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Principles of Theosophical Work

By Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

148 Pages | Published and revised in 1991, second edition 2016 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595885.

The members of the Theosophical Society are spread throughout the world. In order to organize the Society’s work efficiently, it is imperative that the members have a clear understanding of its aims and the general principles, that should guide them in planning and execution of their work.

This book fulfils this requirement admirably, by listening the activities and their objectives in great detail, and suggesting ways and means of achieving them in an efficient manner. It lays down the qualifications and preparation of a Theosophical worker. It lists the different kinds of work at the National Section level, the Theosophical training centre level and Lodge level, and how each of these need to be organized.

From Chapter 1 – ‘The Divine Plan and the Theosophical Society’ (p. 5 & 6):

” This (Theosophical) Movement has at least three well-defined, though unspecified functions in the present times. These may be stated as follows:

  1. To give to humanity certain deeper truths of life, which are needed for taking the next step in human evolution.
  2. To instil certain universal guiding principles like Brotherhood into the minds of people in general, so that it may become possible to usher in a better world order.
  3. To provide agents in the outer world, who understand the Plan in a general way and can thus consciously cooperate with the Elder Brethren in the work, which they are doing for the betterment of the human race.

It has thus be seen that the founding of the Theosophical Society is part of a definite move to lift a corner of the veil, which has hidden so far from humanity life’s deeper mysteries and those, who hold the keys to these mysteries. “

Auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 9788170595885
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100 Years of Modern Occultism – A Review of the Parent Theosophical Society

By L.H. Leslie-Smith.

69 Pages | Independent Journal Edition | Softcover | Theosophical History Center, London | No ISBN.

From its Preface:

” Although this brief sketch, undertaken at the request of the General Council of the Theosophical Society, covers most of the important events in the first century of the Society, it is no wise a history, not even a condensed history. For that, several years of research would have been required, instead of a few weeks. The booklet is a personal appraisement of the period. “

Founded in 1985, the Theosohical History Centre seeks to promote interest in the history of the Theosophical Society and related fields.

auteur: Leslie-Smith, L.H.
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Addresses to new Members of the Theosophical Society

By an anonymous author with Adresses of several renown Theosophists.

46 Pages | Second edition 2010 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: unknown.

With Adresses of: Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), Charles W. Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), George S. Arundale (1878 – 1945), C. Jinarājadāsa (1875 –  1953), N. Sri Ram (1889 – 1973) and Radha Burnier (1923 – 2013).

From the Address of C. Jinarājadāsa:

” My Brother, I address you as a brother and not as a friend, because our whole basis of the work of our Society is based upon the attempt to realize and practise the significance of the great Law of Brotherhood. When you signed up your application to join, you read what are the Three Objects of the Society; but of these the first and foremost is that of Universal Brotherhood […] ” (p. 27).

Auteur: Anon.
ISBN: Unknown
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Theosophy and the Theosophical Society

By an anonymous author, compiled  by Dr. C.V. Agarwal.

122 Pages | February 17th, 1991 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | No ISBN.

From the Foreword:

‘This booklet has been compiled by the General Secretary of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Scoiety, Dr. C.V. Agarwal, in order to provide the members of the Section with basic material about Theosophy and the work of the Society. There is an immense depth of understanding and awareness implied in the word ‘Theosophy’. The work of the Theosophical Society encompasses all aspects of human progress, both at the outer level os social and economic well-being as well as the more fundamental inner level of moral and spiritual development.

Reading a book is insufficient for learning Theosophy and carrying out the lofty aims of the Theosophical Society. Deep reflection, self-purification and a life of selfless service must be stimulated by reading. I trust that the publication of this booklet by the Indian Section will help to stimulate members and strengthen its work’.

Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013), President of The Theosophical Society.

auteur: Anon, Agarwal, C.V. (comp.)
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Talks and Addresses – Prof. J.E. van der Stok

By Prof. Johan Ewald van der Stok.

