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The Secret Doctrine
The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy
by
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
author of “ Isis Unveiled.”


सत्यात् नास्ति परो धर्मः ।
“ There is no Religion higher than Truth.”


London :
THE THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
7, Duke Street, Adelphi, W.C.
WILLIAM Q. JUDGE,
117, Nassau Street, New York.
THE MANAGER OF THE THEOSOPHIST,
Adyar, Madras.

vols. 1, 2 – 1888, vol. 3 – 1897.[1]
Credits for electronic first verbatim edition of volumes 1 and 2 goes to Theosophical University Press.


Table of contents

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Preface
... vii

Introduction
... xvii

The Need of such a Book
... xix
The Antiquity of Documents and MSS.
... xxiii
What the Book is intended to do
... xxviii

VOLUME FIRST.
COSMOGENESIS.

Proem
... 1

The Oldest MSS. in the world and its Symbolism
... 2
The One Life, Active and Passive
... 4
The Secret Doctrine — Pantheism — Atheism
... 6
“ Space ” in all Religions and in Occultism
... 9
Seven Cosmic Elements — Seven Races of Mankind
... 12
The Three Postulates of the Secret Doctrine
... 14
Description of the Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan
... 20

BOOK I.—PART I.
COSMIC EVOLUTION.

Seven Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan
... 27

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Stanza I.–The Night of the Universe
... 35

The Seven Eternities
... 36
“ Time ”
... 37
The Universal Mind and the Dhyan Chohans
... 38
Nidana and Maya : The Causes of Misery
... 39
The Great Breath
... 43
Being and Non-Being
... 45
The Eye of Dangma
... 47
Alaya, the Universal Soul
... 49


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Stanza II.–The Idea of Differentiation
... 53

The Absolute knows Itself not
... 55
The Germ of Life was not yet
... 57
The Universe was still concealed in the Divine Thought
... 61
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Stanza III.–The Awakening of Kosmos
... 62

The Great Vibration
... 63
Nature’s Symbols
... 65
The Power of Numbers
... 67
The Logoi and the Dragon
... 73
The Astral Light
... 75
Primeval Radiations from Unity
... 79
The Web of Being
... 83
Conscious Electricity : Fohat
... 85
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Stanza IV.–The Septenary Hierarchies
... 86

The Sons of the Fire
... 86
The Vehicle of the Universe — the Dhyan Chohans
... 89
The Army of the Voice
... 93
Speech and Mind
... 95
The Ogdoad and the Heptad
... 99
The Stellar “ Sons of Light ”
... 103
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Stanza V.–Fohat : The Child of the Septenary Hierarchies
... 106

The Fiery Whirlwind and the Primordial Seven
... 106
They Produce Fohat
... 108
The Correlation of the “ Gods ”
... 113
Evolution of the “ Principles ” of Nature
... 119
The Mystery of the Fire
... 121
The Secret of the Elements
... 123
The Square of the Tabernacle
... 125
The Planetary Spirits and the Lipika
... 129
The Ring “ Pass Not ”
... 130
The Sidereal Book of Life
... 131
The Soul’s Pilgrimage and its “ Rest ”
... 134
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Stanza VI.–Our World, its Growth and Development
... 136

The Logos
... 136
Mystery of the Female Logos
... 137


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The Seven Layu Centres
... 138
The “ Elementary Germs ”
... 139
The Evolution of the Elements
... 140
The Building of the Worlds
... 145
A Neutral Centre
... 147
“ Dead ” Planets — The Moon
... 149
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Theosophical Misconceptions
... 152
The Planetary Divisions and the Human Principles
... 153
The Moon
... 155
Transmigrations of the Ego
... 159
The Septenary Chain
... 161
Relation of the other Planets to the Earth
... 163
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Explanations concerning the Globes and the Monads
... 170
The Lunar Chain and the Earth Chain
... 172
The Earth, the Child of the Moon
... 173
Classification of the Monads
... 175
The Monad Defined
... 177
The Lunar Monads–the Pitris
... 179
A Triple Evolution in Nature
... 181
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Stanza VI.–Continued
... 191

“ Creation ” in the Fourth Round
... 191
The “ Curse,” “ Sin,” and “ War ”
... 193
The Struggle for Life and the Birth of the Worlds
... 202
The Adepts and the Sacred Island
... 207
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Stanza VII.–The Parents of Man on Earth
... 213

