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Madame Blavatsky's Victorian-era masterpiece is now scaled down to its essentials, providing the most readable, accessible experience ever of one of history's seminal occult works. The Secret Doctrine, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's masterwork on the origin and evolution of the universe and humanity itself, is arguably the most famous, and perhaps the most influential, occult...more
ebook, Abridged, 288 pages
Published July 23rd 2009 by Tarcher (first published 1888)
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When I first considered reading the The Secret Doctrine, I thought I had a pretty good back ground in the understanding of esoteric interpretations of nature. I quickly realized that if I read the material at that point, I would only attain a C-average understanding. This for me would be unacceptable. I knew that there would need to be a lot of mental upgrading. I first picked out 10 books that would get me from where I was, to where I needed to be, here are the books in the order that I read th...more
This book is complete garbage. The author's incompetence is obvious, she just took everything that was known of Eastern religious and philosophic systems in the 19th century Europe, everything the pseudo-intellectual mass wanted to believe, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Anti-Semitic and Aryan ideologies - everything that wanted to be believed and wasn't systematized yet. She spoke of mahatmas from Hinduism, though there are none there: there are Wise Men - the Rishi, but their role is different...more
A must reference book for serious seekers and researchers of esoteric philosophies and modern occultism! Not necessarily an easy read. HP Blavatsky's writing style was a bit crude as her native language is not English. But the ideas presented, I believe, formed the basis of the modern occult movement - both eastern and western. I started reading this one when I was still in senior high school and finally "finished" reading it a few years back. Its like it took me 15 years to read it! :) But Im n...more
David Melik
May 02, 2008 David Melik rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers: scientists/mystics
This gives a historical, ecumenical, esoteric analytic & synthetic 'a priori' overview of worldwide science, religion, and philosophy. This, her vol. 3, and _Isis_Unveiled_ are my favourite books because they are the heaviest reading I have ever come across. One to Five percent of it I do not understand, though most of it scientifically (at least philology) details deep religious topics with logical interfaith philosophy, as well as many scientific topics (up to 1800s) in an 'a priori' philo...more
Ayam Abraxas
Hands down, the most enlightening book I have ever read. Although there is debate as to the authenticity of some of the information, the book discusses our pre-history Atlantean and Lemurian ancestors, their beliefs and how they descended down into modern culture today. It describes the genetic engineering of mankind by the Annunaki (Elohim). The book is absolutely massive, but well worth the time and effort.
Andrew Hennessey
It was in volume 3 of the secret doctrine that I found the issues that 1930's nazi Germany found pleasing in Blavatskys work .. in the chapter on Root Races ... but volume 1 still remains an important and very ancient contribution to 21st Century chaos theory [logos-outpouring-vehicles:] - the suppressed law of emergence written up in Hindu terminology
Michael Riedyk
Poorly written junk. Mrs. Blavatsky (who later in life turned out to be a fraud) mixed concepts of different religions and added a massive amount of fantasy resulting in a book that has NOTHING to do with reality, truth, philosophy or spirituality (unless you missed the last 100 years in science and philosophy). It does not contain any valuable life lesson. Don't waste your time on this.
Van Derek
Compulsory reading for theosophists or anyone interested in esoteric philosophy or spiritualism. Theosophical thinking has changed the direction of many lives including the poet William Butler Yeats. This is a highly creative work of spiritualism, to be absorbed and IMHO not to be taken too literally.
Brings together a great deal of mythological, 19th-century scientific, and religious material to show the unity behind human traditions throughout time and culture. Principles are universal, whatever one may think of the details.
Vlad Popescu
Fara Doamna Blavatsky, fara aceasta carte in special, probabil ca occidentul ar fi fost mult mai rudimentar din punct de vedere spiritual. Indiferent ce am fi adus din orient.
Robert Ingram
Blavatskys mind vomited. For almost an instant, I believed I could feel the earth vibrating. It's a good thing I was stoned at the time, or I might have believed it.
Nov 30, 2008 Betsy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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allegedly part of basis for 3rd Reich's rationale for Aryan race, according to program called Hitler and the Occult
Grace Zales
Light reading, interesting for a gullible reader. Not for an skeptical person. A part history of magic collection do.
