masters. Her sparkling talents, especially as a
conversationalist with her social accomplishments, wide travels, and
extraordinary adventures. Her insight into problems of
philology, racial origins, fundamental bases of religions, and keys to old
mysteries and symbols. Unflinching self-consecration to the Great Ones
irradiated the life of H.P.B. and she will ever be known as the 'Light-Bringer'
of the Nineteenth Century.
H P Blavatsky Brief Life Chronology
H P Blavatsky and The Masters
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