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Links to book reviews of theosophical books and a selection of the most famous and inspirational books in the theosophical movement. Books by Annie Besant, W.Q. Judge, C.W. Leadbeater, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Rudolf Steiner, H.P. Blavatsky and more.

The Best H.P. Blavatsky Books
Blavatsky's public life was spent doing two things: writing and organizing the Theosophical Society. This lens introduces her books: The Secret Doctrine...

The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky: review
This is the version of The Voice of the Silence that I keep reading - and which I give to anyone who is interested. It doesn't only have Blavatsky's original...

The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy
It unites science and religion in a unique synthesis. Changed my life and my world view completely. Contains many of the themes of the modern New Age ...

Introduction to the Secret Doctrine by Blavatsky
The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky is at once notoriously difficult to read, and a century old best seller. On this page I will refer you to other pages...

Man The Measure Of All Things
Deep, engaging and insightful interpretation of Blavatsky's 'The Secret Doctrine'. 'Man the measure of all things' is one of those books I've heard about...

Light on the Path - Mabel Collins

Meditative classic. Together with The Voice of the Silence and At The Feet of The Master this book is read, studied and meditated upon by theosophists world wide. Some people feel this book is the most fit for modern eyes because it is phrased as advice, not as a path one has to follow.

The essay on karma that's included is also a classic.

At The Feet of The Master - Alcyone - said to be written by J. Krishnamurti

The third classic book for your bedside table (like The Voice of the Silence and Light on the Path). This one was written for or by a young boy stepping on the spiritual path. The result is a book written in simple words with clear advice.

The authorship is controversial. The teachings certainly don't fit those of the adult Jiddu Krishnamurti in either style or content. But ever since it's publication this book has been very popular with theosophists - because it is simple, yet practical and deep.

The Key to Theosophy - H.P. Blavatsky

A reviewer on Amazon put it very well:

"This book is an excellent introduction to the views of Theosophy, which in many respects is not a religion or a philosophy; it is a helpful guide to distinguish and compare theosophy both to the world religions as they are practised and the "secret wisdom" that is also found in all world religions. As another reviewer remarked, the Glossary is a very helpful set of definitions for learning further about the theosophical perspective."

Karmic Visions - H. P. Blavatsky and W. Q. Judge on karma

One of the themes that the Theosophical Society helped popularize was the doctrine of Karma.

In this book W.Q. Judge and his teacher H.P. Blavatsky share their visions of how karma works out across lives. These stories are meant to inspire and instruct, but they are also thrilling reading.

Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing - Stephen A Hoeller

From a reviewer on Amazon:

"This is a great modern introduction to Gnosticism. It covers Gnostic creation myth, rituals, teachers, Sophia (divine feminine wisdom), the Gnostic Jesus, Mandaens Manichaens Cathars, modern Gnostics and more. This is a basic overview for beginners, not for the advanced. If you know nothing of gnosticism, and are looking for a general overview, this is it. It is written very simply and clear. It also lists a good list of books for further study. Also includes a short dictionary of Gnostic terms. Details teachings and myths. There is no better introduction than this."

Theosophy: A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages - Robert Ellwood

A much more recent introduction into theosophy by one of the current theosophical teachers: Robert Ellwood.

Helena Blavatsky, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke - Western Esoteric Masters Series

An excellent introduction into the life and work of H.P. Blavatsky by prof. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke.

Yoga Sutras by Patanjali - Science of Yoga - Taimni
A very scholarly translation and commentary on THE yoga classic: the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. Taimni not only explains each sutra, but also puts them in the...

The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Ravi Ravindra
The yoga sutras are two thousand year old spiritual classic. In India every spiritual teacher of any note has written a commentary on it. Ravi Ravindra is...

The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Manly P. Hall

Manly P. Hall was one of those who popularized theosophy in the 20th century. His work is still read inside and outside the TS - the many versions of this book available on Amazon are testimony to this.

Esoteric Christianity - Annie Besant

A still relevant interpretation of Christianity from an esoteric perspective. Much of what was written on the subject later was inspired by this work by Annie Besant. So why not go straight to the source?

The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism - Ravi Ravindra

The title speaks for itself - an excellent exploration of the Gospel of John from the perspective of universal mysticism. Ravi Ravindra too was a disciple of Jiddu Krishnamurti.

The Heart of the Qur'an - An Introduction to Islamic Spirituality

Translation of selected Quranic passages that illustrate the spirituality of Islam.

The Masters and The Path - C.W. Leadbeater

Another theosophical classic which has inspired millions: directly or indirectly.

The Chakras - C.W. Leadbeater - Including an Updated List of Chakra Balancing Colors, Gemstones, Fragrances and Foods

The classic book by C.W. Leadbeater - updated with information by Dr. Jane Maati Smith on colors, gems, fragrances and foods to help you balance your chakras.

Thought-Forms - Annie Wood Besant, C. W. Leadbeater

Another esoteric classic: on the power of thought on others and ourselves. Based on clairvoyant observations by C.W. Leadbeater.

