There is a tradition of human wisdom that stands on the precipice of being lost forever. In 1875, Madame Helena Blavatsky and her close companions instituted the Theosophical Society and with it ushered in a new age of human thought. For the first time in history, the spirituality of the East and the philosophy of the West were united as one and from this great unity came pouring forth all manner of new and wonderous occult discoveries. That history is now threatened by the ignorance and materialism of a world that has forgotten the mysterious. It is therefore the mission of the Secret Archives of Theosophy to preserve this history away from those who would see it vanish, that the light that it provides may persist and guide all mankind towards their mysterious Source.
The Secret Archives of Theosophy contain the hidden history of Theosophy, International Co-Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, the Liberal Catholic Church, the Order of the Round Table and many other societies that have influenced the occult growth of humanity. The Krotona Archives, a record of Theosophical history written by an eyewitness who lived at the very center of Theosophy nearly his entire life, illuminates not only the early days of the Theosophical Society itself but the forgotten esoteric movement of the early twentieth century. Granted unprecedented access to letters, diaries and internal documents never released to the public, Joseph Ross has compiled the most comprehensive history of the early Theosophical that exists – one that tells the true story of some of its most important exploits.
The history of any organization is best told in a record of the lives of its people. Joseph Ross has exhaustively combed through the lives of some of Theosophy’s most prominent members to compile 12 volumes on the known and unknown history and hidden agendas at work in the early days of Theosophy, particularly its relationship to Jiddu Krishnamurti and the order of the Star in the East. Containing never-before-seen letters of Theosophical figures such as Dr. Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater, these volumes provide the historical key for the true student of Theosophy to understand the history of the organization.
I tried to expose, in impersonal narratives, the crying vices and evils of the day, the psychological Ego creating the mystery in which we live and makes us so ignorant. It is the swaying, vibrating, never resting desires of the ego in man playing the game of becoming.
To begin this arduous task; we must lay the foundation first, "Man Know Thy Self," the inner workings of the psychological Self. Making available these three volumes may allow the readers to see clearer, and according to facts, the truth behind the founding of the ritual, instead of prejudging agreeably to rooted misconceptions. Then and not till, will the organization find itself forced to acknowledge that they were wrong, but to bring this to fruition, people have to act as such. To see the truth of rituals and initiations have never saved man, or freed him from pain sorrow, and so on. You must have a free, open mind. A mind must be inquiring, asking, doubting, and to doubt is the most dangerous thing for most people. Overall, reification is the tendency for individuals to ascribe a definitive value or form to an abstract concept. The founding of the Egyptian Rite is a concrete fallacy; this occurs when an abstract belief or concept is treated as if it was tangible or real. The Fallacy is the process of assigning a psychological property to an object as if it had its own capabilities.
There is evidence in the research found on Belzoni’s manuscripts, in A.D. 1818 drawings regarding Egyptian Freemasonry, what is called the Egyptian Rite is illustrated by colored drawings, as found on the walls of the rock-excavated from the Masonic Temple, constructed by Pharaoh Seti I. and his son Rameses II. It was published by the New York Herald, February 16, 1880. I personally spent several weeks researching the Masonic Temple regarding the Egyptian Rite Ritual in Egypt back in the 1980’s as I was then beginning to write the history of the ER according to the written records by C.W. Leadbeater and George Arundale. Anyone who take the trouble to read and consider Belzoni’s illustrations, will realize that secret societies like Freemasonry existed in remote antiquity. George Arundale had access to this material when he said that he brought through the revival of the mysteries of the Egyptian Rite.
The three volumes will point in a direction that Krishnamurti, in his dialogues, said nothing new from the time the 1880 letters were written to A.P. Sinnett as in centuries past. There is a coherent resonance between the message Krishnamurti gave and the Brothers gave to the Theosophical Society in 1875. When Krishnamurti stated that rituals, vows and initiations will not free one, it was the active imagination of the leaders of the Society to revive the old religions and ceremonials with new mental images, beliefs, paths, initiation’s and dogmas, all wrapped in new clothes to keep the membership in line, which are meaningless.
In all three volumes the documents will show how George Arundale allowed free reign to his imagination resulting in many fixed and material concepts dealing with the coming Maitreya, and Krishnamurti’s failure as the World-Teacher. By 1931, you will read the appearance of a number of rituals for the use in the Egyptian Rite such as the Rose and the Cross having been dropped by the Order of the Star, and many communications from the Master’s regarding Their invested energy or force in the center of Huizen. The three volumes will contain information regarding the status of Their Pupils that signed the Promise of 1933 according to George Arundale. These Letters of communication from the Master’s are not directly written by Them, but George Arundale wrote down these letters to whom they are attributed. The World University according to George, had a promising beginning, but by 1932 George admitted its failure. By 1934 the battle between Herbrand Williams and George Arundale, two very powerful egos wanting to gain control over the Egyptian Rite caused a great deal of stress and conflict within the organization. In closing, Joseph Chilton Pearce’s The Crack in the Cosmic Egg touches the very core, that a crack in our self-world view, is a crack in our identity-reality that opens the doors of perception or insight locked shut by the limitations and constraints imposed by culture and so-called religious organizations.