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The Writings of H.P. Blavatsky

For a chronology of the work of H.P. Blavatsky see the website of The Blavatsky Archive go to page

H.P. Blavatsky's first major work, examining religion and science in the light of Western and Oriental ancient wisdom and occult or spiritualistic phenomena, was Isis Unveiled, (1877 - 2 years after the founding of The Theosophical Society). The underlying theme of the diverse topics covered 'is the existence of an ancient wisdom-religion, an ageless occult guide to the cosmos, nature and human life' [1] Blavatsky, according to Prof. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, posits mankind's involution from "higher and more spritual natures" and an 'evolution' in which "the human race must be finally physically spiritualised" [2]. To this extent, Isis Unveiled is a precursor to the emphasis soon placed on 'brotherhood' by the newly formed Theosophical Society and enshined into it's first object.

Isis Unveiled, however, did not concern itself with Theosophical concepts, and A.P. Sinnett's more 1883 publication Esoteric Buddhism online is generally acknowledged as the first exposition of Theosophy in modern times. H. P. Blavatsky's later major work The Secret Doctrine (1888) enlarged on these teachings and corrected some errors of understanding or interpretation given in Sinnett's work [3].

Of particular note are The Key to Theosophy (1889) which is a clear explanation of Theosophy in Q & A form, and the more mystical or esoteric The Voice of the Silence (1889).

[1] ^ Helena Blavatsky, Western Esoteric Masters Series, 2004, Prof. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, p9
[2] ^ Goodrick-Clarke, p10
[3] ^ See The Secret Doctrine Vol I, pp. 152-162

 

Key to Theosophy

online text with page numbering (United Lodge of Theosophists, Phoenix, Arizona)

online text (Theosophical University Press Online Edition)

THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY
Originally published 1889

numerous editions about 250 pages; "Dedicated by H.P.B. to all her pupils that they may Learn and Teach in their turn".

This book covers the main aspects of the teaching as they affect mankind. She discusses among others the Wisdom-Religion, Occultism, Spiritualism, God and Prayer, the septenary Nature of Man, the After-death states, Reincarnation, the Complex Nature of Mind, Karma, etc. etc.; all this by way of question and answer ... "of the ETHICS, SCIENCE, AND PHILOSOPHY for the Study of which The Theosophical Society has been Founded".


Voice of the Silence

online text (Theosophical University Press Online Edition)

see A Companion to The Voice of the Silence on this website

online text, 1889 edition (United Lodge of Theosophists, Phoenix, Arizona)

VOICE OF THE SILENCE
Originally published 1889

Chosen fragments from the "Book of the Golden Precepts." translated and annotaded by H.P. Blavatsky. Devotional classic of Theosophy.

Although small in volume, it is massive in content. It is in three Fragments: the first entitled The Voice of Silence, of 100 verses; the second, The Two Paths, of 95 verses; the third, The Seven Portals, of 120 verses. This is a work intended for the aspirant after true, or self, knowledge, aiming to play a significant part in helping mankind along its arduous evolutionary path to ultimate self-redemption and liberation.


THE SECRET DOCTRINE - THE SYNTHESIS OF SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND PHILOSOPHY (2 VOLUMES)
1888

two volumes of some 1500 pages altogether.

A massive work of great erudition; some 1100 other works being referred to in the text. This is Blavatsky’s masterwork on theosophy, covering cosmic, planetary, and human evolution, as well as science, religion, and mythology. Based on the Stanzas of Dzyan, it outlines the vast scheme of knowledge of the nature and function of Cosmos available to mankind in the extensive world literature on the subject and adds some items of great significance, not previously given out. In spite of the work's extent and depth, H.P.B. says that in it only "a corner of the veil" and in the preface says, "The aim of this work may thus be stated: to show that Nature is not 'a fortuitous concurrence of atoms' and to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the Universe, etc. etc., and that it, The Secret Doctrine, is as much as 20th century man can apprehend."

Volume 1: Cosmogenesis

Volume 2: Anthropogenesis

Proem


THE SECRET DOCTRINE 'VOLUME 3'

A compliation of material edited & published by Annie Besant

further info on volume 3 see Blavatsky Study Centre


INDEX to THE SECRET DOCTRINE

Index to the original 1888 edition
Prepared by John P. Van Mater
Published 1997


AN INVITATION TO THE SECRET DOCTRINE
1997

To those who would like to explore the essence of The Secret Doctrine, or who have had difficulty penetrating its two large volumes, An Invitation to The Secret Doctrine should prove welcome. Based on Blavatsky's study suggestions given to her personal students, it is a succinct and appealing statement of the SD's principal teachings in her own words. Included are the Bowen notes of HPB's comments, relevant pages from The Secret Doctrine, photographs of HPB's manuscript, a historical account of "The Writing of The Secret Doctrine" by Kirby Van Mater, and a glossary of terms.

