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    The Secret Doctrine by Madam Blavatsky

    This woman blew my mind....it took me three years to read it. I think it's better to start with volume II. Just read the table of contents until you find a topic that interests you.


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    I read this, Blavatsky was founder of the theosophical society, who talk about some very interesting esoteric subjects. Another good author with similar topics is Alice Bailey and any works by Manly P Hall are quite interesting to read.
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    Form is nothingness and nothingness is form.

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    Originally Posted by rhythm
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    I read this, Blavatsky was founder of the theosophical society, who talk about some very interesting esoteric subjects. Another good author with similar topics is Alice Bailey and any works by Manly P Hall are quite interesting to read.
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    Thought I'd put on some of the titles in the table of contents....maybe it will perk some interest...maybe not......

    BOOK II. -- PART I.: ANTHROPOGENESIS.STANZAS FROM THE BOOK OF DZYAN . . . 15THE BEGINNINGS OF SENTIENT LIVE ... 22TWO ANTEDILUVIAN ASTRONOMERS ... 47STANZA II. -- NATURE UNAIDED FAILS ... 52THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE BRAHMINS ... 66STANZA III. -- ATTEMPTS TO CREATE MAN ... 75STANZA IV. -- CREATION OF THE FIRST RACES ... 86STANZA V. -- THE EVOLUTION OF THE SECOND RACE ... 109STANZA VI. -- THE EVOLUTION OF THE SWEAT-BORN ... 131STANZA VII. -- FROM THE SEMI-DIVINE DOWN TO THE FIRST HUMAN RACES ... 161
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    von 8) [06.05.2003 03:30:16]The Secret Doctrine by H. P. BlavatskySTANZA VIII. -- EVOLUTION OF THE ANIMAL MAMMALIANS -- THE FIRST ... 180WHAT MAY BE THE OBJECTIONS TO THE FOREGOING ... 185STANZA IX. -- THE FINAL EVOLUTION OF MAN ... 191EDENS, SERPENTS AND DRAGONS ... 202THE SONS OF GOD AND THE SACRED ISLAND ... 220STANZA X. -- THE HISTORY OF THE FOURTH RACE ... 227ARCHAIC TEACHINGS IN THE PURANAS AND GENESIS ... 251A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE EARLY RACES ... 263STANZA X. -- Continued ... 271ARE GIANTS A FICTION? ... 277THE RACES WITH THE "THIRD EYE" ... 289THE PRIMEVAL MANUS OF HUMANITY ... 307STANZA XI. -- THE CIVILIZATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE FOURTH AND FIFTHRACES ... 316CYCLOPEAN RUINS AND COLOSSAL STONES AS WITNESSES TO GIANTS ... 341STANZA XII. -- THE FIFTH RACE AND ITS DIVINE INSTRUCTORS ... 351The Origin of the Satanic Myth ... 378Western Speculations founded on the Greek and Puranic Traditions ... 402ADDITIONAL FRAGMENTS FROM A COMMENTARY ON THE VERSES OF STANZA XII. ...423

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    here's a snippet from one of the titles......

