Having perused Madame Blavatsky’s writings a decent amount, I would like to offer a brief set of propositions that I believe succinctly summarize her rejection of the concept of hell, and how she understands the role of the concept in the history of religion.
- A place of terrible (and oftentimes eternal) place of torment through punishment is typical of exoteric religious traditions.
- It is a terrible superstition that is ruinous to the minds of its hearers.
- The only “hell” is hell on Earth, for followers of Theosophy, and should be understood in terms of experiencing the suffering as the result of karma in one’s previous life (indeed, inhabiting the body is itself a kind of hell insofar as it constrains us to terrible earthly suffering).
- There is an intermediate state of bliss between each incarnation, even if the previous and/or subsequent lives may be characterized by terrible suffering as a product of allegedly paying off karmic debt.