THE two brightest lights of Theosophy being in the same place at once in company with the Ashes of Madame Blavatsky
, an Inquiring Soul thought the time propitious to learn something worth while.
And when he left the library, he carried under his arm four volumes: Madam Blavatsky
's "Secret Doctrine," "Progress and Poverty," "The Quintessence of Socialism," and, "Warfare of Religion and Science." Unfortunately, he began on the "Secret Doctrine." Every line bristled with many- syllabled words he did not understand.
The greatest and fattest of recent Theosophists was the late Madame Blavatsky
, who had no cat.
Some of the early writings on occultism had been written and published by Madame Helena Blavatsky
, a member of an international organization called the Theosophical Society, whose most famous work, The Secret Doctrine, was printed in 1888, Blavatsky
's theory was a rebuke of both western religion, or Christianity, and Darwinism and all modern notions of evolution.
This required some sleight-of-hand in historical dating, and also impelled Yeats to embrace such movements and people as Theosophy, Madam Blavatsky
, Swedenborg, Neo-Platonism, Blake, Bishop Berkeley, Nietzsche, Mohini Chatterjee, Shri Purohit Swami, and other gurus and clairvoyants.
The inspiration lot this story included the wonderfully eccentric Madame Blavatsky
, the Society for Psychical Research, and America's favourite magician, but the most surprising discovery, was the identification of the man who wrote the story that launched the greatest legend of the East.
, Henry Steel Olcott, and Annie Besant, the movement shifted in its place among "the lunatic fringe" as its leaders changed.
The Theosophical Society emerged from Blavatsky
's involvement with spiritualism, an interest sparked by D.
It comes over as one or any combination of an assortment of things: table-rapping, Ouija sessions, seances, Blavatsky
, secret history, crystal gazing, reincarnations, Tarot cards, visions, geometry, theosophy, or alchemy.
, Aleister Crowley, and other writers of the early 1900s.
Russia's exceptionality is here run together, not insignificantly, with the figure of Madame Blavatsky
, the noted theosophist.(39) By making this linkage, the reader is once again asked to suspend normal -- that is, here, English -- judgements on matters.
Yeats, he was one of the leading lights of the Irish Renaissance and was associated with the founding of the Dublin Lodge of the Theosophical Society for occult study (see Mme Blavatsky