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VIII. Contributions (1889-1933)

Individual essays, articles, and lectures contributed to larger works; and forewords, introductions, and notes  provided for the works of others.

[TPS indicates Theosophical Publishing Society: London; Benares (now Varanasi), India; and/or New York. TPH indicates Theosophical Publishing House (sometimes listed as Theosophist Office): Adyar, Madras (now Chennai), India. Other publishers as noted.]

A. Individual Articles, Essays, Lectures, etc.

1889 Practical Work for Theosophists. In Theosophical Siftings (vol. 2, issue 7, 1889), ed. Countess Wachmeister. [Published with Theosophy and Modern Socialism by J. Brailsford Bright. Link is to 2nd ed. of 1892.]

1891 As I knew Her. From Lucifer (June 1891). In H. P. B. In Memory of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, by Some of Her Pupils. TPS.

1892 Theosophy. From Religious Systems of the World: A Contribution to The Study of Comparative Religion. Edited by William Sheowring and Conrad W. Thies. London: Swan Sonnenschein. [2nd edition, published simultaneously in New York by Macmillan, includes this lecture by Besant.]

1893 The Theosophical Society and H.P.B. From Lucifer (December 1890). In William Q. Judge, The Esoteric She. Surat: Victoria Press. [Also published as 1891 TPS pamphlet, and as part of Adyar Library Pamphlet Series, no. 157.]

1893 A Word on Man, His Nature and His Powers. Lecture of October 30, 1893: Red Sea, aboard the Kaisar-i-Hind. In Theosophical Siftings (vol. 6, issue 14, 1893), ed. Countess Wachmeister. [Collected in 1911 Essays and Addresses, vol. 1: Psychology; reprinted in 1914 as Adyar Library Pamphlet, no. 42.]

1904 Sarah Corbett. Extracts from the Vahan: Including Answers by Annie Besant, A. P. Sinnett, G. R. S. Mead, C. W. Leadbeater, Bertram Keightley, Dr. A. A. Wells, and Others. TPS. [Leading theosophists answer questions sent in by readers of the journal Vahan.]

1906 Occultism and Occult Training. In Transactions of the First Annual Congress of the Federation of European Sections of the Theosophical Society, Amsterdam, June 19-21, 1904. Amsterdam: Published for the Council of the Federation. [Also includes a Presidential Address by AB.]

1907 The Conditions of Occult Research. In Transactions of the Second Annual Congress of the Federation of European Sections of the Theosophical Society, July 6-10, 1905, London. London: Published for the Council of the Federation. [Reprinted posthumously in Theosophist (February-March 1947).]

1912 Thoughts are Things. In Charles W. Leadbeater, The Life after Death and How Theosophy Unveils It. Riddle of Life Series, no. 2. TPS. [Reprint of Besant’s article Thought-Forms from Lucifer (September 1896); dropped from more recent editions.]

1916 The Theosophic View. In What Happens after Death? A Symposium by Leading Writers and Thinkers. London: Cassell and Co. [Link is to the American ed., New York: Funk and Wagnalls.]

1921 The Origin and History of Reincarnation: A Symposium Arranged by S. George from the Writings of Archdeacon Wilberforce, Mrs. Besant, Dr. Johnston, A. Van der Naillen, Dr. J. Peebles, Dr. Paul Carus, H. Fielding Hall, and S. George. London: Power-Book Co.

1921 Theosophical Society. In Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, vol. 12, ed. James Hastings. New York: Scribners. [Reprinted as 1952 TPH pamphlet: The Truth through Theosophy.]

1925 Basil P. Howell. The Theosophical Society: The First Fifty Years. TPH. [Selection of writings by Blavatsky, Olcott, Besant, and Jinarajadasa. Includes 1914 The Inner Purpose of the Theosophical Society (lecture of July 8, 1898 to the Tenth Annual Convention of the European Sections of the TS), originally published as Adyar Library Pamphlet Series, no. 43 (the date of the lecture is incorrectly given by Howells as 1900); and The Wider Outlook, originally published in Theosophist (November 1916) and also released as 1925 TPH pamphlet.]

1927 A Talk about Education. In R. K. Kulkarni and Julia K. Sommer. Child Training in the Light of Theosophy. TPH.

1930 Hell As a Training School. In What Is Hell?, ed. William Ralph Inge. New York: Harper.

1930 Spiritual Life for the Man of the World. In C. Jinarajadasa. Lecture Notes. TPH. [Note-form synopsis of this 1907 lecture by AB. Full lecture appears in 1912 Essays and Addresses, vol. 2: The Spiritual Life.]

1933 Charles Bradlaugh: A Sketch of His Life and Work. In Champion of Liberty: Charles Bradlaugh (Centenary Volume). Ed. James Pinkerton Gilmour. London: Watts. [Reprint of 1891 Freethought Publishing Co. pamphlet.]

B. Forewords, Introductions, Notes, etc.

1891 Walter R. Old. What Is Theosophy: A Hand-Book for Inquirers into the Wisdom-Religion. Introduction. London: Hay, Nesbit, and Co.

1897 A. Marques. Scientific Corroborations of Theosophy; or H. P. B.'s Secret Doctrine Vindicated by the Progress of Science. Introduction. San Francisco: Mercury Print.

