Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality

Madame Blavatsky The Mother of Modern Spirituality Kurt Vonnegut called her The Founding Mother of Occult in America Pioneer visionary or charlatan Madame Helena Petrova Blavatsky has been hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud At last there is a

  • Title: Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality
  • Author: Gary Lachman
  • ISBN: 9781585428632
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kurt Vonnegut called her The Founding Mother of Occult in America Pioneer, visionary or charlatan Madame Helena Petrova Blavatsky has been hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud At last, there is a full, comprehensive biography on the woman who founded the Theosophical Society, wrote the most influential occult book ever The Secret Doctrine and helped introduce EaKurt Vonnegut called her The Founding Mother of Occult in America Pioneer, visionary or charlatan Madame Helena Petrova Blavatsky has been hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud At last, there is a full, comprehensive biography on the woman who founded the Theosophical Society, wrote the most influential occult book ever The Secret Doctrine and helped introduce Eastern and esoteric spiritual ideas to the modern West Acclaimed spiritual biographer Gary Lachman who was also a founding member of the rock band Blondie and is an inductee in the Rock Roll Hall of Fame follows up his book Jung the Mystic with this concise new biography that examines the controversial life and legacy of the influential thinker and one of the most polarizing pioneers of modern alternative spirituality Madame Blavatsky the Mother of Modern Spirituality.

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    1. Awesome! Lachman does another fine job of distilling the essence of an esoteric giant's teaching, life, and personality. Cheers to you Gary Lachman!

    2. This was a great book. This is the third book I've read about H.P. Blavatsky, and I'm currently also about a third of the way into 'Isis Unveiled', and she is definitely fun to read about. This book just came out and is a 'clarifying' biography, meaning it tries to make sense of the cloudy past and past biographies of Madame Blavatsky, seeing as how she is shrouded in mystery and their is much contention over details of her life, her 'works' and the overall myth that surrounds her. But this was [...]

    3. This is certainly not the first book I've read about Madame Blavatsky, and probably not the last, but it's one of the better ones. This is the second book I've read by Gary Lachman (the first was Rudolf Steiner). (Author side note: Lachman was a founding member of the band Blondie. I found that fascinating, to think he went from rock n' roll guitarist to researcher/writer of New Age topics.)So, Madame Blavatsky: she's a polarizing figure, some people love her, some people hate her, and some peop [...]

    4. Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891), born as Helena Petrovna von Hahn in the Ukraine (then a part of Russia), is the world famous founder of the Theosophical Society (1875). Theosophy draws on the great religions of the world but claims, as well, to have identified the Absolute, upon which all spiritual knowledge is founded. The doctrines of theosophy are many and complex, but they do not avail unless one believes the theosophist has access to esoteric, occult knowledge that derives from both scholarly [...]

    5. To say this book kinda jumps around a bit is an understatement. I was able to stick with it, but I'll admit that many times I wasn't sure why. It's clear (and Lachman admits throughout) that he could no more get a handle on Blavatsky than anyone else who has tried, but, in this case, sometimes you wish that he was slightly less objective, as that may have organized his thoughts a bit better. The book kind of reads like a debate on CNN -- you grapple with one side, then the other and Lachman then [...]

    6. A fair biography, with lucid analysis of the various pros and cons, without excess. Gary did not bring much new facts, but describes the various events of Mme Blavatsky life, trying to extract some unbiased real facts. Bravo!

    7. I received this book from a giveaway.I don't typically like biographies, and I knew nothing about Madame Blavatsky or Theosophy, so this book was definitely outside of what I would have normally picked up to read. I did find the writing style challenging at times - there were a lot of people to keep track of, as well as the timeline and events, so it was slow going, but the topic was interesting and has definitely opened up my interests to learning more about Theosophy and esoteric/occult subje [...]

    8. Well, this was a brilliant book. If I was rather curious about the notorious HPB before reading this, now I can say I'm full-on obsessed. Bravo, Mr. Lachlan. [Full review to come!]

    9. The kind assessment of this biography is that it is an heroic bio. It is probably closer to the mark to suggest uncritical and sycophantic. There are excuses and rationationalizations offered again and again to provide cover for this spiritual grifter and her damaged cultists. I've always been a fan of the moral depravity of HPB and her strange cult, Theosophy, but the author of this biography throws away a golden opportunity to engage with one of the 19th century's strangest women, or men for t [...]

    10. Madame Blavatsky: Mother of Modern Spirituality - by Gary LachmanThis novel is a biography of Madame Blavatsky. Madame Blavatsky was born Helena Petrova von Hahn in 1831. She came from an artistocratic family in which her lineage is traced back to royalty. In her day she lived the life of luxury and had an education and was expected to get married and run a household. When she was 17 she did get married to Nikkifor Blavatsky who was in his forties. As soon as the marriage was overs she had escap [...]

    11. A great introduction to HPB and Theosophy. But damn it got confusing a bit. She traveled a lot, many people played important roles in her life, and being told on one portable book can get confusing. Definitely a book you wanna take your time with. My one critic of the book aside from it's dizzying pace is that many of the people on her life went by different names and the author jumps back forth between the various names for the various people. This can make it difficult to keep track of who is [...]

    12. so I got this book for free from the publisher and so I feel like I needed to like it. and I tried. but I just couldn't enjoy it. I never really attatched to Blavatsky I couldn't even hate her. at the very least I want a biography to make me feel something about the subject Lachman failed at it completely. probably cause I spent most of the time trying to follow him. hopefully in the final editing they will fix those problems but as of now I would only recommend this book to people who already [...]

    13. I received this book for free as a First Read from . I TRIED 3 different times to get into this book and I just couldn't do it. I care a lot about spirituality and alternate ways of looking at the world but I couldn't get interested in HPB's life. If you already know about her Nd want a more detailed look at her life, this book is for you. But if you are looking to explore spiritual theories, this is NOT the book for you.

    14. Gary Lachman provides a thorough and even-handed chronological biography of the fantastic Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society and author of several seminal books on the occult. Her life is filled with fantastic claims of supernatural phenomena like Spiritualist-type contacts, materialization of objects and people, and spirit messages. She travelled widely through Europe, Asia and America, visiting occult adepts around the world.

    15. Interesting story on the history of occult thought and practice in the US (and interesting to see all the mentions of Vermont, btw) but ultimately was rather disappointed with the general inability to say much of anything conclusive about Blavatsky herself. A good read if you want to know more about the history of theosophical thought and occult thinking, not so much if you want to know anything about Blavatsky.

    16. Just couldn't finish it. An interesting woman and I would like to know more, but the book is all conjecture and references to possibilities interspersed with some fact. I would also have preferred if the biography had been chronological. Too much jumping around and "more about that later" and "as previously mentioned."

    17. What can one say about Mme Blavatskye has had such a profound influence on modern thinking, and hopefully, this book will contribute to the credit she deserves! Having been a member of the Theosophical Society for many years, it has been enthralling to see the path that Mme Blavatsky's life took to formulate her philosophy.

    18. Comprehensive account of the life story of a very unusual lady. That said I wasn't left feeling that I really knew the real HPB. I don't think that this book will appeal strongly to those not interested in spirituality or esoteric thought. However, the book was well written and has wetted my appetite to find out more about 'The Masters'.

    19. A shrouded woman, with a shrouded history. The author told the story well even without much in the way of confirming sources. And that may be the point. we are all our own masters

    20. It didn't convert me to Theosophy, but it was an intriguing read the original bass player of Blondie no less.

    21. Not only a very well-done biography but a persuasive argument that HPB was key in the formation of modern spirituality.

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