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"The Races with the Third Eye” – Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings in “The Secret Doctrine,” Part 1 of 2

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The 19th-century Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born into a noble family in Ukraine.

Following the guidance of an Indian yogi named Mahatma Morya, Madame Blavatsky co-founded the Theosophical Society. Theosophy, meaning “Divine wisdom,” refers to knowledge that comes through spiritual experience rather than intellectual understanding alone. Madame Blavatsky wrote several important books on Theosophy, including “Isis Unveiled,” “The Secret Doctrine,” “The Key to Theosophy,” and “The Voice of the Silence.” “The Secret Doctrine,” published in 1888, is considered the Bible of Theosophy and a sourcebook of esoteric tradition. Today on Words of Wisdom, we invite you to join us for excerpts from “The Races with the Third Eye,” from Madame Blavatsky’s “The Secret Doctrine.”

“Man was the store-house, so to speak, of all the seeds of life for this Round, vegetable and animal alike. As En-Soph (infinity) is ‘One, notwithstanding the innumerable forms which are in him,’ so is man, on Earth the microcosm of the macrocosm. ‘As soon as man appeared, everything was complete… for everything is comprised in man. He unites in himself all forms.’ ‘The mystery of the earthly man is after the mystery of the Heavenly Man.’”

“The author proceeds, ‘he never formed part of that kingdom. Derived, only derived, from the most finished class of the latter, a new human form must always have been the new type of the cycle. The human shape, in one ring, as I imagine, becomes cast-off clothes in the next; it is then appropriated by the highest order in the servant-kingdom below.’”

“‘Thither (into the vara) thou shalt bring the seeds of men and women, of the greatest, best, and finest kinds on this earth; thither thou shalt bring the seeds of every kind of cattle,’ etc., etc.; and ‘all those seeds shalt thou bring, two of every kind, to be kept inexhaustible there, so long as those men shall stay in the vara.’”
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