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20 november 2019

Selected Studies in ‘The Secret Doctrine’

By Salomon Lancri, translated by Ianthe H. Hoskins.

86 Pages | The English translation was published in 1977 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House Limited, London | ISBN: 0722950713.

French original: Introduction á l’Étude de ‘La Doctrine Secrète’ | Published in 1967 | Editions Adyar, Paris | ISBN: 9782850001420.

Theosophy, or Divine Wisdom, is a hidden science. It is also the ‘Science of the Hidden’. Its field is the invisible. It maintains that everything perceived by the senses has secret depth; the surface of objects, their ‘exterior horizon’, is but the boundary of a ‘darkness filled full with visibility‘, a phrase used by Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Le Visible et L’Invisible, 1964). This ‘second visibility’ makes it possible for those, who have developed the necessary psychic faculties to explore the occult dimension of the universe. It is this interior horizon of things, that is the object of Theosophical Investigation,

From the Foreword (p. 11):

” On close observation, you will find that it was never the intention of the Occultists really to conceal what they had been writing from the earnest determined students, but rather to lock up their information for safety-sake, in a secure safe-box, the key to which is – intuition. The degree of diligence and zeal with which the hidden meaning is sought by the student, is generally the test – how far he or she is entitled to the possession of the so buried treasure. ” – From: The Mahatma Letters to Alfred Percy Sinnett, p. 275.

Auteur: Lancri, S.
ISBN: 0722950713

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Secret Doctrine References Reprinted: A 1977 List

By an anonymous author.

22 Pages | Published in 1977 | Softcover | Wizards Bookshelf, San Diego | No ISBN.

Two-hundred titles out of the 750 hard cover books cited in Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (1831 – 1891) The Secret Doctrine (1888) are reprinted or reset and made available (again) in 1977. The reason for the book list in this little publication should be obvious. It is not quite an easy way to read The Secret Doctrine! Few have a fit background in the basic fundamentals of languages like Greek, French, Hebrew, and Sanskrit plus some German and Russian. This altogether, plus a basic view of ancient religions, that only can come from reading those works connected with each. This grand view seems fundamental to discern the various terms, pantheons, deities and the rest.

Despite the effort necessary to unveil the teachings of The Secret Doctrine, it represents an unique journey for every reader. This little publication mentions the works, that are cited in the work. Although the list of references is not complete, may it be of support. And may it allow any reader of The Secret Doctrine to go deeper . . .

Auteur: Anon.

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The Divine Plan

By Geoffrey A. Barborka (1897-1982).

564 Pages | Sixth reproduction 2015 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar | ISBN: 8170591848.

Dutch translation: Het Goddelijk Plan (2 Delen) | Uitgegeven in 1973 | Hardcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750321.

This work could be best described as a guide for an in-depth exploration of The Secret Doctrine (1888). Learning topics concerning cyclic evolution, the big cosmic laws, the hiërarchical composition of the universe et cetera are discussed and their underlying cohesion is demonstrated. Challenging concepts – mostly Sanskrit – are explained in a simple way. Geoffrey A. Barborka seems to have mastered the art of letting complicated teachings explain themselves as it were, without the interference of his own opinions and interpretations.

Author: G.A. Barborka
ISBN: 8170591848

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The Story of Human Evolution

By Geoffrey A. Barborka (1897-1982).

147 Pages | Published in 2000 | Hardcover (gebonden) | The Theosophical Publishing House Adyar | ISBN:  8170593239.

Dit boek beschrijft hoe de eerste mensen naar de aarde kwamen en de opeenvolgende evolutionaire stadia waar zij doorheen gingen. Het is een commentaar op de tweede reeks van de Stanza’s van Dzyan, die handelen over Antropogenesis. De wijze van voortplanting wordt behandeld, zowel als de continentale systemen waarop de evolutie plaatsvond, zoals Hyperborea, Lemuria en Atlantis. Geoffrey A. Barborka heeft vele studiegroepen in De Geheime Leer (1888) begeleid. Andere boeken van hem zijn ook in onze webshop te bestellen.

