Author Topic: Esoteric Christianity or The Lesser Mysteries by Annie Besant  (Read 19 times)

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So in hand now:

Esoteric Christianity


or


The Lesser Mysteries


by Annie Besant


The Theosophical Publishing House


Adyar, Madras 20, India


1957


also a sticker lists Theosophical Press at Wheaton, Illinois.


I know there is at least one newer edition, but the first edition was 1901.


So I am curious to see how much Annie Besant really knew about such things.  What sources does she cite, besides scripture?


Clement of Alexandria


Iamblichus


G. R. S. Mead, on Plotinus, and on Orpheus.


Wynn Westcott, Sepher Yezirah ( co-founder of Golden Dawn, doing translation


Bhagavad Gita


Origen Against Celsus


The Mysteries of Magic, Trans. by A. E. Waite  ( Eliphas Levi )


 Valentinus, Pistis Sophia


Talks about Spinoza and Paracelsus


Plato's Republic, bk7, the cave


Justin Martyr


Tertullian


Okay, I am impressed.  Mostly Church Fathers, Neo-Platonists, and some 19th Century Occultists.  Had not know that Besant knew about such things, or necessarily that the Theosophical Society dealt with such.

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