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INFORMATION & BOOK LIST

There are many good places online to find Theosophical books at affordable prices. In almost every case the most inexpensive source is the United Lodge of Theosophists and the various websites associated with it, such as http://www.theosophy-ult.org.uk (see http://www.theosophy-ult.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Book-Price-List-October-2016-United-Lodge-of-Theosophists.pdf)  in the UK and http://www.theosophycompany.org for the USA and elsewhere.

You may be able to find books most inexpensively by contacting your nearest ULT Lodge direct. The page Theosophy around the World provides these contact details.

In response to requests for recommended books for the newcomer to Theosophy, we would recommend the following few books to begin with, possibly to be read in this order:

1. The Ocean of Theosophy by William Quan Judge
2. Answers to Questions on The Ocean of Theosophy by Robert Crosbie
3. The Key to Theosophy by H.P. Blavatsky
4. Studies in “The Secret Doctrine” by B.P. Wadia
5. HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky by Sylvia Cranston

The following is a complete price listing of all the books currently available from the ULT in London, England. Many pamphlets and leaflets, not listed here, are also available. For ordering information please click here and contact the ULT direct.

BOOKS BY H.P. BLAVATSKY

Isis Unveiled
(A Master Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology)Blavatsky Books
Hardback facsimile of the original 1877 edition, two volumes (“Science” and “Theology”) bound in one. – £21.00

The Secret Doctrine
(The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy)
Hardback facsimile of the original 1888 edition, two volumes (“Cosmogenesis” and “Anthropogenesis”) bound in one. – £26.50

The Key to Theosophy
(A Clear Exposition, in Question and Answer, of the Ethics, Science, and Philosophy of Theosophy)
Hardback facsimile of the original 1889 edition – £7.50
Paperback Indian edition – £3.75

The Voice of the Silence
(From the Book of the Golden Precepts, for the daily use of Lanoos (Disciples), translated and annotated by “H.P.B.”)
Hardback American edition, including the Stanzas of Dzyan – £8.50
Paperback Indian edition – £1.25

Theosophical Glossary
(A-Z definitions, explanations, and illuminating clarifications of all the major words and terms used in the teachings of Theosophy, along with hundreds of other philosophical and esoteric terms from the Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, etc.)
Hardback facsimile of the original 1892 edition – £18.00
Paperback Indian edition – £3.00

Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge
(HPB’s answers to questions on the Cosmogenesis teachings of “The Secret Doctrine,” including a section on the true nature and metaphysics of Dreams)
Hardback – £7.50

Five Messages from H.P. Blavatsky to the American Theosophists
(Advice, guidance, warnings, and prophetic insight on the mission, work, and responsibility of Theosophists and the Theosophical Movement)
Paperback – £1.00

Raja Yoga, or Occultism
(Selection of 18 articles by HPB: Chelas and Lay Chelas, “The Theosophical Mahatmas”, Practical Occultism, Occultism versus the Occult Arts, Lodges of Magic, What of Phenomena?, Psychic and Noetic Action, Thoughts on the Elementals, Elementals, Chinese Spirits, Ancient Magic in Modern Science, Animated Statues, The Science of Magic, The Search After Occultism, Dialogues on Astral Bodies or Doppelgangers, Dialogue on the Constitution of the Inner Man and Its Division, Hypnotism, Indian Days: A Dialogue of Life and Death)
Paperback Indian edition – £2.25

Index volume to The Secret Doctrine
Hardback – £6.75

Theosophical Articles by H.P. Blavatsky
(Compilation in 3 volumes of 165 of HPB’s most important articles)
Three hardback volumes – £48.00

H.P. Blavatsky Daily Quotation Book
Paperback – £1.00

A Modern Panarion
(Assorted articles and writings, particularly from the earliest days of the Theosophical Movement and even before)
Hardback facsimile of the original 1895 edition – £18.00

Theosophy: Some Rare Perspectives
(Compilation of 12 little known but important articles, not included in the 3 volume set)
Paperback – £7.00

The “Secret Doctrine” Dialogues
(“H.P. Blavatsky talks with Students,” the complete unedited transcripts of HPB’s own answers to students in Blavatsky Lodge meetings about the teachings of “The Secret Doctrine”)
Hardback (published 2014) – £29.00

