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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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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Theosophical University Press (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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (born 1831 as Helena von Hahn; died in 1891), was a Russian occultist who, with William Quan Judge, founded the Theosophical Society. She wrote other books such as Isis Unveiled: A Master Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Technology Volume I. - Science, The Secret Doctrine - Volume I, Cosmogenesis, The Key to Theosophy, The Voice Of The Silence Being Fragment from the 'Book Of The Golden Percepts', etc.

She wrote in the Preface to this 1889 book, "The purpose of this book... needs but few words of explanation. It is not a complete or exhaustive text-book or Theosophy, but only a key to unlock the door that leads to deeper study. It traces the broad outlines of the Wisdom Religion, and explains its fundamental principles; meeting, at the same time, the various objections raised by the average Western enquirer... The need for such an exposition has long been felt among those interested in the Theosopohical Society and its work, and it is hoped that it will supply information... to many whose attention has been awakened, but who, as yet, are merely puzzled and not convinced."

She states, "We hold to no religion, as to no philosophy in particular: we cull the good we find in each.
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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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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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