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So in hand now:

Esoteric Christianity


The Lesser Mysteries

by Annie Besant

The Theosophical Publishing House

Adyar, Madras 20, India


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


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


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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