The Campbell Library Newsletter

The Campbell Theosophical Research Library

An Educational Resource of The Theosophical Society in Australia

No 12 — March 2006

A Tale of Two Libraries

As mentioned in our last issue, Elliston and Phyllis Campbell willed that part of their bequest should be held in trust to promote the interests of the Adyar Library and Research Centre, Madras (now Chennai), India. In their intent, therefore, they established a connection between the Campbell Theosophical Research Library and the Adyar Library housed at our International Headquarters.

Picture of Adyar Library, ChennaiThe website of the International Headquarters of the TS ( provides the following information about the Adyar Library and Research Centre. It was founded in 1886 by Colonel Olcott with a small but valuable collection of the Founders' books. Originally situated in the Headquarters building, it was shifted in 1968 to a more spacious one, better suited to its growing needs. It has always been one of the important aspects of the work at Adyar, both for members and for the public; moreover, today it is one of the most important oriental libraries in the world, dedicated to research and publication in the field of eastern civilization, philosophy and religion. It contains over 250,000 printed volumes and nearly 20,000 palm-leaf manuscripts from India, Sri Lanka, China, and other places, a few of which are kept on display for visitors. The printed books include rare indological publications in several languages and a fine collection of works on different religions, philosophies and cultures.

The Chinese Tripitakas, the Tibetan Kanjur and Tanjur, a collection of rare works in Latin and other western languages, and a complete set of important research journals are among the priceless possessions of the Library. It also currently receives nearly 225 journals from several countries.

Several rare and previously unpublished works in the manuscript collection have been edited and brought out in print; a staff of pundits and scholars is continually engaged on this task. The Library has had a series of distinguished scholars as its Director and is recognized as a Research Centre for a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indology by the University of Madras

The Library also publishes a scholarly journal called Brahmavidya, which presents studies on religion, philosophy, culture, and various aspects of indology; this journal circulates among scholars throughout the world. Further, the Library extends its services to research institutions, universities and scholars in India and abroad, and supplies microfilm and photostat copies on request. Its manuscripts have been used in several important publications of other institutions of learning.

Pedro Oliveira

Indological Section

We are glad to list below, in their respective categories, the first titles of our Indological Section which were received last November. They belong to the catalogue of publications of the Adyar Library and Research Centre, Chennai, India.


Introduction to the Pacaratra and the Ahirbudhnya Samhita by Dr F. Otto Schrader.
On the literature and philosophy of the Pacaratra with a detailed study of the Ahirbudhnya Samhita.

Varivasyarahasya of Bhaskararaya Makhin, ed. Pt. S. Subrahmanya Sastri.
On the secret of worship of the Saktas, with the author's own commentary.


Mahavira Jayanti Volume of the Brahmavidya. A special volume to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of Lord Mahavira with contributions from well-known scholars.


Indian Theories of Meaning by Dr K. Kunjunni Raja
A detailed study on meaning according to the various Indian schools of thought.


Bhavya on Mimansa, chapter on Mimamsa of Madhyamakahrdaya.
Text in Devanagari and translated into English with notes by Chr. Lindtner.

Manameyodaya of Narayana ed. Dr C. Kunhan Raja and S. S. Suryanarayana Sastri.
An elementary treatise on the Mimamsa philosophy.


Tirukkural in Tamil and Roman Scripts with English translation and notes by V. R. R. Dikshitar.

Poetics and Dramaturgy

The Science of Criticism in India by Dr A. K. Warder.
A study of Indian literary criticism


Lalitasahasranama with English translation of Bhaskararaya's commentary by R. Anantha Krishna Sastri.


The 108 Upanisads
With the Advaitic commentary of Upanishad Brahmayogin, with English translation based on this commentary.


Vol. 1. Isa to Aitreya

Vol. II
Part I Chandogya Upanisad with the commentary of Upanishad Brahmayogin. Revised edition by S. Sankaranarayanan

The Samanya Vedanta Upanisads
Text ed. Pt. A. Mahadeva Sastri
Translation by A. G. Krishna Warrier

The Vaisnava Upanisads
An Introduction to Chandogya Upanisad
by S. Sankaranarayanan
Text ed. Pt. A. Mahadeva Sastri English Translation based on the commentary of
Upanisad Brahmayogin by A. A. Ramanathan

The Sakta Upanisads
Text ed. Pt. A. Mahadeva Sastri
Translation by Dr A.G. Krishna Warrier

The Thirty-Two Vidya-s
by K. Narayanaswami Aiyar
The different kinds of meditation mentioned in the principal Upanisads with special reference to Gayatri-vidya. Introduction by Dr V. Raghavan.


