The Writings of Charles Johnston

The Writings of Charles Johnston

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Here we present the collected writings of Charles Johnston (1867-1931). In the menu to your right, you will find links to books published by Mr. Johnston along with a full 265 published articles, translations and commentaries. These we have arranged in chronological order, as much as possible, with the exception of serialized articles, which we have arranged according to the publication date of their first installment. Below you will find an alphabetical listing of the same.

The work of compiling these writings has relied heavily upon the resources made available by the Theosophical Society (Pasadena) and the United Lodge of Theosophists (Los Angeles), both of whom have maintained copies of the periodicals in which Johnston’s writings were chiefly published, the most notable being the Theosophical Quarterly Magazine. Charles Johnston’s most valuable work is his translations of core Eastern texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Crest-Jewel of Wisdom, Tao Te Ching, and most particularly of the 10 Principle (Mukhya) Upanishads. Accompanying these translations are extensive commentaries that examine the texts in the light of modern theosophical wisdom, making for an exceedingly valuable tool for theosophical students. Johnston’s true gift to posterity is the vision he presents of the core-wisdom that underlies these great works, and the immediate connection made between that wisdom and the teachings of the Western religious tradition, particularly the teachings of Jesus and St. Paul the Initiate. If one studies Johnston’s writings with a mind set on truth, one will inevitably come away with a conviction that there is no fundamental difference between the spiritual teachings of East and West, and, furthermore, that these ancient teachings are at one with those embodied in the modern theosophical movement.

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Articles of Charles Johnston in Alphabetical Sequence

A Bengal Bazaar

A Drama of the Great Initiation

A High Disciple, a Prophecy, and a Miracle

A Hundred Years Ago

A Memory of Madame Blavatsky

A Page of the Apocalypse

A Poet Theosophist: Walt Whitman

A Rajput Sage

A Trap for a Friend

A Vedic Master (Prashna Upanishad)

A Vedic Master (Prashna Upanishad)

A Visit to the Buddha

A Word on Schopenhauer

Among the Celestials

An Answer

An Old Legend (Chandogya Upanishad)

An Outline of the “Secret Doctrine”

The Antiquity of India

The Antiquity of Indian Writing

Arjuna’s Beliefs

Aryan Origins and the Primeval Savage

The Awakening to the Self (Atma Bodha)

The Awakening to the Spirit (Atma Bodha)

The Bhagavad Gita

“The Birth of Space”

The Birth of the World-Egg (Manava Dharma Shastra)

The Books of Hidden Wisdom

Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

Buddha’s Cosmogenesis

The Buddha’s Cosmology

The Buddha’s Former Births

The Buddha’s Life

Buddha’s Method (Akankheyya Sutta)

Buddha’s Renunciation

The Buddha’s Teaching of the Logos

Building on Recollection

By The Master (Isha Upanishad)

By the Master (Isha Upanishad)

By Whom? (Kena Upanishad)

By Whom? (Kena Upanishad)

Cain and Able

The Chain of Causation

Chhandogya Upanishad

The Childhood and Youth of St. Paul

Children as Teachers

Classification of Principles

Colonel Olcott at Home

Concerning Three Brahmans (Hitopadesha)

The Creed of Christendom

The Crest Jewel of Wisdom

“The Crown of Life”

The Culture-Language of the Future

The Dangerous Revival of Spiritualism

The Dangers of Psychism

Details of Discipline

Deussen’s Upanishads

Devotion and Understanding!

Discipline for Disciples

The Doctrine of the Divine Man

Does Consciousness Evolve? The Answer of the Vedanta

The Dogma of the Virgin Birth

Dramas of the Mysteries

Dream and Dreamlessness

The Dream of Life (Vakyasudha)

The Dream of Ravan

The Earliest Races (Vayu Purana)

The Early Races in the Popol Vuh

Eastern and Western Psychology

Eloquent, Just, and Mighty Death

Emerson and Occult Laws

“Emerson and Occultism.”

