The narratives of the Doctrine are its cloak

March 16, 2016 - By S. Ormerod

We are slowly reading through the Secret Doctrine. It’s not an easy read, as anyone who has studied this work will agree. but there is something that occurs, to the student, as they are reading and persist over time. You come to realize that it isn’t about the literal contents of the work, although that alone is amazing; it is what happens to the mind of the student, as he/she persists in the study. We are continually given description of evolution over huge spans of time and consequently we start to view everything in a much larger perspective. We come to break down paradigms in our mind, we deconstruct conditioned thought, see things evolving in reoccurring spiral cycles, we see the enormity of our planet, universe and the endlessness of space and time. We try to grasp ideas without words and beyond human thought or similitude. Although the book must, as all books must, use words to describe and narrate, we have the underlying feeling that the message is far greater than that and there is a possibility that we will break free to awaken at a different point of awareness.


“ The narratives of the Doctrine are its cloak. The simple look only at the garment—that is, upon the narrative of the Doctrine ; more they know not. The instructed, however, see not merely the cloak, but what the cloak covers.”
(The Zohar, iii., 152 ; Franck, 119.)

“The Mysteries of the Faith (are) not to be divulged to all. . . . . It is requisite to hide in a
mystery the wisdom spoken.”
(Clem. Alex., “ Strom.” 12.)