The Elevation of Woman

“On the elevation of woman the world’s redemption and salvation hinge. And not till woman bursts the bonds of her sexual slavery, to which she has ever been subjected, will the world obtain an inkling of what she really is and of her proper place in the economy of nature.” (The Master K.H. to A. O. Hume)

“We have permitted ourselves to say that many French kabbalists have often expressed the opinion that the Oriental School [i.e. the Eastern Esoteric School or Fraternity to which the Theosophical Mahatmas belong] will never be worth much, no matter how it may pride itself on possessing secrets unknown to European occultists because it admits women into its ranks.

“To this we might answer by repeating the fable told by brother Joseph N. Nutt, “Grand Master” of the Masonic Lodge for Women in the United States, to show what women can do if they are not shackled by males – whether as men or as God:

“A lion passing a monument representing an athletic and powerful figure of a man tearing the jaws of a lion said: ‘If the scene which this represents had been executed by a lion the two figures would have changed places!’”

“The same remark holds good for woman. If only she were allowed to represent the scenes of human life, she would distribute the parts in reverse order. She it was who first took man to the Tree of Knowledge, and made him know Good and Evil; and, if she had been let alone and allowed to do what she wished, she would have led him to the Tree of Life and thus rendered him immortal.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Alchemy in the Nineteenth Century” article)

“It is difficult to see any good reason why females should not become Adepts. None of us, Chelas, are aware of any physical or other defect which might entirely incapacitate them from undertaking the dreary ordeal. . . . The Hindu sacred books and traditions mention such cases, and since the laws of Nature are immutable, what was possible some thousand years ago must be possible now.” (Damodar K. Mavalankar, “Can Females become Adepts?” article)

“There are ‘female’ adepts in the Brotherhood, and of a very high order. . . . There are instances of females becoming the greatest Adepts. . . . There is a Ray specially adapted to women; it is sometimes called the ‘body of love.’ Its Logos is rather a female than a male; it belongs to the magnetic pole of the universe.” (T. Subba Row, Notes on “The Philosophy of Spirit” and “Esoteric Teachings”)

“Woman has as good a chance as any man has to reach high Adeptship. Why she does not succeed in this direction in Europe is simply due to her early education and the social prejudice which causes her to be regarded as inferior to man. This prejudice, amounting to a curse in Christian lands, was mainly derived from the Jewish Bible, and man has profited by it.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “A Few Queries” article)

“The Gnostic Sophia, “Wisdom” who is “the Mother” of the Ogdoad (Aditi, in a certain sense, with her eight sons), is the Holy Ghost and the Creator of all, as in the ancient systems. The “father” is a far later invention. The earliest manifested Logos was female everywhere – the mother of the seven planetary powers.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. 72)

“Now Shakti being a female principle, it is fully manifested through a woman, although, properly speaking, the inner man is neither male, nor female. . . . in a woman is manifested abnormally the occult power represented by Shakti. She is moreover gifted with a wonderfully vivid imagination – stronger than man’s. And as the phenomenal is the realisation or rather the manifestation of the IDEAL, which can be properly and strongly conceived only by a powerful IMAGINATION – a WOMAN-ADEPT can produce high occultists – a race of “Buddhas and Christs,” born “without sin.”” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Notes from The Theosophist,” “Theosophical Articles and Notes” p. 123-124)

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