Overview[ edit ] The work was originally entitled The Veil of Isis, a title which remains on the heading of each page, but had to be renamed once Blavatsky discovered that this title had already been used for an Rosicrucian work by W. Isis Unveiled is divided into two volumes. It follows the Renaissance notion of prisca theologia , in that all these religions purportedly descend from a common source; the ancient "Wisdom-Religion". In later theosophical works some of the doctrines originally stated in Isis Unveiled appeared in a significantly altered form, [note 1] drawing out confusion among readers and even causing some to perceive contradiction. Specifically, the few and—according to many—ambiguous statements on reincarnation as well as the threefold conception of man as body, soul and spirit of Isis Unveiled stand in contrast to the elaborate and definite conception of reincarnation as well as the sevenfold conception of man in The Secret Doctrine
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Mar 21, Cuculidae rated it it was amazing H. She uplifts certain passages, words that symbolize the forgotten roots. She was writing in stance of the turning towards Materialism and the cold surface of Science. I personally find her still prominent during these times. Feb 11, Jonathan Widell rated it really liked it Rambling.
Maybe the book is too long. Maybe not. It took me a while to get the point. Maybe Blavatsky did need close to two thousand pages to make it. She shoots down both science and organized religion to solve the Rambling.
She shoots down both science and organized religion to solve the conflict between them. Even if her discourse seems to be all over the place, its ultimate target turns out to be Christianity towards the end of her treatise.
I think it is important to understand that right from the beginning. To that end, she demonstrates, for example, that the Sermon on the Mount was invented in India and the Litany of Loretto had a precursor in the Litany to the Egyptian deity Isis. It is impossible for me to verify most of the claims she makes but I was definitely impressed by her expert account of the Biblical passages relating to the Gehenna fire, at a time when it was not popular to deny the existence of a literal hell fire.
These days it is. One cannot help wondering how she could handle so much material before there were computers, let alone search engines. The Litany of Loretto that she cites is unknown to most Roman Catholics. It is all the more astounding that she has found two of its predecessors from more ancient "pagan" cultures. All before the Internet.
I could have dismissed Isis Unveiled but, had I done so, I would have closed my mind to something that seems to have changed the course of intellectual history for good. Having read it, I appreciate that nothing has been quite the same after Blavatsky published Isis Unveiled in It would take more than one reading to get the hang of the material. Let me think. It might be worth it. Not the whole thing. Just selections.