H.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement
by Charles J. Ryan
“. . . some day, if not at once, the loftiness and purity of her aims, the wisdom and scope of her teachings, will be recognized more fully, and her memory will be accorded the honor to which it is justly entitled.” — Editorial, New York Daily Tribune, May 10, 1891
The most significant event of the nineteenth century was the introduction of the religious philosophy of the East to the notice of the West. But it was H. P. Blavatsky who gave it the needed higher interpretation, thus changing the current of Occidental thought and “directing it towards the sun.” H.P.B., an unsolved mystery to the Victorian mind and a timeless challenge to our own, plowed deep into the strata of archaic truth, and called for the restitution of spiritual values and the recognition of man’s divine heritage.
This well-researched portrayal of Blavatsky’s life and work also covers the years following her death on May 8, 1891, and the efforts of theosophists to carry the movement into the twentieth century. Combining primary source material with concise narrative, Professor Ryan has crafted a penetrating synthesis of theosophical history and philosophy which reveals the impact of spiritual truths on humanity’s thought-life.
Second and Revised Edition with the author’s emendations and additions.
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