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Title The Theosophist
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name A.K. Sitarama Shastri, Adyar
Publisher Region Madras


Founded in 1879 by Madam Blavatsky, The Theosophist was a monthly English journal of ‘Brotherhood, Oriental Philosophy, Art, Literature and Occultism’, and was published by the Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras. The journal’s editors included Madame Blavatsky and Annie Beasant. The journal focused on religion, philosophy and science, and published poems, stories, essays, speeches, notices, reports, and book reviews.


The Theosophist was known for its erudite reflections on spiritual, religious and philosophical pursuits and the lives of people. Published articles included: Lily Nightingale’s ‘The Spiritual Significance of Creative Art’; James H. Cousins’ ‘The Bases of Theosophy: A Study in Fundamentals – Philosophical, Psychological and Practical’; Johan van Manen’s ‘The Wonder Tree of Kumbum’; C.W. Leadbeater’s ‘Higher Consciousness’; William H. Kirby’s ‘Photographs of Phantoms’; M.M.C. Pollard’s ‘Mystical Poets of the Seventeenth Century’ and L.J. Dickinson’s ‘The Ancient Wisdom in Some Apocryphal Scriptures’. The journal also carried a few autobiographical writings, such as Johan van Manen’s ‘My Occult Experiences’.


The section ‘Theosophy in Many Lands’ carried reports on the progress of theosophy in India and abroad – England, France, America, South America, Scotland, Bohemia, Cuba, Australasia and New Zealand.

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