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Reprinted by Blavatsky Study Center. Blavatsky’s First Book 1. The volumes are dedicated to “The Theosophical Society which was founded to study the subjects on which they treat. By comparing the work with the three Objects of the Society a clear light may be had on the method of treatment employed.

Volume I has for its general subject “Science,” and in that respect relates strictly to the “third object. And as all inquiry presents two general poles, the ascertainment of facts and the consideration of their meaning and relations, so “Isis” takes up the acquisitions of modern scientific research and the theories and hypotheses built up to account for ascertained physical phenomena.

In the same way the revelations and claims of the various religions, particularly the Christian, are examined, and their theologies or theories to account for metaphysical phenomena are analyzed. The work is necessarily addressed to the most open-minded of the race, and the method pursued is necessarily adapted to the limitations of those minds.

It is not so much the introduction of new evidence that is attempted, as the partial presentation of an entirely new to Western minds hypothesis to explain the evidence that already exists in the general fund of human experience, the discoveries of science and the religious history of mankind. In the course of the work it is demonstrated over and over again that the dogmas of the sects are not only mutually contradictory and destructive, but, as well, that sound philosophical principles, correct logic, and the proved facts of modern science are in direct and overwhelming opposition to the claims and pretensions of theology.

The same method of examination is also applied to the “working hypotheses” of modern science, and the various theories are tested out by comparison, one with another, all with the facts of experience, and it is conclusively established that, no more than theology, can the philosophy of modern science stand the light of searching investigation. The believer in theology or science is furthermore shown by masses of indisputable testimony that certain facts exist and always have existed, which are in themselves absolutely destructive alike of the claims of orthodox religion and materialistic science; that these facts have been persistently overlooked, ignored or denied, both by the votaries of “revealed religion” and of modern “exact science;” yet that these disregarded facts have at all times been uniformly testified to by the noblest minds of the race no less than by the common belief of mankind.

Side by side, therefore, with the introduction of the affirmative evidence of these facts is placed the testimony of the ages as to their bearing on the great subjects of religion, philosophy and science, and the inference is drawn that there has always existed, from the remotest times, a system whose teachings in regard to nature and to man are inclusive of all things and exclusive of nothing.

This system Madame Blavatsky denominates the Hermetic philosophy, or Wisdom-Religion, and declares that her work and mission are a “plea for the recognition of the Wisdom-Religion as the only possible key to the Absolute in science and theology.

The work is “submitted to public judgment” upon its inherent reasonableness as to its conclusions, its verifiable accuracy as to the facts, and not upon any assumed authority, any claimed revelation, any arbitrary hypothesis. Turning ever and anon from the purely inductive method which characterizes the work generally, Madame Blavatsky submits some of the principal tenets of the Wisdom-Religion, which she names T HEOSOPHYand shows that there is more than ample ground, from evidence accessible to the general student, to justify the statements she makes, that the Wisdom-Religion underlies and antedates every religion, every philosophy, every system of thought, every science, known to mankind, and that all these have in point of fact sprung from periodical impartations of portions of the Secret Doctrines by its Adept custodians.

And with regard to the much vaunted progress of modern science she shows that everywhere, from the remotest antiquity, there are abundant indications that the arts and sciences as re-discovered in our times, were known and practiced by the “wise men of old;” furthermore, that much was “known” to the ancients of certain sciences and arts now “unknown” even to the most advanced science and scientists of our day.

And although religion, philosophy and science became in time polluted with purely human speculations and fancies, “Isis” shows that this does not alter the fact that they all started originally as clear and unadulterated streams from the mother-source. What was originally a teaching depending on knowledge and inspiration degenerated in time into mere dogmas and speculations; what was originally a Teacher of primeval truths became in time an object of veneration and worship as a god or a divine incarnation.

With these considerations in mind something may be grasped of the epochal importance of Madame Blavatsky’s first great work, and of the leading statements of Occultism embodied in it. Although “Isis Unveiled” has been before the world for nearly half a century few, even among Theosophists, have blavwtsky yet assimilated more than a few crumbs madake this “storehouse of thought.

The unvejled of the work is early stated. The object is not to force upon the public the personal views or theories of the author, nor does it aim at creating a revolution in some unvwiled of thought:. Hence the unmerited contempt into which the study of the noblest of sciences — that of the spiritual man — has gradually fallen. Things the most widely separated as to time have thus been brought into immediate juxtaposition, for only thus could the priority and blavaysky of discoveries and dogmas be determined.

In discussing the merits of our scientific contemporaries, their own confessions of failure in experimental research, of baffling mysteries, of missing links in their chains of theory, of inability to comprehend natural phenomena, of ignorance of the laws of the causal world, have furnished the basis for the present study. Especially we will review the speculations and policy of noted authorities in connection with those modern psychological phenomena Spiritualism which began at Rochester and have now overspread the world.


