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Blavatsky Net - Theosophy

This site focuses on Madame Blavatsky and her teaching - Theosophy. It features an introduction to Theosophy, study aids, research tools, original text, supporting evidence, membership, and visitor interaction.

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Secret Doctrine

The Secret Doctrine, originally published as 2 volumes in 1888, is Madame Blavatsky's magnum opus. It covers the creation of the universe, the evolution of humankind, and the primordial tradition underlying the various religions, mythologies and philosophies of the world. It is the seminal book of esoteric knowledge of our age.

Entire Secret Doctrine available free online.

  • Volume I and II From the type-reset version of the Secret Doctrine by Theosophical University Press (TS at Pasedena) - with attention to fidelity to original. In text searchable form.
  • Volume I (Cosmogenesis) and Volume II (Anthropogenesis) A photographic image in PDF form from the photofacimile version of the Secret Doctrine published by Theosophy Company (ULT). Therefore same as original.
  • The disputed Volume III. From Theosophical Publishing House (Theosophical Society at Adyar). The original Secret Doctrine as published by H.P. Blavatsky had only TWO volumes. This 3rd volume was added later after her death by assembling various papers. People disagree as to whether, or to what extent, this represents one of the additional volumes she had referenced within the Secret Doctrine itself. My [Reed Carson's] personal view is that this is not the version she had completed. See a useful contrary opinion. We are, however, fortunate to have it online.

Online search engine

Online search engine for the entire Secret Doctrine and all of Blavatsky's works. Plus all the works by William Q. Judge, Robert Crosbie (President of The United Lodge of Theosophists in the early 1900s), and other prominent Theosophical writers of the United Lodge of Theosophists.

(Please note that in the coming months we will be adding the entire Secret Doctrine along with commentary from the late Reed Carson, founder of Blavatsky Net and Theosophy Foundation of Georgia. We will also be adding commentary from other theosophists in an attempt to render the voluminous work more accessible and understandable in today's language.We are very excited about this project and would welcome commentary to the various subjects that Blavatsky touched upon.-Estela Carson Priede) Contact :askbn@blavatsky.net

From students contemporary with Blavatsky

  • Theosophical Gleanings - Two students collated from the Secret Doctrine on the ancient history of Humanity and the result was noted by Blavatsky herself with approval. This is a very helpful summary of Blavatsky's teachings on the pre-history of Humanity. (This short paper will be accessible in the coming weeks. -Estela Carson Priede)
  • The "Secret Doctrine" and Its Study by Bowen. The text says: ""Being extracts from the notes of personal teachings given by H.P. Blavatsky. to private pupils during the years 1888 to 1891, included in a large MSS volume left to me by my father, who was one of the pupils. -- P.G.B. Bowen".

Online articles about the Secret Doctrine

Writing of the Secret Doctrine

Authorship of the Secret Doctrine - by WQ Judge quoting letters from teachers of Blavatsky.

A Word on the Secret Doctrine - letter from the teachers of Blavatsky about authorship.

The Writing of The Secret Doctrine by Kirby Van Mater - assembled from public sources about how it was written.

Introductory Articles

Studies in The Secret Doctrine. 25 Articles from 150 pages of Theosophy Magazine.

The Six Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine by John P. van Mater.


Archaic History of the Human Race by Gertrude W. van Pelt M.D.

Theosophy: A Modern Revival of Ancient Wisdom by Alvin Boyd Kuhn. Chapter VIII pp. 193-231 is on the Secret Doctrine

Research on the Stanzas of Dzyan

The Book of Dzyan by David Pratt.

Four articles from "Blavatsky's Secret Books: Twenty Years' Research" by David and Nancy Reigle.


The Secret Doctrine in the Light of 20th-Century Thought by Jerry Hejka-Ekins

Secret Doctrine Books in the Bookstore

(Dear Visitors and Theosophical Community. We are in the midst of revamping the bookstore, along with this site. We expect to migrate to a totally new format by early spring. Currently the bookstore is down, but soon it will be active once again. Thank you for your support - Estela Carson Priede)

Original text on CD-ROM

Theosophical Classics A CD that contains the Secret Doctrine plus much more original Theosophical material that would cost over $400 if purchased separately. Also contains its own search engine.


The Secret Doctrine itself

Secret Doctrine published by Theosophy Company - hardback. A photofacimile of the original - therefore this is an exact unchanged copy. In one physical volume. Sold at "publishers cost" due to philanthropic action - therefore offered at much lower price. High quality paper in one physical volume.(This is the volume used by Blavatsky net for all reference, as it is untouched, meaning the way HPB wrote it, is the way you read it.)

Secret Doctrine 2 Volume Set hardback published by Theosophical University Press - photographic facimile version of original - an exact unchanged copy.

Secret Doctrine 2 Volume Set Paperback- Theosophical University Press. Paperback version of above.



Indexes to the Secret Doctrine


Secret Doctrine Index Published by Theosophical University Press. Best index to Secret Doctrine. Hardback.

Secret Doctrine Index Published by Theosophical Press. Paperback version of above.

  Secret Doctrine index Hardback published by Theosophy Company. A "starter index". Good but does not index words if they occur only once. Very inexpensive.


An Abridgement of the Secret Doctrine.
The Secret Doctrine: Abridge and Annotated by Michael Gomes  
An Abridgement of H.P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine by Katherine Hillard  


Invitation to the Secret Doctrine Words of H.P. Blavatsky
Theosophy - What's It All About by Geoffrey Farthing. Introduction to Theosophy as as a whole with quotes from Blavatsky (Currently unavailable in US, however, we will are trying to get copies of this book from UK)
Ocean of Theosophy Introduction to Theosophy in general by William Q. Judge - coworker, and co-founder of the Theosophical Society with Blavatsky and Col. Olcott.
Getting Acquainted with The Secret Doctrine by John Algeo

Studies on the Secret Doctrine

Secret Doctrine Commentary - Transactions of Blavatsky Lodge Published by Theosophical University Press. This book is notes from Blavatsky discussing her Secret Doctrine with very informed students. Very heavy material but helpful for advanced study.
  Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge - Published by Theosophy Company
  Secret Doctrine Questions and Answers by Geoffrey A. Barborka
The Divine Plan by Geoffrey A. Barborka. An indepth commentary on the "Secret Doctrine" teachings
  Selected Studies in The Secret Doctrine by Salomon Lancri
H. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine edited by Virginia Hanson
Theosophical Gleanings by Two Students. Officially the students are anonymous but they were known to Blavatsky. She saw this collation of her work and praised it. It is a helpful assemblage of quotations from the Secret Doctrine Volume II on Anthropogenesis. Good way to learn the subject.
Archaic History of the Human Race as Recorded in the Secret Doctrine by H.P.B. by Gertrude W. van Pelt, MD

Studies on the Stanzas of Dzyan

Blavatsky's comments on "The Stanzas of Dzyan" form the structure of the Secret Doctrine. There are 7 stanzas in Volume I and 12 Stanzas in Volume II. Commentary is obligatory or they are generally unintelligible otherwise.

  Blavatsky's Secret Books: Twenty Years' Research by David and Nancy Reigle.
The Stanzas of Dzyan: Notes for Study and Discussion on Cosmogenesis and Antropogenesis by Elsie Benjamin
Man, the Measure of All Things in the Stanzas of Dzyan by Sri Krishna Prem & Sri Madhava Ashish

Related Books

Reminiscences of H.P:. Blavatatky and the Secret Doctrine
  Full set of Theosophical books in the bookstore. (We anticipate having the bookstore: Seekerbooks up and running in the early part of this year - thank you Estela Carson-Priede)

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