Today is the White Lotus Day, the anniversary of the death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), founder of the Theosophical Society.
Blavatsky died a victim to the Asian pandemic, the last pandemic of, the 19th century. The Asian pandemic was a deadly influenza that killed around one million people, from 1889–1891.
In her memory, and as per her wish in her Last Will, I am sharing a quote from the Baghavad Gita:
“Discrimination, knowledge, non-delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, control over the mind and senses, pleasure, pain, birth, death, fear, fearlessness.”
Blavatsky’s Last Will “expressed the wish that yearly, on the anniversary of her death, some of her friends “should assemble at the Headquarters of the Theosophical Society and read a chapter of The Light of Asia and (extracts from) Вhagavad-Gītā”; and since it is meet that her surviving colleagues should keep green the memory of her services to humanity and her devoted love for our Society, the undersigned suggests that the anniversary be known among us as White Lotus Day, and makes the following official order and recommendation:
1. At noon, on 8th May, 1892, and on the same day in each succeeding year, there will be held a commemorative meeting at the Headquarters, at which extracts from the before-mentioned works will be read and brief addresses made by the Chairman of the meeting and others who may volunteer.
2. A dole of food will be given in her name to the poor fishermen of Adyar and their families.
3. The flag will be half-masted from sunrise until sunset, and the Convention Hall decorated with White Lotus flowers.
4. Members living outside Madras can arrange for their food by applying to the Recording Secretary at least one week in advance.
5. The undersigned recommends to all Sections and Branches throughout the world to meet annually on the anniversary day, and, in some simple, unsectarian, yet dignified way, avoiding all slavish adulation and empty compliments, express the general feeling of loving regard for her who brought us the chart of the climbing Path which leads to the summits of Knowledge.” https://theosophy.wiki/en/White_Lotus_Day