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This complete, unabridged, all-in-one edition of Helena Blavatsky's classic work of esoteric spiritualism, history and theology also contains her original illustrations. Although named after the Egyptian goddess Isis - a figure widely associated with magic and nature - this book's scope ranges far beyond ancient Egypt. The author examines the ancient spiritual pantheons o This complete, unabridged, all-in-one edition of Helena Blavatsky's classic work of esoteric spiritualism, history and theology also contains her original illustrations. Although named after the Egyptian goddess Isis - a figure widely associated with magic and nature - this book's scope ranges far beyond ancient Egypt. The author examines the ancient spiritual pantheons of the East, with chapters upon Buddhism and Hinduism. These ancient beliefs are strongly believed to hold much value by the author, who discusses the essential truths about the nature of reality, consciousness and the place of humanity on the Earth. At over 540,000 words, this lengthy and eclectic treatise is considered to be one of the greatest ever produced in the field of esotericism. Alluding to wisdom from cultures all around the world, Isis Unveiled is a deeply detailed book invigorated by the passion of its author to prove that truths were known by the ancients that humans remains ignorant of to the present day. The truths which Blavatsky seeks to demonstrate span a wide domain; provinces of the spiritual, scientific, occult, religious and theological are delved into for answers. With this book, Helena Blavatsky introduced what she termed the 'Wisdom-Religion' to the world; a creed in which ancient documents and knowledge are valued as the purest source of spiritual knowledge. Her own researches in the subject are vast and yielded results that are staggering for their breadth. Replete topics covered in this work include life after death, magical and psychic phenomena, sorcery, black magic, the origin of the Christian faith, and eastern figures such as Gautama Buddha. The work however has not been without its detractors; many have accused Isis Unveiled of plagiarism, noting the similarity of large tracts with writings of other occultists. The sheer length and eclecticism of the book, and subsequent changes in the ideas attached to certain ancient phenomena, led to confusion among interested followers of Blavatsky's writings: some contested that the original concepts had been contradicted. Helena Blavatsky was born to a wealthy family in Russia. Her education put her in contact with many ancient cultures and traditions, which fascinated her from an early age. Following the publication of this book she founded the Theosophical Society in New York, descendants and offshoots of which continue to research and seek after the essential truths underpinning existence to this day.


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This complete, unabridged, all-in-one edition of Helena Blavatsky's classic work of esoteric spiritualism, history and theology also contains her original illustrations. Although named after the Egyptian goddess Isis - a figure widely associated with magic and nature - this book's scope ranges far beyond ancient Egypt. The author examines the ancient spiritual pantheons o This complete, unabridged, all-in-one edition of Helena Blavatsky's classic work of esoteric spiritualism, history and theology also contains her original illustrations. Although named after the Egyptian goddess Isis - a figure widely associated with magic and nature - this book's scope ranges far beyond ancient Egypt. The author examines the ancient spiritual pantheons of the East, with chapters upon Buddhism and Hinduism. These ancient beliefs are strongly believed to hold much value by the author, who discusses the essential truths about the nature of reality, consciousness and the place of humanity on the Earth. At over 540,000 words, this lengthy and eclectic treatise is considered to be one of the greatest ever produced in the field of esotericism. Alluding to wisdom from cultures all around the world, Isis Unveiled is a deeply detailed book invigorated by the passion of its author to prove that truths were known by the ancients that humans remains ignorant of to the present day. The truths which Blavatsky seeks to demonstrate span a wide domain; provinces of the spiritual, scientific, occult, religious and theological are delved into for answers. With this book, Helena Blavatsky introduced what she termed the 'Wisdom-Religion' to the world; a creed in which ancient documents and knowledge are valued as the purest source of spiritual knowledge. Her own researches in the subject are vast and yielded results that are staggering for their breadth. Replete topics covered in this work include life after death, magical and psychic phenomena, sorcery, black magic, the origin of the Christian faith, and eastern figures such as Gautama Buddha. The work however has not been without its detractors; many have accused Isis Unveiled of plagiarism, noting the similarity of large tracts with writings of other occultists. The sheer length and eclecticism of the book, and subsequent changes in the ideas attached to certain ancient phenomena, led to confusion among interested followers of Blavatsky's writings: some contested that the original concepts had been contradicted. Helena Blavatsky was born to a wealthy family in Russia. Her education put her in contact with many ancient cultures and traditions, which fascinated her from an early age. Following the publication of this book she founded the Theosophical Society in New York, descendants and offshoots of which continue to research and seek after the essential truths underpinning existence to this day.