The Power of Thought - A Twenty-First Century Adaptation of Annie Besant's Classic Work Thought Power

John Algeo brings Besant's classic work to you in current day language and relates it to our world of today.

Freedom from the Known, Jiddu Krishnamurti - J. Krishnamurti classic

Jiddu Krishnamurti is perhaps the most controversial teacher in theosophical history - but the controversial ones are usually the best (look at Blavatsky).

I could have picked any book out of 50 or so to represent his work here. Freedom from the Known does express the main theme of Krishnamurti's teachings: that our conditionings impact our lives way more than we can be conscious of. And that this should stop.

The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti - J. Krishnamurti

If Krishnamurti the teacher doesn't appeal to you - Krishnamurti the poetic mystic might.

In this book he shares his personal impressions of life. His style here is less confrontational and more meditative than in his published lectures (on which most books by him are based).

Human Regeneration

Radha Burnier in conversation with her audience about the central spiritual work of each person: to regenerate themselves.

Her fascination and life long study of Jiddu Krishnamurti shines through very deeply in this book.

Radha Burnier is the current president of the Theosophical Society (headquarters in Adyar, India)

The Theosophical Enlightenment - Joscelyn Godwin

This is a scholarly exploration of theosophy in the 19th century. It's a classic among scholars and university professors interested in New Age and the esoteric traditions that preceded it. I've read it - I will refer back to it often - and it's an amazing work of scholarship and historical research.

The Feminine Face of Buddhism

Features historical and current women in three traditions within Buddhism: Theravaden, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism.

Creative Evolution by Amit Goswami PhD
Inspiring integration of the latest in physics with a spiritual perspective. Convincing in the point that since consciousness is part of the universe now...

When the Soul Awakens: The Path to Spiritual Evolution and a New World Era
I did not think it was possible: a summary of the esoteric world view for today. I mean really - the authors of this book have done it. They've summed up all...

Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom: A Commentary on The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett
The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett is one of the books that is central to theosophical literature. I read, and reread it a lot, in the early years of my...

Influential theosophical authors

Though some of these did not want to be associated with the word 'theosophy' their work is imbibed with theosophical ideas and ideals.

Best Paul Brunton books and biography
Paul Brunton was an influential spiritual teacher in the first half of the 20th century. He was instrumental in making the Maharshi known in the West. His ...

Annie Besant, teacher, lecturer, secularist and theosophist...
Minister's wife, student of medicine, raised a prophet, reformer, secularist and more. Annie Besant (1847-1933) was many things in her lifetime - and living ...

Jiddu Krishnamurti, world teacher
Jiddu Krishnamurti was famous in his lifetime for first being raised as a 'world teacher' and then renouncing the organisation founded in his honor....

Rudolf Steiner the founder of Anthroposophy
Introducing the founder of Waldorf education, alternative farming methods (bio-dynamic farming), alternative health practices and dietary advice - Rudolf ...

W.Q. Judge - theosophy Books
William Quan Judge is a well respected early theosophical author who, unlike others, did not make a name for himself outside the movement. He worked himself ...

Alex Grey
Alex Grey (born November 29, 1953) is an American artist specializing in spiritual and visionary art. There is a clear connection with the world of ...

Henk Spierenburg Theosophy Books
My mentor, renowned theosophical scholar Henk Spierenburg, deserves a page at squidoo. He was best known for his compilations of Blavatsky's work ...

Elizabeth Clare Prophet Books
Spiritual teachers are often controversial. Elizabeth Clare Prophet is accused of the usual: not being very scientific, not being clear about her sources...

Geoffrey Hodson books on clairvoyance
Geoffrey Hodson (12 March 1886 in Lincolnshire, England - 23 January 1983 in Auckland, New Zealand) was a occultist, Theosophist, mystic, philosopher and ...

Unfinished Autobiography by Alice A. Bailey
I'm not really into Alice Bailey's work, nor into that of 'The Tibetan', but this autobiography is great. Funny, full of self knowledge and simply ...

Best Books about karma and reincarnation

Learn about karma and reincarnation from the perspective of Buddhism, Theosophy and Hinduism. But also based on the science of past life memories of children...

Theosophy Books - theosophical inspiration

Links to book reviews of theosophical books and a selection of the most famous and inspirational books in the theosophical movement. Books by Annie Besant

Yoga Sutras by Patanjali - Science of Yoga - Taimni

A very scholarly translation and commentary on THE yoga classic: the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. Taimni not only explains each sutra, but also puts them in th...

Best Books by Alexandra David-Neel

Best known for her visit to Tibet, when it was closed to foreigners, Alexandra David-Neels books are travel journals mixed with spiritual insight. She helped...

Best Books about Alchemy

Experts on the subject of Western Esotericism got together to make a list of must read books on the subject, from a scientific point of view for the library...

Blavatsky Collected Writings and Books

The best series of occult and spiritual literature ever. This lens contains links to all Blavatsky's books and articles. Read The Secret Doctrine, Isis Unve...

Geoffrey Hodson books on clairvoyance

Geoffrey Hodson (12 March 1886 in Lincolnshire, England - 23 January 1983 in Auckland, New Zealand) was a occultist, Theosophist, mystic, philosopher and es...