Divisions of the Hierarchies
... 214
Correlations of Beings
... 223
What incarnates in Animal Man
... 233
Formation of Man : the Thinker
... 238
Occult and Kabalistic Pneumatics
... 243
Akâsa and Ether
... 257
The Invisible “ Lives ”
... 259
Occult Vital Chemistry and Bacteriology
... 261


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The Watcher and his Shadow
... 265
Earth peopled by the Shadows of the Gods
... 267
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Summing up
... 269

The pith and marrow of the Secret Doctrine
... 269
Hermes in Christian Garb
... 273
Some Occult Aphorisms
... 289
The Seven Powers of Nature
... 293

BOOK I.—PART II.
THE EVOLUTION OF SYMBOLISM IN ITS APPROXIMATE ORDER.

I. Symbolism and Ideographs
... 303

Emblem and Symbol differ
... 305
Magic Potency of Sound
... 307
Mystery Language
... 309
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II. The Mystery Language and its Keys
... 310

Egypt’s many Religions
... 311
The Jews and their System
... 313
Moses copied from Sargon
... 319
Identity of Ancient Symbols
... 323
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III. Primordial Substance and Divine Thought
... 325

Divine Thought, or Cineritious Matter ?
... 327
Ether and Intelligence
... 330
The Seven Prakritis
... 335
The Mystic Fire
... 339
One Tree of Knowledge
... 341
–––––––

IV. Chaos—Theos—Kosmos
... 342

The Union of Chaos and Spirit
... 343
The Birth of Mind
... 345
–––––––

V. The Hidden Deity, its Symbols and Glyphs
... 349

The Gnostic Idea
... 351
International Correlation of Gods
... 355


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VI. The Mundane Egg
... 359

Egg-born Logoi
... 363
The Winged Globe
... 365
–––––––

VII. The Days and Nights of Brahmâ
... 368

Human Gods and Divine Men
... 369
The Rebirth of Gods
... 371
The Puranic Prophecy
... 377
–––––––

VIII. The Lotus as a Universal Symbol
... 379

Exoteric and Esoteric
... 381
The Purity of early Phallicism
... 383
The Egyptian Lotus
... 385
–––––––

IX. Deus Lunus
... 386

A Glance at the Lunar Myth
... 387
A Key-note to the Moon
... 389
Copies and Originals
... 393
The Moon Bi-sexual
... 397
–––––––

X. Tree and Serpent and Crocodile Worship
... 403

Degeneration of the Symbol
... 405
The Seven-headed Dragons
... 407
Dragon and Crocodile
... 409
–––––––

XI. Demon est Deus Inversus
... 411

Death is Life
... 413
The Fall of the Angels
... 418
Transformation of the Legend
... 421
–––––––

XII. The Theogony of the Creative Gods
... 424

The Point within the Circle
... 426
The Logos or Verbum
... 429
The Factors of Creation
... 432
Identity of the Hierarchies in all Religions
... 438
Difference between the Aryan and Semitic Systems
... 444


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XIII. The Seven Creations
... 445

The Gnostic and the Hindu Versions
... 449
The Seven Puranic “ Creations ”
... 450
–––––––

XIV. The Four Elements
... 460

The “ Gods ” and the “ Elements ”
... 463
The Language of the Elements
... 464
Pagan and Christian Worship of the Elements
... 467
–––––––

XV. On Kwan-Shi-Yin and Kwan-Yin
... 470

Kwan-Shi-Yin and Phallicism
... 471
The Real Meaning
... 472
––––––––––––––


BOOK I.—PART III.
SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE CONTRASTED.

I. Reasons for these Addenda
... 477

Occultism versus Materialism
... 479
The Sabbath of the Mystic
... 481
–––––––

II. Modern Physicists are Playing at Blind Man’s Buff
... 482

–––––––

III. An Lumen Sit Corpus nec non ?
... 483

The Hypothetical Ether
... 485
Scientific Theories of its Constitution
... 489
–––––––

IV. Is Gravitation a Law ?
... 490

Intelligences or Blind Forces ?
... 493
The Cause of Attraction
... 498


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V. The Theories of Rotation in Science
... 500

Conflicting Hypotheses
... 502
More Hypotheses
... 505
–––––––

VI. The Masks of Science
... 506

What are the “ Forces ? ”
... 508
The View of the Occultists
... 510
Scientific and Occult Theories on Heat
... 515
The Atoms of Science
... 519
–––––––