Includes 'The Bowen Notes' (which are also available on this website here)


TRANSACTIONS of the BLAVATSKY LODGE

Secret Doctrine Commentary first published 1923. Transcript of iscussions on the Stanzas of the First Volume of The Secret Doctrine

See also the following publication/s:


THE SECRET DOCTRINE COMMENTARIES
The previously unpublished 1889 Instructions
Published 2010

The Secret Doctrine Commentaries contains the never before published transcription of the shorthand notes of these Blavatsky Lodge meetings. For further information


THE SECRET DOCTRINE DIALOGUES
United Lodge of Theosophists version of the 1889 Instructions
Published 2013

Based upon the same stenographic notes as The Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, This this material has only recently come to light, having been misplaced for over a hundred years.
Newly transcribed, meticulously edited and carefully formatted, we are afforded a front row seat at the world's first study class in The Secret Doctrine, with the author, H.P. Blavatsky, presiding over the discussion.
As noted in the Introduction:
This volume is intended neither to replace nor correct the existing The Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, but may be viewed as a companion work. A comparison with the Transactions immediately shows how much H.P.B. edited the latter, yet these transcriptions provide a powerful, first hand introduction to H.P.B. in discussion. We are treated to her broad, philosophical and penetrating mind, her biting wit, her gentle and not so gentle impatience with humane foibles, and her self-deprecating willingness to inquire into ideas and engage the minds of others. For further information


ISIS UNVEILED
First Published 1877

Originally published by J.W.Bouton, New York. Subtitled - A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology.; This is a large work in two volumes of over 600 pages each. It is now in a number of editions, by various publishers, but the text is common to all. Isis is Blavatsky's first major work on Theosophy, examining religion and science in the light of Western and Oriental ancient wisdom and occult and spiritualistic phenomena.

Truly a great work; A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, a mine of information, some of it very little known, and a mass of enlightened comment on the science and theology of the day. While some material is now dated, much is of an enduring nature. This book, while being regarded by some as iconoclastic, is liberating. It helps us to free ourselves from our prejudices and preconceptions.
An abridgement by Michael Gomes was published by Quest Books in 1997


H. P. BLAVATSKY to the AMERICAN CONVENTIONS 1888-1891
Published 1979
With a "Historical Perspective" by Kirby Van Mater

H. P. Blavatsky wrote these stirring messages to several conventions of the Theosophical Society in the United States. They are valuable statements about the purposes of the Theosophical Movement and provide insights into the real value of practical theosophy.


STUDIES IN OCCULTISM
A Collection of Articles from Lucifer, H. P. Blavatsky's magazine, between 1887-1891

In this series of articles, Blavatsky clarifies the "essential difference between theoretical and practical Occultism," and the gulf that separates harmful occult practices from the occult path of altruism.


THE LETTERS OF H. P. BLAVATSKY to A. P. SINNETT
First published in 1925

and other miscellaneous letters
Transcribed, compiled, and with an introduction by A. T. BARKER
Letters written between the years 1880-1888. Supplementary material alongside the Mahatma Letters.


THE COLLECTED WRITINGS : edited by Boris de Zirkoff; 14 volumes.

A collection of H.P.B.'s numerous writings by way of articles, published letters, stories and so on, written during the period 1875 to 1891, arranged chronologically. These writings contain much teaching which supplements (and is entirely consistent with) what is contained in her books.

Some of the material gives an insight into how the teachings could affect the lot of humanity in the circumstances of earth life, having regard to its traditions, institutions, ignorances, superstitions and so on. They are particularly illuminating on such subjects as spiritualism, the Christian religion, and Occultism generally. Always H.P.B. has an eye to essentials, to objective facts, which she sees clearly against the background of her encyclopaedic knowledge. In these works is to be found much wisdom and inspiration.

Collected Writings Volume 1
1874-1878
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff
An outline of her life prior to her public work. Early writings


Collected Writings Volume 2
1879-1880
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff. Further early writings.


Collected Writings Volume 3
1881-1882
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 4
1882-1883
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 5
1893
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 6
1883-1884-1885
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 7
1886-1887
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 8
1887
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 9
1888
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 10
1888-1889
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 11
1889
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 12
1889-1890
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 13
1890-1891
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 14
misc. dates
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


Collected Writings Volume 15
index
Compiled by Boris de Zirkoff.


FIVE YEARS OF THEOSOPHY
This is a collection of articles from the early years of The Theosophist. A number of articles by H.P.B. are included in this volume; others of interest are by T. Subba Row, Mohini M. Chatterji, and Damodar K. Mavalankar.
Of particular interest is Some Inquiries Suggested by Mr. Sinnett's 'Esoteric Buddhism' by H.P. Blavatsky and the helpful diagram of the three elemental and the mineral, animal and human kingdoms.
Three other well-known articles are worth mentioning, The Elixir of Life by G.M. (Godolphin Mitford?), Contemplation by Damodar Mavalankar and The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac by T. Subba Row.


A MODERN PANARION: A COLLECTION OF FUGITIVE FRAGMENTS
This book was first published in 1895 by the Theosophical Society as a memorial of H.P. Blavatsky's life and work.


RAJA YOGA Or OCCULTISM

selected articles of HPB

reprint and facsimile editions available


FROM The CAVES And JUNGLES of HINSDOSTAN

Blavatsky's fictional and esoteric account of India. Delightful and inspiring. And for theosophists it's also full of ideas about occultism.

reprint and facsimile editions available


A further listing of the work of H.P. Blavatsky can also be found by following this link: Blavatsky Study Centre

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