Friday, May 8, 2020
White Lotus Day, May 8, 2020
Annually, on May 8th, Theosophists world-wide celebrate White Lotus Day. To honor the passing of the great occultist H.P. Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society.
But in 2020, in the throes of pandemic, we are sheltered in place, to flatten the curve (and thereby demonstrate the power of the oneness of all life). So we will not be meeting in the physical space of the Lodge tonight.
Nevertheless, our etheric circle is strong. From this blessed, unbroken circle, love, courage, healing, sanity are radiating, inward, outward, and in all four directions. We will meet again. In the flesh.
Meanwhile, here are three powerful, personal reflections on the life and work of H.P. Blavatsky, from three other larger than life beings:
Annie Besant: And we, who lived around her, who in closest intimacy watched her day after day, we bear witness to the unselfish beauty of her life, the nobility of her character, and we lay at her feet our most reverent gratitude for knowledge gained, lives purified, strength developed.
Albert Einstein: Mme Blavatsky is a bit wild and somewhat irrational and speaks as if she were the Oracle of Delphi. But I will admit that I find some interesting observations in her book which was published as you know, back in 1888, at a time when physics and science were in their swaddling clothes... I'm astonished how much in keeping it is with modern Physics... There are many other significant statements of hers which I find interesting, but for which i have no time to discuss now.
Henry S. Olcott: She was a splendid pianist, playing with a touch and expression that were simply superb. Her hands were models—ideal and actual—for a sculptor and never seen to such advantage as when flying over the keyboard to find its magical melodies... There were times when she was occupied by one of the Mahâtmas, when her playing was indescribably grand. She would sit in the dusk sometimes, with nobody else in the room beside myself, and strike from the sweet-toned instrument improvisations that might well make one fancy he was listening to the Gandhâvas, or heavenly choristers. It was the harmony of heaven...
Annie Besant, "An Autobiography," Chapter XIV
"I Visit Professor Einstein" by Jack Brown published in Ojai Valley News,(28 September 1983),
Henry Steel Olcott, Character Sketch of Madam Blavatsky, "Old Diary Leaves," Volume One, (1895)
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