THE occultist, spiritual co-founder of the Theosophical Society, Helena Blavatsky, was a tireless critic on a wide range of issues still oppressing society today.
Materialism, women’s rights, education, animal cruelty were some of the closest to her heart.
Critical of early childhood education, and of the”infusion of (useless) intelligence,” Blavatsky noted: “You have opened a subject on which we Theosophists feel deeply.”
(See article in The Washington Post: Early Childhood Academics.)
Outspoken as always, Mme. Blavatsky insisted in her Key to Theosophy that children should be “placed daily in a bright, clean school-room hung with pictures, and often gay with flowers.”
They should be taught “to be clean, gentle, orderly … learn to sing and to play; has toys that awaken its intelligence; learns to use its fingers deftly; is spoken to with a smile instead of a frown …
“All this humanises the children, arouses their brains, and renders them susceptible to intellectual and moral influences. The schools are not all they might be and ought to be … your system deserves the worst one can say of it.”
A Manifesto for Play
“We have an antiquated education system that has little changed for 100 years, that values rote learning, memorization and standardization, and devalues self-expression, self-exploration, questioning, creativity and play. It’s a crap system.”
“The 5,000 years of the Kaliyug cycle; again the Messianic cycle of the Samaritan (also Kabalistic) Jews of the man connected with Pisces (Ichthys or ‘Fish-man’ Dag). It is a cycle, historic and not very long, but very occult, lasting about 2,155 solar years, but having a true significance only when computed by lunar months.
“It occurred 2410 and 255 B.C., or when the equinox entered into the sign of the Ram, and again into that of Pisces. When it enters, in a few years, the sign of Aquarius, psychologists will have some extra work to do, and the psychic idiosyncrasies of humanity will enter on a great change.
A Child’s Insight
Jaime Primak Sullivan uploaded a new video this month about her daughter ‘Charlie.’ “I am freaking out – I can’t even find words. I don’t know what to think or say or do – there is no way Charlie could know this. My grandmother called me this name growing up – there is NO WAY Charlie could know. I am shaking. Trying to make sense of what happened last night. … Guys – this is crazy!”
Training the Inner Senses
“Children should above all be taught self-reliance, love for all men, altruism, mutual charity, and more than anything else, to think and reason for themselves. We would reduce the purely mechanical work of the memory to an absolute minimum, and devote the time to the development and training of the inner senses, faculties and latent capacities.
We would endeavour to deal with each child as a unit, and to educate it so as to produce the most harmonious and equal unfoldment of its powers,
in order that its special aptitudes should find their full natural development. We should aim at creating free men and women, free intellectually, free morally, unprejudiced in all respects, and above all things, unselfish. And we believe that much if not all of this could be obtained by proper and truly theosophical education.”
– H. P. Blavatsky, Theosophy and Education