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ABDILL, Edward: The Secret Gateway- Modern Theosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition, Quest TPH Wheaton 2005, 241 pages. For details see Book Reviews.

ADYAR (about) — the international headquarters of The Theosophical Society:

Adyar: The International Headquarters of the Theosophical Society, TPH Adyar 1999. A comprehensive description of Adyar and its activities, with photographs;

Alcyone (J. Krishnamurti): ADYAR — The Home of the Theosophical Society: Views taken expressly by Alcyone, TPH Adyar 1911. Text by CW Leadbeater.

This historical book contains 45 photographs of the buildings, the gardens and some of the people who lived at Adyar, a map of the estate and plans of some of the buildings. Leadbeater noted that ‘Krishnamurti .... spent many hours and much labour in preparing a series of photographs, tramping all over the estate to find the best points of view, patiently taking some of the buildings over and over again in different lights and with various exposures’. Krishnamurti was using his first camera. He was fifteen at the time and his book, At the Feet of the Master, had just been published in 1910.

Groves, CR: Adyar, T.P.H. Adyar, 1950 — with rare photographs

Neff, Mary K and others: A Guide to Adyar, Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, 1939.

ADYAR PAMPHLETS — early and new series. Texts of all issues in the early series (1911-36) are available through Links to Theosophical Texts Online. Both series are indexed in Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals.

These booklets contain in-depth explorations of particular issues by significant writers and thinkers from within the theosophical movement. Some topics were originally published as journal articles. The Campbell Theosophical Research Library has a complete collection.

The early series, which numbers 212 pamphlets, dates from 1911 to 1936 and includes writers such as Annie Besant, H.P. Blavatsky, G.R.S. Mead, Franz Hartmann, C.W. Leadbeater, Henry Olcott, and T. Subba Row. The new series was started in 1998 and examples of two pamphlets are ‘The Secret of Life and Death’ by Ianthe Hoskins and ‘The Human Journey — Quest for Self-Transformation’ by Joy Mills.

“AE” (George William Russell 1867-1935): The Candle of Vision, Quest, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton 1965, 175 pages

Originally published in 1918, this book is an important record of a mystic life. Russell, who wrote under the pseudonym of AE, was a key figure in the great Irish literary renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Such was his status, he was awarded an honorary degree of Litt.D. from Yale University.

While a student at the School of Arts in Dublin he met William Butler Yeats through whom he was introduced to theosophy. A Dublin Lodge of The Theosophical Society was formed in 1886 with the enthusiastic support of Russell, Yeats, Charles Johnston, John Eglinton and other leading intellectuals, artists and writers. Russell’s contact with theosophy seemed to be a ‘catalyst that enhanced his own consciousness and brought about a true spiritual awakening’.

ALGEO, John: Getting Acquainted with The Secret Doctrine, A Study Course, Olcott Institute, Theosophical Society in America, 3rd ed 2007, 60 pages. See also Blavatsky.

A very useful guide for any student of The Secret Doctrine by HP Blavatsky, this course provides a comprehensive approach to its study. As Algeo writes: “This course is merely one approach ... based on the Bowen Notes, which purportedly record Blavatsky’s own advice. It borrows freely, however, from the wisdom and practice of many others”. Also included are comprehensive lists of publications to help with the reading and study of The Secret Doctrine.

ALGEO, John (ed): The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky, vol I 1861-1897, Quest Books 2003, 634 pages. See Book Reviews.

ALGEO, John: Reincarnation Explored, Quest TPH Wheaton 1987, 151 pages. A consideration of what happens after death, and why.