We wish to show how inevitable were their innumerable failures, and how they must continue until these pretended authorities go to the Brahmins and Lamaists of the far Orient, and respectfully ask them to impart the alphabet of true science.

Sickly and deformed child as maeame now is, the materialism of Today is born of the brutal Yesterday. Unless its growth is arrested it may become our master. To prevent the crushing of these spiritual aspirations, the blighting of these hopes, and the deadening of that intuition which teaches us of a God and a hereafter, we must show our false theologies in their naked deformity, and distinguish between divine religion and human dogmas. The work plunges forthwith into the comparison of the ancient Occult tenets both with modern theological dogmas and modern scientific theories.

Some of the tenets laid down are as follows:. The blavvatsky of spiritual man clothed in a body of ethereal matter, iiss with the ability to commune freely with the now unseen universes. An almost incredible antiquity is claimed for the human race in its various “coats of unveield and the great doctrine of Cycles of Destiny Karma is emphasized, as well as blavagsky these Cycles do not affect all mankind at one and the same time, thus explaining the rise and fall of civilizations and the existence at one and the same time of the most highly developed races side by side with tribes mada,e in savagery.

A double evolution, spiritual and intellectual as well as physical, is postulated whose philosophy alone can reconcile spirit and matter and cause each to demonstrate the other mathematically. The doctrine of the Metempsychosis of the spiritual and mental Man is given as the key which will supply every missing link in the theories of the modern evolutionists, as well as the mysteries of the various religions.

The lower orders of evolution are declared to have emanated from higher spiritual ones before they develop. It is affirmed that if men of science and theologians had properly understood the doctrine of Metempsychosis in its application to the indestructibility of matter and the immortality of spirit it would have been perceived that this doctrine is a sublime conception. It is demonstrated that iisis has not been a philosopher of any note who did not hold to this doctrine of Metempsychosis as taught by the Brahmins, Buddhists, and later by the Pythagoreans and the Gnostics, in its esoteric sense.

For lack of comprehension of this great philosophical principle the methods of modern science, however exact, must end blafatsky nullity. The ancients knew far more concerning certain sciences than our modern savants have yet discovered. Magic blavatzky as old as man.

The calculations of the ancients applied equally to the spiritual progress of humanity as to the physical.

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Magic was considered a divine science which led to a participation in the attributes of Divinity itself. That which has been will return again.

As in heaven, so on earth. The great kingdoms and empires of the world, after reaching the culmination of their greatness, descend again, in accordance with the same law by which they ascended; till, having reached the lowest point, humanity reasserts itself and mounts up once more, the height of its attainment being, by this law of ascending progression by cycles, somewhat higher than the point from which it had before descended.

One day they may learn to know better, and so become aware that the method of extreme necessarianism was practiced in ancient as well as in modern philosophy; that from the first ages of man, the fundamental truths of all that we are permitted to know on earth was in the safe keeping of the adepts of the sanctuary; that the difference in creeds and religious practice was only external; and that those guardians of the primitive divine revelation, who had solved every problem that is within the grasp of human intellect, were bound together by a universal freemasonry of science and philosophy, which formed one unbroken chain around the globe.

The first chapter of Volume I, from which we have extracted the several statements which we have here numbered for their better massing and comprehension, closes with a forecast, drawn from the study of the past:.

Archaeologists, philologists, astronomers, chemists and physicists are getting nearer to the point where they will be forced to consider them.

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Physical science has already reached its limits of exploration; dogmatic theology sees the springs of its inspiration dry. Unless we mistake the signs, the day is approaching when the world will receive the proofs that only ancient religions were in harmony with nature, and ancient science embraced all that can be known.

Who knows the possibilities of the future? An era of disenchantment and rebuilding will soon begin — nay, has already begun. The cycle has almost run its course; a new one is ungeiled to begin, and the future pages of history may contain full evidence, and convey full proof that. If we turn now to the twelfth blxvatsky last chapter of Volume II of unveilrd we shall be confronted with an introductory paragraph, also prophetic at the time of its writing, now all too truly a matter of both theosophical and profane history.

Were it otherwise, we isiz certainly advise such to spare themselves the trouble of reading this chapter; for, although nothing is said that is not strictly true, they would not fail to regard unveilex least wonderful of the narratives as absolutely false, however substantiated. The chapter follows with a recapitulation of the principles of natural law, covered by the fundamental propositions of the Oriental philosophy as successively elucidated in the course of the work.

She states them in numbered order as follows:.

