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The Campbell Library Newsletter

The Campbell Theosophical Research Library

The Theosophical Society in Australia

No 18 — September 2007


Interior of Campbell Library

The Campbell Theosophical Research Library is located at the
National Headquarters of The Theosophical Society in Australia, in Sydney

An Eclectic Theosophical Library

Mirroring the spirit that has animated the Theosophical Society since its foundation in 1875, the Campbell Theosophical Research Library holds a select but eclectic collection of books and periodicals which is representative of the wide spectrum of the Theosophical Movement. Its periodicals section, now internationally known, includes The Theosophist, Lucifer and Le Lotus Bleu, all of which were founded by Helena P. Blavatsky, plus The Path, started by William Q. Judge, along with many others. It also contains a representative selection of J. Krishnamurti’s books as well as titles on modern science, religion and philosophy.

Links to Theosophical Texts Online
(www.austheos.org.au/clibrary/bindex-0.html)

Links to Theosophical Texts Online provides a collection of direct links to a large number of theosophical books and other material available online. This web page which is updated quarterly now has links to over 1,300 different online texts. When links to different versions of the same texts are included, there are over 1,870 links. The total number of links, including those in Online Theosophical Libraries: Books, Pamphlets, Articles, Glossaries and Search Facilities, is over 2,070. A recent update included links to the texts of all 212 Adyar Pamphlets (1911-36), all seven volumes of Theosophical Siftings (1888-95), and there are direct links to a number of selected texts included in those volumes. There are links to the texts of all volumes of The Path (1886-96), Theosophy (1896-97), and Universal Brotherhood (and Path) (1897-1903). There are links to the texts of the first 6 issues of Lucifer.

Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals
(www.austheos.org.au/indices/pindex.htm)

The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals is a unique and very useful research tool provided and maintained by the Library. It is usually updated in March, June, September and November. It now has 158,000 entries from over 130 periodicals. It has a unique Search and List facility.

The latest changes include: 1) a major re-organisation of Occult Review to provide separate indices for the UK edition and the foreign edition. We gratefully acknowledge the help from the Librarian, Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library, who arranged for her staff to provide photocopies of the front pages of all issues of Occult Review in their collection; 2) adding an index for the Discovery magazine started by James S Perkins and published 1946-76.

Periodicals Exchange

Responding to a request for exchange published in The Campbell Library Newsletter (March 2006), The Theosophy Company in Los Angeles kindly sent us 52 volumes (nos. 13 to 64) of the magazine Theosophy, which completed our collection, plus 23 Pamphlets of Articles by H. P. Blavatsky and 17 Pamphlets of Articles by William Q. Judge. The Theosophical Society in Australia has reimbursed The Theosophy Company for the postage costs involved and expresses its sincere gratitude for this valuable donation.

We were also happy to provide The Theosophy Company in Los Angeles with a copy of a unique document in Theosophical history: the April, 1896 issue of New England Notes — A Monthly Record of Theosophical Activities, containing tributes to William Q. Judge who passed away on 21st March of that year. Contributors include Robert Crosbie, George D. Ayers, M. L. Guild, L. F. Wade and W. H. Somersall.

Recent Additions to the Library

Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos and Science and the Akashic Field by Ervin Lazlo, Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 2006 and 2007, respectively.

The subtitle of the first book is The Rise of the Integral Vision of Reality, and of the second book An Integral Theory of Everything. In his introduction to the first book, Lazlo declares: “At the cutting edge of contemporary science a remarkable insight is surfacing: the universe, with all things in it, is a quasi-living, coherent whole. All things in it are connected.” In his two books, the author relates this contemporary scientific insight to the ancient Sanskrit concept of akasha, “an all-encompassing medium that underlies all things”.

Dionysius the Areopagite on the Divine Names and The Mystical Theology, translated by C. E. Rolt, foreword by Allan Armstrong, Ibis Press, An Imprint of Nicholas-Hays, Berwick, Maine, USA, 2004.

Dionysius the Areopagite, widely regarded as the father of Christian Mysticism, influenced well-known authors in that tradition like John Scotus Erigena, Hildegarde of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Catherine of Siena, John of the Cross, Teresa d’Avila, Marsilio Ficino, Jacob Boehme and William Blake. The two works contained in this volume are representative of the deep influence Neo-Platonism had on the Christian mystical tradition.

The Book of Formation or Sepher Yetzirah attributed to Rabbi Akiba Ben Joseph, translated by Knut Stenring, foreword by R. A. Gilbert, introduced and edited by A. E. Waite. Ibis Press, An Imprint of Nicholas-Hays, Berwick, Maine, USA, 2004.

The Sepher Yetzirah, one of the most important of the kabalistic texts, establishes the principles of cosmology according to that tradition and the Tree of Life, and how humanity mirrors the Divine. The present book is a scholarly presentation of a well-known classic.

This Newsletter is published quarterly.
Editor: Pedro Oliveira, Education Coordinator of the Theosophical Society in Australia.
The Theosophical Society in Australia is not responsible for opinions expressed herein.


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