The Blavatsky
Trust

Promotes a knowledge of Theosophy

from the European School of Theosophy
Budapest, 2009

       

Michael Gomes

THE SECRET OF THE SECRET DOCTRINE Part 1

H.P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine is one of the great monuments of modern esotericism. But its 1500 pages can prove daunting. Michael Gomes, whose new abridgement was published by Penguin in 2009, will use it as a guide through the concepts offered in the book. These four sessions will look at the events that shaped the book, presuppositions needed for an understanding of the text, and the methodology that will allow the reader to experience the Secret Doctrine firsthand.

Biographical: Michael Gomes has written extensively on the life and work of H.P. Blavatsky. He has abridged her two main works, Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine, as well as an anthology of her articles, H.P.B. Teaches. He is Director of the Emily Sellon Memorial Library in New York.

The introductory lecture is available as online video. The lecture looks at how we should approach an esoteric text such as The Secret Doctrine

 

THE SECRET OF THE SECRET DOCTRINE Part 2

Continuing on the theme of an approach to esoteric texts, lecture 2 is a series of meditations, and commentaries on the verses of the first stanza of the Stanzas of Dzyan from The Secret Doctrine.

The full text of Stanza 1 (as referred to in the lecture) can be found below.

 

 

STANZA I.

1. THE ETERNAL PARENT WRAPPED IN HER EVER INVISIBLE ROBES HAD SLUMBERED ONCE AGAIN FOR SEVEN ETERNITIES.

2. TIME WAS NOT, FOR IT LAY ASLEEP IN THE INFINITE BOSOM OF DURATION.

3. UNIVERSAL MIND WAS NOT, FOR THERE WERE NO AH-HI TO CONTAIN IT.

4. THE SEVEN WAYS TO BLISS WERE NOT. THE GREAT CAUSES OF MISERY WERE NOT, FOR THERE WAS NO ONE TO PRODUCE AND GET ENSNARED BY THEM.

5. DARKNESS ALONE FILLED THE BOUNDLESS ALL, FOR FATHER, MOTHER AND SON WERE ONCE MORE ONE, AND THE SON HAD NOT AWAKENED YET FOR THE NEW WHEEL, AND HIS PILGRIMAGE THEREON.

6. THE SEVEN SUBLIME LORDS AND THE SEVEN TRUTHS HAD CEASED TO BE, AND THE UNIVERSE, THE SON OF NECESSITY, WAS IMMERSED IN PARANISHPANNA, TO BE OUTBREATHED BY THAT WHICH IS AND YET IS NOT. NAUGHT WAS.

7. THE CAUSES OF EXISTENCE HAD BEEN DONE AWAY WITH; THE VISIBLE THAT WAS, AND THE INVISIBLE THAT IS, RESTED IN ETERNAL NON-BEING -- THE ONE BEING.

8. ALONE THE ONE FORM OF EXISTENCE STRETCHED BOUNDLESS, INFINITE, CAUSELESS, IN DREAMLESS SLEEP; AND LIFE PULSATED UNCONSCIOUS IN UNIVERSAL SPACE, THROUGHOUT THAT ALL-PRESENCE WHICH IS SENSED BY THE OPENED EYE OF THE DANGMA.

9. BUT WHERE WAS THE DANGMA WHEN THE ALAYA OF THE UNIVERSE WAS IN PARAMARTHA AND THE GREAT WHEEL WAS ANUPADAKA?

 

Abridged Secret Doctrine (at Amazon UK)

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