411 Pages | Reprint from St. Michael’s News 1949 – 1964 | Softcover | The International Theosophical Center, Huizen | No ISBN.

This publication includes the notes of the morning talks, meditations and lectures of Prof. J.E. van der Stok given to visitors and stakeholders of the Theosophical Center in Naarden. The notes were collected and reprinted in 1980, approximately a century after his birth. The proceeds of this edition will be donated to the Prof. J.E. van der Stok Foundation.

 

 

 

 

auteur: Stok, J.E. van der
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The Real Work of the Theosophical Society

By Nilakanta Sri Ram (1889 – 1973).

22 Pages | First edition 1970, first reprint 1993 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592259.

The Theosphical Society was founded at New York on 17 November 1875. Its three objects are:

  1. To form a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
  2. To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
  3. To investigate unexplained Laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.

No doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught or held, is in any way binding on any member of the Society. Approval of its three objects is the sole condition of membership. Members of the Society hold that Truth should be sought by study, by reflection, by purity of life, by devotion to high ideals and that it is not a dogma to be imposed by any authority. The members are bound together not by the profession of a common belief, but by a common search and aspiration for Truth.

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 8170592259
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The 75th Anniversary Book of the Theosophical Society – A Short History of the Society’s Growth from 1926 – 1950

By Josephine Ransom (1879 – 1960).

252 Pages | First edition, 1st reprint 2005 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594502.

” May Those who are the embodiment of Love Immortal, bless with Their Protection the Society established to do Their Will on Earth; may They ever guard it by Their Power, inspire it with Their Wisdom, and energize it with Their Activity. “ Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

This excellent book recording the history of the Theosophical Society from 1926 – 1950, has been painstakingly researched and is accurate in facts and shrewd in assessment. Ransom  tells us: ‘I have tried to be accurate, to observe due proportion, to exercise the historian’s prerogative of impartiality, and to give a clear impression of how the great ideals of the Society are working themselves out.’ She has succeeded admirably.

auteur: Ransom, J.
ISBN: 8170594502
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A Short History of the Theosophical Society

By J. Ransom.

591 Pages | First edition, 2nd reprint 2007 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595144.

THE GOLDEN STAIRS

” A clean life, an open mind, a pure heart, an eager intellect, an unveiled spiritual perception, a brotherliness for one’s co-disciple,a readiness to give and receive advice and instruction, a loyal sence of duty to the Teacher, a willing obedience to the behests of TRUTH, once we have placed our confidence in, and believe that Teacher to be in possession of it; a courageous endurance of personal injustice, a brave declaration of principles, a valiant defence of those who are unjustly attacked, and a constant eye to the ideal of human progression and perfection, which the secret science depicts – these are the golden stairs up the steps of which the learner may climb to the Temple of Divine Wisdom. “- Helena P. Blavatsky.

The year 1875 was a milestone for both the Eastern and the Western world. The Theosophical Society founded in that year, still thrives. This book traces its history over a period of sixty-two years, recording most of the important events and personalities of the time.

Mrs. Josephine Ransom (1879 – 1960), the author had access to more archival information than her precedessors, for example. Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875 – 1953), who edited The Golden Book of the Theosophical Society in 1925. Moreover, of additional value are the initial chapters, in which the authors traces the spiritualism that pervaded in the period prior to the founding of the Society. The absence of personal opinions and criticism adds to the historical value of the book.

auteur: Ransom, J.
ISBN: 9788170595144
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The Hidden Side of Lodge Meetings

By Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934).

27 Pages | Reprinted 2002 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591678.

Leadbeater was a highly developed clairvoyant and the author of over thirty books on the spiritual life and the psychic nature of man.

From page 2:

” Naturally the work of every Lodge has its public side. There are lectures given to the public and opportunities offered for them to ask questions; all this is good and necessary. But every Lodge, which is worthy of the name, is also doing something far higher than any work on the physical plane, and this higher work can only be done in its own primary meetings. Furthermore, it can be done only if these meetings are properly conducted and entirely harmonious. ” 

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 8170591678
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. . . Een Kern van Broederschap – 100 Jaar Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland 1897 – 1997

Door Ruud Jansen.