AMERICAN SECTION HEAQUARTERS Theosophical Society: The Theosophical Congress held by the Theosophical Society at the Parliament of Religions, World’s Fair of 1893, Chicago Ill., Sept. 15, 16, 17 — Report of Proceedings and Documents, 1893

Theosophical delegates were invited to attend the Parliament of Religions, and Professor G.N Chakravarti and William Q Judge were at the opening and sat on the platform. The Congress itself was presided over by W.Q. Judge, Vice-President of The T.S. and among the speakers were Annie Besant, Professor Chakravarti and Isabel Cooper-Oakley. In an Executive Notice issued in conjunction with The Parliament, Henry S. Olcott, President of The Theosophical Society, who deputised Judge to represent him at the Parliament, wrote: “The Managers of the World’s Parliament of Religions have granted us permission to present the views and policy of our Society with respect to the questions of Religion and Ethics .... Mrs Annie Besant [will] address the meeting on behalf of the whole Society, and will convey to them [my] fervent hope that this truly representative Theosophical assembly of people of all races and religions may result in the spread of that principle of brotherly love and religious tolerance which is the foundation and cornerstone of The Theosophical Society”.

ASHCRAFT, W. Michael: The Dawn of the New Cycle: Point Loma Theosophists and American Culture, University of Tennessee Press Knoxville 2002, 258 pages

This is another contribution to understanding aspects of the theosophical movement. Ashcraft’s interest focuses specifically on life in the theosophical community at Point Loma, USA when it was under the direction of its founder, Katherine Tingley, and generally on other groups of this type and their interaction with American culture and values of the time. He bases his Point Loma research not only on Theosophical Society archives but also on surveying members of the community and their relatives.

Certain questions he says formed his approach: “Why did some late Victorian middle-class Americans find Theosophy so persuasive and inspiring? Why did they willingly leave behind family and friends to reside at Point Loma? What was life like for them …. from 1900 to Tingley’s death in 1929? How did they interpret their lives and the changes taking place in the larger society from their theosophical perspective? What do their choices tell us about American society a century ago? And what does their example tell us about our choices today, especially when we choose alternative or new religions, or choose to condemn such religions?”



BARBORKA, Geoffrey A: The Divine Plan. Written in the form of a Commentary on H. P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine, 2nd edition, 1964, 564 pages

A guide-book for students of The Secret Doctrine. Barborka re-organises Blavatsky’s material and adds his own comments and interpretations. He analyses and explains unfamiliar terms used.

BARBORKA, Geoffrey A: The Mahatmas and Their Letters, TPH Adyar 1973, 422 pages. (See also The Mahatma Letters to AP Sinnett from the Mahatmas M. and K. H.)

Some of the story behind The Mahatma Letters. This work sets out to explain how these letters were produced. Photographic illustrations emphasise the salient points necessary for understanding how this was done. Reference is also made to more than forty recipients of Mahatmic letters.

BARBORKA, Geoffrey A: Peopling of the Earth: A Commentary on Archaic records in The Secret Doctrine, TPH Wheaton 1975, 233 pages. Exploration of vol II of HP Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine: ‘Anthropogenesis’.

BARBORKA, Geoffrey A: The Story of Human Evolution: Written in the form of a Commentary on The Stanzas of Dzyan, TPH Adyar 1980, 147 pages. Explores vol II of HP Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine: ‘Anthropogenesis‘.

BENNETT, DM (biog) see

BRADFORD, Roderick: D. M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker, Prometheus Books NY, 2006

BESANT, Annie: Esoteric Christianity or The Lesser Mysteries, TPH Adyar 1901

For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

The object of this book, says Besant, is to suggest certain lines of thought as to the deep truths underlying Christianity, truths generally overlooked and only too often denied. She explores whether there is a ‘hidden’ side to Christianity. If so, what is it? How accessible is it?

She writes:

“…. If true knowledge, the Gnosis, is again to form a part of Christian teachings, the study of the Lesser Mysteries must precede that of the Greater. The Greater will never be published … they can only be given by Teacher to pupil … But the Lesser Mysteries, the partial unveiling of deep truths, can even now be restored [and this book] is intended to outline these and to show the nature of the teachings to be mastered. Where only hints are given, quiet meditation on the truths will cause their outlines to become visible…”.

