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THE SECRET DOCTRINE [Abridged]

Annotated by Michael Gomes. Abridged ed. published 2009

THE SECRET DOCTRINE, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's masterwork on the origin and evolution of the universe and humanity itself, is arguably the most famous, and perhaps the most influential, occult book ever written. Published since 1888 often in expensive, two-volume editions of some 1,400 pages, it has long eluded the grasp of modern readers until now. This single-volume edition, abridged and annotated by historian and Theosophical scholar Michael Gomes, places the ideas of THE SECRET DOCTRINE within reach of all who are curious. In particular, Gomes provides a critical sounding of the book's famous stanzas on the genesis of life and the cosmos mysterious passages that Blavatsky said originated from a primeval source and which form the heart of THE SECRET DOCTRINE. Gomes scrupulously scales down the book's key writings on symbolism to their essentials, and offers notes and a glossary to illuminate arcane references. His historical and literary introduction casts new light on some of the book's sources and on the career of its brilliant and elusive author, one of the most intriguing personages of the nineteenth century. At once compact and representative of the work as a whole, this new edition of THE SECRET DOCTRINE brings unprecedented accessibility to the key esoteric classic of the modern era.


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ISIS UNVEILED [Abridged]

Annotated by Michael Gomes. Abridged ed. published 2015

Creating a sensation when it was first published in 1877, H.P. Blavatsky's first major work devoted 1200 pages to the mysteries of ancient and modern science and theology. This new edition abridged by Theosophical scholar Michael Gomes breathes fresh life into this classic of Western esoteric thinking. Stripped of its lengthy quotations from other writers and its repetitious commentary, Isis Unveiled is revealed to be a clear and readable exploration of the universal truths of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition by one of the most remarkable women of modern times.


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STUDIES in the 'SECRET DOCTRINE'

Shri B.P. Wadia Published: BOOK I First published, 1961, reprinted 1976. BOOK II: First published, 1963, reprinted 1976.

Bringing together a series of valuable articles by the late B. P. Wadia, which first appeared in Theosophy (Los Angeles) during the years 1922-25. The author had a deep insight into the true nature and purpose of H. P. Blavatsky's monumental work and gives invaluable commentaries on its meaning and study. In this book, all these will be made clear by one who had fathomed their secrets and presented the way for others to follow.

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H.P. BLAVATSKY AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE

edited by Virginia Hanson. Published 1971

Commentaries on H.P. Blavatsky's contributions to world thought. Succinct articles on the life and ideas of H.P. Blavatsky by various authors. Covering cosmology, evolution, consciousness and the Arts, this is an ideal preparation for tackling Blavatsky's masterwork.


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H.P.B. TEACHES - An Anthology

Compiled by Michael Gomes. Published 1992

An anthology of articles written by H.P. Blavatsky.


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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE STUDY OF THE SECRET DOCTRINE OF H.P. BLAVATSKY

B.P. Wadia. First Published 1922, Reprinted 2010

Bahman Pestonji Wadia (1881-1958), better known simply as B.P. Wadia, played an important role in the Theosophical Movement during the early twentieth century. A founder member of the United Lodge of Theosophists, he did much to present the work of H.P. Blavatsky in terms that the spiritual aspirant can apply to his-her own life. A series of essays of Blavatsky's magnum opus.

PDF version (Blavatsky Archives)


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STUDIES IN OCCULTISM

H.P. Blavatsky. This compilation first Published 2009

Eleven articles. OCCULTISM (from the Latin occultus, meaning 'hid') as presented here refers primarily to the esoteric theosophy concealed in religion and nature. In this series of articles, H. P. Blavatsky clarifies the "essential difference between theoretical and practical Occultism," and the gulf that separates the potentially harmful occult arts from genuine occultism, the path of altruism.
Also included is a three-part article on "The Esoteric Character of the Gospels" which casts revealing light on the mystery of Jesus - as man and as Christ - and also upon the succession of messianic ages.

Online version (Theosophical Society - Pasadena)


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FIVE MESSAGES From H.P. BLAVATSKY to the AMERICAN THEOSOPHISTS
In Convention Assembled: 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891

H.P. Blavatsky. This compilation first Published 1922

H.P. Blavatsky wrote these stirring messages to several conventions of the Theosophical Society in the United States. They are valuable statements about the purposes of the Theosophical Movement and provide insights into the real value of practical theosophy.