Author: Barborka, G. A.
ISBN: 8170593239

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The Secret Doctrine – Abridged and Annotated by Michael Gomes

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), abridged and annotated by Michael Gomes.

257 Pages | Published in 2009 | Softcover | Tarcher/ Penguin Books | ISBN: 9781585427086.

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 book ever written. Published since 1888 only in expensive, two-volume editions of some 1400 pages, it has long eluded the grasp of modern readers- until now.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Gomes, M. (ed.)
ISBN: 9781585427086
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This single-volume edition, abridged and annotated by historian and Theosophical scholar Michael Gomes, places the ideas of The Secret Doctrine within reach of all who are curious. In particular, Gomes provides a critical sounding of the book’s famous stanzas on the genesis of life and the cosmos – mysterious passages that Blavatsky said originated from a primeval source and which form the heart of The Secret Doctrine. Gomes scrupulously scales down the book’s key writings on symbolism to their essentials, and offers notes and a glossary to illuminate arcane references. His historical and literary introduction casts new light on some of the book’s sources and on the career of its brilliant and elusive author, one of the most intriguing personages of the nineteenth century. At once compact and representative of the work as a whole, this new edition of The Secret Doctrine brings unprecedented accessibility to the key esoteric classic of the modern era.


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Rebirth of the Occult Tradition – How the Secret Doctrine of H.P. Blavatsky was written

By Boris M. de Zirkoff (1902–1981).

78 Pages | First edition 1977, reprint 1990 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835675351.

Dutch translation: Aan de Bron van de Occulte Traditie – Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN 9061750490.

This publication represents an historical introduction to the Two-Volume 1978 Edition of The Secret Doctrine. The epoch-making work known as The Secret Doctrine is the magnum opus of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891). Its subtitle is: ‘The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy’.

The First Volume of The Secret Doctrine came off the Press on 20 October 1888. This fact is recorded by Richard Harte, then in London, and about to leave for India. In a set of the original edition (first printing), now in the archives of the present writer, there is, on the half-title page, a note in blue pencil signed by Richard Harte, which says:

” This is the first copy ever issued. I got it from Printer by special Messenger on the morning of the 20 Oct. ’88 as I was leaving the house 17 Lansdowne Road, with Col. Olcott for India (Col. went personally via Naples), The Second Vol. followed me to India. “ – R.H.



auteur: Zirkoff, B. de
ISBN: 0835675351

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Aan de Bron van de Occulte Traditie

By Boris M. de Zirkoff (1902–1981).

100 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1977 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN 9061750490.

English original: Rebirth of the Occult Tradition – How the Secret Doctrine of H.P. Blavatsky was written – The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835675351.

Dit werk is geschreven als historische inleiding op de editie van The Secret Doctrine die werd uitgegeven als onderdeel van de Collected Writings of H.P. Blavatsky.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky werd op 31 juli 1831 te Ekaterinoslaw in Zuid-Rusland geboren. Al vroeg besefte ze dat ze voorbeschikt was om haar leven te wijden aan de studie en toepassing van het occultisme. In 1851 ontmoette ze voor het eerst haar geestelijke leraar, Meester Morya. Hij sprak met haar over het werk dat haar wachtte, waarna ze zijn leiding aanvaardde zowel bij haar innerlijke ontwikkeling als bij haar openbaar werk.

Na vele omzwervingen, waarbij ze o.a. Tibet bezocht, stichtte ze in New York met Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), William Quan Judge (1851 – 1896) en negentien anderen The Theosophical Society. Hier schreef ze ook Isis Unveiled. Op verzoek van een aantal goede vrienden vestigde ze zich in 1887 in London, waar ze The Secret Doctrine voltooide. Dit boek zag in 1888 het licht. H.P. Blavatsky stierf in London op 8 mei 1891.