BOOKS BY WILLIAM Q. JUDGE

The Ocean of Theosophy
(A clear and comprehensive overview of Theosophy and its fundamental teachingsBooks by William Quan Judge in 17 concise chapters: 1. Theosophy and The Masters 2. General Principles 3. The Earth Chain 4. Septenary Constitution of Man 5. Body and Astral Body 6. Kama – Desire 7. Manas 8. Of Reincarnation 9. Reincarnation Continued 10. Arguments supporting Reincarnation 11. Karma 12. Kama Loka 13. Devachan 14. Cycles 15. Differentiation of Species – Missing Links 16. Psychic Laws, Forces, and Phenomena 17. Psychic Phenomena and Spiritualism)
Hardback American edition – £8.00
Paperback Indian edition – £2.25

Letters That Have Helped Me
(Inspirational letters of instruction, guidance, and comfort, sent by Mr Judge to Theosophists around the world. American edition includes 10 of his spiritual stories or “occult tales.”)
Hardback American edition, containing Books I, II, & III – £7.50
Paperback Indian edition, containing Books I,II, & III – £3.25

The Bhagavad Gita (translation)
Hardback American edition – £9.00
Hardback Indian edition – £2.25

Notes on the Bhagavad Gita (with Robert Crosbie)
Hardback American edition – £5.50
Indian edition – £2.75

The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali (interpretation with commentary)
Hardback American edition – £5.50
Paperback Indian edition – £2.00

An Epitome of Theosophy
Paperback – £1.00

Echoes from The Orient
Paperback Indian edition – £2.75

Forum Answers
(Answers to many questions on all aspects of Theosophical teachings)
Hardback – £8.50

Theosophical Articles by William Q. Judge
(Compilation in 2 volumes of 270 of WQJ’s most important articles)
Two hardback volumes – £30.00

William Q. Judge Daily Quotation Book
Paperback – £1.50

Two Replies by William Q. Judge (on “The Judge Case”)
Paperback – £4.50

Vernal Blooms
(Selection of articles) Paperback Indian edition – £2.50

The Heart Doctrine
(Selection of articles) Paperback Indian edition – £2.25

The Scope of Reincarnation
(Extracts from “The Ocean of Theosophy”) Paperback – £6.00

BOOKS BY ROBERT CROSBIE

The Friendly PhilosopherBooks by Robert Crosbie
(Letters and Talks on Theosophy and the Theosophical Life)
Hardback – £13.75

Answers to Questions on “The Ocean of Theosophy”
Paperback – £6.50

Notes on the Bhagavad Gita (with William Q. Judge – see above)
Hardback American edition – £5.50
Indian edition – £2.75

Universal Theosophy
(Compilation of 30 articles, also included in “The Friendly Philosopher”: The Foundation of Religion, Our God and Other Gods, The Kingly Mystery, The Recognition of Law, The Origin of Evil, What Reincarnates?, Real Memory, The Cause of Sorrow, What Survives after Death?, Can the Dead Communicate?, Sleep and Dreams, Instinct and Intuition, The Creative Will, Man Visible and Invisible, Renunciation of Action, The Law of Correspondences, Culture of Concentration, Mental Healing and Hypnosis, The Occult Side of Nature, A League of Humanity, New Year’s Resolutions, Occult Knowledge, The Power of Suggestion, True Clairvoyance, True Morality, The Storehouse of Thought, The Language of the Soul, Theosophy in Daily Life, Three Kinds of Faith, Planetary Influences)
Paperback – £2.25

Robert Crosbie Daily Quotation Book
Paperback – £1.50

BOOKS BY B.P. WADIA

Studies in “The Secret Doctrine”B.P. Wadia Books
Paperback – £4.50

Some Observations on the Study of “The Secret Doctrine”
Paperback – 50p

Studies in “The Voice of the Silence”
Paperback – 50p

Living the Life
Paperback – £2.25

The Building of the Home
Paperback – £2.00

The Zoroastrian Philosophy and Way of Life
Paperback – 50p

Thus Have I Heard
(Compilation of over 100 short articles from “The Aryan Path” magazine, under the topics of Shri Krishna’s Message, Lord Buddha’s Teachings, Thus Spake Zarathushtra, Nativity of Jesus and his Doctrines, Ancient Philosophy, Karma and Reincarnation, Divine Discipline, Oriental Psychology, Universal Ethics, Some Noble Lives, The Gandhian Way, and Social Reforms)
Hardback – £6.00

