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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Theosophical Univ Pr; Facsimile of 1889 2nd ed edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911500073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911500073
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born on August 12, 1831, at Dnepropetrovsk (Ekaterinoslav), Ukraine, daughter of Colonel Peter Alexeyevich von Hahn and novelist Helena Andreyevna (née de Fadeyev). In 1849 she married N. V. Blavatsky, and shortly thereafter began more than 20 years of extensive travel, which brought her into contact with mystic traditions the world over. She was the principal founder of the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875, and devoted her extraordinary literary talents to its humanitarian and educational purposes until her death in London, England, on May 8, 1891. Along with writing her several books, H. P. Blavatsky kept up a voluminous correspondence and also contributed a steady stream of essays and articles to periodicals in English, French, and Russian.

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kosen on June 29, 2000
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'The Key to Theosophy' is a classic of Theosophical mysticism and esoteric doctrine. This book is a must-have for anyone seriously interested in philosophy or religion.
The name "Theosophy" is derived from the ancient Greek for "Divine Wisdom," and is used by the Theosophical Society (founded 1875) to describe a synthesis of philosophy, ancient spiritual mysticism and modern science.
But be aware that Theosophical works such as 'The Key to Theosophy' present a rather controversial view of the universe, and the reader should be prepared for a long process of in-depth study and consideration of ideas that do not follow the normal mainstream of traditional dogma.
The unorthodox philosophy contained in 'The Key to Theosophy' has been abused by such infamous figures as Adolf Hitler and others. But great personalities such as Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Mahatma (Mohandas) Ghandi have also been associated with Theosophical studies. This work is a classic among intellectuals of the 19th and 20th centuries.
'The Key to Theosophy' describes the Universe in terms of Pantheism (which refers to the intimate connection between Divinity and Nature, not "multiple gods" as is commonly misunderstood), and in this way, explains in logical terms a common set of fundamental principles behind many of the religions of the world. Theosophy shows the relationship of the Inner Essence of the soul of mankind to the Divine Source, and makes clear the "how" and "why" behind the Golden Rule and all the moral teachings of the various religions.
In light of the Theosophical explanations, traditional morals, ethics, and spirituality become more than a set of arbitrary dogmatic rules.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Center For Depth Harris on July 4, 2006
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This book is an excellent introduction to the views of Theosophy, which in many respects is not a religion or a philsophy; it is a helpful guide to distinguish and compare theosophy both to the world religions as they are practiced and the "secret wisdom" that is also found in all world religions. As another reviewer remarked, the Glossary is a very helpful set of definitions for learning further about the theosophical perspective.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Godspark on September 19, 2005
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Exhaustive, penetrating, and wholly satisfying, you will refer to this tome for years to come. The A to Z glossary alone has proved invaluable to me as I struggle to understand concepts far weightier than I ever imagined existed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Clemens on May 25, 2014
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After several "goes" at "Isis Unveiled" and "The Secret Doctine," through the years, I finally concluded that these comprise a few intriguing "gems" with lots of gobbledygook. Not unlike the "Book of Urantia," essentially useless. What's more, if you have read any of the many, much more recent, expositions of "Eastern Thought" (e.g., on Tibetan Buddhism) you'll know that works by commentators like Blavatsky are very dated and exceptionally inaccurate. They are also feature a very abstruse, obscurantist and turgid style...which can easily drive one up the wall. Even within the Theosophy movement, there are better writers, such as Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater. Blavatsky's are truly awful stuff.

Books by Alexandra David-Neel and Evans-Wentzare are also less than accurate and useful. Here is the story: This generation of commentary gathered up material from many sources, then added plenty of supposition and conjecture. May I add another parallel? You may have encountered the "Egyptian Tarot" pack. This Tarot deck was designed before the huge breakthroughs in Egyptology in the twentieth century, thus reflects little of actual Egyptian religion and culture. It is maybe 3/4 guesswork. Want the "real deal?" I recommend works like the classic "Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo," by Guru Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa, Francesca Fremantle.

Similarly awful books are those written by Paul Foster Case (on the Tarot). Positively worthless. PEACE!!; )
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tony on August 29, 2011
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If one is at all interested in Theosophy(literally "god-wisdom" or "divine wisdom") and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, you NEED three books - "Isis Unveiled", "The Secret Doctrine", and "The Key to Theosophy"... forget the nonsense about Mdme. Blavatsky being a proto-Nazi or a fraud, that's complete hogwash.

We have been lied to all our lives - about history, about religion, etc... there is no religion higher than TRUTH.
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21 of 32 people found the following review helpful By P. Nagy on March 9, 2001
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Almost all expositions of Tibetan Buddhism that are current in the west, logical studies of mahdyamika, ethical studies of prajanaparamita, mantra and tankha practice from the Tantric or Varjayana presume upon an intimate knowledge of the arguments, psychology and metaphysics of a Buddhism as described in this work. Even Madame Blavatksy wrote in Key to Theosophy, a popular introduction to the context of her theosophy embodied in her magnum opus The Secret Doctrine, recommended that the Buddhism of Tsong-kha-pa would be an explanation to her own occultism. It took many years before any attempt was made to summarize or introduce even parts of this work. Not because the text was scarce but that the technical command of Tibetan scholastic language, logic, hermeneutics, and exegeses of Buddhist scripture were needed to approach this powerful work. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path of Enlightenment is the first of a series of three projected volumes. In this first volume the reader is brought into basic Buddhist teachings as characterized in a Buddhist monastic setting, for people of little or middling capacity in religion to cultivate the awakening of Bodhichitta. The work is being expedited by a committee of exceptional Buddhist scholars and is being translated in a straightforward manner without commentary or cumbersome notes.
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