Behalve haar hoofdwerken en talloze tijdschriftartikelen, moeten nog genoemd worden haar Sleutel tot de Theosofie en De Stem van de Stilte. Zoals elders vermeld, verschijnt haar hele oeuvre in H.P. Blavatsky, Collected Writings, verzorgd door Boris de Zirkoff.

auteur: Zirkoff, B. de
ISBN: 9061750490
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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky werd op 31 juli 1831 te Ekaterinoslav in Zuid-Rusland geboren. Al vroeg besefte ze dat ze voorbeschikt was om haar leven te wijden aan de studie en de toepassing van het occultisme. In 1851 ontmoette ze voor het eerst haar geestelijke leraar, Meester Morya. Hij sprak met haar over het werk dat haar wachtte, waarna ze zijn leiding aanvaardde zowel bij haar innerlijke ontwikkeling als bij haar openbaar werk. Na vele omzwervingen, waarbij ze o.a. Tibet bezocht, stichtte ze in New York met H.S. Olcott, W.Q. Judge en negentien anderen The Theosophical Society. Hier schreef ze ook Isis Unveiled. Op verzoek van een aantal goede vrienden vestigde ze zich in 1887 in Londen, waar ze The Secret Doctrine voltooide. Dit boek zag in 1888 het licht. H.P. Blavatsky stierf in Londen op 8 mei 1891. Behalve haar hoofdwerken en talloze tijdschriftartikelen, moeten nog genoemd worden haar Sleutel tot Theosofie en De Stem van de Stilte. Haar hele oevre verscheen in de Collected Writings of H.P. Blavatsky, verzorgd door Boris de Zirkoff. Boris de Zirkoff werd geboren in Rusland. Na de revolutie studeerde hij aan verscheidene universiteiten vooral talen en de klassieken. Nadat hij naar de Verenigde Staten was geëmigreerd en daar genaturaliseerd was, vestigde hij zich op het hoofdkwartier van de Point Loma Theosophical Society bij San Diego, Californië, waar hij achttien jaar werkte voornamelijk op literair gebied. Sinds 1925 verzorgde hij H.P. Blavatsky, Collected Writings, waarvan veertien delen en een index zijn uitgekomen. Verder was hij hoofredacteur van Theosophia, een onafhankelijk driemaandelijks tijdschrift, dat in Los Angeles werd gepubliceerd. Hier heeft hij een theosofisch informatiecentrum gevestigd. In de genoemde serie Collected Writings verscheen in 1972 een herdruk van Isis Unveiled en in 1979 een van The Secret Doctrine. Hiervoor heeft de Zirkoff het merendeel van de honderden citaten en verwijzingen geverifieerd en waar nodig verbeterd, maar Blavatsky’s woorden onaangetast gelaten.


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The Universal Flame – Commemorating the Centenary of The Theosophical Society

By several contributors, edited by L.H. Leslie-Smith and a foreword by John B.S. Coats, international president of the Theosophical Society from 1972 to 1980.

255 Pages| Published in 1975 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835675068.

A group of essays by students of the occult concerning man’s immemorial and upceasing quest for reality. The Universal Flame is being published to mark the centenary of The Theosophical Society. The Society was founded in New York in 1875 and later moved its Headquarters to Adyar, now a suburb of Madras in Southern India, but at that time eight miles from the centre of the city. Adyar has remained the spiritual and administrative centre of the Society’s work since the original founders took up their residence here in 1882; and it is therefore a real happiness to present from International Headquarters this collection of essays to a world, in which growing interest in the search for Truth about Man, the Universe and God is becoming everyday more apparent.

From the backflap:

” These things shall be  – a loftier race

Then e’er the world hath known shall rise

With flame of freedom in their souls,

And light of knowledge in their eyes. “

  • John Addington Symonds in: The Days That Are To Be.


auteur: Leslie-Smith, L.H. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835675068

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Foundations of Esoteric Philosophy – From the Writings of H.P. Blavatsky

By Helena Petrovna Blavatksy (1831 – 1891) with a foreword and notes by Ianthe H. Hoskins (1912 – 2001).

