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John Algeo

ATTENTION has been focused recently on the question of whether, according to the Theosophical tradition, we are conscious in the after-death state.

John Algeo

How do Theosophists view war and violence? Or, perhaps more telling, how do Theosophists respond to war and violence? It may seem that such a question is needless. After all, the first of the eight parts of yoga is yama—a list of five moral prohibitions; and the first of those five is ahimsa— harmlessness, nonviolence. Theosophy is the yoga of the West, and the very first step in yoga is…

Pilgrim and the Path

Theosophy tells us that we are pilgrims, implying that we are on a journey to a particular place. If we decide that we are indeed pilgrims and start to look for the path that will take us to the goal of our pilgrimage, we should also have some idea of why we are traveling and where we are headed. To begin a process of self-unfoldment, we had also better know what is being unfolded.

Is Theosophy A Religion? By John Algeo
The title question of these ruminations might seem to be pointless—a query to which the answer is obvious and well known. After all, the very first question and answer in H.P. Blavatsky´s handbook, The Key to Theosophy (p.1), go like this:
ENQUIRER. Theosophy and its doctrines are often referred to as a newfangled religion. Is it a…
Reincarnation's White Crow: Ian Stevenson And Evidence Of Past Lives by John Algeo

Reincarnation is a hypothesis about what happens to the consciousness of a human being after bodily death. That hypothesis has both simplistic and complex versions, but none of them are subject to laboratory testing because death and rebirth cannot be put into a test tube or under a microscope. Some aspects of the reincarnation hypothesis, however, can be studied with scientific rigor,…

Magazine Article: Theosophy in Australia, March 2005

Ebook - Reincarnation Explored by J. Algeo

Have we been here before? Various spiritual traditions propose that this life is not the first one we have lived on this earth, but one of many. We could say that with each new life we are in fact picking up from where we left off.

Theosophy - An Introductory Study Course By John Algeo

This study course provides an introduction to basic Theosophical concepts. Chapters include questions for group or individual study.

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John Algeo audio recordings

John Algeo is an American professor who was President of the Theosophical Society in America from 1993–2002, and then served as Vice President of the international 

Harry Potter And The Ancient Wisdom By John Algeo

The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling are a fantastically magical phenomenon. Coming out of nowhere in the publishing world, they rapidly became the best-selling young people’s books of our time, and the movies based upon them have been equally popular.

The Bhagavad Gita Study Course

A Study Course By John Algeo

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the world’s most important books—indeed, one of the great books of human culture, Eastern and Western alike.

In India, the Gita is many things: it is the major guidebook to the spiritual life in the Hindu tradition; it…

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