Sam Harris mentions Helena P. Blavatsky in the first chapter of Waking Up: Guide on Spirituality without Religion (2014), committing a poor mistake, with a very inaccurate, and incompetent account. It is rare for such an author to even mention Blavatsky, but it is unfortunate again, as always, it is a slight, or sneer, having come across her, from certain sources we assume.
Sam Harris states the following:
“Everything about Blavatsky seemed to defy earthly logic: She was an enormously fat woman who was said to have wandered alone and undetected for seven years in the mountains of Tibet. She was also thought to have survived shipwrecks, gunshot wounds, and sword fights. Even less persuasively, she claimed to be in psychic contact with members of the “Great White Brotherhood” of ascended masters—a collection of immortals responsible for the evolution and maintenance of the entire cosmos.
Their leader hailed from the planet Venus but lived in the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, which Blavatsky placed somewhere in the vicinity of the Gobi Desert. With the suspiciously bureaucratic name “the Lord of the World,” he supervised the work of other adepts, including the Buddha, Maitreya, Maha Chohan, and one Koot Hoomi, who appears to have had nothing better to do on behalf of the cosmos than to impart its secrets to Blavatsky” (Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion, pg. 24.).
This is highly incorrect, and this is in first chapter, and goes entirely unaddressed.
- The mention of her weight. Why is that a common critique?
- Harris doubts her travels. Sylvia Cranston has dealt with this in “H. P. B.: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky.”
- She never called the school of her teachers in the Trans-Himalayas, the “Great White Brotherhood.” Stop it.
- Ascended masters are fake. H.P.B. never mentioned any-thing about ascended masters. She criticised the idea of her copyists.
- They were being promoted as Solar adepts by opportunists. K.H. and M. even mock in a letter, the idea that they were teachers. Their roles shift from students to “teachers” naturally, when they begin expounding on their philosophy and instructing the two Englishmen, A.O. Hume and A.P. Sinnett.
- K.H., M. and the Chökhan were flesh-and-bone men, and utterly repudiated being confused to be disembodied spooks.
- There is no leader from the planet Venus. You are a liar. Śambhalaḥ is a mythical kingdom in Hindu and Buddhist tradition. Your point?
- Blavatsky was Buddhist. Why not entertain the idea, as well as maintain to her own liking, its geological placing?
- Sam Harris persists with this “Lord of the World” from Venus.
- H.P. Blavatsky never mentions such an idea. Who are you reading? Peter Washington, K. Paul Johnson?
- By consequence, and by the choice of those teachers, she became their “agent.”
- We advise the removal of the idea that this is some-thing messianic.
One cannot defend oneself on air and pod-casts about others misconstruing your words, but do the same, and get a free-pass. It is just not correct, simply.
Take a look at this forum in 2010 on Prison Planet.
- Eugenics is a great thing to Theosophists. What?
- The desire of the T.S. is to produce a new messiah or new age. No it is not. It was originally explicitly designed to expose such desires of groups. Unfortunately, some people after H.P.B.’s death had other plans. Alice Bailey makes this claim in her book, and people have quoted that, without even seeing if H.P.B. claimed such a thing. Bailey lied to buttress her claims.
- Theosophists have a fascination with UFOs. Lies.
- These people on this forum can’t even differentiate between Benjamin Créme, Alice Bailey, Hubbard and H.P. Blavatsky?
- Venus (lucifer) is special to Theosophists.
- No it is not. Theosophy is not a religious sect, or religion.
- The position is not even a position on Venus (Evening Star and Morning Star). It is a matter of fact, unarguably in Greek Mythology. See post on Lucifer.
- All their source information is through secondary works, or averse criticisms and cheap web-sites.