Have you heard of the secret Book of Dzyan? Generations of Truth-seekers have been searching for this mysterious book of untold antiquity that conceals the entire wisdom of the world, yet only a chosen few have ever gained access to it. Thus, in , Zinovia Dushkova, Ph. At that time, however, she was not allowed to disclose anything more about the Book of Dzyan than Helena Blavatsky had already done in her time.
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Other widely respected luminaries, including Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein , also had much praise for her and held her in high regard. Unfortunately many people remain unaware of such facts as stated in the above and thus they continue to either be unable to adequately defend Blavatsky and their own beliefs if they are a Theosophist or they continue to ignorantly dismiss her as a fraud and charlatan , repeating the same old and fallacious assertions ad infinitum, never even bothering to do any unprejudiced research of their own into the matter , nor conceding that anything other than their ill-informed opinions could ever be the case.
The first volume of the commentaries on these esoteric works is the Book of Dzyan. However, since there is now no longer a Panchen Lama of, or at, Shigatse see the article The Great Tsong Kha-pa for further explanation this last sentence is doubtless no longer quite accurate. The eternal parent wrapped in her ever invisible robes had slumbered once again for seven eternities. Time was not, for it lay asleep in the infinite bosom of duration.
Universal Mind was not, for there were no Ah-hi to contain it. The seven ways to bliss were not. The great causes of misery were not, for there was no one to produce and get ensnared by them. Darkness alone filled the boundless All, for father, mother and son were once more one, and the son had not awakened yet for the new wheel , and his pilgrimage thereon. The seven sublime Lords and the seven truths had ceased to be, and the Universe , the son of Necessity, was immersed in Paranishpanna , to be outbreathed by that which is and yet is not.
Naught was. The causes of existence had been done away with; the visible that was, and the invisible that is, rested in eternal non-being — the One Being. Alone the one form of existence stretched boundless , infinite , causeless , in dreamless sleep ; and life pulsated unconscious in universal space , throughout that All-Presence which is sensed by the opened eye of the Dangma.
But where was the Dangma when the Alaya of the universe was in Paramartha and the great wheel was Anupadaka? It is Reigle, after all, who has spent decades researching relentlessly into both the works of Madame Blavatsky and the archives and scriptures of Tibetan Buddhism and who has made the majority of the discoveries summarised in this present article.
The books of Kiu-Te, referred to by HPB, have in fact been found and positively identified as simply being none other than the Tibetan Buddhist Tantras. Since there was no standard transliteration system for Tibetan in use during H.
The Hindu Tantras basically deal with how to acquire and use spiritual powers in order to achieve material and selfish aims. A portion — and only a portion — of this involves the use of sexual magic , which is no doubt why the sex-crazed West has misrepresented the word Tantra as being synonymous with sexual practices.
Blavatsky , although strongly in favor and support of Hinduism in general, viewed the Hindu tantras as black magic. They are similarly viewed with distaste and even disgust by the vast majority of Hindus and are not in any way representative of the noble religion of Hinduism. These practices are done to produce in oneself the capabilities of a Buddha for use in benefiting the world.
In the Hindu tantras there is no concern with benefiting anyone but the practitioner. This point cannot be emphasized too strongly: Buddhist tantra is entirely based on the Bodhisattva ideal. The Kalachakra Tantra , like virtually all of the major Buddhist tantras known of and available today, is an abridgement of its original namesake counterpart.
Tradition states that the king of Shamballa requested the Kalachakra teachings from Gautama Buddha , and then returned with them to Shamballa , where they became the state religion. No-one believed her.
Her works are by no means merely strings of plagiarisms, but rather very cogent arguments, supplemented by masses of data , that her readers should believe Buddhist claims that there is a perennial philosophy , in the possession of Adepts , which explains the origins of the world and leads to salvation from it. This alone gives strong reasons not to dismiss her claims out of hand.
They will be derided and rejected a priori in this century; but only in this one. For in the twentieth century of our era scholars will begin to recognize that the Secret Doctrine has neither been invented nor exaggerated, but, on the contrary, simply outlined.
Of these I learnt thirty-nine by heart , years ago. To translate the rest, I should have to resort to notes scattered among a too large number of papers and memoranda collected for the last twenty years and never put in order, to make of it by any means an easy task. Nor could they be all translated and given to a world too selfish and too much attached to objects of sense to be in any way prepared to receive such exalted ethics in the right spirit.
For, unless a man perseveres seriously in the pursuit of self-knowledge, he will never lend a willing ear to advice of this nature.
I believe that this book has strongly influenced many sincere seekers and aspirants to the wisdom and compassion of the Bodhisattva Path.
I very much welcome this Centenary Edition and hope that it will benefit many more. Blavatsky , however, presented them as valid and noble spiritual paths and philosophies — indeed as the highest spiritual paths and philosophies — and worked ceaselessly and under much persecution from the Christian elite to show their true nature and real worth and importance. As I have said elsewhere, anyone in the West today whose life has been at all enriched by the concepts , teachings, or practices of Eastern spirituality has — whether they realise it or not — Madame Blavatsky to thank for it.