    THE RACES WITH THE "THIRD EYE."The subject is so unusual, the paths pursued so intricate, so full of dangerous pitfalls prepared byadverse theories and criticism, that good reasons have to be given for every step taken. While turningthe light of the bull's eye called esotericism on almost every inch of the occult grounds travelled over,we have also to use its lens to throw into stronger objectivity the regions explored by exact science;this, not only in order to contrast the two, but to defend our position.*It may be complained by some that too little is said of the physical, human side of the extinct races, inthis history of their growth and evolution. Much more might be said assuredly, if simple prudence didnot make us hesitate at the threshold of every new revelation. That, which finds its possibility andlandmarks in the discoveries of modern science, is given; all that of which exact knowledge knowsnothing and upon which it is unable to speculate -- and therefore denies as facts in nature -- iswithheld.But even such statements as these -- e.g., that of all the mammalians, man was the earliest; that it isman who is the indirect ancestor of the Ape; and that he was a kind of a Cyclops in days of old -- willall be contested, yet, scientists will never be able to prove -- except to their own satisfaction -- that itwas not so. Nor can they admit that the first two races of men were too ethereal and phantom-like intheir constitution, organism, and shape, even to be called physical men. For, if they do, it will be foundthat this is one of the reasons why their relics can never be expected to be exhumed among otherfossils. Nevertheless all this is maintained. Man was the store-house, so to speak, of all the seeds of life
    ootnote(s)]] -------------------------------------------------* For suggestiveness, we would recommend a short article in the Theosophist of August, 1887,"Esoteric Studies." Its author expounds therein quite an occult theory, though to the world a new idea:"the progress of the Monad concurring with the retrogression of Form" (666), i.e., "with decrease ofthe vis formativa." He says, "Who knows what shape vehicled the Ego in remote rings (Rounds, orraces?) . . . ? May not man's type have been that of the Simiadae in its variety? Might not the monkeykingdomof Ramayana fame rest on some far-off tradition relating to a period when that was thecommon lot, or rather aspect, of man?" . . . and winds up a very clever, though too short, exposition ofhis theory by saying that which every true occultist will endorse: "With physico-ethereal man theremust be involution of sex. As physico-astral man depended on entities of the sub-human class (evolvedfrom animal prototypes) for rebirth, so will physico-ethereal man find among the graceful, shapelyorders issuing from the air-plane, one or more which will be developed for his successiveembodiments when procreated forms are given -- a process which will include all mankind only verygradually. The (pre?) Adamic and post-Adamic races were giants; their ethereal counterparts may
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    von 18) [06.05.2003 03:35:44]The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky, vol 2, pt 1, Third Eyepossibly be liliputians -- beauteous, luminous, diaphanous -- but will assuredly be giants in mind" (p.671, art. by Visconde de Figaniere, F.T.S.).[[Vol. 2, Page]] 290 THE SECRET DOCTRINE.for this Round, vegetable and animal alike.* As En-Soph is "One, notwithstanding the innumerableforms which are in him" (Zohar," i. 2la), so is man, on Earth the microcosm of the macrocosm. "Assoon as man appeared, everything was complete. . . . for everything is comprised in man. He unites inhimself all forms (Ibid., iii. 48a)." "The mystery of the earthly man is after the mystery of theHeavenly Man" (ii. 76a). The human form -- so called, because it is the vehicle (under whatevershape) of the divine man -- is, as so intuitionally remarked by the author of "Esoteric Studies,"** thenew type, at the beginning of every Round, "as man never can be, so he never has been, manifested ina shape belonging to the animal kingdom in esse." The author proceeds, "he never formed part of thatkingdom. Derived, only derived, from the most finished class of the latter, a new human form mustalways have been the new type of the cycle. The human shape, in one ring (?), as I imagine, becomescast-off clothes in the next; it is then appropriated by the highest order in the servant-kingdom below."If the idea is what we understand it to mean -- for the "rings" spoken of throw some confusion upon it --then it is the correct esoteric teaching. Having appeared at the very beginning, and at the head ofsentient and conscious life, man (the astral, or the "Soul," for the Zohar, repeating the archaic teaching,distinctly says that "the real man is the Soul, and his material frame no part of him") -- man becamethe living and animal UNIT, from which the "cast-off clothes" determined the shape of every life andanimal in this Round.***Thus, he "created" for ages the insects, reptiles, birds, and animals, unconsciously to himself, from hisremains and relics from the Third and the Fourth Rounds. The same idea and teaching are as distinctlygiven in the Vendidad of the Mazdeans, as they are in the Chaldean and the Mosaic allegory of theArk, all of which are the many national versions of the original legend given in the Hindu Scriptures. Itis found in the allegory of Vaivasvata Manu and his Ark with the Seven Rishis, as in that of the Rishis,each of whom is shown the father and

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