Ancient Wisdom

This eBook has been compiled by Daniel H, Cadwell bringing together articles written by H P Blavatsky on a variety of topics. A number of things orginate from Isis Unveiled and the Secret Doctrine.



H.P. Blavatsky and Theosophy:  An Introduction.
Who Is Helena Petrovna Blavatsky?:  A Sketch of Her Life and Work.

The following set of instructions were given by Madame Blavatsky,  a Principal Co-Founder of the Theosophical Society, to some of her earnest students in London in 1888:

In a letter, Dorothy Bell shares thoughts on the power of a theosophical worldview to unravel a universal problem.

A letter to my Sister in India…  On the Equality of Men and Women

Namaste, dear Sister Deepa,

Thank you for the invitation to pen some thoughts ‘On the Equality of Men and Women’ a theme that, as the words unfold, may unexpectedly evoke a sense of balance and wholeness like the wings of a bird in flight. Perhaps it has something to do with the longing of the soul. Anyhow, this will be explored later, as there is a need to acknowledge that the theme has been prompted by events in both our countries.


Lecture delivered at the 116th International Convention at Adyar, December 1991. Originally published in The Theosophist, February 1992.

Comments on "The Voice of the Silence"

by Clara Codd


I think this is the most sublime and splendid scripture that ever was written. Everybody has a favourite. Dr. Arundale, I remember, liked At the Feet of the Master, that was his beloved, and Dr. Besant The Bhagavad Gita, and I heard Mr. Jinarajadasa say that his favourite was Light on the Path. Well, my favourite by a long way is The Voice of the Silence. I think there is such a wonderful compassionate note about it. The difference between At the Feet of the Master and the other three is that the other three are mystical treatises, but At the Feet of the Master is ascetical. These three describe the sublime states of consciousness or try to do so. At the Feet of the Master does not describe that at all. It just gives us plain rules for every day living. It is like the Christian Imitation of Christ. It tells us how to live, but does not describe states of consciousness. H.P.B. says that she knew certain treatises by heart when she was in Tibet, and she has picked out what she thought would help us most. I often wonder nowadays where the others are, and if they are safe now that the Communists have come into Tibet. She also talked about the Gurus, the teachers. They do not know very much more than do their disciples, and they all have their own methods, but beyond the Himalayas, among the trans-Himalayan School, there is only one method. And she told us that these books were written by the great Arhats of the Buddha when they emigrated into Tibet, and if I remember rightly, C.W. Leadbeater told us that quite a number of these precepts were written by the great teacher Aryasanga. They were written in a sort of cryptic language, picture language, that you could read in many different tongues. I wonder if some of them are written in what is called the Senzar, because H.P.B. Says she studied the Senzar when she was in Tibet, and the Senzar is the sacred root of Sanskrit, and it was brought over from Venus by the Great Adepts, six and a half million years ago. I suppose it is a language hardly anyone knows except in certain esoteric schools, but Sanskrit is a derivative from the Senzar, and I expect that is why it is called the Devanagari, God language, Deva language. It is the sacred language in the East, like Latin used to be in the West. She says at the end of the preface, I have done my best to preserve the poetical beauty of the language and imagery which characterizes the original. C.W. Leadbeater told us that she was helped in doing this by the Master Hilarion, the one who wrote Light on the Path. He helped H.P.B. and it is the most beautiful language. When you remember that H.P.B. didn't know English very well, yet she managed to put it in the most splendid words. The Master must have helped her; she could not have done it by herself.

In 1880, the Founders of the Theosophical Society visited the Sinnetts at their summer home in Simla, the summer capital of India. It was during this visit that most of the phenomena so fully described in The Occult World occurred. Over a period of a few years Alfred Sinnett received letters from highly evolved Adepts living in Tibet, some of which he used to outline esoteric teachings in this, one of the earlier theosophical books. 

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