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The Secret Doctrine


"The Secret Doctrine will explain many things, set to right more than one perplexed student." (Mahatma Letters, p. 357, #63)

"I have also noted your thoughts about the Secret Doctrine. Be assured that what she has not annotated from scientific and other works, we have given or suggested to her. Every mistake or erroneous notion, corrected and explained by her from the works of other theosophists was corrected by me, or under my instruction. It is a more valuable work than its predecessor, an epitome of occult truths that will make it a source of information and instruction for the earnest student for long years to come." (Letters From the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series, #19)

"The same will be said of the Secret Archaic Doctrine, when proofs are given of its undeniable existence and records. But it will take centuries before much more is given from it... since the SECRET DOCIRINE is not a treatise, or a series of vague theories, but contains all that can be given out to the world in this century." (Secret Doctrine, I xxxviii)

"...the 'Brothers...' never promised to guide, or even protect, either the Body [of the Theosophical Society] or its members." (Blavatsky Collected Writings III, p. 274)


"Dr Weller Van Hook has a very useful article in our present number, to which I draw the attention of our readers. As I have said in the Bulletin for February, 'It is marked by the strong common sense, freedom of thought, tolerance and open-eyed loyalty, which are so characteristic of the writer.' [italics added] (Annie Besant, The Theosophist,  March, 1922, p. 530) [A.B. was referring to an article which contained the following quote.]

"They, as they step aside, as did Madame Blavatsky, leave their authority to appointed leaders who carry on the work under the original Power that caused the organization to come into existence. To realize this is to find a new respect for the Heads of the movement, and a new tolerance of their doings. It is to recoqnise that there is no need to sustain a movement back to the teachinas of H.P.B. Our present leaders suffice for the hour." [italics added] (Weller Van Hook, The Theosophist,  March, 1922)

"We have no quarrel with the 'Back to Blavatsky' movement. Ill would we have profited by her teachings, were we only to have marked time in knowledge since she lef t us on the physical plane thirty years ago. I may, however, say that whenever my Brother Leadbeater, or myself have come across anything which seemed to conflict with anything she had written, we examined our observation with minute care, and tested our own 'discoveries' by her statements." (Annie Besant, The Theosophist, March, 1922, p. 595) [30]