The Last Volume of the Krotona Series on The History of Theosophy Published
PR Log - Sep 15, 2012 - Joseph Ross, the author of multiple volumes on the history of Theosophy and the founder of the Ross Collection of rare archival documents of Theosophical Society history, including its relationship to J. Krishnamurti, has published the last volume of the 6 volume Krotona Series: Krishanmurti's Departure from the Theosophical Society, 1932-1940.
Putting this work in historical context, the foreword writer to the book, RE Mark Lee, writes:
"As there is no oeuvre of Theosophical Society history world-wide or in America except for the several volumes that comprise the Krotona history in California by Joseph Ross the reader has no other source to refer to that could provide the larger framework that would make sense of the history of the Society, Krotona as the Esoteric center, and of Krishnamurti’s association with the Society."
"Having curated these documents and images and feeling responsible for them", the author Joseph Ross relates, "I also have felt the need to make their story accessible. The Theosophical Society has been a very chapter in the West's approach to new religious ideas and ideals, and had an important role in the coming of J. Krishnamurti onto the world stage. For these reasons, I have felt really compelled to complete the Krotona Series."
The work is revealing of how religious movements work internally as institutions, especially in the face of unexpected change says Theosophical scholar Robert Boyd:
"Volume 6 is a shattering account of the activities of the early leaders of The Theosophical Society, including their attempts at coercing Theosophical members into agreement ... Much of this information is not available anywhere else. "
The Krotona Archives website http://www.krotonaarchives.com has news of Ross's books as well as about the Ross Collection. Ross says he has finished the Krotona Series, but that a great deal of material remains in the Ross Collection that could be brought to light.
Krishanmurti's Departure from the Theosophical Society, 1932-1940 is available in print and kindle editions from Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0096DWQ7C.