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From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

H. P. (Helena Petrovna) Blavatsky

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Dayanand Saraswati, whom I have already mentioned in the preceding letters, is interesting, especially if this discovery can be accepted by philologists, as the facts seem to promise. Dayanand tries to show that the ancient Aryans knew, and even visited, America, which in ancient MSS. is called Patala, and out of which popular fancy constructed, in the course of time, something like the Greek Hades. He supports his theory by many quotations from the oldest MSS., especially from the legends about Krishna and his favourite disciple Arjuna. In the history of the latter it is mentioned that Arjuna, one of the five Pandavas, descendants of the moon dynasty, visited Patala on his travels, and there married the widowed daughter of King Nagual, called Illupl. Comparing the names of father and daughter we reach the following considerations, which speak strongly in favour of Dayanand's supposition.

(1) Nagual is the name by which the sorcerers of Mexico, Indians and abo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The journal of the famous occultist's travels with her Teacher and members of her Theosophist Society in the second half of the nineteen century, the book is an impressionist painting of a land of mystery and magic with hidden dangers and disturbing experiences. The small group of Europeans and I...more

I read this book in a couple of days on holiday in 2012. It is an adventure in the spirit of a soul who knows that in this world all is not what it seems. From the Elephanta caves near Mumbai to deeper into tiger-infested India, Blavatsky recounts her discoveries in the spirit of a mystic open to...more

Surprisingly warm and easy reading text by Elena Blavatska which combines rare information on the country's history and author's brilliant sense of humor. Exceptionally pleasant, full of small, sometimes funny stories - as for example about an accident when Elena almost slipped and fell down the...more

This book was a disappointment, nothing of substance and a lot of bs I thought.

I had a very different version of this book to the one listed here on Goodreads. My version had over 700 pages and, based on the reviews I have read here by other readers, my version was quite different.

When reading these articles I was surprised to read Blavatsky's very strong views on the Brit...more

Was a fascinating read, part rational, scientific commentary, but also much that is esoteric, on the afterworld, spirits and religion. Modern readers will find this 1870s view of western India, by a group of first time foreign visitors, illuminating in many ways

The only complete translation of this spiritual adventure that Blavatsky wrote for Russian magazines in the 1880s. The other version translated in 1892 by Vera Johnston is less than half the size.
Not merely a travelogue, but sprinkled with occult, philosophical and magical events. This edition wa...more

Quick glimpse into 19th Century India, An enjoyable read.

India 150 years back, approximately. a marvelous journal of an amazing journey. today, it seems so far yet so near. a true master piece. I loved it.

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