SOCIETY SOUTHERN AFRICA
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born 31 July 1831 (died 1891 in London). A Russian spirtualist, author, and cofounder of the Theosophical Society a pantheistic philosophical and scientific system. Born into an aristocratic Russian-German family in Yekaterinoslav. At age seventeen Helena married Nikifor V. Blavatsky, a Russian military officer and provincial vice-governor. They separated after a few months. Blavatsky then traveled widely around the empire. Largely self-educated, Blavatsky developed an interest in Western esotericism. In 1849 Blavatsky embarked on a series of world travels. Blavatsky visited Europe, the Americas, India, Tibet and many other countries.
It was during these travels that Blavatsky met the spiritual adepts: the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom. Blavatsky went toNew York in 1873 where she met and became a close friend of Henry Steel Olcott. In 1875 Blavatsky, Olcott and other prominent persons founded the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky and Olcott went to India in 1879 and three years later they established the Theosophical society headquarters in Adyar, near Madras. The Society recieved a strong following in India.
Near the end of her life Blavatsky lived quietly in Germany and then Belgium. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky died in 1891 in London. Her life and work have profoundly impacted the world in ways that are unimaginable.
Blavatsky’s first major work was, ‘Isis Unveiled Secrets of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition’, published in 1877. In this book Blavatsky unites science and religion and creates a new paradigm to comprehend the universe. Blavatsky balances the science of her time with the ancient universal wisdom. Blavatsky also takes a look at the creeds of various regions and compares them to the myths and symbols of various cultures.
Continuously in print for over 100 years, the SD remains today the most comprehensive sourcebook of the esoteric tradition, outlining the fundamental tenets of the Secret Doctrine of the Archaic Ages. Challenging, prophetic, and strikingly modern, it directly addresses the perennial questions: continuity of life after death, purpose of existence, good and evil, consciousness and substance, sexuality, karma, evolution, and human and planetary transformation.
Based on the ancient Stanzas of Dzyan with corroborating testimony from hundreds of sources, these volumes unfold the drama of cosmic and human evolution -- from the reawakening of the gods after a Night of the Universe to the ultimate reunion of cosmos with its divine source.
Supplementary sections discuss relevant scientific issues as well as the mystery language of myths, symbols, and allegories, helping the reader decipher the often abstruse imagery of the world's sacred literature. This edition is a character-for-character, line-for-line reproduction of the two-volume 1888 first edition.
It is set in new type which closely matches the Miller & Richard Old Style font used in the original.
The Index at the end of Volume II is the version revised in 1925.