Clarifying Blavatsky

Clarifying Blavatsky

A reader had been reading about Madame Blavatsky and expressed concern over comments she was supposed to have made.

He was concerned about quotes such as: “Satan is the grandest of ideals”, “Lucifer is the Holy Ghost”, “the Logos and Satan are one” and “God and Satan” (are) “identical”.

Did you find these quotes yourself or did you take them from some fundamentalist Christian site? I would be surprised if you found them through your own reading of H. P. Blavatsky for if you did you should be aware that the way you have presented them distorts that which Blavatsky was trying to portray.

Let us go through them one by one.

(1) Satan is the grandest of ideals.

This is indeed a distortion and is a fabricated quote. Here is what she really said.

“Yes, indeed; it is this grandest of ideals, this ever-living symbol — nay apotheosis — of self-sacrifice for the intellectual independence of humanity; this ever active Energy protesting against Static Inertia — the principle to which Self-assertion is a crime, and Thought and the Light of Knowledge odious.” Secret Doctrine, Vol 2, Page 507

Before making this statement she quoted several authors commenting on the fallen spirits (which she identifies as present humanity and earth as hell) and states that it is a grand ideal leave static inertia and assert our free will in order to progress.

Is such freedom a true principle to which we aspire?

Indeed, yes.

(2) Lucifer is the Holy Ghost

Again, let us look at the original quote.

“Lucifer is divine and terrestrial light, the ‘Holy Ghost’ and ‘Satan,’ at one and the same time, visible Space being truly filled with the differentiated Breath invisibly.” Secret Doctrine, Vol 2, Page 513

Here she is giving a fairly esoteric interpretation quite different from orthodoxy. She calls terrestrial light the Holy Ghost and the space that holds that light Satan.

The question is why would she call space Satan and the light within that space Lucifer?

To understand why she says this one must study her teachings on the subject.

As I’ve said many times there are a number of different interpretations that can be applied to the scriptures or inspired words. There are also numerous cycles where history is repeated. The fall, the rebellious spirits, Satan and Lucifer all have a number of correspondences that can apply in various circumstances.

We have falls and rebellions periodically here on our physical earth. We are told by DK that there was a rebellion in the Council chamber of Sanat Kumara in the early history of the planet. There have been many other rebellions up the ladder until we get to original creation and this is where we have to look to understand Blavatsky’s application of Satan here.

Her interpretation goes something like this. Creation itself involved a rebellion against living in worlds of pure changeless spirit. We are the rebellious angels (or prodigal sons) who descended into matter to experience and explore. This is made possible by creation through the interplay of light (Lucifer) and Satan (space).

If you look at the principles that she is attempting to teach you see no evil, but if we react to catch phrases then evil can be seen where there is none.

(3) The Logos and Satan are one” and “God and Satan” (are) “identical

Again one has to look at the context. She is not writing from the Christian viewpoint. If she were this would be an alarming statement. She is writing from one of several esoteric views which is this.

She is saying that the originating God is pure spirit and all lives great and small that enter into creation are, in a sense, rebels against the static life of that pure spirit. Therefore, all beings who have anything to do with entering into creation are Satan and his angels. Therefore any being who is called God and can be contacted by man, such as Jehovah, is satanic and part of the original rebellion. But she maintains that it was a good thing that we had creation and that we came to this earth.

This does not negate the standard (and separate) Christian interpretation that there are rebellions within creation itself and there are good and evil spirits and light and dark from which we may chose.

DK expands on this by teaching of a brotherhood of light and dark which have evolved from the human kingdom.

The reader then recounted popular conspiracy theories that involve Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey as part of a plot to take over the world with a one world dictatorship.

Most of those who are a danger to freedom on the earth know nothing of Blavatsky or Alice A. Bailey. Just as many in the past have committed evil in the name of Christ so some can commit evil in the name of any teacher. This does not mean that Christ or any other teacher is evil. Both Hitler and Einstein had H. P. Blavatsky’s works in their library. I’m sure they both also had bibles.

We are headed toward a one world government. This is a natural course of evolution for the planet. The choice isn’t whether or not we will eventually have universal government, but instead what kind we shall have. It is the eternal struggle of those who value liberty to work toward good government that allows maximum freedom. Unfortunately many of the best and brightest are sitting back and letting the lesser lights decide the course of world affairs.

Next the reader criticized the United States for its lack of freedom

No government on the earth is perfect, but I cannot think of one that has more respect for freedom than the United States. Outside of having to pay more taxes than I want my life has not been effected by any dictates coming down by authorities that have effected me adversely for years. It takes a stretch of the imagination to see myself as being dictated to in some Stalinist fashion as you infer.

This is indeed a lot better situation than one where a citizen must watch his every word. I haven’t had to be careful with my words since I left orthodox religion. On the other hand, if you were to stand on a street corner in France with a sign saying “I support Bush” someone would probably throw rocks at you.

All are free to run for president here. We even have a presidential candidate as a member of the Keys.

(Note from 2021: Unfortunately the country has drifted away from freedom since this post was written. Now we do have to watch what we say or we could be attacked and thrown off social media and lose our voices.)

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

May 15,  2004

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3 thoughts on “Clarifying Blavatsky

  1. “Modern corporations are not perfect but the hatred you speak of is mostly based in illusion. Many people of today are like programmed robots that do not think for themselves. They need to be educated. I do not recall any private corporation ever taking anything from me that I didn’t want to give them once in my entire life yet government does this every day.”

    Unless it’s a tech corporation regulating speech on THEIR platform, right JJ? Sounds like your constant whining about free speech is mostly based on illusion and you just need to be educated, according to your own words.

  2. “Note from 2021: Unfortunately the country has drifted away from freedom since this post was written. Now we do have to watch what we say or we could be attacked and thrown off social media and lose our voices.”

    I’m sorry but where is freedom under attack here? Does a social media platform need to be mandated into hosting your speech? Remember, you can always go to another social media platform or have your own, which you already almost have with this website. I can’t help but notice it is still intact despite the supposed threat of losing our voices.

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