The Secret Doctrine, Volume II. Anthropogenesis
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The Secret Doctrine: Anthropogenesis by Helena Blavatsky is the second volume in a 3 volume set of books dealing with Theosophy and occult ideas. In this volume, the author sets out her views on the origin of humanity through what she calls 'root races' - the first of which was ethereal, the second of which lived in the Greek mythological land of Hyperborea, the third of which were humans who lived on Lemuria, and the fourth of which lived in Atlantis.
The book is split into three parts. Part I includes 12 stanzas and their commentaries.
Part II. The Archaic Symbolism Of The World-Religions includes the following chapters: Esoteric Tenets Corroborated in Every Scripture; Adam=Adami; The Holy of Holies. Its Degradation; On the Myth of the Fallen Angels in its Various Aspects; Is Plerôma Satan's Lair?; Prometheus, the Titan; Enoïchion-Henoch; The Symbolism of the Mystery-Names Iao and Jehovah, with their Relation to the Cross and Circle; The Upanishads in Gnostic Literature; The Cross and the Pythagorean Decad; and, The Mysteries of the Hebdomad.
Part III. Addenda. Science And The Secret Doctrine Contrasted includes the chapters: Archaic, or Modern Anthropology?; The Ancestors Mankind is Offered by Science; The Fossil Relics of Man and the Anthropoid Ape; Duration of the Geological Periods, Race Cycles, and the Antiquity of Man; Organic Evolution and Creative Centres; Giants, Civilizations, and Submerged Continents Traced in History; and, Scientific and Geological Proofs of the Existence of Several Submerged Continents.
This book has 640 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1893.
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Excerpt from 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume II. Anthropogenesis'
The Stanzas, with the Commentaries thereon, in this Volume, are drawn from the same Archaic Records as the Stanzas on Cosmogony in Volume I. As far as possible a verbatim translation is given: but some of the Stanzas are too obscure to be understood without explanation, and therefore, as in Volume I, they are first given in full as they stand, and then, when taken verse by verse with their Commentaries, an attempt is made to make them clearer, by words added in foot-notes, in anticipation of the fuller explanation of the Commentary.
As regards the Evolution of mankind, the Secret Doctrine postulates three new propositions, which stand in direct antagonism to Modern Science as well as to current religious dogmas. It teaches: (a) the simultaneous evolution of seven human Groups on seven different portions of our globe; (b) the birth of the astral, before the physical body, the former being a model for the latter; and (c) that man, in this Round, preceded every mammalian—the anthropoids included—in the animal kingdom.
The Secret Doctrine is not alone in speaking of primeval Men born simultaneously on the seven divisions of our Globe. In the Divine Pymander of Hermes Trismegistus, we find the same seven primeval Men evolving from Nature and the Heavenly Man, in the collective sense of the word, namely, from the Creative Spirits; and in the fragments of Chaldæan tablets, collected by George Smith, on which is inscribed the Babylonian Legend of Creation, in the first column of the Cutha tablet, seven human Beings “with the faces of ravens,” that is to say, of black swarthy complexions, whom “the [seven] Great Gods created,” are mentioned. Or, as explained in lines 16, 17 and 18:
In the midst of the earth they grew up and became great,
And increased in number,
Seven kings, brothers of the same family.
These are the seven Kings of Edom to whom reference is made in the Kabalah; the First Race, which was imperfect, that is to say, was born before the “balance” (sexes) existed, and which was therefore destroyed.
Seven Kings, brethren, appeared and begat children, 6,000 in number were their peoples. The God Nergas [death] destroyed them. “How did he destroy them?” By bringing into equilibrium [or balance] those who did not yet exist.
They were “destroyed,” as a Race, by being merged in their own progeny (by exudation): that is to say, the sexless Race reïncarnated in the (potentially) bisexual; the latter, in the androgynes; these again, in the sexual, the later Third Race. Were the tablets less mutilated, they would be found to contain word for word the same account as is given in the Archaic Records and in Hermes, at least as regards the fundamental facts, if not as regards minute details; for Hermes is a good deal disfigured by mistranslations.
It is quite certain that the seeming supernaturalism of these teachings, although allegorical, is so diametrically opposed to the dead-letter statements of the Bible, as well as to the latest hypotheses of Science, that it will evoke passionate denial. The Occultists, however, know that the traditions of Esoteric Philosophy must be the right ones, simply because they are the most logical, and reconcile every difficulty. Besides, we have the Egyptian Books of Thoth, and Book of the Dead, and the Hindû Purânas with their seven Manus, as well as the Chaldæo-Assyrian accounts, whose tiles mention seven primitive Men, or Adams, the real meaning of which name may be ascertained by means of the Kabalah. Those who know anything of the Samothracian Mysteries will also remember that the generic name of the Kabiri was the “Holy Fires,” which created on seven localities of the island of Electria, or Samothrace, the “Kabir born of the Holy Lemnos”—the island sacred to Vulcan.
Production notes: This edition of The Secret Doctrine, Volume II. Anthropogenesis was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 2nd November 2018, and updated on the 16th April 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Huttens Grab' by Caspar David Friedrich.