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CALDWELL, Daniel H (comp): The Esoteric Papers of Madame Blavatsky, self-published 2004.

Caldwell says that this compilation is the most comprehensive collection of H. P. Blavatsky’s esoteric papers now available. It provides facsimiles of many of the original esoteric papers issued by Madame Blavatsky. Some of the reproduced documents have never been reprinted since first issued.

He advises the reader that the papers in this compilation supplement and complement material found in the following sources:

H. P. B.’s Collected Writings, Vol XII, pp 477-713;

The Esoteric Writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, pp 347-465. Edited by H. Leslie-Smith.

Echoes of the Orient, The Writings of W. Q. Judge, Vol III, pp 285-478. Compiled by Dara Ekland

The Inner Group Teachings of H. P. Blavatsky, compiled and annotated by Henk J. Spierenburg

The Secret Doctrine, Vol 3, 1897: Occultism.

CALDWELL, Daniel H (comp/ed): The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky — Insights into the Life of a Modern Sphinx, Quest TPH Wheaton 2000, 451 pages. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

H. P. Blavatsky, a major founder of The Theosophical Society, has had a very significant impact on world thought and on individual spiritual seekers. This book contains first-hand accounts and reminiscences from relatives, co-workers, friends, enemies, etc, that provide a broad, insightful and thought-provoking picture of this very influential and extraordinary woman.

It also includes very useful suggested readings, biographical sketches, references, index and a substantial number of illustrations. It is an important contribution to theosophical study and history.

CARLSTON, Maria: No Religion Higher than Truth, is a history of the theosophical movement in Russia 1895-1993. Princeton University Press 1993, 298 pages.

CHATTERJI, Mohini M: Viveka-Cudamani. See SANKARACHARYA.

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

This publication is an expansion of a series of articles written for the Journal of the Maha Buddhi Society (Calcutta), a Buddhist monthly, and suggested by the editor, the Venerable Anagarika Dharmapala. Cleather writes: “.... it is as a personal pupil of the late Madame H.P. Blavatsky .... and as an exponent of what she alone taught, that I address my readers .... I deal with her life in so far as it was bound up with her work”. Cleather is ideally placed to communicate some of the flavour of the early days with Blavatsky as she was a member and note-taker of the Inner Group personally directed by Blavatsky, and would have had intimate knowledge of her, of her ideas and of her influence.

CODD, Clara: So Rich a Life, Institute for Theosophical Publicity, Pretoria, 1951, 431 pages

Clara Codd was a serious student of theosophy who made a distinguished contribution to the theosophical movement as writer and lecturer. She wrote various books on theosophy and meditation and in 1956 was awarded the Subba Row Medal for her work. She was an International Lecturer for The Theosophical Society and also served as General Secretary to the Society in Australia and in South Africa. Like many workers in the theosophical movement she also had been active in working toward creating a better society for all — for example she was involved in education and socialism and was a suffragette, being imprisoned for her beliefs and activities.

COLLINS, Mabel: The Idyll of the White Lotus, Theosophical Publishing Society London 1884/1896, 134 pages. The source of the ‘Three Truths’. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

COLLINS, Mabel: Light on the Path, TPH Adyar 1885/1961, 108 pages. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

The title page describes this book as “a treatise …for the personal use of those who are ignorant of the eastern wisdom and desire to enter its influence”. It contains rules related to the spiritual life, augmented by notes.


COMTE de St GERMAIN (biog) see

FULLER, Jean Overton: The Comte de Saint Germain — Last Scion of the House of Rakoczy, East West Publications 1988, 335 pages.

COOPER, AJ (John): The Theosophical Crises in Australia. The Story of the Breakup of the Theosophical Society in Sydney from 1913 until 1923. Thesis submitted for the degree of MA in Religious Studies, The University of Sydney 1986, 428 pages

Crest Jewel Of Wisdom (Viveka-Chudamani) see SANKARACHARYA.

CROSBIE, Robert: The Friendly Philosopher: Letters and Talks on Theosophy and the Theosophical Life, The Theosophy Company LA 1934, 415 pages. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.



