Originally posted by Max_TOGee I was really hoping for more of a discussion on this book .
However , if anyone who has read this book and would care to share there two cents worth , please feel free to do so .
My $0.02 on all of H.P. Blavatsky's works, including Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine, is that they were monumental works that pioneered Western
Research into not only into Eastern Mysticism but Western Mysticism. Although they were written around the time of the French Occult Revival that
started to open the Western Esoteric Traditions from their shroud of secrecy, Blavatsky's form of Theosophy bridged the East and West to form a more
Universal System that utilized both.
For the Late 19th Century her works were invaluable, and had no comparison until many decades later with the advent of The Golden Dawn.
However, by 21st Century standards, her books have become grievously outdated.
After the Veil of Secrecy that Blavatsky lifted on these subjects, they were no longer reserved for the few. They became open for any to study and
explore...and eventually expand.
After several generations, one can find these once secrets far more accessible and readily available in so many forms in so many places, with far more
clarity, understanding and insight than was available to Blavatsky, even with communication from the "Hidden Masters".
I guess one could equate it with a manual on Telecommunications. Living in the 21st Century would you rather learn about Telecommunications from a
19th Century book written when this technology was first published, or would you rather learn about Telecommunications from a 21st Century manual that
included everything we have learned about the field since then? Far too many advances have been made in the 130+ years since Alexander Graham Bell's
initial experiments in this field. Nothing that Bell wrote would pertain to VOIP, Satellite Radio Packets, Fiber Optics, or any of the other advances
we have made in leaps and bounds since Bell.
I still keep deluxe leather bound editions of H.P. Blavatsky's works on my shelves. However, after reading them but once, I would never bother to
read them again. The only reason to do such would be for nostalgia sake, or for historical reference...not for learning.
If you have never delved into the Western or Eastern Mysteries before and are a complete novice, then you will walk away from reading Blavatsky with
more knowledge and wisdom than you had previously. However, if you already possess such, then you'd be taking a step backwards rather than forwards
by reading her works.
(If you do read The Secret Doctrine or Isis Unveiled, be sure to get the Unabridged Version of 3 and 2 Volumes respectively. The Abridged Single
Volume Versions do not do them justice.)