ARVINDUS

Secret Wisdom Teaching

‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’

‘SECRET WISDOM TEACHING’

‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’ is the name under which a series of contemplations shall be conducted. Of these this is the first. And in this first contemplation in this series a short clarification shall be given of the to this series designated name. This should place the under this name to be conducted contemplations in a clearer perspective.

The name ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’ is a combination of the three terms ‘Secret Doctrine’, ‘Ageless Wisdom’ and ‘Teaching’. All these four terms (‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’ included) refer as well as infer. The terms refer to the outer teachings in the works of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), Alice Ann Bailey (1880-1949) and Helena Ivanovna Roerich (1879-1955). And they infer to the same inner teachings of which the mentioned outer teachings are partly externalizations.

Of the above mentioned terms was ‘Secret Doctrine’ introduced first, and this by Blavatsky. She clearly made this term to refer to her own works by giving the two volumes of her most important work the title of ‘The Secret Doctrine’.1 In this work reference is being made to itself as being a partly externalization of certain inner teachings, to which is inferred by the term ‘Secret Doctrine’.2 Later did Bailey in her works set this term ‘Secret Doctrine’ to be synonymous with ‘Ageless Wisdom’.3 And of these inner teachings, mostly inferred to by Bailey as ‘Ageless Wisdom’, did she state her works to be a partly externalization too.4 Thus came Bailey’s outer works to be referred to by the term ‘Ageless Wisdom’. Roerich’s work was published in the same time period as was Bailey’s. In her work is mostly inferred to the Secret Doctrine or to the Ageless Wisdom by the term ‘Teaching’. That ‘Teaching’ is used synonymously with ‘Secret Doctrine’ becomes clear when Roerich states that The Secret Doctrine of Blavatsky is part of the Teaching,5 (with The Secret Doctrine being mentioned by Blavatsky to be part of the Secret Doctrine and Roerich stating it to be part of the Teaching the synonymous use by Roerich of ‘Secret Doctrine’ and ‘Teaching’ can be deduced). Roerich’s works, being like Blavatsky’s works considered as a partly externalization of the Teaching, have also come to be referred to by the term ‘Teaching’.6

Now it is true that the publishers of the mentioned authors’ works and the organizations built around these works have also chosen other terms for referring to these works. Blavatsky’s works are formal referred to by the term ‘theosophy’, Bailey’s works by the term ‘esoteric philosophy’ and Roerich’s works by the term ‘Agni Yoga’. These terms can indeed be used too for reference, however this does not exclude the use of the earlier mentioned informal terms. This is so because the regarded publishers and official organizations often still use these terms themselves, because the use of these terms has become very widespread, and last but definitely not least because the authors have been using these terms themselves for reference to their works.

Thus can in the above given sketch be found one inner teaching inferred to by the three terms ‘Secret Doctrine’, ‘Ageless Wisdom’ and ‘Teaching’, of which three bodies of works are partly externalizations, namely that of Blavatsky (containing her major work ‘The Secret Doctrine’), that of Bailey (being referred to by the term ‘Ageless Wisdom’) and that of Roerich (being referred to by the term ‘Teaching’). And with the term ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’ being a combination of ‘Secret Doctrine’, ‘Ageless Wisdom’ and ‘Teaching’ does this term infer to those inner teachings and refer to the outer works of Blavatsky, Bailey and Roerich. By inferring to the inner teachings ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’ implicitly also refers however to those outer works of other authors that are too partly externalizations of the regarded inner teachings. The explicit focus however shall be on the mentioned works.

In a figure the outlined sketch may be drawn as follows.

'Secret Wisdom Teaching'

Figure 1.

Taking all of the above in account it may be summarized and concluded that in the Secret Wisdom Teaching series the inner teachings of the Secret Doctrine, the Ageless Wisdom or the Teaching shall be contemplated, and this mainly (though not at beforehand exclusively) through the available outer teachings of Blavatsky, Bailey and Roerich.

Notes
  1. Helena P. Blavatsky, ‘The Secret Doctrine, Volume I’, in: Theosophical Classics, (CD ROM), Theosophical Publishing House, Manilla, 2002.
  2. Helena P. Blavatsky, ‘The Secret Doctrine, Volume I’, in: Ibidem, indic. p. xxii. “This is the true reason, perhaps, why the outline of a few fundamental truths from the Secret Doctrine of the Archaic ages is now permitted to see the light, after long millenniums of the most profound silence and secrecy.”
  3. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Light of the Soul’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Introductory Remarks. “Thus has been preserved for the race the continuity of the Secret Doctrine, of the Ageless Wisdom, and thus has been gathered together the personnel of the Hierarchy of our planet.”
  4. Alice A. Bailey, 'Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II’, in: Ibidem, Section One, Group Instruction. “The fundamental doctrines of the Ageless Wisdom, recognised all over the world and as expounded in my books, constitute the foundational teaching of the Arcane School. This is so, not because they are my books but because they are part of the continuity of the Ageless Wisdom and constitute the latest emanation of the Ageless Wisdom issued by the Hierarchy. They must not be permitted to become a Bible of a sect, as has been the case with The Secret Doctrine and the Theosophical Society.”
  5. Helena I. Roerich, Fiery World, Book One, Agni Yoga Society, New York, 1969, Sl. 79. “Thus, Our Teaching includes the “Secret Doctrine” of Blavatsky.”
  6. Helena I. Roerich, Agni Yoga, Agni Yoga Society, New York, 1997, Signs of Agni Yoga. “And those who take part in contemporary life will read attentively this wise Teaching which emanates from the experience of centuries.”
Bibliography
  • Alice A. Bailey, 'Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001.
  • Alice A. Bailey, 'The Light of the Soul’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001.
  • Helena P. Blavatsky, Theosophical Classics, (CD ROM), Theosophical Publishing House, Manilla, 2002.
  • Helena P. Blavatsky, ‘The Secret Doctrine, Volume I’, in: Theosophical Classics, (CD ROM), Theosophical Publishing House, Manilla, 2002.
  • Helena I. Roerich, Agni Yoga, Agni Yoga Society, New York, 1997.
  • Helena I. Roerich, Fiery World, Book One, Agni Yoga Society, New York, 1969.