228 Pagina’s | Jubileumboek, uitgegeven in 1997 | Hardcover, incl. Noten, Register & Illustraties | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 906175725.

The Theosophical Society werd in 1875 opgericht te New York door Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) en enkele anderen. De belangrijkste doelstelling van deze vereniging is het vormen van een kern van Broederschap zonder onderscheid van ras, geloof, geslacht, kaste of huidskleur. Daarnaast heeft men zich het aanmoedigen van een vergelijkende studie van godsdienst, filosofie en wetenschap en het onderzoeken van de vermogens, die in de mens sluimeren ten doel gesteld.

Sinds 1878 is het Hoofdkwartier van deze internationale vereniging gevestigd te Adyar, Madras, India. De Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland – de Nederlandse Afdeling van de Theosophical Society – werd in 1897 opgericht. Dit boek bevat het verhaal van honderd jaar Theosofie in Nederland. In de vorige eeuw hadden in het Westen nog maar weinig mensen gehoord van begrippen als yoga, meditatie, karma, reïncarnatie, aura’s en chakra’s. Het is de verdienste geweest van Mevr. Blavatsky dat deze termen nu gemeengoed geworden zijn in onze cultuur. Vooral in de wereld van de New Age wordt veelvuldig geput uit Theosofische bronnen.

In Nederland is de Theosofische Vereniging na een bloeiperiode in de twintiger jaren van de 20ste eeuw, nu veel minder bekend dan de talloze New Age groeperingen, die de laatste decennia zijn opgekomen. Vanwege haar honderdjarig bestaan is zij echter in staat te verwijzen naar diepere achtergronden en een samenhangend esoterisch wereldbeeld te schetsen.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 1 – ‘Inleiding’ (blz. 11):

” De Theosophical Society werd opgericht om allen samen te brengen, die een helder inzicht trachten te verkrijgen in de ware aard van de mens en de samenstelling van het universum. De Society streeft drie doeleinden na:

  1. Het vormen van een kern van de Universele Broederschap der Mensheid zonder onderscheid van ras, geloof, geslacht, kaste of huidskleur.
  2. Het aanmoedigen van de vergelijkende studie van godsdienst, wijsbegeerte en wetenschap.
  3. Het onderzoeken van de onverklaarde natuurwetten en van de vermogens, die in de mens sluimeren.

De Theosophical Society kent geen vastomlijnde leer of dogma’s, maar biedt wel een aantal thema’s aan, die als uitgangspunt kunnen dienen voor persoonlijke geestelijke ontwikkeling. “

 

