Books for sincere seekers after Truth and Wisdom
The number of useful occult books can be counted on the fingers of one hand. By 'useful' we mean books that explain who and what Man truly IS, whence he comes, whither he is going and the purpose and meaning of life.
We do not mean books containing magic spells, the fantasies of conspiracy theorists or the speculations of psychics. If that is what you're looking for you will not find it here. If, on the other hand, you are looking for books on Ancient Wisdom and Occult Truth, you are in the right place.
The classic occult books you will find here all contain the greatest truth and the least errors. We say this because in all our wide experience, we know of NO esoteric books that do not contain some errors. In most truth and error are so inextricably mixed that only an Initiate can sift the one from the other. It is these little errors, omissions and interpolations in so many occult books that leads the reader away from Truth. In connection with this, an anonymous writer on alchemy has said:
"Let a Lover of truth suspect things that are quickly understood; for truth lies hid in obscurity; for Philosophers never write more deceitfully—than when plainly, nor ever more truly—than when obscurely."
Occult Books for Beginners
We are often asked to suggest the 'best' occult books for beginners. Our answer is that the 'best' books are those that teach us the most. For this reason we suggest that if you know little or nothing about the occult sciences, you start off by reading the following two articles we have published:
- Occult FAQ. Questions about the occult answered simply and clearly
- Why study Occult Science? How to learn the plan and meaning of Life
Then, if you wish to learn more, In Search of the Hidden Masters (see review on your right) is an excellent introduction. Written by a seeker expressly for seekers, this book deals in a clear, no-nonsense way with the search for a genuine spiritual teacher. We would also recommend The Book of Michel Nizan, by the same authors. We review both these books on this page.
Finally, very many seekers neglect or ignore the Bible and other sacred texts. This is a mistake, for these books contain much real occult knowledge and ancient wisdom.
Classic books about Atlantis
Free occult books to read and study online
Many of the best occult books, including such rare esoteric classics as The Divine Pymander of Hermes Trismegistus, The Golden Star (both reviewed below), and The Kybalion, are now free to read and download. Among these we would recommend the following:
- The Golden Star—described as 'A BOOK FOR INITIATES', this book expounds the most advanced occult teachings, yet in such a fascinating manner as to hold and extend the interest of the beginner (see review below).
- Isis Unveiled by H. P. Blavatsky. Although incomplete and oddly formatted, this digital copy of Blavatsky's first book on the age-old wisdom will give the reader who is unfamiliar with her writings a flavour of her teachings. You can read a full review of this occult classic below.
- The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky. An online text of Blavatsky's masterwork on the occult sciences. (see our review below).
- Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky. These unique writings provide clear answers to many questions asked by occult students (see our review).
- The Kybalion by Three Initiates. This concise exposition of Hermetic philosophy reveals the seven occult principles upon which all Universal Laws rest.
- The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus. This scarce book on occult philosophy contains many answers to the greatest questions of life (see review below).
- Numbers, Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues by W. Wynn Westcott. This rare esoteric book by a noted Kabbalist and scholar is an excellent exposition of the secret science of numerology as taught by Pythagoras.
- In Tune with the Infinite by Ralph Waldo Trine. Although this is not generally regarded as an 'occult' book, it nevertheless reveals in simple language all can understand many of the True occult laws and principles (see review below).
You can also find links to more FREE OCCULT BOOKS to read online and download on our Wisdom on the Web page.
Occult book reviews
The occult books reviewed below are all titles that we have personally studied which stand out like beacons of hope amongst a sea of mediocrity, shameless plagiarism and fantasy. Sadly, the very best books have a habit of disappearing within a few short years of their publication. Such is Dr E.V. Kenealy's Enoch: The Book of God, which was "lost" for over 120 years until one brave publisher reprinted it. Another unknown and unappreciated Occult masterpiece is The Golden Star by J Michaud PhD, proving that TRUTH is a most UNSALEABLE commodity! Or we may put it another way and say that coins of the least value have the greatest circulation.
We hope that one or more of the books we have reviewed will strongly appeal to you. If this happens it often means that there exists a special link between you and the thoughts and teachings of the author; and it is always wise to follow up such intuitions.
The True Gospel of Chrishna-Jeseus—by J Michaud PhD
This book is about the life of Krishna—the Holy Hindu Saviour and prototype of Christ. It was first published by the UMA Press in London under the title of The Book of Sa-Heti and is now almost unobtainable in print. We have now made it available to our readers for the very first time on the Internet.