30 review for Isis Unveiled: Both Volumes - A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology (Illustrated)

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Elves

    Blavatsky... dear occultist, ... was a genius and the fact that she wrote so brilliantly in English, which was not even her native language, is amazing. Alas, the thesis in Vol. 1, while still valid and which involves her evidence and arguments that science is lacking when it endeavors to prove that only what is material and can be proven "scientifically" is worth considering in life, is contrasted against the science of the 19th century and would be much better if updated against what we have now Blavatsky... dear occultist, ... was a genius and the fact that she wrote so brilliantly in English, which was not even her native language, is amazing. Alas, the thesis in Vol. 1, while still valid and which involves her evidence and arguments that science is lacking when it endeavors to prove that only what is material and can be proven "scientifically" is worth considering in life, is contrasted against the science of the 19th century and would be much better if updated against what we have now come to learn and understand about the nature of the world and the universe. The data and articles she cites are, for the most part, long forgotten. Vol. 2, however, which deals with religion, essentially sets out and, we think, demonstrates that nearly all religions, Christian, Hebrew/Judaic, Moslem, Egyptian, Caldean, etc. all stem from India and the earliest Hindu and Pre-Buddhic texts there. There is more to the vol. than that, but this is its essence. We find it difficult to read Blavatsky without being utterly amazed at her erudition and the way she continually expands our knowledge and understanding. This is not a work for the faint of heart. We expect that only a truly devoted occultist would persevere to the end, but it is worth it. kyela, the silver elves Goodreads authors of Through the Mists of Faerie: A Magical Guide to the Wisdom Teaching of the Ancient Elven and 30 other books on magic and enchantment including Liber Aelph: Words of Guidance from the Silver Elves to Our Magical Children

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Search where we may through the archives of history, we find that there is no fragment of modern history – whether Newtonian , Cartesian, Huxleyian or any other – but has been dug from the Oriental mines. Even Positivism and Nihilism find their prototype in the exoteric portion of Kapila’s philosophy, as is well remarked by Max Muller. It was the inspiration of the Hindu sages that penetrated the mysteries of Pragna Paramita (perfect wisdom); their hands that rocked the cradle of the first ances Search where we may through the archives of history, we find that there is no fragment of modern history – whether Newtonian , Cartesian, Huxleyian or any other – but has been dug from the Oriental mines. Even Positivism and Nihilism find their prototype in the exoteric portion of Kapila’s philosophy, as is well remarked by Max Muller. It was the inspiration of the Hindu sages that penetrated the mysteries of Pragna Paramita (perfect wisdom); their hands that rocked the cradle of the first ancestor of that feeble but noisy child that we have christened MODERN SCIENCE. On traditional wisdom The King Solomon so celebrated by posterity, as Josephus the historian says, for his magical skill, got his secrete learning from India through Hiram, the king of Ophir, and perhaps Sheba. His ring, commonly known as “Solomon’s seal”, so celebrated for the potency of its sway over the various kinds of genii and demons, in all the popular legends, is equally of Hindu origin. Writing on the pretentious and abominable skill of the all ‘devil worshipers’ of Travancore, the Rev. Samuel Mateer, of the London Missionary Society, claims at the same time to be in possession of a very old manuscript volume of magical incantations and spell in the Malayalam language, giving directions for effecting a great variety of purposes. Of course he adds, that “many of these are fearful in their malignity and obscenity,” and gives in his work the facsimile of some amulets bearing the magical figures and designs on them. About treasures in Temple in Trivandrum (includes description by Rev. S. Mateer, London missionary, in quotes) In the temple of Trivandrum, in the kingdom of Travancore, south India, “there is a deep well inside the temple, into which immense riches are thrown year by year, and in another place, in a hollow covered by a stone, a great golden lamp, which was lit over 120 years ago, still continues burning,” says this missionary in his description of the place.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cuculidae

    H.P.B. was a vessel : conch shell of Truth. She uplifts certain passages, words that symbolize the forgotten roots. She was writing in stance of the turning towards Materialism and the cold surface of Science. I personally find her still prominent during these times.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mrs.

