We are happy to launch our website on the White Lotus Day, the anniversary of death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (HPB), foundress of the modern installment of the philosophia perennis in 1875 in New York City, following on the theosophical school of the ancient Greeks (Ammonius Saccas, Iamblichus, Plotin etc.).
We are still in the digitalization process of our own archives materials. To make a start, we present a few items and add more material continually. Among our first publications is the Elberfeld flyer of the Theosophical Society (TS) Germania in 1884, the first German branch, which collapsed over the Coulomb affair, although their magazine Sphinx continued für many years and gave important impulses for seekers, artists, philosophers, theologians.
The flyer of one or more unknown authors (Franz Hartmann?) is probably the first German flyer since the launch of the TS in 1875 and was distributed shorty before the arrival of HPB in Elberfeld near Würzburg, where she wrote a great part of her magnum opus The Secret Doctrine (London 1888), which is uninterrupted in print until today.
The Elberfeld flyer outlines the fundamental teachings of Theosophy in clear words and is worth to be read time and again. It should be remarked that already in this first flyer the importance of thinking is emphasized, a requirement which even today is not always understood in theosophical groups.
This jewel of theosophcial revival at the end of the 19th century came into our possession in 2005. Probably this flyer was never re-published (as far as it is known) and is not listed in Patrick Deveney’s data base. Perhaps this flyer is to be found in the Hübbe-Schleiden/TS Germania archive at the University of Göttingen.
We hold several other unique and rare materials, books, magazines etc., which will be published here as soon as time permits. We would be glad to get help. If you are skilled with pdf editing you could help us in the post-scanning process to trim the final pdf files.
We are sure our archive work will bear fruits and contribute to theosophists, historians and the public to get a better understand about mission and aims of HPB.
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