She has three major published books, and had tried for a
number of years to get published what she considered her
Blazing Dragon of Wisdom. She tried to find a
non-Theosophical publisher for it, without success. It was
finally going to be published by the Theosophical Publishing
House in England, but financial difficulties made this
unfeasible. Thankfully, Ron has posted an electronic version
of it and thus made it available at long last. Also posted
there are an increasing selection of Jeanine's many articles
and smaller writings.
Her first major book is,The
Vedas: Harmony, Meditation and Fulfilment, London:
Rider, 1974. This has a Foreword by the renowned Dutch Vedic
scholar Jan Gonda, in which, as would be expected for
someone in his position, his recommendation of her book is
guarded and qualified. Gonda was most known for his detailed
philological studies of Vedic terms and ideas, and his 1963
Vision of the Vedic Poets, was at the far edge of his
repertoire. Although still highly philological, it allowed
for the possibility of higher inspiration in the Vedas. This
was a big step forward in western Vedic studies, and Jeanine
particularly liked this book by Gonda. This idea, of course,
was taken as a starting point by Jeanine in her books. It
was her forte, as can be seen already in the contents of
this 1974 book.
Her second major book is,The
Vision of Cosmic Order in the Vedas, London: Routledge
& Kegan Paul, 1985. It has a Foreword by Raimundo Panikkar.
As the title implies, this book is a major study of the
the "cosmic order." It is this by which the sun rises every
day, by which the cosmos is sustained, and by which the
words of a truthful person come to fruition. This is the
first and only major study of this idea of fundamental
Her third major book is,The
Cosmic Waters: A Study on the Hidden Significance of the
Waters of Space in the Vedas, Bangalore: Prism Books,
2011. Its title is self-explanatory. Like her previous
books, this book is directed toward an educated audience
having some familiarity with the Vedas. Jeanine always
managed to blend scholarship with poetic insight, a rather
In her fourth and last major book,The
Blazing Dragon of Wisdom: The Esoteric Tradition as
Enshrined in the Vedas and Beyond, she openly brought
in parallels toThe
Secret Doctrine. She could do this only obliquely in
her previous three major books. Here she directly refers to
the esoteric tradition that was first made publicly known by
Secret Doctrine. None of Jeanine's books were addressed
to a Theosophical audience, including this one. She had
hoped that this book, like her previous three, could be
published by a non-Theosophical publisher. She wanted to
reach a wider audience with her writings. She did not want
to be labelled a Theosophist and have her books pre-judged
and dismissed ahead of time due to the prevailing view of
Theosophy in public opinion as fraudulent. Indeed, Maria
Lancaster informs me about the obituary she wrote that "theGuardianrehashed
my piece, leaving out the connection of 'The Blazing Dragon
of Wisdom' to HPB'sSecret
Doctrine. This is quite important as Jeanine wrote the
book to vindicate Madame Blavatsky."
In 1978 Jeanine gave a series of sessions on the Vedas at
the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California,
which Nancy and I were fortunate enough to be able to
attend. It was titled, "The Vedic Myth and Vision." Jeanine
was very inspiring! It so happened that Nancy and I were
then also enrolled in a class with Raimundo Panikkar, whose
1977 book had just been published,The
Vedic Experience, Mantramanjari: An Anthology of the Vedas
for Modern Man and Contemporary Celebration. Naturally,
Jeanine and Raimundo were aware of and appreciative of each
other's work. So a meeting was arranged and we chauffeured
Jeanine to Raimundo's house. It was a memorable meeting of
brilliant and inspired minds. Later, Raimundo wrote a
Foreword to Jeanine's book,The
Vision of Cosmic Order in the Vedas(1985).
Jeanine always spoke highly of her meditation teacher, Irina
Tweedie. Irina had gone to India and learned under an Indian
Sufi teacher who used very harsh methods. As stated by Maria
Lancaster in her obituary, Jeanine helped Irina to edit her
journal written during this time in India, which was
Chasm of Fire. It was later published in unabridged
of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master.
