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Einstein's Secret Doctrine

Aug 24, 2010 09:38 PM
by Joe

Several days ago we started posting over on the Theosophical Network
about Einstein's copy of the Secret Doctrine, which is a story related
by Sylvia Cranston and Leon Maurer, among others.

So far the story goes:

Einstein's "niece" delivered the book to the Theosophical Library at
Adyar, India.  This incident is related in the Sylvia Cranston book, "
HPB;: the  extraordinary life and influence of Helena Blavatsky, founder
of the modern theosophical movement, G. P. Putnam's Sons,  1993, 434;
ibid, Ref: Notes, Part 7, Note 21".  Also, according to Cranston, the
volume was given to Eunice Layton in the "mid-1960's", while the
Layton's lived at Adyar, and the donation was witnessed by the wife of
BP Wadia.

To date, we have found that Einstein did not have a niece, as his only
sibling, a sister, Maja, died childless.  Therefore, we have no
certainty of who it was who delivered the book.

Many people in the movement accept this story as fact.  If it is
factual, then we need to do what we can to have the volume digitized and
made publicly available to all.  Am I concerned about what Einstein
wrote?  No, not really.  It could be as meaningless as a few scribbles,
or it could provide new insights into the nature of the universe, and
specifically for Theosophists, a new way of understanding the Secret

If anyone has information that will help us track down the story behind
Einstein's Secret Doctrine, please shoot me a message over at

Also, please feel free to spread this message around the web to whomever
may help or you feel may benefit.

Thanks much,


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