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Blavatsky Commentaries

The Previously Unpublished 1889 Instructions

Compiled and annotated by theosophical historian & researcher Michael Gomes. Published 2010

After The Secret Doctrine was published, Blavatsky assembled a small group of students at the Blavatsky Lodge in London, for more in depth inquiry and study of the ideas in the book. The instructions in this book hold invaluable insight into Blavatsky's method and wisdom and carries us to deeper discoveries within of the mystery of her “Secret Doctrine”.

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A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology

H.P. Blavatsky. First Published 1877
Vol. 1 Science & Vol. 2 Theology

"The work which is now submitted to public judgement is the fruit of a somewhat intimate acquaintance with Eastern adepts and a study of their science. It is offered to such as are willing to accept truth wherever it may be found, and to defend it, even looking popular prejudice straight in the face. It is an attempt to aid the student to detect the vital principles which underlie the philosophical systems of old." (From the preface)
In many ways a preparatory book to 'The Secret Doctrine'. In her first major work Madame Blavatsky tackles the dogmas of nineteenth century religion and science, based upon habits of thought still prevalent today, and sheds new light on the Wisdom Teachings of old.

Online text (Theosophical Society, Pasadena

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H.P. Blavatsky. First Published 1888
Vol. 1 Cosmogenesis & Vol. 2 Anthropogenesis

In all ages, and in all lands, the belief has existed that a divine degree of knowledge is possible to human beings under certain conditions, and the conviction has dwelt in the hearts of people that living men exist who possess this knowledge. In ancient days, some of this higher knowledge was taught in the Mystery Schools, traces of which have been found among all the nations of the earth. In more modern days, its existence has been suspected by intuitive thinkers, who have called it by various names, such as the 'Wisdom Religion', 'Gnosis' or 'Esoteric Philosophy'. H.P. Blavatsky's magnum opus is intended to present a wholly coherent outline of an ageless doctrine, a system of thought based upon occult facts and universal truths inherent in nature.

Online text (Theosophical Society, Pasadena

book cover for the index to The Secret Doctrine


First Published 1997

An extensive further and detailed index for the serious student. This 440-page Index provides ready access to the vast quantity of material from many cultures set forth in the SD's original two volumes published in 1888. Due to the topics covered, it is as much an index of ideas as it is of subjects, works, persons, and proper names.

Online text (Theosophical Society, Pasadena

HPB Collected Writings


Edited by Boris de Zirkoff. First Published 1954 onwards (various dates)
Fourteen volumes.

These comprise mostly her published articles, stories, etc. containing much educational and illustrative material. Invaluable to serious students.

Online text (Katinka Hesselink website)

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Translated by H.P. Blavatsky. Published 1889.

Extracts from The Book of the Golden Precepts. One of the oldest and most profound spiritual manuals in existence. Precepts for enlightened and compassionate living, translated and annotated by the founder of the Theosophical Society. Emphasising the overarching importance of Right Motive in spiritual practice, this is essential reading for all practical mystics.
Divided into 3 sections: The Voice of the Silence, The Two Paths, & The Seven Portals.

Links to online version and Companion to The Voice of the Silence (Blavatsky Trust)

book cover of Sri Krishna Prem's book; Man, the Measure


Sri Krishna Prem & Sri Madhava Ashish. Published 1969.

Containing enlightening insights into some of The Secret Doctrine teachings. One of the best commentaries of the Stanzas of the The Secret Doctrine. It makes many of the basic concepts and doctrines easier to understand. The author has made a detailed account of the meanings of the Sanskrit words. Recommended for anyone wanting an advanced study of the Theosophical philosophy of Cosmogenesis.

book cover of  Sri Madhava Ashish's book; Man, Son of Man


Sri Madhava Ashish. Published 1970.

This is a companion volume to, and a continuation of, Man, the Measure of All Things which dealt with the Stanzas of Dzyan relating to Cosmogenesis as set forth in H.P. Blavatsky's great work, The Secret Doctrine. Man, Son of Man is a commentary on the further Stanzas of Dzyan which outline the processes of human evolution (Anthropogenesis) culminating in present day mankind. 'What we believe about our origins determines what we believe about our destiny.' says the author, and he approaches his subject with the same depth of insight, the same sanity and balance, that characterized the companion work.

book cover of The Mahatma Letters, Chronological edition

(other editions available)

Originally transcribed and compiled (in order of topics) by A. Trevor Barker, and published 1923. The chronological edition, edited by Vicente Hao Chin, Jr, was first published in 1993.

The text of the famous letters, now housed in the British Library, is that of two Adepts which reveal openly, for the fIrst time teachings previously, hidden under veils of symbolism and allegory. Cosmic and Planetary evolution, the spiritual realities underlying human nature, the fate of man after death, the tests and trials of the spiritual path, written in vivid sentences that speak out to present day humanity. A Theosophy classic.

More of The Mahatma Letters - Theosophy Wiki

Online portal to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett etc

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A Commentary on the Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett

Joy Mills. First published in 2010

Eminent Theosophist Joy Mills bases her commentary on Vincente Hao Chin's 1999 edition of the Letters, helpfully arranged chronologically to enable following the exposition as it originally unfolded. Mills quotes Sinnett in emphasizing that the Mahatmas' purpose was not to put the world into possession of occult knowledge but to train those who proved qualified . . . so that they might ascend the path of spiritual progress. Her focus, then, is on not only knowledge of the magnificent Occult Science but more significantly the ethical and moral values we must embrace to be of service to the world. She offers her reflections on over 140 letters in the hope that they may prove useful to fellow-students on the journey toward the spiritual heights.

More about Joy Mills - Theosophy Wiki

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Written in the Form of a Commentary on H. P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine

Geoffrey A. Barborka. First published in 1961

An orderly presentation of the basic ideas of 'The Secret Doctrine' in thematic forn based around the idea of divine laws constituting a Universe. It is a commentary especially helpful for those who are considering reading The Secret Doctrine by Madame Blavatsky, or those who simply wish to read and gain a deeper understanding of its study. It stands as a classic of Theosophical literature in its own right.

More about The Divine Plan - Theosophy Wiki

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(2 Volumes)

Tallapragada Subba Row Garu (1856 - 1890). First published 1895

A Collection of Esoteric Writings of T. Subba Row was a compilation of articles from The Theosophist, produced by Bombay Theosophical Publishing Fund in 1895, with an expanded version by the Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, in 1931. Henk J. Spierenburg published a two-volume collection, T. Subba Row Collected Writings, through Point Loma Publications. Volume I has a biographical sketch and covers the topics of Buddhism and the sevenfold principles of man, while Volume II includes esoteric teachings on chakras, rays, devachan, and so on. Many of Subba Row's finest works are available online

Theosophy Wiki links to online texts

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Adam Warcup. Published 1986

A competent review of the theosophical teachings concerning evolution. The current scientific perspective of the evolution of life on Earth is that of a linear progression from simple to complex. The Theosophical perspective is radically different, postulating a cyclic evolution for Life itself, man included. It also demonstrates a non-physical component as integral to the process, without which evolution falsely appears as a random process.

12 part lecture recorded at the European School of Theosophy 1986 (Edmonton Theosophical Society, Canada)

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