H Olcott

This cOld Diary Leavesollection of the SIX VOLUMES (over 2000 pages) provides intimate details of the extraordinary account of the foundation of the Theosophic Society. This amazing insight into the lives of the two founders, the author Henry Olcott, and Madame Helena Blavatsky, let us understand many of the episodes that followed the foundation of the society, the publication of Isis Unveiled, the Secession of the American Chapter lead by William Q. Judge, and so many other historical facts that would have been otherwise lost to history.

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Volume 1 - 1874-1878  (PDF - 7.5Mb)

This volume (1895) describes the first meeting between Olcott and Madame Blavatsky and the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875. Olcott continued to practise as a lawyer (and supported the Society financially) while in the evenings he and Madame Blavatsky would entertain visitors or collaborate on the book Isis Unveiled. The author portrays his friend as a spiritual medium and describes how Madame Blavatsky's body was from time to time overshadowed by other 'entities'.

Volume 2 - 1878-1883 (PDF - 6.1Mb) 

“Physiologically speaking, man's body is completely changed every seven years.”
The Buddhist Catechism

 

 “THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA 1. Question. Of what religion[1] are you? Answer. The Buddhist. 2. Q. What is Buddhism? A. It is a body of teachings given out by the great personage known as the Buddha. 3. Q. Is "Buddhism" the best name for this teaching? A. No; that is only a western term: the best name for it is Bauddha Dharma. 4. Q. Would you call a person a Buddhist who had merely been born of Buddha parents? A. Certainly not. A Buddhist is one who not only professes belief in the Buddha as the noblest of Teachers, in the Doctrine preached by Him, and in the Brotherhood of Arhats, but practises His precepts in daily life.”
The Buddhist Catechism

 

 “Q. Was the Buddha God? A. No. Buddha Dharma teaches no "divine" incarnation.”
The Buddhist Catechism

 

 “He found that the pleasures of the eye, the ear, the taste, touch and smell are fleeting and deceptive: he who gives value to them brings only disappointment and bitter sorrow upon himself. The”
The Life of Buddha and Its Lessons

 

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