Reading List

The following reading list attempts to achieve a balance between the older classical books and modern expositions.

The dates in brackets after the title do not necessarily represent the first edition of the book, or the latest edition. Some of these books may now be out of print. Please note: TPH stands for The Theosophical Publishing House.

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The Reading List Areas

Introduction to Theosophy Further Studies
The Secret Doctrine The Mahatma Letters
The Theosophical Society: History and Biographies Dictionaries and Glossaries
The Work of The Theosophical Society Academic Works Related to Theosophy
Reincarnation and Karma Death and Dying
Meditation Yoga Philosophy
World Religions Mythology
Philosophy Science
Psychic Research / Anomalous Mental Capacities Healing / Energy Fields
Ecology Art
Dialogue Research or Study Aids

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The Reading List

Introduction to Theosophy

Abdill, Edward The Secret Gateway (Quest 2005)

Benjamin, Harry Everyone’s Guide to Theosophy (TPH 1969)

Blavatsky, H. P. The Key to Theosophy (Various publishers and on CD ROM)

Burnier, Radha The Way of Self-Knowledge (TPH 1980)

Codd, Clara The Ageless Wisdom of Life (TPH 1957)

Codd, Clara The Mystery of Life and How Theosophy Unveils It (TPH 1952/1987)

Codd, Clara The Technique of the Spiritual Life (TPH 2002)

Ellwood, Robert Theosophy: A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (TPH 1986)

Farthing, Geoffrey A. Theosophy?What’s it All About? Ages (TPH 1967)

Hodson, Geoffrey Basic Theosophy (TPH 1981)

Jinarajadasa, C. First Principles of Theosophy (TPH 1923/1963)

Layton, Eunice and Felix Life Your Great Adventure (TPH 1988)

Mills, Joy The One True Adventure: Theosophy and the Quest for Meaning (Quest 2008)

Pavri, P. Theosophy Explained in Questions and Answers (TPH Adyar)


Further Studies

Besant, Annie An Introduction to Yoga (TPH 1920/2008)

Besant, Annie Thought Power: It’s Control and Culture (TPH 1901/1960)

Besant, Annie The Ancient Wisdom: An Outline of Theosophical Teachings (TPH 1910/1966)

Besant, Annie Revelation, Inspiration, Observation (TPH 1909/1984)

Besant, Annie A Study in Consciousness: A Contribution to the Science of Psychology (TPH 1907)

Besant, Annie Occultism, Semi-Occultism and Pseudo-Occultism (TPH 1994)

H.P. Blavatsky Collected Writings (available on CD ROM and hardcover)

Blavatsky, H.P Isis Unveiled (TPH 1877/1975)

Coon, A. M., & J. S. Perkins Theosophical Seal (TPH 1958)

Farthing, Geoffrey A. Deity, Cosmos and Man, An Outline of Esoteric Science (Point Loma Publication 1993)

Nicholson, Shirley J. Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (TPH 1995)

Nicholson, Shirley J. The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Quest 2003)

Steiner, Rudolf Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment (The Book Tree 2007)

Row, T. Subba Esoteric Writings of T. Subba Row (TPH 1931/1980)

Sri Ram, N. Man His Origins and Evolution (TPH 1952/1994)

Sri Ram, N. Life’s Deeper Aspects (TPH 1968/1981)

Sri Ram, N. The Nature Of Our Seeking (TPH 1973/1989)

Sri Ram, N. Theosophy the Divine Wisdom (TPH 1986)

Taimni, I.K. Man, God and the Universe (TPH 1969/1974)

Wood, Ernest The Seven Rays (TPH 1925/1976)


The Secret Doctrine

Algeo, John Getting Acquainted with The Secret Doctrine [study course available from TS in Australia]

Barborka, Geoffrey A. The Divine Plan: Written in the Form of a Commentary on H.P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine (TPH 1964)

Blavatsky, H.P. The Secret Doctrine (Various editions including CD ROM 1888)

Blavatsky, H.P. Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge of The Theosophical Society (1890/1994)

Bowen, Robert Madame Blavatsky on How to Study Theosophy (Theosophy Classics CD ROM)

de Purucker, Gottfried Fundamentals of the Esoteric Philosophy (Rider 1932)

de Purucker, Gottfried Studies in Occult Philosophy (Theosophical University Press 1973)

The Secret Doctrine Abridged and Annotated by Michael Gomes (Penguin/Tarcher 2009)

Hoskins, Ianthe Foundations of Esoteric Philosophy [summarising essential SD and Isis Unveiled teachings.Available from TS in Australia]

Mills, Joy Living in Wisdom, Lectures on The Secret Doctrine (1994)

Prem, Sri Krishna and Sri Madhava Ashish Man, the Measure of All Things: in the Stanzas of Dzyan (TPH 1966)

Prem, Sri Krishna and Sri Madhava Ashish Man, Son of Man: in the Stanzas of Dzyan (Rider 1970)

Reigle, David and Nancy Reigle Blavatsky’s Secret Books (Wizard’s Bookshelf 1999)

Van Mater, John P. Index to The Secret Doctrine (Theosophy Company 1939)


The Mahatma Letters

Barborka, Geoffrey A. The Mahatmas and Their Letters (TPH 1973)

The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett — Comp. & transcribed. by A Trevor Barker, [chronological sequence] arr. & ed. by Vicente Hao Chin, Jr.

