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Helena Blavatsky

Post by DNS » Tue May 08, 2018 3:39 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Blavatsky

Blavatsky passed away on this date, 127 years ago; May 8, 1891. She was only 59 (due to influenza).

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Re: Helena Blavatsky

Post by Nicholas » Wed May 09, 2018 8:42 pm

To my mind probably the best biography of Upasika Blavatsky is now in e-book form:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/cr ... _ebook.pdf
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Helena Blavatsky

Post by Nicholas » Fri May 11, 2018 9:11 pm

Child Helena learns a lesson from her bad temper:
... on one occasion, in a fit of temper at her nurse, a faithful old
serf who had been brought up in the family, she struck her a blow
on the face. This coming to her grandmother's knowledge, the child
was summoned, questioned, and confessed her fault. The grandmother
at once had the castle bell rung to call all the servants of the
household, of whom there were scores, and when they were assembled
in the great hall, she told her granddaughter that she had
acted as no lady should, in unjustly striking a helpless serf who
would not dare defend herself; and she ordered her to beg her pardon
and kiss her hand in token of sincerity.

The child at first, crimson with shame, was disposed to rebel; but
the old lady told her that if she did not instantly obey, she would
send her from her house in disgrace. She added that no real noble
lady would refuse to make amends for a wrong to a servant, especially
one who by a lifetime of faithful service had earned the confidence
and love of her superiors.

Naturally generous and kind-hearted towards the people of the
lower classes, the impetuous child burst into tears, kneeled before
the old nurse, kissed her hand, and asked to be forgiven. Needless to
say that she was thenceforth fairly worshipped by the retainers of
the family. She told me [Olcott] that lesson was worth everything to her, and
had taught her the principle of doing justice to those whose social
rank made them incapable of compelling aggressors to do rightly towards them.
pp. 27-8
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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