To spread broadcast the teachings of Theosophy as recorded in the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge
The need for a simple, concise statement of Theosophical teachings was met by Mr. Judge with publication of this book in 1893. It first appeared as a series of newspaper articles, in which the writer set forth all the major doctrines of the philosophy, dealing with questions that might naturally occur to the average reader. Years of experience in the use of the Ocean as a text in Theosophical study classes have proved it a provocative approach to the Theosophical philosophy as a whole. It has 153 pages.
An Epitome of Theosophy is the earliest as it remains the best, condensed, yet withal substantive treatment of the Great Message of the doctrines of the Wisdom-Religion, or Theosophy. It was originally issued as “A Theosophical Tract” by the Aryan Theosophical Society of New York City in December, 1887. This “Tract” was printed in full in Mr. Judge’s magazine, The Path, Volume II, No. 10, January, 1888,—a brief or digest of six pages, rather than a treatment; a table rather than its contents.
There are many translations of this Hindu scripture, but few, if any, can compare in either philosophical clarity or literary excellence with this rendition by Mr. Judge.
The Bhagavad-Gita is often called the Bible of India. It is a portion of the Mahabharata (the great Hindu epic) and is recognized as embodying the highest and noblest truths of Eastern religious philosophy.
These "Notes" are a companion to the Gita. Mr. Judge wrote seven of the articles. These, however, constitute more than half of the volume, the remaining chapters being written by Robert Crosbie, an associate and student of Mr. Judge.
In the early days of the Theosophical Movement in the United States, Mr. Judge was in intimate contact with American students, with whom he maintained a large correspondence. Letters That Have Helped Me is a compilation of his counsels. Mr. Judge's wise and gentle words are a revelation of his understanding of the subtleties of human nature, and of the great depth and strength of heart he possessed as a teacher and a friend.
Part II is comprised of letters to students and Theosophical groups, and various extracts. In this edition of Letters That Have Helped Me, issued 50 years after the passing of Mr. Judge, a third section presents additional material, including a group of allegorical stories contributed by Mr. Judge to the Path.
This ancient treatise on self-control - sometimes called "Yoga" - is useful only to students with a thorough grounding in the Theosophical philosophy, for such knowledge on the part of the reader is assumed throughout. To this rendition of the Aphorisms of Patanjali, Mr. Judge has added brief explanatory paragraphs following many of the verses.
The Theosophical Forum, a pamphlet-like periodical, was launched in April, 1889, and issued monthly thereafter to members of the Theosophical Society in America. It presented answers to Theosophical questions, written by various persons, and was sent without charge to branches and members. Only the replies by Mr. Judge (those which can be clearly identified) are included in this book, arranged in the sequence in which they originally appeared in the Forum, from May, 1889, through February, 1896.
First published as a series of newspaper articles, Echoes from the Orient gives a condensed yet in-depth review of the philosophy.