No Other Pioneer of the Theosophical
Effort Had the Wisdom of Helena Blavatsky
Carlos Cardoso Aveline
W.Q. Judge and H.S. Olcott (left); Helena P. Blavatsky (right)
What is the occult status of leading theosophists like William Q. Judge or Henry S. Olcott, regarding that of Helena P. Blavatsky?
The issue is intriguing to many. Misled by a sort of personal devotion, some students believe that Judge had the same degree of spiritual discernment as HPB. Others suggest that Henry Olcott had. [1] It is up to each student to investigate who is the main teacher of modern theosophy. It may not be too difficult to come to a conclusion.
The comparative mystery of the difference in wisdom between Helena Blavatsky and other theosophical thinkers can be solved by studying the books and writings of each of these thinkers, and evaluating the direct impact their lives and works had over human history.
One can also take into consideration the fact that William Judge clarified the issue once and for all in his 1893 article “A Reminiscence”.
He wrote:
“The plain unvarnished truth, which hurts no one save the man who denies it, is that H. P. Blavatsky was the head, front, bottom, top, outskirts, past and future of the Theosophical Society. We were all but pawns on the chessboard. What is the use of permitting vanity to influence us toward denying the facts? No game, no battle, no diplomacy can go forward without agents, subordinates, generals, privates, but there is always a moving head without whom there would be no success. Not only was H. P. B. predominant with us in 1875, but she is yet. The very organization was suggested by her…” [2]
Judge was a student of Helena Blavatsky. She helped him in his emotional difficulties, criticized him when necessary, and supported his growth as a learner. As to Henry S. Olcott, his limitations in philosophical knowledge were great: he involuntarily paved the way for treason in the theosophical movement, soon after HPB left the scene.
[1] There is no need to mention Annie Besant and her associates in the “catholic” brand of pseudo-theosophy.
[2] “A Reminiscence”, in “Theosophical Articles”, W.Q. Judge, Theosophy Co., Los Angeles, two volumes, vol. II, p. 161. As to documenting the long distance in wisdom between HPB and WQ Judge, see also the compilation entitled “Letters Between Blavatsky and Judge”, which is available at our associated websites.  
The above article was anonymously published in the August 2015 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 18-19, under the title “No Founder Knew As Much as HPB”.
In September 2016, after a careful analysis of the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to form the Independent Lodge of Theosophists, whose priorities include the building of a better future in the different dimensions of life.