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Old Diary Leaves 1878–83

Old Diary Leaves 1878–83
The Only Authentic History of the Theosophical Society


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108072908

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About the Authors
  • Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907), co-founder of the Theosophical Society, was a versatile man. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of American agricultural education and also served in the U.S. War Department. Later Olcott was admitted to the New York Bar and became interested in psychology and spiritualism, travelling to India and Sri Lanka with Madame Blavatsky to explore eastern spiritual traditions, especially Buddhism. In this volume (published in 1900) Olcott chronicles how he and Madame Blavatsky journeyed to India and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in the years 1878 to 1883 to oversee the foundation of new branches of their Society. This is part classic travel writing in which the author gives breathless descriptions of the beauty of Indian nature, culture and philosophy and part characterisation of Madame Blavatsky's 'psychological eccentricities' as Olcott experiences them. To him she was and remained 'an insoluble riddle'.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108072908
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The voyage out
    2. Settling down at Bombay
    3. Laying foundations
    4. Many wonders
    5. A journey to northern India
    6. Northern wanderings
    Dyánand Saraswati
    Snake charming
    The Theosophist started
    7. The future workers begin to arrive
    8. Visits to Allahabad and Benares
    9. Phenomena and Pandits
    10. First tour in Ceylon
    11. The popular enthusiasm
    12. The tour concluded
    13. A little domestic explosion
    14. Swami Dyánand Saraswati on yoga
    15. Simla and the Coerullians
    16. What happened at Simla
    17. Gorgeous scenes
    18. Benares the holy
    19. A master of djinns
    20. Ceylon Buddhism explained
    21. Creating a Sinhalese Buddhist fund
    22. From Bombay northward and back
    23. A houseboat journey with H. P. B.
    24. Baroda to Ceylon, and the healings of sick folk there
    25. Possible discovery of the secret of psychopathic healing
    26. Incidents of healings
    27. Touring and healing in Bengal
    28. Florid compliments
    29. Healing of the dumb man in Nelliappa Temple
    30. South Indian wonders.

  • Author

    Henry Steel Olcott

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