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A COMFORTING IN TRUTH One of the most wonderful and comforting truths which the Ancient Wisdom brings to us is the fact there is in reality no death anywhere in the Universe. Nothing ever ceases to exist, it but changes its state. In the words of the poet Longfellow:
"There is no death, What seems so is transition"

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The True Occult Path. - Introduction by editor, E. A. Ansell: "The matter contained in this little book was originally given in the form of a lecture to the Dublin Lodge of the Adyar Theosophical Society. Later, at the request of the editor, it was recast and published in its present form in the magazine - THEOSOPHY IN IRELAND. The Author, Capt. P.G.Bowen, who was then an independent student of the Ancient Wisdom, has since become president of THE HERMETIC SOCIETY, Dublin, having been appointed to that office by the founder of the Society, the late Dr. George Russell ("A.E".) Capt. Bowen has given his assent to the publication of his article in book form."

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T. Subba Row (1856-90) was an earlier member of the Theosophical Society.  He was greatly impressed by the work of Madame Blavatsky’s “Isis Unveiled”, and entered into correspondence with her. His article “The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac” was written and published in the monthly journal “The Theosophist”, well before he formally joined as a member. He was instrumental for the visit of the Founders to Madras (now Chennai) and the formulation of the Society’s policies later on.

 

Having traced his Life and Work in a span of few years (1881-90) in two slim volumes, viz. “A Lonely Disciple” and “An Enduring Philosopher”, I am now working on his Ten Letters to his associates and am also attempting to abridge his “Lectures on Bhagavad-Gita”, which hopefully will be ready during the current year. His writings and philosophy need a close, insightful look.

 

Memories of the 'old lady' by some of her pupils including: Laura M, Cooper, G.R.S. Mead, Isabel Cooper-Oakley, Constance Watchmeister, A.P. Sinnett, Charles Johnston, William Q. Judge, Annie Besant, Herbert Burrows, Archibald Keightley, Bertram Keightley, H.S. Olcott and others.

This is a very interesting read by those who knew most intimately.

 

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This cOld Diary Leavesollection of the SIX VOLUMES (over 2000 pages) provides intimate details of the extraordinary account of the foundation of the Theosophic Society. This amazing insight into the lives of the two founders, the author Henry Olcott, and Madame Helena Blavatsky, let us understand many of the episodes that followed the foundation of the society, the publication of Isis Unveiled, the Secession of the American Chapter lead by William Q. Judge, and so many other historical facts that would have been otherwise lost to history.

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Volume 1 - 1874-1878  (PDF - 7.5Mb)

This volume (1895) describes the first meeting between Olcott and Madame Blavatsky and the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875. Olcott continued to practise as a lawyer (and supported the Society financially) while in the evenings he and Madame Blavatsky would entertain visitors or collaborate on the book Isis Unveiled. The author portrays his friend as a spiritual medium and describes how Madame Blavatsky's body was from time to time overshadowed by other 'entities'.

Volume 2 - 1878-1883 (PDF - 6.1Mb) 

Boris De Zirkoff was the grand-nephew of H. P. Blavatsky. For many decades, Boris De Zirkoff engaged with utter dedication editing the collected writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Asked how he came to undertake that project, he said,

When I came to Point Loma in 1924 and began to read some of the old theosophical publications like The Theosophist and Lucifer it became obvious to me that H. P. B. had written a great deal more than The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled. Nothing had been done about it. Her writings were, to my understanding, voluminous but inaccessible except to those who could consult old publications which, obviously hardly anybody could do except those in large centres. So I felt that there was a very real and urgent need to have her collected writings put together in uniform editions. In 1924 or in 1925, I began doing just that, quietly, without saying very much to anybody. A couple of years later, I told Katherine Tingley, who was the Leader in Point Loma, that I was doing so and from then on it became an official undertaking.

 

The definitive edition of HPB's writings resulted in 14 volumes of articles, notes and Blavatsky's diaries. Each volume has biographical details on the main people mentioned as well as a historical survey of the period and an index.

 

Volume 1 is from 1874 to 1878, and includes articles such as: About Spiritualism; A Story of the Mystical; The Theosophical Society: Its Origin, Plan and  Aim; The Diaries of H. P. Blavatsky.

 

 

 

Prologue

Behold I stood alone, one among many, an isolated individual in the midst of a united crowd. And I was alone, because, among all the men my brethren who knew, I alone was the man who both knew and taught. I taught the believers at the gate, and was driven to do this by the power that dwelleth in the sanctuary. I had no escape, for in that deep darkness of the most sacred shrine, I beheld the light of the inner life, and was driven to reveal it, and by it was I upheld and made strong. For indeed, although I died, it took ten priests of the temple to accomplish my death, and even then they but ignorantly thought themselves powerful.

 

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Light on the Path is a perennial favorite of Theosophical literature written by Mabel Collins in 1885. Its subtitle is "a treatise written for the personal use of those who are ignorant of the eastern wisdom, and who desire to enter within its influence." The text provides rules that serve as rungs of a ladder in the progress of the spiritual life. These rules are accompanied by commentaries provided by the Master Hilarion. 
 
The prose in this book is very beautiful and provides much material for deep contemplative thought.  
 
 
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The Voice of the Silence was written by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky in Fontainebleau and first published in 1889. Translated from the Book of the Golden Precepts, which shares a common origin with The Secret Doctrine, the rules and ethics presented here contrast the two paths of spiritual attainment: the one pursued by those seeking knowledge for their own enlightenment; the other chosen by those whose aspirations are prompted by compassion for all.

The book is comprised of three fragments – “The Voice of the Silence,” “The Two Paths,” and “The Seven Portals” 

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In 1880, the Founders of the Theosophical Society visited the Sinnetts at their summer home in Simla, the summer capital of India. It was during this visit that most of the phenomena so fully described in The Occult World occurred. Over a period of a few years Alfred Sinnett received letters from highly evolved Adepts living in Tibet, some of which he used to outline esoteric teachings in this, one of the earlier theosophical books. 

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