Blavatsky passed away on April 9th 1893. Her funeral was attended by more than a thousand people in New York City. Her impressive obituary was published in the New York Daily Tribune.
In the latter years of her life, Blavatsky traveled to the United States, giving lectures and publishing books on new and old esoteric traditions. She spent much of her time studying and researching in the United States, and in later life her sons Rudolf and Henry composed a new edition of Theosophical materials together.
On the afternoon of January 2, 1891 H.P. Blavatsky held an outdoor meeting in London and addressed an audience of over a thousand people, using The Key to Theosophy, the first part of her Secret Doctrine. A second meeting was held three days later with 4000 people present. From that day, five years later, the Theosophical Society has grown to include all over the world more than 300,000 members. This was the start of a great revival of interest in the occult, the ‘lost tradition of the ancients’. This tradition goes back a very long time and involves the study of the teachings of the ancients and a search for the higher forms of life.
In 1891 H.P. Blavatsky met and befriended Annie Besant who was to become her biographer, secretary and assistant. This was perhaps a turning point in H.P.B.’s career as theosophists began to seek ‘the Master’ who would help them to achieve their goals. Annie Besant also began to achieve considerable success in her work. Theosophists, since the inception of the Society, have regarded the word’master’ as being a personification of the spirit or inner teachings. This is what the theosophical message is about in the Masters. According to H.P.B., a true theosophist would seek to satisfy their yearnings for knowledge and wisdom in the great tradition of ancient knowledge which was handed down by the Masters. When the Masters appear, these are not earthly beings but celestial beings who, according to the ‘Theosophical Glossary,’ are ‘the great and venerable teachers, wise men and philosophers’ (1891-2). As the Theosophical Society grew, so did the concept of the Masters of Theosophy, therefore this article will deal with the Masters and not theosophy as such.
Chapter 4 of Helena the Yogi is a description of the worlds of form, sound, light, and thought. Blavatsky describes these various worlds in detail, from their particular constitutions and their separate mental functions, as well as their corresponding structures and qualities, and how and why they can interact and affect one another. In addition, she explains the processes of perception, of the independent existence of beings, and of what many viewed as the marvelous or abnormal phenomena. She also describes the astral light of astral bodies, which are the vehicles of thought, and she implies that the astral light is the same as the mental light. Her chapters on sounds and light are also of special importance in light of the growing interest in the psychic veracity of table rapping, voice communication, channeling, mediumship, and mediumistic trance.
The first public appearance of Helena P. Blavatsky, theosophist and patron of esoteric and magical knowledge, was on 4 February 1875, when she lectured for the first time on philosophy, astronomy, and theosophy, in Boston. The lecture was organized by Mary L. Stock, the editor of the Oracle, which was published by H.P.B. on the 25 January 1875, the same day as her lecture. The lecture provided the public with some of H.P.B.’s best ideas. She described her mission to the world, her initiations into the higher worlds, and the universal brotherhood to which all mankind belongs. H.P.B. emphasized the unity of mankind, stressing the importance of humanity’s ability to achieve a special type of knowledge, which had existed in the past, but which had been forgotten by humanity. According to her, this knowledge was vital to man’s progress, and H.P.B. had been sent to help bring it back to the level of modern man.