VII. An Attack on the Scientific Theory of Force by a Man of Science
... 523

Ether and Atoms
... 527
–––––––

VIII. Life, Force, or Gravity ?
... 529

Dr. Richardson on Nervous Ether
... 531
The Senses and their Action
... 535
Too much “ Life ” may Kill
... 539
–––––––

IX. The Solar Theory
... 540

The Primordial Element
... 542
Elements and Meta-Elements
... 546
The Tree of Life and Being
... 549
Prof. Crookes on the Elements
... 552
–––––––

X. The Coming Force
... 554

Mr. Keeley, an Unconscious Occultist
... 557
Inter-Etheric Waves
... 561
The Secrets of Sound and Odour
... 565
–––––––

XI. On the Elements and Atoms
... 566

Metaphysical Chemistry
... 569
What are the Seven Planets ?
... 575
The Cyclic Fall of the Gods
... 577


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XII. Ancient Thought in Modern Dress
... 579

All-Potential Unity
... 583
The “ Seventh ” in Chemistry
... 585
–––––––

XIII. The Modern Nebular Theory
... 588

Forces are Emanations
... 591
What is the Nebula ?
... 595
–––––––

XIV. Forces—Modes of Motion or Intelligences ?
... 601

The Vital Principle
... 603
Occult and Physical Science
... 605
–––––––

XV. Gods, Monads, and Atoms
... 610

The Gods of the Ancients — the Monads
... 613
The Monad and the Duad
... 617
The Genesis of the Elements
... 621
Hermes and Huxley
... 625
The Teaching of Leibnitz
... 627
The Monads according to Occultism
... 632
–––––––

XVI. Cyclic Evolution and Karma
... 634

Karmic Cycles and Universal Ethics
... 637
Destiny and Karma
... 639
Karma — Nemesis
... 643
–––––––

XVII. The Zodiac and its Antiquity
... 647

The Jewish Patriarchs and the Signs of the Zodiac
... 651
Zodiacal Cycles
... 656
Hindu Astronomy
... 661
–––––––

XVIII. Summary of the Mutual Position
... 668

Science Confesses her Ignorance
... 669
Materialism is leading Europe towards a catastrophe
... 675
–––––––

N.B. — The Index and Glossary will be found at the close of Volume II.

VOLUME SECOND.

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Preliminary Notes
... 1

On the Archaic Stanzas, and the Four Prehistoric Continents
... 1
The Imperishable Sacred Land
... 6
The Hyperborean
... 7
Lemuria
... 7
Atlantis
... 8
The Tropics at the Pole
... 11
–––––––


BOOK II.— PART I.
ANTHROPOGENESIS.

Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan
... 15

–––––––

Stanza I.—Beginnings of Sentient Life
... 22

Man, the Third Logos
... 25
The Celestial Governors of Humanity
... 29
Parent Stars and Sister Planets
... 33
Three Kinds of Light
... 35
The Numbers of Creation
... 39
The First War in Heaven
... 45
–––––––

Two Antediluvian Astronomers
... 47

–––––––

Stanza II.—Nature Unaided Fails
... 52

The Monsters of Chaos
... 53
The “ Double Dragon ”
... 57
Who are the Flames ?
... 63


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The Chronology of the Brahmins
... 66

The Race that never dies
... 67
Cosmogony, an intelligent plan
... 73
–––––––

Stanza III.—Attempts to create Man
... 75

The various classes of Creators
... 77
Man, a god in animal form
... 81
“ Fires,” “ Sparks,” and “ Flames ”
... 83
–––––––

Stanza IV.—Creation of the First Races
... 86

Pitris of the Gods and Demons
... 89
What Prometheus symbolized
... 95
The Hammer of Thor
... 99
The Divine Rebels
... 103
Man’s Father, the Sun
... 105
–––––––

Stanza V.–The Evolution of the Second Race
... 109

The Secret Work of Chiram
... 113
The outgrowth of Races
... 117
Leda, Castor, and Pollux
... 121
Jah-Hovah Androgynous
... 125
The Jewish God-name
... 127
–––––––

Stanza VI.–The Evolution of the Sweat-born
... 131

Bi-sexual reproduction
... 133
The Virgin Third Race
... 135
A Few Words about Deluges and Noah’s
... 138
Various Deluges
... 141
The Arkite Symbols
... 143
Could Men Exist 18,000,000 Years ago ?
... 148
Spontaneous Generation
... 151
The Solar System in the Purânas
... 155
Oceans of Carbonic Acid ?
... 159
–––––––