[BESANT, Annie]: The Internment of Mrs Annie Besant: Extracts from the English and Indian Press that dealt with the matter, Canada Indian League, 1917, booklet 32 pages

BESANT, Annie: Lectures delivered in Melbourne by Annie Besant, September 1894 is a unique typewritten document, 105 pages. Topics are: The Dangers that Threaten Society; The Evolution of Man; Hypnotism and Mesmerism; Reincarnation; Theosophy and its Teachings.

BESANT, Annie (joint ed): Lucifer (periodical). For details see LUCIFER.

BESANT, Annie: Mrs Besant’s Australian Lecture Tour, Press Notices 1908, 140 pages, is a comprehensive large-format, hand-pasted, meticulous record of reports regarding this tour that appeared in the Australian press . There are also 5 extra pages with clippings from the New Zealand leg of the tour. Also included is a detailed statement of costs.

BESANT, Annie (co-editor and contributor): National Reformer (periodical). For details see THE NATIONAL REFORMER.

BESANT, Annie: New India: Another of Annie Besant’s passions was to help free India from British rule and she used various means to try to achieve this end, including producing her crusading newspaper New India. She launched this Anglo-Indian newspaper in 1914, and continued as editor until its closure in 1932. The Campbell Library has The India That Shall Be: Signed articles by Annie Besant from New India, T.P.H. Adyar 1943, 264 pages; and Annie Besant — Builder of New India — Her fundamental Principles of Nation Building, T.P.H. Adyar 1942, 556 pages.

BESANT, Annie (joint ed): Theosophical Review (periodical. Previously titled: Lucifer). See LUCIFER.

BESANT, Annie and BRADLAUGH, Charles: The Fruits of Philosophy: “Besant-Bradlaugh — Prosecuted Work — Young Married People‘s Companion — Advocating Limitation of Offspring”. Marked ‘For Private Reading‘. Australian Edition, booklet, no date, with a preface by Bradlaugh under ‘2nd New Edition’ (originally published 1877), 55 pages. See also THE NATIONAL REFORMER.

BESANT, Annie (biog) see below — also Biography.

LIAU, Stephanie SY: Annie Besant: The Unmaking of an English Radical, thesis submitted in partial fulfilment for the degree of BA with Hons., School of History, Philosophy and Politics, Macquarie University 1998, 89 pages. Some of the material for this thesis was researched in the Campbell Library.


JUDGE, William Q: Bhagavad-Gita Recension combined with his Essays on the Gita, Theosophical University Press 1978, 220 pages. Other versions also available. For texts online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

BIBLE: For texts online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

BILIMORIA, Edi D: The Snake and the Rope: Problems in Western science resolved by Occult science, Theosophical Publishing House Adyar 2006, 307 pages

The author is concerned with the reconciliation and uniting of occult and western sciences. He provides material that he hopes will be a spur for further investigation and research toward this end. His focus is on an outcome that is practical and up-to-date. Throughout the book he contrasts western science, both classical and modern, with the teachings of occult science. He provides numerous diagrams and flowcharts, as well as a comprehensive index and a glossary of terms. Some of the topics he covers are: consciousness; investigation of Truth; Divinity; Nature; sound and light; the Cosmos; esoteric philosophy; biology and evolutionary theory; physics and cosmology.

Dr Bilimoria is Director of Studies for the Foundation for Theosophical Studies, The Theosophical Society in England. He also has a background in science and engineering.

BJORLING, Joel: Reincarnation: A Bibliography, Garland Publishing 1996, 184 pages

This is a comprehensive listing of literature on reincarnation and the associated concepts of transmigration and metempsychosis. There are also references to a related topic, karma. Bjorling begins each chapter with a basic overview of the particular topic. Sections include reincarnation in Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism); in comparative religions and philosophy; in Christianity, Judaism and Islam; in the occult tradition; cases of reincarnation; past-life therapy; astrology and reincarnation; reincarnation in literature.