1901 Edith Ward. Light from the East. Being Selections from the Teachings of the Buddha. Foreword. London: George Bell and Sons.

1905 Florence M. Firth. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras and Other Pythagorean Fragments. Introduction. TPS.

1908 Rudolf Steiner. The Way of Initiation: Or, How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds. Foreword. TPS.

1909 Isabel Cooper-Oakley. Mystical Traditions. I. Forms and Presentiments. II. Secret Writings. International Committee for Research into Mystical Traditions. Foreword. Milan, Italy: Ars Regia (G. Sulli Rao).

1910 Alcyone (J. Krishnamurti). At the Feet of the Master. Preface. Adyar: Theosophist Office.

1910 F. T. Brooks. The Gospel of Life, vol. 1: An Introduction to the Study of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Upanishads. Foreword. Adyar: Vyasashrama. [Only vol. 1 issued.]

1910 Bhagavan Das. The Science of Social Organisation; or The Laws of Manu in the Light of Theosophy. Introduction. TPS.

1910-13 Bhagavan Das. The Science of the Sacred Word: Being a Summarised Translation of the Pranava-vada of Gargyayana. 3 vols. Notes. Adyar: Theosophist Office.

1910 C. W. Leadbeater. The Inner Life. Foreword. TPS.

1911 Kashinath Triambak Telang. Shankaracharya, Philosopher and Mystic. Note. Adyar: Theosophist Office. [Reprinted in 1935 as Adyar Library Pamphlet Series, no. 199.]

1912 Alcyone (J. Krishnamurti). Education As Service. Foreword. TPS.

1912 Isabel Cooper-Oakley. The Comte de St. Germain: Secret of Kings. Foreword. Milan: Ars Regia (G. Sulli Rao).

1912 L. Haden Guest. Theosophy and Social Reconstruction. Foreword. TPS.

1912 Josephine Maria Davies Ransom. Indian Tales of Love and Beauty. Foreword. Adyar: Theosophist Office.

1912 J. Henry Van Stone. The Pathway of the Soul: A Study in Zodiacal Symbology. Foreword. London: Modern Astrology Office.

1913 Arthur E. Powell. The Work of a Lodge of the Theosophical Society. Foreword. TPH.

1914 M. Subraya Kamath. The Census of India: An Analysis and Criticism. Foreword. TPH.

1914 James Ingall Wedgwood. Varieties of Psychism. Foreword. TPH.

1915 T. C. Crombie. Towards Liberty: Being a Britisher’s Views Concering India. Foreword. TPH.

1916 George S. Arundale. National Education. Foreword. Commonweal Office.

1916 R. G. Pradhan. The Freedom of the Press in India. Foreword. Poona: R. G. Pradhan at Nasik.

1917 A. Rangaswami Iyengar. The Congress-League Scheme: Being a Collection of Papers on the Various Aspects and Problems Connected with the Scheme. Foreword. Madras: Commonweal Office.

1918 K. Vyasa Rao. Heroes of the Hour: Mahatma Gandhi, Tilak Maharaj, Sir Subramanya Iyer. Foreword. Ganesh and Co.

1919 C. Jinarajadasa. Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom 1881-1888. Foreword. TPH.

1919 Bessie Leo, et al. The Life and Work of Alan Leo, Theosophist, Astrologer, Mason. Foreword. London: Modern Astrology Office.

1920 A. P. Sinnett. The Social Upheaval in Progress. Foreword. TPH.

1921 K. S. Venkataramani. Paper Boats. Foreword. TPH.

1923 Work of the Indian Legislatures: February 12-13, 1923. Compiled under the Order of the National Conference. Foreword. Madras: Besant Press. [Besant was General Secretary of the National Conference.]

1924 Marie Musaeus-Higgins. Ramayana. Foreword. Colombo, Ceylon: Maha-Jana.

1925 C. Jinarajadasa. Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom: Second Series. Foreword. TPH.

1925 C. W. Leadbeater. The Masters and the Path. Foreword. TPH.

1926 Charles W. Leadbeater. The Hidden Life in Freemasonry. Foreword. TPH.

1927 Mary Morris Duane. The Path to Peace: The Way of the Soul. Foreword. Wheaton, Ill.: Theosophical Press.

1927 Geoffrey Hodson. The Brotherhood of Angels and of Men. Foreword. TPH.

1927 Jiddu Krishnamurti. The Kingdom of Happiness. Foreword. London: Allen & Unwin.

1927 Jiddu Krishnamurti. The Pool of Wisdom. Introduction. Holland: Star Publishing Trust.

1928 Sadshiv Vinayak Bapat. Reminiscences and Anecdotes of Lokamanya Tilak. Foreword. Poona.

1928 Bhagavan Das. Mystic Experiences: Tales of Yoga and Vedanta from the Yoga Vasistha. Notes. Benares: The Indian Bookshop.

1929 Tara Dattu Gairola. Psalms of Dadu. Foreword. TPH.

1931 Charles W. Leadbeater. The Beginnings of the Sixth Root Race. A Reprint in More Convenient Form of the Final Chapters of Man: Whence, How, and Whither. Foreword. TPH.