Initiates of Theosophical Masters

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Religion - 255 pages
The author examines the careers of the most distinguished disciples of the Theosophical Masters. He begins by examining the concept of initiation promoted by the Theosophical movement's founders. Each section investigates a separate category of initiates, focusing consecutively on Hindus, Muslims, Bahais, Buddhists, and the Western female occultists.

More than just a study of Theosophy, this book explores many related developments in political and religious history. Among the figures it illumines in new ways are Anagarika Dharmapala, Alexandra David-Neel, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, and Isabelle Eberhardt. Its approach brings needed objectivity and balance to a topic too long mythologized by cultists and ignored by scholars.

 

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Contents

Initiation in Theosophical History
1
PART ONE
18
PART TWO
71
PART THREE
113
PART FOUR
161
NOTES
209
BIBLIOGRAPHY
229
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K. Paul Johnson is the author of The Masters Revealed: Madame Blavatsky and the Myth of the Great White Lodge, also published by SUNY Press.

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