OTHER BOOKS

HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky by Sylvia Cranston
(This is the definitive, most complete, and most highly respected biography of HPB ever written.)
Paperback – £26.50
Hardback – £30.00

The Theosophical Movement 1875-1950
(A “biography” of the Theosophical Movement, published in 1951, providing an accurate and unbiased overview of the major events and developments from the earliest days of the Theosophical Society through to the time the book was written.)
Hardback – £12.00

Reincarnation: A New Horizon in Science, Religion, and Society by Sylvia Cranston
Hardback – £19.50

Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (An Anthology of World Thought) by Sylvia Cranston
Hardback – £18.00

Light on the Path
(Transcribed by Mabel Collins from the Master Hilarion)
Paperback – £2.00

The Dhammapada
(The most well known Buddhist scripture, containing the foundational teachings and precepts of Gautama Buddha)
Paperback American edition – £6.00
Paperback Indian edition – £2.00

The Light of Asia by Sir Edwin Arnold
(A poetic account of the life and teachings of Buddha)
Hardback American edition – £10.75
Paperback Indian edition – £1.50

Selections from the Upanishads and Tao Te King
Hardback American edition – £6.00
Paperback Indian edition – £2.00

Through the Gates of Gold by Mabel Collins
Paperback – £2.50

The Dream of Ravan
(First published anonymously in Ireland in the early 1850s, this unique exposition of the esoteric side of the Ramayana and Hindu philosophy in general is thought by some Theosophists to have been written by the Master K.H.)
Paperback – £2.00

Five Years of Theosophy
(A collection of articles from the first five years of “The Theosophist” magazine in India, writers including H.P. Blavatsky, T. Subba Row, Damodar K. Mavalankar, and Mohini M. Chatterjee)
Hardback facsimile of the original 1885 edition – £16.50

Theosophical Articles and Notes
(A collection of articles, writings, and comments, from various sources including H.P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge, and Letters from the Mahatmas)
Hardback – £17.00

The Tell-Tale Picture Gallery
(Compilation of occult stories by H.P. Blavatsky and W.Q. Judge)
Paperback – £4.00

The Brotherhood of Religions by Sophia Wadia
Paperback – £2.50

THEOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN

The Eternal Verities – For Old Souls in Young Bodies
Paperback – £9.75

“Because” – For the Children who ask Why
Paperback – £1.00

Teacher’s Manual and Guide to the Eternal Verities
Hardback – £7.50

OTHER RECOMMENDED BOOKS, AVAILABLE FROM OTHER SOURCES

The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky to A.P. Sinnett – transcribed and compiled by A. Trevor Barker

From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan – H.P. Blavatsky (HPB’s fascinating and entertaining Indian travelogue)

Index volume to “The Secret Doctrine” – 1997 publication by Theosophical University Press

H.P. Blavatsky: Tibet and Tulku – Geoffrey Barborka

Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky and “The Secret Doctrine” – Countess Wachtmeister

Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement – compiled by Sven Eek

The Judge Case – Ernest Pelletier

The Theosophical Movement 1875-1925 (a lengthier and earlier version of the 1950 edition listed above)

Notes on the Bhagavad Gita – T. Subba Row

T. Subba Row Collected Writings (2 Volumes – compiled and annotated by Henk J. Spierenburg)

The Doctrine of the Bhagavad Gita – Bhavani Shankar

The Upanishads (Eknath Easwaran’s translation highly recommended)

The Way of the Bodhisattva (a translation of The Bodhicharyavatara of Shantideva, published by Shambhala)

4 DVDs produced by The Blavatsky Trust, UK: The Life of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (drama-documentary film), What Happens When We Die, Theosophy for Everyone, Religion for Our Time

Madame Blavatsky reading in London

SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

Many books can also be read online at the ULT Phoenix site at http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/.

The latest issue and many previous issues of the monthly magazine “The Theosophical Movement” can be read online at http://www.ultindia.org/previous_issues.html. Many articles from old issues of “Theosophy” Magazine can be read online at http://www.wisdomworld.org/setting.html.

