”An Archaic Manuscript - a collection of palm leaves - is before the writer’s eye.” Thus begins The Secret Doctrine of Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the book which provided the inspiration for O Lanoo!

The “Archaic Manuscript” is the Book of Dzyan. The word “Dzyan”, Blavatsky suggests, denotes a second, inner birth, in which one reforms one’s self by meditation and knowledge. The seven stanzas of Cosmogenesis tell of the creation and evolution of the Universe, and the twelve stanzas of Anthropogenesis tell the story of Humankind. 1 The Secret Doctrine expands the few pages of Dzyan into a forbidding tome of fifteen hundred pages, in which Blavatsky distills the work of many teachers from many cultures to form the basic philosophy of Theosophy. It is one of the most intriguing books of the nineteenth century.

The Secret Doctrine has, however, overshadowed the Book of Dzyan, and I believe that it is time to re-tell the story hidden in those ancient stanzas. I have drawn on the explanations given by Blavatsky whilst ignoring the many secondary themes which she develops at length. The result is a rich and powerful story which I hope will provide a new level of understanding for many people. In telling of the origins of the Universe and of Life on Earth it describes the terrain over which the individual’s spiritual path unfolds. I hope that anyone reading O Lanoo! will feel more connected to other people, other life forms, and the planet as a whole, bringing the world one small step closer to the harmony which is our ultimate destiny.

1. In her translation of the Book of Dzyan, and throughout The Secret Doctrine, Blavatsky uses the word “Man” to denote Humankind. Without intending any gender favouritsm, and in the absence of a single syllable alternative, I have used “Man” in like manner.

Further extracts from O Lanoo! ~ The Secret Doctrine Unveiled:

The Poem of OM
Part 1 Stanza II: The Essence of the Creation to Come
Part 1 Stanza VI: The Creation of Earth (Aside)
Part 2 Stanza II: Natural Evolution
Part 2 Stanza X: The History of the Fourth Race
Epilogue