Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

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The Key to Theosophy (1889)

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The Key to Theosophy
Published1973 First editionNo
FormatHardcover (200x145mm) EditionFacsimile reproduction
PublisherThe Theosophy Company Printing
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Series No of pages310


"Being a clear exposition, in the form of question and answer of the ethics, science, and philosophy for the study of which the Theosophical Society has been founded."
    Blavatsky had intended this book "not [as] a complete or exhaustive text-book of Theosophy, but only a key to unlock the door that leads to the deeper study." (p.xi) She already explains here what the Master DK, through Alice A. Bailey, outlined later in more detail, that "during the last quarter of every hundred years an attempt is made by those 'Masters,' of whom I have spoken, to help on the spiritual progress of Humanity in a marked and definite way. Towards the close of every century you will invariably find that an outpouring or upheaval of spirituality ... has taken place." (p.306)
    And about paving the way for the new World Teacher: "...besides a large and accessible literature ready to men's hands, the next impulse will find a numerous and united body of people ready to welcome the new torch-bearer of Truth. He will find the minds of men prepared for his message, a language ready for him in which to clothe the new truths he brings, an organization awaiting his arrival, which will remove the merely mechanical, material obstacles and difficulties from his path." (p.307)

This volume is a facsimile reproduction of the original 1889 edition.


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The Key to Theosophy
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Original publication year1889
Original publisherThe Theosophical Publishing Company
Original countryUK
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