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 Blavatsky Books

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: Commentary on The Secret Doctrine

Sri Madhava Ashish and Sri Krishna Prem

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…

More theosophical book reviews

The Secret Doctrine Commentaries: the Unpublished 1889 Instructions
Some books are eagerly awaited by only a select group. This book is one of them. That doesn’t diminish their worth to their audience though: in this case theosophists who study The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky seriously. Blavatsky had
The Web of Creation: Theosophy and Art, from Lauweriks to Mondriaan
I’m reviewing a Dutch book here today: Het Web der Schepping, Theosofie en Kunst in Nederland, van Lauweriks tot Mondriaan, by Marty Bax. I won’t be repeating that exercise often, however in this case it’s really worth it. There are
The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by 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 latest of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s students to do the same. For that reason
The 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 from the point of view of esoteric history. Alice Bailey was born and raised
Point Loma Purple, The life and work of Katherine Tingley
I got this book off the author/publisher a few months ago. I let it lie sallow, as I’m not much into poetry. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t understand poetry. I had a discussion once on the
Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom, Joy Mills
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 involved with the Theosophical Society and it’s one of

Theosophists about the Yoga Sutras

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…

Creative Evolution by Amit Goswami PhD

Author of 'The Self-Aware Universe'

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

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…

The Mahatmas and their Letters

By Joy Mills

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 …

More about theosophy

Theosophy: modern articles, history and archives
Theosophy resources: archives, articles and history.
Theosophical Movement FAQ
Are all theosophists atheists? and similar: How can I find a theosophical group/organization in my own neighborhood? Why are there three theosophical organizations and which one should I go to?
Theosophical Society
On this page you will find articles on what members of the Theosophical Movement feel the Theosophical Society should be.
Jiddu Krishnamurti and Theosophy
For a long time I've shared the position of Radha Burnier and many prominent theosophists here in The Netherlands that Krishnamurti's teachings deepen theosophy and help compensate for some of the short-comings of the theosophical doctrines...
Introduction in Theosophy
This page is a guide to the Modern Theosophy-site, for those new to the Theosophical Movement. You will find introductory articles in theosophical thinking, on the Theosophical Society and links to pages on this site which are good to start with. Like the whole website, this page is organized by subject.
What is Theosophy? Pablo D. Sender
This is one of the most frequently asked questions in the theosophical milieu and, since the word theosophy remains without an official definition, it will always be a matter to ponder over.
Theosophical Society - theosophy
There is no religion higher than truth

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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…


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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


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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…


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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…


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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…


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Deep, engaging and insightful interpretation of Blavatsky’s ‘The Secret Doctrine’.
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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…


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

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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.

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  • notimetoulouse Jun 29, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
    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.
  • spirituality Jul 22, 2012 @ 10:54 am
    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 .
  • sivavetukuri May 17, 2011 @ 3:27 pm
    Excellent. Good Theosophy books in One Place.
  • vidamra May 26, 2009 @ 9:25 pm
    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.
  • SemperFidelis Apr 23, 2009 @ 10:25 am
    Another nice lens! Blessings. :o)

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