Did H. P. Blavatsky
Foresee the End of Western
H.P. Blavatsky and
Both Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Helena Blavatsky have
questioned the validity of the blind sort of material progress, of which Western
civilization has been so proud for a few centuries. Vinoba Bhave, Mahatma
Gandhi, Visconde de Figanière and other thinkers did the same.
Writing about the West, Ms. Blavatsky said:
* “As civilization progresses, moral darkness pervades the alleged light
And she added:
* “The chosen symbol of our boasted civilization ought to be a huge boa
constrictor. Like that monstrous ophidian, with its velvety black and brilliant
golden-hued spots, and its graceful motions, civilization proceeds insidiously,
but as surely, to crush in its deadly coils every high aspiration, every noble
feeling, aye, even to the very discrimination of right and wrong. Conscience, ‘God’s vicegerent in the soul’, speaks no
longer in man; for the whispers of the still small voice within are stifled by
the ever-increasing din and roar of Selfishness.” 
And this is the road to the end.
As soon as the contact is lost between spiritual soul and lower self,
physical life loses its direction, becomes senseless and begins preparing its
own destruction. Then acceleration
comes. “Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad”, wrote H. P. Blavatsky,
repeating an old adage. Another
rendering of the same axiom says: “When the Gods want to punish someone, they
make him become blind and invite him to start running.”
It was into a large extent to reduce or avoid such a karmic, cyclic,
“progress to self-destruction” that Blavatsky founded the modern theosophical
movement in 1875.
How successful has the movement been in fighting against the sources of
Western moral decay? Such a question is, of course, uncomfortable. However, it
is unavoidable for every honest theosophist, for sincerity and realism are the true
foundations of self-improvement. Learning from mistakes is the law.
The End of a Western Cycle
In a decisive sentence, H.P. Blavatsky clarifies an idea which some
theosophical leaders have been forgetting to consider, when they evaluate the
reality and the future of their associations:
“…The Ethics of Theosophy are more important than any divulgement of
psychic laws and facts.” 
In order to be useful, knowledge has to be correctly used to attain
Ethics is the science of sowing good karma, and every civilization or
theosophical group can only harvest that which it has planted.
Social and political structures do not emerge by chance. They are mere
embodiments and expressions of collective karma. In order to improve society,
one has to improve oneself. At the same time, a better Karma must be produced
collectively, according to the law of cycles.
Helena Blavatsky wrote that “politics does not enter into the programme”
of the theosophical movement in its activity, but she immediately added:
“Yet as everything under the sun now seems to have become connected with
politics, which appear to have become little else but a legal permission to
break the ten commandments, a regular government license to the rich for the
commission of all the sins which, when perpetrated by the poor, land the
criminal in jail, or hoist him upon the gallows - it becomes difficult to avoid
touching upon politics. There are cases which, emanating directly from the
realm of political and diplomatic action, cry loudly to the common ethics of
humanity for exposure and punishment.” 
Then she mentions a public policy that has preserved every civilization,
and whose absence has served to destroy them all in due time:
“It is a truism of too long standing, a policy acted upon by every
civilized nation from antiquity, that the prosperity of every state is based
upon the orderly establishment of family principles. Nor is anyone likely to
deny that social ethics depend largely upon the early education received by the
growing-up generations. On whom does the duty devolve of guiding that education
from early childhood? Who can do so better than a loving mother, once that her
moral worth is recognised by all, and that no evil report has ever sullied her
fame? The youth and his later intellectual training may well be left to the
firmer hand of the father: the care of his childhood belongs by all divine and
human rights to the mother alone; the parent who gave her offspring not only a
part of her flesh and blood, but a portion likewise of her immortal soul - that
which shall create hereafter the real man, the true EGO. This is the ABC of the
life-duties of mankind; and it is the first duty of those in power to guard the
sacred maternal rights against any brutal violation.” 
Sigmund Freud, the founder of Psychoanalysis, made it clear that it
takes a strong moral effort, collectively established, to build a civilization
and to keep it alive. The process implies a significant degree of renunciation
Pitirim A. Sorokin showed that the absence of such a moral effort
provokes the implosion of the mechanisms of mutual confidence, mutual help and
social structures. Damodar Mavalankar wrote a revealing note about the relation
between human ethics and the cycles of planetary karma. 
