The Blavatsky Study Center
The Unpublished 1889 Instructions
by H.P. Blavatsky
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Contents of Book
Introduction page vii
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|Secret Doctrine Commentaries:
The Unpublished 1889 Instructions
by H.P. Blavatsky
Transcribed and annotated by Michael Gomes
Hardcover. English 702 pp.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) in the latter part of the 19th century brought to the world a renewal of the Ancient Wisdom presented through a "synthesis of philosophy, religion and science."
In 1888 her masterpiece, The Secret Doctrine, was published where she outlines with clarity and insight --- guided by its source, the ancient Stanzas of Dzyan --- the origin and development of the universe and humanity. Immediately after The Secret Doctrine was published, Blavatsky assembled a small group of students, at the Blavatsky Lodge in London, for more in depth inquiry and study of the ideas in the book.
The Secret Doctrine Commentaries contains the never before published transcription of the shorthand notes of these Blavatsky Lodge meetings. Here is Blavatsky in dialogue with her students: Provocative, insightful, spontaneous, and inspiring of the deeper meaning. It offers a unique opportunity to read Blavatsky's direct, prescient answers to questions on Cosmogenesis, Fohat, the infinitude of the Atom, the nature of Consciousness etc., giving the reader the impression of participating in these Blavatsky Lodge meetings themselves.
The well known theosophical historian and researcher Michael Gomes has conscientiously transcribed and annotated the hand-written transcription of this text, which had been forgotten for many years. Only an abridged version of the initial meetings had been published. Here for the first time is Blavatsky's direct teaching on The Secret Doctrine with her students, imbued with her humor, insight, and wisdom. The hitherto unpublished instructions in this book hold invaluable insight into Blavatsky's method and wisdom and carries us to deeper discoveries within of the mystery of her "Secret Doctrine".
Amongst Michael Gomes' publications are numerous books, articles and papers on the history of the Theosophical Movement, and two abridgements of Blavatsky's Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. He is also the author of Theosophy in the Nineteenth Century: An Annotated Bibliography, The Dawning of the Theosophical Movement and HPB Teaches, a one volume anthology of her articles published for her death centenary in 1991
Missing "Transactions" by H.P. Blavatsky Discovered
by Daniel H. Caldwell
The Theosophy Company on their website describes H.P. Blavatsky's book titled Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge as follows:
In an introductory note prefacing the original edition(s) of 1890/1891 of the Transactions, we find the following information:
H.P.B. herself mentions these meetings and the Transactions in a letter written to her sister Vera in Russia. She writes about:
In H.P.B.'s magazine Lucifer, it was noted that
the reports of the Transactions (covering the meetings of Jan. 10 through June 20,
1889) were transcribed in "twenty-four large longhand folios." Lucifer,
October 15th, 1890, p. 165.
Part II of the Transactions was published in January 1891 and included material discussed by H.P.Blavatsky at the following meetings:
The above material is available online in an easily accessible format at: Secret Doctrine Commentary / Stanzas I-IV: Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge
In February, 1891, Alice Leighton Cleather wrote:
This unpublished material would have contained the
discussions held with H.P.B. at Blavatsky Lodge meetings from March 21 to June 20, 1889.
A total of 14 meetings!
I vividly remember the first time I looked at all these manuscripts of HPB's
I was repeatedly assured over a period of years that the manuscripts would be published.
A few years passed and I decided to let the late John Cooper, a Theosophical historian, know about my discovery. Since he also knew the "keeper" of the manuscript, I urged John to write him and encourage him to publish this unpublished Blavatsky writing.
Nothing came of this so in the summer of 2002 I decided to publish the gist of the above findings in the pages of Theosophical History and then on my website. I also gave a wider circle of students more details about who had this manuscript in the hope that this might result in its eventual publication.
One of the unforseen but happy consequences of this disclosure was the publication of the material in one of the unpublished folio notebooks (i.e. for the meeting of April 25, 1889) as a supplement to the September 17, 2002 issue of The Aquarian Theosophist.
As of late autumn of 2002 definitive plans were then undertaken by some of the associates of the above mentioned person to finally publish the entire manuscript.
Unfortunately, further delays and conflicts regarding the publication of the entire manuscript occurred in the ensuing years.
But at last, as of August 14. 2010 the interested student of Theosophy as well as any interested member of the general public can now read this remarkable work.
Congratulations to Michael Gomes for all his hard work in transcribing and editing H.P. Blavatsky's latest work!!
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