The Theosophists

Meet Blavatzky, Olcott, Steiner and more: A Remark on Esotericism


Theosophy is an esoteric religious movement established in the United States during the late nineteenth century. It was founded largely by the Russian émigrée Helena Blavatsky and draws its beliefs predominantly from Blavatsky’s writings.

I am not a follower of pure materialism, which means to explain human consciousness through chemistry, electricity and molecular physics. It  is clear to me that there is such a thing as a soul, and whose emotions, such as sensations of science, must remain incomprehensible when trying to explain joy and pain or seeing colors and hearing sounds by  measuring brain waves .

So there are still many unanswered questions and they are even the most important questions of man.

Source Wiki: Helene Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott

On the other hand, I deal with politics and history and there is no question that the interests of politics have also been directed to the esoteric. Their organizations were infiltrated and instrumentalized for political ends.

The fact that esoteric writings are usually an obvious humbug and the organizations are ruled by babblers and cheaters is related to the powerful influence of powerful political, economic and social circles to ensure that esotericism can not be a danger to themselves,

Thus, esotericism became a hocus-pocus with mysterious seals and no political relevance to changing the social situation for the better. In turn, intelligence, politics, and financial oligarchy could influence their people in the leading circles of esoteric organizations.

How this worked is briefly indicated by a few examples in the theosophists and anthroposophists.

Henry Steel Olcott:  From the War Department to the Theosophical Society

One of the founders and first president of the Theosophical Society in the United States in 1875 was Henry Steel Olcott. Therefore, his curriculum vitae should be reviewed according to the usual clues for connections to intelligence services and government and the US financial oligarchy, and we will find it on all counts:

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Olcott volunteered immediately as a volunteer on the part of the northern states. Assigned to the signal corps, he participated in several battles under the command of Ambrose E. Burnside. In May 1862 he fell ill with the Ruhr and came to New York to the hospital.

After his recovery, he was called Special Commissioner (= Special Representative) to the War Department in Washington , DC, with the task of fighting bribery and corruption, called . His work was so successful that he was promoted to Colonel (= Colonel) and he then performed the same activity at the request of the Navy at Fleet Command.

After the war ended in 1865, Olcott became a member of the three-member investigation committee that had to investigate the murder of President Abraham Lincoln.

Source Wiki:  Henry Steel Olcott

He had to get the job at the War Department from Charles Anderson Dana , who worked there and whom he knew from the New York Tribune for which he had written. Marx also wrote for the NYT and Dana was in Germany in 1848 and met Marx near Cologne. The world of agent rings is very small, as we will often see.

Of course you have to read Wikipedia articles correctly. The fact that Olcott had been “successful” in the war ministry in the fight against corruption is to be understood as ensuring that the right people could stuff their pockets, and thus build up good relations with the interested financial circles, that him subsequently used for their own purposes. Here’s what we read on wiki:

Olcott did not return to his former activity in agriculture, but began to study law in New York in 1865. After graduating in 1868, he was admitted to the bar in New York. He soon had a large and wealthy clientele, including the city of New York, the New York Stock Exchange, insurance companies, banks and railway companies. In addition, he worked in several governmental committees on the formulation of new and simplifying existing US laws. His practice as a lawyer, he exercised until leaving the US, the end of 1878.

Of course, Olcott was not suddenly seized by the esoteric, but he has probably received a corresponding order, which we may accept after all experience; especially if the new hobby is communicated by the press to the general public all over the world:

In 1874 Olcott’s interest in occultism awoke again when he read in the journal Banner of Light on the parapsychological phenomena of the brothers Eddy (William and Horatio). Spontaneously, he decided to get to the bottom of it and, on behalf of the New York Sun newspaper, set out on the brothers’ farm near the small town of Chittenden near Rutland, Vermont.

After a ten-day stay, he was convinced of the authenticity of the phenomena seen and published several articles on observed telekinesis, teleportation, levitation, mental healing, and the like. The public opinion was overwhelming and then he traveled to Chittenden again on behalf of the New York Daily GraphicThis time, for six weeks, to subject the phenomena to an even closer examination. Again, he came to the same positive result and his subsequent reports were published throughout the US and in Europe .

In 1875 Olcott published his experiences in the work People from the other world. Through his much-noticed work on parapsychological phenomena, he was quickly recognized as a capacity in this field .

It is striking how the international press immediately took part in the new pastime of Olcott and the hypocritical but testified by Olcott audacious, supernatural phenomena made public worldwide. Looks for a company in the US financial oligarchy. Olcott was praised by the mass media and thus positioned for his other duties.

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  1. I was surprised to see an article about Blavatsky and Steiner at VT, a site I normally think of in terms of foreign policy and conspiracy. Blavatsky (1831-1891) and Steiner (1861-1925) are important figures in the evolution of Western spiritual thought, Blavatsky in particular for introducing spiritual ideas from the East to the West. This was the beginning of the New Age movement. Unlike the author, I quite like Steiner. It is difficult reading but there are genuine insights there. Reincarnation is a given. It is worth noting that Steiner believed the life of Jesus had cosmic significance. Aside from his writings on spirituality he is also known for Waldorf education and Biodynamic farming.

  2. Pooh! That was a long one. After a while it became clear that this was from an article originally written in Germany. The article’s main focus seems to be Rudolf Steiner. It is suggested that he was sympathetic to the British during WWII, and may have had some influence on the outcome (?) Rudolf Steiner was at first with the Theosophical Society, but soon created his own organisation Anthroposophie. He wanted to put more emphasis on man (anthropos) and less on god (theos). Not everybody today thinks theosophy is all nonsense, like the author of this article says. I imagine for example that believers in extraterrestrials would find Blavatsky‘s “Secret Doctrine” fascinating.

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