The Secret Doctrine [NOOK Book]

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Madame Blavatsky's Victorian-era masterpiece is now scaled down to its essentials, providing the most readable, accessible experience ever of one of history's seminal occult works.

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 ...
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Overview

Madame Blavatsky's Victorian-era masterpiece is now scaled down to its essentials, providing the most readable, accessible experience ever of one of history's seminal occult works.

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 only 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101108604
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/23/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 396,895
  • File size: 251 KB

Meet the Author


Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was the cofounder of the Theosophical Society. A world-famous figure of mystery and controversy and a leading intellect behind the occult revival in the West, Blavatsky published The Secret Doctrine in 1888 as her magnum opus.


Michael Gomes is a historian, author, and the librarian at the New York Lodge of the Theosophical Society. He is one of today's most respected writers on esoteric movements, as well known to readers of occult and esoteric literature as to students and scholars of modern religion.


Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was the cofounder of the Theosophical Society. A world-famous figure of mystery and controversy and a leading intellect behind the occult revival in the West, Blavatsky published The Secret Doctrine in 1888 as her magnum opus.


Michael Gomes is a historian, author, and the librarian at the New York Lodge of the Theosophical Society. He is one of today's most respected writers on esoteric movements, as well known to readers of occult and esoteric literature as to students and scholars of modern religion.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction ix

A Note on the Text xxiii

Proem 1

Part 1 Cosmogenesis

Stanza I The Night of the Universe 9

Stanza II The Idea of Differentiation 17

Stanza III The Awakening of Kosmos 21

Stanza IV The Septenary Hierarchies 29

Stanza V Fohat: The Child of the Septenary Hierarchies 35

Stanza VI Our World, Its Growth and Development 43

Stanza VII The Parents of Man on Earth 51

Part 2 Anthropogenesis

Stanza I Beginnings of Sentient Life 63

Stanza II Nature Unaided Fails 67

Stanza III Attempts to Create Man 71

Stanza IV Creation of the First Races 75

Stanza V The Evolution of the Second Race 81

Stanza VI The Evolution of the Sweat-Born 85

Stanza VII From the Semi-Divine Down to the First Human Races 87

Stanza VIII Evolution of the Animal Mammalians-The First Fall 91

Stanza IX The Final Evolution of Man 95

Stanza X The History of the Fourth Race 99

Stanza XI The Civilization and Destruction of the Third and Fourth Races 105

Stanza XII The Fifth Race and Its Divine Instructors 109

Part 3 The Mystery Language of the Initiates

1 Symbolism and Ideographs 115

2 The Mystery Language and Its Keys 121

3 Primordial Substance and Divine Thought 131

4 The Hidden Deity, its Symbols and Glyphs 139

5 The Mundane Egg 145

6 The Days and Nights of Brahm&abar; 151

7 The Lotus, As a Universal Symbol 157

8 The Moon, Deus Lunus, Phoebe 163

9 Tree, Serpent, and Crocodile Worship 171

10 Demon Est Deus Inversus 177

11 The Theogony of the Creative Gods 183

12 The Seven Creations 191

13 The Four Elements 199

14 Kuan-Shih-Yin and Kuan-Yin 205

15 On the Myth of the "Fallen Angel" 209

16 Eno&iumlet;chion-Henoch 217

17 The Cross andCircle 223

Summing Up 233

Index 239

About the Authors 257

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    Truly Excellent

    This book gives an individual a guide to the spiritual nature of our being. By showing us our true essence, The Secret Doctrine allows us a glimpse of what we can be if we are only realize that we are all one. That we all would be better people if we respected other people's beliefs systems even though they are diferent then ours. Understanding that there is one GOD no mattter if you are a Christian, a Jew, or a Buddist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    For all faiths Equaly

    There is no religion higher then truth is the writers basic principle. The book explains about the common and conceiled wisdom in al religions and faith. After more then 110 years still a classic must read, both classic as modern....

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    I love the book

    this book is very interesting; I think the most interesting philosophical work ever. Would give a reader a lot to think about. I highly recommend it for serious thinkers.

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