The Last Volume of the Krotona Series on The History of Theosophy Published
The final volume of the 6 volume Krotona Series is now published, detailing through rare archival documents the inner workings of the Theosophical Society during years of turmoil around J. Krishnamurti's departure from the society.
Putting this work in historical context, the foreword writer to the book, RE Mark Lee, writes:
"As there is no oeuvre of Theosophical Society history world-wide or in America except for the several volumes that comprise the Krotona history in California by Joseph Ross the reader has no other source to refer to that could provide the larger framework that would make sense of the history of the Society, Krotona as the Esoteric center, and of Krishnamurti’
"Having curated these documents and images and feeling responsible for them", the author Joseph Ross relates, "I also have felt the need to make their story accessible. The Theosophical Society has been a very chapter in the West's approach to new religious ideas and ideals, and had an important role in the coming of J. Krishnamurti onto the world stage. For these reasons, I have felt really compelled to complete the Krotona Series."
The work is revealing of how religious movements work internally as institutions, especially in the face of unexpected change says Theosophical scholar Robert Boyd:
"Volume 6 is a shattering account of the activities of the early leaders of The Theosophical Society, including their attempts at coercing Theosophical members into agreement ... Much of this information is not available anywhere else. "
The Krotona Archives website http://www.krotonaarchives.com has news of Ross's books as well as about the Ross Collection. Ross says he has finished the Krotona Series, but that a great deal of material remains in the Ross Collection that could be brought to light.
Krishanmurti's Departure from the Theosophical Society, 1932-1940 is available in print and kindle editions from Amazon: http://amzn.com/