BARBORKA, ON THE SECRET DOCTRINE Posted on 9 Aug 14:23 , 0 comments

Why The Secret Doctrine Q. & A.

Deserves a Place in Everyone’s Library

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Three photos of the author Geoffrey A. Barborka (1897-1982)


A commentary on the book
Secret Doctrine Questions & Answers”,
by Geoffrey A. Barborka, Wizards
Bookshelf, USA, 2003, 197 pp.
What actually reincarnates in us?
What is it that becomes an Initiate?
What is the difference between prana and animal magnetism?
Is there a limit to the number of incarnations in one Manvantara? 
Questions lead us to study. They make us search. They widen our attention and stimulate our intuition. As time passes and we slowly grow in wisdom, we are able to give better answers to the same old, fundamental questions. 
These are some of the reasons why philosophical questions are often more important than the answers we can provide them, and perhaps in some cases they are more significant than our present, limited understanding of the answers given by sages.
The ancient practice of questions and answers - intimately connected to the Socratic and Platonic methods of teaching - was employed in the 19th century by the Adept-Teachers that exchanged letters with lay disciples, as we can see in the “Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett”. It was widely adopted by H.P. Blavatsky in “The Key to Theosophy”, in her “Conversations on Occultism” and other texts.  The method can also be seen in the first volumes of the magazine “The Theosophist”, when HPB was its editor.
Following the same, well-established tradition, Geoffrey Barborka published between 1964 and 1980, in the bi-monthly periodical “The Canadian Theosophist”, a series of questions and answers about the book “The Secret Doctrine”, by H.P.B. In 2003, those 275 stimulating questions and answers were published in a hardcover book by Wizards Bookshelf, California.    
The clear, documented answers make a long and illuminating conversation on the eternal truth and on the complex interaction linking each man to the universe. In order to sense the book’s flavour, it is worthwhile taking a look, for instance, at the discussion about planetary spirits and the seven chief or sacred Planets, on p. 25.
Well, then, what are the Seven Sacred Planets? - says a question. And Geoffrey Barborka answers:
“Here is the enumeration. First, a sacred planet for which the Sun is named as a substitute; then Jupiter; Venus; Saturn; Mercury; Mars; a sacred planet for which the Moon is named as a substitute.”

But you have not included Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Are not these ‘Sacred Planets’? Could these be included in the un-named planets?”

“No - to both questions. These three are not included in the enumeration of the Seven Sacred Planets of the ancients, in spite of their astrological importance.”

Can you give the reason why they are not included as Sacred Planets; even though astronomers regard these three planets as pertaining to our solar system; and you have said that they do have an astrological significance?”

“In the Esoteric Philosophy Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are regarded as belonging to what may be termed as ‘the Universal Solar System’, instead of to the solar system over which our Sun has its regency. The reason that the seven enumerated planets are termed ‘Sacred’ is this: each one of the seven has an especial relationship to one globe in particular of the seven globes of the Earth-Chain, in that it acts in the capacity of a Regent during the building of that one particular globe of the Chain.”

Can you name the Regency provided by the Seven Sacred Planets to the seven globes of the Earth-Chain?

“Yes. The Sacred Planet having regency over Globe A during its formative period is the one for which the Sun is named as a substitute; Jupiter has regency over Globe B; Venus has regency over Globe C; Saturn and the Moon have regency over Globe D; Mercury has regency over Globe E; Mars has regency over Globe F; the planet for which the Moon is named as substitute has regency over Globe G.” 
A well-known theosophist, Geoffrey Barborka (1897-1982) wrote several books, among them “The Divine Plan” (1961), “H.P. Blavatsky, Tibet and Tulku” (1966) and “The Story of Human Evolution” (1979). Richard Robb, the editor of SD Questions & Answers, writes about Barborka on page 186 of the volume:
“In temperament he was very reserved, and early on embraced a degree of asceticism, demonstrating extraordinary self-discipline with total commitment to his studies. He was seldom known to engage in casual conversation, remaining attentive and silent.”  
Resulting from decades of study and work, “Secret Doctrine Questions & Answers” goes beyond the important tasks of explaining difficult passages in HPB’s work, inviting us to better study the Secret Doctrine or giving a general view of the esoteric philosophy.   
Helpful to both new and old students, this inspiring book offers us a fluent, fascinating dialogue on the law of the universe, on the ways of its eternal life and - last but not least - on the process and cycles of each man’s evolution.
The above article is reproduced from www.HelenaBlavatsky.Org .