Online version (ULT)


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WHEN WE DIE

Geoffrey Farthing

What happens to us when we die is of concern to us all. We are all going to die sometime. Religions have their different versions of what happens, but no one really knows. This book is an essential guide for those pursuing the path of spiritual enlightenment. Its content is gathered from the letter Helena Blavatsky's Mahatma teachers wrote to A P Sinnett in the 1800s. Man is possessed of faculties, latent in most of us, but which have been developed to their fullest extent by a few men, known as Mahatmas, who have spent many lifetimes of self-discipline and arduous training bringing them to perfection. This they have done leaving us written records of some of their discoveries, which tell us of the various stages and processes of the after-death states.

Online edition (Blavatsky Trust)


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A MODERN PANARION: A COLLECTION OF FUGITIVE FRAGMENTS

H.P. Blavatsky

A compilation volume.

Online edition (The Theosophy Company, Los Angeles)


AN ABRIDGEMENT OF THE SECRET DOCTRINE.

Edited by Preston & Humphreys. Published 1966.

Contains selected passages from the original text.


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MME BLAVATSKY ON HOW TO STUDY THEOSOPHY

Edited by Ianthe Hopkins. First Published 1980

A small booklet containing a short account of some teachings given by H.P.Blavatsky at the end of her life to some of her inner group. A very valuable student guide.

Online edition (Blavatsky Trust)


THE LETTERS OF H.P. BLAVATSKY TO A.P. SINNETT

Edited by A.T. Barker. First Published 1925

Of historical interest and they contain some teaching.


THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ESOTERIC PHILOSOPHY

G. de Purucker. First Published 1932

The teachings of a lifetime student of H.P. Blavatsky.


READERS GUIDE TO THE MAHATMA LETTERS TO A.P. SINNETT.

Compiled and edited by George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson. First published 1972.

Helpful in the study of the main volume.


MASTERS AND MEN

Virginia Hanson

A fictional but historically accurate account of the people principally involved in the receipt of the letters from the Masters of the Wisdom to A.P. Sinnett.


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CONCENTRATION AND MEDITATION

Christmas Humphreys

This is a handy book giving the fundamentals of Concentration and Meditation.
Although many readers might find Humphreys dated in many respects, his knowledge of time proven meditation techniques is still both relevant and accurate. There is a very post-Victorian feel to this work; many of the references or social attitudes might seem quaint to the modern reader, but it is a remarkably soothing as well as informative read. There is a quiet thoughtfulness not always evident in many more current works, and it has a distinctly western flavour in that the philosophy is not confused by Oriental cultural trappings. Buddhism is universal in spirit, and this presents it in a clear, functional, and direct manner easily apprehended by the occidental student. The emphasis is on practice (as it should be) rather than on mere information.


THE SLEEPING SPHERES

Jasper Niemand

An account of the author's first hand experience, both subjective and objective,of the Devachanic states.


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THE THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY

H.P. Blavatsky

The technical language of theosophy can be daunting to the beginning student. A facsimile edition of the glossary of theosophical and mythological terminology that was published shortly after her death.

Further information from Theosophy Wiki


REBIRTH OF THE OCCULT TRADITION

Boris de Zirkoff

A detailed account of the writing of The Secret Doctrine.


MAN IN EVOLUTION

G. de Purucker

A theosophical history of mankind. A short descriptive account.


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O LANOO - THE SECRET DOCTRINE UNVEILED

Harvey Tordoff

"Lanoo" is a Sanskrit word for student, a seeker of truth. Based on the story of Dzyan which is central to Madame Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine", this book teaches about our origins and our destiny. It comprises 19 stanzas and tells of the journey of the Pilgrim-soul in a series of lives in the bodies of Seven Races of Man. The Third Race, Lemuria, and the Fourth Race, Atlantis, gave way to our own Fifth Race of Man. In the last three Races, wisdom bought with experience will rise again. In our Fifth Race we will begin to loosen the shackles of the body and move ever closer to Spirit, and one day be joined by the forerunners of the Sixth Race. Man will eventually leave behind his temporary world of Matter with the spiritual union that awaits the Seventh Race.

Further information from the O Lanoo website


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