Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky - edited by Boris De Zirkoff
Boris De Zirkoff was the grand-nephew of H. P. Blavatsky. For many decades, Boris De Zirkoff engaged with utter dedication editing the collected writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Asked how he came to undertake that project, he said,
When I came to Point Loma in 1924 and began to read some of the old theosophical publications like The Theosophist and Lucifer it became obvious to me that H. P. B. had written a great deal more than The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled. Nothing had been done about it. Her writings were, to my understanding, voluminous but inaccessible except to those who could consult old publications which, obviously hardly anybody could do except those in large centres. So I felt that there was a very real and urgent need to have her collected writings put together in uniform editions. In 1924 or in 1925, I began doing just that, quietly, without saying very much to anybody. A couple of years later, I told Katherine Tingley, who was the Leader in Point Loma, that I was doing so and from then on it became an official undertaking.
The definitive edition of HPB's writings resulted in 14 volumes of articles, notes and Blavatsky's diaries. Each volume has biographical details on the main people mentioned as well as a historical survey of the period and an index.
Volume 1 is from 1874 to 1878, and includes articles such as: About Spiritualism; A Story of the Mystical; The Theosophical Society: Its Origin, Plan and Aim; The Diaries of H. P. Blavatsky.
Volume 2 is from 1879 to 1880, and includes articles such as: Erroneous Ideas concerning the Doctrines of the Theosophists; Antiquity of the Vedas; The Number Seven; The Theory of Cycles.
Volume 3 is from 1881 to 1882, and includes articles such as: Transcendental Physics; Electric and Magnetic Affinities between Man and Nature; Hypnotism; Lamas and Druses; Stars and Numbers; Are Dreams but Idle Visions?; Spiritualism and Occult Truth.
Volume 4 is from 1882 to 1883, and includes articles such as: The Hermetic Brethren; Reincarnations in Tibet; Masons and Jesuits; Death and Immortality; Zoroastrianism in the Light of Occult Philosophy.
Volume 5 is from 1883, and includes articles such as: Nature and Constitution of the Sun; Occult Background of Classical Civilizations; Nature of the Monad; Date and role in history of Gautama the Buddha and Sri Samkaracharya.
Volume 6 is from 1883, 1884 and 1885, and includes articles such as: Tibetan Teachings on the dissociation of the Human Constitution after Death; True Nature of Mediumship and its Relation to Chelaship; "A Bewitched Life," one of H.P.B.'s Occult Stories.
Volume 7 is from 1886 to 1887, and includes articles such as: Have Animals Souls?; The Theosophical Mahatmas; Ancient Magic and Modern Science; Theories about Reincarnation and Spirits; The Original Programme of the Theosophical Society.
Volume 8 is from 1887, and includes articles such as: The Esoteric Character of the Gospels; The Origin of Evil; The Esotericism of the Christian Dogma (the spirited debate of H. P. B. with the Abbe Roca); The Signs of the Times.
Volume 9 is from 1888, and includes articles such as: The Church and the Doctrine of Atonement; The Life Principle; What Good has Theosophy done in India?; Occultism versus the Occult Arts; Karmic Visions; Controversy with the Abbe Roca continued.
Volume 10 is from 1888 to 1889, and includes articles such as: Psychology of Ancient Egypt; Theosophy and Buddhism; The Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society; Is Theosophy a Religion?; Dreams.
Volume 11 is from 1889, and includes articles such as: The Roots of Ritualism in Church and Masonry; Japanese Buddhism and Theosophy; Thoughts on Karma and Reincarnation; Our Three Objects; Alchemy in the Nineteenth Century.
Volume 12 is from 1889 and 1890, and includes articles such as: Genius; The Fall of Ideals; Science and the Secret Doctrine; Progress and Culture; The Dual Aspect of Wisdom; Psychic and Noetic Action.
Volume 13 is from 1890 to 1891 and also posthumous articles, including: Civilization, the Death of Art and Beauty; The Mind in Nature; On Cosmic Cycles, Manvantaras and Rounds; The Origin of Magic; The "Book of Enoch"; Facts Underlying Adept Biographies.
Volume 14 includes posthumously published essays, written at various times; among them are some which may have been intended for another volume of The Secret Doctrine. Some of the subjects are: The Kabalah; Eastern and Western Occultism; The Last of the Mysteries in Europe; Symbolism of Sun and Stars; Cycles and Avataras; The Mystery of Buddha.
Volume 15 The comprehensive index to the 14 volumes of HPB's writings