Stanza VII.–From the Semi-Divine down to the First Human Races
... 161

Monads and Rounds
... 167
A Suggestive Explanation
... 171


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A Saint — Hypnotised
... 175
Sweat-born and Androgynes
... 177
–––––––

Stanza VIII.–Evolution of the Animal Mammalians—the First Fall
... 180

Archaic Zoology
... 183
The Sin of the Mindless
... 185
–––––––

What may be the Objections to the Foregoing
... 185

–––––––

Stanza IX.–The Final Evolution of Man
... 191

The Hairy Men of China
... 195
The Separation of Sexes
... 197
Primeval Language
... 199
–––––––

Edens, Serpents and Dragons
... 202

The Garden of Eden a College
... 203
Flying Camels
... 205
Two Schools of Magic
... 211
The Flying Dragons
... 219
–––––––

The Sons of God and the Sacred Island
... 220

The Magicians of Atlantis
... 223
–––––––

Stanza X.–The History of the Fourth Race
... 227

The Mysteries among the Mayas
... 229
Satanic Myths
... 233
Mahasura and Satan
... 237
Man, the pale shadow of God
... 243
The curse of Vasishta
... 247
–––––––

Archaic Teachings in the Purânas and Genesis
... 251

From worm to man
... 255
Identity of Human and Animal embryos
... 259
–––––––

A Panoramic View of the Early Races
... 263

The Natural “ Fall ”
... 267
The Symbolism of Kronos
... 269


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Stanza X.Continued
... 271

The Golden Age
... 273
The Devil’s outside Humanity
... 275
–––––––

Are Giants a Fiction ?
... 277

The Seven Virgin Youths
... 281
The Tibetan Lilith
... 285
The Races of Men not all Human
... 287
–––––––

The Races with the “ Third Eye ”
... 289

Occult Physiology
... 295
The Evolution of the Eye
... 299
The Third Eye is now a Gland
... 301
–––––––

The Primeval Manus of Humanity
... 307

The Four Earlier Races
... 311
The Esoteric Meaning of “ Fish ”
... 313
–––––––

Stanza XI.—The Civilization and Destruction of the Fourth and Fifth Races
... 316

Degeneration of Mankind
... 319
Atlantis now Ocean Floor
... 325
Changes of Climate
... 329
How to Read Symbols
... 335
The Antediluvian Buddhas
... 339
–––––––

Cyclopean Ruins and Colossal Stones as Witnesses to Giants
... 341

Living, Speaking, and Moving Stones
... 345
It takes a God to become a Man
... 349
–––––––

Stanza XII.—The Fifth Race and its Divine Instructors
... 351

The Astronomical Dragon
... 353
Serpents and Dragons under different Symbolisms
... 355
The Sidereal and Cosmic Glyphs
... 357
Our Divine Instructors
... 365
The Origin of the Satanic Myth
... 378
Noah was a Kabir, hence he must have been a Demon
... 390


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The oldest Persian Traditions about the Polar, and the Submerged Continents
... 393
Western Speculations founded on the Greek and Purânic Traditions
... 401
The “ Curse ” from a Philosophical point of view
... 409
–––––––

Additional Fragments from a Commentary on the Verses of Stanza XII
... 423

The Oldest Records about Atlantis
... 425
The Doom of Atlantis
... 427
The Races, Sub-Races, and Family Races
... 434
–––––––

Conclusion
... 437

–––––––

BOOK II.—PART II.
THE ARCHAIC SYMBOLISM OF THE WORLD-RELIGIONS.

Esoteric Tenets corroborated in every Scripture
... 449

–––––––

§ XVI. Adam-Adami
... 452

The Cabalistic Four Adams
... 457
–––––––

XVII. The “ Holy of Holies ” : Its Degradation
... 459

Christian Symbolism
... 463
The “ Four-faced ” Brahmâ
... 465
The Old and the New Jehovah
... 469
–––––––

XVIII. On the Myth of the “ Fallen Angel,” in its various aspects
... 475

The Evil Spirit : Who and What ?
... 475
The Gods of Light proceed from the Gods of Darkness
... 483
The many meanings of the “ War in Heaven ”
... 492
–––––––

XIX. Is Pleroma Satan’s Lair ?
... 506

Jehovah’s Personating Spirit
... 509
The Mysterium Magnum
... 512
The Logos and Satan are One
... 515


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XX. Prometheus the Titan
... 519

His Origin in Ancient India
... 519
The Boon he Gives
... 523
–––––––

XXI. Enoïchion-Henoch
... 529

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XXII. The Symbolism of the Mystery Names Iao, and Jehovah
... 536

