Blavatsky’s pathways formula.
Jan 19, 2002 09:22 AM
Steve:. It occurs to me you might want to check thearticle HPB's
Meditation Diagram.Blavatsky's pathways formula."
Yes, this is from the end of her life in London where she had access
to all kinds of things. The question I would have is particularly if
she maybe developed the idea for the circular tree of life (her basic
structure for the rounds) by lets say mirror gazing under influence
possible of drugs, or was this already a pathway meditation formula
in a particular secret society that time where she would have had
some inside knowledge 0f, and if so, wich ?
This question would of course also stand in relationship with the
early masters of the TS, watever these where.
Hartmann wrote Blavatsky to tell her that she really was talking
about her "inner" experiences only. But Blavatsky scoffed him of and
wrote back: "You have come to the conviction that the ,Masters' are,
planetary spirits'-that's good; remain in that conviction.... I
wish I could hallucinate myself to the same degree." (From letters of
H. P. B. to Dr. Hartmann. 1885 to 1886," The Path 10 ,February
1896:p. 366ff. )
W. Q. Judge interesting to note reported that Blavatsky in contrast
to other members in the early TS had a difficult time to learn and ?
see? Planetary Spirits. Judge commented " H.P B. appears to have
been greatly troubled, for though some members of the nascent
Theosophical Society were able to get ,visions of pure Planetary
Spirits,' she could only see ,earthly exhalations, elementary
spirits' of the same category, which she said played the chief parts
in materializing seances." (From "Letters of H. P. Blavatsky," The
Path 9, no. 9 ,December 1894:p. 268.)
The belief that elementary spirits could be of assistance to do such
immaginarry feats was a belief that stems directly from Renaisance
magic theurgic grimoires. (I think you mentioned you wonderred one
time what or if she herself believed in the possibility of
The above in any case seems to be rather different from what she was
presenting to her students in London.
There was also an Indian meditation teacher G.N.Chakravarti that time
in London that Bertram Keightley and Annie Beant became students of
for a duration of eleven years. (This is on p. 83 from Deveney's
booklet on Astral Projection and the TS)
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