Wisdom on the Web
Where to find real Occult Knowledge and Truth on the Internet
Genuine seekers after Truth often complain to us that there is not much Wisdom to be found on the Web. This is not surprising when we consider that Wisdom, in the form of real Occult Knowledge and Truth, as taught by the great Masters and Messengers was, is, and will always be, unwanted. Thrills, glamour, mystery and 'conspiracy theories' are what the majority crave; the more weird and incredible the better. Moreover, most seekers who say they want to acquire Occult Knowledge prefer to have their own pet theories and fantasies confirmed rather than learn the true Laws and principles as they were taught thousands of years ago in Egypt and India. You have only to look around the Internet at the huge number of sites devoted to the weird and fantastical to know that we speak the truth.
In addition, the size and complexity of the world wide web makes it even more difficult to find the very few nuggets of real Truth among the dross peddling spells to gain money, sex, power or fame, sites devoted to witches, warlocks, zombies, vampires and other rubbish, trash, and sweepings of the 'occult'. Whatever claims these so-called 'occult' sites may make, they cannot claim that they can tell us anything about Truth as we, and we hope YOU who are reading this, understand it. By Truth we mean real knowledge—not fanciful theories—of who and what Man really is, whither he has come, where he is going and the meaning and purpose of life on Earth and elsewhere in God's Universe.
The good news is that the Truth is out there—or at least a few facets of it. So, if you are looking for reptilian aliens, the illuminati, or magic spells to make you rich, famous and irresistible to the opposite sex, you are in the WRONG place. If, however, you are looking for TRUTH, the links on this page should not disappoint you.
All the resources and links recommended and reviewed on this page are free to access and read online without registration or payment of any kind.
We mention this because there are now several websites which are thinly-disguised money-making ventures that require registration and payment to access their content. Very often the texts and books they ask you to pay for are freely available elsewhere on the Internet, so do check carefully if you are interested in a particular book, text or resource.
Sacred texts from around the world
The Internet Sacred Text Archive is the living proof that the Web has its positive side and we wholeheartedly recommend it. Here you will find just about every important sacred text from around the world ever written.
We have appended a few direct links below which we feel may be of particular interest to you. But please DO browse this site freely yourselves. You will find such treasure-hunting a very valuable and enjoyable experience and you may just turn up some sparkling jewel of Truth that will transform your thinking and your life: it can happen!
Esoteric and Occult Books contains many rare texts that it is almost impossible to find in print unless one has very deep pockets indeed.
Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky. Although incomplete and oddly formatted, these online copies of Blavatsky's masterworks on the age-old wisdom and occult sciences will give the reader who is unfamiliar with her books a flavour of her teachings. You can read full reviews of both these occult classics on our books page.
Bible, Apocrypha and related texts includes such important works as 'The Legends of Genesis' and 'The Lost Books of the Bible.'
Egyptian Magic by E. A. Wallis Budge—now becoming quite scarce in print, this seminal treatise on ancient Egyptian magical practises and superstitions by one of the very few Egyptologists who was sympathetic to the real Wisdom of Egypt is well worth studying. However, it is worth adding that much of the magical lore the book contains belongs to the late Dynastic period, by which time most of the High Wisdom of Egypt had already been lost. Yet the discerning reader may still trace the lineage of this Wisdom in the fantastic fragments that Budge gathered together, and this is why we recommend it.
Whether you are a serious student of practical Alchemy, or simply wish to learn more about the Great Art, this page contains almost every book ever written by the REAL Alchemists of the past.
Atlantis and atlanteology
If you have not already done so, we recommend that you read our article on The Facts and Fancies of Atlantis before browsing this section of the Internet Sacred Text Archive. Whilst there is no shortage of countless modern books on Atlantis, most of them are either re-hashes of more complete earlier works, or promote the pet theories of their authors, which naturally contradict the pet theories of other authors! Whilst there is no harm in reading such books for amusement (we almost said 'novels'—for Truth is absent from most of them), if you want scientific facts then the choice is rather more limited. We recommend 'Atlantis, the Antediluvian World' by Ignatius Donnelly and Plato's account of the lost continent given in the 'Timaeus' and 'Critias.' See our own article for further reading recommendations about Atlantis.
The Oera Linda Book is also well worth studying as this contains information on the northern parts of Atlantis (and the religious beliefs and Wisdom Teachings of its people) not found in any other book that we are aware of. The fact that all the best 'authorities' dismiss this book as a 19th Century forgery is proof positive in our opinion of its authenticity and veracity! But read it and judge for yourself, for that is always best.
