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Old Diary Leaves 1875–8

Old Diary Leaves 1875–8
The True Story of the Theosophical Society


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108072939

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  • 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. 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 possessed by other 'entities'.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108072939
    • length: 530 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. First meeting of the founders
    2. Madame Blavatsky in America
    3. Philadelphia phenomena
    4. Madame Blavatsky's second marriage
    5. Spiritualism
    6. Oriental disapprobation
    7. Dr. Slade
    8. Theosophical Society proposed
    9. Formation of the Theosophical Society
    10. Baron de Palm
    11. The first cremation in America
    12. Putative author of 'Art Magic'
    13. 'Isis unveiled'
    14. Different hypotheses
    15. Apparent possession by foreign entities
    16. Definition of terms
    17. Re-incarnation
    18. Early days of the Society
    19. Conflicting views
    20. Conflicting views continued
    21. New York headquarters
    22. Various phenomena described
    23. Precipitations of pictures
    24. Projection of the double
    25. Swami Dyánand
    26. Madame Blavatsky at home
    27. Illusions
    28. Character sketch of Madame Blavatsky
    29. Madame Blavatsky becomes an American citizen. Formation of the British Theosophical Society. Last days in New York. The founders sail for India

  • Author

    Henry Steel Olcott

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