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Re: Theos-World Re: Hi there, I'm Vince and I am new to the group

Mar 19, 2006 07:46 AM
by Steven Levey

      Your intution about the reason for the term "Secret" in The Secret Doctrine is somewhat correct, but, it is also a bit to quick a judgement. I'm afraid you are going to have to study the thing, to get a really good idea about the use of her terms. However, in doing so, I found it wise to read HPB in a thorough way to begin to undestand her motivation. By this I mean, read The Key to Theosophy, and study The Voice of the Silence, as well, or something like that. Or, pick up one of her collected writtings of shorter articles, or the Panarion. Mostly all of these are available at the Public Library, but definately on-line or in Theosophy Lodges of different types.
  Good Searching-Steve

Vincent Blazina <> wrote:

Thanks for the welcome. The Jehovah's Witnesses that you refer also seem to have some narrow biblical interpretations, much like Christian fundamentalists. I'm curious about what some of the similarities and differences are between the Bible and the Secret Doctrine. Why is the Secret Doctrine considered to be secret? Does this simply mean that it is occult (meaning hidden) in nature? My own biblical interpretations go very deep for me, and are anything but dry, although I view Christian fundamentalists as often shallow in their own biblical interpretations much of the time.


Hello Vince, 
Welcome to theos-talk!
My background was in the Jehovah's Witnesses and so as a result had what amounted to at 
least 5 1/2 hours a week of meetings to attend, and NO questioning what you were being 

The thing I've found with studying theosophy for someone who has studied the Bible is 
that theosophy and in particular the Secret Doctrine opens up many interesting and 
profound interpretations of passages in the Bible.

An interesting article written by H.P Blavatsky is `The Esoteric character of the Gospels'
It's a good place to start as the Secret Doctrine can be a little bit daunting to begin with.

After only hearing what was to me very empty and dry interpretations of the Bible, 
theosophy can help you to begin to get some kind of understanding as to the deeper 
meaning in the bible as well as what other great thinkers, sages and philosophers from 
various traditions have taught on these subjects which may help you have some context 
and reference point for your own experiences.
Very Best Wishes on your Spiritual journey and once again Welcome to the theos-talk!



--- In, "vblaz20042004" wrote:
> Hi there, I'm Vince and I am new to the group. I have recently been 
> attending the Theosophical Society of Wheaton, Illinois for the past 
> month, and have been enjoying the various teachings and discussions 
> at that facility.
> My life has been rich with metaphysical experiences, but the 
> Christian Fundamentalist churches that I had previously attended for 
> twenty years got very judgmental towards me when I might venture to 
> reference them. I also began finding many inconsistencies with the 
> way that many Christians were representing the Bible, and my 
> questions about Christianity were often deemed dangerous to people's 
> religious faith.
> I am looking for a place in the Theosophical Society wherein I may 
> potentially freely discuss metaphysical issues as they directly 
> pertain to my life, with people who are more open to such 
> discussions. I am very well read with the Bible, although my 
> interpretations of it are more metaphysical versus orthodox.
> I look forward to constuctive discussion with the people here, and 
> would like to learn more about the Theosophical Society and it's 
> perspectives, insofar as many of them are brand new to me.
> Thank you,
> Vince

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