Hinduism and the Wisdom of the East
It is an old Occult maxim that Light comes from the East and darkness from the North. This section of the Internet Sacred Text Archive contains some of the most precious jewels of that Great Light, among which we would especially draw your attention to Sir Edwin Arnold's translation of the 'Bhagavad Gita' and the 'Upanishads'
The Wisdom of China
The sacred texts of Confucianism and the Tao te Ching have never been equalled for the elevated moral and philosophical teachings they contain. We particularly recommend the following texts to all those who wish to learn more of the ancient Chinese Wisdom:
The Analects of Confucius are the key texts of Confucianism, the traditional state religion of ancient China.
Shû King is one of the five classics of ancient Chinese literature containing the wisdom and philosophy of the ancient Chinese rulers and sages, going back more than 2,000 years.
The I Ching, also known as the 'Y-King' or 'Book of Changes', is the most complete and true method of divination we know and well worth studying, not only for the accuracy of its predictions when correctly cast, but for the wealth of wisdom and practical advice it contains.
The Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu is unmatched for the simplicity, practicality and depth of its sublime teachings. It should appeal to all sincere seekers after Truth, whatever their religion, background or beliefs.
The Myths and Legends of the Ancient Near East.
There are many priceless treasures in this section that shed light on the origins of Mankind and provide clear proofs of the origin of much of the Christian Old Testament too. The Chaldean Account of the Flood and The Chaldean Account of Genesis are two books that everyone should read if they wish to learn more about the creation and origins of Man, of which the Biblical account in Genesis is only one incomplete and distorted version.
The Wisdom of H. P. Blavatsky
The following websites are devoted to the occult scientific teachings of the 19th century occultist H. P. Blavatsky.
It is our firm conviction that all Blavatsky's books are well-worth studying if you wish to obtain a truly first-rate understanding of the Ancient Mystery Teachings. We know of no other teacher who has given out more real Occult Truth in the last few centuries than this truly great keeper of the ancient secrets. We would go so far as to say that the world in general and the average 'occultist' in particular, has not even the slightest conception of the real stature of this remarkable woman nor the very great service she has rendered mankind.
It is for this reason that much of the content of our website is based upon the writings of H. P. Blavatsky. The Occult Sciences had been all but lost to the Western races by the beginning of the 19th century. What remained consisted of widely scattered fragments of the ancient Wisdom that had leaked out over the centuries since the demise of the last of the Greek Mystery Schools two thousand years earlier. These fragments had become so distorted over time that almost nothing remained of the sublime occult mysteries of ancient Egypt, Greece and India. It was H. P. Blavatsky who single-handedly revived and restored the Wisdom of the Ages for the benefit of Western readers. Without her Herculean labours the true occult facts about such subjects as reincarnation, evolution, magic, alchemy and the much misunderstood doctrine of Karma would have remained a closed book to the West.
Readers should not confuse the speculative theories of the Theosophical Society with the occult scientific facts taught by its founder. Whilst we have the very highest regard for the Theosophy taught by H. P. Blavatsky, the same cannot be said for the writings of her followers—both past and present. The sad fact is that when the Shepherd has departed...the sheep will wander, and we are afraid that many Theosophical 'sheep' have wandered very far away indeed from the Teachings of their Good Shepherd.
Finally, we should add that we ourselves are not in any way affiliated with, or have any connection to, the Theosophical Society, or Theosophical groups of any kind. In addition to the websites reviewed below, we also review H. P. Blavatsky's masterworks— Isis Unveiled and the Secret Doctrine on our Occult Books page.
Exploring Theosophy: the Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy
The homepage of David Pratt
The teachings of H. P. Blavatsky and other Theosophists.
It is a pity this website is not better known. David Pratt is to be congratulated for putting together a comprehensive resource for those who may be unfamiliar with the teachings of H. P. Blavatsky, and wish to know more. In addition to material he has taken verbatim from the writings of Madame Blavatsky, Mr Pratt has also written many interesting articles under his own name. These include articles on religion, spirituality, reincarnation, earth mysteries, ancient civilizations, life sciences, health, astronomy and philosophy which are mercifully free from the New Age psycho-babble often encountered in modern theosophical writings.
In a recent article—'Human Origins: the ape-ancestry myth'—Mr Pratt presents a well-researched and detailed rebuttal of the more fanciful dogmas of Darwinism. If you have never questioned the mainstream scientific dogma that we are descended from Apes, this article will open your eyes to the many holes in the evolutionary theories and speculations of science.
