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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. Reed Carson's personal view is that this is not the version she had completed. My(Estela Carson's) personal view is that HPB sent the remaining two unpublished but completed volums to William Q. Judge for editing. Upon his death, two colleagues of his took the two volumes. What happened to them, there is no answer. See a useful contrary opinion.  

Excerpts From the Secret Doctrine

The following links are Blavatsky's comments on "The Stanzas of Dzyan" from 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.

  Table of Contents - Volume I and Table of Contents - Volume II  
  3 Fundamental Propositions from the Proem of the S.D  
  Summing Up  
  Conclusion from the second volume of the Secret Doctrine  
  Preliminary Notes - a short presentation of the material to be covered in the second volume. It is a brief treatise on Man's appearance according to the ancient wisdom tradition, of which the Secret Doctrine is a representation.  
  Wrap Up - the concluding remarks by HPB on her work, and what she had hoped was accomplished by the first two volumes, and a comment regarding the last two volumes that continue to remain unpublished.  
  The Stanzas of Dzyan Volume I  
  The Stanzas of Dzyan Volume II  
  Creation Myths  

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 :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Online Articles about The Secret Doctrine

The 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 on the Secret Doctrine

  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  

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".  

Secret Doctrine Books in the BlavatskyNet Store

(Dear Visitors and Theosophical Community. We are in the midst of revamping the store. We expect to migrate to a totally new format by early winter. 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. (We have just gotten confirmation from the publisher that this CD is no longer available. :( )

The Secret Doctrine itself

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Secret Doctrine published by Theosophy Company - hardback. A photofacsimile 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.) Theosophy Company publishes an accompanying index to their single Secret Doctrine. This index is good for the introductory reader, but it does not index words if they occur only once. This 2 volume set from the Theosophical University Press in hardback or in paperback is a bit easier to carry around. Again, it is a photofacsimile of the original print. Theosophical University Press publishes an index which provides ready access to the vast quantity of material from many cultures set forth in the original two volumes  





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

H.P. B. And the Secret Doctrine

by Virginia Hanson


    Introduction to Theosophy and The Secret Doctrine




An Invitation to the Secret Doctrine Theosophy - What's It All About by Geoffrey Farthing. Introduction to Theosophy as as a whole with quotes from the Secret Doctrin . Currently unavailable however, is 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  


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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. The Divine Plan by Geoffrey A. Barborka.   An indepth commentary on the "Secret Doctrine" teachings  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  



Secret Doctrine Questions and Answers by Geoffrey A. Barborka Selected Studies in The Secret Doctrine by     Salomon Lancri



Studies on the Stanzas of Dzyan 




The Stanzas of Dzyan: Notes for Study and Discussion on osmogenesis and Antropogenesis by Elsie Benjamin

Blavatsky's Secret Books: Twenty Years' Research by David and Nancy Reigle.

Man, the Measure of All Things in the Stanzas of Dzyan by Sri Krishna Prem &  Sri Madhava Ashish


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