Twenty-One Occult Stories By Two
Founders of the Modern Esoteric Movement
H. P. Blavatsky and W. Q. Judge
A 2012 Note to the Present Online Edition
Being universal wisdom, Theosophy cannot be limited to any outward form of study, perception or transmission.
It must speak to the multiple areas of human brain. It has to enlighten every nook and corner of one’s soul.
From its first edition, “The Theosophist” - the magazine founded by H.P. Blavatsky in 1879 - was “devoted to Oriental Philosophy, Art, Literature and Occultism”. Theosophical books and magazines typically include stories and poems.
In her writings, H.P.B. often quotes poets. She extensively discusses Russian novelists like Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev, and sometimes she translated texts by them. She defined French writer Balzac as “an unconscious Occultist”, and among her articles on the relation between theosophy and fiction literature one can find “The Tidal Wave”, where she comments:
“Dickens and Thackeray both born a century too late - or a century too early - came between two tidal waves of human spiritual thought, and though they have done yeoman service individually and induced certain partial reforms, yet they failed to touch Society and the masses at large. What the European world now needs is a dozen writers such as Dostoyevsky, the Russian author, whose works, though terra incognita for most, are still well known on the Continent, as also in
England and among the cultured classes.”
Many of the following stories by H. P. Blavatsky and W. Q. Judge study, describe and dismantle subconscious mechanisms of ignorance and fear in human psyche. Readers who are more inclined to look for optimism than depression have nothing to lose in carefully reading and reflecting about them, even when the narratives show the dark side of human life, for they help one get rid of the causes of emotional suffering.
One of such stories, “The Ensouled Violin”, has an earlier and shorter version written by a Master of the Wisdom. This was published in “The Theosophist”, January 1880, pp. 95-97, being signed by “Hillarion Smerdis, F.T.S.” , and dated “Cyprus, October 1st, 1879”. 
Boris de Zirkoff highlighted the fact that on letter 20 of the “Letters From the Masters of the Wisdom” (TPH), First Series, a Mahatma writes, while referring to Ms. Laura Holloway:
“…She will have in good time the help of the adept who writes stories with H.P.B.”
There can be no doubt that this was a mention to Master H.
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for the authorization to publish the present book in our websites www.TheosophyOnline.com, www.Esoteric-Philosophy.com and www.FilosofiaEsoterica.com . On May 7th, 2012, the United Lodge
of Theosophists sent us this message
from India : India
“Dear friend -, You have our permission to publish online the version of “Tell Tale Picture Gallery” published and Printed by Theosophy Co (India) Pvt. Ltd., the latest edition of which is June 1984. With best wishes, U. L. T. Mumbai”.
Every story in this collection provides the reader with a valuable lesson in theosophy. The book includes an Appendix on Oriental Psychology (p. 234) and a Glossary starting at page 239.
 This particular story is full of symbolism, and its lessons can be applied to various situations according to the law of analogy. Another story of great interest to long-standing students of H.P.B. is the Cagliostrian tale “An Unsolved Mystery”. Good research done by Boris de Zirkoff on “An Unsolved Mystery” can be seen at “The Collected Writings of H.P. Blavatsky”, TPH, vol. V, pp. 159-162. Regarding Cagliostro, the “unsolved” inconsistencies present in that story should be seen as “blinds”.
 The same central idea of “The Ensouled Violin” inspires the 1998 Warner Brothers motion picture “The Red Violin”, 130 m., directed by François Girard. The film is available in DVD.
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