Theosophically speaking, yes, there are "concepts which show you clearly the way of humility and spiritual life". Aside from our usage of other religious texts (Bible and patristics included), Blavatsky's writings are filled with teachings concerning morality. Love for humanity (and thus God) is the chief duty of a Theosophist. When you truly see yourself as one with others, pride and vanity will vanish.
Love for humanity is the chief duty of almost all religions more or less. But the question is, how succesfull and deep can a person fulfill the divine commandments in his life...It's easy to write and say beautiful commandments and comment them, that can do everbody, but to really realize it not only in his mind and in the way of feelings, but also in every step in his life, that is hard. It needs many models.
The problem is that in New Age and Theosophy and other eastern religions the spiritual person see himself as one with others, but he doesn't go further. That is to say: he doesn't go the way down, he hardly consider himself unworthy, consider himself to be the worst of all people or rather sinners. He "only" see himself as one with others- that's all. Excuse me, but that's not humility. When I can consider a really bad person to be greater than me, to be an angel, then humility starts...
Love, humility, virtue, etc. can all grow independent of one's dogma (though certain religions are more conducive to certain virtues). This can be seen in the Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Muslim, etc. worlds. I do not wish to put words in your mouth, but would you argue that true exemplars of love and humility were almost non-extant outside of Eastern Europe/the Middle East until the last two centuries?
Especially love and humility, but also some other virtues- are used by all religions, but they often don't have the same meaning or rather the same deepness, dimension. That's the point. (And I cannot expect that all other persons who are not orthodox that they 're quite immoral and barbarous. If somebody wants to be virtous, he can achieve it on a certain level, because he has a free will.)
When for example a buddhist have compassion then he does it more intellectual, he try to put himself in his shoes, but he's at the same time quite carefull with compassionate fellings, because he want to avoid suffering. He's "just" emotional. His emphaty has a limit. But if I'm an authentic orthodox, then I truly see myself one with the other person, that's mean I take all his pain in my heart or even more, and I suffer because I love; And it will be not a problem to go to the abyss of the suffering love, because Christ give his love, his power for that. Love makes us also ready to pay for the sins of others.
The same thing we see regarding humility. "He says that the empirical cosmic being is like a pyramid: at the top sit the powerful of the earth, who exercise dominion over the nations (cf. Matt. 20:25), and at the bottom stand the masses. But the spirit of man, by nature [unfallen nature as given by God], demands equality, justice and freedom of spirit, and therefore is not satisfied with this “pyramid of being.” So, what did the Lord do? He took this pyramid and inverted it, and put Himself at the bottom, becoming its Head. He took upon Himself the weight of sin, the weight of the infirmity of the whole world, and so from that moment on, who can enter into judgment with Him? His justice is above the human mind. So, He revealed His Way to us, and in so doing showed us that no one can be justified but by this way, and so all those who are His must go downwards to be united with Him, the Head of the inverted pyramid, because it is there that the “fragrance” of the Holy Spirit is found; there is the power of divine life. Christ alone holds the pyramid, but His fellows, His Apostles and His saints, come and share this weight with Him. However, even if there were no one else, He could hold the pyramid by Himself, because He is infinitely strong; but He likes to share everything with His fellows. Mindful of this, then, it is essential for man to find the way of going down, the way of humility, which is the Way of the Lord, and to become a fellow of Christ, who is the Author of this path."
Archimandrite Zacharias in Enlargement of the heart
Theosophy is not a speculation based on historical research, but an ancient truth. That is, while H.P.B. was extremely well read, many of the connections and parallels she made (as well as prophecies) were revealed to her by those who had escaped the cycle of rebirth and decided to remain with humanity to watch over and assist in our spiritual evolution. Teachers and true Theosophists are found throughout the ages, each teaching an aspect appropriate to the time and culture. While you will most certainly disagree with these assertions, it must be understand that we see Truth as something to be "unveiled" not "discovered".
An ancient truth? That sounds very dogmatic. That's probably the main dogma of Theosophy, and I thought Theosophy isn't dogmatic. Read Rene Guenon, he wrote a detailed critique of Theosophy titled "Theosophy: history of a pseudo-religion". Excuse me, but you cannot compare the gift of prophesy with channeling in New Age and Theosophy. An adulter can use channeling, everbody can do it. The prophecy of 2012, 21 Dec. that there would be an great change in the world, a new era etc. was also said by many, many New Ager who got this information by canneling with "masters", avatars, etc. A prophecy from the holy spirit cannot not be fulfilled.