DALAI LAMA: The Universe in a Single Atom — The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, Morgan Rd Books 2005, 216 pages

Tenzin Gyatso, the current Dalai Lama, writes that this book is not an attempt to unite science and spirituality but to explore these two important disciplines with the aim of developing a more holistic and integrated way of understanding the world around us. He sees spirituality and science as complementary but different investigative approaches with the same greater goal of seeking the truth.

The Dalai Lama is revered as an expert in Buddhism but he does not claim to be an expert in science — rather he has had an enduring interest in particular areas: subatomic physics, cosmology, and biology including neuroscience and psychology. This interest is expressed through topics covered in the book: e.g. an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness.

DANNO, Ann Forsyth: Wading Into The Ocean: A Companion to The Ocean of Theosophy, Point Loma Publications 2002, 202 pages

This companion volume to William Q. Judge’s Ocean of Theosophy offers a compendium of supporting quotations that his introductory text did not include. It provides a complete overview of Judge’s original work — from karma to after death, cycles and psychic phenomena, the seven principles, and a concise glossary of Sanskrit terms. It is useful both for classes and for individual study.

Ann Forsyth Danno unexpectedly died before her book was published and it was prepared for the press by Nancy and David Reigle.

See also

JUDGE, WQ: The Ocean of Theosophy, Theosophy Company 1893/1948. This publication is considered a very useful introduction to theosophy. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

de PURUCKER, G/KNOCHE Grace F (ed): Fountain-Source of Occultism, A modern presentation of the ancient universal wisdom based on The Secret Doctrine of H. P. Blavatsky, Theosophical University Press Pasadena 1974, 744 pages

An interpretation of the ancient wisdom as set out in The Secret Doctrine. De Purucker covers a vast range of subjects: galaxies and solar systems, invisible worlds, meditation, yoga, psychic powers, Buddhas, sleep and death, space and time, karma, ethics — to name a few. The contents originated in twelve booklets of instruction privately printed in 1936 and to which de Purucker added much fresh material on various subjects.

de ZIRKOFF, Boris/Emmet SMALL (comp/ed): The Dream That Never Dies: Boris de Zirkoff Speaks Out On Theosophy, Point Loma Publications CA 1983, 232 pages. See also THEOSOPHIA.

de ZIRKOFF, Boris (ed): Theosophia (periodical). For details see THEOSOPHIA.



THE ECLECTIC THEOSOPHIST: Published by Point Loma Publications, the first issue in 1971 was a 4-page newsletter. It evolved into a more substantial publication with the final and special issue of winter 1995, vol 23, no. 5 consisting of 44 pages. See also Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals.

The first edition stated: “ ... we lend the pages of this Newsletter, and through them we invite friends and fellow-Theosophists to say their say, speaking fearlessly, honestly, kindly, constructively”. The final edition included a selection of articles published over the years, which gave an overview of its intent in maintaining the ‘middle way’ view of theosophical philosophy. In this issue there are articles by H. P. Blavatsky, W. Emmett Small, A. Trevor Barker, G. de Purucker, Boris de Zirkoff, Joy Mills, John Coats, John Algeo, Vicente Hao Chin Jr, and others.

EEK, Sven (comp/ann): Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement, TPh Adyar 1976, 720 pages

N Sri Ram writes in the Preface: “Damodar [Mavalankar] … was a remarkable figure. He played his part in the [Theosophical] Society’s work in its early days in India, and then disappeared from the stage, having been permitted by the Masters, towards whom he had a boundless devotion, to come to their own ashrama in Tibet …. he renounced his property, his prospects in life, his family, his caste and everything else in order to devote himself to the cause of the Masters … which seemed to be embodied at that time in the personality and work of HP Blavatsky”.

ELLWOOD, Robert: Theosophy: A modern expression of the wisdom of the ages, Quest TPH Wheaton 1986, 226 pages



FARTHING, Geoffrey A: Deity Cosmos and Man: An Outline of Esoteric Science, Point Loma Publications 1993, 253 pages. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

Esoteric Science, says Farthing, “embraces all that is good and true in the great religions of mankind, yet transcends them all. As far as can be expressed in words it reflects Truth, insisting on the unity of the cosmic process … We are of like nature with the Cosmos, and being of one Essence, we are members of … a family that includes all things and all beings”. His book elucidates this theme.