    Highly overrated, dense, convoluted book by the founder of the Theosophy movement.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Widell

    Rambling. Outrageous. Strident. Brilliant. Maybe the book is too long. Maybe not. It took me a while to get the point. Maybe Blavatsky did need close to two thousand pages to make it. Blavatsky's point is that the Christian clergy has unnecessarily pitted itself against science by adhering to too literal a reading of the Scriptures and demonizing the wisdom of other religions to which it is, nonetheless, in irredeemable debt. She shoots down both science and organized religion to solve the confli Rambling. Outrageous. Strident. Brilliant. Maybe the book is too long. Maybe not. It took me a while to get the point. Maybe Blavatsky did need close to two thousand pages to make it. Blavatsky's point is that the Christian clergy has unnecessarily pitted itself against science by adhering to too literal a reading of the Scriptures and demonizing the wisdom of other religions to which it is, nonetheless, in irredeemable debt. She shoots down both science and organized religion to solve the conflict between them. Even if her discourse seems to be all over the place, its ultimate target turns out to be Christianity towards the end of her treatise. I think it is important to understand that right from the beginning. Blavatsky shows that Christianity should be understood as an expression of mankind's universal spiritual quest. To that end, she demonstrates, for example, that the Sermon on the Mount was invented in India and the Litany of Loretto had a precursor in the Litany to the Egyptian deity Isis. It is impossible for me to verify most of the claims she makes but I was definitely impressed by her expert account of the Biblical passages relating to the Gehenna fire, at a time when it was not popular to deny the existence of a literal hell fire. These days it is. It is difficult to grow enamoured of the Blavatsky's arrogance and abrasive tone but it is more difficult not to admire her erudition. One cannot help wondering how she could handle so much material before there were computers, let alone search engines. The Litany of Loretto that she cites is unknown to most Roman Catholics. It is all the more astounding that she has found two of its predecessors from more ancient "pagan" cultures. All before the Internet. No - Helena Blavatsky turned out all right at the end (to paraphrase Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby). I could have dismissed Isis Unveiled but, had I done so, I would have closed my mind to something that seems to have changed the course of intellectual history for good. Having read it, I appreciate that nothing has been quite the same after Blavatsky published Isis Unveiled in 1877. It would take more than one reading to get the hang of the material. Let me think. It might be worth it. Not the whole thing. Just selections.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    That woman was off her head.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shaktima Michele Brien

    One of the most important book I have ever read. It gives perspective on the universe and humanity. It's not a matter of belief but observation and consideration. Open your mind, it's pure Knowledge ~ One of the most important book I have ever read. It gives perspective on the universe and humanity. It's not a matter of belief but observation and consideration. Open your mind, it's pure Knowledge ~

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Frame

    This woman knew her stuff. A journey through the origins of all major religions. with plenty of references. The catholics must have wanted this woman crucified.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nell Grey

    At last I've finished this weighty (in more ways than one) tome - not an easy read for one whose knowledge of world religions and mythology does not match that of the author, yet there were moments of what seemed like enlightenment. Helena Blavatsky sets out to show that all the world religions originated from one prehistoric religion - an ancient form of Buddhism still practised in India when the book was written, and almost certainly to this day, and that Christianity was formed by plundering At last I've finished this weighty (in more ways than one) tome - not an easy read for one whose knowledge of world religions and mythology does not match that of the author, yet there were moments of what seemed like enlightenment. Helena Blavatsky sets out to show that all the world religions originated from one prehistoric religion - an ancient form of Buddhism still practised in India when the book was written, and almost certainly to this day, and that Christianity was formed by plundering the so-called pagan religions and rewriting to suit the purposes of the Church. Beliefs, gods, myths, sacred texts, language, the thoughts of the philosophers and history are compared exhaustively and often confusingly due to the sheer multitude of names given to the deities by different cultures, and many non-English theological terms. A brave book for its time, although some of the content has been assembled from the works of other authors, who are given credit. The final chapters describe many of the author's occult experiences in foreign lands - some so extraordinary that I couldn't help wondering if mesmerism was responsible. What I need now is a book by Professor Ronald Hutton examining the author's sources and research and explaining all in his wonderfully clear and readable way. Dream on...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Towering and obtuse to the uninitiated, but for those who have studied the Theosophist's Societies work. Madame Blavatsky's seminal work will teach you what was known to modern man a century ahead of it's time. Towering and obtuse to the uninitiated, but for those who have studied the Theosophist's Societies work. Madame Blavatsky's seminal work will teach you what was known to modern man a century ahead of it's time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I really wanted to read this but the writing was too archaic. I attempted Volume 1 and didn't make it through so didn't even try volume 2. Maybe this is ome to come back and try again sometime???? I really wanted to read this but the writing was too archaic. I attempted Volume 1 and didn't make it through so didn't even try volume 2. Maybe this is ome to come back and try again sometime????