Hanson, Virginia An Introduction to The Mahatma Letters [study course available from TS in Australia]

Hanson, Virginia Masters and Men: The Human Story in The Mahatma Letters (TPH 1980)

Jinarajadasa, C.(Ed.) Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom — Series 1 & 2 (TPH 1910/1948)

Jinarajadasa, C.(Ed.) The K.H. Letters to C.W. Leadbeater (TPH 1941)


The Theosophical Society: History and Biographies

Barborka, Geoffrey A. H.P.B., Tibet and Tulku (TPH Adyar)

Barborka, Geoffrey A. H.P.B. Light Bringer (Blavatsky Lecture Theosophical Society England)

Besant, Annie Annie Besant: An Autobiography (1893/1983)

Caldwell, Daniel The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky (Quest 2000)

Cranston, Sylvia HPB — The Extraordinary Life and Influence Of H.P. Blavatsky (Putnam 1993)

Eek, Sven Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement (TPH 1965)

Overton Fuller, Jean Blavatsky and Her Teachers (East West Publications1988)

Gomes, Michael The Dawning of the Theosophical Movement (TPH 1987)

Gomes, Michael Theosophy in the Nineteenth Century, An Annotated Bibliography (Garland 1994)

Gomes, Michael Colonel Olcott & the Healing Arts: The Blavatsky Lecture (TPH London 2007)

Harrison, Vernon H.P. Blavatsky and the SPR — An Examination of the Hodgson Report of 1885 (Theosophical University Press 1997)

Kingsland, William The Real H.P. Blavatsky (TPH 1985)

Lutyens, Mary Krishnamurti The Years of Awakening (John Murray 1975)

Lutyens, Mary Krishnamurti The Years of Fulfilment (John Murray 1983)

Lutyens, Mary Life and Death of Krishnamurti (Srishti Publishers 1990)

Lutyens, Mary Krishnamurti and the Rajagopals (Krishnamurti foundation of America 1996)

Monteith, Ken Yeats and Theosophy (Routledge 2008)

Murphet, Howard When Daylight Comes: Biography of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (TPH 1975)

Murphet, Howard Yankee Beacon of Buddhist Light: Life of Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (TPH 1988)

Olcott, Henry S. Old Diary Leaves (TPH 6 volumes)

Oliveira, Pedro N. Sri Ram: A Life of Beneficence and Wisdom (TPHAdyar 2009)

Prothero, Stephen The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (Indiana University Press 1996)

Ransom, Josephine A Short History of The Theosophical Society (TPH 1938)

Roe, Jill Beyond Belief: Theosophy in Australia (New South Wales University Press 1986)

Sanat, Aryel The Inner Life of Krishnamurti: Private Passion and Perennial Wisdom (Quest 1999)

Sloss, Radha Rajagopal Lives in the Shadow with J. Krishnamurti (Bloomsbury 1991/ 2000)

Leslie-Smith, L. H. 100 Years Of Modern Occultism — A Review of the Parent Theosophical Society (Theosophical History Centre 1978)

Stead, W.T. Annie Besant: A Character Sketch (TPH Adyar)

Steiner, R. Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky, And Theosophy. Lectures By Rudolf Steiner Selected and Introduced by Christopher Bamford (Anthroposophic Press 2001)

Vernon, Roland Star in the East: Krishnamurti the Invention of a Messiah (Constable 2000)

Wachtmeister, Countess Reminiscences of H. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine (TPH 1976)

Williams, C.V. Jiddu Krishnamurti World Philosopher (1895-1986) (Motilal Banarsidass 2004)


Dictionaries and Glossaries

Apte, V.S. The Student’s English-Sanskrit Dictionary (Motilal Banarsidass 1974)

Blavatsky, H. P. Theosophical Glossary (1892/1974)

de Purucker,Gottfried Occult Glossary: A Compendium of Oriental and Theosophical Terms (1933/1969)

Hall, M. P. The Secret Teachings of All Ages — An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy (Philosophical Research Society, Inc. 1977)

Harris, Philip (Gen. Ed.) Theosophical Encyclopedia (TPH Philippines 2006)

Macdonell, Arthur Practical Sanskrit Dictionary (Oxford University Press 1924/1999)

