Krotona Book Series

Joseph Ross

Volume I

Volume I

reveals a true life story that will intrigue and entertain you. The glittering Hollywood famed movie capital of the world, and its relationship with the capital of a society of theosophists. Original documents reveal the Krotona colony was built to imitate the Pythagorean colony of ancient Italy and to be the home of the future World-Teacher, J. Krishnamurti. You will be astonished to learn that The Theosophical Society almost bought about 70% of Baja California in 1910 in a deal that involved $200,000,000. Warrington’s dream of a drama that would synthesize all forces in the world of art unfolded "The Light of Asia" and the founding of the Hollywood Bowl.

Volume II

Volume II

continues with letters from the Ross Collection of the founders, printed verbatim, which offer a rich insight into the dedication, sacrifice, failures and achievements of those who dared to expose a unique cause for the betterment of humanity. Not unmindful of material realities, the founders erected Spanish and Moorish edifices of great beauty and transformed the land into refreshing and lovely gardens which have become historical recognition. I must report, that this book Krotona of Old Hollywood Voulme II of 526 pages is not complete. Yes, there is another volume with about 500 pages never published held within the Ross Collection. I believe as far as I know, nowhere is there a collected and authentic account of the Krotona colony of the Twentieth century. I want to see that the history of Krotona is factually documented as written by the leaders for future generations.

Volume III

Volume III

continues with strong characters who tried to advance a new idea or seek to revive an old concept. Madame Blavatsky met with bitter opposition and persecution. The drama continues with Warrington as he moved the Hollywood Krotona to Ojai, California. I must say, that the Ross Collection contains material dealing with the history of the Adyar Theosophical Society, the Liberal Catholic Church, and its leaders, Annie Besant, C.W. Leadbeater, C. Jinarajadasa, and George Arundale. I know that some students of Theosophy may consider the publication of the facts of Krotona’s history as unfriendly or unethical, but the facts that the Krotona Institute of Theosophy is a subsidiary activity of the Esoteric School of Theosophy and not of the Theosophical Society. I want to say I am no longer a member of the Theosophical Society, nor a member of the Esoteric School.

Volume IV

continues with the selling of Krotona property in Hollywood, and I am aware that these volumes are not easy to read, for they are a collection of historical documents, and letters that should not be read as a novel, but rather used as a reference material for future research. I must state, that my endeavor is not to make an advertisement for Theosophy, but a factual history according to the documents. There was much confusion as to who owns Krotona, Esoteric Section or The Theosophical Society.

Volume V

is written to show that historical events of facts might destroy some of the beautiful myth’s that have been hitherto thought to be veritable history. Just because a story is generally believed to be true is not conclusive evidence that it is true. I have tried to present you, the reader with an unbiased history of the civic and social life of the Krotona community, to tell the story of its evolution from an idea Warrington had as a young man to its founding and its flourishing into the 21st century. The book gives insight behind the scenes that have never been made public. I published documents to remind fellow readers, that no organization, including Krotona, can be religious; only people can be religious.

Volume VI

this volume is a shattering account of Krishnamurti’s departure from the Adyar Theosophical Society which was seriously misunderstood. It engendered myths alive today and that will likely engage scholars for a thousand years. The early leaders trying to convince their members into agreement with their ideas on the Masters, and manufacturing more Masters extending even to forcing belief in a synthesis with Hindu Esotericism. Much of this information is not available anywhere else.

Volume VII

is my last attempt to cover the history of Krotona. Even though, I repeat myself, repetition has certain value. We should remember that the word is not the thing, but what lies behind the words. The best corrective of error is an honest and open-minded examination of all facts subjective and objective. Misleading hidden agendas has given the death blow to numerous organizations. In this volume we observe that thought has been responsible for the division of man, division of all religions. I tried to show that history repeats itself. Yes, library shelves are filled with volumes of historical data and accounts of historical events, but where are the volumes that deal with events as a philosophy of history, or that deal with history as a mighty cultural thread, which runs through the loom of time? Is history merely the accidental occurrence of events, or is it the record of life revealing itself in space and time? The point of view, which we adopt, will greatly influence our interpretation of the events written within all volumes.

Spirit of Womanhood

is written from my personal journey with Rukmini Devi I had over several years. I asked many questions over these years of Rukmini which are kept in the Ross Collection. Those letters and interviews in all sincerity are a true source for those who are especially interested in the history of the movement called "World-Mother" within the Adyar Theosophical Society. These letters indicate that "Another curious myth seems to be arising in which it is suggested that the World-Mother will manifest Herself through the physical body of Rukmini Devi Arundale in the same way as the World-Teacher manifests Himself through that of J. Krishnamurti". In a letter from C.W. Leadbeater to George Arundale, states "Rukmini will represent the World-Mother, but that she will not be in same position as Krishnaji, nor on his level with the Maitreya".

Krishnamurti: The Taormina Seclusion 1912

is a rare collection of eyewitness accounts, to chronicle the esoteric preparation of a World-Teacher in waiting. I wrote this book to contain a treasure house filled with marvelous riches, a vast repository containing authoritative information regarding the hidden agenda taken place in Taormina around 1912. The book is interspersed with helpful events and Krishnamurti’s so called teaching life as he traveled back and forth among the continents. Krishnamurti was deeply grateful to Annie Besant, calling her "Amma", which means "mother", for seeing to his early education. The book was read as a narration telling a story along with a 30-minute historical black and white silent film, circa 1927 impression of Krishnaji's life.

Secrets Hidden Agendas in the Theosophical Society and the Egyptian Rite

pulls back the curtain of one’s psychological ego as a mirror image of culture, reveals the true function of that identity; and why I published Secrets Hidden Agendas in the Theosophical Society and the Egyptian Rite in three volumes. The mystery of all time was the founding of a new esoteric organization, the Egyptian Rite of Ancient Freemasonry designed to be the most secret, the most exclusive and the most powerful occult group in the world, was not created by C.W. Leadbeater, but by George Arundale. Admission was to be by invitation only. I was introduced to this organization when I lived with Rukmini Devi many years ago. As far as I know, the complete history of the Egyptian Rite has not been published until now.

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