Eclectic Theosophical History
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H. P. Blavatsky's life

Hesselink, Katinka

H.P. Blavatsky's life and influence

Blavatsky's occult phenomena: the Mahatma Letters

Algeo, John

Olcott and Blavatsky: Theosophical Twins, An Essay in Archetypes

Besant, Annie

The Evolution of the Universe, Annie Besant's second book review of the Secret Doctrine

Mead, G.R.S.

Address read by G. R. S. Mead, B. A. (Cantab) at the Cremation of the Body of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

Burnier, Radha

H.P.Blavatsky's Signet Ring

H. S. Olcott

On H.P. Blavatsky, from Old Diary Leaves

H.P. Blavatsky and Col. Olcott as Buddhists

Hugh Shearman

A Message Ahead of its Time

Marina Cesar Sisson

New Light on the First Marriage of HPB

Helena Blavatsky and the Enigma of John King (off site)

Wachtmeister, Countess Constance

Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine

H.P. Blavatsky and K. Paul Johnson

K. Paul Johnson's studies on the life of H.P. Blavatsky and her relation to the Mahatmas pretty much caused the "History of Theosophy"-website (of which this site is a descendant) to be necessary. His work is acclaimed among historians but unpopular to the extent of being ignored among members of the theosophical organisations. The articles under the headings of "H.P. Blavatsky and K. Paul Johnson" "Theosophy as a political movement" and some of the articles under miscellaneous have been inspired by his work or are a critique or comment on his work. 

Critical Commentary on K. Paul Johnson's Books about Blavatsky, 1994 - 2000 (different authors)

K.P. Johnson:

Excerpts from an Interview with K. Paul Johnson, (edited by K. Paul Johnson)

Excerpts from K. Paul Johnson's  "The Masters Revealed."

Mikhail Katkov and H.P.B.'s Political Loyalties Commentary to: " Theosophy, "Master K.H.," and the Dalip Singh conspiracy.

Nicholas Weeks

The Masters in Vaudeville - Again

Off Site, critical of Paul's work:

Caldwell, Daniel H. "K. Paul Johnson's House of Cards?: A Critical Examination of Johnson's Thesis on the Theosophical Masters Morya and Koot Hoomi." (link no longer works - January 2015)

Caldwell, Daniel H. "Methinks Johnson Has "Shot" Himself in the "Foot": Daniel H. Caldwell Replies to Some of K. Paul Johnson's Rebuttal Remarks"

Pratt, David. "The Theosophical Mahatmas: A Critique of Paul Johnson's New Myth."

Grigor V. Ananikian:

Mythic History, an interpretation of HPB, in context of Sufi and alchemical tradition.

Note : The Blavatsky/Tibet and Stanzas of Dzyan Connection.

Siémons, Jean-Louis. "Some Reflections on the Note, by Grigor V. Ananikian, about "The Blavatsky/Tibet and Stanzas of Dzyan Connection." A refutation of some of the statements made by G.V. Ananikian on Theosophy and H.P.B. (off site)

Theosophical Society

Rules and Regulations of the Theosophical Society (1905)

Col. Olcott, with H.P. Blavatsky (off site)

The Theosophical Society, Its Origin, Plan and Aims

H.P. Blavatsky

The Original Programme Manuscript

Katinka Hesselink Original Programme Manuscript: explanations

Mahatma KH

Last K.H.-letter to Annie Besant

Katinka Hesselink 1900- KH letter to Annie Besant, historical overview

Katinka Hesselink

Early history of the Theosophical Seal,

Influential theosophists and the influence of the Theosophical Society

The objects of the Theosophical Society

Theosophical Chronology

H.S. Olcott bibliography

Sinnett, A.P.

The Vicissitudes of Theosophy

Ram, N. Sri

The Open Field of the Third Object (of the Theosophical Society)

Shearman, Hugh

Some Basic Problems of the Theosophical Society (in how history gets written)

The disciplines of historians, Exploring the Past

Wodehouse, E.A.