BLAVATSKY, HP: HP Blavatsky Collected Writings and Index, compiled by Boris de Zirkoff, 15 vols including Index. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

BLAVATSKY, HP: An Invitation to ‘The Secret Doctrine’ — including “The Secret Doctrine and Its Study” by Robert Bowen and “The Writing of The Secret Doctrine” by Kirby Van Mater. Theosophical University Press, Pasadena, 1st edition, 1988 For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online. See also Blavatsky.

The essence of The Secret Doctrine by HP Blavatsky is here conveyed in Blavatsky’s own words through its Three Fundamental Propositions and her Summing Up from vol. I and Preliminary Notes and Conclusion from vol. II. Included also are the Preface, and the Stanzas of Dzyan which are the basis of The Secret Doctrine. The sections by Bowen and Van Mater are also useful readings for any student of the work.

BLAVATSKY HP: Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, vol I: Science, 628 pages; vol II: Theology, 708 pages, JW Bouton NY 1877. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online. See Isis Unveiled in Blavatsky.

Also: GOMES, Michael: Abridgment of Isis Unveiled, Quest Books TPH Wheaton 1997, 274 pages. See also Book Reviews.

BLAVATSKY, HP (ed): Lucifer (periodical). See separate entry under LUCIFER.

BLAVATSKY, HP: The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy, vol I Cosmogenesis 676+ pages, vol II Anthropogenesis 798+ pages, Theosophical Publishing Co London/New York 1888. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online. See also Blavatsky.

This is probably the best known, most significant and most influential publication that has emerged from the modern theosophical movement. Volume I deals with the evolution of the cosmos and volume II with the evolution of humanity. It is a complex and challenging work and requires careful study and persistence from any serious student of that body of knowledge variously called, among other things, theosophy, the ancient wisdom, the perennial philosophy, the wisdom religion, esoteric philosophy or the esoteric tradition.

The Secret Doctrine has been reprinted in a number of editions since 1888, including in facsimile form. Abridgements are also available, for example in 1967 Quest Books USA published An Abridgement of The Secret Doctrine, edited by Elizabeth Preston and Christmas Humphreys. Many publications and articles have also been produced which attempt to explore and elucidate the ideas contained in it. The Campbell Library’s collection contains many of those works.

BLAVATSKY, HP: Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge of The Theosophical Society. Discussions on the Stanzas of the first volume of The Secret Doctrine, Theosophical University Press, Pasadena. First published in two parts in 1890 and 1891, they were condensed from the original discussions. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online. See also Blavatsky.

In 1889, the Blavatsky Lodge of The Theosophical Society in London provided the opportunity for members to discuss with H. P. Blavatsky matters relating to certain ‘Stanzas’ of The Secret Doctrine. These Transactions are the outcome of shorthand notes of comments on the esoteric philosophy made by Blavatsky and others at those weekly meetings. With minor modifications this edition was published in 1946, 118 pages.

BLAVATSKY, H.P.: The Voice of the Silence, 1st ed. 1889, other editions since then. For various editions online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

This is one of the last works that H. P. Blavatsky wrote before her death in 1891. She states in her Preface that it was derived from The Book of the Golden Precepts forming part of the same series from which the ‘Stanzas’ of the Book of Dzyan were taken and on which The Secret Doctrine is based. See Boris de Zirkoff ‘s informative article, ’How The Voice of the Silence was Written’, The American Theosophist, Nov/Dec 1988, and in the Quest Book Centennial edition, 1992.

In his article de Zirkoff describes The Voice of the Silence as “a guide in practical life, a devotional text which would create the proper spiritual atmosphere in the mind of the student and help to transform thought into action, aspirations into compassionate deeds” and crowning Blavatsky’s “previous efforts with thoughts and ideals of enduring spiritual worth, a legacy of both depth and grandeur bequeathed to humanity at large”.

BLAVATSKY HP/ALGEO, John (ed): The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky, vol. 1, 1861-1897, Quest Books 2003, 634 pages. See also Book Reviews.