New Ager thinks that the impersonal God is also present in "cosmic energies", and then they try to tap this energy and to use it for their own will. That's awful. I could cry. That's a high level of pride. Instead that they're servants, they behave as if they're supergods.
While purity is necessary in following Truth to the fullest degree, your logic is a bit circular. If purity of heart and mind are necessary to see Truth (and thus become Orthodox), what of Orthodoxy's role as the hospital of man. How could an impure man find Truth? Would a man pure enough to find truth need the hospital to being with? This is one of the many reasons I am a Theosophist. By our understanding, each individual is born not only as a consequence of karmic law, but also in a position to overcome wickedness (perhaps an aspect of evilness in particular) and grow spiritually. Rebirth continues until one is truly able to say "not my will, but yours, be done"
John 8,32: "“If you hold to my teaching/commandments, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”"
The more I repent, the more I've contrition in my heart, the more I cry- the more I see that the orthodoxy is the truth. Repentance, contrition in heart, humility- these are the tools by which I purify my heart and mind. It's the most effective weapon against the EGO: See: http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/j17/dionysios.asp?page=3
. I follow these persons who purified themselves truly.
The concept of impurity is very weak in Theosophy and New Age. It's like: "I'm impure, so what? I'll get free of that with absorbing spirituality." There're no true consciousness of our state. Therefore it's hard to get humility. Only Christ can release us from our impurity and sin(or in your term: karma).
But for a Theosophist that lived with love and humility, read H.P.B. The Extraordinary Life & Influence of Helena Blavatsky Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement by Sylvia Cranston. It is a wonderful book not only for its well researched content, but its refutation of the malicious lies and slander directed towards Blavatsky. People who actually knew her felt that same sense of love and peace Klaus Kenneth felt from Mother Teresa and Elder Sophrony
There's book In Memory of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky some of her pupils write about her. And cannot really find something so that I could say that she's on the same spiritual level like Mother Theresa or Elder Sophrony. For example Charles Johnston writes: "The first and earliest impression I received from Madame Blavatsky was the feeling of the power and largeness of her individuality" or of another pupil: "she was the practical personification of charity and forgiveness."etc.But this are more descriptions of her charisma than an living deep experience of her spirit. What had they been receiving from her spirit? For example when Klaus(who saw and lived with many buddhist and hindu "masters" in Asia) met Elder Sophrony, he was so humbled by his love that he had cried the next three days at home for hours. In his presence people felt to received a great power to have the will to fight against their passions etc. To be charismatic- that's not hard. An atheist can be that. I can be that. A person for example told me that I'm the most kind person he ever met, but that's so ridiculous, that's bullshit. My spiritual father almost gave me up.
In his book Robert Tod Carroll wrote in his book (2003)wrote that Blavatsky used trickery into deceiving others into thinking she had paranormal powers. that Blavatsky had faked a materialization of a tea cup and saucer as well as written the messages from her masters herself. And that's quite strange to demonstrate your paranormal powers to others. And many of theirs supernatural gifts seems to be very useless for the benefit of others and for herself. When I was a New Ager, I had for example the "gift" or rather the occult power to control the flame of a candle. But when I think back that's so ridiculous.
Have you read the life of Elder Porphyrios? You'll never read about a person who had more divine supernatural gifts. The 20 century is so full of beautiful models and saints in orthodoxy; there're really many. Theosophy, New Age can really not keep up with it.
I suppose that you hadn't been for a long time orthodox, because you couldn't never forget the smell of penitent humility. I suppose also that my weak, bold words will not convince you. So go just your way you started to go- at the beginning it's always bloomy; especially for the mind. If you want to rethink one time New Age then I offer you to read this book:
THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE- by Veronica Hughes. She was a former New Ager. And I repeat again: There're so many who converted from New Age/Theosophy to the living Christ and there's hardly a vice versa tendency. Please don't make the same, similiar fault like Elder Sophrony: After he was pious orthodox, he left it to practice eastern religions for seven tears- but then returned to orthodoxy and repented his fault in the ocean or rather "hell" of contrition.