Is Helena Blavatsky a kind of oracular sage, or medium, or prophetess of Theosophy? Why quote her, and defend her many times? This provides some sparring and very definite answers.
Some thinkers, have dismissed her, and tried distancing themselves from her, just to make their own work appear unique, when we know, so much of the pseudo-intellectualism in modern spirituality, is the consequence of palming-off many theosophical notions and terms, and exaggerating them. We however, have shown respect towards her work, demonstrating the gulf in the difference between her and those variants. This may give the false impression, that we hold only her opinions and system to the highest echelons, but this is not the case.
While, it is true to emphasize, that H.P.B. was the “direct agent,” and “mutual female friend,” it is claimed, of a Trans-Himalayan¹ brotherhood of students and byang chubs, this in no way should be construed to signify her to be a religious prophetess or oracular goddess sent out to the world, as within the conceptual context of a religious prophet. Theosophy is depicted as a religion, and while this appears true, because of the crystallization of it since its inception, by members of the Theosophical Society, it is not a religion.
We need not always defend her, but the public should know, if they’re interested, this is no religion. H.P.B. followed the method, common to ancient scholars — confessing her work to be of human effort, encouraging it, to be judged by those standards.
In letters, regarding the best available agents the custodians employ, and within a thirty-year context of their work, H.P.B. becomes a chief envoy of these men, to promulgate their cause. They indeed often state, the gratitude there is for the sacrifice of her efforts.
Not once, does she ever claim to possess a full knowledge of all she is explaining, or that you are forced to accept anything. However, what she gives out, is sufficient, and we are thankful, to make due with what there is, and to corroborate it, or reject what does not hold up to scholarship, or evidences. We defend Helena P. Blavatsky, because she is a very important thinker within the History of the Theosophical Movement.