84 Pages | First Adyar Edition, Fifth reprint 2012 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. | ISBN: 9788170592211.

Dutch translation: Grondslagen van de Esoterische Filosofie – Uit de Geschriften van H.P. Blavatsky | Uitgegeven in 1992 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750673.

Some of the most important statements from the voluminous writings of Madame Blavatsky have been extracted and put together in this little book. It is a valuable introduction to the main teachings of the Ancient Wisdom, which Blavatsky said was the common spiritual heritage of humanity. Each passage is briefly introduced by Miss Hoskins, who has added short glossary of terms as an appendix.

For the inquirer, who wishes to learn the fundamental principles underlying the universal Wisdom tradition, this compilation is a stepping stone, but for more ardent students there is material for deep reflection and meditation.

From Chapter ‘Isis Unveiled: A Ten-point Summary’ (p. 72 & 73):

” To sum up all in a few words, MAGIC is spiritual WISDOM; Nature, the material ally, pupil and servant of the magician. One common vital principle pervades all things, and this is controllable by the perfected human will. The Adept can stimulate the movements of the natural forces in plants and animals in a preternatural degree. Such experiments are not obstructions of Nature, but quickenings; the conditions of intenser vital action are given.

The Adept can control the sensations and alter the conditions of the physical and astral bodies of other persons not Adepts; he/she can also govern and employ as he/she chooses the spirits of the elements. He/She cannot control the immortal spirit of any human being, living or dead, for all such spirits are alike sparks of the Divine Essence and not subject to any foreign domination. “



auteur: Hoskins, I.H.
ISBN: 9788170592211

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Het Onmogelijke Zoeken – Inleiding tot een Westerse Yoga

Door Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) met memoires van Robert Bowen en commentaar van Henk Dubbink.

133 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1980 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Utrecht | ISBN:  9061750520.

Tijdens haar laatste levensjaren heeft mevrouw H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1881) aan haar leerlingen aanwijzingen gegeven hoe je haar hoofdwerk “De Geheime Leer” zou kunnen lezen. Zij noemde de weg die zij wees en uitstippelde het ware yoga-pad voor het westen, het pad van de jnana-yoga. Studie, meditatief lezen en meditatie gaan hier hand in hand. Om te leven en te groeien heeft de menselijke geest breedte en diepte nodig en aanrakingspunten met de al-ziel, om tot deze te worden aangetrokken. Dit werkje kan de lezer helpen om leefwijzen en denkwijzen eigen te maken, die kunnen bijdragen aan het ontcijferen van spirituele waarden in de verschillende Schriften van de grote godsdiensten.

Afkomstig van Deel III – ‘Uit De Geheime Leer, Deel I; Samenvatting (blz. 52):

” Weinigen, wier licht helderder brandde, zijn van de ene oorzaak tot de volgende geleid, tot de geheimzinnige eerste – zij vonden dat er een eerste Beginsel moet bestaan . . . (J. Dryden, Religio Laici, 12 – 14).

Dit wordt ‘Substantie-beginsel’ genoemd, dit wordt ‘substantie’ op het gebied van het geopenbaard Universum – een illusie; het blijft een ‘beginsel’ in de begin- en eindeloze abstracte, zichtbare en onzichtbare Ruimte. Het is de alomtegenwoordige Werkelijkheid: niet persoonlijk, immers het bevat alles en alles. De onpersoonlijkheid ervan is het fundamentele begrip van het Systeem. ” 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Dubbink, J.H.
ISBN: 9061750520
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Dit boek is een primeur in ons taalgebied. Voor het eerst zijn hier de teksten die mevrouw Blavatsky als inleiding op de lectuur van “De Geheime Leer” heeft aanbevolen, bij elkaar gezet. De vertaler heeft enig commentaar toegevoegd om meer aansluiting aan de huidige gedachtewereld te vinden. Je hebt hier een werkje in handen dat je kan helpen je de leef en denkwijzen eigen te maken die nodig zijn om tot de spirituele waarden in de Schriften van de grote godsdiensten te komen.


