Re: THEOS-L digest 1473
Mar 24, 1998 04:36 AM
by Dallas TenBroeck
March 24th 1998
For this era, Mme. Blavatsky's writings convey the information from
the Great Lodge of the Adepts who make themselves responsible for the
preservation, research, and promulgation of the information that
every department of Nature (the Whole Universe, and our Earth)
Her writings start with articles which she sent to various journals
during her life work. She edited three magazines herself:
THEOSOPHIST -- from 1879 issued in India
she was co-editor with Col. Olcott for 9 volumes
LUCIFER -- from 1887 to her death in 1891
Annie Besant was made co-editor with her in 1889
THE VAHAN -- from 1891 for a few weeks -- a journal in which
These articles and other writings of hers have been gathered by
several publishers into the compass of a few volumes, such as a 3
volume edition (Published by Theosophy Company, . 245 W 33rd St., Los
Angeles, Ca.) and COLLECTED WORKS, BLAVATSKY in 15 volumes (Published
by Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, London, Wheaton).
2 other books were published that contained a grouping of her
articles during her life:
A MODERN PANARION (Photographic reprint - Theosophy Company, LA)
FIVE YEARS OF THEOSOPHY ( ditto )
In addition Mme. Blavatsky published several books:
ISIS UNVEILED (1877) (Photographic copy from Theosophy Company, LA)
Vol. I: Science; Vol. II: Religion -- a marvelous compendium of
information drawn from classical literature on the subject of
and the origins and inter-relations of religions.
THE SECRET DOCTRINE (1888) ( ditto )
2 Volumes in one. Vol. 1 on Cosmogenesis -- the fundamental
of evolution starting with Universal manifestation, its scope and
Vol. 2 deals with the evolution of Man as a Mind-being, and traces
our Earth from its inception. This includes spiritual,
intellectual, and physical changes as time rolled by, up to the
After Mme. Blavatsky's death this book was reissued in a "Third and
Revised Edition." There are over 40,000 alterations in this book
Mme. Blavatsky did not supervise or authorize.
In the course of writing the first 2 volumes of the S D, Mme.
referred to a 3rd and a 4th volume which were under preparation.
close students and collaborators in the production on the S D in 2
stated that the manuscripts for such additional volumes had been
written, but not finally edited by her.
After her death a number of articles which she had prepared for
publishing were issued in LUCIFER in 1891-3. In 1897 there was
under the editing of Mrs. A. Besant a "THIRD VOLUME OF THE SECRET
DOCTRINE" -- on scrutiny it is found to consist of further unedited
which Mme. Blavatsky had under preparation, and additional matter,
which, apparently received editorial changes under the hand of Mrs.
A. Besant. But this "THIRD VOL. S D" is not the "third volume" to
HPB referred in the first 2 volumes of the SD.
THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY (1889) (ditto ) Basic principles and
practical Theosophy in dialog form between an "Enquirer," and a
"Theosophist," ( H.P.Blavatsky ) A basic book on Theosophy which
ought to be thoroughly acquainted with.
THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE (1889) (ditto ) A book that relates to
of a student under occult or esoteric instruction -- the ethics and
of the "higher life."
THE THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY ( ditto ) This was under editing in 1891
when Mme. Blavatsky died. Her secretary, Mr. G.R.S.Mead was
in this. She edited the firs 32 pages, and Mr. Mead added
drawn from various sources in Theosophical Literature. He stated
the book was only partially edited by HPB. It does however in
places contain information not to be found any where else. It
definitions for over 2300 religious and theosophical words used in
Theosophical literature by Mme. Blavatsky, chiefly.
THE MAHATMA LETTERS were originally published in 1925, and are
from original manuscripts deposited with the British Museum by Mr.
A.P. Sinnett, their recipient. Those letters were the result of a
correspondence carried on between 1880 and 1885 with several of the
Adepts (Mahatmas--Great Souls) who were Mme. Blavatsky's Teachers,
and whose duty was is to launch the Theosophical Movement of this
This book was edited by Mr. Sinnett's friend Trevor Barker after
death. In several places among the Letters, the Mahatmas state
they were NOT TO BE PUBLISHED.
Mme. Blavatsky repeatedly declared that the wisdom which she set
down in her writings was not "hers," but Theirs. There also exists a
"certificate" from two of the Mahatmas stating that THE SECRET
DOCTRINE is the joint product of their three-fold collaboration [ THE
PATH, Vol. 8, p.1-3 "The Authorship of the SECRET DOCTRINE" ]
Excuse this somewhat lengthy answer, but it is given so you will
have the facts, as I presently know them concerning these writings.
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| dallas,thank you for your eloquent answer; it did help. is it
correct to say
| that the 2 primary sources of info for theosophy are the secret
doctrine & the
| mahatma letters?
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