BlavatskyH.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society

Quotes and articles by and about HPB, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Madame Blavatsky

HPB, as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is often called, is a giant in the history of Western Occultism and the history of 19th century eastern religion. She, through her writings and her contributions to the Theosophical Society, brought eastern concepts like karma and reincarnation to the West. She was also instrumental in helping people in Asia appreciate their own religions more. Olcott did a lot of the heavy lifting, but Madame Blavatsky's contribution can't be ignored. Books like Isis Unveiled weren't read by Westerners alone. It also paved the way for theosophy in India. 

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Collected Writings

Quiz about the life and works of H.P.B.

Blavatsky's life and influence

Hesselink, Katinka

Blavatsky compared the science of her day, studied the world religions and came up with her own synthesis, which she called 'theosophy', or ancient wisdom. With Col. Olcott she founded the Theosophical Society, which played a significant part in the development of Western esotericism, Indian independence and the revival of Buddhism, Hinduism and other Asian religions.

H.P. Blavatsky's life and influence

Blavatsky's occult phenomena: the Mahatma Letters

Was Blavatsky a Nazi? Theosophy and Ariosophy...

More on Blavatsky & Nazism: what was Blavatsky's racism and how does it relate to her ethics?

Blavatsky3 reasons I admire Blavatsky

  1. Blavatsky was an independent woman in an age when most women stayed at home.
  2. Blavatsky traveled to India to her spiritual teachers, when nobody did that yet.
  3. Blavatsky spread the love for Eastern Wisdom to the West.

Algeo, John

Olcott and Blavatsky: Theosophical Twins, An Essay in Archetypes

... once that a student abandons the old trodden highway of routine, and enters upon the solitary path of independent thought - Godward - he is a Theosophist, an original thinker, a seeker after the eternal truth, with 'an inspiration of his own' to solve the universal problems.

H.P. Blavatsky Col. Wr. II, p. 102

Besant, Annie

The Evolution of the Universe, Annie Besant's second book review of the Secret Doctrine 

Blavatsky's education

Blavatsky was raised as noble ladies in her time were raised: educated by governesses.

She learned languages (besides her native Russian English and French), played the piano and that was about it.

On Education - a Blavatsky quote

From the Key to Theosophy

What is the real object of modern education? Is it to cultivate and develop the mind in the right direction; to teach the disinherited and hapless people to carry with fortitude the burden of life (allotted them by Karma); to strengthen their will; to inculcate in them the love of one's neighbour and the feeling of mutual interdependence and brotherhood; and thus to train and form the character for practical life? Not a bit of it. And yet, these are undeniably the objects of all true education. No one denies it; all your educationalists admit it, and talk very big indeed on the subject. But what is the practical result of their action? Every young man and boy, nay, every one of the younger generation of schoolmasters will answer: "The object of modern education is to pass examinations," a system not to develop right emulation, but to generate and breed jealousy, envy, hatred almost, in young people for one another, and thus train them for a life of ferocious selfishness and struggle for honours and emoluments instead of kindly feeling.

Mead, G.R.S.

Address read by G. R. S. Mead, B. A. (Cantab) at the Cremation of the Body of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

Burnier, Radha

H.P.Blavatsky's Signet Ring

Hesselink, Katinka

Blavatsky - an early feminist, or was she?

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a woman of noble birth, educated very well for a lady of the 19th century. She learned French, English, literature and piano playing.

The time was one in which women did not have a lot of rights. For instance while Jewish men were being given the right to vote in most European countries while she was alive, women weren't allowed to vote until the early 20th century: after Blavatsky's death.

Blavatsky is a name in esotericism now. Her works are remembered, but for the people of her time it was essential that the Theosophical Society she founded was headed by a man: Col. Olcott. Col. Olcott is still remembered: mainly for his work for the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. I have nothing against him, but it does seem strange that Blavatsky would need a man in the first place. She did. Any strong woman had a prominent man beside her back then.

Books about Blavatsky - a selection

Helena Blavatsky (Western Esoteric Masters) Good introduction to Blavatsky and her influence on Western Esotericism and New Age by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke.

The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky: Insights into the Life of a Modern Sphinx A collection of quotes and whole letters by people who knew Blavatsky, selected and organised by Daniel Caldwell.

Blavatsky and Her Teachers, Jean Overton Fuller Great read. Great book. Although written by a Blavatsky enthusiast, the book goes into the controversies surrounding Blavatsky and argues out both sides. Fuller writes in a style that is just never boring and never predictable.

More books by HPB

H. S. Olcott

On H.P. Blavatsky, from Old Diary Leaves

H.P. Blavatsky and Col. Olcott as Buddhists

There is a road, steep and thorny, beset with perils of every kind,
but yet a road, and it leads to the very heart of the Universe:
I can tell you how to find those who will show you the secret gateway
that opens inward only,
and closes fast behind the neophyte for evermore.
There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer;
there is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through;
there is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount.
For those who win onwards there is a reward past all telling
- the power to bless and save humanity;
for those who fail, there are other lives in which success may come.

