The Origins of Self-Consciousness


 In The Secret Doctrine

  ISBN 978-0-9793205-4-5 and 0-9793205-4-2

    by H. P. Blavatsky

  Available at


Origins_V1.0.jpgThis book is a compilation of passages skillfully chosen from the approximately 1500+ pages of The Secret Doctrine especially for inclusion in this volume. These passages isolate and group together the Theosophical teachings about the mysterious evolutionary origins of consciousness in Nature and self-consciousness in Man into one organic work. The Table of Contents, the 41 Sections, the dedicated Glossary, and the Index will all help to guide the reader through these difficult teachings. All of the passages deal specifically with the subject of the title - The Origins of Self-Consciousness in The Secret Doctrine - and show that, between the reflective self-consciousness of man and the mentality of animals (both belonging to distinctly different kingdoms), there is an impassable abyss.


As H.P. Blavatsky says in the Section entitled “Man – A God in Animal Form”: “What is human mind in its higher aspect, whence comes it, if it is not a portion of the essence – and, in some rare cases of incarnation, the very essence – of a higher Being: one from a higher and divine plane? Can man – a god in the animal form – be the product of Material Nature by evolution alone, even as is the animal, which differs from man in external shape, but by no means in the materials of its physical fabric, and is informed by the same, though undeveloped, Monad – seeing that the intellectual potentialities of the two differ as the Sun does from the glow worm? And what is it that creates such difference, unless man is an animal plus a living god within his physical shell? Let us pause and ask ourselves seriously the question, regardless of the vagaries and sophisms of both the materialistic and the psychological modern sciences.”


 Return to Theosophy Trust Books

 Go to Theosophical Astrology

 Go to The Bhagavad-Gita with Notes on the Gita and Gita Yoga

 Go to Theosophy ~ The Wisdom Religion

 Go to Self-Actualization and Spiritual Self-Regeneration

 Go to Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

 Go to Meditation and Self-Study

 Go to The Origins of Self-Consciousness in The Secret Doctrine by HP Blavatsky

 Go to Wisdom in Action

 Go to The Dawning of Wisdom

 Go to The Key to Theosophy

 Go to Teachers of the Eternal Doctrine

 Go to Symbols of the Eternal Doctrine

 Go to Evolution and Intelligent Design in The Secret Doctrine

 Go to Wisdom in Action