Originally published 1890. Theosophical University Press electronic version ISBN 1-55700-097-2. Due to current limitations in the ASCII character set, and for ease of searching, no diacritical marks appear in this electronic version of the text.
DEDICATED TO HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE BY THE AUTHOR
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The title for these article was chosen by Miss Kate Field when they were first sent for publication in her new paper, Kate Field's Washington, in January, 1890, and to her belongs all the credit for an appropriate name. The use of the nom de plume "Occultus" was also the suggestion of Miss Field, since it was intended that the personality of the author should be hidden until the series was completed.
The restrictions upon the treatment of the subject growing out of the popular character of the paper in which they were published precluded the detail and elaboration that would have been possible in a philosophical or religious periodical. No pretense is made that the subject of Theosophy as understood in the Orient has been exhaustively treated, for, believing that millions of years have been devoted by the sages who are the guardians of Theosophical truth to its investigation, I think no one writer could do more than to repeat some of the echoes reaching his ears.
William Q. Judge
New York, September, 1890