H.P. Blavatsky Col. Wr. XIII, p. 219

Hugh Shearman

A Message Ahead of its Time

Marina Cesar Sisson

New Light on the First Marriage of HPB

Helena Blavatsky and the Enigma of John King (off site)

Wachtmeister, Countess Constance

Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine

Selected Articles and quotes by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, also known as HPB

Be your own pilot - Blavatsky quote

... it has been decreed, from time immemorial, that each one must be his own sufficient pilot and body-guard so far as visible things are concerned.

The 'Kingdom of Heaven,' which I need not tell you is but the dominion of man's immortal spirit over the inner force of the Universe, must be taken by violence.

I am sorry to be compelled to tell you, that the prize of Wisdom and Power must be won through danger, trial, temptation, the allurements of sense and all the besetments of this world of matter which they counterpoise, hence antagonists of spirit. Broad, smooth and flower-sprinkled is the way to the world's rewards; narrow, hard, sorrow beset the path to the Temple of Truth.

letter from H.P. Blavatsky to Thomas H. Evans, Occult World, dec. 1885

A Few Thoughts on Some Wise Words from a Wise Man

Akasha explained (from the Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge)

Are Chelas "Mediums"?

Are Dreams but Idle Visions?

Astrology, Numbers and Destiny

The Bible on youth and old age

Brahma and Brahman: basic terminology

Buddha and Jesus on resignation to our fate

Can the Mahatmas be Selfish?


Chelas and Lay Chelas


Conversations on Occultism

Desire made Pure


The Dual Aspect of Wisdom

E.S. Instructions from the C.W.

Extraterrestrial life, H.P. Blavatsky on

Fasting, H.P. Blavatsky on

Footnotes to "Lakshmibai"

From The Notebook of an Unpopular Philosopher

H.P. Blavatsky on Elementals

Healing by Faith, H.P. Blavatsky

Hypnosis, H.P. Blavatsky on

Intuition, H.P. Blavatsky on

Is the Desire to "Live" Selfish?

Karma and reincarnation

Mahatmas and Chelas

Maya (illusion) and the consequences of that doctrine for our daily actions.

Meditation Diagram

Memory in the Dying

"Mistaken Notions on the 'Secret Doctrine' "

Occultism Versus the Occult Arts

On the absolute Unity of All

On helping the poor

On illusion and our spiritual evolution

Blavatsky on numbers and numerology

On the Mysteries of Reincarnation (and Karma) Fragment from "The Key to Theosophy"

On Metaphysics and the underlying unity of All

Pertinent Queries

Pertinent Questions

Philosophers and Philosophicules

Sound and magic

Spiritual concerns with eating meat and drinking alcohol

The Power to Heal, H.P. Blavatsky


Practical Occultism



Self Sacrifice quotes

Some Reasons for Secrecy

Some Words on Daily Life

Spiritual Progress

Summing Up (The Secret Doctrine) 

Ten Fundamental Propositions from Isis Unveiled

"Tharana," or Mesmerism, on the relation between the use of mantras and mesmerism.

The Great Paradox

The Original Programme Manuscript

The People of the Blue Mountains

"The Theosophical Mahatmas"

The Unknown God

The Voice Of The Silence (abstracts)

Three Fundamental Propositions

To the Readers of Lucifer

Two types of Seership, a fragment on clairvoyance from Isis Unveiled

Was it Spirits or What?

What are the Theosophists?

What is Theosophy?

What of Phenomena? (or Theosophical Miracles?)

Why don't we remember our past lives?

Will and Desire

Blavatsky Quotes, H.P. (Helena Petrovna, with Mahatmas and other writers)

The sacrifice of the individual to the whole

Life is built up by the sacrifice of the individual to the whole. Each cell in the living body must sacrifice itself to the perfection of the whole; when it is otherwise, disease and death enforce the lesson.

Blavatsky Col. Wr. VIII, p. 14

Abstract Philosophy Quotes

Chelas Quotes

Esoteric Section, Quotes

Mahatmas and Adepts, Quotes

Mind and Consciousness, quotes from H.P. Blavatsky, W.Q. Judge and Crosby. 

Miscellaneous Quotes

Practical Wisdom Quotes

Practical Occultism Quotes

Theosophical Society, Quotes  

Pick a Blavatsky (or Mahatma) Quote   (selected quotes from the above quote selections)

Quotes by Blavatsky, the Mahatmas and W.Q. Judge on Mahatmas

Blavatsky Christmas and New Year Quotes

Blavatsky, H.P. (Helena Petrovna), with Bowen, R. (Robert) (though HPB having co-authored this is contested)

The "Secret Doctrine" and its study