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This life of Krishna is related without fantastic embellishments yet written with colour and glittering power. Amid amazing incidents the reader breathes the perfumes and tragedies of an ancient India blessed by the birth of the Son of God.
The book describes many of the incidents found in the New Testament but enacted 3,000 years previously wherein John becomes Arjuna, Maia the holy Mary, and Christ Krishna.
Now, once again this masterpiece of Occult Truth is made available to a new generation, to unveil the highest mystical teachings and set alight the Higher Self. This book is an intense spiritual adventure for the sincere seeker after Truth and a treasure-trove of wisdom and comfort for every kind of reader.
The White Brother: An Occult Autobiography—by Michael Juste
Hardcover 211pp. Rider & Co, London, UK, 1925.
Price from £30.00 second-hand.
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ALSO AVAILABLE TO READ ONLINE AT HOLY BOOKS
This scarce* occult autobiography describes one seeker's eventful journey through the Occult Jungle in search of Truth. "Michael Juste" was the pseudonym of Michael Houghton, a Hungarian Jew who founded the well-known "Atlantis" book shop in London in the 1920's. The shop still flourishes in Bloomsbury and may be familiar to some of you. Houghton was an odd character who mixed with many well-known and many more completely unknown occultists of the last century. He published several books in his own name as well as the works of other writers, and was the editor of the Occult Observer from 1949-51—a quarterly journal that contained contributions from many well-known occultists and mystics of the time.
Many mysteries have been woven around Houghton's chequered association with various occult personalities over the years, but these neither concern nor interest us. What is of interest is the absolutely true and frank account the author gives of his search for Truth and the True Teacher. A journey that takes him down several blind alleys, brings him into contact with many weird and wonderful characters and the eventual meeting with a Master who is surely the ideal of all sincere seekers.
This book provides clear hints on what Truth is and where NOT to look for it, as well as exposing the many pretenders to wisdom who prey on the inexperience and gullibility of seekers. Among the many topics discussed are Theosophy, False Teachers and teachings, Vegetarianism, Science, Elementals, Magic, Health, Meditation, Breathing, and the Astral World.
*NOTE: Although The White Brother is now extremely scarce, an online edition is freely available from Holy Books (see link above).
In Tune with the Infinite—by Ralph Waldo Trine
Softcover 128pp. Wilder Publications 2008. Price new from £4.99.
Also available as a Kindle edition, and second-hand in various editions from as little as £1.00.
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Although claimed by many as a pioneer of 'New Age' teaching, there is nothing in Trine's message that was not known and taught thousands of years ago. We hear the same truths from the immortal lips of inspired teachers like Jesus, Buddha and Krishna. Trine's great accomplishment was to re-state these truths in simple words that even a child can understand and to make them accessible to millions. This is no accident; for the truth is always simple if we are simple enough to recognise it when it is presented to us. Sadly, so many seekers desire mystery, glamour and complexity. Such will turn away from the simplicity of this book. But the simple in mind and heart will recognise the Truth within its luminous pages.
It will remind them in no uncertain manner that the keys to health, happiness and success are to be found within and not without. As the Author says in his Prelude: "THE optimist is right. The pessimist is right. The one differs from the other as the light from the dark. Yet both are right. Each is right from their own particular point of view, and this point of view is the determining factor in the life of each. It determines as to whether it is a life of power or of impotence...of success or of failure."
How true these words are! Do we not all know seekers whose 'glass is always half-empty'?—who fear the worst and anticipate disaster and disappointment at every turn? And it is not also true that such people often live lives of sorrow, confusion, ill-health and failure? But it needn't be like this. In US lies the power to change our own individual lives for the better. And in the degree that we do so we shall change the lives of others around us and the world in general. This is the simple way to bring peace and light into this sorely-troubled world. It needs no 'occult powers' nor special training to do so. All it requires is an understanding of the TRUE LAWS of Life and a willingness to put them into practise in our daily lives. This is the SIMPLE message which Ralph Waldo Trine gave to the world over 100 years ago.
The Golden Star: a Book for Initiates—by J Michaud PhD
Uma Press, London 1946. Hardcover. 323pp
Price from £30.00 second-hand. Sometimes available from Amazon.co.uk and other booksellers, but now VERY SCARCE.
