At the end of the twentieth century, our country experienced a series of crises, each of which can safely be called systemic. Economic upheavals, the collapse of a single state, a reassessment of historical facts, a change in attitude towards religious life - this is just an incomplete list of events that fell on the heads of former Soviet people, who are used to living, albeit modestly, but steadily.
Former atheists are at a crossroads. They could keep their disbelief or choose between many denominations. The fashionable word "esoteric" attracted with its foreign sound, it felt something modern, progressive and opposite to obsolete, according to many confused citizens, moral and ethical standards - both communist and religious.
The works of Helena Roerich appeared on the bookshelves, and Blavatsky was next to her. The Secret Doctrine became a bestseller for a short time. Still, everything accessible only to the enlightened is so attractive, and here is the book of all books, the synthesis of all religions and science.
However, most of those who decided todifficult times to lay out a considerable amount for a weighty three-volume book, a complex feeling took over, consisting of dumbfounded disappointment and boredom. Helena Blavatsky wrote heavily. The Secret Doctrine is presented in a manner incomprehensible to a wide range of readers. Scientists same people and at all melancholy. A single and absolute reality is still somehow familiar, we have all been accustomed to living in it for many decades. But the “rootless root” is already too much. Reincarnations, the presence of an oversoul and other attributes of Buddhism cannot be called a personal invention of the author.
It was not Blavatsky who came up with this. The Secret Doctrine, however, is replete with these concepts. Work has nothing to do with science at all, it is based on the fact that there are some sources of knowledge that an extraordinary writer has joined, while others are ordered to this chamber.
Mysterious veil that Blavatsky was surrounded by during her lifetime. The secret doctrine of countless worlds, disappearing, and after re-emerging, and other cyclicalities of the universe, claimed the role of another universal law that describes everything and everything. The trouble was the complete inapplicability of this complex concept to the solution of any practical problems. The writer herself, in the years of her passion for spiritualism, tried to predict, but, obviously, to no avail. The medium is required to make short-term predictions that are easy to verify. Then she switched to periods significantly separated in time. Today, one hundred and twenty-five years after the publication of the three volumes, it can be assumed thather prophecies did not come true, or they were made in an extremely vague form, and some historical facts allow for “attraction” along
after some tweaking.
So why is Blavatsky not forgotten? The “Secret Doctrine”, the summary of which is almost impossible to state, and few people have the patience to read the entire three-volume book, has successfully taken a place on the shelves of bookcases of people who claim to belong to the intellectual elite of society. This book is primarily decorative. But sometimes quotes from it are still used. They sometimes try to “improve” Orthodoxy, making it “more tolerant” and “more convenient.”
Since there are not enough reasonable and justified arguments for reform actions, the same “esoteric method” that Blavatsky used is used. The "Secret Doctrine" remains a mystery, at least outwardly. Another thing is that sometimes the main secret lies precisely in its absence.