HPB: Spiritual Traveller

EVERY year on what is called White Lotus Day, May 8th  theosophists all over the world celebrate, the anniversary of the passing of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society.

A world-famous figure of mystery and controversy and a leading intellect behind the occult revival in the West, Blavatsky published The Secret Doctrine in 1888 as her magnum opus.

“The time had now come when it was necessary to speak plainly about the real interpretation of the spiritualistic manifestations,” wrote Charles J. Ryan, an early student of Theosophy.

“H. P. Blavatsky had gained the attention of the public by her brilliant intelligence, the charm of her striking personality, and her slashing attacks on materialism and other evils. Her voice would now be listened to and recognized as speaking with authority.”

In her will, HPB suggested that her friends might gather together on the anniversary of her passing (May 8, 1891) and read from poet Sir Edwin Arnold‘s The Light of Asia, and from the ancient Hindu scripture The Bhagavad-Gita.

Lotuses grew in unusual profusion in India on that day. May 8th became known as White Lotus Day ever since.

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4 responses to “HPB: Spiritual Traveller

  1. Shanti Paramita Suyono

    I can only join the long line of grateful people, who gets the possibility to receive Theosophy Watch on the computer. I love it. I enjoy it. I learn so much of it – and I share as much as I can of its content with our friends here in Solo, Indonesia.
    So I want to say thank you to the people involved in the creation of Theosophy Watch.May the blessing of the Masters continue to inspire you and your work!
    Would it be possible to add something to this site? Not so many people here in Solo have computers, so it would be very helpful, if there would be a printable version of the site in order to share this knowledge even better.
    Thank you again sisters and brothers in New York!
    Shanti, Theosophical Lodge Solo


    • Thank you for your comments and good question Shanti. We’re going to look into a way to easily print out the posts, and possibly provide a link to a .pdf file. Of course someone will still need a computer if they want to watch and listen to the videos – which are integral to the articles. It is one of the meanings of Theosophy “Watch!” 🙂 Perhaps you can organize public study classes and use the posts as topic material — you can use a projector and screen for the class and play the video portions — several Lodges are doing this, one in Canada and also Santa Barbara, we believe.
      Namaste to all!



    Thanks to this site, I feel not alone in the way I focus life. Also, the very good feeling of sharing both the knowledge and wisdom with those who do live within the truth of what life and the latter really is.



  3. Thank you for all your good work, keeping Theosophy alive. I am sure HPB and the Masters appreciate your “self induced efforts”.


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