Cross and Circle
... 545
The Fall of the Cross into Matter
... 553
–––––––

XXIII. The Upanishads in Gnostic Literature
... 563

When Time be no longer
... 565
The Divine Self’s Wisdom
... 566
–––––––

XXIV. The Cross and the Pythagorean Decade
... 573

Poseidon’s Five Ministers
... 577
The Mystery of the Number Six
... 583
The Cross and Christian After-thought
... 587
–––––––

XXV. The Mysteries of the Hebdomad
... 590

Saptaparna
... 590
The Tetraktis in relation to the Heptagon
... 598
The Septenary Element in the Vedas
... 605
The Septenary in the Exoteric Works
... 611
Seven in Astronomy, Science and Magic
... 618
The Seven Souls of the Egyptologists
... 630
––––––––––––––

BOOK II.—PART III.
ADDENDA.
SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE CONTRASTED.

I. Archaic, or Modern Anthropology ?
... 645

The Occult and the Modern Doctrines
... 649
Science is Silent on every Problem
... 653


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II. The Ancestors Mankind is offered by Science
... 656

Various Modes of Reproduction
... 659
A Pithecoid Man Wanted
... 669
Plastidular Souls and Conscious Nerve-Cells
... 670
The atoms of our “ Father-Bathybius ”
... 674
–––––––

III. The Fossil Relics of Man and the Anthropoid Ape
... 675

Insurmountable difficulties for the Darwinians
... 677
The Argument of “ Rudimentary Organs ”
... 683
“ Epitomized History ” in the Fœtus
... 684
The Evidence of Skulls
... 687
–––––––

IV. Duration of the Geological Periods, Race Cycles, and the Antiquity of Man
... 690

Sayce’s Sketch of Chronology
... 691
(a) Speculations on the Age of the Globe
... 694
The Adept-Astronomer
... 698
(b) On Chains of Planets and their Plurality
... 699
States of Consciousness
... 701
Worlds mentioned in the Bible
... 703
(c) Esoteric Geological Chronology
... 709
Parallelism of Life
... 711
The Two Sciences contrasted
... 713
The Palæolithic Landseer
... 721
Astral Man—the Solution
... 728
The Kabalists and Science
... 730
–––––––

V. Organic Evolution and Creative Centres
... 731

Dhyan Chohans and these Centres
... 732
(a) Origin and Evolution of the Mammalia
... 734
(b) The European Palæolithic Races — whence and how distributed
... 738


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VI. Giants, Civilizations, and Submerged Continents traced in History
... 742

A Mysterious Nation
... 743
The Seven Sabbaths
... 747
“ Revelation ” and the “ Secret Doctrine ”
... 748
Druidic Stones
... 752
Races of Giants
... 755
Mazdean “ Seven Earths ”
... 759
(a) Statements about the Sacred Islands
... 760
The Heirloom of Atlantis
... 763
The God-bearing Land
... 765
The Power of Names
... 767
The Sons of Cœlus and Terra
... 769
Southern and Northern Atlantis
... 770
Niobe and her Children
... 771
The Cycles of Time
... 773
The Titans in Prison
... 776
–––––––

VII. Scientific and Geological Proofs of the Existence of several Submerged Continents
... 778

Corroborations of Occultism by Geology
... 779
Evidence of the Flora
... 781
Atlantis necessary to Ethnology
... 783
Astræa falls on her Head
... 785
Communication between South-Sea Islands
... 788
Evidence of Language
... 790
Ragon explains Masonic Symbols
... 795
The End a fitting prelude to Truth
... 797
–––––––
INDEX.


VOLUME III.[1]

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Preface
... xix
Introductory
... 1
One Key to All Sacred Books
... 3
Assumptions have to be proven
... 5
The Spirit of Plato's Teaching
... 7
Self-Contradiction of the Critic
... 9
The Character of Ammonius Saccas
... 11
Plato a follower of Pythagoras
... 13


SECTION I.

Preliminary Survey
... 14
The Protectors of China
... 15
The A B C of Magic
... 17
Magic As old As Man
... 19
The Tree of Knowledge
... 21
Occultism must win the Day
... 23
Black Magic at work
... 25
Black Magic and Hypnotism
... 27
The Philosophy stands on its own Merits
... 29


SECTION II.

Modern Criticism and the Ancients
... 30
All Honour to Genuine Scientists
... 31
What is a Myth?
... 33
Chaldean Oracles
... 35


SECTION III.

