Celestial India : Madame Blavatsky and the birth of Indian nationalism
|Format:||Print Book 2012|
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In 1917 Annie Besant (1847-1933), a white English woman, was elected president of the Indian National Congress, the body which, under the guidance of Mohandas Gandhi, would later lead India to independence. Besant was from 1907 until her death the president of the Theosophical Society, an international spiritual movement whose headquarters' located in Madras symbolized its belief in India as the world's spiritual heart.This book explores the contribution of the Theosophical Society to the rise of Indian nationalism and seeks to restore it to its proper place in the history of ideas, both with regard to its spiritual doctrine and the sources on which it drew, as well as its role in giving rise to the New Age movement of the twentieth century. The book is the first to show how nineteenth-century Orientalist study dramatically affected the rise of the Theosophical ideology, and specifically demonstrate the impact of the work of the Anglo-German scholar, Friedrich Max Mueller on Madame Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society.
Blavatsky, H. P.
-- (Helena Petrovna),
Beasant, Annie -- (Wood), -- 1847-1933.
Theosophy -- History.
Theosophy -- Influence.
Nationalism -- India -- History.
India -- History.
|Publisher|| Sheffield [England] ; Oakville, CT :Equinox Pub.,2012
English translation of an unpublished manuscript in Hebrew.
xvi, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -339) and index.