A FORÇA DE UM LIVRO Posted on 9 Aug 11:25 , 0 comments


Os livros são mais do que um objeto físico. Além do papel e da tinta há uma alma que nos fala e ensina. E a alma daqueles que se dedicam ao despertar da Humanidade é universal e luminosa.

Focando a mente e o coração nas palavras e nos ensinamentos que chegam a nós através dos livros clássicos de Teosofia Original, podemos elevar nosso Ser até o patamar em que se encontram aqueles que escreveram as obras imortais. A leitura serena e sintonizada com o eu superior é um ponto de encontro entre o leitor e a verdade. Ler é um processo de autopurificação e descobrimento.

Consciente da importância da leitura e do poder revolucionário dos livros teosóficos, a loja luso-brasileira da LUT reúne obras de interesse para quem estuda Teosofia Original. Além das publicações gratuitas disponíveis em seus websites, os estudantes podem adquirir livros em papel através de quatro livrarias online: Raja Yoga Books e Lotus Books, em Portugal; e BH Livros e Livraria O Teosofista, no Brasil.

Um dos títulos mais fundamentais da livraria Raja Yoga Books é “Cartas dos Mestres de Sabedoria”.

Transcritas e compiladas por C. Jinarajadasa, as Cartas constituem uma ferramenta de despertar interior, indispensável para quem quer conhecer os ensinamentos originais e seguir a via do autoaperfeiçoamento e do serviço à humanidade. Podemos ler nessa obra as seguintes palavras de um Mestre:

Ah! se seus olhos estivessem abertos, vocês poderiam ter tamanha visão das bênçãos potenciais para vocês mesmos e para a humanidade, que repousam no germe do esforço de agora, que teriam suas almas incendiadas pela alegria e pelo entusiasmo! Esforcem-se em direção à Luz, todos vocês, bravos guerreiros da Verdade, mas não deixem que o egoísmo penetre em seu meio, pois só o altruísmo abre todas as portas e janelas do Tabernáculo interior e as conserva abertas.” (p. 66)

Para saber mais sobre as “Cartas dos Mestres de Sabedoria” e adquirir o livro, visite:

* Raja Yoga Books (Portugal):

* BH Livros (Brasil):

* Livraria O Teosofista (Brasil): 

(Joana Maria Pinho, de

THE MAKING OF "THE FIRE AND LIGHT" Posted on 2 Apr 16:48 , 0 comments

The book "The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature", by Carlos Cardoso Aveline, examines the contrast between truth and illusion in the teachings of modern esoteric philosophy, and points to a bright future.

The author discusses the probationary struggle taking place in the soul of the movement founded by Helena Blavatsky.

With 28 Chapters, the volume is divided in three parts. The first one examines the premises and the general context of the living contrast between wisdom and dead letter in the human mind and the esoteric movement.

The second part makes a direct examination of the fraud and the mistakes even now present in much of the literature that is nominally theosophical; and shows how the movement has been slowly getting rid of the illusions created in the 1894-1934 period.

The third and final part discusses the future of the theosophical movement and its blissful duty regarding humanity. It investigates the next steps in human evolution, which - according to Theosophy - will be more and more enlightened by the universal wisdom.

Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages.


THE MAGNETIC INFLUENCE OF BOOKS Posted on 29 Mar 16:45 , 0 comments

Multidimensional Wisdom in Daily Action

Carlos Cardoso Aveline


Since the 1870s, the circulation of books in paper has been a powerful engine activating both occult and objective aspects of the theosophical work around the planet. 

And there is nothing new about it.  

For thousands of years, nearly every collective effort of an idealistic nature has concentrated its action around its writings. In the present century, the publication of books in paper is accompanied by a growing editorial work online, but the general rule persists. Printing and selling books is much more than an industrial and commercial activity. People get together around writings: the study of paper volumes and online texts of the theosophical literature constitutes the basis and the foundation of modern esoteric movement.

If one compares the size of the theosophical effort today and the quality and number of its books and periodicals, one can see the direct correspondence between both factors. The history of the movement is the history of its publications. Books are at the heart of philosophical associations.  

