Echoes are heard in every age of a timeless path that leads to divine wisdom and to knowledge of our purpose in the universal design. Today’s resurgent awareness of our physical and spiritual interdependence affirms those pioneering keynotes set forth in the writings of H. P. Blavatsky. Her task was to re-present the broad panorama of the “anciently universal Wisdom-Religion,” to show its underlying expression in the world’s myths, legends, and spiritual traditions, and to show its scientific basis with the overarching goal of furthering the cause of universal brotherhood.
Some people, however, have found her books difficult and ask for something simpler. The writings of William Q. Judge, one of the Theosophical Society’s co-founders and a close personal colleague of HPB, help fill this need. His Ocean of Theosophy and Letters That Have Helped Me remain classics in the literature, describing in clear language the fundamental ideas of the wisdom-tradition and its path of spiritual quest. Yet the greater part of Judge’s literary output was for decades accessible only to those fortunate enough to have copies of the magazine he started and edited. In character with the themes it dealt with, he named it The Path.
This first volume of Echoes of the Orient comprises about 170 articles from The Path magazine, chronologically arranged and supplemented by his popular “Occult Tales.” Also included are a well-documented 50-page biography, numerous illustrations, photographs, and facsimiles, as well as a bibliography and index.
Volumes II and III, comprising Judge’s “Hidden Hints in The Secret Doctrine,” lectures at the World’s Parliament of Religions, articles and replies to questions in other magazines, tracts, pamphlets, and his “Suggestions and Aids” to fellow travelers on the Path, will follow in due course.