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Index to The Secret Doctrine – Original 1888 Edition

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891).

172 Pages | Original Edition London 1888 | The Theosophy Company, Los Angeles | ISBN: 0938998021.

This Work I dedicate to all True Theosophists, in every Country and of every Race, For they called it forth, and for them it was recorded. – Dedication of The Secret Doctrine by H.P.B.

All references in this Index are to the Original Edition of The Secret Doctrine (London: 1988), and to its photographic facsimile reproduction by The Theosophy Company. Each subject is treated sequentially, beginning with the earliest statement in the first volume, followed by the other references in order throughout the two Volumes. Thus, the Index affords an abstract of every subject both in accordance with the author’s development of the text, and with the importance attached to it by her. What will be found most important of all by the student is the value to be derived from carefully going over all the references on any given subject.

It may be added, that to bring this long-needed adjunct to The Secret Doctrine within the reach of students at a moderate price, the voluntary labors of many of their Fellows in the great Cause of Theosophy and the Theosophical Movement have been given without stint. To all these helpers goes the grateful acknowledgment of


November 17, 1939.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 0938998021

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Theosophical Gleanings

By two anonymous students.

76 Pages | Copyright 1978 | Paperback | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835602265.

In this small book have been collected together articles authored by two outstanding students of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (1831 – 1891) The Secret Doctrine. What makes this collection so unique is that the two authors were contemporaries of Blavatsky, and consequently, their writing reflects the atmosphere, captures the flavor of, the occult community of the late nineteenth century. All who admire  and respect the magnitude of H.P.B.’s philosophy, particularly as expressed in The Secret Doctrine, will find much in this book to enchance their study of the nature of creation and of man.

From Chapter I, ‘Theosophical Gleanings’ or ‘Notes On The Secret Doctrine, Lucifer, Vol. VI, No. 31. London, March 15th, 1890:

” We are literally what our signature says: Two Students, nothing more pretentious. If we are also what has been called ‘communicative learners’, it is because we feel that what have been difficulties to us are probably difficulties to others, and that fellow-students can sometimes lend each other a helping hand over a rough piece of road. In reading ‘The Secret Doctrine’, the student is apt to be confused, even dazed, by the range of erudition, the wealth of illustrations, the abundance of digressions, the number of literary allusions. Devas and Daimons, Dhyani, Buddhas and Kumaras, Yugas and cycles, satyrs and fakirs, alchemists and adept, Manus and Monads, whirl around him in dazzling phantasmagoria, and he rises from hours of effort, his only distinct acquirement a headache.

We have found the most fruitful system of study is to fix on some one thing, to follow it, through all its windings with dogged persistency, steadily hunting it down through the two volumes, disregarding all alluring byways and seductive glades, until there lies before us that one thing in its completeness, with every touch given to it from beginning to end, clear definite, comprehensible. It may be remembered that there was one Proteus who could give the most interesting information, if only you could keep grip on him through all his transformations, until he reassumed his proper shape and became conversable. So, in following the Protean shapes in ‘The Secret Doctrine’, if you can only ‘hang on’ to the end, your reward is true. “

auteur: Anon.
ISBN: 0835602265

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Getting Acquainted with the Secret Doctrine (Study Guide)

By John Algeo.

60 Pages | First edition 1981, third edition 2007 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835602099.

An introduction to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (1831 – 1891) Secret Doctrine – The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy (written as 2 volumes in 1888) based primarily on the Bowen notes. The work borrows freely from the Wisdom and practice of many others as well and formulates questions rather than answers.

auteur: Algeo, J.
ISBN: 9780835602099

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