In a letter to Alfred Sinnett, a Master of the Wisdom clarified the fate
of Western societies.
Referring to the ancient civilizations of the Central and South America,
he wrote that “their sub-race ended in nearly total annihilation through causes
generated by itself; so will yours at the end of its cycle”. 
Theosophists who happen to know that they are co-responsible for the
future of mankind must therefore be ready to evaluate the actual level of
morality present in the Western societies. It is also important to examine the
degree of common respect for truth and for Life, in such nations.
If immorality and drug-addiction are rampant and have been defined as
“liberty”; if selfishness is seen as “democracy”; if altruism and self-restraint
are widely ridiculed; if the lessons from past civilizations are despised; if
machines, money and material technology are worshipped; if feelings of
collective fear and hatred are being used in large scale to provoke wars and to
multiply the profits of giant weapon-industries; if mere propaganda has replaced
reasoning and honest debates - then theosophists should make a special effort.
They have the duty and privilege to look at the social events from the point of
view of classical theosophical teachings, so as to see and understand what
comes next in the Karma of the Western civilization.
Various forms of vanity have brought modern Western Civilization to a
resounding defeat. Among them, the
vanity of thinking that it is better than the ancient and the Eastern ones.
Regarding Western Christian nations, H.P. Blavatsky writes:
* “… What, after all, does our
civilization amount to in the face of the grandiose civilizations of the Past,
now so remote and so forgotten, as to furnish our modern conceit with the
comforting idea that there never were any true civilizations at all before the
advent to Christianity?” 
A few paragraphs later, after examining the superficiality of the idea
according to which the West is “superior” to the East, HPB adds:
* “The progress we have achieved, so far, relates in every case to
purely physical appliances, to objects and things, not to the inner man. We have now every convenience
and comfort of life, everything that panders to our senses and vanity, but not
one atom of moral improvement do we find in Christendom since the establishment
of the religion of Christ. As the cowl does not make the monk, so the
renunciation of the old Gods has not made men any better than they were before,
but only, perhaps, worse.” 
The very term “civilization” has been defined in radically different
ways by all nations and societies:
* “The simple truth is that the word ‘civilization’ is a very vague and
undefined term. Like good and evil, beauty and ugliness, etc., civilization and
barbarism are relative terms. For that which to the Chinaman, the Hindu, and
the Persian would appear the height of culture, would be regarded by the
European as a shocking lack of manners, a terrible breach of Society etiquette.”
History shows that since the birth of the modern era, prejudices against
African nations were used by the Catholic West to justify violence and mass
murder against them, and the exploitation of black people as slaves.
Antisemitic prejudices justified persistent violence and hatred against
Jews. False ideas of moral superiority regarding native American nations were
used to legitimize long-standing mass murder promoted by “Christian”
The false notion of Western “superiority” regarding Asia was an excuse
for the shameless Opium Wars against China and for countless acts of systematic,
imperialist and colonialist violence against Asian and Middle Eastern nations. Prejudices
against Russia have fed recurrent waves of hatred of the West against that mysterious
half-Asian nation which happens to be the sole country, according to Blavatsky,
where the true ideal of Christ is still
There is nothing new under the Sun, and Russophobia has not been
invented in the 21st century. The fate of such a feeling, however, has not been
brilliant. Both Napoleon and Adolf Hitler attempted to destroy Russia, thus
duly bringing their nations to defeat and humiliation. But the Napoleonic and
Nazi wars against Russia were no isolated events. In August 1890, Helena Blavatsky
took some time to calmly examine the Western arrogance and lack of sincerity, regarding
the cultural world of that Slavic nation:
“Oh the virtuous indignation, the roaring tempest raised in the tender
souls of American and British philanthropists at the rumor that Russian
authorities in Siberia are not as tender as they should be towards their
political prisoners! What a hullabaloo of loud protests of ‘indignation
meetings’, of gigantic gatherings to denounce their neighbors, while they keep
prudently silent about the same misdeeds at home.” 