According to Jeanine, Irina had learned real meditation
there. She taught this to Jeanine in London. Jeanine was a
natural for this, as we can see from her own inspired
writings, briefly listed above.
I heartily agree with your wish that The Blazing Dragon
should be published in book form. I think HPB would be very
pleased too, not to mention Jeanine, who once told me that
she had written the book under HPB's orders. On more
practical matters, I think the book probably needs a bit of
editing and I am not sure whether Jeanine got around to
doing an index or not.
Initially the main problem with getting the book published
was that Jeanine really wanted an academic publisher to get
it into print and clearly she thought that her scholarship
would pull it through and overcome any resistance to the
occult dimension of the book. THis was not the case.
Another problem has been the change of climate, so to
speak, in the publishing world. Then Jeanine wanted the TS
to publish it in a beautiful edition with illustrations. It
seems there were problems in raising money for it and the
London TS didn't think there was much of a market for the
book. (Rather shocking, I thought).
I can't help thinking that HPB and her extraordinary
contribution needs to be revisited - for the public, many of
whom know absolutely nothing about her. A play? HPB would
be a wonderful subject for a film or a documentary. Now
with Neptune in Pisces, I think public interest is going to
turn to things psychic and mysterious... Imagine a script
which includes HPB's meetings with Yeats etc....
But first it's The Blazing Dragon which needs to get into
The reason I have some involvement with 'The Blazing Dragon'
is that I typed up 2 or 3 chapters for Jeanine. I hope it
is OK to say this, but Jeanine told me she had received an
instruction from HPB to write this work (on the inner
planes, or maybe in a dream, I am not sure of which).
Jeanine put all her energy and scholarly gifts into this
book which links much of the Secret Doctrine with the Vedas
and other holy works. I think this was to vindicate claims
that HPB made things up and to set the record straight that
her information was correct and of the highest order. In
Jeanine's obituary the Guardian cut quite a lot out, so
sadly the link between the Blazing Dragon and HPB was
omitted along with a bit more information about HPB as many
readers may not know who she was. On the plus side, the
Guardian included a lot of links so readers can go into
various websites to find out more.
It is a miracle of sorts that the obit got published at all,
as the Guardian are rather anti religious and I imagine
Theosophy is probably a 'no-no' area.
You are right, the footnotes are in fact Endnotes - at least
they were when I was working on the book! If I remember
correctly, they were perhaps placed at the end of each
One of the wonderful things about the world we live in today
is that self-publishing is an increasingly real and
available option. If the book were to be prepared and
formatted into a PDF document (sized appropriately, with
appropriate margins, text, etc.), it would be quite easy to
bring it to print and make it available on sites like
Something to consider for those interested who may have time
available. I've explored these options for another
publishing project and could provide links to anyone
It’s the first volume of theCollection"VacVoxVoix
The collection "वच्"aims
to disseminate, among other things, the work of Jeanine
Genevieve Miller/Meunier. In the "वच्"
collection will have unprinted works too.
A special edition with an index/lexicon of words used by
Jeanine will published too. Each book will have a special
This collection is the continuation of what Jeanine wanted
and for what we worked with her in her home. Without her
now.But with heart like the name of her home : “refuge of
the Heart” and it’s with heart we do it.
I hope that will enjoy all the peoples who love Jeanine.
This is such great news about the paperback version! Im
jumping up and down. :)
I remember first reading Jeanine's writings in a book she
co-authored with Georg Feuerstein: YOGA AND BEYOND: Essays
in Indian Philosophy, published 1972.
I remember reading her chapter on The Hymn of Creation in
the Rig Veda. I knew Jeanine had special insights and I
wrote to Boris de Zirkoff and told him about the book. He
replied and said he would get a copy of the book.
Thank you very much, Franck, for posting this good news.
Glad to learn about Jeanine's writings becoming available in
beautifully done editions. The edition ofThe
Blazing Dragon of Wisdomthat
you have now made available is indeed beautifully done, and
a fitting tribute to her.