Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Secret of The Secret Doctrine

The Blavatsky Trust in England has upload the first part of a series of lectures on “The Secret of The Secret Doctrine” delivered in Budapest, Hungary, in 2009 by Michael Gomes. Aside from his recent abridging of The Secret Doctrine, Gomes also abridged HPB’s Isis Unveiled in 1997 and edited a one-volume anthology of her magazine output for her death centenary in 1991, HPB Teaches. Later this year the newly discovered Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, the largest amount of doctrinal material from HPB to appear since 1897, is expected to be out. His writings on the history of the movement published over the past 25 years are too numerous to go into here. The course description for “The Secret of The Secret Doctrine,” given at the European School of Theosophy, is described on the Blavatsky Trust website as follows:

H.P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine is one of the great monuments of modern esotericism. But its 1500 pages can prove daunting. Michael Gomes, whose new abridgement was published by Penguin in 2009, will use it as a guide through the concepts offered in the book. These four sessions will look at the events that shaped the book, presuppositions needed for an understanding of the text, and the methodology that will allow the reader to experience
The Secret Doctrine firsthand.

It can be accessed here.

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