The Origin of Magic
... 36
The Books of Hermes
... 37
What is the Origin of Magic?
... 39
Pherecydes of Syros
... 41
Cain, Mathematical and Anthropomorphic
... 43


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SECTION IV.

The Secrecy of Initiates
... 44
Exoteric and Esoteric Teachings
... 45
Origen on “Genesis”
... 47
The “Dark Sayings” of the “Testaments”
... 49
The Greatest Crime ever perpetrated
... 51
Asiatic Religions proclaim their Esoterism openly
... 53
The Wisdom Religion
... 55


SECTION V.

Some Reasons for Secrecy
... 56
The Key of Practical Theurgy
... 57
The Ladder of Being
... 59
Three Ways open to the Adept
... 61
Man is God
... 63
Jesus taught Reincarnation
... 65


SECTION VI.

The Dangers of Practical Magic
... 67
Names are Symbols
... 69
The Three Mothers
... 71
The Bible and Word-Juggling
... 73
Moses and the Jews
... 75

SECTION VII.

Old Wine in New Bottles
... 76
Copies that Ante-dated Originals
... 77
Which were the Thieves?
... 79
Character of the “ Bible ”
... 81


SECTION VIII.

The “ Book of Enoch ” The Origin and the Foundation of Christianity
... 82
The “ Book of Enoch ” and Christianity
... 83
Enoch records the Races
... 85
The “ Book of Enoch ” symbolical
... 87
Occultists do not reject the “ Bible ”
... 89


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SECTION IX.

Hermetic and Kabalistic Doctrines
... 91
The “ Kabalah ” and the “ Book of Enoch ”
... 93
Numbers and Measures
... 95
The Doctrine Belongs to All
... 97


SECTION X.

Various Occult Systems of Interpretations of Alphabets and Numerals
... 98
Numbers and Magic
... 99
Gods and Numbers
... 101
The Universal Language
... 103


SECTION XI.

The Hexagon with the Central Point, or The Seventh Key
... 105
Occult Weapons
... 107


SECTION XII.

The Duty of the True Occultist toward Religions
... 109
Christian and non-Christian Adepts
... 111


SECTION XIII.

Post-Christian Adepts and their Doctrines
... 112
Unfair Criticism
... 113
The Two Eternal Principles
... 115


SECTION XIV.

Simon and his Biographer Hippolytus
... 117
Uneven Balances
... 119
Stones as “ Evidences ”
... 121


SECTION XV.

St. Paul the Real Founder of present Christianity
... 122
Abrogation of Law by Initiates
... 123
Paul changed to Simon
... 125


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SECTION XVI.

Peter a Jewish Kabalist, not an Initiate
... 126
The Seat of Peter
... 127


SECTION XVII.

Appollonius of Tyana
... 129
The Mysterious Teacher
... 131
Apollonius cannot be Destroyed
... 133
De Mirville on Apollonius
... 135
Apollonius no Fiction
... 137


SECTION XVIII.

Facts underlying Adept Biographies
... 138
Jesus and Apollonius
... 139
Biographies of Initiates
... 141
Similarity of Legends
... 143
Nature of Christ
... 145
A Serious Mistranslation
... 147
Secret Doctrine of Jesus
... 149
The Cross and Crucifix
... 151
The Story of Jesus
... 153
The Primitive Woman
... 155
Kabalistic Reading of Gospels
... 157
Universal Teachings
... 159


SECTION XIX.

St. Cyprian of Antioch
... 160
Magic in Antioch
... 161
Sorcerer become Saint
... 163


SECTION XX.

The Eastern Gupta Vidya and the Kabalah
... 164
A Mystery within a Mystery
... 165
Authorship of the “ Zohar ”
... 167
Chaldaic and Hebrew
... 169
The First Men
... 171
Many Events not Historical
... 173
The real Hebrew Characters Lost
... 175
Hebrew Esotericism not Primitive
... 177
The Concealed of All the Concealed
... 179


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Three-in-One and Four
... 181
The Septenary Sephira
... 183
The Blind Leading the Blind
... 185


SECTION XXI.

Hebrew Allegories
... 186
The Hebrew Bible does not exist
... 187
Some Hebrews were Initiates
... 189
The Seven Creative Gods
... 191
Seven Keys to all Allegories
... 193
Gerald Massey on the Seven Creators
... 195
The Father and Mother
... 197


SECTION XXII.

