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The Secret Doctrine [Kindle Edition]

H.P. Blavatsky
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H.P. Blavatsky was an acclaimed scholar of the occult and the spiritual. Her most famous work was The Secret Doctrine; this edition includes an active table of contents and the original illustrations.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2624 KB
  • Print Length: 1637 pages
  • Publisher: Waxkeep Publishing (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVZ0VBW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Doctrine (kindle edition) 10 Feb. 2014
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A bit of a heavy read for me but i quite enjoyed it. Though the kindle kept jumping forward several pages after reading for about 3-4 pages. and got quite annoying having to flip back quite a lot. It says in the book that she finished volumes 3 & 4 but I haven't seen them anywhere.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok needs ranslating into easier explanations 8 May 2014
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I read about third of this book, I understand its a very good book and people have high views of it but it didn't make sense to me as it needs to be re written into simple English, it seems to be repeating itself.
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By AM
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Very good book I would recommend it as I found it very interesting the woman was before her time
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 Dec. 2014
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Doctrine is No Secret 6 Oct. 2009
By D. L. Lavoie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderfully thought-provoking book, but it is VERY DIFFICULT TO READ. Having a master's degree in theological studies, it still took me 6 months to get through each book and I was really pushing. I do not wish to discourage potential readers, but only want to be realistic. If anyone is looking to understand the basic ideas in The Secret Doctrine I would strongly suggest Goodricke-Clark's work entitled Madame Blavatsky. A little easier to read it groups particular sections of Blavatky's writings by topic (that is one of the downfall's of The Secret Doctrine-the arrangement of random material throughout).
I would certainly agree that this work is Blavatsky's crowning achievement, but not because it is "original." Rather, it is the way Blavatsky takes various western esoteric concepts and syncretises them into one work that is most ingenious. She takes the prevalent ideas in western esotericism (root races, planetary evolution, and phalic/solar origin of religion- for anyone looking for a historical background on these subjects I would suggest The Theosophical Enlightenment by Joscelyn Godwin) and merges them with Asian religious practices and terminiology in an attempt to defend religion against the growing threat of materialism. What comes out is a lengthy, unorganzied treatise on western esoteric concepts that is brilliant as a redactionary work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A travesty of the original 11 Nov. 2012
By Thedore Baum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Let me begin by making it clear that this is a review of the abridged and annotated version of the Secret Doctrine produced by Michael Gomes and NOT the Secret Doctrine as written by H. P. Blavatsky and published in 2 volumes in 1888. The publisher's advertorial for this abridged and annotated version is filled with inaccuracies and misstatements that simply cannot be allowed to pass unnoticed and unremarked.

The claim that the book has previously only been available "in expensive, two-volume editions of some 1,400 pages" is factually untrue. A verbatim facsimile of the original edition of 1888 has been continuously in print for more than 30 years, as my own, personal, tattered copy from 1978 testifies. This is the edition produced by the Theosophical University Press of Pasadena, California (ISBN 978-1557000026) and currently costs just $27 from Amazon.com. Moreover, the same publisher also provide an online electronic edition (ISBN 1-55700-124-3) and PDF download, both of which are free of charge. So far from placing Blavatsky's master-work "within reach of all who are curious" -- to use the publisher's own phrase -- they are charging the sum of £11.99 when the "curious" can read the original edition for nothing!

The publisher's claim that: "(the book) has long eluded the grasp of modern readers until now" is disingenuous sophistry of the worst possible kind. The only readers whose grasp it has eluded are those who are unwilling or incapable of opening their minds to the possibility that modern science and our modern 'experts' do not have all the answers. The original book is no more "difficult" to read than Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species', written some 30 years EARLIER than the Secret Doctrine, and still widely read today by all those who want the genuine article rather than some edited "highlights" or "cliff notes."

The publisher goes on to say: "Gomes scrupulously scales down the book's key writings on symbolism to their essentials, and offers notes and a glossary to illuminate arcane references." Does he really? One is tempted to ask how Gomes knows these "essentials" when Blavatsky apparently did not? Had she done so she would presumably have "edited them down" herself. The implied inference cannot be avoided that Gomes considers himself both wiser and more capable than the author whose work he has 'edited.' A less charitable view might be that in cutting nearly 80% of Blavatsky's text, Gomes has ably succeeded in turning a silk purse into a sow's ear. Does any intelligent reader imagine for one moment that an author of H. P. Blavatsky's immense erudition and dedication to verisimilitude included her many detailed explanations of occult symbolism simply to pad out the book. Or that she included so many "arcane" references and annotations simply out of pedantic malice toward her future readers?

No doubt Michael Gomes means well and had the best of motives in producing this book to appeal to a wider audience. Whether Blavatsky ever intended her master-work to appeal to the merely "curious" Gomes seems so anxious to reach, is a moot point. On the evidence of her many letters and writings I should say that she did not expect more than a tiny handful of readers to appreciate the profound Truths revealed in the Secret Doctrine, and even fewer to comprehend them. What we all know is that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And it is precisely such well-intentioned (and sometimes less well-intentioned) 'meddlers' like Michael Gomes who have been responsible for distorting and misrepresenting the sacred writings of all times. And H. P. Blavatsky's many famous and erudite admirers, both past and present, which included Albert Einstein, most definitely regarded her master-work as a sacred writing of the highest order. Whether they would regard Gomes' edition in the same light is open to question...

In conclusion, I would respectfully suggest that anyone who is sincerely interested in studying what H. P. Blavatsky actually wrote, as opposed than what some busybody of an editor thinks she OUGHT to have written, to leave this version on the shelf.
113 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly the first step to understanding the cocmos and man 19 Jan. 1999
By jmcmeniman@Yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have studied this book and author as well as theosphy and comparative religions, philosophy, science of mind for over 20 years and the truth contained in H.P.Blavatsky's writings as well as intuitive knowledge have caused me great joy and massive yearning for additional lifetimes of study...I highly reccomend this book for serious students of lifes mysteries and higher learning.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Abridged Version - Beware! 9 Oct. 2011
By Carlos Ch - Published on Amazon.com
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As other reviewer wrote, this is an abridged version. It leaves out important sections of Blavatsky commentaries.

If you are looking for the complete version of The Secret Doctrine, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK YOU NEED.

I have found that these versions are complete, prepared specifically for the eReader, with an index of the original page order for those that want to use a reference for the printed version:

The Secret Doctrine - Volume I, Cosmogenesis
The Secret Doctrine - Volume II, Anthropogenesis
39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation of Western New Thought 2 Oct. 2008
By Rev. P. Sidney Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First, this is not an easy book to read, but it's importance in the study of metaphysics makes it well worth the effort. I am a practicing metaphysican and have been a student of metaphysics, theosphy and comparative religions for over 20 years and am just beginning to realize the truth contained in this and others of H.P.Blavatsky's books.

This book is on my recommended list the serious student of metaphysics and esoteric knowledge. It has been an integral part of the foundation of the Western new age/new thought movements.
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