‘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.
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.