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The Key To Theosophy


Theosophical Classic:

The Key To Theosophy

Dedicated by "H.P.B." To all her Pupils,
That They may Learn and Teach in their turn.
 
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.
 
H.P. Blavatsky
 
The purpose of this book is exactly expressed in its title, The Key to Theosophy, and needs but few words of explanation. It is not a complete or exhaustive textbook of Theosophy, but only a key to unlock the door that leads to the deeper study. It traces the broad outlines of the Wisdom-Religion, and explains its fundamental principles; meeting, at the same time, the various objections raised by the average Western inquirer, and endeavoring to present unfamiliar concepts in a form as simple and in language as clear as possible. That it should succeed in making Theosophy intelligible without mental effort on the part of the reader, would be too much to expect; but it is hoped that the obscurity still left is of the thought and not of the language, is due to depth and not to confusion. To the mentally lazy or obtuse, Theosophy must remain a riddle; for in the world mental as in the world spiritual each man must progress by his own efforts. The writer cannot do the reader's thinking for him, nor would the latter be any the better off if such vicarious thought were possible. ... (from the Preface)
 
  1. Preface
  2. Contents
  3. Theosophy and The Theosophical Society
  4. Exoteric and Esoteric Theosophy
  5. The Working System of the T.S.
  6. The Relations of the T.S. to Theosophy
  7. The Fundamental Teachings of Theosophy
  8. Theosophical Teachings as to Nature and Man
  9. On the Various Postmortem States
  10. On Reincarnation or Rebirth
  11. On the Kamaloka and Devachan
  12. On the Nature of Our Thinking Principle
  13. On the Mysteries of Reincarnation
  14. What is Practical Theosophy?
  15. On the Misconceptions About the T.S.
  16. The "Theosophical Mahatmas"
  17. Conclusion
  18. Glossary
  19. Appendix