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Introductory Theosophy Course Study Texts

Each session of the course has handouts for the students which cover the areas studied and discussed through that particular session. Some of the material also has recommended books for further study which we recommend reading for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the subject material.

Below is a list of reference books for reading to give you a better understanding of the Wisdom Tradition. Some of these are available on-line for free. The ones in Bold are recommended.

Abdill, Edward. Foundations of the Ageless Wisdom. DVD. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1995. 127 min.

The Secret Gateway: Modern Theosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 2005.

The Still Point between Good and Evil. DVD. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 2001. 30 min.

Algeo, John. HPB's Diagram of Meditation. DVD. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1992. 45 min.

Living Theosophy. Adyar Pamphlets New Series No. 1. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1999.

Reincarnation Explored. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1987. 

Reincarnation the Untrue Fact. DVD. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishin?House, 1988. 39 min.

The Seven Rays: Keys to World Peace and Personal Wholeness. DVD. Wheaton, IL:?Theosophical Publishing House, 2006. 64 min.

"Witness the Dawn: New Continents and Old Bottles." Theosophist 124 (January?2003): 139??48.

and Shirley Nicholson. The Power of Thought: A Twenty-First Century Adaptation of Annie Besant's ?"Thought Power." Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 2001.

Barborka, Geoffrey. The Divine Plan. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972.

The Story of Human Evolution. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980.

Barrow, John D. Theories of Everything: The Quest for Ultimate Explanation. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1991.

Bendit, Lawrence J., and Phoebe D. Bendit. The Etheric Body of Man: The Bridge of Consciousness. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1989.

The Mirror of Life and Death. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1968.

Besant, Annie. Death And After. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1977.

From the Outer Court to the Inner Sanctum. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1983.

Karma. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1895. 104

The Spiritual Life. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1991.

and C. W. Leadbeater. Thought-Forms. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing?House, 1969.

Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna. An Abridgement of The Secret Doctrine. Ed. Elizabeth Preston and Christmas Humphreys. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1967, c. 1966.

The Key to Theosophy: An Abridgement. Ed. Joy Mills. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972.

Brooks, Richard. I'm Dead! Now What? DVD. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1996. 80 min.

Brunton, Paul. The Wisdom of the Overself. New York: Dutton, 1943.

Burnier, Radha. Human Regeneration. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 1990.

No Other Path to Go. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1985.

The Way of Self-Knowledge. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1979.

Caldwell, Daniel H., comp. The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 2000.

Cianciosi, John. The Meditative Path: A Gentle Guide to Awareness, Concentration, and Serenity. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 2001.

Cranston, Sylvia, and Carey Williams. HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement. 3rd rev. ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Path Publishing House [1999], c. 1993.

Ellwood, Robert. Finding Deep Joy. 2nd ed. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 2001.

Finding the Quiet Mind. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1983.

The Pilgrim Self: Traveling the Path from Life to Life. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical?Publishing House, 1996.

Theosophy: A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages. Wheaton, IL:?Theosophical Publishing House, 1986.

Fox, Michael W. The Boundless Circle: Caring for Creatures and Creation. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1996. 105

Gardner, Adelaide. Meditation: A Practical Study. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1968.

Grosz, Anton. Letters to a Dying Friend. DVD. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Society in America, 1991. 29 min.

Hanson, Virginia, Rosemary Stewart, and Shirley Nicholson. Karma: Rhythmic Return to Harmony. 3rd ed. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1990.

Hao Chin, Jr. Vicente. The Process of Self-Transformation. Theosophical Publishing House, Quezon City, Philippines , 2011.

Hodson, Geoffrey. Reincarnation: Fact or Fallacy? Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1967.

The Seven Human Temperaments. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1987.

Jinarajadasa, C. How We Remember our Past Lives. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973.

Kunz, Dora van Gelder. The Personal Aura. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1991.

Layton, Eunice, and Felix Layton. Life, Your Great Adventure: A Theosophical View. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1988.

Leadbeater, Charles Webster. The Life after Death. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1912.

Man, Visible and Invisible. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1969. McDavid, William Doss. An Introduction to Esoteric Principles: A Study Guide. 2nd ed.?Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1990.

MacGregor, Geddes. Reincarnation in Christianity: A New Vision of the Role of Rebirth in?Christian Thought. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1978.

Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett from the Mahatmas M. and K.H. Transcribed by A. T.?Barker. Ed. Vicente Hao Chin, Jr. Manila: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993.

Mehta, Rohit. The Journey with Death. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1987.

Mills, Joy. 100 Years of Theosophy: A History of the Theosophical Society in America. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1987.?106

Nicholson, Shirley J. Ancient Wisdom??Modern Insight. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1985.

A Program for Living the Spiritual Life: A Study Course. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1989.

The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 2003.

Nicholson, Shirley J., and Brenda Rosen, eds. Gaia's Hidden Life. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1992.

Pearson, E. Norman. Space, Time and Self. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1957; 2nd ed. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1990.

Perkins, James S. Through Death to Rebirth. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1961.

Powell, Arthur E. The Solar System. London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1930.

Ransom, Josephine. A Short History of the Theosophical Society. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1938.

Ravindra, Ravi. Science and the Sacred: Eternal Wisdom in a Changing World. Rev. ed. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 2002.

Scott-Elliot, William. Legends of Atlantis and Lost Lemuria. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1990.

Sheldrake, Rupert. The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature. London: Collins, 1988.

Shroder, Tom. Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Smith, E. Lester. Our Last Adventure: A Commonsense Guide to Death and After. London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1985.

Stevenson, Ian. Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. 2nd ed. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1974.

Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997. 107

Taimni, I. K. Man, God and the Universe. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1974, c. 1969.

Self Culture. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1970.
Wolf, Fred Alan. The Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind Can Defeat Time. Wheaton, IL:?Theosophical Publishing House, 2004.

Wood, Ernest. Concentration: An Approach to Meditation. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1949.

The Seven Rays. Adyar, Chennai: Theosophical Publishing House, 1989.