Every theosophical volume carries with it a magnetic vibration and a subtle presence. One ought to make sure its contents are worthwhile, and its magnetism, inspiring. Philosophical libraries have subtle auras which reflect the quality of their contents. The occult influence of books is discussed by Jorge Luis Borges[1], and mentioned in the Mahatma Letters. Referring to a book edited and published by Annie Besant, for instance, a Master of the Wisdom explains that it has “an unclean spirit” and “a brutal aura”, and therefore the Master will never read it[2]   

On the other hand, good texts are vehicles of eternal wisdom. The sales of healthy books and the circulation of elevated ideas spread the invisible, healing influence of pure magnetic forces.

As we buy and read books of classic ethics and authentic theosophy in paper, we invisibly enlighten the physical place we live. There is a sort of psychometry in books: as we handle them and have them in our hands, we have a dialogue with their auras, and add a distinct magnetism to them as physical objects. It is not difficult to infer that a higher magnetism flows in houses and apartments where books of divine knowledge are studied.


[1] On Jorge Luis Borges and the occult or magnetic influence of books, see chapter 28 of  “Conversas na Biblioteca” (“Talks in the Library”), by Carlos Cardoso Aveline (Ed. Edifurb, Blumenau, SC, Brazil, 170 pp.). The text is available in under the title of “Borges, o Sábio Cego na Biblioteca”. Read also the article “On the Cult of Books”, by Borges, which will be found in our associated websites.

[2] See the final lines of letter 86 in “The Mahatma Letters” (TUP and Adyar TPH editions), or letter 119 (Chronological edition, TPH Philippines).


An initial version of the above article was published at the September 2014 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”.  It had no indication as to the name of the author.


A FORÇA MAGNÉTICA DOS LIVROS Posted on 27 Mar 22:24 , 0 comments

A Influência da Filosofia Esotérica é Multidimensional 

Carlos Cardoso Aveline


Desde os anos 1870, a distribuição de livros em papel age como um motor do trabalho presencial do movimento teosófico ao redor do mundo.    

Todo esforço feito em torno de um ideal elevado se expressa com ajuda de livros,  ideias e publicações. Apesar da importância do trabalho online, a  venda de livros em papel continua sendo indispensável no século 21.

A dimensão comercial da distribuição de livros tem importância secundária. O estudo de obras em papel e de textos online constitui um instrumento decisivo para o trabalho teosófico presencial: as pessoas se reúnem em torno de livros e websites. 

Através do livro, o estudante pode conversar diretamente com pensadores das épocas mais diferentes da história humana. Todos eles são essencialmente seus contemporâneos no território da palavra escrita.

Se olharmos para o tamanho do movimento teosófico de hoje e para o número e a qualidade dos livros e textos que ele publica, veremos que há uma correspondência direta entre a sua força vital e a força da sua literatura. A história do  movimento teosófico é a história das suas publicações em papel.

Uma literatura falsa coloca o movimento esotérico sobre alicerces enganosos e instala armadilhas no caminho do buscador da verdade. A literatura autêntica, por sua vez,  convida ao exame crítico, ensina a pensar com independência, e permite construir um movimento teosófico durável, cuja base é a veracidade.  

Cada obra teosófica leva consigo uma certa vibração magnética e uma determinada presença sutil.

As bibliotecas filosóficas têm auras ou atmosferas próprias que refletem invisivelmente a qualidade do seu conteúdo. A influência oculta dos livros é discutida por Jorge Luis Borges [1] e abordada nas Cartas dos Mahatmas. Referindo-se por exemplo a um livro editado e publicado por Annie Besant, um Mestre diz que a obra tem “um espírito impuro e uma aura brutal” e que jamais o lerá. [2]

Bons textos são veículos da sabedoria eterna: a venda de livros e a circulação de ideias espalha uma força magnética.

Comprando livros de papel, iluminamos o local físico em que vivemos. Não é difícil perceber que, nas casas em que livros de papel contêm conhecimento divino, flui uma energia magnética superior.


[1] Sobre Jorge Luis Borges e a força  magnética dos livros, leia o capítulo 28 da obra “Conversas na Biblioteca”, de Carlos Cardoso Aveline (Ed. Edifurb, Blumenau, SC, 170 pp.).  O texto está disponível em  sob o título de “Borges, o Sábio Cego na Biblioteca”. 

[2] Veja as linhas finais da Carta 119,  no volume dois de “Cartas dos Mahatmas” (Ed. Teosófica).  


Uma versão inicial do texto acima foi publicada inicialmente sem indicação do nome do autor, na edição de setembro de 2014 de “O Teosofista”.