Whilst we are not personally acquainted with Mr Pratt, we applaud his efforts in bringing the teachings of H. P. Blavatsky to a wider audience. His website is very pleasant to browse, with plain, easy-to-follow links to all the main sections and articles. We particularly approve his terse response to the criticism of a visitor to his website who took him to task for failing to provide any personal 'credentials'. Mr Pratt responded: "I think that what anybody says or writes should be judged on its intrinsic merits." We agree, and say the same in our own articles, and no thinking seeker would disagree with this sensible attitude.
Comprehensive information, resources and material on the life, work, writings and teachings of H. P. Blavatsky
Among the many valuable study materials freely provided by The Blavatsky Study Centre are a unique full-length online biography of H. P. Blavatsky, biographical accounts and reminiscences of people who knew her, and rare documents about her life not available anywhere else on the web.
The site contains original editions of Blavatsky's major books to download for study, access to her voluminous articles, many of her letters and several of her writings that had supposedly been lost or were never published.
The complete collected writings of H. P. Blavatsky to read online.
The Collected Writings comprise 14 volumes (15 plus comprehensive index) containing Blavatsky's many articles, letters to the press and short stories, all written during a period of 16 years from 1875 to 1891, the year she died. These unique writings provide clear answers to many questions dealing with force, energy, matter, spirit, psychic phenomena, astral bodies, magic, astrology, reincarnation, who Jesus really was, the origins of Christianity, and a host of other topics of interest to the sincere seeker. Many of these articles could have been written today as they deal with such topical themes as scientific arrogance, rampant materialism, spiritualism, séances, channeling, and the abuse of psychic abilities.
The occult scientific teachings of H. P. Blavatsky
The principal aims of this website are to accumulate evidence in support of Blavatsky's writings, develop tools to assist in the study of Blavatsky's work, and disseminate the principles of Theosophy she taught. Although the site does not appear to have been updated for some time, we still list it as it contains much useful information about H. P. Blavatsky and her writings not obtainable elsewhere, as well as many links to other resources about Blavatsky on the Internet.
Gnosticism, Neoplatonism and Alchemy
Online since 1994, this website contains over 1,000 separate documents related to the Gnostic tradition, including all major Gnostic writings and anti-Gnostic patristic texts.
Gnosticism may with every justification be regarded as an attempt to reconcile what remained of the Ancient Mystery Teachings with the emerging religion of Christianity. Gnosticism taught that wisdom could only be acquired through interior, intuitive means and not through dogmatic teaching or external ritual. Gnosticism is an invaluable theological and philosophical resource for anyone who wishes to investigate the esoteric side of Christianity and discover the hidden truths concealed in the Bible.
Among the many important documents in The Gnostic Society Library may be mentioned The Corpus Hermeticum, the Christian Apocrypha, the Nag Hammadi Library, the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Christian writings, and many rare Alchemical treatises. The site also contains the G. R. S. Mead collection of Gnostic writings, whose invaluable scholarship we acknowledge in the biographical note at right.
The Trust has republished the entire works of Thomas Taylor, the great English Neoplatonist, in a uniform edition of thirty-three volumes
The Trust's stated aims are "to encourage, promote and assist the flowering of philosophy as the living love of wisdom." These fine words are fully justified by the rare titles the Trust has chosen to publish in such high quality bindings, many of which were almost unobtainable, or so expensive as to put them out of the reach of all but the most wealthy collectors.
Those of you have not previously encountered Thomas Taylor's (see panel at right) inspired translations of the classics of Neoplatonism will find that several of them contain original versions of rare esoteric texts that are copiously quoted by many well-known Occult writers, both past and present. Such include 'Iamblichus On the Mysteries and Life of Pythagoras', 'The Theoretic Arithmetic of the Pythagoreans', 'The Arguments of the Emperor Julian Against the Christians', 'Mystical Hymns of Orpheus', 'The Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries', and the Complete works of Plato.
The Prometheus Trust website also contains a few extracts to read online, notably 'On the Mysteries of Bacchus', 'Plotinus On The Intelligible Beauty', and Socrates' 'allegory of the Cave' from Part 7 of Plato's Republic which you can also read in the sidebar of the final article in our occult studies course.
This enormous resource for all things alchemical is organised and maintained by Adam McLean
The site contains no less than 2,500 sections providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 3000 images, over 300 complete alchemical texts, together with general reference material on alchemy. Although we do not know Mr McLean personally, we applaud his immense contribution to the serious study of alchemy and alchemical philosophy.
Whether you are looking for a rare manuscript, specific information on particular alchemical operations, or simply wish to learn more about alchemy, this site will not disappoint you.
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