Perennial Wisdom Resources: Theosophy, Western Esotericism, and the Essential Unity of all Religions



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Perennial Wisdom Resources in Special Collections

Perennial Wisdom Resources

Perennial Wisdom Resources in Special Collections currently consists of three library collections: The Krotona Theosophy and Perennialism Collection, the Lomaland Theosophy and Perennialism Collection and the Peter Philp Collection of Western Esotercism. These recently acquired collections share a common thread and inspiration: the 'essential unity of all religions' and the Theosophical Society's Sanskrit motto 'There is no Religion Higher than Truth,' promoted by Theosophy founder, Helena Blavatsky. The Krotona Institute of Theosophy Collection is historically sourced in the work of the social reformer, educator and Theosophist Annie Besant, C. W. Leadbeater and Jiddu Krishnamurti. The Lomaland Collection is linked with the Lomaland community (1897-1942) and the work of its founder, the Theosophic educator and social reformer Katherine Tingley and the theosophic philosophy of G. dePurucker. The Peter Philp Collection is primarily focused around Philp's theosophy-inspired interest in Western Esotericism.

Together the collections comprise approximately nine thousand volumes and cover a broad range of perennial wisdom traditions, including the primary world religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Islam, as well as Taosim, Global Mytholgy, the philosophy and religions of ancient Greece, Egyptian religion and mythology, Neoplatonism, Gnosticisim, Sufi traditions, Poetry, Literature, Art, Western Esotericism, Alchemy, Theosophy, Indigenous cultures of the Americas, Meso-American culture, and more. 

During the course of 2020, it is our goal to bring greater access and availability to this collection and the cultural values these traditions bring to the world today.

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