Sunday, March 7, 2010

“Helena Blavatsky and the Mystery in the Soap”

“Perhaps no one person has contributed so much to the archetype of the shrouded, thickly-accented Eastern-European mystic as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.” So posts The Condenser—a blog that “roots through the flotsam of antiquity and clips out only the most entertaining, bizarre and obscure morsels”—under the above heading. It offers up an out-of-the-ordinary event narrated by Countess Wachtmeister in her 1893 Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine that took place independently of HPB’s agency. It is one of those unusual incidents that challenges the way we see the world. The Countess was HPB's sole companion during her writing The Secret Doctrine, and reading her account of the events of that time one can only conclude that she was either dissembling, delusional, or something unusual did happen. The extract is given here.

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