THE SECRET DOCTRINE -- THE SYNTHESIS OF SCIENCE, RELIGION, A

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THE SECRET DOCTRINE -- THE SYNTHESIS OF SCIENCE, RELIGION, A

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THE SECRET DOCTRINE -- THE SYNTHESIS OF SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND PHILOSOPHY
by Helena P. Blavatsky
© 1888

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Table of Contents:

• VOLUME FIRST: COSMOGENESIS
o PREFACE
o INTRODUCTION
o PROEM
o FOOTNOTES
• BOOK I. — PART I. COSMIC EVOLUTION.
o SEVEN STANZAS FROM THE BOOK OF DZYAN
o STANZA I. — THE NIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE
o STANZA II. — THE IDEA OF DIFFERENTIATION
o STANZA III. — THE AWAKENING OF KOSMOS
o STANZA IV. — THE SEPTENARY HIERARCHIES
o STANZA V. — FOHAT: THE CHILD OF THE SEPTENARY HIERARCHIES
o STANZA VI. — OUR WORLD, ITS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
o THEOSOPHICAL MISCONCEPTIONS
o EXPLANATIONS CONCERNING THE GLOBES AND THE MONADS
o STANZA VI. — CONTINUED
o STANZA VII. — THE PARENTS OF MAN ON EARTH
o (continued in) Formation of Man: the Thinker
o SUMMING UP
o FOOTNOTES
• BOOK I. — PART II. THE EVOLUTION OF SYMBOLISM IN ITS APPROXIMATE ORDER.
o I. SYMBOLISM AND IDEOGRAPHS
o II. THE MYSTERY LANGUAGE AND ITS KEYS
o III. PRIMORDIAL SUBSTANCE AND DIVINE THOUGHT
o IV. CHAOS — THEOS — KOSMOS
o V. THE HIDDEN DEITY, ITS SYMBOLS AND GLYPHS
o VI. THE MUNDANE EGG
o VII. THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF BRAHMA
o VIII. THE LOTUS AS A UNIVERSAL SYMBOL
o IX. DEUS LUNUS
o X. TREE AND SERPENT AND CROCODILE WORSHIP
o XI. DEMON EST DEUS INVERSUS
o XII. THE THEOGONY OF THE CREATIVE GODS
o XIII. THE SEVEN CREATIONS
o XIV. THE FOUR ELEMENTS
o XV. ON KWAN-SHI-YIN AND KWAN-YIN
o FOOTNOTES
• BOOK I. — PART III. SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE CONTRASTED.
o I. REASONS FOR THESE ADDENDA
o II. MODERN PHYSICISTS ARE PLAYING AT BLIND MAN’S BUFF
o III. AN LUMEN SIT CORPUS NEC NON?
o IV. IS GRAVITATION A LAW?
o V. THE THEORIES OF ROTATION IN SCIENCE
o VI. THE MASKS OF SCIENCE
o VII. AN ATTACK ON THE SCIENTIFIC THEORY OF FORCE BY A MAN OF SCIENCE
o VIII. LIFE, FORCE, OR GRAVITY?
o IX. THE SOLAR THEORY
o X. THE COMING FORCE
o XI. ON THE ELEMENTS AND ATOMS
o XII. ANCIENT THOUGHT IN MODERN DRESS
o XIII. THE MODERN NEBULAR THEORY
o XIV. FORCES — MODES OF MOTION OR INTELLIGENCES?
o XV. GODS, MONADS, AND ATOMS
o XVI. CYCLIC EVOLUTION AND KARMA
o XVII. THE ZODIAC AND ITS ANTIQUITY
o XVIII. SUMMARY OF THE MUTUAL POSITION
o FOOTNOTES