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    Not sure which my edition is - it's two separate books bound in blue fabric and very, very old. Not sure which my edition is - it's two separate books bound in blue fabric and very, very old.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tink

    “I never sleep; were I fall asleep for moment before my time, all the Creation would crumble into dissolution in one instant.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aelys

    The purpose of my reviews is to save the reader from wasting their valuable time. I read this garbage so you don’t have to. I expect her koolaide drinking minions won’t like what I have to say. I make no claim that she’s wrong or a fraud. My main point is that she’s a bad writer. Other people I mention later say the same thing as her but do a 10000000% better job at it. To sum up the body of Blavatsky's writings and her life MO, she "baffles 'em with bulls++t." More than 5 million words, counting The purpose of my reviews is to save the reader from wasting their valuable time. I read this garbage so you don’t have to. I expect her koolaide drinking minions won’t like what I have to say. I make no claim that she’s wrong or a fraud. My main point is that she’s a bad writer. Other people I mention later say the same thing as her but do a 10000000% better job at it. To sum up the body of Blavatsky's writings and her life MO, she "baffles 'em with bulls++t." More than 5 million words, counting all her books. Terrible writing. All of it. Disorganised. Lazy. Joyless. Spends more time deliberately trying to confuse the reader and scolding the reader for said confusion than explaining her ideas. She claims this is to protect the holy teachings from the unworthy. The reader needs to call BS on that. Bad people can and do have IQs just as high as worthy people and are willing to spend decades master ing a field. Just look at all the cooked lawyers and greedy physicians out there ffs. Her Text is a swamp of verbiage reader must slog through . It's clear she has no formal training in writing. She refuses to explain her ideas. Often she refuses even to tell us what those ideas are. Over and over she refers reader in the vaguest terms to read her "earlier or later writings. " Refuses to get to the point. Scolds confused reader for being lazy and unworthy of the sacred teachings transmitted to her from the Elders Orient. She says only the élite are worthy. That’s not us, the readers. In an era in which we're flooded with information, this is inexcusable. Nobody has time for that nonsense. Good writing is concise and gets to the point ASAP. Say it or shut it. I recommend those interested in theosophy to skip that old wind bag and read books published by her students. The writing is 100% better . Read cw leadbetter, annie besant, Dion fortune and others. For a hoot, read Crowley. Read Robert Monroe. They cut through Blavatsky's crap and explain theosophy quickly and in a fun way to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    A.

    Here lies one of the biggest roots of modern syncretism, "new-age" and pseudo-spirituality. A real malignent tumor. René Guénon swept the floor pretty well with all this business indeed with his Theosophy: History of a Pseudo-Religion and The Spiritist Fallacy. Both books are a must. Quotes from the Guénon book : "‘Our goal,’ as Mme Blavatsky used to say, ‘is not to restore Hinduism, but to sweep Christianity from the surface of the earth .’" - Declaration made by Alfred Alexander and published in Here lies one of the biggest roots of modern syncretism, "new-age" and pseudo-spirituality. A real malignent tumor. René Guénon swept the floor pretty well with all this business indeed with his Theosophy: History of a Pseudo-Religion and The Spiritist Fallacy. Both books are a must. Quotes from the Guénon book : "‘Our goal,’ as Mme Blavatsky used to say, ‘is not to restore Hinduism, but to sweep Christianity from the surface of the earth .’" - Declaration made by Alfred Alexander and published in The Medium and Daybreak, London, January 1893, P23. "A Theosophist has expressly declared that The Secret Doctrine would not have been published if the theory of evolution had not come to light in the human brain - Les Cycles, by Amaravella, in Lotus Bleu, April 27, 1894, p78); we would say, rather, that without it, it would not have been imagined." At the seventeenth convention of the Theosophical Society, held at Adyar in December 1891, Colonel Olcott said the following: ‘I helped HPB in the compilation of her Isis Unveiled, while Keightley, with several others, did the same for the Secret Doctrine. Each of us knows full well how far from infallible are parts of these books, owing due to our collaboration, not to mention those parts written by HPB.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Marshall

