“Five Years of Theosophy” holds its place among the core texts of the early theosophical movement. It is composed of a series of articles drawn from the Theosophist, the primary theosophical periodical that was under the editorship of H.P. Blavatsky in its early days. It’s articles cover a wide array of topics, from the mystical to the scientific, addressing some of the core ideas of the theosophical philosophy and often revealing concepts treated only partially in other works.
Among its articles we find a most mystical tract “The Elixir of Life”, a wonderful article on “Contemplation” by Damodar Mavalankar, several articles on the nature of Chelaship and practical theosophy (some from the pen of H.P.B. herself), articles by T. Subba Row, including the notable “Brahmanism on the Sevenfold Principle in Man”, and dozens more from prominent theosophists. This work provides not only a vivid window into the life and thought of the early Theosophical Society, but brings insight into the heart of what it is to be a theosophist, to walk the path of chelaship, and hints at several of the deepest, most profound doctrines of the philosophy. It is a work highly recommended for all theosophists who wish to bring themselves into accord with the initial impulse of the movement.
The full text can be read online here: http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/five-years.htm
Full Title and Contents
Five Years of Theosophy
THEOSOPHICAL, HISTORICAL AND SCIENTIFIC
Selected from “The Theosophist”
The “Elixir of Life”
Is The Desire to “Live” Selfish?
Chelas and Lay Chelas
Ancient Opinions upon Psychic Bodies
The Nilgiri Sannyasis
Witchcraft On The Nilgiris
Shamanism and Witchcraft Amongst the Kolarian Tribes
Mahatmas and Chelas
The Brahmanical Thread
Reading in a Sealed Envelope
The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac
The Sishal and Bhukailas Yogis
True And False Personality
Zoroastrianism on the Septenary Constitution of Man
Brahmanism on the Sevenfold Principle in Man
The Septenary Principle in Esotericism
Personal and Impersonal God
Prakriti and Parusha
Morality and Pantheism
Some Inquiries Suggested by Mr. Sinnett’s “Esoteric Buddhism”
Sakya Muni’s Place in History
Inscriptions Discovered by General A. Cunningham
Discrimination of Spirit and Not-Spirit
Was Writing Known Before Panini?
What is Theosophy?
How a “Chela” Found his “Guru”
The Sages of the Himavat
The Himalayan Brothers—Do They Exist?
Interview with a Mahatma
The Secret Doctrine
The Puranas on the Dynasty of the Moryas and on Koothoomi
The Theory Of Cycles
Odorigen and Jiva
Introversion of Mental Vision
“How Shall We Sleep?”
Transmigration Of The Life Atoms
“OM” and its Practical Significance