Monier-Williams, Sir M. Sanskrit-English Dictionary (Motilal Banarsidass 1899/OUP)

Tyberg, Judith Sanskrit Keys to the Wisdom Religion: An Exposition of the Philosophical and Religious Embodied in the Sanskrit Terms Used in Theosophical and Occult Literature (Point Loma Publications 1940/1976)


The Work of The Theosophical Society

Burnier, Radha Human Regeneration (TPH Adyar 2006)

Codd, Clara Theosophy as the Masters See It (TPH 1953)

Leadbeater, C.W. The Hidden Side of Lodge Meetings

Shearman, Hugh A Guide to Work in the Theosophical Society (TPH 1959/2007)

Taimni, I. K. Principles of Theosophical Work (TPH 1991)


Academic Works Related to Theosophy

Algeo, John Blavatsky, Freemasonry, & the Western Mystery Tradition (Theosophical Society in England 1996)

Faivre, A. Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition (SUNY Press 2000)

Faivre, A. Access to Western Esotericism (SUNY Press 1994)

Faivre, A. and J. Needleman Modern Esoteric Spirituality (SCM Press 1992)

Godwin, Joscelyn The Theosophical Enlightenment (SUNY Press 1994)

Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas The Western Esoteric Traditions (Oxford University Press 2003)

Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas and Clare Goodrick-Clarke (Eds.) G.R.S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest (North Atlantic Books 2005)

Hammer, Olav Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Epistemology From Theosophy to the New Age (Brill 2004)

Vickers, Brian Occult and Scientific Mentalities in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press)


Reincarnation and Karma

Algeo, John Reincarnation Explored (TPH 1987)

Aurobindo, Ghose The Problem of Rebirth (Sri Aurobindo Ashram 1952)

Berg, Philip S. Wheels of a Soul: Reincarnation and Kabbalah (The Kabbalah Centre 2005)

Besant, Annie Karma (1897)

Brunton, Paul What is Karma? (Larson Publications 1998)

Cayce, Edgar Reincarnation & Karma (A.R.E. Press 2006)

Challoner, H.K. The Wheel of Rebirth (Rider 1935/TPH 1969)

Chapple, Christopher Karma and Creativity (State University of New York Press 1986)

Danelek, J. Allan The Case for Reincarnation: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Soul (Llewellyn Publications 2010)

Doyle, Julian The Chemical Wedding: The First Science Faction Novel (Matador 2008)

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama The meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause & Effect (Wisdom Publications 2000)

Hanson, Virginia et al Karma: Rhythmic Return to Harmony (Quest 1990)

Head, Joseph & Sylvia Cranston Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery: An East-West dialogue on Death and Rebirth from the Worlds of Religion, Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Art, and Literature … (Julian Press 1977)

Hodson, Geoffrey Reincarnation, Fact or Fallacy? (TPH 1956)

Humphreys, Christmas Karma and Rebirth (TPH 1983)

Jefferson, Warren Reincarnation Beliefs of North American Indians: Soul Journeys, Metamorphoses, and Near-Death Experiences (Native Voices 2008)

Kapleau, Philip The Wheel of Life and Death: A Practical and Spiritual Guide (Rider 1990)

Karma-glin-pa (Robert Thurman translation) The Tibetan Book of the Dead, As Popularly Known in the West: Known in Tibet as The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between (Bantam Books 1994)

Krishnan, Y. The Doctrine of Karma: Its Origin and Development in Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina Traditions (Motilal Banarsidass 1997)

Kriyananda, Swami The Laws of Karma: Deeper Insight to the Esoteric Teachings of Kriya Yoga (Temple of Kriya Yoga 1995)

Lochtefeld, James G. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism Vols. One & Two (Rosen, 2002)

McClelland, Norman C. Encyclopedia of Reincarnation and Karma (McFarland 2010)

MacGregor, Geddes Reincarnation in Christianity: A New Vision of the Role of Rebirth in Christian Thought (TPH 1978)

MacGregor, Geddes The Christening of Karma: The Secret of Evolution (TPH 1984)

Nairn, Rob Living, Dreaming, Dying: Practical Wisdom from The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Shambhala 2004)

Neufeldt, Ronald W. Karma and Rebirth: Post Classical Developments (SUNY 1986)

O’Flaherty, Wendy Doniger (Ed) Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions (University of California 1980)

Osborn, Arthur W. The Superphysical: A Review of the Evidence for Continued Existence, Reincarnation and Mystical States of Consciousness (Barnes & Noble 1974)

Perkins, James Experiencing Reincarnation (TPH 1977)

Roland, Paul Reincarnation: Remarkable Stories of People Who Recall Past Lives (Capella 2008)

Steiner, Rudolf Karmic Relationships: Esoteric Studies (Rudolf Steiner Press 2009)

