Blavatsky/Secret Doctrine

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.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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

                                           Fourth Annual Convention — April 27-28

                                        American Section of the Theosophical Society

                                                       Palmer House, Chocago, Illinos

                                                       

                                                    Third Annual Convention — April 28-29

                                                  American Section of the Theosophical Society

                                                         Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois
 
 
Letter from H. P. Blavatsky, dated April 7, 1889. Read by William Q. Judge, morning session, April 28, 1889
 

                                                                    Second Annual Convention — April 22-23

                                                                 American Section of the Theosophical Society

                                                                             Sherman House, Chicogo, Illinos

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Courstey of The Theosophical Society in America

 

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Courstey of The Theosophical Society in America

 

Compiled and Annotated by Geoffrey Farthing.

NATURE AS THE BASIS OF TRUE RELIGION
or
NATURE AS THE TRUE BASIS FOR RELIGION

 

FROM EARLY DAYS

Nature in religion is not new. The sun in his majestic daily journey and the silvery moon at night have ever been objects of veneration and worship. All the planets in our system have their god names. The Elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are in the Indian pantheon of gods. Mercury is the messenger of the gods, planetary Neptune is also the god of the sea. Pan is the god of all Nature. So men have revered Nature from time immemorial. Both the sun and the moon are the principal astrological factors in the planetary constellations, ruling the horoscopes, even the destinies some believe, of men. Also worshipped under various names and aspects are the Devas and Nature spirits, with their particular powers.

by David Reigle, June 2009

In the early Theosophical writings, H. P. Blavatsky used the term “dugpa” for the various non-Gelugpa orders of Tibetan Buddhism, namely, for the Kagyupa, Nyingmapa, and Sakyapa orders. In doing this, she followed the usage of Western writers of the time. These writers indiscriminately termed all of these orders as “Red Caps,” “Shammars,” and “Dugpas,” or “Dukpas.” Blavatsky additionally used the term “dugpa” for followers of the non-Buddhist Bon religion of Tibet. We know that Blavatsky used the books of these writers because she often quotes them. Indeed, she drew the term “Kiu-te,” a phonetic spelling of the Tibetan rgyud sde that long baffled researchers, from Narratives of the Mission of George Bogle to Tibet, and of the Journey of Thomas Manning to Lhasa, published in London in 1876 (2nd ed. 1879). The editor of this book, Clements R. Markham, writes about the dugpas or dukpas in his Introduction:

Magazine Article: The American Theosophist, July 1974

“The trouble with the three fundamental propositions is that they are way up there in the blue somewhere. They don’t answer any of my problems. Why should I bother to study them?”

How often do we hear this complaint, not only about the three fundamental propositions, but about The Secret Doctrine as a whole? The concepts are too abstract, too vast, too impossible to comprehend. “Anyhow, it’s all speculative, and I’ve got to earn my bread and butter, look after my family, carry on my business. I haven’t got time for something I can’t use.”

Being extracts from the notes of personal teachings given by H. P. Blavatsky to private pupils during the years 1888 to 1891, included in a large manuscript volume left to me by my father, who was one of the pupils

- P.G. Bowen

 

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