H. P. Blavatsky: The
Please note: The author of this site is not an expert on Theosophy.
He has done some short research on the net, besides, of course, taking
from what he has read in print.
A. General Overview
There seem to be various, different editions.
I. One has to take care not
just to get an abridged one.
There seem to be differences as to the editions of the first two
volumes. If you would like to stick to the first editions as originally
publissed, you might want to look into facsimile-reprints, e.g. - very
kind prices - of ULT (order here).
III. Also, the accuracy of the so called "3rd
volume", published by the Theosophical Society in Adyar by and edited
Annie Besant and others is sometimes questioned. Possibly Mme.
Blavatsky did not deem the fragmentary and scattered notes, unedited by
her, fit for publication. The volume might contain quite a lot of
As to II and III, also see http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/sdiiipt1.htm; http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/sdiiitab.htm; http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/theos/th-hpb14.htm and the introduction at http://www.theosophyweb.com/The%20Secret%20Doctrine with an overview over the various editions until then.
B. The Work itself and related works / information
There are various online editioms (despite there being various printed
indices - it is very convenient to go to an online edition or download
the text and then use the "search" function) and sites with further
information. Be careful to get the right (see my remark here) and complete (!) editions You will have to find your way to what is best for you:
I. In English:
http://www.blavatsky.net/blavatsky/secret_doctrine/secret_doctrine.htm (including much further information, studies etc.)
http://www.blavatskytrust.org.uk/ (including furhter ["An invitation to the Secret Doctrine"] / other materials)
(including indices, commentaries et al.)
A wealth of material from her and about her works: http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/
, including her Collected
Commentaries (Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical
http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sdcommnt/sdc-hp.htm. A further volume seems to be published in print in spring 2009.
II. In German:
In German, too, it is not always easy to see whether an
edition is abridged. Furthermore, one should take care to get a good
If one would like to buy translations into other languages, there is the danger of pretty "free" ones... As to this, see
Frank Reitemeyer: Neusprech auf dem Vormarsch ? Kritik zur Neuübersetzung der gekürzten
des Adyar-Verlages. 3., erweiterte Auflage, in: Reihe Apologetik.
Heft 1. Theosophisches Centralarchiv. You can find it online (be it
legally or not).
Without judging whether they are good, I found, inter alia:
C. Related Links
Other works of Mme. Blavatsky:
The Voice of the Silence
The Key to Theosophy
· Gesammelte Werke in 15 Bänden.
von Boris de Zirkoff (Collected Writings)