The translation was largely abridged and contained but few of the similar verses. The complete English translation was only published in Blavatsky indeed had esoteric northern Buddhist sources. With the help of the Tibetan Lama I could compare the English translation made by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky with the original, taking notes from the interpretation given by the Lama. What became of it and how he had come to acquire it in the first place currently remains unknown.
Although neither HPB nor the Masters ever referred to it by name , its influence on their teachings is undeniably apparent. This unique book is the Ratna-gotra-vibhaga or Uttara-tantra. In the same way, Blavatsky begins The Secret Doctrine by requesting all readers to study carefully three fundamental propositions, which she says form the necessary doctrinal or philosophical basis for understanding the Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan which follow.
It so happens that the doctrinal or philosophical position of the book of Maitreya mentioned above is far and away the closest, among all known books , to that of the fundamental propositions of The Secret Doctrine.
This fact was well known and never in dispute amongst Theosophists until later leaders such as C. Leadbeater and Annie Besant attempted to westernise and Christianise the movement , promptly spelling its downfall.
Before beginning her public mission , Madame Blavatsky spent two years living with the Masters in both Little Tibet i. We answer: because no religion , with the exception of Buddhism , has hitherto taught a practical contempt for this earthly life , while each of them, always with that one solitary exception, has through its hells and damnations inculcated the greatest dread of death.
It weakens in pagan lands, and is nearly unknown among Buddhist populations … That we, the devoted followers of the spirit incarnate of absolute self-sacrifice, of philanthropy and divine kindness as of all the highest virtues attainable on this earth of sorrow , the man of men, Gautama Buddha , should ever allow the Theosophical Society to represent the embodiment of selfishness , to become the refuge of the few with no thought in them for the many, is a strange idea … And it is we, the humble disciples of the perfect Lamas , who are expected to permit the Theosophical Society to drop its noblest title, that of the Brotherhood of Humanity , to become a simple school of Psychology.
Blavatsky makes frequent reference to Buddhism , particularly Mahayana Buddhism , in her writings, while the Mahatma letters discuss Buddhism on practically every page, often using highly technical vocabulary in Sanskrit , Pali , Tibetan , Chinese and Mongolian.
They say that pure esoteric Buddhism is in essence the same as pure Advaita Vedanta and vice versa , the only significant difference being that of terminology. They in fact teach that Adi Shankaracharya , the founder and formulator of the Advaita philosophy , was in a certain sense a reincarnation of Gautama Buddha. We say it again: archaic Occultism would remain incomprehensible to all, if it were rendered otherwise than through the channels of Buddhism and Hinduism.
For the former is the emanation of the latter ; and both are children of one mother — ancient Lemuro-Atlantean Wisdom. Which of them is ready to become a Buddhist , a Nastika [[[Wikipedia:atheist atheist]] or non-theist] as they call us? Those who have believed and followed us have had their reward. We know there are planetary and other spiritual lives , and we know there is in our system no such thing as God , either personal or impersonal.
Parabrahm is not a God , but absolute immutable law. In such a case the less such idiots hear of our doctrines the better for both. If they do not want the whole truth and nothing but the truth , they are welcome. But never will they find us — at any rate — compromising with, and pandering to public prejudices.
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Book of Dzyan
Other widely respected luminaries, including Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein , also had much praise for her and held her in high regard. Unfortunately many people remain unaware of such facts as stated in the above and thus they continue to either be unable to adequately defend Blavatsky and their own beliefs if they are a Theosophist or they continue to ignorantly dismiss her as a fraud and charlatan , repeating the same old and fallacious assertions ad infinitum, never even bothering to do any unprejudiced research of their own into the matter , nor conceding that anything other than their ill-informed opinions could ever be the case. The first volume of the commentaries on these esoteric works is the Book of Dzyan. However, since there is now no longer a Panchen Lama of, or at, Shigatse see the article The Great Tsong Kha-pa for further explanation this last sentence is doubtless no longer quite accurate. The eternal parent wrapped in her ever invisible robes had slumbered once again for seven eternities. Time was not, for it lay asleep in the infinite bosom of duration. Universal Mind was not, for there were no Ah-hi to contain it.
The Secret Book of Dzyan
Contrary to common misunderstanding, however, she did not say that the Book of Dzyan was entirely unknown or unheard of by anyone in the modern world. What she did say was:. The idea that HPB may well have been an honest, truthful, decent person has most probably never occurred to them. It is the only original copy now in existence. The most ancient Hebrew document on occult learning — the Siphra Dzeniouta — was compiled from it, and that at a time when the former was already considered in the light of a literary relic. As it approaches nearer and nearer to our planet, the Emanation becomes more and more shadowy, until upon touching the ground it is as black as night.