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Isis Unveiled: A Master Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, Volume 2
Isis Unveiled A Master Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology Volume 2 Author:Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Synopsis — The first major work of one the principal founders of the Theosophical Society, first published in 1878. Here Blavatsky unveils her understanding of ancient, esoteric wisdom and its relation to the world of science and to the modern world. — Publisher's Note — H. P. Blavatsky's first major literary effort, a critical response to the grow... more »ing materialism in both scientific and religious institutions, is a vindication of the ageless quest. In the author's words, Isis "is the fruit of a somewhat intimate acquaintance with Eastern adepts and study of their science. . . . They showed us that by combining science with religion, the existence of God and immortality of man's spirit may be demonstrated." Supported by massive evidence, from religious and mystical traditions, classical scholarship, and the testimony of nature, these volumes aid the student in detecting the vital principles which underlie the philosophical systems of old.
Volume II examines the creeds of religions past and present, alongside the myths and symbols of various cultures. Throughout, the author strikes at the root of dogma and affirms the "paramount importance of re-establishing the Hermetic philosophy in a world which blindly believes it has outgrown it."
Topics include: Comparative Buddhism and Christianity -- Egyptian Wisdom -- Masonry and Kabbala -- The Astral Light -- Mediumship vs. Adeptship -- The Inner and Outer Man -- Psychic Phenomena -- Oriental Cosmogonies -- Platonic Philosophy -- Savior Legends -- Cycles in Nature -- Gnosticism -- The Ancient Mysteries« less