AVAILABLE TO READ ONLINE AT THEGOLDENSTAR.ORG
Significantly subtitled "A Book for Initiates", The Golden Star is emphatically NOT a book for the lazy and inept. Nor is it an instruction manual in magic. Those seeking instant enlightenment, thrills, spells and short-cuts to occult knowledge and power, will NOT find them in this book. Indeed, we may say that ALL those who are looking for the weird and fantastic in the mistaken idea that this is what constitutes occultism and magic, will be sorely disappointed by this book.
Those, on the other hand, who are seeking the pure Light of Truth, will find in The Golden Star Heavenly Treasure and Riches beyond their wildest dreams. The book begins with two Egyptian pilgrims, Ma-u and Ma-uti, watching a glorious sunset: "At one unforgettable moment the sun sent out five purple rays from between the massed clouds, which like a hand of benediction overspread the pair; whilst a path of molten gold stretched from Ra to them, as if inviting them to stride along that road to glory under His protecting hand. An invitation and Initiation into the Mysteries."
With the arrival of Neteru-Hem, 'A messenger from the Divine', the two seekers begin a spiritual journey, which is quite unlike anything else in Occult literature. Descending first into the 'Domains of Night', Ma-u and Ma-uti embark on a quest for knowledge under the guiding hands of Neteru-Hem. Each of the twelve chapters is prefaced by an inspired poem and associated with a particular precious stone. During their remarkable journey (which is also a series of Initiations), the two pilgrims are taught about the real nature of matter and spirit, electricity, atoms, energy and the true constitution of Man and the Universe. The many subjects covered include the inhabitants of the elemental kingdoms, psychism, clairvoyance, witchcraft, magic, spiritualism, occult symbolism, creation, evolution, cosmic consciousness and the hierarchy of spiritual beings who rule the universe under God.
Along the way, Ma-u and Ma-uti encounter scenes of terrifying horror, transcendent beauty and spiritual and material beings of all kinds—both good and bad, leading in the end to the very throne of God and an apocalypse of glory which it is impossible to describe in this short review. To sum up, this is truly "a book for initiates"—a refreshing refuge of peace and joy, and a radiant star of hope in this age of threatening darkness. Although printed copies of the book have become very scarce, an electronic facsimile is now available to read online (*see note at end).
*NOTE: Although The Golden Star is now an extremely rare book, we occasionally see copies advertised online and in bookshops. We have even heard of readers who found their copy in a charity shop!—so if at first you don't succeed—do keep trying.
You can read and study an electronic edition of the book online at thegoldenstar.org which faithfully preserves all the characteristics of the printed edition.
Iamblichus—On the Mysteries of the Egyptians, Chaldeans and Assyrians
Translated from the Greek by Thomas Taylor. 365pp +7pp glossary of citations, a bibliography of Taylor's work and a bio-bibliographical glossary. Wizards Bookshelf 1977. (Secret Doctrine Reference Series)
Hardcover green faux leather, $25.00.
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This important book is one of the very few texts that have come down to us which preserves what little remained of the hidden wisdom of ancient Egypt, Chaldea and Assyria in the early centuries of the Christian era.
The book begins with a letter written by the Neoplatonic philosopher, Porphyry (ca. 234-305 A.D.) to an Egyptian priest called Anebo, requesting information about the theological and mystical beliefs of the Egyptians. The language used by the correspondents makes it clear that Porphyry is soliciting occult knowledge from one whom he comes to regard as his superior. As such we may view the book as a series of questions posed by a student of occult science to his teacher. Porphyry begins by taking his teacher to task, criticising what he believes to be the religious dogmas and practices of the Egyptians and Chaldeans. In his replies, Anebo displays the patience, goodwill and humility which are the hallmark of the true Teacher, never once losing his temper, nor stooping to ridicule his pupil's often fanciful speculations and theological misconceptions.
In the following ten sections, the nature of God, the 'gods', and the soul are explored at length and in depth. Anebo stresses the importance of the perfection of the soul (Higher Self in our terminology) through the practice of mystical rites—that is through meditation, spiritual exercises and consistent study. Other subjects discussed include the first cause, the nature of the universe and its contents, dreams and sleep, soul and mind, prayer, divination, magic, astrology and fate or destiny.
The Egyptologist, E. A. Wallis Budge, quotes largely from Iamblichus' The Mysteries in his seminal book The Gods of the Egyptians (1904), so we may be tolerably sure that much of the information imparted by Anebo to Porphyry is consistent with the religious practises of the ancient Egyptians, as recorded in such papyri as The Book of the Dead. This is not to say that we agree with everything in this book; far from it. As we said earlier, what we have here are the fragments of the Mystery Teachings of Egypt, much distorted and disfigured by the hand of time and man. Nonetheless, the discriminating reader will gain much from this book, and for that reason we recommend it.
