Helena Petrovna Hahn in 1831, Madame Blavatsky was of Russian
background. She was one of the founders of the Theosophical Society
which aimed at reconciling all religions and sects using common
eternal truths. She is accredited with having influenced modern
Occultism. Madame Blavatsky died in 1891 and was exposed as having
used trickery to perform some of her acts.
While living in New York City, she founded the Theosophical Society
in September 1875, with Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge
and others. Madame Blavatsky claimed that all religions were both
true in their inner teachings and false or imperfect in their
external conventional manifestations. Imperfect men attempting
to translate the divine knowledge had corrupted it in the translation.
Her claim that esoteric spiritual knowledge is consistent with
new science may be considered to be the first instance of what
is now called New Age thinking. In fact, many researchers feel
that much of New Age thought started with Blavatsky.
Her last words in regard to her work were: "Keep the link unbroken!
Do not let my last incarnation be a failure." Suffering from heart
disease, rheumatism, Bright's disease of the kidneys, and complications
from influenza, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky died at 19 Avenue
Road, St Johns Wood, the home she shared, in England on May
8, 1891. Her body was then cremated; one third of her ashes were
sent to Europe, one third with William Quan Judge to the United
States, and one third to India where her ashes were scattered
in the Ganges River. May 8 is celebrated by Theosophists, and
it is called White Lotus Day. She was succeeded as head of one
branch of the Theosophical Society, by her protege, Annie Besant.
Her friend, WQ Judge, headed the American Section.