BThe Ocean of Theosophy, by the Irish-American author, mystic, esotericist, and co-founder of the Theosophical Society William Quan Judge, was originally published in 1915. The work was intended by Judge to be illustrative of Theosophy "in such a manner as to be understood by the ordinary reader". It covers much of the subject matter that is within Madame Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine, and is easily understood by those who are new to theosophy and philosophical discourse alike, by providing a succinct summary of all of the core ideas of Theosophy. This is no mean feat as the work covers some of the more advanced and esoteric theosophical and perennial topics, such as: the sevenfold nature of man, karma, reincarnation, the dangers of psychic practices & pseudo-occultism, the Earth's being, cosmic & terrestrial cycles, the afterlife, and the existence of advanced or superhuman beings. Despite this it is one of the most clear and easily understood books on the topic of Theosophy existing to this day.
Paperback, 209 pages
Publisher: Theosophy University Press, Published: April, 2002
Size: 5.75 x 0.5 x 8 inches, Weight: 0.800 Lbs.
William Quam Judge
(1851 - 1896)
William Quan Judge (April 13, 1851 – March 21, 1896) was an Irish-American mystic, esotericist, and occultist, and one of the founders of the original Theosophical Society. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. When he was 13 years old, his family emigrated to the United States. He became a naturalized citizen of the USA at age 21 and passed the New York state bar exam, specializing in commercial law.
When Blavatsky and Olcott left America, they left Theosophy in North America in Judge's hands. While Judge kept in close contact with both Blavatsky and Olcott through correspondence, there was little if any organized activity for the next several years. His difficulties over this period of time are illustrated by a biographical passage written by Mrs. Archibald Keightley: "It was a time when Madame Blavatsky – she who was then the one great exponent, had left the field ... the interest excited by her ... striking mission had died down. The T.S. was henceforth to subsist on its philosophical basis ... From his twenty - third year until his death, (Mr. Judge's) best efforts and all the fiery energies of his undaunted soul were given to this work."
In 1876, business affairs caused him to visit South America, where he contracted "Chagres fever", and he was ever after a sufferer from that torturing disease. Other "phases" of his experiences on this journey are recorded in his writings, often allegorical, suggesting the character of the occult contacts which may have been established on this journey.
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