HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY 1831-1891
Co-founder of the Theosophical Society.
1831 - Madame Blavatsky born, at Ekaterinoslav, Russia at
between 30 and 31 July.Daughter of Col.
Peter Von Hahn and Helena Andreyevna, née de Fadeyev, renowned novelist who
died at only 29 years old. Granddaughter on maternal side of Privy CouncillorAndrey de Fadeyev and
Princess Helena PavlovnaDolgorukov,
who survived her education at Saratov and Tiflis,
Caucasus. Endowed from childhood with remarkable psychic
powers and talented pianist.
Ekaterinoslav (now Dniepropetrovsk)
1849- She married General Blavatsky, a very elderly man, from whom
she soon separated.
H P Blavatsky (circa 1848)
1849-50 Left him and traveled in Turkey,
She studied magic in Egypt
with an aged Copt and joined 'The Druses of Lebanon,'
a secret society
1851 - Met her Master in London.
When walking with her father, she saw a tall and stately Rajput whom she
recognized as a Protector known in her visions from childhood. He spoke to her
of a future work she was to do under His direction after preparation in the
1852 - Embarked for Canada
late in the year, went to New Orleans,
thence via the Cape
1853 - Attempted but failed to enter Tibet.
Returned to England via Java.
1854 - Came to America
again, crossing the Rockies
with a caravan of immigrants. May have visited South America again.
1855 - Left for India
late in the year, via Japan
and the Straits (Malaya).
1856-57 - Traveled thought India,
Ladakh, parts of Tibet,
1858 - Returned to Europe
via Java, staying in France
Then returned to Russia reaching Pskov on Christmas night.
1860 - Left for the Caucasus
early in the year, where she traveled among the native tribes, remaining there
until 1864-65. Experienced several physical and psychic crisis
acquiring complete control over her occult powers.
1866-67 Left Russia
again and traveled extensive in Balkans,
Returned to Italy
in 1867 and paid a short visit to Southern Russia.
Blavatsky also was with Garibaldi at the battle of Mentana and 'was picked out
of a ditch for dead with her left arm broken in two places, musket balls
embedded in right shoulder and leg, and a stiletto wound in the heart.
1868 - Went to India
with her Master.
1870 - Returned to Greece.
1871 - Embarked for Egypt
and was shipwrecked near the Island
July 4. 1871-72 Settled in Cairo,
she made an unsuccessful attempt to found a spiritual society upon the basis of
phenomena. Then as 'Madame Laura,' she did concert tours in Italy
Traveled to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon in 1872, returning for a short time to Odessa.
1873- After brief travels in Eastern
Europe, went to Paris
where she lived with her brother, painting and writing (in addition to her
other accomplishments she was a fine artist and a very clever caricaturist).
Whilst in Paris
on her Masters orders she left to New
York, landing July 7. She was in New
York, without personal funds, having
exchanged her first class passage to steerage class (the cheapest) in order to
buy steerage class for a poor woman and children who had been swindled.
Although she had in her trunk 23,000 francs entrusted to her by her Master, she
earned her living by working for a maker of cravats. Still acting under orders
she finally took the money to the town of Buffalo
and gave it to an unknown man just in time to prevent him from committing
suicide. An unsuccessful business venture in a Long
Island Farm, used up the 1,000 Ruble legacy
she had received on the death of her father.
1874 - She was ordered to go to the Eddy homestead in
Chittenden. This was the scene of various occult phenomena being investigated
by Colonel H.S. Olcott.
1875- September 8, founded the Theosophical Society, together
with Col. Olcott, William Q. Judge and others. Inaugural address of Col. Olcott
delivered November 17.
1877 - Published her first great work, Isis
Unveiled, in the autumn. Her magnificent attack upon the
materialism of religion and science. She sent the first proceeds
together with money received for her various articles published by Russian
newspapers and journals, to the Red Cross in Russia to help her compatriots
wounded in the Russo-Turkish war.
1878 - 1878 - She became an American citizen. Later that year,
acting 'under orders,' she and Olcott sailed for India;
they landed in Bombay
in February 1879.
1879- Launched her first magazine, The Theosophist, in October,
which resulted in rapid growth of Theosophical work in India,
1880 - Blavatsky and Olcott the two founders of the Theosophical
Society toured Sri Lanka
on behalf of Buddhism
1881 - Blavatsky and Olcott converted themselves to the Buddhism
1882 - The headquarters of the Society was moved to its present
site in Adyar, Madras.
She made various tours of India
between her arrival in 1879 and her visit to Europe
in 1884. In the absence of the Founders, came the one sided report of the
Society for Psychical Research, in an attempt to show her up as an impostor.
Since then, the S.P.R. has retracted the allegations against her. Despite the
intervention of her Master to restore her health, it deteriorated and she was
unable to remain at Adyar for more than a short visit paid later that year.
1884 - Left for Europe,
February, 20, accompanied by Col. Olcott and others. After
visiting Nice, settled for a while in Paris to work on the Secret Doctrine.Briefly visited London.Moved to Elberfeld, Germany, in the autumn. Went to London
in October and soon after sailed to India,
reaching Adyar December 21.
1885- Gravely ill, she sailed to Naples
March 31, leaving India
for good. After a brief stay at Torre del Greco,
settled at Wurzburg,
where she wrote a large part of The Secret Doctrine.
1886 - Moved to Ostende in July, visiting Elberfeld on her way.
1887 - Transferred her residence to London
in May, where the Blavatsky Lodge was established, and her second magazine,
Lucifer, was launched in September.
1888 - Published the first two volumes of the Secret Doctrine,
late autumn. Founded the Esoteric School.
1889 - Published the key to Theosophy and the Voice of the
1890 - Established European Headquarters of the Theosophical
Society, at 19 Avenue Road, London,
where she died.
1891- She passed away in London.
Her ashes were divided between New
and part of it is interred under her statue in Adyar.
In her will she requested that each year, on the anniversary of
her death, her friends should assemble and read from The Light of Asia
and the Bhagavad Gita. By Colonel Olcott's wish, this
anniversary came to be known as 'White Lotus Day.' Colonel Olcott summed up the
secret of H.P.B.'s remarkable power in producing
swift changes in the lives of those about her as due to: Her amazing occult knowledge
and phenomena-working powers, together with her relation to the hidden Masters.
Her sparkling talents, especially as a conversationalist with
her social accomplishments, wide travels, and extraordinary adventures.Her insight into problems of philology, racial origins, fundamental
bases of religions, and keys to old mysteries and symbols. Unflinching
self-consecration to the Great Ones irradiated the life of H.P.B. and she will
ever be known as the 'Light-Bringer' of the Nineteenth Century.