The Order of the Star in the East, its inner and outer work

Wood, Ernest

If I Were President, The Election Manifesto of Ernest Wood

Various authors

Order of the Star of the East, pamphlet for enquirers

United Lodge of Theosophists

Dallas Tenbroeck

B.P. Wadia's life - On the ULT and the Theosophical Society Adyar

Memorandum - Extra notes on B.P. Wadia, the history of the ULT and Dallas Tenbroeck's life. Including why he is a witness to many of the events described in B.P. Wadia's Life

A Bibliography of B.P. Wadia's work

On the work of W.Q. Judge, a founder of the Theosophical Society

Robert Crosbie, the Friendly Philosopher - on the founder of the ULT.

Other authors:

Robert Crosbie's own Biographical Notes and Bibliography

On historical innacuracies (or lies) in Robert Crosbies account (off site)

On whether Crosbie saw Tingley as a neccessary successor (on occult lines) of W.Q. Judge (off site)

Katinka Hesselink

B.P. Wadia and his brush with Jiddu Krishnamurti

Memories of theosophists


Henry Steel Olcott, short biography starting with his pre-theosophical years

C.W. Leadbeater, short biography

Damien P. Horigan

Christmas Humphreys: A Buddhist Judge in Twentieth Century London

Aranthai Manian

"Kalakshetra" and Rukmini Devi

Lily Darby

Clara Codd - Off the Platform

Hugh Shearman:

Annie Besant: In dedication

Barriers Fell Away (A fond appreciation of John Coats) 

C. Jinarajadasa: Some Memories and Impressions 

C.W. Leadbeater in Retrospect

Clara Codd: Some Impressions

Katinka Hesselink

Interview with Michael Gomes - see also: Michael Gomes bibliography

Book reviews:

C.W. Leadbeater

Dr. Annie Besant's First use of Clairvoyance, a letter to Francisca Arundale

Alan Pert

Biography of Anna Kingsford

Prothero, Stephen

The White Buddhist: Henry Steel Olcott and the Sinhalese Buddhist Revival

Ken Small

Carmen Helena Small - July 6, 1918 - April 21, 2004 - obituary

Various Authors

C.W. Leadbeater, a Great Occultist

Ernest Wood

Clairvoyant investigations by C.W. Leadbeater on Alcyone's (or Krishnamurti's) previous lives. (with extensive notes by C. Jinarajadasa)

"There is no religion higher than Truth"

The Term Theosophy

Louis Siémons

Theosofia In Neo-Platonic and Christian Literature: Summary and Conclusions

Bain, A. (Alan)

The term theosophy, historically viewed


The Use and Value of The Theosophical Glossary, By Daniel Caldwell, Boris de Zirkoff and Eldon Tucker.

Kahlil Gibran



On the letter alledgedly by Koot Hoomi to Annie Besant, in 1900.

Simon Magus

Annie Besant

William Q. Judge

Hermes Trismegistus

Albertus Magnus

Cornelius Agrippa

Pico Della Mirandola


Modern art and theosophy

John Algeo

Annie Besant as Instructor and Educator

Daniel H. Caldwell

Hugh Shearman quotes A.P. Sinnett on the Mahatma Letters

Kim Farnell

The Many Lives of Mabel Collins

Jake Jaqua

Paul Brunton and H.P. Blavatsky

Hugh Shearman

Madame Blavatsky and the Mahatma Letters

H. S. Olcott

The Source and Value of the "Mysteries"

Tom Dark

The Emergence of African Avatars and the Secret of Fatima, four part article.

Lumbu, Elaine M.

Simon Kimbangu

Kimpa Vita (Dona Beatriz)

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti and the World Teacher

Katinka Hesselink

The early Jiddu Krishnamurti – his teachings

On the Indian Caste System: Annie Besant and Mahatma Gandhi

The Judge Case - A Conspiracy Which Ruined the Theosophical Cause; Review

The Judge Case - A Conspiracy Which Ruined the Theosophical Cause; contentspage (PDF-file)

See also: some hard to find material on the Judge Case

K.Paul Johnson

Historian as Heretic, Conflicting Perspectives on Theosophical History

Reigle, David

Who Are the Dugpas in Theosophical Writings

Various Authors

George William Russell - AE. In Memoriams from the Canadian Theosophist