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Isis Unveiled [Two Volume Set] Paperback – Facsimile, February 1, 1999
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It must be acknowledged that she is a remarkable woman, who has read more, seen more, and thought more than most wise men. Her work abounds in quotations from a dozen different languages, not for the purpose of a vain display of erudition, but to substantiate her peculiar views . . . her pages are garnished with footnotes establishing, as her authorities, some of the profoundest writers of the past. To a large class of readers, this remarkable work will prove of absorbing interest . . . demands the earnest attention of thinkers, and merits an analytic reading. --Boston Evening Transcript, 1877
The appearance of erudition is stupendous. Reference to and quotations from the most unknown and obscure writers in all languages abound, interspersed with allusions to writers of the highest repute, which have evidently been more than skimmed through. --N. Y. Independent, 1877
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There is just too much encyclopedic knowlege here to simply read through from scratch. You need to work up to it. Try a introductory text like _Ocean of Theosophy_ by William Q. Judge. However, do not be afraid to pick up either volume and simply "browse." I still do this after all these years- and I am still surprised and amazed at what I find.
One further thing, there has been a considerable amount of character assassination against Madam Blavatsky in the last few years. The authors that have penned these attacks have no understanding of the matters that they address. First of all, no one was a stronger critic of seances than Madam Blavatsky. Secondly, the Society has always held that one should never charge money for spiritual matters. As for the ad hominem attacks that she was grossly obese, well, this is the lowest form of slander and doesn't deserve comment. Simply take a look at any of the surviving photographs to see the truth.
Concerning attacks on Theosophical concepts such as the "seven races" and "seven globes", just keep in mind that the perenial philosophy holds that the highest part of what makes up a person pre-exists on a higher plane- and will return there after we cross over. Just remember the old gnostic concept of "seven heavens." Literalism is a mistake in theosophy, just as it has proven in fundamentalist Christianity.
Volume I shows how the scientists of old were also philosophers. They understood the bigger picture. This was taught through the mystery schools. They were all spiritualists.
Modern man believes in nothing beyond the superficial evidence of his senses. Spiritualism was not accepted because the big thinkers of the time did not want to subject themselves to ridicule - peer pressure. No one was willing to go outside the box. There was too much dogma. Once in place, there was resistance to change - the herd mentality.
In Volume II of the book, Blavatsky presents the argument rather convincingly, that the basis of all religions and esoteric philosophies originated in India. Christianity was plagiarized from earlier religions like Hindus and Buddhists - not just the bells, beads and rosaries. Judaism and Christianity are all based upon the identical cosmic myths, symbols and allegories as these ancient religions.
Helen also proves how hypocritical the teachings of Christianity have become since their advent, and how superior the ancient teachings of religion and spiritualism are in every point of honor.
As Helen puts it in summation, there being but one truth, man requires but one church, the temple of God within us, walled in by matter but penetrable by anyone who can find the way.
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