Steiner, Rudolf A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma: Selected Lectures and Writings (Anthroposophic Press 1997)

Steiner, Rudolf Reincarnation and Karma: Two Fundamental Truths of Human Existence (Anthroposophic Press 1992)

Stevenson, Ian Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (American Society for Psychical Research 1966)

Stevenson, Ian Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation (University Press of Virginia 1897)

Stevenson, Ian Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect (Praeger 1997)

Vaughan, Frances E. Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions ( 2005)

Yogananda Paramahansa Karma and Reincarnation (Crystal Clarity Publishers 2007)

Death and Dying

Besant, Annie Death and After (TPH)

Brunton, Paul From Birth to Rebirth — Volume 6 of The Notebooks of Paul Brunton (Larson 1984-1986)

Chopra, Deepak Life After Death: The Burden of Proof (Harmony Books 2006)

Coward, Harold (Ed.) Life After Death in World Religions (Harper Collins 1997)

de Purucker, G. What Death Really Is (Point Loma Publications1986)

Elledge, C.D. Life After Death in Early Judaism: The Evidence of Josephus (Mohr Slebeck 2006)

Hodson, Geoffrey Through the Gateway of Death: A Message to the Bereaved (TPH 1967)

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth On Death and Dying (Macmillan 1969)

Leadbeater, C.W. Life After Death and How Theosophy Unveils It (TPH 1912)

Mehta, Rohit The Journey With Death (Motilal Banarsidass 1977)

Moody, Raymond Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon — Survival of Bodily Death (Bantam 1977)

Perkins, James Through Death to Rebirth (TPH 1961/1973)

Rogo, Scott D. Life After Death: The Case for Survival of Bodily Death (Aquarian Press 1986)

Sutherland, Cherie Transformed by the Light: Life After Near-Death Experiences (Bantam 1992)

Sutherland, Cherie Children of the Light: The Near-Death Experiences of Children (Bantam 1995)


Brunton, Paul Elementary Meditation — Volume 4 of The Notebooks of Paul Brunton (Larson 1984-1986)

Brunton, Paul Advanced Contemplation: The Peace Within You — Volume 15 of The Notebooks of Paul Brunton (Larson 1984-1986)

Cianciosi, John The Meditative Path: A Gentle Way to Awareness, Concentration and Serenity (TPH 2001)

Codd, Clara Meditation: Its Practice and Results (TPH 1930)

Ellwood, Robert S. Finding the Quiet Mind (TPH 1983)

Gardner, Adelaide Meditation: A Practical Study With Exercises (TPH 1968)

Ian Gawler Peace of Mind: How You Can Learn to Meditate and Use the Power of Your Mind (Prism 1989)

Goldstein, Joseph The Experience of Insight: A Natural Unfolding (Wildwood 1981)

Hanson, Virginia (Ed.) Approaches to Meditation (TPH 1973)

Humphreys, Christmas Concentration and Meditation: A Manual of Mind Development (Element 1987)

Le Shan, Lawrence How to Meditate: A Guide to Self Discovery (Wildwood House 1976)

Mace, Chris Mindfulness and Mental Health: Therapy, Theory and Science (Routledge 2008)

Mehta, R. The Science of Meditation (TPH 1978)

Raffone, al (Eds.) The Neuroscience of Meditation and Consciousness (Springer 2010)

Rinpoche, S. Buddhist Meditation (TPH 1988)

Simpkins, Alexander Meditation for Therapists and Their Clients (W.W. Norton 2009)

Sogyal, Rinpoche Essential Advice on the Practice of Meditation (Rigpa Fellowship 1990)

Wood, Ernest Concentration, An Approach to Meditation (TPH 1967)


Yoga Philosophy

Besant, Annie An Introduction to Yoga (TPH 1908/2008)

Feuerstein, George The Essence of Yoga (Rider 1974)

Hoskins, Ianthe H. The Flower of Yoga (introductory notes for the study of the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali) (TPH 1994/2000) Available from the Theosophical Society, Sydney

Ravindra, Ravi The Wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras (Morning Light Press 2009)

Ravindra, Ravi Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna (TPH 1998)

Taimni, I. K. The Science of Yoga (TPH 1961)

Taimni, I. K. Glimpses into the Psychology of Yoga (TPH 1973/1987)

Wood, Ernest Seven Schools of Yoga (Quest 1973)

Worthington, Roger A Student’s Companion to Patañjali (TPH 1987)


World Religions

Arnold, Sir Edwin The Song Celestial or Bhagavad Gita (TPH Wheaton 1970)

Besant, Annie & Bhagavan Das The Bhagavad Gita (TPH Adyar)

Besant, Annie Esoteric Christianity: or, the Lesser Mysteries (TPH 1901/2006)