FARTHING, Geoffrey: Exploring the Great Beyond. A survey of the field of the extraordinary, TPH Wheaton 1978, 214 pages. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

Farthing explores the “strange and marvellous … in inner and outer space”. He includes the Astral Light; the elemental kingdom of nature; magic; mesmerism; animal and plant telepathy; spiritualism; psychism, etc.

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

The publishers state that Fuller has used Russian language material and is the first biographer to have access to the archives of the London Society for Psychical Research. Fuller claims to throw new light on the real identities of Madame Blavatsky’s teachers and their relationship to the complex world of Tibetan Buddhism. Her portrayal of Blavatsky is that of a woman struggling against immense personal and social difficulties to fulfill a mission that was scarcely understood by her closest associates.

FULLER, Jean Overton: The Comte de Saint Germain — Last Scion of the House of Rakoczy, East West Publications 1988, 335 pages

The Comte de Saint Germain is one of history’s most mysterious characters. In the middle of the 18th century he appeared suddenly, a man of mature years and unusual learning. An intimate of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour, this “man without a past” gained renown as a chemist, musician, composer, diplomat and esoteric religious figure. Fuller’s study of Saint Germain probes little-known areas of 18th century political and spiritual life and provides new answers about a person who, as quoted from Frederick the Great, was “man whose riddle has never been solved”.

FULLER, Jean Overton: Driven to It: An Autobiography, Michael Russell Publishing UK 2007, 376 pages

Jean Overton Fuller has had a varied life, including being a Theosophist, painter, poet and translator. Her range of published work is also varied and includes such as biographies of H.P. Blavatsky, Comte de St Germain and J. Krishnamurti. Details of these are in this Selection listing.

FULLER, Jean Overton: Krishnamurti and the Wind — a Biography, Theosophical Publishing House London 2003, 300 pages. See Book Reviews.



GLOSSARIES: various — including from HP Blavatsky, G de Purucker and others. For texts online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

GODWIN, Joscelyn: The Theosophical Enlightenment, SUNY Press 1994, 448 pages. See also Book Reviews.

From Godwin’s Preface: “This is an intellectual history of occult and esoteric currents in the English-speaking world, from the early Romantic period to the early-twentieth century. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, holds a crucial position as the place where all these currents temporarily united, before diverging again. The book’s ambiguous title points to my thesis that Blavatsky’s Theosophy owed as much to the skeptical Enlightenment of the eighteenth century as it did to the concept of spiritual enlightenment with which it is more readily associated”.

GOMES, Michael: HP Blavatsky Isis Unveiled — Secrets of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition, Madame Blavatsky’s First Work. A New Abridgment for to-day. Quest Books TPH Wheaton 1997, 274 pages. See also Book Reviews and Blavatsky.

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. See also Blavatsky and Biography.

GOODRICK-CLARKE, Nicholas (trs): Paracelsus: Essential Reading — selections, North Atlantic Books California 1999, 208 pages

The ‘Essential Readings’ series aims to introduce the thought and work of major figures in the history of ideas, particularly covering metaphysics and the esoteric tradition. This anthology of Paracelsus’ writings is an important addition to the series. It covers his life and his major medical, philosophical, religious, political, magical and cabbalistic texts. Goodrick-Clarke helps the reader to follow their sense and argument. Goodrick-Clarke has a PhD from Oxford and is series editor of ‘Essential Readings’.



HANEGRAAFF, Wouter J (ed) in collaboration with Antoine FAIVRE, Roelof van den BROEK, and Jean-Pierre BRACH: Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Brill Leiden 2006, 1228 pages

HANEGRAAFF, Wouter J: New Age Religion and Western Culture — esotericism in the mirror of secular thought, State Uni. of NY Press 1998, 580 pages.

A comprehensive analysis of New Age religion and its historical background. The author argues that “its foundations were laid by the so-called western esoteric traditions during the Renaissance” and that “the modern New Age movement emerged from the increasing secularization of those esoteric traditions during the 19th century”. Extensive use of primary sources.

