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Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together. By the Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso). New York: Doubleday Religion, Random House, c. 2010.

This work is of considerable relevance to Theosophists, at whose American Section’s annual 2011 summer meeting in Wheaton, the Dalai Lama spoke as well as gave a public lecture in Chicago.

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Viveka Chudamani (The Crest Jewel of Discriminative Wisdom)

The Viveka Chudamani is one of the great spiritual guidebooks of humanity. It was written by Shankaracharya in the Vedanta tradition of Hindu philosophy. It has often been translated; especially recommended are the following:

Viveka Chudamani or Crest Jewel of Wisdom of Sri Sankaracharya. Trans. Mohini M. Chatterji. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1932.

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Epstein, Robert, compiler. The Quotable Krishnamurti. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, Theosophical Publishing House, 2011. Pp. xxvi + 147. $12.95

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti’s writings, like his life, are a puzzling labyrinth. People tend to respond to both the man and the literature in diverse ways. For Krishnamurti fans, this collection of brief quotations is a useful way of seeing what he had to say on a variety of subjects. For those unfamiliar with the Krishnamurti writings (which are mainly transcriptions of talks he gave), this little volume is an excellent introduction.

The book consists of several hundred topics with one or more sentences or short paragraphs setting forth Krishnamurti’s comments on those topics, which range from “acceptance” to “you are the world.” The book also has an informative introduction by Epstein on Krishnamurti, the man and his teachings.

Robert Epstein

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Judge, William Quan. Echoes of the Orient. 4 volumes. 2nd ed. Compiled by Dara Eklund. Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 2009-11. Vols. 1-3 cloth, $35.00 each; vol. 4 (index) paper, $12.00.

Reviewed by John Algeo

William Quan Judge (1851-96) was one of the founding members of the Theosophical Society and its American leader after Blavatsky and Olcott left for India. During his relatively short life, he produced an impressive body of writings on Theosophy, which have been collected and indexed by one of our leading Theosophical authorities, Dara Eklund, now in a second and revised edition.

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Hoffman, Edward, ed. The Kabbalah Reader: A Sourcebook of Visionary Judaism. Boston: Trumpeter, 2010. Pp. xxxv + 266. $17.95

The Kabbalah is Jewish theosophy, widely known for its central glyph of the Tree of Life, a diagram of the ten sephiroth (from the Hebrew word for “number”), representing emanations from the Absolute, by which it produces the relative world. The sephiroth are connected by twenty-two “paths,” corresponding with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and representing the relationships between those emanations. The sephiroth are divided into three higher and seven lower. The higher three can be seen as corresponding to HPB’s three logoi and the lower seven to her seven rays.

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Sahagun, Louis. Master of the Mysteries: The Life of Manly Palmer Hall. Port Townsend, WA: Process Media, 2008. Pp. [viii] + 296. $19.95.

Although born in Canada, Manly Palmer Hall (1901-90) was an archetypal American huckster, peddling the mysteries of the universe. This biography, appropriately by a writer for the Los Angeles Times, is a readable and abundantly illustrated account of its subject. It lacks an index, which makes it difficult to find what the author has to say about particular matters, but its journalistic flow makes for both entertaining and informative reading. It is doubtless the most thorough and best available treatment of its subject.

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