The “ Zohar ” on Creation and the Elohim
... 199
Angels as Builders
... 201
Who are the Elohim?
... 203
Monad, Duad, and Triad
... 205
The Creative Gods
... 207
God the Host
... 209


SECTION XXIII.

What the Occultists and Kabalists have to say
... 211
The Mystery of the Sun
... 213


SECTION XXIV.

Modern Kabalists in Science and Occult Astronomy
... 215
The Place of Neptune
... 217
Self-Generation ex-Niholo?
... 219
Are there Angels in Stars?
... 221


SECTION XXV.

Eastern and Western Occultism
... 222
Primordial Matter
... 223
The Great Deep
... 225
The Chaos of Genesis
... 227
The Bible of Humanity
... 229
Chaos is Theos or Kosmos
... 231
One Hundred and Eight
... 233


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SECTION XXVI.

The Idols and the Teraphim
... 234
Divining by Teraphim
... 235
Jehovah and Teraphim
... 237
Idol of the Moon
... 239


SECTION XXVII.

Egyptian Magic
... 241
Evidence of Papyri
... 243
Symbols and their Reading
... 245
Rebirth and Transmigration
... 247
The Egyptian Khous
... 249
Obsession in Egypt
... 251
Two Rituals of Magic
... 253
Magical Statues
... 255
Romances – but True
... 257


SECTION XXVIII.

The Origin of the Mysteries
... 258
An Instant in Heaven
... 259
Growth of Popular Beliefs
... 261
A True Priesthood
... 263
The Egyptian Priests
... 265
Revealing and Reveiling
... 267
Atlanteans Degenerating
... 269


SECTION XXIX.

The Trial of the Sun Initiate
... 270
Vishvakarma and Vikarttana
... 271
The Transmission of Light
... 273
Masonry and the Jesuits
... 275


SECTION XXX.

The Mystery “ Sun of Initiation ”
... 277
The Sun as God
... 279


SECTION XXXI.

The Objects of the Mysteries
... 281
Mysteries and Theophany
... 283
The Mysteries and Masonry
... 285


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SECTION XXXII.

Traces of the Mysteries
... 287
Christos and Chrestos
... 289
The Symbolism of Narada
... 291
Egyptian Initiation
... 293
The Self-sacrificing Victim
... 295
Orpheus
... 297


SECTION XXXIII.

The Last of the Mysteries in Europe
... 298
Alesia and Bibractis
... 299
The Learning of Egypt
... 301


SECTION XXXIV.

The Post-Christian Successors to the Mysteries
... 303
The Root Races
... 305
The “ False Gnosis ”
... 307
Teachers of Ammonius
... 309
Difficulties and Dangers
... 311
The Neo-Platonic School
... 313


SECTION XXXV.

Symbolism of Sun and Stars
... 315
The Circle Dance
... 317
Christian Astrolatry
... 319
Michael the Conqueror
... 321
The Christian Sun-God
... 323


SECTION XXXVI.

Pagan Sidereal Worship, or Astrology
... 325
The Planetary Angels
... 327
Celestial Wheels
... 329
The Promethean Mystery
... 331


SECTION XXXVII.

The Souls of the Stars — Universal Heliolatry
... 332
Christian Star-Worship
... 333
A Singular Confession
... 335


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SECTION XXXVIII.

Astrology and Astrolatry
... 337
The Defence of Astrology
... 339
Its Later Deterioration
... 341
Its Prominent Disciples
... 343


SECTION XXXIX.

Cycles of Avatâras
... 345
An Unfulfilled Prophecy
... 347
Secret Cycles
... 349


SECTION XL.

Secret Cycles
... 350
The Naros
... 351
Age of the Vedas
... 353
Testimony of the Song Celestial
... 355
Mackey's Arguments
... 357


SECTION XLI.

The Doctrine of the Avatâras
... 361
All Avatâras Identical
... 363
Voluntary Incarnation
... 365
Cardinal de Cusa
... 367
The Seven Rays
... 369
Special Cases
... 371
The Higher Astral
... 373


SECTION XLII.

The Seven Principles
... 374


SECTION XLIII.

The Mystery of Buddha
... 376
Shankarâchârya
... 377
The Buddha cannot Reincarnate
... 379
A Fuller Explanation
... 381
Sacrifice
... 383
Shankarâchârya still Living
... 385


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SECTION XLIV.

“ Reincarnations ” of Buddha
... 386
Vajradhara
... 387
Living Buddhas
... 389
An Obscure Passage
... 391


SECTION XLV.