Besant, Annie Seven Great Religions (TPH 1970)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye (TPH Adyar)

Das, Bhagavan The Essential Unity of All Religions (TPH 1946)

Douglas-Klotz, Neil The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message Of the Aramaic Jesus (Quest 2001)

Douglas-Klotz, Neil The Genesis Meditations: A Shared Practice of Peace for Christians, Jews and Muslins (Quest 2003)

Feuerstein, Georg Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita its Philosophy and Cultural Setting (Rider 1974/ TPH 1983)

Govinda, Anagarika The Way of the White Clouds (Overlook Press 2006)

Hixon, Lex Heart of the Koran (TPH 1988)

Hodson, Geoffrey The Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible (4 volumes) (TPH 1963/1980)

Humphreys, Christmas Exploring Buddhism (Unwin 1974/1980)

Humphreys, Christmas A Western Approach to Zen: An Enquiry (TPH 1972)

Humphreys, Christmas Zen Buddhism (Macmillan 1970)

Knoche, Grace F. Theosophy in the Qabbalah (Theosophical University Press 2006)

Kuhn, Alvin Boyd A Rebirth for Christianity (Quest 2005)

Lao Tzu The Tao Te Ching (Various translations available)

Legge, James (Translation) The Sacred Books of China: The Texts of Taoism (Dover 1962)

Mehta , Phiroz, The Heart of Religion (Element Books 1976)

Muller, Max (Translation) Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada (Dover 2000)

Murphy, S. Upside-Down Zen a direct path into reality (Lothian 2004)

Nhat Hanh, T. The Miracle of Mindfulness: A manual on meditation (Rider 1975/1994)

Nhat Hanh, T. Cultivating the Mind of Love.The practice of looking deeply in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition (Parallax Press 1996)

Olcott, Henry S. The Buddhist Catechism (TPH 1904/2008)

Prabhavananda, Swami & Christopher Isherwood The Song of God (New American Library 1954)

Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli The Principal Upanisads (Oxford University Press 1953/1990)

Radhakrishnan, S. and C. A. Moore A Source Book In Indian Philosophy (Princeton University Press 1957)

Schuon, F. The Transcendent Unity of Religions (TPH 1984)

Spierenburg, H.J.(Ed.) The Buddhism of H.P. Blavatsky (Point Loma Publications 1991)

Spierenburg, H.J.(Ed.) The New Testament Commentaries of H.P. Blavatsky (Point Loma Publications 1987)

Spierenburg, H.J.(Ed.) The Vedanta Commentaries of H.P. Blavatsky (Point Loma Publications 1992)

Spong, John Shelby Rescuing The Bible From Fundamentalism (Harper 1991)

Spong, John Shelby Jesus for the Non-Religious: Recovering the Divine at the Heart of the Human (Harper Collins 2007)

Suzuki, D. T. Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism ( Schocken Books 1907/1973)

Suzuki, D. T. The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind (Samuel Weiser Inc.1949/1977)

Suzuki, D. T. The Awakening of Zen (Prajna Press 1980)

Thurman, Robert A.F. Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins (Oxford University Press 2005)

Venkatesananda, Swami The Concise Yoga Vâsistha (SUNY Press 1984)

Waley, Arthur The Tao and its Power: A Study of the Tao te Ching and its Place in Chinese Thought (Grove Press 1958)

Williams, Jay Judaism (TPH 1980)



Campbell, Joseph The Hero With a Thousand Faces (World 1956)

Campbell, Joseph The Masks of God Vols. 1-3 (Secker and Warburg 1959)

Campbell, Joseph Myths to Live By (Bantam 1973)

Ellwood, Robert S. The Politics of Myth: A Study of C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade and Joseph Campbell (SUNY Press 1999)

Hodson, Geoffrey The Concealed Wisdom in World Mythology (TPH 1983)

Jung, Carl G. Man and His Symbols (Aldus Books 1964)

Mills, Joy The Myths of Our Lives [study guide available from TS in Australia]

Mountford, Charles Before Time Began (Australian Aboriginal myths) (Thomas Nelson 1976)

Pearson, Carol The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By (Harper & Row 1986)

Santillana, G. and H. v. Dechend Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and its Transmission Through Myth (David R. Godine Publisher Inc.1977/1999)



Bohm, D. and M. Edwards Changing Consciousness: Exploring the Hidden Source of the Social, Political, and Environmental Crises Facing Our World (Harper San Francisco 1991)

Broomfield, J. Other Ways of Knowing: Recharting our Future with Ageless Wisdom (Inner Traditions 1997).