The imperialistic sectors of Western civilization are addicted to fabricating
wars. In order to do that, they need to stimulate hatred - and invent scapegoats.
“A monster meeting of some 250,000 men protested the other day at Hyde
Park ‘in the name of civilization and humanity’ against the brutal behavior of
some unknown Russian officials and jailors. Now, one can readily understand and
entirely appreciate the feelings of the masses, of the oppressed, the suffering
poor and the hoi polloi in general.
These being ‘sat upon’ from birth to death by the high and the wealthy of their
own land, and having all, to a man, many a sore place in their hearts, must
feel them vibrating with pain and sympathy with their brothers in sorrow of
The Psychology of the masses is used by some to strengthen their own
domination over naive populations. Thus England and America were united in
“True, the energy expended at the said meeting might have been more
usefully directed, perhaps, against local and colonial ‘Siberias’ and ‘Dead
Houses’; but such as it was, the impulse being genuine, every Theosophist
regarded it with respect. But that to which every member of the Theosophical
Society ought to refuse that feeling of sympathy is the hypocritical cant in
this matter of sundry editors who remain dumb in face of misdeeds at home,
pouring all their wrath on the abuse of power and the brutality of Russian officers.
This is enough to make an owl laugh in full daylight. That charges of cruelty
should be brought forward, and leprous spots singled out on the body of Russia
by England and America is a sufficiently curious piece of moral audacity; but
that this attitude should be supported and even enforced, by certain editors,
instead of being passed over in prudent silence…”.
HPB then says that theosophy “has nought to do with the political
situation in all this affair”, but the reader must, on the other hand, see that
theosophy “has everything to do with its moral aspect”.
And she explains:
“Having its mission at heart, to wit: to bring ‘to light the hidden things of darkness’, it has naturally a good
deal to say about drunken John and drunken Jonathan nodding so frowningly at
drunken Peter, and so gravely moralising at him as though they were themselves
Since the end of the Second World War, the military-industrial complex
has had an unchecked and undue amount of political power, and has been able to
freely fabricate the enemies it thinks it needs. In 1961, Dwight Eisenhower made a public
warning about this. He should know what he was talking about, because he was
then the president of the United States. 
Preserving the Diversity of Civilizations
The time has come for a certain Pralaya - a period of rest and repose -
of the West.
The constant expansionism and anxiety of Modern Era - dominated by
Western powers - is not needed any longer and has come to an end.
Wars are bad for human health. They are bad for the environment. They
accelerate the growth of excessive CO2 in the global atmosphere. Wars are bad
for children. They are harmful for the soil, the waters, the forests and for
the cities. They are bad for the soul and for the spiritual life of mystical
Therefore we do not need wars any longer.
We may say thanks to the United States of America. The unipolar world
based on nuclear blackmail cannot live any longer. It has ended. We are free to
see the facts by ourselves: the world community is multipolar.
Our planetary village constitutes a rich and complex intercultural
process of constantly creative evolution. Different civilizations coexist in this
community, and mutual help is the Law. Mutual respect is the duty of all. Each
civilization has its own cycle. The West,
still excessively young and too unexperienced, has much to learn from older and
wiser civilizations. It will certainly learn a few stern lessons.
However, the acceptance of the pralaya or repose on the part of Western
“powers” will occur according to Karma. Such
a world transition might involve a large cataclysm.
The Masters of the Eastern Wisdom wrote in various Letters that the
Western civilization would end after its “anxious acceleration” got to its
highest point possible. According to them, such a transition would not be necessarily
Let us hope - and work - for the better.
May the West accept its new repose period in peace, and start learning
from older nations and ancient philosophies so that the world in the 21st
century becomes a heaven in comparison with what it was in the nineteenth.
Helena Blavatsky announced that this was most likely to occur - whatever the
price to pay for it. It is our duty as citizens of good will to work to avoid
unnecessary suffering during the arrival of the new day.
May the Western civilization have due respect for Life, and for the necessary
diversity of civilizations in our planet.
Om, shanti. Om.
 From the article
“Our Christian 19th Century Ethics”, in “Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky,
TPH, USA, volume X, p. 81.
Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XII, p. 280.