There are several editions of this book by different translators, including at least one e-text. However, we recommend you obtain the Wizards Bookshelf edition reviewed above, which is verbatim with the original edition of 1821, and copiously referred to by H. P. Blavatsky in her books. There is also a new paperback edition of Thomas Taylor's translation published in 2011 by Cambridge Library Collection, UK. As this is priced at $54 and printed on demand, we do not recommend it!
Iamblichus (ca. A.D. 250-325) was one of the greatest and most influential of the Neoplatonic philosophers, renowned as much for his great learning and miraculous powers, as for his charity and self-denial. A student of Plotinus' disciple Porphyry, he founded a Mystery School in which he taught what then remained of the Sacred Mysteries of Greece and Egypt. Sadly, only a fraction of Iamblichus' books are known to us, chief among which is On the Mysteries. Some scholars dispute Iamblichus' authorship, maintaining that the style of writing does not match his other extant writings. We leave the critics to their pedantic arguments, for what matters to us is that we have this valuable document, not who wrote it.
You can read more about the translator, Thomas Taylor, on the website of The Prometheus Trust, who have re-published many of his translations of important Greek philosophical works.
The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus
Translated by John Everard with an introduction by Hargrave Jennings 140pp. Wizards Bookshelf (Secret Doctrine Reference Series) 1978 - 2014. Hardcover, $17.00. Price second-hand from £15.00.
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One could read a thousand books and not find the great truths revealed in this little volume. As Dr Everard writes in his preface: "In this Book, though so very old, is contained more true knowledge of God and Nature, than in all the Books in the World besides, except only Sacred Writ; And they that shall judiciously read it, and rightly understand it, may well be excused from reading many Books..."
This accurately sums up this book, which was first translated into English in 1650 by Dr John Everard from the Corpus Hermeticum translated into Latin by Marsilio Ficino in the 15th Century. This is not a book for those seeking instant answers or instant enlightenment. Like other sacred texts, it requires an understanding of occult symbolism as well as deep study if the reader is to begin to comprehend the Truths it contains. As such it is emphatically not a book for the novice.
There are several reprints of this book currently available including the new softcover edition available from Amazon (published by Forgotten Books in 2008).
Versions by the 'Yogi Publication Society', 'Kessinger Publishing' and 'The Shrine of Wisdom' may not be complete. Kessinger reprints in particular are often of rather poor quality. Our advice is to obtain the Wizard's Bookshelf edition illustrated above if you possibly can. This is verbatim with the edition of 1884 and reset from the original English translation made by Dr Everard in 1650.
The Virgin of the World of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus
Kingsford, Anna & Maitland, Edward (translators) 1884. 154pp. Wizards Bookshelf (Secret Doctrine Reference Series), 1977. Hardcover Price second-hand from £30.00.
ALSO AVAILABLE FROM Amazon.co.uk in softcover (152pp) £6.19
The Virgin of the World is divided into three parts, the 'Virgin of the World', 'Asclepios on Initiation', the 'Definitions of Asclepios', and the 'Hermetic Fragments.' This book was greatly esteemed by many of the Church Fathers in the early centuries of the Christian era, and Lactantius said of it, "Hermes, I know not how, has discovered well-nigh the whole truth." Of course he didn't know 'how', bless his innocent heart, for learned as Lactantius was, he was no Initiate and consequently had no direct knowledge of the Wisdom of ancient Egypt, much of which was already lost in his day.
The first part of the book is a complete summary of the Hermetic Wisdom of ancient Egypt set out in the form of a conversation between the goddess Isis and her son Horus which reveals the true constitution of Man and the processes of creation and evolution as they were taught to the students of the Mystery Schools in those faraway days. Together with The Divine Pymander, reviewed above, these two books contain almost all that remains of the true teachings of Hermes that are in the public domain.
Once again, our advice is to obtain the Wizard's Bookshelf edition of this book if you can.
Isis Unveiled: a Master-key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology—by H. P. Blavatsky
2 vols in slipcase. 1500pps. Theosophical Publishing House, USA
(ISBN: 978-0-8356-0247-1) Softcover. Price new $36.00. Verbatim with the original edition of 1877. Also available second-hand from Abe Books and other booksellers from as little as £10.00.