    These books are phenomenal, insightful, educational. Over the course of reading these, I kept a sticky pad nearby so that I could further educate myself on some of the theories and truths that the author presented. But beware, this duo is NOT for the faint of heart or the close minded. If you are not open to new concepts and mindsets that veer off from what you've known, prepare yourself to be before reading these books. Otherwise, you will not experience the intrinsic opportunities inside. These books are phenomenal, insightful, educational. Over the course of reading these, I kept a sticky pad nearby so that I could further educate myself on some of the theories and truths that the author presented. But beware, this duo is NOT for the faint of heart or the close minded. If you are not open to new concepts and mindsets that veer off from what you've known, prepare yourself to be before reading these books. Otherwise, you will not experience the intrinsic opportunities inside.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Largely concerns unexplained phenomena in 19th century as well as the materialism and absurdity of dogmatic religion and dogmatic science.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jreimer

    I'll give her credit for giving it a shot, but this is probably the most confusing book I ever read. Unlike HST she had trouble drinking the Kool Aid and coming back to write about it. I'll give her credit for giving it a shot, but this is probably the most confusing book I ever read. Unlike HST she had trouble drinking the Kool Aid and coming back to write about it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    This edition that Boris de Zirkoff edited is superior to others, for the extra notes, introduction, bibliography and large index.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shaina Okalani

    I didn't read this or her Book Series, but did get a memorable Review from a reliable source. A Sorcerer he would call himself as he is her and hers. He has to have the Books to make her happy he said and then he said it is worthless drivel by Madame Blah Blah Blah. I now know who she is. She is a Terrorists Terrorist maker. She is a "Fug" she is often the Baptism Steve the #4 the heart of the KKK St. Eve a True Bloody Envious Hater. She is fat to be Psychic and says to all she is Stupid. No one I didn't read this or her Book Series, but did get a memorable Review from a reliable source. A Sorcerer he would call himself as he is her and hers. He has to have the Books to make her happy he said and then he said it is worthless drivel by Madame Blah Blah Blah. I now know who she is. She is a Terrorists Terrorist maker. She is a "Fug" she is often the Baptism Steve the #4 the heart of the KKK St. Eve a True Bloody Envious Hater. She is fat to be Psychic and says to all she is Stupid. No one says the Criminal life is the Smart route. He left that unspoken but said Psychically. What I really detest about her System the truth is that thinking is called talking to them and they stare at People in Private homes and pretend they've made agreements when they were only hearing someone else or thinking. And they the "Fugs" are who get to order hits etc. Worse than the spying and Voyeurism they do is the Psychic Sexual Assault Harassment they commit to their Victims on every level!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Quite a bit of information on Chaldean and Hindi Origins of current day popular religions and comparisons and analyses. A look at magic, alchemy, chemistry and their inter relationship. Seems intensely researched. Read these books when I was a fresh young adult. Re reading them now on the other side of the prime of life. Reminding me where I borrowed my worldview from.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Onur

    I dont know how she managed to sesrch and review that many esoteric teachings and compare them from a to z. I appreciate her anyway. However, im stuck in the terms used in the book, especially the eastern terms. There must have been a dictionary for those having no prior knowledge about either western or eastern theology.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Salisbury

    I couldn't finish this book. I tried. So many times I tried. The writing just didn't keep my eyes on the page. I couldn't finish this book. I tried. So many times I tried. The writing just didn't keep my eyes on the page.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Took most of the book wading thru things I was not so interested in such as mediumship. Second Volume is more about historical religious and spiritual roots which I am interested in.

  25. 4 out of 5

    SHYAM

    HPB shows Nature/Isis as it is......the eyes can only see what the mind knows.....A book of reference

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt Clayton

    **Read the abridged copy of this book!! That being said the abridged copy was 500+ pages! Anyway great book and H.P. Blavatsky back story is fascinating!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelina Foster

    Has errors but content thought provoking.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Cody

    Still trying to understand .I keep reading.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carole Brooks Platt

    Gotta say, it's total nonsense. Don't even bother wasting your time on it. I ended up skimming most pages, hoping for a gleam of something worthwhile. Au contraire! Nada!! Gotta say, it's total nonsense. Don't even bother wasting your time on it. I ended up skimming most pages, hoping for a gleam of something worthwhile. Au contraire! Nada!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Orgadena

    Force Illuminated. Force. Initiation. Conscious Withdrawal. ~

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