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Title Theosophy in India
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name Theosophical Society
Publisher Region Benares


Theosophy in India was the Gazette of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society. The journal was published at the headquarters of the Indian Section of the Society at Benares on the 15th of every month. Theosophy in India was a monthly journal with each new volume beginning with the January number. The New Series of the journal started in 1904. The journal was devoted to ‘religious and philosophical and kindred subjects’, and to ‘Questions and Answers for the elucidation of the intricacies of religious customs and manners of the Hindus, & c.’. The journal also contained ‘notices of the Theosophical movement in India and the workings of the Indian Section’. Members of the Society paying their full annual dues were entitled to a free copy of the journal.


The journal published essays, speeches, notes, reports, correspondences, news and notices. Each issue of the journal usually began with notes of lectures delivered by Annie Besant on various occasions; for example, ‘The Law of Sacrifice’, ‘Life and Matter’, ‘The Relation of the Masters to the Theosophical Society’ and ‘The Significance of Psychic Experiments’. Published articles included ‘Thoughts on Theosophy’, ‘The Value of Theosophy at the Hour of Death’, ‘Psychism in Human Evolution’, ‘A Critical Examination of the Dasoponishats and the Svetasvatara’, ‘Theosophical and Samskrt Terms’, ‘The Conditions of Karma-Yoga’ and ‘The Necessity of the Guru for the Spiritual Life’.


The journal’s issues ended with a ‘Supplement’ containing ‘Notes and News’ and a ‘Financial Statement’. The first section carried items such as ‘Inspection Reports’, ‘Branch Reports’, ‘Books Translated’, ‘Convention Notice’ and ‘Admissions and Resignations’. The journal published an abstract monthly statement of accounts (of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society) as well as the abstract of the annual accounts.

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