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This Work Dedicate to all True Theosophists In Every Country, And of every Race, for they called it forth, and for them it was recorded.
• VOLUME SECOND: ANTHROPOGENESIS
o PRELIMINARY NOTES
o FOOTNOTES
• BOOK II. — PART I. ANTHROPOGENESIS.
o STANZAS FROM THE BOOK OF DZYAN
o STANZA I. — BEGINNINGS OF SENTIENT LIFE
o TWO ANTEDILUVIAN ASTRONOMERS
o STANZA II. — NATURE UNAIDED FAILS
o THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE BRAHMINS
o STANZA III. — ATTEMPTS TO CREATE MAN
o STANZA IV. — CREATION OF THE FIRST RACES
o STANZA V. — THE EVOLUTION OF THE SECOND RACE
o STANZA VI. — THE EVOLUTION OF THE SWEAT-BORN
o STANZA VII. — FROM THE SEMI-DIVINE DOWN TO THE FIRST HUMAN RACES
o STANZA VIII. — EVOLUTION OF THE ANIMAL MAMMALIANS — THE FIRST FALL
o WHAT MAY BE THE OBJECTIONS TO THE FOREGOING
o STANZA IX. — THE FINAL EVOLUTION OF MAN
o EDENS, SERPENTS AND DRAGONS
o THE SONS OF GOD AND THE SACRED ISLAND
o STANZA X. — THE HISTORY OF THE FOURTH RACE
o ARCHAIC TEACHINGS IN THE PURANAS AND GENESIS
o A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE EARLY RACES
o STANZA X. — Continued
o ARE GIANTS A FICTION?
o THE RACES WITH THE “THIRD EYE”
o THE PRIMEVAL MANUS OF HUMANITY
o STANZA XI. — THE CIVILIZATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE FOURTH AND FIFTH RACES
o CYCLOPEAN RUINS AND COLOSSAL STONES AS WITNESSES TO GIANTS
o STANZA XII. — THE FIFTH RACE AND ITS DIVINE INSTRUCTORS
o (continued in) The Origin of the Satanic Myth
o Western Speculations founded on the Greek and Puranic Traditions
o ADDITIONAL FRAGMENTS FROM A COMMENTARY ON THE VERSES OF STANZA XII.
o CONCLUSION
o FOOTNOTES
• BOOK II. — PART II. THE ARCHAIC SYMBOLISM OF THE WORLD-RELIGIONS.
o ESOTERIC TENETS CORROBORATED IN EVERY SCRIPTURE
o XVI. ADAM-ADAMI
o XVII. THE “HOLY OF HOLIES”: ITS DEGRADATION
o XVIII. ON THE MYTH OF THE “FALLEN ANGEL,” IN ITS VARIOUS ASPECTS
o (continued in) The many meanings of the “War in Heaven”
o XIX. IS PLEROMA SATAN’S LAIR?
o XX. PROMETHEUS THE TITAN
o XXI. ENOICHION-HENOCH
o XXII. THE SYMBOLISM OF THE MYSTERY NAMES IAO, AND JEHOVAH
o XXIII. THE UPANISHADS IN GNOSTIC LITERATURE
o XXIV. THE CROSS AND THE PYTHAGOREAN DECADE
o XXV. THE MYSTERIES OF THE HEBDOMAD
o (continued in) The Septenary Element in the Vedas
o The Seven Souls of the Egyptologists
o FOOTNOTES
• BOOK II. — PART III. ADDENDA. SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE CONTRASTED.
o I. ARCHAIC, OR MODERN ANTHROPOLOGY?
o II. THE ANCESTORS MANKIND IS OFFERED BY SCIENCE
o III. THE FOSSIL RELICS OF MAN AND THE ANTHROPOID APE
o IV. DURATION OF THE GEOLOGICAL PERIODS, RACE CYCLES, AND THE ANTIQUITY OF MAN
o (continued in) (c) Esoteric Geological Chronology
o V. ORGANIC EVOLUTION AND CREATIVE CENTRES
o VI. GIANTS, CIVILIZATIONS, AND SUBMERGED CONTINENTS TRACED IN HISTORY
o (continued in) (a) Statements about the Sacred Islands
o VII. SCIENTIFIC AND GEOLOGICAL PROOFS OF THE EXISTENCE OF SEVERAL SUBMERGED CONTINENTS
o FOOTNOTES
• Index [As prepared by John P. Van Mater]
o Introduction
o Abbreviations
o A
o B
o C
o D
o E
o F
o G
o H
o I
o J
o K
o L
o M
o N
o O
o P
o Q
o R
o S
o T
o U
o V
o W
o X-Y-Z
o Appendix of Foreign Phrases

Demon est Deus inversus. This symbolical sentence, in its many-sided forms, is certainly most dangerous and iconoclastic in the face of all the dualistic later religions — or rather theologies — and especially so in the light of Christianity. Yet it is neither just nor correct to say that it is Christianity which has conceived and brought forth Satan. As an “adversary,” the opposing Power required by the equilibrium and harmony of things in Nature — like Shadow to throw off still brighter the Light, like Night to bring into greater relief the Day, and like cold to make one appreciate the more the comfort of heat — Satan has ever existed. Homogeneity is one and indivisible. But if the homogeneous One and Absolute is no mere figure of speech, and if heterogeneity in its dualistic aspect, is its offspring — its bifurcous shadow or reflection — then even that divine Homogeneity must contain in itself the essence of both good and evil. If “God” is Absolute, Infinite, and the Universal Root of all and everything in Nature and its universe, whence comes Evil or D’Evil if not from the same “Golden Womb” of the absolute?

