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  • Paperback: 1571 pages
  • Publisher: Theosophical University Press; Centennial ed edition (1 Oct. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557000026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557000026
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Madame Helena Blavatsky (1831–1891) was a co-founder of the theosophy movement in the United States, which was later extended to Europe and India. In The Secret Doctrine, published in 1888, Blavatsky aims to explain the spiritual origins of the world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born on August 12, 1831, at Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, daughter of Colonel Peter Alexeyevich von Hahn and novelist Helena Andreyevna (née de Fadeyev). In 1849 she married N. V. Blavatsky, and shortly thereafter began more than 20 years of extensive travel, which brought her into contact with mystic traditions the world over. She was the principal founder of The Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875, and devoted her extraordinary literary talents to its humanitarian and educational purposes until her death in London, England,on May 8, 1891.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Muzchik on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is not a book that will appeal to the majority, or even to the minority of 'occultists' and 'mystics'. The latter being those who wish to have their own fancies and fantasies confirmed, rather than learn the truths Blavatsky reveals in this book. Unfortunately, the intellect alone cannot apprehend these truths without the aid of intuition; a fact insisted upon by every true Teacher from Buddha to Jesus, and before.

Now whether you choose to call intuition 'spiritual vision', 'inspiration' 'the eye of the soul', or anything else under the Sun, the fact remains that every great philosopher and spiritual teacher has said that unless we can learn to transcend our purely physical, earthly 'thinking', we shall never have any apprehension of the truth of anything, much less the nature of Man, or God, or the Universe. In the degree that we DO use these higher senses we will find the 'difficulties' of this book are largely of our own making and melt away like snow under the warming rays of the Sun of Wisdom.

Far be it from this writer to tell anyone what they should or should not read. But it will be clear to anyone with the slightest SINCERE interest in Truth and Wisdom that the Secret Doctrine was written for the few and not the many. If you are among the former you will not need me to tell you that this remarkable book bears the stamp of Holy Truth on every one of it's inspired pages. If you are NOT, you will dismiss it as bunkum and consign it to the rubbish heap of mystical literature which fills the bookshelves of stores around the world to overflowing.

As Blavatsky herself says in her preface: "The aim of this work...is...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Sonnokrot on 16 Dec. 2012
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if you want to have better understanding of the world we are living in, all the lies, the real and the unreal, this book is for you, u need to read 10 times before the knowledge starts to flow inside your heart
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Lane on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I must confess now that I have only managed to read into the first chapter of this book, but felt it necessary to put comment down as regards Blavatsky in general (or any polymath for that matter). An analogy of this work is that it is like the trunk of the tree of knowledge whereby an acute understanding of the roots is required. Blavatsky had an astounding array of source materials at her fingertips, and drew these together in this opus. It is perhaps obvious, but I feel quite often overlooked that one should seek an understanding of a work by preparing yourself in the manner that the author prepared themselves when writing their work. Wizards bookshelf have produced a list of books that are a reference series covering most of the volumes in the Blavatsky library and I would strongly recommend that people put off diving headlong into this dense volume before acquainting themselves with some of the ideas presented in these other texts (a list of these can be found on the theosophical societies' website). This is very much akin to a textbook, thus just as in advanced physics you do not asume to read quantum mechanics first thing without a modicum of preparedness the same is echoed here. It is true that the greatest of things in this life have the greatest risk, just as in the farther they reach the further one can fall also. In this vein one reads in the hope to pierce through the myriad of our attempts at understanding to capture the kernel of knowledge at the heart of writings such as these, our only enemy being the restraint on our curiosity coming from the statement "I know" and our clinging to this comfort. Be prepared, gather experience, and alter your preconceptions regarding what we perceive, free your conditioned self.Read more ›
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48 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 1998
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Aside from being Sirhan Sirhan's inspiration for killing the younger Kennedy, this is a rather remarcable book. It was the first book that Mr. Sirhan requested when he was usured off to jail. This was because of Mrs. Blavatsky's teaching in the book that he was 'Becoming a God' and nothing could prevent him from achiving 'His Will'. Of course, this is not a new teaching. It is just tragic that he took her at her literal word.
The New Age movment is a direct deseandant of Mrs. Blavatsky's writings. First with her 'Isis Unveiled' (pub. 1877), a "1,300-page compilation of mysticism, tall stories and archaeology, which hints at a lost knowledge that had been familiar to the initiates of antiquity"..."The result was both vitriolic and garbled, but 'Isis Unveiled' was to provide endless scope for interpretation." (Encyclopedia of the Unexplained - Ed. Richard Cavendish, Consultant: Professor J.B. Rhine [of Parapsychology fame], writen by historian James Webb - pg 250).
The book was 'shown' to her in the air before her eyes as the Akashic Records. The Akashic Records are 'distinct vibrations' for every creature in the Chosmos that can be read by anyone whos eyes are 'atuned' to the mystical. A kind of 'cosmic record-keeper' to be used in determaning whether or not you come back as a bug or what-not in your next life. They were made famous by Levi Dowling (1844-1911), an old Cival War army chaplain, who wrote 'The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ'. It was published after his death by Eva S. Dowling, Ph.D. - the Scribe to the Messenger - in 1911. The 'Christ' (lit. anointed) was mearly a title, like President or Prime Minister, and is used by many peaple (Buddha, Krishna, Mohamed the Prophet, and so-on) - not just one single person.
In writing 'The Secret Doctrine' Mrs.
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