An Unpublished Discourse of Buddha
... 393
A Mistaken View
... 395


SECTION XLVI.

Nirvana-Moksha
... 396
The Ãkâsha
... 397
Matter is ever living
... 399
Blind Faith not Expected
... 401
What Annihilation Means
... 403


SECTION XLVII.

The Secret Books of “ Lam-Rin ” and Dzyan
... 405


SECTION XLVIII.

Amita Buddha Kwan-Shai-yin, and Kwan-yin. — What the “ Book of Dzyan ” and the Lamaseries of Tsong-Kha-Pa say
... 407


SECTION XLIX.

Tsong-Kha-Pa — Lohans in China
... 409
The Lost Word
... 411
Tibetan Prophecies
... 413


SECTION L.

A Few More Misconceptions Corrected
... 414
Misrepresentations of Buddhism
... 415
A Mysterious Land
... 417
Absurd Conclusions
... 419
Materialistic Orientalists
... 421
Introduction of Buddhism into Tibet
... 423


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SECTION LI.

The “ Doctrine of the Eye ” and the “ Doctrine of the Heart,” or the “ Heart's Seal ”
... 424
Swedenborg's Claims
... 425
The God “ Who ”
... 427
More Misrepresentations
... 429
Âryâsanga
... 431
SOME PAPERS ON THE BEARING OF OCCULT PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE.
Note
... 434
A Warning
... 435
The Jewel in the Lotus
... 437
The Pythagorean Triad
... 439
Seven Correspondential Contents
... 441
Correspondence between Races and Man
... 443
Man and The Logos
... 445
Cosmic, Spiritual, and Physical Centres
... 447
Woman and Alchemy
... 449
Sound and Colour
... 451
The Days of the Week
... 453
An Explanation
... 455
Astrology and Lunar Weeks
... 457
Seeing Sounds and Hearing Colours
... 459
Planetary and Human Bodies
... 461
Planets and Faculties
... 463
Simon Magnus the Magician
... 465
Series of Æons
... 467
The Triple Æon
... 469
Magic and Miracles
... 471
Magic a Divine Science
... 473
The Seven Hierarchies
... 475
Origins
... 477
Colours and Principles
... 479
The Primordial Seven
... 481
The Hierarchies and Man
... 483
Wisdom and Truth
... 485
Occult Secrecy
... 487
The Light and Dark Sides of Nature
... 489
Nature's Finer Forces
... 491
The “ Seven Principles ”
... 493


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The Auric Egg
... 495
Five or Seven Tattvas
... 497
The Tattvas
... 499
Esoteric and Tântra Tables of the Tattvas
... 501
Hatha and Râja Yoga
... 503
The Awakening of the Seventh Sense
... 505
The Master Chakras
... 507
The Human Harp
... 509
The Duality of Manas
... 511
The Living and the Dead
... 513
Gaining Immortality
... 515
Light and Life
... 517
The Two Egos
... 519
Death of the Soul
... 521
Reincarnation of Lower Soul
... 523
The Dweller on the Threshold
... 525
The Word
... 527
The Divine Witness
... 529
Appendix
... 530
A Mantra Operative
... 531
Colour and Spiritual Sound
... 533
Musical Table
... 535
Notes on Some Oral Teachings
... 537
The Dweller on the Threshold
... 539
Fear and Hatred
... 541
Triangle and Quaternary
... 543
Prâna and Antahkarana
... 545
Sacred Centres of Body
... 547
Ãkâsha Nature's Sounding-Board
... 549
Kosmic Consciousness
... 551
Divisions of the Astral Plane
... 553
Kosmic Planes
... 555
Differentiation
... 557
Men and Pitris
... 559
Power of Imagination
... 561
Why Cycles Return
... 563
Talas and Lokas
... 565
States of Consciousness
... 567
Man and Lokas
... 569
Yogis in Svarloka
... 571
Consciousness and Self-Consciousness
... 573
Scales of Consciousness
... 575
Vibrations and Impressions
... 577
The Crucifixion of the Christos
... 579


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Rising above the Brain
... 581
Christ and Apollonius
... 583
The Beginnings
... 585
Karmic Effects
... 587
Fire is Kriyâshakti
... 589
Responsibility and the Ego
... 591
Functions of the Astral Body
... 593

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  1. 1.0 1.1 A third volume was compiled by A. Besant and published in 1897 after H. P. Blavatsky's death (1891). Text belongs to H.P.B., but she did not arrange nor approve this volume.