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“There were many wars” refers to several struggles of adjustment, spiritual, cosmical, and astronomical, but chiefly to the mystery of the evolution of man as he is now. Powers — pure Essences — “that were told to create” is a sentence that relates to a mystery explained, as already said, elsewhere. It is not only one of the most hidden secrets of Nature — that of generation, over whose solution the Embryologists have vainly put their heads together — but likewise a divine function that involves that other religious, or rather dogmatic, mystery, the “Fall” of the Angels, as it is called. Satan and his rebellious host would thus prove, when the meaning of the allegory is explained, to have refused to create physical man, only to become the direct Saviours and the Creators of “divine Man.” The symbolical teaching is more than mystical and religious, it is purely scientific, as will be seen later on. For, instead of remaining a mere blind, functioning medium, impelled and guided by fathomless Law, the “rebellious” Angel claimed and enforced his right of independent judgment and will, his right of free-agency and responsibility, since man and angel are alike under Karmic Law.... Thus “Satan,” once he ceases to be viewed in the superstitious, dogmatic, unphilosophical spirit of the Churches, grows into the grandiose image of one who made of terrestrial a divine man; who gave him, throughout the long cycle of Maha-kalpa the law of the Spirit of Life, and made him free from the Sin of Ignorance, hence of death.

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It is “Satan who is the god of our planet and the only god,” and this without any allusive metaphor to its wickedness and depravity. For he is one with the Logos, “the first son, eldest of the gods,” in the order of microcosmic (divine) evolution. This is vouched for by the very authority from whom the author of “Esoteric Buddhism” got his information. To those who bring this passage forward as showing “decided Darwinism,” the Occultists answer by pointing to the explanation of the Master (Mr. Sinnett’s “teacher”) which would contradict these lines, were they written in the spirit attributed to them. A copy of this letter was sent to the writer, together with others, two years ago (1886), with additional marginal remarks, to quote from, in the “Secret Doctrine.” “Still, as these ‘failures’ are too far progressed and spiritualized to be thrown back forcibly from Dhyan Chohanship into the vortex of a new primordial evolution through the lower kingdoms. . . . .” After which only a hint is given about the mystery contained in the allegory of the fallen Asuras, which will be expanded and explained in Book II. When Karma has reached them at the stage of human evolution, “they will have to drink it to the last drop in the bitter cup of retribution. Then they become an active force and commingle with the Elementals, the progressed entities of the pure animal kingdom, to develop little by little the full type of humanity.”

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The philosophy of that law in Nature, which implants in man as well as in every beast a passionate, inherent, and instinctive desire for freedom and self-guidance, pertains to psychology and cannot be touched on now. To show the feeling in higher Intelligences, to analyse and give a natural reason for it, perhaps, the best synthesis of this feeling is found in three lines of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Says the “Fallen One”: —

“Here we may reign secure; and in my choice,
To reign is worth ambition, though in hell!
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven ....”

Better be man, the crown of terrestrial production and king over its opus operatum, than be lost among the will-less spiritual Hosts in Heaven.

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And is it this Satanic Force that our generations were to be allowed to add to their stock of Anarchist’s baby-toys, known as melenite, dynamite clock-works, explosive oranges, “flower baskets,” and such other innocent names? Is it this destructive agency, which, once in the hands of some modern Attila, e.g., a blood-thirsty anarchist, would reduce Europe in a few days to its primitive chaotic state with no man left alive to tell the tale?

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It is only a true Idealist who can understand it. Everything has to be viewed as ideal, with the exception of Paranirvana, by him who would comprehend that state, and acquire a knowledge of how Non Ego, Voidness, and Darkness are Three in One and alone Self-existent and perfect.

-- The Secret Doctrine, by Helena P. Blavatsky


Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light and with its splendors intolerable, blinds feeble, sensual or selfish souls? Doubt it not!

-- Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike


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