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The Secret Doctrine

The Secret Doctrine
The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy

Volume 2. Anthropogenesis


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108073233

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  • Ukrainian-born Madame Helena Blavatsky (1831–1891) was a powerful and controversial member of the spiritualist world and for a time famous for her powers as a medium. She was a co-founder of the theosophy movement in the United States, which she later extended to Europe and India, drawing from her extensive global travels and her familiarity with a broad range of belief systems, from Asian religions to New Orleans voodoo, as well as secret societies such as the Freemasons. Drawing from Hinduism and Buddhism, theosophy aimed to understand the mystic powers of the universe and promote the study of other religions. In The Secret Doctrine, published in 1888, Blavatsky aims to explain the spiritual origins of the world. Volume 2 looks at the creation of humans and animals, and considers the lost world of Atlantis.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108073233
    • length: 852 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.22kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preliminary notes
    Book II
    Section 1. Anthropogenesis. Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan:
    1. Beginnings of sentient life
    Two antediluvian astronomers
    2. Nature unaided fails
    The chronology of the Brahmins
    3. Attempts to create man
    4. Creation of the first races
    5. The evolution of the second race
    6. The evolution of the weat-born
    7. From the semi-divine down to the first human races
    8. Evolution of the animal mammalians – the first fall. What may be the objections to the foregoing
    9. The final evolution of man. Edens, serpents and dragons. The sons of God and the sacred island
    10. The history of the fourth race. Archaic teachings in the Puranas and Genesis. A panoramic view of the early races
    10. Continue.
    Are giants a fiction? The races with the 'third eye'. The primeval manus of humanity
    11. The civilization and destruction of the fourth and fifth races. Gyclopean ruins and colossal stones as witnesses to giants
    12. The fifth race and its divine instructors
    Additional fragments from a commentary on the verses of stanza 12
    Section 2. The Archaic Symbolism of the World-Religions: Esoteric Tenets Corroborated in Every Scripture:
    16. Adam-Adami
    17. The 'Holy of Holies', its degradation
    18. On the myth of the 'Fallen angel', in its various aspects
    19. Is Pleroma Satan's lair?
    20. Prometheus the Titan
    21. Enoichion-Henoch
    22. The symbolism of the mystery names, Iao, and Jehovah
    23. The Upanishads in Gnostic literature
    24. The cross and the Pythagorean decade
    25. The mysteries of the Hebdomad
    Section 3. Addenda. Science and the Secret Doctrine Contrasted:
    1. Archaic, or modern anthropology?
    2. The ancestors mankind is offered by science
    3. The fossil relics of man and the anthropoid ape
    4. Duration of the geological periods, race cycles, and the antiquity of man
    5. Organic evolution and creative centres
    6. Giants, civilizations, and submerged continents traced in history
    7. Scientific and geological proofs of the existence of several submerged continents

  • Author

    H. P. Blavatsky

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