auteur: Jansen, R.
ISBN: 906175725
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Eind negentiende eeuw hadden in het westen nog maar weinig mensen gehoord van begrippen als yoga, meditatie, karma en reïncarnatie, aura’s en chakra’s. Het is de verdienste geweest van mevrouw Blavatsky en de Theosopfische Vereniging dat deze termen nu gemeengoed geworden zijn in onze cultuur. Na een bloeiperiode in de twintiger jaren is in Nederland de Theosofische Vereniging veel minder bekend dan de talloze New Age groeperingen die de laatste decennia zijn opgekomen. Vanwege haar honderdjarig bestaan is zij echter in staat te verwijzen naar diepere achtergronden en kan ze een samenhangend esoterisch wereldbeeld schetsen. Geschreven voor zowel leden als belangstellenden, geeft dit boek fragmenten weer uit honderd jaar Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland (TVN). Het is niet de geschiedenis. Hoewel zo nauwkeurig mogelijk is het zeker niet volledig en allesomvattend. Iedereen die zich in de geschiedenis verdiept, van in dit geval de TVN, zal er op zijn of haar geheel eigen wijze tegen aankijken, al blijven gevonden feiten vaststaand. Zo zult u in dit boek de eigen benadering van de auteur lezen. De titel van het boek verwijst naar het eerste doeleinde van de Theosofische Vereniging: ‘het vormen van een kern van de universele broederschap der mensheid, zonder onderscheid van ras, geloof, geslacht, kaste of huidskleur.’ De schrijver heeft gekozen voor een thematische opzet: in dertig hoofdstukken worden vele onderwerpen uit de geschiedenis van de Vereniging besproken. Hierbij werd de chronologische volgorde zoveel mogelijk in acht genomen.  In de eerste tien hoofdstukken wordt de historie van de beginjaren van de Vereniging besproken, daarna volgen enkele hoofdstukken over de invloed van de theosofie op de kunst en kunstenaars. De overige hoofdstukken kenmerken zich door een grote verscheidenheid aan onderwerpen. Wellicht verdienen enkele hoofdstukken bijzondere vermelding. Zo wordt in hoofdstuk 17 het werk van Nederlandse theosofen in Nederlandsch-Indië beschreven – een in veel boeken over de geschiedenis van Indië veronachtzaamd onderwerp. Hoofdstuk 24 biedt in een terugblik een overzicht van honderd jaar theosofisch verenigingsleven, en in hoofdstuk 27 wordt de positie van de Vereniging te midden van verwante organisaties beschreven. Dit boek is een boek om bij de hand te houden – ook het formaat nodigt daartoe uit.

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The Dawning of the Theosophical Movement

By Michael Gomez.

248 Pages | First edition 1847 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606236.

It all began in 1874 on a farm in Chittenden, Vermont, at that time a mecca for spiritualists. There, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), Russian born noblewoman, world traveler, respected psychic, outspoken iconoclast, first met Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), lawyer, journalist, Civil War administrative hero. It was on November 17, 1875 that this initial meeting culminated in the founding of the Theosophical Society.

Historical researcher Michael Gomes charts the dramatic origins of the theosophical movement, one of the most influential philosophical systems to arise during the last hundred years. In this skillfully woven story of the early years of theosophy, the author re-creates the key events involving Blavatsky, Olcott and a small group of like-minded occultists. His account covers the publication of Blavatsky’s ‘occult encyclopedia’ Isis Unveiled, concluding with the pilgrimage to India by the ‘theosophical twins’.

auteur: Gomes, M.
ISBN: 0835606236
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Living Truth – The Future of the Theosophical Society (Blavatsky Lecture 2005)

By Radha S. Burnier.

34 Pages | First edition 2006 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

The Theosophical Society exists for the regeneration of humanity, beginning with establishing a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood, encouraging an open-minded quest for Truth, and investigating the essence of man and the universe. Because this is the main thrust of the Society, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), co-founder of tbe Theosophical Society with Colonel Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), discussed what would ensure the stability of the Society’s work and its future in her book The Key to Theosophy.

The ‘Blavatsky Lecture’ discusses in depth what she regarded as necessary for continuing the work of regeneration without a break. Apart from essential qualifications like earnestness, selflessness, devotion, knowledge and wisdom, ‘living truth’ must dynamize the workers of the Theosophical Society. But what is ‘living truth’? The reader will learn by perusing this lecture and realize how much we can ensure peace and goodness upon the earth.

From page 22:

. . . we never accept on faith any authority upon any question whatsoever; nor, pursuing as we do, Truth and progress through a full and fearless enquiry, untrammelled by any consideration, would we advise any of our friends to do otherwise. ” – Blavatsky – CW II, p. 433.

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170595029
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The Adyar Library Bulletin Vol. 62 (1998) – Brahma Vidya

By an anonymous author.

277 Pages | Volume 62, 1998 | Softcover | The Adyar Library and Research Center | The Theosophical Society, Adyar | ISBN:

Editorial Board:

  • Radha Burnier
  • K. Kunjunni Raja
  • S. Sankaranarayanan
  • K.V. Sarma
auteur: Anon.
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