29 May 2015


Or How Treason Can Hide Behind a Homage

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

H.P. Blavatsky in her office in London, 1887

Disloyal politicians often pay ceremonial homage to the very ideals they betray.

Soon after the death of Helena P. Blavatsky on 8 May 1891, Henry S. Olcott was getting ready to start his struggle for power against those who were loyal to her, when he created the “White Lotus Day”, which should be celebrated every 8 of May as a homage to the founder of the modern esoteric movement.[1]

Olcott was deluded. He had poor discernment. He should know the “homage” which Helena Blavatsky expected was no personal adulation.

She wanted people to have ethics and loyalty towards the Teachings of the Mahatmas, instead. And that was something Olcott and his political partner Annie Besant did not have: their main goal was largely to obtain institutional power.

There is one aspect, however, in which the name “White Lotus Day” makes sense for the date when the Adyar Society “pays tribute” to HPB.  The phrase chosen by H. S. Olcott coincides with the title of a classic book by Mabel Collins, “The Idyll of the White Lotus”, actually a novel narrating the sad story of high treason in an esoteric organization.[2]

The lust for power can sometimes hide behind a homage. In spite of short term appearances, however, every form of disloyalty is self-defeating. In due time, ethics and love for truth win the day, and that takes place in strict accordance to the One Law.

The right way to express admiration for Helena Blavatsky’s mission remains the same. It has never changed. It consists of showing respect for her Masters and Their teachings, and of leading an ethical life.

In order to do that, one must be truthful to one’s own conscience in the first place.


[1] On what happened in political terms immediately after HPB died in May 1891, see the well-documented article “The Wills of Helena P. Blavatsky”, by Ernest Pelletier. The text is available in our websites.

[2] “The Idyll of the White Lotus”, by Mabel Collins. Subtitle: “A Mystical Novel”. Published by Quest Books, TPH in the USA, 1974, 142 pp.  Although the book contains some points of theosophical teaching, it dwells too much on treason and negative thinking; in a way it anticipates the trajectory of Mabel Collins, who betrayed ethical precepts and abandoned the theosophical movement soon after it was published. Mr. T. Subba Row, who made a vehement defense of “The Idyll”, also had not a loyal or happy ending in his short career as a theosophist. As to how Mabel Collins abandoned ethics and the theosophical movement, see Letters 45-A and 45-B  in “Letters From the Masters of the Wisdom”, edited by C. Jinarajadasa, First Series, TPH, India, 183 pp., 1973, pp. 96-98. In the Letter 45-A, a Master warns HPB that M.C. has chosen falsity.


The above text was first published at the May 2015 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”.

See also the article “The Full Moon of May”, which is available in our associated websites.


On the role of the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.  

Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through Amazon Books.

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