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digitised text also available to read online at Sacred-texts.com
The sub-title of this seminal work on the age-old wisdom says all in a few words. If we take just about any modern scientific 'discovery' we will invariably find that it is covered in considerably more detail and with much greater accuracy in this book. The same applies to magic, mysticism and so-called 'New Age' thought. Indeed, it is true to say that Isis Unveiled contains more original and accurate information on a vast range of scientific, psychological, philosophical, theological and occult subjects than any other book published in the last few centuries.
The title of the book is somewhat misleading. It was never intended to unveil the Egyptian goddess who here represents the wisdom imparted in secret to the trusted Initiates of the Ancient Mysteries. Blavatsky's original title was The Veil of Isis, through which shimmering vesture the neophyte was permitted to glimpse the lesser mysteries of the goddess...and no more. But when the book was being printed, it was discovered that the title had already been used by W. Winwood Reade in 1861 for his book on the mysteries of the Druids. The publisher suggested Blavatsky change her title to Isis Unveiled, to which she reluctantly agreed, though the various facsimiles of the first edition still bear her original, and more apt title, at the head of every page!
Isis Unveiled first made known to the modern world the existence of the once-universal Wisdom-Religion. In doing so, it not only demonstrated that science does not have all the answers, but that the ancients were in possession of hidden knowledge as yet undiscovered by any scientists. In this connection it must be remembered that when Isis Unveiled was published in 1877, there were no books to be had that contained anything more than the skeletal remains of this Wisdom; only broken shards of the shining Mirror of Truth remained, each incomplete fragment of which was interpreted in diverse ways by minds of variable ability (and mixed motives) who had long since lost the keys to the secrets of the goddess Wisdom.
It is impossible in a short notice such as this to begin to do justice to the wealth of information in this book, but the following subjects should give the reader some idea of the vast range of themes it embraces: physics, chemistry, biology, geology and astronomy; energy, force, matter, electricity and magnetism; alchemy, astrology and magic; psychic phenomena and spiritualism; time, space and eternity; the world soul and what it is; vital force, elementals and elementaries; vampirism; miracles; healing; hypnotism; clairvoyance, clairaudience and psychometry; the origins of Christianity; sorcery, witchcraft and black magic; who Jesus really was; kabala; gnostics and gnosticism; the Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads; Buddha; world Saviours; true seership and true religion. Any one of these subjects might fill several books, and we may say, often have, without their authors acknowledging the source of their misappropriated information and pretended erudition!
Finally, we feel it is important to add that Isis Unveiled forms an integral part of one complete revelation and should be studied together with The Secret Doctrine (reviewed below), which it both elucidates and presages.
Several 'abridged' editions of Isis Unveiled are now in print. One of these 'new' versions, published in 1997, claims to have "stripped the book of its lengthy quotations from other writers and its repetitious commentary". Words fail us! It is just such presumptuous and inept meddling that is responsible for the parlous state of nearly every inspired text that has come down to us. For this reason we cannot recommend the 'improved' editions produced by Michael Gomes and others in recent years. See also the note accompanying our review of The Secret Doctrine below.
The Secret Doctrine—by H. P. Blavatsky
The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy
2 vols. 1571pps. Theosophical University Press, USA
(ISBN 10: 1557000034) Hardcover. Price new US$49.95. 1984 Centennial edition verbatim with the original edition of 1888. Also available second-hand from Abe Books and other booksellers from as little as £20.00.
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Continuously in print for over 100 years, The Secret Doctrine remains the most complete and comprehensive sourcebook of the Wisdom of the Ages ever published. As Blavatsky herself says in her preface: "The aim of this work...is...to rescue from degradation the archaic truths which are the basis of all religions; and to uncover, to some extent, the fundamental unity from which they all spring; finally, to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern civilisation."
These words are as true and relevant today as when she wrote them more than 120 years ago. The book directly addresses and answers the age-old questions: the continuity of life after death, the purpose of existence, the problem of good and evil, and the nature of consciousness. Based on the archaic Stanzas of Dzyan with corroborating testimony from over 1,200 literary and scientific sources, The Secret Doctrine reveals and elucidates the Ancient Mysteries and unlocks the hidden language of myth, symbol and allegory, helping the student to comprehend the hidden meaning concealed beneath the often abstruse symbolism of the world's sacred literature.