Elizabeth Clare Prophet Books

Spiritual teachers are often controversial. Elizabeth Clare Prophet is accused of the usual: not being very scientific, not being clear about her sources (w...

Best Paul Brunton books and biography

Paul Brunton was an influential spiritual teacher in the first half of the 20th century. He was instrumental in making the Maharshi known in the West. His b...

Creative Evolution by Amit Goswami PhD

Inspiring integration of the latest in physics with a spiritual perspective. Convincing in the point that since consciousness is part of the universe now (in...

The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky: review

This is the version of The Voice of the Silence that I keep reading - and which I give to anyone who is interested. It doesn't only have Blavatsky's original...

The Best H.P. Blavatsky Books

Blavatsky's public life was spent doing two things: writing and organizing the Theosophical Society. This lens introduces her books: The Secret Doctrine, Is...

Man The Measure Of All Things

Deep, engaging and insightful interpretation of Blavatsky's 'The Secret Doctrine'.

'Man the measure of all things' is one of those books I've heard about f...

The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Ravi Ravindra

The yoga sutras are two thousand year old spiritual classic. In India every spiritual teacher of any note has written a commentary on it. Ravi Ravindra is the...

The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy

It unites science and religion in a unique synthesis. Changed my life and my world view completely. Contains many of the themes of the modern New Age moveme...

The Occult Roots Of Nazism

THE book about one of the most controversial topics in occult history: the relationship between Nazism and occultism. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke did ground breaking...

Henk Spierenburg Theosophy Books

My mentor, renowned theosophical scholar Henk Spierenburg, deserves a page at squidoo. He was best known for his compilations of Blavatsky's work according...

When the Soul Awakens: The Path to Spiritual Evolution and a New World Era

I did not think it was possible: a summary of the esoteric world view for today. I mean really - the authors of this book have done it. They've summed up al...

Talbot Mundy

Talbot Mundy (born William Lancaster Gribbon) (April 23, 1879 - August 5, 1940) was an English writer. He also wrote under the pseudonym Walter Galt.

Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom: A Commentary on The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett

The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett is one of the books that is central to theosophical literature. I read, and reread it a lot, in the early years of my being...

W.Q. Judge - theosophy Books

William Quan Judge is a well respected early theosophical author who, unlike others, did not make a name for himself outside the movement. He worked himself...

H.P.B. The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky

Blavatsky is a monumental figure in the history of religion - East AND West. This book tracks her life, the many controversies around her, her ideas, and he...

Introduction to the Secret Doctrine by H.P.B.

The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky is at once notoriously difficult to read, and a century old best seller. On this page I will refer you to other pages...

Unfinished Autobiography by Alice A. Bailey

I'm not really into Alice Bailey's work, nor into that of 'The Tibetan', but this autobiography is great. Funny, full of self knowledge and simply fascinating...

The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky, Volume One

This book caused a storm in theosophical circles: how dare they publish letters that many serious theosophists thought were NOT written by H.P. Blavatsky? Well...

Author of this page: Katinka Hesselink
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Author of this page: Katinka Hesselink

Author of this page: Katinka Hesselink

Katinka Hesselink has been fascinated with religion for as long as she can remember. She started studying theosophy and the world religions in earnest when she was 19. She loves reading books about any and all the spiritual traditions, and reviews them online.

She even did a stint of university studying World Religion, specializing in Buddhism and Indian religions.

She has gathered inspiring quotes and informative articles on Buddhism, Sufism, Mystic Christianity and of course theosophy on her website Katinka Hesselink Net. On her popular spiritual blog All Considering she shares her knowledge, experiences and thoughts on spiritual topics.

 Last updated on September 3, 2013

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religions7 2 years ago Hub Author

@jeffersonline: Goodness.

first of all: sorry to be responding so late.

The best Krishnamurti book is perhaps Last Talks.

I guess for you I'd recommend The Secret Doctrine (yes, dive right in and join a studygroup on the topic) as well as Creative Evolution by Amit Goswami .


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jeffersonline 2 years ago

Goedenavond Katinka and thank you so much for putting this lens together! I have just joined the Theosophical Society here in England, and to find your lenses has been a revelation. Everything happens for a reason.

I have to buy books and you know I'll buy via your lens. If you had three books that you think I should buy, what would they be? (Please include what you feel is the best Krishnamurti book).

I am so happy I've found these lenses! Squidoo as it is meant to be.


sivavetukuri 3 years ago

Excellent. Good Theosophy books in One Place.


vidamra 5 years ago

I'm glad to experience your theosophical literature lens. I invite you to experience my lens on theosophical poetry. I am Vida, an artist, I have evolved with the experience of reading some of the literature in your lense.


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teamlane 5 years ago

Another nice lens! Blessings. :o)


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Heather426 5 years ago from Amarillo, Texas Level 1 Commenter

5* as always from you....fave and lensroll too.


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lollyj lm 5 years ago from Washington KS Level 1 Commenter

You've done a lot of research to create this lens. An impressive array of books on the topic.

Thanks for this info. 5 and fave.

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