Brunton, Paul What Is Philosophy? Volume 13 of The Notebooks of Paul Brunton (Larson 1984-1986)

Deussen, Paul The Elements of Metaphysics (Macmillan and Co.1894)

Deussen, Paul The Philosophy of the Upanishads (Motilal Banarsidass 1919/2000)

Griffin, D. R. (Ed.) Spirituality and Society (SUNY Press 1988)

Guenon, R. The Crisis Of The Modern World (Luzac and Company Ltd.1975)

Heard, Gerald (Ed.) Vedanta For The Western World (Unwin Books 1948/1975)

Huxley, Aldous The Perennial Philosophy (Harper 1945)

James, William The Principles of Psychology (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. 1891/1952)

Kingsley, Peter Reality (The Golden Sufi Center 2003)

Krishnamurti, Jiddu The Awakening Of Intelligence (Victor Gollancz 1986)

Krishnamurti, Jiddu Freedom from the Known (1969/2004)

Krishnamurti, Jiddu and David Bohm The Ending of Time (Harper & Row 1985)

Lovejoy, Arthur O. The Reason the Understanding and Time (Johns Hopkins Press 1961)

Maharaj, S. Nisagadatta I Am That — Part One (1973/1981)

Ramana Maharshi Day By Day With Bhagavan (1968/77)

Ramana Maharshi Who Am I? (Sri Ramanasramam Tiruvanamalai)

Mehta, Phiroz Holistic Consciousness (Element Books 1989)

Plato The Republic (Penguin 1955/1987)

Plato Phaedrus and Letters Seven and Eight (Penguin 1973)

Plotinus Select Works Of Plotinus — Thomas Taylor’s Translation (G. Bell and Sons, Ltd.1895/1929)

Quinn Jr., William W. The Only Tradition (SUNY Press 1997)

Schelling, F. W. J. Bruno or On the Natural and the Divine Principle of Things (SUNY Press 1802/1984)

Schuon, Frithjof Light On The Ancient Worlds (Perennial Books 1965)

Schuon, Frithjof Esoterism as Principle and as Way (Perennial Books Ltd. 1981)

Smith, Huston Forgotten Truth: The Primordial Tradition (Harper and Row 1976)

Taimni, I. K. The Ultimate Reality and Realization (TPH 1976/1985)

Thurman, Robert A.F. Infinite Life: Seven Virtues for Living Well (Souvenir 2006)

Wetlesen, J. The Sage and The Way: Spinoza’s Ethics Of Freedom (Van Gorcum 1979)

Wilber, Ken Spectrum of Consciousness (TPH 1977/1993)

Wilber, Ken The Integral Vision (Shambhala 2007)

Wilder, Alexander New Platonism and Alchemy: A Sketch of the Doctrines and Principal Teachers of the Eclectic or Alexandrian School; also An Outline of the Interior Doctrines of the Alchemists of the Middle Ages (Wizards Bookshelf 1869/1975)



Bilimoria, E. D. The Snake and the Rope: Problems in Western Science Resolved by Occult Science (TPH 2006)

Birch, Charles and John B. Cobb, Jr. The Liberation of Life: From the Cell to the Community (Cambridge University Press 1981)

Birch, Charles On Purpose (New South Wales University Press 1990)

Birch, Charles Feelings (UNSW Press 1995)

Bohm, David Wholeness and the Implicate Order (Routledge & Kegan Paul 1980)

Bohm, David and F. David Peat Science, Order and Creativity (Routledge 2000)

Bohm, David The Essential David Bohm (Routledge 2003)

Capra, Fritjof The Turning Point: Science, Society and the Rising Culture (Simon & Schuster 1982)

Capra, Fritjof The Tao of Physics (Shambhala 1975)

Capra, Fritjof & David Steindtl-Rast Belonging to the Universe: New Thinking about God and Nature (Penguin 1992)

Cobb, John B. Jr & David Ray Griffin Mind in Nature: Essays on the Interface of Science and Philosophy (University Press of America 1978)

Cremo, Michael A. & Richard L. Thompson The Hidden History of the Human Race (Bhaktivedanta Book Publishing 1999)

Davies, Paul The Mind of God: Science and the Search for Ultimate (Simon & Schuster 1992)

Davies, Paul The Cosmic Blueprint: Order and Complexity at the Edge of Chaos (Penguin 1995)

Davies, Paul The Matter Myth: Dramatic Discoveries That Challenge Our Understanding of Physical Reality (Simon & Schuster 1992)

Dobbs, B. J. T. The Foundations of Newton’s Alchemy or The Hunting of the Greene Lyon (Cambridge University Press 1975/1983)

Dusek, V. The Holistic Inspirations of Physics. The Underground History of Electromagnetic Theory (Rutgers University Press 1999)

Ellison, Arthur The Reality of the Paranormal (Harrap 1988)

Ferris, T. The Mind’s Sky: Human Intelligence in a Cosmic Context (Bantam 1993)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama The Universe In A Single Atom – How Science and Spirituality Can Serve Our World (Little, Brown 2005)

