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People of the Blue Mountains Blavatsky

People of the Blue Mountains Blavatsky

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THE PEOPLE OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
 by H. P. BLAVATSKY
Theosophical Press, Wheaton, IllinoisCopyright 1930 Theosophical Press
Publishers' Preface
 A new school of thought is arising to challenge long-accepted viewsof life. Its keynote may be said to be "evolutionary creation." It is anexposition of the phenomena that surround us, in terms that are bothscientific and idealistic. It offers an explanation of life, of the origin of our fragment of the universe, of hidden and mysterious natural laws, of thenature and destiny of man, that appeals with moving force to the logicalmind. This school of thought is at the same time both iconoclastic andconstructive, for it is sweeping away old dogmas that are no longer tenablein the light of rapidly developing modern science, while it is building asubstantial structure of facts beneath the age-long dream of immortality.The literature that is growing out of ideas which are so revolutionaryin the intellectual realm and yet are so welcome to a world groping throughthe fogs of materialism, is receiving a warm welcome in other lands and itshould be better known here.---------------------
 
CONTENTS
Chapter I............ Page 7Chapter II ............... 59Chapter III ............. 107Chapter IV ............. 149Chapter V ............. 183Chapter VI ............ 213--------------------------
 
CHAPTER I
Exactly sixty-four years ago toward the end of the year 1818, in themonth of September, a discovery was made quite fortuitously, of a mostextraordinary character. This took place near the coast of Malabar, only fiftymiles from the fiery ground of Dravid, called Madras. The discoveryappeared strange to such a degree, incredible even, that nobody believed it atfirst. Vague rumors altogether fantastical, stories similar to legends, beganto spread, first among the people, then higher. When these rumors andstories penetrated into the local newspapers and became transformed intoofficial reality, the fever of expectation changed into a perfect delirium.In the heads of the Anglo-Madrassians, who are of slow movementand almost atrophied by laziness (due to the canicule), an actual molecular  perturbation took place, to use an expression of the famous physiologists.With the exception of the lymphatic "moudiliars," who unite thetemperament of a frog with that of a salamander, everybody was flurried andagitated and started rav-ing wildly about a marvelous paradise in the interior of the "Blue Mountains"*, apparently discovered by two skillful hunters.According to their reports, it was an earthly paradise: perfumed zephyrs andfreshness all the year around; a country situated above the eternal fogs of the Kouimbatour** where imposing cascades rush downward with clamor and where an eternal European spring lasts from January to December. Wildroses, over two yards high, and heliotrope are blooming there; lilies as bigas a large amphora*** fill the atmosphere with fragrance. Antediluvian buffaloes, to judge by their appearance, walk about freely, and the country isinhabited by the Brobdingnags and the Liliputians of Gul-liver. Everyvalley, every gorge of the admirable Hindu Switzerland, represents a smallcorner of an earthly paradise closed off from the rest of the world.---------------------* Nilguiri is composed of two Sanskrit words, Nilam ("blue") andGuiri ("Mountains" or "hills"). These mountains owe their name to thedazzling light in which they appear to the inhabitants of the valleys of Maissour and Malabar.**It is supposed that this fog, which is found three to four thousandfeet above the sea level, and which spreads over the entire chain of theKouimbatour Mountains, comes from the intense heat and the vapors thatarise from the marshes. It is always blue and of a dazzling color. During themonsoon it changes into rain clouds.***This is the non-exaggerated description of a flora, which, perhaps,

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