HANSON, Virginia (ed): H. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine — commentaries on her contributions to world thought, a Quest Book TPH Wheaton, 2nd ed 1988, 240 pages. See also Blavatsky

This book commemorates the centenary of the publication of The Secret Doctrine. It contains a range of articles from various authors under the following section headings:

  1. H. P. Blavatsky and the Inner Side of The Secret Doctrine;
  2. Some Secret Doctrine Concepts;
  3. The Theosophical View of Consciousness;
  4. Science and The Secret Doctrine;
  5. H. P. Blavatsky’s Influence on Science and the Arts.
  6. Some of the contributors are: John Algeo, Adam Warcup, Michael Gomes. F. L. Kunz, Boris de Zirkoff, Christmas Humphreys and Hugh Murdoch.

HANSON, Virginia: Masters and Men: The human story in The Mahatma Letters, TPH Adyar 1980, 417 pages See also: The Mahatma Letters to AP Sinnett from the Mahatmas M. and K.H.

Hanson writes that this is not history or fiction. “It is a story set in the historical framework of the correspondence between two mysterious Occultists and AP Sinnett, brilliant English journalist”.

HAO CHIN Jr., Vicente R: The Process of Self-Transformation: mastery of the self and awakening of our higher potentials, TPH Philippines, 2003, 260 pages

This self-transformation process is a spiritual approach to dealing with psychological conflicts that hinder our capacity to live more fully and to have more meaningful relationships. These conflicts may also prevent the deepening of spiritual practices. Four areas are covered and each contains exercises to help their exploration. They are:

The book is based on the outcome of Self-Transformation Seminars that Vicente Hao Chin Jr has been conducting in many countries including the UK, Australia, India, Philippines, Singapore, Pakistan and Malaysia. He is President of The Theosophical Society in the Philippines and editor of Theosophical Digest. He has also initiated the establishment of schools in the Philippines that aim for integration of self-transformation and academic learning.

HARRIS, Philip S. (general ed), Vicente R. HAO CHIN Jr. and Richard W. BROOKS (associate eds): Theosophical Encyclopedia, Theosophical Publishing House Philippines 2006, 729 pages

This volume contains over 1,200 articles and is the collaborative effort of more than 110 scholars and writers from all over the world. They are experts in areas such as theosophy, comparative religion, philosophy, parapsychology, mysticism, esoteric movements, yoga and spiritual practices.

Freedom of thought is emphasised. Harris writes: “Theosophy, as presented to the world by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, was, and still is, a dynamic philosophy in terms of the mode of presentation. Although theosophy existed in one form or another long before the Blavatsky era and will no doubt continue to exist for centuries to come, it has never been claimed a dogma. The true theosophist, to qualify as such, is expected to preserve an open mind, receptive at all times to new insights and ways of presenting the Ancient Wisdom; such philosophy applies to this encyclopedia in that nothing about theosophy presented herein ought to be taken as a final statement about the subject”.

The encyclopedia has comprehensive information about

There is an extensive index of important terms and names mentioned in the encyclopedia. There are also photographs and illustrations.

The editors: Philip Harris was an author, and international lecturer for the Theosophical Society. Vicente Hao Chin Jr, is President of The Theosophical Society in the Philippines, a teacher and international lecturer for the Society, author, and compiler/editor of The Mahatma Letters to AP Sinnett in chronological sequence and editor of the periodical Theosophical Digest. Richard Brooks is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, specialising in Asian philosophy. He is an active member of The Theosophical Society including serving as an international lecturer and Director of the School of the Wisdom in the TS headquarters in Adyar, India.

HIGGINS, Godfrey: Anacalypsis, an attempt to draw aside the veil of the Saitic Isis; or, an inquiry into the origins of languages, nations, and religions, London publishers, vol I: 1833, 867 pages, vol II: 1836, 519+ pages

HODSON, Geoffrey: The Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible — an examination of the idea that the contents of the Bible are partly allegorical, TPH Adyar, 4 vols: vol I 1963, 239 pages; vol II 1967 441 pages; vol III 1971, 331 pages; vol IV 1980, 375 pages

HODSON, Geoffrey: Krishnamurti and the Search for Light, St Alban Press Sydney, ca 1939, 63 pages. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

From the Preface: “In this book Mr Hodson discusses the utterances of Mr J. Krishnamurti. When he is able to assent to them he does so. When he dissents he gives his reasons”.