BLAVATSKY, HP (biog) see following. See also Biography: Blavatsky

CLEATHER, Alice: H.P. Blavatsky Her Life and Work for Humanity, Thacker Spink & Co, Calcutta 1922, 124 pages

FULLER, Jean Overton: Blavatsky and her Teachers — an investigative biography, East-West Publications and T.P.H. London 1988, 270 pages

GOODRICK-CLARKE, Nicholas (ed): Helena Blavatsky. A concise anthology of her extensive writings, with editorial commentary and an essay on her life and work, Western Esoteric Masters Series — North Atlantic Books 2004, 220 pages

SINNETT, AP (ed): Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky — compiled from information supplied by her relatives and friends, George Redway London 1886, 324pages

SOME OF HER PUPILS: H.P.B. — In Memory of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), The Blavatsky Association, London 1931, 197 pages

WACHTMEISTER, Constance and others: Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine, Theosophical Pub. Soc. Adyar 1893, 162 pages. For extracts of text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

BOEHME, Jacob (biog) see

WATERFIELD, Robin (ed): Jacob Boehme. An anthology with a biography, letters, and the context of Boehme’s writings, Western Esoteric Masters Series — North Atlantic Books 2001, 372 pages

BOWEN, Robert: Madame Blavatsky on How to Study Theosophy — The Secret Doctrine and Its Study, TPH Adyar 1960, 17 page booklet. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online. See also Blavatsky.

Said to be extracts from notes made by Bowen when he was a pupil in Blavatsky’s study circle from 1888 to 1891. Originally printed in Theosophy in Ireland in 1932, they contain principles that may be applied not only to the study of The Secret Doctrine, but to other theosophical studies.

BRADFORD, Roderick: D. M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker, Prometheus Books NY 2006, 412 pages. See also Book Reviews.

This is a biography of a courageous, controversial and principled 19th century publisher, social activist and defender of freedom of thought. It is also an historical account of a period in American history when freedom of thought was under sustained attack. As well, DM Bennett had significant involvement with HP Blavatsky, HS Olcott and the Theosophical Society.

Bradford provides a disturbing but very readable account of attacks on freedom of thought and attempted imposition of narrow orthodoxy on American citizens. It is timely in bringing to a modern audience the priceless contribution, made by a remarkable man, to the freedoms that we now generally take for granted but which continue to be under attack by many overt and covert social forces.

Bradford’s book is well-researched with effective use of extracts from historical material.

BUCKE, Richard Maurice: Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind, EP Dutton and Co NY 1901, 384 pages.

A classical study of human consciousness experience that was a landmark in its time and is still of interest. Its theme has implications for humanity’s potential to achieve a higher level of consciousness. Bucke defines cosmic consciousness as “a higher form of consciousness than that possessed by the ordinary man”. He himself had an experience in which he considered he entered into such a state: “[He] found himself wrapped by a flame-coloured cloud … he knew that the light was within himself. Directly after there came upon him a sense of exultation, of immense joyousness, accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination impossible to describe”. He remained profoundly impressed for the rest of his life

Bucke’s experience inspired him to investigate others who had similar experiences, and to amass accounts from a wide range of individuals - some historical, some contemporary. This book contains thirty-six case histories of such experiences. He also explored this ‘cosmic consciousness’ from a scientific viewpoint and developed a theory based on evolution to explain it. He considered that the human race would be enhanced by the gradual development of this new kind of consciousness far in advance of ordinary self-consciousness.

Richard Bucke had practically no formal schooling but educated himself to become a leading medical doctor, specialising in mental health. He was a leader in this field and his compassionate and humane methods of treatment were ahead of his time. He held leading positions in the teaching and administration of mental health, culminating in his election as President of the Psychological Section of the British Medical Association in 1888, and President of the American Medico-Psychological Association in 1890.

BURNIER, Radha: Human Regeneration: Lectures and Discussions, Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam 1990, 150 pages


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