There is no miracle. Everything that happens is the result of law — eternal, immutable, ever-active. This “immutable law” is frequently referred to throughout the volumes under such terms as cycles, the “law of compensation,” Karma, “self-made destiny,” and so on. Its mode of operation is incessantly discussed in treating of the rise and fall of civilizations, successive races of men, earth transformations, the three-fold principle of evolution, Spiritual, Mental, and Physical; the compound nature of man and the universe; and in such terminology as pre-existence, metempsychosis, transmigration, reincarnation, transformation, permutation, emanation, immortality, and after death states and conditions.


Constant effort is made to keep before the reader the unvarying principle that spiritual and mental evolution proceeds apace with physical manifestations, and stands to physical evolution in the relation of cause to effect.

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This is all summarized in madxme. The lower two constantly change; the higher third does not. This universal postulate is then applied specifically to human nature and evolution in proposition. Man is also triune; he has his objective, physical body, his vitalizing astral body or soulthe real man; and these two are brooded over and illuminated by the third — the sovereign, the immortal spirit. When the real man succeeds in merging himself with the latter, he becomes an immortal entity.

The argument throughout the two large volumes of “Isis” is always that such mergence blavatsk union is possible and is the underlying purpose of all evolution; that such beings as Jesus, Buddha and others blavatskyy in fact arrived at this consummation, and that the real mission of the Founders of all religions is to point mankind to the purpose of mental and spiritual evolution, and give the directions and conditions precedent to the “perfectibility of man.

Blavatsky variously called the sages, the adepts, the Great Souls of all time.

Their knowledge of nature and of nature’s laws is called in its entirety the Wisdom-Religion, and its practical exemplification is summarized in proposition. Magic, as a science, is the knowledge of these principles, and of the way by which the omniscience and omnipotence of the spirit and its control over nature’s forces may be acquired by the individual while still in the body.

Magic, as an art, is the application of this knowledge in practice. Granting that great powers exist in nature, and that the conscious control over these powers by metaphysical means may be attained by the incarnated being, it follows that such control may be exercised beneficently or maleficently. In either case it constitutes Adeptship, whether of the Right or the Left-hand Path.

This is the 5th proposition, and the text of the two volumes contain almost numberless direct and indirect references to celebrated characters in history, tradition and myth who exemplified the two characters of Adeptship. This proposition sets forth that Mediumship is the opposite of Adeptship. Whereas the Adept actively controls himself and all inferior potencies, the Medium is the passive instrument of foreign influences.

There is no more important practical theorem in the whole work. Many, many pages are devoted to discussion of the characteristics, tendencies, practices and fruits of mediumship. Its phenomena, objective and subjective, are dealt with at length. Spiritualism, or mediumship, is shown to have been prevalent in all ages, no matter under what names known, and its recurrence, whether in individual cases or amongst masses of men, is shown to be subject to cyclic law, now more generally known to Theosophical students under its Sanskrit designation of Karma.

In Mediumship, as in Adeptship, it is shown that there are two polar antitheses, dependent on the moral character of the medium for the quality and range no less than the effects, good or bad, of its exercise. The remaining numbered propositions of the last chapter of Volume II will be considered in another connection later on, but their essential nature and implications are contained in the following sentences, without the basic apprehension of which no inquiry into Theosophy and the Theosophical Movement can be fruitful of understanding, however it may afford information:.

One common vital principle pervades all things, and this is controllable by the perfected human will. The adept can stimulate the movements madae the natural forces in plants and animals in a preternatural degree. Such experiments are not obstructions of nature, but unvveiled the conditions of intenser vital action are given. He cannot control the immortal spirit of any human being, living unvwiled dead, for all such spirits are alike sparks of the Divine Essence, and not subject to any foreign domination.

The restrictions with which the information conveyed in “Isis” is hedged about, both from the standpoint of the teacher endeavoring to impart and the inquirer endeavoring to learn, and the dangers, known or unknown to the latter, are indicated towards the close of the chapter:. Do we wish to affirm that the occult sciences ought to be studied and practiced throughout the world?

Would we replace modern spiritualism with the ancient magic? Neither; the substitution could not be made, nor the study universally prosecuted without incurring the risk of enormous public dangers.

We would that all who have a voice in the education of the masses should first know and then teach that the safest guides to human happiness and enlightenment are those writings which have descended to us from iiss remotest antiquity; and that nobler spiritual aspirations and a higher average morality prevail in the countries where the people have taken their precepts as the rule of their lives.

We would have all to realize that magical, i.

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Such have failed to achieve the good they might have done and sought to do, because vanity has made them thrust their personality into such undue prominence as to interpose it between their believers and the whole truth that lay behind. The world needs no sectarian church, whether of Buddha, Jesus, Mahomet, Swedenborg, Calvin, or any other. There being but O NE Truth, man requires but one church — the Temple of God within us, walled in by matter but penetrable by any one who can find the way; the pure in heart see God.