Hi Folks. Just wanted to announce the release of this
wonderful new book! Here's the description from the
publishers (see also the attached PDF). Be sure to pass
along this info to anyone you think might be interested in
it. It's been a long-time coming and much work has been put
into its publication. We're very grateful to all those who
had a hand in bringing this work to light, and are sure
students of theosophy will greatly enjoy and benefit from
the product of their labours.
THE SECRET DOCTRINE DIALOGUES
by H. P. Blavatsky
The Theosophy Company is pleased to announce the immediate
availability of The Secret Doctrine Dialogues (ISBN
978-0-9898541-0-8), available at $35.00.
Taken from the same stenographic notes as The Transactions
of the Blavatsky Lodge, this material only recently has come
to light, having been misplaced for over a hundred years.
Newly transcribed, meticulously edited, carefully footnoted,
and with a complete index, the text affords us a front-row
seat at the world’s first study class in The Secret
Doctrine, with the author, H. P. Blavatsky, presiding over
As noted in the Introduction, here we are treated to HPB’s
broad, philosophical, and penetrating mind, her biting wit,
gentle and notso-gentle impatience with human foibles, and
her constant willingness to inquire into ideas and engage
the minds of others.
Copies of this and other Theosophical publications may be
• The publisher: The Theosophy Company (see below)
• Any Lodge of The United Lodge of Theosophists (U.L.T.)
• Any retail book store or book seller with access to Ingram
• Amazon: amazon.com
The Theosophy Company
245 W. 33rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
347 E. 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021
In 1995, I discovered the whereabouts of the long missing
"large longhand folios" of HPB's SECRET DOCTRINE DIALOGUES.
Several of the folios were missing but the majority
survived the ravages of time. I was allowed to peruse and
read the extant folios and discovered that H.P. Blavatsky's
discussions and comments on Stanzas V, VI survive after more
than 100 years of being lost!
I vividly remember the first time it dawned on me that this
Blavatsky manuscript probably still existed. But it took
months before I finally was able to verify that my discovery
was really real.
And I also remember as though it was yesterday that special
day when I held these actual manuscript notebooks in my lap
and hands and paged thru all of the notebooks. Yes, yes,
this is really valuable unpublished Blavatsky material, I
On a research trip to a certain small community west of Los
Angeles, California, I went to see a certain student of
Madame Blavatsky's writings. At my request, he brought out
these manuscripts of the Blavatsky transactions from his
garage! I had asked him to show me the mss based on our
previous correspondence and phone conversations.
He told me that all of this material had ALREADY been
published in 1890 and 1891 and there was nothing else to
But from my own previous historical research and from
crucial details he had told me over the phone, I knew that
was NOT the case! And in about 5 minutes I was pointing out
to him the various sections that had never ever been
published!!!! The notebooks were all very readable although
they were all handwritten.
Here is a photographic facsimile of a page of the original:
I urged this Blavatsky student then in "charge" of the
manuscript to publish this remarkable literary treasure.
I was repeatedly assured over a period of years that the
manuscripts would be published.
A few years passed with no tangible results and even a
setback or two, and I decided to let the late John Cooper, a
Theosophical historian, know about my discovery. Since he
also knew the "keeper" of the manuscript, I urged John to
write this Blavatsky student in California and encourage him
to publish this unpublished Blavatsky writing.
BUT nothing came of this and after seven wasted years and
still no publication of HPB's precious manuscript, I decided
in early 2002 to publish the gist of the above findings in
the pages of Dr. James Santucci's journal Theosophical
History and then on my website. I also gave a wider circle
of students more details about who had this manuscript in
the hope that this knowledge and pressure might result in
its eventual publication.
One of the unforseen but happy consequences of my disclosure
at this point was the publication of the material in one of
the unpublished folio notebooks (i.e. for the meeting of
April 25, 1889) as a supplement to the September 17, 2002
issue of The Aquarian Theosophist. Well, at least this
notebook was finally published! I thought!
Then as of late autumn 2002, seemingly definitive plans were
then undertaken by some of the associates of the above
mentioned person to finally publish the entire manuscript.
Unfortunately, further delays and conflicts regarding the
publication of the entire manuscript occurred in the ensuing
years. More wasted years and no publication.
But after all sorts of needless delays, etc., we now have
two editions of this work. The one published in the
Netherlands in 2010 and now this 2014 edition published by
the Theosophy Company of Los Angeles.
But there are still even more Blavatsky manuscripts to see
the light of day and be published. We will see when these
writings become finally available to Blavatsky and
Theosophical students as well as to the general public.
Two of the manuscripts would be "outgrowths" of the SECRET
DOCTRINE. In other words part of HPB's SECRET DOCTRINE
project. These are fairly substantial manuscripts.
In the last 12 months I have also found a partial HPB
manuscript of several pages that was from the SECRET
DOCTRINE but never published as part of the two 1888 volumes
or the 1897 volume. Once I obtain permission to publish this
manuscript I will do so and write an article about its
There are also other Blavatsky letters and Mahatma letters
that I am in the process of either finding, or retrieving or
negotiating their release and publication.
All of this takes time, patience, dealing with "difficult"
people, beating the bushes, following up various clues, etc.
Who knows maybe even the few still missing SD Dialogues
notebooks will turn up!
Daniel, we are all very fortunate that you discovered these
missing Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, and set the
wheels in motion for their eventual publication. Speaking
for myself, I will mention two things that they greatly
While it could be deduced from Blavatsky's published
statements that she translated stanzas from the Book of
Dzyan from a written text rather than from a picture book,
these Transactions left no doubt, giving many references to
numbers of verses, etc. This gives us warrant to seek and
find traces of their language, moving the question on to the
physical plane and off of the astral plane. As long as these
things are regarded by the thinking public as astral
fantasies, Theosophy will not be reaching the bulk of the
many people it was intended to help.
While it could be deduced from Blavatsky's published
statements that the Wisdom Tradition now called Theosophy
accepts a form of atomism, these Transactions left no doubt,
giving many references to atoms. Thus, while she describes
atoms as "mathematical points" twice in the 1890-1891
Transactions, she does so fourteen times in the hitherto
unpublished Transactions. We must now recognize and
integrate this atomism into the defining Theosophical
teaching of the one existence.
A great, great book - an amazing find - volume I of the SD
is so difficult - so this text is a salutary aid and adds so
much to understanding passages that would remain nigh
inscrutable to me otherwise...