We strongly advise against buying abridged, abbreviated, or edited versions of books by H.P. Blavatsky. If HPB had intended for her books to be shorter then she would have made them shorter…but she didn’t. The reader of abridged and altered books has no way of knowing exactly what details and content they’re missing out on. It has often been found that the people who presumptuously assume the role of “editor” of HPB’s works tend to edit out anything with which they do not personally agree or which they don’t personally like very much, thus leading to a distorted and incomplete end result. There is nothing which is actually inconsequential or outdated in the writings of HPB, as those who have studied them in the form that she originally wrote them will unhesitatingly affirm. All of it is still very relevant today and some of it even more so than when originally written.

In 99% of cases we do not support or endorse the work of the Theosophical Publishing House (TPH), which is the publishing branch of the Adyar Theosophical Society. That Society has a long history of publishing deliberately distorted and altered texts (please see the article The “Third Volume” of The Secret Doctrine for a case in point) and today only publishes a very incomplete selection of HPB’s books – most of which have been highly edited and abridged – and also at least one book which they claim to have been written by HPB but which was largely written by someone else and which presents a distinctly different view of Theosophy than HPB’s genuine writings.

When it comes to purchasing a copy of “The Secret Doctrine,” the only entirely unaltered and verbatim editions of the original text published today are those published by Theosophy Company and Theosophical University Press. These are available at more or less the same price as one another, the only real difference between the two being that the Theosophy Company edition contains both volumes bound together in one big book while the Theosophical University Press edition publishes them as two separate books but which are sold together.

William Judge, H.P. Blavatsky, Robert Crosbie

~ Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK ~

Comments

  1. I own a first American Edition of The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky book 1888. Can u tell me what the value or how much would it be worth today.

    • Hello Rickey, it would be hard to say how much it might be worth.

      It’s quite a rare artefact but because “The Secret Doctrine” itself is not a rare book but is still constantly in print and in demand today, there aren’t likely to be many people wanting to purchase a first edition from 1888.

      A mere estimate is that it could possibly be worth a few hundred dollars (presuming you’re in the USA?) but not more than this and it would probably be difficult to find someone willing to pay that for it.

      The first editions of “The Secret Doctrine” or any other book by H.P. Blavatsky are only particularly valuable if signed by the author. Such signed copies are extremely rare (the only ones I know of are on Theosophical premises) and would probably be worth a few thousand dollars, perhaps even more.

  2. Any thoughts on the 14 volume set of “Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky” that was compiled by Boris de Zirkoff?

    • Unfortunately, the “Collected Writings” volumes contain numerous alterations from the original texts. The chief compiler and editor was the late Boris de Zirkoff, as you mention, who was a great-nephew of HPB but who seemingly thought that he knew better than her in regard to numerous matters of fact and detail.

      Since they were published, de Zirkoff has been shown to have been too hasty in some of his “corrections” and annotations to the writings of his relative. Where he has “corrected” her, altered sentences, and added footnotes stating that she was “wrong” or “mistaken” or “in error” it has been found by some – such as the late Dutch Theosophist Henk Spierenburg – that it was de Zirkoff himself who was mistaken and that HPB had been right all the time.

      De Zirkoff also published a new edition of “The Secret Doctrine” as part of the “Collected Writings” but this has been disfigured from the original almost as badly – or perhaps even worse – than the infamous 1893 “Third and Revised Edition” of “The Secret Doctrine” published by Annie Besant and G.R.S. Mead.

      So we personally never recommend the purchase of the “Collected Writings,” preferring instead the three volumes of “H.P. Blavatsky Theosophical Articles” mentioned in the book list above. These contain 165 of HPB’s most important articles and are published by Theosophy Company and available from the United Lodge of Theosophists.

      One other comment is that there’s also a sort of elitism – or so it might seem – indulged in by some owners of the “Collected Writings” volumes, most probably unconsciously, in that when quoting from HPB articles they only give the source and reference from the “Collected Writings,” such as “CW XI:242” rather than giving the title of the article itself. This makes it difficult and inconvenient for anyone who wants to look up the particular quote or article for themselves to locate it or know what it is, unless they too happen to be owners of this expensive set of books. The unspoken implication seems to be that all Theosophists “ought” to have the “Collected Writings” series.

      Hopefully this helps in some way!

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