Important Discovery – Why I Joined the Theosophical Society


This is the first in a series of four blog posts about Anne Evans’ journey with theosophy. All quotes are from an article written by Anne Evans in 1909.* The article, “Why I Joined the Theosophical Society” came to light after the publication of my book on Anne Evans.

The recently discovered article by Anne Evans, written more than a hundred years ago, is an exciting addition to what we know about this influential but almost forgotten cultural leader in the history of Denver. As most of you know by now, writing the story of her life was complicated by the fact that she ordered all her personal papers destroyed at her death. So finding what amounts to a five-page spiritual biography, expressed in her own words, is a treasure indeed.

Anne wrote well. She was honest in telling about her own spiritual development, often funny at her own expense. In writing about her personal evolution she reveals both her doubts about traditional Christian beliefs and her admiration for the support that they offer to their adherents. She describes her delight in discovering the wisdom of Eastern texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the the publications of the Vedanta Society. And she talks about her initial friendship with a growing number of friends who were Theosophists, her attendance at their simple gatherings, her path of learning about their beliefs through defending them against prejudiced critics, and her eventual decision to join their ranks.

Anne Evans Article: "Why I Joined the Theosophical Society"

Why I joined the Theosophical Society, in the Theosophical Quarterly, January 1909, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 220-224.

Because I think that this article is a rare insight into Anne Evans’ character and motivations, I’m going to devote the next three blogs to discussing in more detail Why I Joined the Theosophical Society.

*Anne Evans, Why I Joined the Theosophical Society, in the Theosophical Quarterly, January 1909, Vol. 6, No. 3. 220-224.

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