Theosophical Correspondence Courses

For those wishing individual attention and guided study in their exploration of theosophy, this series of graduated courses examines the mysteries of life, ethics, the rationale of rebirth and karma, evolution, and the path of spiritual unfolding.

Each course is composed of lessons with questions to be answered and returned for review and comment. Some questions require answers that summarize the author’s explanation; others seek the student’s ideas. When we reply we send succeeding lessons. Students are free to go at their own pace.

Theosophical writers have suggested we come to these studies casting aside everything of a personal and limiting nature so as to get more in harmony with our higher self — that eternal part that is opening the way for us. Additionally we are asked to remember that the purpose of these studies is not primarily to enlarge the intellectual understanding of the student, but rather as an earnest spiritual effort to open the heart to the higher consciousness and stimulate the intuition for service in daily life.


Life's Riddle — 18 lessons

An engaging and easy-to-read introduction to theosophical principles. This conversational presentation of timeless principles is filled with explanations of the relevance of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition.

In illuminating essays the author addresses life’s puzzles, shedding light on karma, sleep and death, reincarnation, the composition of the human character, and our various states of consciousness. Drawing from nature, world mythology, and religious scriptures, he portrays the relationship of the human ego to the higher self as an eternally evolving and hopeful one. In the author’s words the book presents some of the

“ancient teachings that furnish a solution to many of the problems of life and show that Man is not a helpless pawn ruled by blind forces, but that he has the power of choice and freedom of action, and is therefore responsible for his acts, in due time reaping all that he has sown. They show also that there is a purpose in life, and that Man faces a glorious destiny.” — p. 1

Text: Life's Riddle by Nils A. Amneus.

Expanding Horizons — 16 lessons

Offers practical insights of theosophical teachings that give reason and perspective to today’s living. This book features short essays and roundtable talks bridging a Christian outlook and theosophy — stimulating a deeper understanding of the primeval spiritual ideas distilled from the treasury of ancient traditions.

“Once an individual through the natural processes of his awakening consciousness finds the touchstone of truth within himself, he will know that its authority stems not from this or that person . . . but arises from the depths of his own soul.” — p. 9

Text: Expanding Horizons by James A. Long.

To Light a Thousand Lamps — 18 lessons

Written with directness and warmth, this book shares a universal perspective on central questions of human existence, while providing practical insights on daily living and spiritual growth. Offering a thoughtful critique of religious and scientific views and current practices in light of theosophy, the author presents the core ideas of mankind’s spiritual heritage, addressing our responsibility as partners in the oneness of humanity. In so doing she suggests how we can live with dignity, purpose, and compassion, whatever our circumstances.

“We are part of a spiritual enterprise far vaster than our finite minds can grasp.” — p. 182

Text: To Light a Thousand Lamps by Grace F. Knoche.

The Key to Theosophy — 14 lessons

After the publication of Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine, the author was deluged with questions about the human constitution, both spiritual and psychological; the mysteries of periodic rebirths; and the difference between fate, destiny, free will, and karma. These and other questions on the social needs of our time as well as the origin of man and cosmos are addressed. In HPB’s words, the book is “a key to unlock the door that leads to the deeper study.”

“From Gods to men, from Worlds to atoms, from a star to a rush-light, from the Sun to the vital heat of the meanest organic being — the world of Form and Existence is an immense chain, whose links are all connected.” — The Secret Doctrine

The text is enhanced by a 60-page glossary of philosophical terms drawn from Sanskrit, Hebrew, and classical literature.

Text: The Key to Theosophy by H. P. Blavatsky.


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Financial assistance is available where there is need.

Further Courses:

Our philosophy is broad and deep, and the above courses give a grounding in theosophical concepts and terms, as well as a glimpse into the range and subtlety of its teachings.

Further courses are available to students who have completed some of the courses above.

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Post: Theosophical Correspondence Courses, P O Box C, Pasadena, CA 91109-7107