ADVANCED THEOSOPHICAL BOOKS

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Blavatsky Commentaries

 

THE SECRET DOCTRINE COMMENTARIES
The Unpublished 1889 Instructions

Includes TRANSACTIONS OF THE BLAVATSKY LODGE. Notes of meetings at which H.P.Blavatsky was present. First published 1923. A record of meetings, at which Mme Blavatsky was present in London in 1889. 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”.

This version compiled and annotated by theosophical historian & researcher Michael Gomes.

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ISIS UNVEILED
H. P. Blavatsky
first published in New York in 1877.

'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.


THE SECRET DOCTRINE
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.


INDEX TO VOLS. I AND II of THE SECRET DOCTRINE.


 

THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF H.P. BLAVATSKY
edited by Boris de Zirkoff.

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

online editions (Katinka Hesselink website)


THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE
translated by H.P. Blavatsky Published in 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)


MAN THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS
Krishna Prem

Containing enlightening insights into some of The Secret Doctrine teachings.

I found the book to be the best commentary on The Secret Doctrine that I have read. It made many of the basic concepts and doctrines easier to understand. The author made a detailed account of the meanings of the different words, many of which were in Sanskrit. Reading this book has certainly broadened my understanding and grasp of the Secret Doctrine and the Stanzas of Dzyan. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an advanced study of the Theosophical philosophy (on Anthropogenesis). (Amazon UK review)


THE MAHATMA LETTERS TO A.P. SINNETT Chronological Editions (other editions available)
Compiled by A.T. Barker (original compiler) and V Hao Chin (chronological edition).

The text of the famous letters, now housed in the British Library, in which two Adepts 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 the man and woman of today. A Theosophy classic.


Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom: A Commentary on the Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett
Joy Mills

Amazon UK Review: Anyone who has even a slight knowledge of the Mahatma Letters to A P Sinnett, will enjoy this commentary by Joy Mills. She has not only a vast knowledge of the letters themselves, but also of the events in the lives of the people around whom they were written. This means that what are otherwise, all these years later, incomprehensible references, are explained and become meaningful. Her own gentle humour comes through, making this work not only insightful but very readable. A copy should be in the hands of all serious student of theosophy.


THE DIVINE PLAN
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.


ESOTERIC WRITINGS OF SUBBA ROW.
Various editions. First Published 1895

Much information and explanatory material on the early teachings of the Masters. The author was a direct pupil of one of them.

The following publication is generally included in Esoteric Writings of Subba Row.

see above

The Philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita
Subba Row

An exposition of the Gita in relation to the Theosophical system Row's analysis is insightful and incisive. He is a clear writer and discusses complicated interrelated concepts with clarity and brevity.


LIGHT ON THE PATH &
THROUGH THE GATES OF GOLD

Mabel Collins.

"Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice can speak in the presence of the Masters it must have lost the power to wound ..."
These are two inspirational tracts for daily living, written under inspiration by an early member of the movement. Light on the Path is subtitled 'A treatise written for the personal use of those who are ignorant of the eastern wisdom, and those who desire to enter within its influence' and contains an appendix on Karma, whilst Through the Gates of Gold deals with entrance to that realm of the soul unknowable through sense-perception, and indicates some of the steps necessary to reach their threshold.

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THE DEEPER TRUTHS OF BUDDHISM
collated by Basil Crump.

A compilation of extracts from the Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett on the close relationship between Theosophy and little known aspects of Buddhism. 14 pages. Paper pamphlet.


CYCLIC EVOLUTION
Adam Warcup.

A competent review of the theosophical teachings concerning evolution.



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