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The Secret Doctrine

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

Volume 3

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

Annie Besant
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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108073240

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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. The first two volumes of The Secret Doctrine were published in 1888, but this third volume was published in 1897 by spiritualist Annie Besant from Blavatsky's notes. It looks at some ancient spiritual teachings and mysteries, and the development of the practice of magic.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108073240
    • length: 628 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Annie Besant
    Introductory
    1. Preliminary survey
    2. Modern criticism and the ancients
    3. The origin of magic
    4. The secresy of the initiates
    5. Some reasons for secresy
    6. The dangers of practical magic
    7. Old wine in new bottles
    8. The 'Book of Enoch' the origin and foundation of Christianity
    9. Hermetic and kabalistic doctrines
    10. Various occult systems of interpretations of alphabets and numerals
    11. The hexagon with the central point, or the seventh key
    12. The duty of the true occultist towards religion
    13. Post-Christian adepts and their doctrines
    14. Simon and his biography Hippolytus
    15. St. Paul the real founder of present Christianity
    16. Peter a Jewish kabalist, not an initiate
    17. Apollonius of Tyana
    18. Facts underlying adept biographies
    19. St. Cyprian of Antioch
    20. The eastern Gupta Vidya and the Kabalah
    21. Hebrew allegories
    22. The 'Zohar' on creation and the elohim
    23. What the occultists and kabalists have to say
    24. Modern kabalists in science and occult astronomy
    25. Eastern and western occultism
    26. The idols and the teraphim
    27. Egyptian magic
    28. The origin of the mysteries
    29. The trial of the sun initiate
    30. The mystery 'sun of initiation'
    31. The object of the mysteries
    32. Traces of the mysteries
    33. The last of the mysteries in Europe
    34. The post-Christian successors to the mysteries
    35. Symbolism of sun and stars
    36. Pagan sidereal worship or astronomy
    37. The souls of the stars – universal heliolatry
    38. Astrology and astrolatry
    39. Cycles and avatâras
    40. Secret cycles
    41. The doctrine of the avatâras
    42. The seven principles
    43. The mystery of Buddha
    44. 'Reincarnations' of Buddha
    45. An unpublished discourse of Buddha
    46. Nirvana-Moksha
    47. The secret books of 'Lam-Rin' and Dzyan
    48. Amita Buddha Kwan-Shai-yin, and Kwan-yin
    49. Tsong-Khapa
    50. A few more misconceptions corrected
    51. The 'Doctrine of the eye' and the 'Doctrine of the heart', or the 'heart's seal'
    Some papers on the bearing of occult philosophy on life.

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    H. P. Blavatsky

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    Annie Besant

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    Annie Besant

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