Manly P. Hall: H.P. Blavatsky and the Secret Doctrine

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a clear favorite of Manly Hall's, as he had a deep respect for her work and realized its importance to the esoteric and metaphysical community. Her "Isis Unveiled" and "Secret Doctrine" were both quoted extensively in Mr. Hall's magnum opus, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages".

In this lecture, given in Los Angeles on May 16, 1962, Hall sets the context for H.P. Blavatsky's life and describes how difficult it was for a Western woman to travel in the East, parts of which were nearly inaccessible to even men at the time. She spent time in Asia, India, the Holy Land and the Americas (including studying the First Americans in the Southwestern United States).
'The Secret Doctrine', along with Godfrey Higgins earlier 'Anacalypsis', were the most extensive works on comparative religion and philosophy that were printed in the 1800's. Hall took these books even further in 1928 with "The Secret Teachings of All Ages, as he also included over 50 color paintings and 200 diagrams and images along with the text.

As one of our community members pointed out, this lecture was one in a five-part series, titled, "Landmarks of Esoteric Literature"
1. Francis Bacon: The New Atlantis (April 18, 1962)
2. Knorr Von Rosenroth: The Kabbala Unveiled (April 25, 1962)
3. Arthur Edward Waite: The Brotherhood of the Holy Cross (May 2, 1962)
4. Mary Ann Atwood: A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery (May 9, 1962)
5. H.P. Blavatsky: The Secret Doctrine (May 16, 1962)

As a tribute to Mr. Hall and in reverence for his love of Madame Blavatsky, we offer this lecture to all who are interested, and we hope to provide more lectures along these lines. This particular recording is almost 2 hours long, and was given as part of a 5-part Wednesday night seminar series on Esoteric Literature.

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