Vedantaparibhasa of Dharmarajadhvarin, ed. Prof. S. Suryanarayana Sastri
A 17th century treatise on Advaita epistemology and ontology.

Vedantasara of Ramanuja
ed. Pt. V. Krishnamacharya
A concise Visistadvaita commentary on the Brahmasutras with English translation by M.B. Narsimha Iyengar.

The Epistemology of Dvaita Vedanta by Dr P. Nagaraja

The Philosophy of Bhedabheda by Prof. P. N. Srinivasachari
A study of Bhaskara's philosophy in relation to other Vedantic thought and Western philosophy.

Siddhantapanjara of Vinayaka, ed. Dr K. Kunjunni Raja and Dr E. R. Sreekrishna Sarma
A 14th century work on Advaita Vedanta with English translation.

Sarvadarsanasangraha of Madhavacarya, Chapter 16. Translated into English by Klaus K. Klostermaier (Samkaradarsana).

Sri Sankara — His Life, Philosophy and Relevance to Man in Modern Times by Prof. S. Sankaranarayanan

Bharatiya Darsanesu Pratyaksapramana Vimarsah
Perception in Indian Philosophical systems - A study by Pt. R. Thangaswami Sarma


Hathayogapradipika of Svatmarama, with the commentary Jyotsana of Brahmananda and English translation.

Cognitive Samadhi in the Yoga Sutras by Dr. Ian Whicher

Patanjalis Metaphysical Schematic : Purusa and Prakrti in the Yogasutra by Dr. Ian Whicher


Brahmadivya — The Theosophical Society Centenary Volume, 1875-1975
A special volume commemorating the centenary of The Theosophical Society. 17 contributions from well-known Indologists.

Brahmavidya - Golden Jubilee Volume
Special volume to commemorate the centenary of the Adyar Library (1886-1986) and Golden Jubilee of the journal , with contributions from 38 Indologists of repute.

We are also very grateful to David Reigle of the Eastern Tradition Research Institute (USA), for donating the following titles: On Being and What There Is: Classical Vaisesika and the History of Indian Ontology, by Wilhelm Halbfass, State University of New York Press, 1992; The Mandukya Upanisad and the Agama Sastra: An Investigation into the Meaning of the Vedanta, by Thomas E. Wood, University of Hawaii Press,1990; Mind Only: A Philosophical and Doctrinal Analysis of the Vijnanavada, by Thomas E. Wood, University of Hawaii Press, 1991; Accomplishing the Accomplished: The Vedas as a Source of Valid Knowledge in Sankara, by Anantanand Rambachan, University of Hawaii Press, 1991; and Man as Microcosm in Tantric Hinduism, Grace E. Cairns, The Riverdale Company, 1992.

Periodicals Exchange

The Campbell Library has a wide collection of duplicate copies of a range of theosophical periodicals which are available to other libraries in exchange for missing issues of various periodicals and series.

Available periodicals include many issues of the following: The Theosophist, Theosophy in Australia, Theosophy in New Zealand, The Theosophical Review, Theosophical Digest, The Quest, The Theosophical Movement, Science Group Journal, The Theosophical Research Journal, The Herald of the Star, International Star Bulletin. We have smaller holdings of many other periodicals and series.

We are interested in filling gaps in our collection of the following periodicals: The Theosophist (vol. 18 only), World Theosophy, Theosophy in New Zealand, Adyar Bulletin, English Section periodicals prior to 1960, American Section periodicals prior to 1933, The Herald of the Star, The Star in the East (Aust.), The Star (USA), International Star Bulletin, The Path (published by the Independent Theosophical Society 1925-1949), The Path (UK), The Link, The Magnet, The Australasian EST Bulletin, Australian Notes and News (1928), Australian News and Notes (1933), The Canadian Theosophist, The Vahan, Theosophical Quarterly, The Theosophical Path, Theosophical Forum, Theosophy (vols. 13-64), Theosophical Movement (vols. 1-63), The Theoscientist, Occult Review, Theosophical Research Centre Transactions, Blavatsky Lectures, Blavatsky Pamphlets, Adyar Pamphlets, Adyar Popular Lectures, Advance! Australia Pamphlets, ULT Pamphlets.

Anyone interested in exchange should advise Gil (, giving details of periodicals wanted and offered.

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This Newsletter is published in March, June, September and November. Editor: Pedro Oliveira

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