Goswami , Amit The Self-Aware Unvierse: How Consciousness Creates the Material World (Simon & Schuster 1993)

Goswami , Amit Physics of the Soul: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation and Immortality (Hampton Roads 2001)

Goswami , Amit Creative Evolution: A Physicist’s Quantum Resolution Between Darwinism and Design (Quest 2008)

Griffin, D. R., Ed. The Reenchantment Of Science (SUNY Press 1988)

Hoyle, F. The Intelligent Universe (Michael Joseph 1983)

Kenyon, J. Douglas (Ed.) Forbidden Science: From Ancient Technologies to Free Energy (Bear & Company 2008)

Krishna, Padmanabhan Education, Science and Society (TPH Adyar)

Laszlo, Ervin E. The Inner Limits of Mankind — Heretical Reflections on Today’s Values, Culture, and Politics (Pergamon Press 1978)

Laszlo, Ervin E. Science and the Akashic Field (Inner Traditions 2004/2007)

Laszlo, Ervin E. Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos (Inner Traditions 2006)

Lipton, Bruce The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles (Hay House 2005)

Litvak, S. and A. W. Senzee Toward A New Brain: Evolution and the Human Mind (Prentice-Hall 1986)

Milner, Dennis Kosmos: An Evolutionary Wholistic Account of Creation (Authors On Line 2006)

Nadeau, Robert and Menas Kafatos The Non-Local Universe: The New Physics and Matters of the Mind (Oxford University Press 2001)

Pearson, Norman E. Space, Time and Self (TPH Adyar)

Phillips, Stephen M. ESP of Quarks and Superstrings (TPH Adyar)

Ravindra, Ravi Science and the Sacred (TPH/Quest 2000, 2002)

Reanney, Darryl Music of the Mind: An Adventure Into Consciousness (Hill of Content 1994)

Robertson, Robin Indra’s Net: Alchemy and Chaos Theory as Models for Transformation (Quest 2009)

Roszak, Theodore Unfinished Animal. The Aquarian Frontier and the Evolution of Consciousness (Faber and Faber 1976)

Schiff, M. The Memory Of Water: Homoeopathy And The Battle Of Ideas In The New Science (Thorsons 1994)

Sheldrake, Rupert Seven Experiments That Could Change the World (Fourth Estate 1994)

Sheldrake, Rupert Morphic Resonance: The Nature of Formative Causation (Park Street Press 2009)

Smith, Lester E. Intelligence Came First (TPH 1975/1990)

Tiller, William A. Science and Human Transformation (Pavior 1997)

Wilber, Ken The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development (TPH 1980)

Wilber, Ken (Ed.) Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Scientists (Shambhala 1984/2001)

Wilber, Ken (Ed.) The Holographic Paradigm and Other Paradoxes (Shambhala 1982)

Zukav, Gary The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (Morrow 1979)


Psychic Research / Anomalous Mental Capacities

Besant, Annie & C.W. Leadbeater Occult Chemistry ( TPH Adyar 1951/1994)

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan The History of Spiritualism Volume 1 (The Spiritual Truth Press 1926/2008)

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan The History of Spiritualism Volume 2 (Psychic Press 1926/1989)

Corliss, William R. (Ed.) Strange Minds A Sourcebook of Unusual Mental Phenomena (Sourcebook Project 1976)

Horn, Stacy Unbelievable: Investigations Into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from The Duke Parapsychology Laboratory (Harper Collins 2009)

Le Shan, Lawrence A New Science of the Paranormal: The Promise of Psychical Research (Quest 2009)

Mayer , Elizabeth Lloyd Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind (Bantam 2007)

Phillips, Stephen M. Anima: Remote Viewing of Subatomic Particles (TPH Adyar 1996)

Radin, Dean Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality (Paraview/Pocket 2006)

Rhine, J. B. New Frontiers of the Mind (Penguin 1950)

Rhine, Louisa E. Mind Over Matter: Psychokinesis (Macmillan 1970)

Sheldrake, Rupert The Sense of Being Stared At and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (Crown Publishers 2003)

Sheldrake, Rupert Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (Hutchinson 1999)

Smith, E. Lester Occult Chemistry Re-Evaluated (TPH 1982)

Targ, Russell Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness (New World Library 2004)

Tart , Charles T. The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together (Noetic Books 2009)

Zöllner, Johann Carl Friedrich Transcendental Physics (1881/Health Research Reprint 1974)


Healing / Energy Fields

Brennan, Barbara Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field (Bantam 1988)

Brunton, Paul Healing of the Self Volume 7 of The Notebooks of Paul Brunton (Larson 1984-1986)

Dale, Cyndi The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy [Illustrated] (Sounds True 2009)

