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The Secret Doctrine Paperback – July 23, 2009
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Michael Gomes is a historian, author, and the librarian at the New York Lodge of the Theosophical Society. He is one of today's most respected writers on esoteric movements, as well known to readers of occult and esoteric literature as to students and scholars of modern religion.
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The claim that the book has previously only been available "in expensive, two-volume editions of some 1,400 pages" is factually untrue. A verbatim facsimile of the original edition of 1888 has been continuously in print for more than 30 years, as my own, personal, tattered copy from 1978 testifies. This is the edition produced by the Theosophical University Press of Pasadena, California (ISBN 978-1557000026) and currently costs just $27 from Amazon.com. Moreover, the same publisher also provide an online electronic edition (ISBN 1-55700-124-3) and PDF download, both of which are free of charge. So far from placing Blavatsky's master-work "within reach of all who are curious" -- to use the publisher's own phrase -- they are charging the sum of £11.99 when the "curious" can read the original edition for nothing!
The publisher's claim that: "(the book) has long eluded the grasp of modern readers until now" is disingenuous sophistry of the worst possible kind. The only readers whose grasp it has eluded are those who are unwilling or incapable of opening their minds to the possibility that modern science and our modern 'experts' do not have all the answers.Read more ›
I would certainly agree that this work is Blavatsky's crowning achievement, but not because it is "original." Rather, it is the way Blavatsky takes various western esoteric concepts and syncretises them into one work that is most ingenious. She takes the prevalent ideas in western esotericism (root races, planetary evolution, and phalic/solar origin of religion- for anyone looking for a historical background on these subjects I would suggest The Theosophical Enlightenment by Joscelyn Godwin) and merges them with Asian religious practices and terminiology in an attempt to defend religion against the growing threat of materialism. What comes out is a lengthy, unorganzied treatise on western esoteric concepts that is brilliant as a redactionary work.
If you are looking for the complete version of The Secret Doctrine, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK YOU NEED.
I have found that these versions are complete, prepared specifically for the eReader, with an index of the original page order for those that want to use a reference for the printed version:
The Secret Doctrine - Volume I, Cosmogenesis
The Secret Doctrine - Volume II, Anthropogenesis
This book is on my recommended list the serious student of metaphysics and esoteric knowledge. It has been an integral part of the foundation of the Western new age/new thought movements.
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As a psychic channel I was anxious to dig into The Secret Doctrine as I connect with some of the same Ascended Masters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Becky A.
One of the most informal books ever on ancient, mystical and religious information. Deciphered symbols and misunderstood relics are clearly explained.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer