Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was one of the founders the Theosophical Society and her writings inspired not only most of esotericism then and now, but also influenced perceptions of and new interpretations of what we now know as „world religions“, e.g. Buddhism and Hinduism.
A mixture of bold orientalism, questionable conversations with „the Masters“, and an „arousing“ temperament – here I present: the best of H.P.B.:
Blavatsky and Dharmapala:
[Dharmapala] was now an initiate of the Theosophical Society and, in December of 1881, on the eve of their return to the Adyar Theosophical headquarters near Madras, Blavatsky and Olcott invited the young man to accompany them. His family (…) were initially opposed. At the point when they had nearly „dissuaded Col. Olcott to take me to Madras,“ the flamboyant Blavatsky burst into the room declaring „if you don’t let him go he will die!“ Don David was permitted to take leave of his family. (Trevithick 2006: 52)