Johari, Harish The Chakras (Destiny 1987)

Krieger, Dolores Therapeutic Touch As Transpersonal Healing (Lantern Books 2002)

Krieger, Dolores Accepting Your Power to Heal: The Personal Practice of Therapeutic Touch (Bear 1993)

Kunz, Dora & Dolores Krieger The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch (Bear & Co. 2004)

Leadbeater, C.W. Man, Visible and Invisible (TPH 1907/2000)

Leadbeater, C.W. The Chakras (TPH 1972)

Payne, Phoebe D. & Laurence J. Bendit The Psychic Sense (Faber & Faber 1943/1958)

Schwartz, Gary E. The Energy Healing Experiments: Science Reveals Our Natural Power to Heal (Atria Books 2007)



Badiner, Allan Hunt (Ed.) Dharma Gaia. A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology (Parallax Press 1990)

Barbour, Ian G.(Ed.) Earth Might Be Fair. Reflections on Ethics, Religion, and Ecology (Prentice-Hall 1972)

Barbour, Ian G.(Ed.) Western Man And Environmental Ethics. Attitudes Toward Nature and Technology (Addison-Wesley 1973)

Barnhill, D. L. and R. S. Gottlieb (Eds.) Deep Ecology and World Religions: New Essays on Sacred Grounds (SUNY Press)

Broomfield, John Other Ways of Knowing: Recharting Our Future with Ageless Wisdom (Inner Traditions 1997)

Capra, F. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Anchor Books 1997)

Carson, Rachael Silent Spring (Houghton Mifflin 1962/1987)

Devall, Bill Simple In Means, Rich In Ends: Practicing Deep Ecology (Peregrine Smith Books 1988)

Devall, Bill& George Sessions Deep Ecology — Living As If Nature Mattered (Gibbs M. Smith, Inc. 1985)

Drengson, A. & Yuichi Inoue (Eds) The Deep Ecology Movement: An Introductory Anthology (North Atlantic Books 1995)

Emerson, Ralph Waldo The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume1: Nature, Addresses, And Lectures (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1971)

Fox, Warwick Toward A Transpersonal Ecology (A Resurgence Book 1990/1995)

Hayden, T. The Lost Gospel of the Earth (Sierra Club Books 1996)

Lovelock, James The Ages of Gaia: A Biography of Our Living Earth (Bantam 1990)

Lovelock, James The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate In Crisis and the Fate of Humanity (Basic Books 2006)

Mathews, Freya For Love Of Matter: A Contemporary Panpsychism (SUNY Press 2003)

Meadows, Donella H. et al. The Limits To Growth — A report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind (Pan Books 1974)

Merchant, Carolyn Radical Ecology: The Search For A Livable World (Routledge 1992)

Naess, Arne Ecology, Community and Lifestyle: Outline of An Ecosophy (Cambridge University Press 1989)

Nicholson, Shirley & Brenda Rosen Gaia’s Hidden Life: The Unseen Intelligence Of Nature (Quest 1992)

Roszak, Theodore Where The Wasteland Ends: Politics and Transcendence in Postindustrial Society (Doubleday 1972)

Roszak, Theodore et al (Eds.) Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth Healing the Mind (Sierra Club Books 1995)

Sessions, George Deep Ecology for the Twenty-First Century (Shambhala 1995)

Spretnak, Charlene The Spiritual Dimension Of Green Politics (Bear & Company 1986)

Tucker, M. E. and J. A. Grim (Eds) Worldviews and Ecology, Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment (Orbis Books 1994)

Wienpahl, Paul The Radical Spinoza (New York University Press 1979)



Bragdon, Claude Fayette The Beautiful Necessity: Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture (TPH 1939/1978)

Brunton, Paul The Arts in Culture Volume 9 of The Notebooks of Paul Brunton (Larson 1984-1986)

Cornell, Judith Drawing the Light from Within: Keys to Awaken Your Creative Power (Prentice Hall 1990)

Cornell, Judith Mandalas: Luminous Symbols for Healing (Quest 1994)

Decter, Jacqueline Messenger of Beauty: The Life & Visionary Art of Nicholas Roerich (Park Street Press 1997)

Godwin, Jocelyn Music and the Occult: French Musical Philosophies 1750-1950 (University of Rochester Press 1995)

Jinarajadasa, C. Art as Will and Idea (TPH 1927)

Kandinsky, Wassily Concerning the Spiritual in Art (Dover Publications 1977)

Regier, Kathleen The Spiritual Image in Modern Art (TPH 1987)

Scott, Cyril Music, Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages (S. Weiser 1969)

Tame, David Beethoven and the Spiritual Path (TPH 1994)

Tuchman, Maurice (Ed.) The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985 (Abbeville Press 1986)



Bohm, D. On Dialogue (Routledge 1996)


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