The Secret Doctrine is not an "easy" book to read for those with little or no occult knowledge. The fact is that it was NEVER intended for such, or even for the majority of 'occultists' and 'mystics'. The latter being those who wish to have their own pet fancies and fantasies confirmed, rather than learn the Wisdom of the Ages Blavatsky expounds in this book. But for the few who are genuinely in search of Truth, the Light that shines from the golden leaves of the The Secret Doctrine will be a revelation that will open the door to a hitherto undreamed of world of wisdom, beauty and wonder; constituting an edifice of unbelievable grandeur and sublimity. Such will join the ranks of appreciative readers like Albert Einstein, who always kept a copy of the Blavatsky's master-work by his bedside. For those who find the book too 'difficult', or worse, will insist upon associating it with "racist" conspiracy fantasies, there are plenty of more "colourful" occult books which may be more to their taste.
Several abridged and annotated editions of The Secret Doctrine have been published in the last few years. An example of this is the paperback edition by Michael Gomes published in 2009, which at 288 pages, contains barely 20% of Blavatsky's original text. Many of these 'editors' no doubt meant well, but the net result of their meddling is the distortion and misrepresentation of H. P. Blavatsky's master-work. Please take this warning seriously! Not only in this instance, but whenever you wish to obtain the most definitive and original edition of any book.
For these reasons, the edition of The Secret Doctrine WE recommend is published by the Theosophical University Press of Pasadena, USA. This is a photographic facsimile of the first two-volume edition of 1888 bound into one volume and verbatim with it.
The Key to Theosophy—by H. P. Blavatsky
Softcover, 370pps plus Index, 53pps. Theosophical University Press, Pasadena, California, USA, 1972. Unabridged, verbatim reprint of the original edition of 1889. (ISBN: 978-0-7229-5063-0) Softcover, price new $22.45.
Also available second-hand from as little as £8.00.
AVAILABLE FROM Quest Books and other booksellers
digitised text also available to read online at The Theosophical Society
For those who are daunted by the sheer size and complexity of H.P. Blavatsky's two masterworks (Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine—both reviewed above), this book is an excellent introduction to the ancient Wisdom she first brought to the attention of a Western audience. Written in direct response to the many questions about the ancient Wisdom put to her by her students in the form of questions and answers, the book unfolds the fundamental principles of occult science in clear and easily understood language.
The many subjects covered include: the septenary constitution of man, evolution and illusion, the difference between soul and spirit, what memory really is, past lives, reincarnation, post-mortem and post-natal consciousness, karma; spiritualism, what happens after death, free will, prayer, charity, asceticism, marriage, the masters of wisdom, and the fundamental unity of all things.
The book contains a 61 page glossary of religious, philosophical and occult terms, including definitions of many obscure Sanskrit words, which readers unfamiliar with the subjects discussed will find extremely useful.
Readers should NOT be put off by the word 'theosophy', which simply means the 'wisdom of God', that is Divine Knowledge or Science. Whilst the book was written at the request of some members of the Theosophical Society, and is studied by the Society's members to this day, it is emphatically not a 'publicity' tract for the Theosophical Society, nor was it intended solely for its members. On the contrary, this masterly exposition of the Wisdom of the Ages should appeal to all genuine seekers after Truth, and as such, we heartily recommend it to them.
There is an abridged version of this book edited by Joy Mills, published in 1972, which at 194 pages, contains less than 50% of Blavatsky's original text. For this reason we recommend that you obtain the unabridged, verbatim edition described in this review.
Enoch: The Book of God—by Dr E. V. Kenealy
Privately published and printed in 2007. Hardcover. 377pp
Price from £29.95 new from Amazon.co.uk and other booksellers.
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We should point out that this is not the incomplete and distorted version of the Book of Enoch issued by Archbishop Laurence in 1883 or R. H. Charles in 1917. These versions are based on translations from incomplete and spurious documents preserved by the Ethiopic Church, large portions of which are nonsensical and lack the clarity, grandeur and sublime beauty of Dr Kenealy's inspired book. It is probably no coincidence that these editions are extremely popular and freely available, whilst Dr Kenealy's book has been almost completely ignored since it was first published in 2 volumes in 1872. Fortunately, it has now been privately reprinted in hardcover in one volume at a price that is well within reach of all (see note at end).
The Book of Enoch is a summary of the history of the previous races of Mankind, and of the Atlantean race in particular, and a long retrospective, introspective and prophetic account of universal and genuinely historical events from the very remote past. As such it is