Originally published in 1890 and 1891. Electronic version ISBN 1-55700-029-8 (print version also available). For ease of searching, no diacritical marks appear in thisonline version of the text.
Secret Doctrine Commentary, originally titled Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, was originally published in two parts, the first part being issued in 1890, the second in 1891.
This online edition is a faithful version of those first printings, with very minor emendations: The quotations from The Secret Doctrine have been checked and in most cases corrected to conform with the original edition of H.P.B.'s masterwork. A few perfectly obvious errors in the text, perhaps a half dozen in all, have been corrected; also the American spelling of such words as "flavor," "center," etc., has been substituted for the English spelling. The passage from the Vishnu Purana (Wilson's translation) on page 31 has been changed to read verbatim with the original.
As noted in the original edition:
The following transactions are compiled from shorthand notes taken at the meetings of the Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society, from January 10th to June 20th, 1889, being somewhat condensed from the original discussions.
The Secret Doctrine being based upon the archaic stanzas of the "Book of Dzyan," and these being too abstruse for most of the new students of Esoteric philosophy, the members of the "B.L. of the T. S." agreed to devote the debates of the weekly meetings to each stanza and sundry other metaphysical subjects.
The questions were put by members who, for the most part, supported their objections and exceptions on modern scientific grounds, and assumed logical deductions based thereon. As such objections are generally the common property of students of The Secret Doctrine, it has been judged unnecessary to incorporate them in full, so that their substance alone has been retained. The answers in all cases are based on the shorthand Reports, and are those of Esoteric Philosophy as given by H. P. B. herself.
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