Thursday, February 11, 2010

HPB’s Inscription in Leo Tolstoy’s Copy of The Voice of the Silence

The inscription in HPB's presentation copy to Leo Tolstoy of her 1889 translation of the Book of the Golden Precepts, a guide to the spiritual life used in her school, published as The Voice of The Silence, reads:

Графу Льву Николаевичу Толстому “Одному из немногих” от автора Е. Блаватской.    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy / “one of the few”/  the author / E. Blavatsky

It is reproduced in the entry on Blavatsky in the Russian Wikipedia, translated here.

HPB thought highly of Tolstoy, referring to him as a natural Theosophist, “This great writer is a perfect model for all aspirants to true Theosophy,” and translated his writings in her magazine.

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