Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Madame Blavatsky Scholar of Ancient Wisdom (1831-1891)

Born to a rich family in Russian, Madame Helena Blavatsky is considered by some to be one of the nineteenth century’s greatest mediums.

Early in childhood she walked and talked in her sleep. She loved anything weird and/or paranormal. From an early age, she claimed to be able to see spirits. If she became angry with anyone taking care of her, she would threaten to have the “russalkas” tickle them to death. This threat was taken more seriously from an incident that happened while she was walking along a riverbank at age four with one of her nurses. A surf boy of fourteen followed them and was teasing her. She imitated one of her father's roars threatening to have the russalkas tickle the boy to death. Since he believed the threats, he fearfully leaped into the river bank. He was not seen again until fishermen discovered his dead body weeks later. (To me, this is proof that if you fear something you can make it come true.)

Helena's family didn’t believe she cursed him, but the house staff of surfs did because they already believed in the supernatural and paranormal.  Since Helena was mostly raised by these housekeeping surfs, she was surrounded by their beliefs. Plus, Helena’s mother died when she was eleven.  Of course, Helena figured out from an early age she could get her way with these adults because they believed she had some sort of power. In other words, she would threaten others with curses, etc.  

At some point, she seemed to mature out of the "cursing others" phase. She ended up studying in Egypt, Tibet and reached the conclusion that there was a unified truth in the universe that had long been corrupted by the world's religions. She came to America in the 1870's and soon founded the Theosophical Society, based on the belief that spiritual truth was compatible with modern science. This society is a branch of Buddism. The goal of this society was to “to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color."

And there was a ton of information about her out there, but this enough for now. Her picture reminds me of someone you would find sitting next to a crystal ball in a gypsy tent.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, even her picture is scary.

Rusty Webb said...

Death by tickling... wow. I'd hope her threats got darker as she aged. You know, decapitation by feather or something.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Death by tickling would be a bad way to go.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

She looks rather frightening in that photo.

Julia Hones said...

What a profound spiritual conclusion. Thanks for sharing.