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The Voice of the Silence: Being Extracts from the Book of the Golden Precepts (Being Extracts from the Book of the Golden Precepts. First) Paperback – 1 Apr 1996
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About the Author
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born on August 12, 1831, at Dnepropetrovsk (Ekaterinoslav), Ukraine, daughter of Colonel Peter Alexeyevich von Hahn and novelist Helena Andreyevna (nee 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. Along with writing her several books, H. P. Blavatsky kept up a voluminous correspondence and also contributed a steady stream of essays and articles to periodicals in English, French, and Russian. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As H.P. Blavatsky herself says in her introduction: "The following pages are derived from "The Book of the Golden Precepts," one of the works put into the hands of mystic students in the East".
She might have added that similar instruction was (and still is) given to mystic students in the WEST. But very little has ever been made public for the same reason that Blavatsky only translated less than half of the treatises which make up the 'Book of the Golden Precepts' from which this book is taken, namely: "They could not be given to a world too selfish and too much attached to objects of sense to be in any way prepared to receive such exalted ethics in the right spirit. For, unless a man perseveres seriously in the pursuit of self-knowledge, he will never lend a willing ear to advice of this nature."
How many DO 'persevere seriously'? If the sincere student is honest he will answer 'very few indeed.' For it is a fact verifiable by experience that MOST seekers after Truth prefer to have their own illusions and vain imaginings confirmed rather than learn the TRUTH from those who KNOW.
Those who ARE prepared to 'lend a willing ear' to the highly elevated precepts contained in this book will find the answers to many an Occult Enigma in its pages, as well as TRUE elucidations of the real nature of Man, the Universe and the purpose of Life on Earth. Moreover, the sincere reader will learn in no uncertain manner that SILENCE and silence alone is the Master-key which opens up the world of the Spirit. For it is only when the mindless chatter of our lower self is stilled and our physical senses are closed to all distractions (both external AND internal) that we truly begin to perceive the spiritual realities that lie behind the physical, material world we THINK is so real.
But more than this, the 'Voice of the Silence' clearly reveals the steps the student must take to fit himself for the reception of his own Higher Self, or Soul, that often sorrowing Master whom we must first contact in the silence of the WITHIN before we can hope to be brought into contact with other 'Masters' without. The few who achieve this Holy Contact are blessed indeed, for they will ultimately become the Great Messengers and Saviours of generations as yet unborn. It is of these the book speaks in the closing stanzas, when we read: "JOY UNTO YE, O MEN OF MYALBA (Our physical Earth), A PILGRIM HATH RETURNED BACK FROM THE OTHER SHORE (The Higher realms, planes, or 'heavens'). A NEW ARHAN (Messenger of God) IS BORN...
To which this reviewer can only add: "The rest is silence..."
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