HOELLER, Stephen: Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, Quest Books TPH Wheaton 2002, 256 pages

From the author’s Preface:

“This book is a concise and sympathetic presentation of the teachings and spiritual ambience of the Gnostic tradition. .... The title describes it as containing insights into a tradition. This is intended not as a mere figure of speech, for Gnosticism is truly a tradition and not a mere collection of ideas, myths and symbols that may be interpreted according to any whim or opinion. What we have here is a full-blown tradition with its definite worldview, its scriptures, its mystery rites, its priesthoods, and its spiritual lineage. If Gnosticism were purely a form of spontaneously motivated spirituality, unmediated by tradition, there would be no need for a books such as this.... The book is not primarily a work of academic scholarship .... it aspires to serve as an introduction to the subject”.

There is also a range of illustrations and designs.



INDICH, William M: Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta, Motilal Banarsidass India 1980, 144 pages

Indich presents a systematic, critical and comparative study of the nature of human awareness according to classical Indian thought. In particular, he focuses on the nature of consciousness according to Advaita Vedanta. In this system, he says, the study of consciousness is the study of human awareness. However, it holds that human awareness also encompasses transcendental consciousness, or the realisation of the identity of human consciousness with all existence. In describing the Advaitic philosophical system Indich analyses its vision of waking, dream and dreamless sleep experiences, comparing this analysis with Western thinkers such as Freud and Jung. He provides an extensive bibliography.

William M. Indich has a PhD in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaii and has been a student of Asian philosophy for many years.

Inspiration from the Ancient Wisdom At the Feet of the Master; Light on the Path; The Voice of the Silence, Quest Books TPH Wheaton 1999, 140 pages. See also Book Reviews.



JAMES, William: The Varieties of Religious Experience — a study in human nature, Longmans, Green & Co. UK 2nd ed. 1902, 534 pages. An exploration of the characteristics of the religious life.

JUDGE, William Q: Bhagavad-Gita Recension combined with his Essays on the Gita, Theosophical University Press 1978 For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

The Bhagavad Gita, an episode of the Mahabharata, has introduced many to the profound wisdom of Hindu philosophy.

William Judge was one of the founders, in 1875, of The Theosophical Society. He was a serious student and encouraged others to investigate and experience a broad spiritual perspective. He recognised the value of the Bhagavad Gita but he also saw the need for a non-academic exposition of its doctrines. To this end, during 1887-8 and 1895-6 he published in The Path, his monthly magazine, a series of illuminating essays exploring its philosophy. His Recension appeared in 1890.

JUDGE, William Quan/Dara EKLUND (comp): Echoes of the Orient The Writings of William Quan Judge, Point Loma Publications CA, 3 vols: vol I 1975 582 pages; vol II 1980 517 pages; vol III 1987 534 pages. Also vol IV: Cumulative Index.

JUDGE, William Q: The Ocean of Theosophy, Theosophy Company 1893/1930, 182 pages. For text online see Links to Theosophical Texts Online.

Judge writes:

“An attempt is made in the pages of this book to write of Theosophy in such a manner as to be understood by the ordinary reader. Bold statements are made in it upon the knowledge of the writer, but at the same time it is to be distinctly understood that he alone is responsible for what is therein written”.

See also: DANNO, Ann Forsyth: Wading into the Ocean: A Companion to the Ocean of Theosophy, Point Loma Publications 2002, 202 pages.

JUDGE, William Q (ed): The Path. First published in 1886, this was “A magazine devoted to the Brotherhood of Humanity, Theosophy in America, and the study of occult science, philosophy and Aryan literature”. In the 10 years before his death in 1896 Judge produced 10 volumes, writing many of the articles himself under a number of pseudonyms. During this period The Path became the backbone of theosophical publicity in the USA. It included miscellaneous items, book reviews and articles on topics such as Sufism, theosophical symbolism, the soul, karma, evolution, proofs of reincarnation, occultism. See also Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals.

After Judge’s death, the magazine continued to be published but its name was changed to Theosophy with F. T. Hargrove as editor. See also Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals.


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