Co-founder of the Theosophical Society.
1831 - Madame Blavatsky born, at Ekaterinoslav, Russia at between 30 and 31 July. Daughter of Col.
Peter Von Hahn and Helena Andreyevna, née de Fadeyev, renowned novelist who
died at only 29 years old. Granddaughter on maternal side of Privy Councillor
Andrey de Fadeyev and Princess Helena Pavlovna Dolgorukov, who survived her
education at Saratov and Tiflis, Caucasus. Endowed from childhood with
remarkable psychic powers and talented pianist.
1849- She married General
Blavatsky, a very elderly man, from whom she soon separated.
Blavatsky (circa 1848)
1849-50 Left him and traveled in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and France. She
studied magic in Egypt
with an aged Copt and joined 'The Druses of Lebanon,' a secret society
1851 - Met her Master in London. When walking with
her father, she saw a tall and stately Rajput whom she recognized as a
Protector known in her visions from childhood. He spoke to her of a future work
she was to do under His direction after preparation in the East.
1852 - Embarked for Canada late in
the year, went to New Orleans,
Mexico, South America, West Indies,
thence via the Cape and Ceylon to India.
1853 - Attempted but failed to
Returned to England
1854 - Came to America again,
crossing the Rockies with a caravan of
immigrants. May have visited South America
1855 - Left for India late in
the year, via Japan
and the Straits (Malaya).
1856-57 - Traveled thought India, Kashmir, Ladakh, parts of Tibet, Burma.
1858 - Returned to Europe via Java, staying in France and Germany. Then
returned to Russia
on Christmas night.
1860 - Left for the Caucasus early in the year, where she traveled among the
native tribes, remaining there until 1864-65. Experienced several physical and
psychic crisis acquiring complete control over her occult powers.
1866-67 Left Russia again
and traveled extensive in Balkans,
Egypt, Syria, Italy. Returned
in 1867 and paid a short visit to Southern Russia.
Blavatsky also was with Garibaldi at the battle of Mentana and 'was picked out
of a ditch for dead with her left arm broken in two places, musket balls
embedded in right shoulder and leg, and a stiletto wound in the heart.
1868 - Went to India and Tibet with her
1870 - Returned to Greece.
1871 - Embarked for Egypt and was
shipwrecked near the Island
of Spetsai, July 4.
1871-72 Settled in Cairo,
she made an unsuccessful attempt to found a spiritual society upon the basis of
phenomena. Then as 'Madame Laura,' she did concert tours in Italy and Russia.
Traveled to Syria,
Palestine, Lebanon in 1872, returning for a
short time to Odessa.
1873- After brief travels in Eastern Europe, went to Paris where she lived with her brother,
painting and writing (in addition to her other accomplishments she was a fine
artist and a very clever caricaturist). Whilst in Paris on her Masters orders she left to New York, landing July
7. She was in New York,
without personal funds, having exchanged her first class passage to steerage
class (the cheapest) in order to buy steerage class for a poor woman and
children who had been swindled. Although she had in her trunk 23,000 francs
entrusted to her by her Master, she earned her living by working for a maker of
cravats. Still acting under orders she finally took the money to the town of Buffalo and gave it to an
unknown man just in time to prevent him from committing suicide. An
unsuccessful business venture in a Long Island
Farm, used up the 1,000 Ruble legacy she had received on the death of her
1874 - She was ordered to go to
the Eddy homestead in Chittenden. This was the scene of various occult
phenomena being investigated by Colonel H.S. Olcott.
1875- September 8, founded the
Theosophical Society, together with Col. Olcott, William Q. Judge and others.
Inaugural address of Col. Olcott delivered November 17.
1877 - Published her first great
work, Isis Unveiled, in the autumn. Her
magnificent attack upon the materialism of religion and science. She sent the
first proceeds together with money received for her various articles published
by Russian newspapers and journals, to the Red Cross in Russia to help her
compatriots wounded in the Russo-Turkish war.
1878 - 1878 - She became an
American citizen. Later that year, acting 'under orders,' she and Olcott sailed
they landed in Bombay
in February 1879.
1879- Launched her first
magazine, The Theosophist, in October, which resulted in rapid growth of
Theosophical work in India,
1880 - Blavatsky and Olcott the
two founders of the Theosophical Society toured Sri Lanka on behalf of Buddhism
1881 - Blavatsky and Olcott
converted themselves to the Buddhism
1882 - The headquarters of the
Society was moved to its present site in Adyar, Madras. She made various tours of India between
her arrival in 1879 and her visit to Europe in
1884. In the absence of the Founders, came the one sided report of the Society
for Psychical Research, in an attempt to show her up as an impostor. Since
then, the S.P.R. has retracted the allegations against her. Despite the
intervention of her Master to restore her health, it deteriorated and she was
unable to remain at Adyar for more than a short visit paid later that year.
1884 - Left for Europe,
February, 20, accompanied by Col. Olcott and others. After visiting Nice,
settled for a while in Paris
to work on the Secret Doctrine. Briefly visited London. Moved to Elberfeld, Germany,
in the autumn. Went to London
in October and soon after sailed to India, reaching Adyar December 21.
1885- Gravely ill, she sailed to Naples March 31, leaving India for good.
After a brief stay at Torre del Greco,
settled at Wurzburg, Germany, where she wrote a large
part of The Secret Doctrine.
1886 - Moved to Ostende in July,
visiting Elberfeld on her way.
1887 - Transferred her residence
to London in
May, where the Blavatsky Lodge was established, and her second magazine,
Lucifer, was launched in September.
1888 - Published the first two
volumes of the Secret Doctrine, late autumn. Founded the Esoteric School.
1889 - Published the key to
Theosophy and the Voice of the Silence.
1890 - Established European
Headquarters of the Theosophical Society, at 19 Avenue Road, London, where she died.
1891- She passed away in London. Her ashes were
divided between New York, India, and London, and part of it is interred under her
statue in Adyar.
In her will she requested that
each year, on the anniversary of her death, her friends should assemble and
read from The Light of Asia and the Bhagavad
Gita. By Colonel Olcott's wish, this anniversary came to be known as 'White
Lotus Day.' Colonel Olcott summed up the secret of H.P.B.'s remarkable power in
producing swift changes in the lives of those about her as due to: Her amazing occult
knowledge and phenomena-working powers, together with her relation to the
hidden Masters. Her sparkling talents, especially as a conversationalist with
her social accomplishments, wide travels, and extraordinary adventures. Her
insight into problems of philology, racial origins, fundamental bases of
religions, and keys to old mysteries and symbols. Unflinching self-consecration
to the Great Ones irradiated the life of H.P.B. and she will ever be known as
the 'Light-Bringer' of the Nineteenth Century.