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Re: HPB a forbidden III volume?

Jun 02, 1998 05:56 PM
by Brenda S Tucker

At 01:55 PM 6/2/98 +0900, you wrote:
>Brenda Said:
>>I think she was untruthful when she said there would be a third volume of
>>the SD with biographies of the lives of adepts in it.
>I recently downloaded the Kessinger Books mail order catalogue - there was
>this entry:
>Blavatsky, H.P., Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion and
>Philosophy VOL. 3 OCCULTISM (1897), This rare third volume of the Secret
>Doctrine (virtually impossible to find) completes the papers left by H. P.
>B. It is a complete course on Occultism! Nothing is left out. Almost 100
>chapters. Partial contents: One Key to all Sacred Books; The ABC of Magic;
>Chaldean Oracles; The Book of Hermes; Three Ways Open to the Adept; Names
>are Symbols; Characters of the Bible; The Book of Enoch; Hermetic and
>Kabalistic Doctrines; Numbers and Magic; Occult Weapons; The Duty of the
>True Occultist; Two Eternal Principles; St. Paul the real founder of
>Christianity; Apollonius no Fiction; Biographies of Initiates; Kabalistic
>Readings of Gospels; Magic in Antioch; The Septenary Sephira; Seven Keys to
>all Allegories; The Mystery of the Sun; Magical Statutes; Masonry and
>Jesuits; Mysteries and Masonry; Egyptian Initiation; Root of Races;
>Celestial Wheels; Christian Star Worship; Defense of Astrology; The Seven
>Rays; Secret Books; Tibetan Prophecies; Swedenborg; Occult Secrecy; and
>much more! Blavatsky was an occult master. If you are a serious mystical
>student, you'll need this rare and illuminating book. ISBN 1-56459-415-7,
>618 pages, $49.95
>i was told by my local TS that it is not in fact a seperate vol3 - But HPB
>surely mentions a vol 3 under way at the end of Anthropegenesis.

>Can anyone elaborate further?

Dear Darren,

There is an article called "THE SECRET DOCTRINE - VOLUME III" As Published
in 1897 A Survey of its Contents and Authenticity. Boris de Zirkoff" in the
Introduction of Volume XIV of the Collected Writings.  It says that HPB
sent some of her SD manuscript to Adyar to Subba Row for his suggestions.
Subba Row refused to collaborate with her, so HPB made changes and
alterations herself.  Then when we compare the original manuscript with her
own edited version we find 68 pages which were not printed in Volume I.
These 68 pages make up many of the pages in the Volume III in question
above, up to page 335. (The article gives specifics.)  The total volume is
594 pages (I think.) and of these 102 pages were identified. What of the
remaining 3/4 of the work?  A 56 page section of this is "The Mystery of
the Buddha."  The next section(s) constitute 238 pages. They cover a
variety of subjects.  Then the author breaks to a story from the past where
Keightley says he (Bertram) and Archibald Keightley typed out all of the
words and arranged it. (Referring to the arrangement of Volumes I and II.)
HPB accepted the rough plan and went to work on the arrangement and gave
Keightleys a "mosaic" made with pen, scissors, and paste.  It was so
complicated that when the typed up Volumes I and II (which were sent to the
printer) there was still quite a bit left over  which they could find no
suitable place for or weren't in top shape condition. HPB put the leftovers
in her drawer and said she would make it into a third Volume. SO these
pages (as many as they could) are what they think got published as Volume
III, even if there were some pages that "needed complete and extensive
revision and rewriting."  This Volume is just pages inferior to the SD.

Mead says in 1897 that he had seen before pages 433-594.

So does this provide you with a further glimpse into what the Volume III


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