This group focuses onthe study of H. P. Blavatsky’s magnum opus, The Secret Doctrine.
Study Resources: http://www.universaltheosophy.com/secret-doctrine-study/
The Secret Doctrine Study Group is investigating HPB’s central work through themes and key ideas. We are not going through the book sequentially. Instead we are trying to cover broad themes to help students gain a foothold in the key ideas of the work. Passages from the book will be posted periodically. Students are encouraged to study the passage, and the full section of the book to which it belongs if they so desire.
SD book i page 1
PAGES FROM A PRE-HISTORIC PERIOD.
AN Archaic Manuscript — a collection of palm leaves made impermeable to water, fire, and air, by some specific unknown process — is before the writer’s eye. On the first page is an immaculate white disk within a dull black ground. On the following page, the same disk, but with a central poi…[Read more]
From B.P. Wadia’s Studies in the Secret Doctrine
Deity in Nature
The Secret Doctrine rejects the notion that in any part of Nature God exists. Deity and Nature are not separate but the One Reality. God is neither male nor female; it is not a person, nor even a personality. Deity is the One universal principle — LIFE, immutable and “…[Read more]
Thanks, Pierre, for finding and posting a digital copy of Pargiter’s book. It is great that so many books can now be easily accessed this way. Makes research a lot more efficient.
It seems that there are several references, by K.H. and Damodar, et al, to this capacity of adepts – and in particular the Maha Chohan – to see the future as in an “open book” or “open page”.
re #5365: A friend helped me find the statement about the Maha-Chohan. I hadn’t remembered the correct words. It should have been:
“I came to you not alone of my own accord and wish, but also by order of the Maha Chohan, to whose insight the future lies like an open page.”
K.H. to Olcott. “Letters from the Masters of Wisdom 1st series”: Let…[Read more]
Thanks for that information David.
I imagine you may have a physical copy of Pargiter’s work, nevertheless a pdf of that work can be found here for those interested:
The Purāṇa Text of the Dynasties of the Kali Age by F.E. Pargiter
It sometimes sounds a little bit disheartening to fi…[Read more]
Yup, couldn’t find it either in the ML, and besides a few refs to it, neither on the internet.
“…to whom the past, present and future lie like an open book,”
Of all the books mentioned as being compiled from the “very old book” (S.D. vol. 1, p. xliii), the Puranas seem to include the closest parallels to the contents of the stanzas we have from the Book of Dzyan. Blavatsky there in The Secret Doctrine continues:
“The old book, having described Cosmic Evolution and explained the origin of everything…[Read more]
That’s an interesting question, Pierre. I’m sorry to say I have only a few poor thoughts to offer.
Normally a cycle of any kind has a period of arising up until it reaches its peak, followed by a period of decline. The periods of arising and decline could be the two figures you mention of 2500 years each. It may be that it is only after its…[Read more]
“None of its possessors regard it as very ancient” & “namely, about 5,000 years”. Speaking about the relativity of time! 🙂
I wonder however how this whole paragraph is to be understood in terms of dividing up those chapters?
“there exists another book” + “about 5,000 years” + “In about nine years hence, the first cycle of the first five…[Read more]
SD i page xxliv
But there exists another book. None of its possessors regard it as very ancient, as it was born with, and is only as old as the Black Age,namely, about 5,000 years. In about nine years hence, the first cycle of the first five millenniums, that began with the great cycle of the Kali-Yuga, will end. And then the last prophecy…[Read more]
a quick search brings up some efforts, I haven’t checked them out though, but at least your question – which is an interesting one – is not falling on deaf ears 🙂
I ran a google search for “https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=comparison+between+genesis+and+the+puranas&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
Haven’t checked how good they are…[Read more]
We notice that the only Sanskrit books listed here are the volumes of Kiu-te, i.e., the tantras preserved in the Buddhist tradition, and the Puranas, preserved in the Hindu tradition. In recent decades, the Buddhist tantras have attracted some interest among Theosophists, as they have started to become available. Also in recent decades many more…[Read more]
SD Book i page xliii
The “very old Book” is the original work from which the many volumes of Kiu-ti were compiled. Not only this latter and the Siphrah Dzeniouta but even the Sepher Jezirah,* the work attributed by the Hebrew Kabalists to their Patriarch Abraham (!), the book of Shu-king, China’s primitive Bible, the sacred volumes of the Egypt…[Read more]
From B.P. Wadia’s Studies in the Secret Doctrine: Growth by Self-Effort
The “mind is like a mirror; it gathers dust while it reflects,” says The Voice of the Silence. But Manas is the Light of Buddhi which is fed by the Energy of Atma; it is the flame, radiant and luminous, which all the time performs the sacrificial action of consuming dust to…[Read more]
SD i xxiii
It is maintained, furthermore, that every sacred book of that kind, whose text was not sufficiently veiled in symbolism, or which had any direct references to the ancient mysteries, after having been carefully copied in cryptographic characters, such as to defy the art of the best and cleverest palaeographer, was also destroyed to the…[Read more]
Yes, you are right Peter. even in SD HPB comments, in her criticism of Darwin’s hypothesis of Natural Selection and survival of the fittest, that Darwin himself would have been shocked to see to what extent his theory had been perverted by his over-zealous admirers.
Randomly acting Natural Selection–blind, purposeless, unguided–making…[Read more]
Hello Ram, thanks for your warm response. Yes, I guess my posts have been infrequent for a quite a while – largely due to poor health. That said, it’s only been a few weeks since my last contribution. I probably haven’t said anything for a while that’s noteworthy enough for you to notice!
Yes, I think a lot revolves around what we mean by the…[Read more]
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