This book defined the modern esoteric tradition. Straight from the sane/insane Source of All.
Glenn Horne
Profoundly interesting, poorly written
Brenda Tucker
I couldn't completely understand what was written in THE SECRET DOCTRINE until I had continued on my search by studying The Saint Germain Foundation, "I AM" Temple books, decrees, and dictations. In 1995, after 20 years of studying theosophy and "I AM" Temple, I had an epiphany and I now think that THE SECRET DOCTRINE needs to be revisited by our scholars in a way that I can instruct them in.

The seven races are beautiful, but largely unfounded until we can arrange them on a descending and ascend...more
A must reference book for serious seekers and researchers of esoteric philosophies and modern occultism! Not necessarily an easy read. HP Blavatsky's writing style was a bit crude as her native language is not English. But the ideas presented, I believe, formed the basis of the modern occult movement - both eastern and western. I started reading this one when I was still in senior high school and finally "finished" reading it a few years back. Its like it took me 15 years to read it! :) But Im n...more
@Bayandu and others who are smart and enlightened enough to discern the difference between true genius and absurdity. Kudos to you and thanks for your insightful and honest opinions! The author of these writings was indeed either a disillusioned racist, a fraudulent racist...or both. Also, if her English was so poor that she could not even read and write properly in English, then how can we be for certain know much of the missing gaps in the stories, facts, messages, practices etc she collected...more
Alisson Almeida
Esse livro é uma viagem. A autora escreveu em fins do século XIX. Ela critica a teologia cristã e também o darwinismo e materialismo científico. Como 'terceira via' ela oferece a Teosofia, que se fundamenta numa tradição de sabedoria oculta que teria se iniciado em tempos pré-históricos e transmitida secretamente a pequenos grupos de iniciados até a presente era. Ela se apresenta como uma dessas iniciadas tendo tomado conhecimento dessa filosofia através de mestres em cavernas escondidas no Hima...more
Jake Jaqua
Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine" stands alone and unique in the field. It is further separated from later imitators by the couple thousand References to Scriptures, ancient literature, science of her time and magazines, she uses in support of her premises that there used to be a universal Wisdom Religion over the earth shared by all in its essence.
this book took me FOREVER to read. I think it's almost 1000 pages. plus it was written over a 100 years ago so it may as well be in another language as far as i'm concerned. (actually it may have been translated into english from another language if i'm not mistaken).

i started out interested and then about half way through i lost interest but finished it partly out of spite becuase i had invested so much time reading it. there are a lot of books out there that more less explain this book so if...more
Fábio Marabá
great book for those who like magic and mysticism
Very intriguing. Very intense. It took all my brain power on an intellectual level, but I connected at a deeper, core level much more readily. Though, I can't say that every concept and principle resonated, the overall work assimilated well to the grander scheme of all I've learned thus far on the subjects.
Madame Blavatsky was a very learned woman from her time, and did a lot to identify the root races and other metaphysical topics. I had already read part of this years ago, and it is worth the read if you have an open mind and believe that all religions are the same and have a core tenet of love.
i liked this for what i learned about so many alternative belief systems. this woman has a complicated brain! if you don't stop reading once in a while to go for a walk or get some fresh air you will fry quickly.
Jurie Moolman
She went through difficult times when she wrote the book and that frustration sometimes come out and we are so blessed to have relative freedom of religion today, but her knowledge is astounding - wow
Dec 26, 2007 Kyle is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A little obscure, it's interesting to see one of the earliest attempts at a westerner coming to understand Buddhism and Hinduism. It's also really weird.
Is a book you have to wade through, but it is well worth the effort you put into it. It is very enlightening.
Brandon Kendall
HP Blavatsky was truly the mother of modern occultism. Almost as complex and confusing as the vedas.
Tyler Murset
This mostly went over my head, but what I understood I liked.
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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, (Russian: Елена Блаватская, also known as Madame Blavatsky, was a founder of the Theosophical Society and a major figure in modern occultism.
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