Esoteric Teaching (Rig Veda)

The Essence of the Teaching (Vakya Sudha)

The Essence of the Teaching (Vakya Sudha)

The Ethics of Study

Faith and Works in the Upanishads and the New Testament

Father, Mother and Son (Aitareya Upanishad)

Fear and Valor

The First Fruits of Peace

First Principles 1 (Chandogya Upanishad)

First Principles 2 (Chandogya Upanishad)

“For I Desired Mercy, and Not Sacrifice”

The Four Duties of a Dervish

The Fourfold Self’s Three Vestures

From the Highlands of Lemuria

The Fruits of Discipleship

The Genius of the New Era

Giordano Bruno: A Martyr Theosophist

Gleams from the Dawn-Land

Gospels and Upanishads

The Gospels of the Kingdom

The Great Deep (Vayu Purana)

The Great Upanishads

The Great War and the Great Initiation

The Growth of Philosophy in America

The Guardian of the Gate

The Guatemalan Secret Doctrine

H. P. B.

The Heart of the Mystery

Heart, Will, Life (Chandogya Upanishad)

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

The Heritage of the Brahmans

Honey for the Gods (Chandogya Upanishad)

The Hymn of the Spirit (Rig Veda)

The Ideal Brahman

The Immortal Family

In the House of Death (Katha Upanishad)

India, Mother of Nations

Indian Chronology

Indian Ideals

Indian Proverbs

The Indian Renaissance

Indicative Words for the Future

Instructions for Disciples (Taittiriya Upanishad)

Is “Time” a Dimension of “Space”

Karma and Ancient Law

The Katha Upanishad and the Great Initiation

The Kingdom of Heaven and the Upanishads

King Nala’s Rivals (Mahabharata)

Kshatriya and Brahman

The Ladder of Consciousness

The Lesson of Loneliness

The Lessons of Karma

“Light on the Path”

The Logos and Life

The Logos and Meditation

The Logos and the Heart

The Logos and the Mind

The Logos Doctrine

The Lord of the Three Worlds

The Lord of the Will

The Lotus of the Bliss of the Eternal (Taittiriya Upanishad 2)

The Lotus of the Sage Bhrgu (Taittiriya Upanishad 3)

The Lotus of the Teaching (Taittiriya Upanishad 1)

Lovers of the East (Henry Thomas Colebrooke)

Lovers of the East (Sir William Jones)

Lovers of the East: Anquetil Duperron

Macrocosm and Microcosm (Aitareya Upanishad)

Madame Blavatsky’s Forbears

The Magicians of the Blue Hills

Mars and Mercury: A Possible Solution

Materialistic Science (A Summary)

The Meaning of Om

The Meaning of OM (Mandukya Upanishad)

The Measures of the Eternal (Mandukya Upanishad)


The Message of India

The Mother of the Vedas (Gayatri)

Mrs. Donne’s Astral Body

The Mysteries of Sound 1 (Chandogya Upanishad)

The Mysteries of Sound 2 (Chandogya Upanishad)

The Mysteries of Sound 3 (Chandogya Upanishad)

Nala and the Gods (Mahabharata)

The Nativity of Buddha

Natural Psychical and Spiritual Bodies (Gaudapada’s Mandukya Karika)

New Year in the New Land

The Noble Eightfold Path (Dharma Chakra Pravarttana Sutra)

“Not Unto Us.”

Occultism in the Upanishads

The Occultism of Southern India

The Opening Eyelids of the Morn

Orcus; or Past and Future

Oriental Gleanings

Pages from the Upanishads (Mandukya Upanishad)

Patanjali and His Disciples

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Paul the Disciple

The Priestess of Isis and her Accusers

The Prince and the Woodman (Sankhya Aphorisms)

Psychism and the Fourth Dimension

The Races of Ancient India (Mahabharata)

Rajput and Brahman (Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad)

Rajput and Brahman in Buddha’s Day

The Realm, the Radiance, and the Power

The Red Rajputs

The Religion of Ancient Egypt

The Religion of Chaldea

The Religion of China

The Religion of India

The Religion of the Will

The Religious Question in China

Reminiscences [Clement Griscom]

The Sacred Books of the Jews

Sankara, the Teacher

Sanskrit Study in the West

Sanskrit’s Nearest Neighbour

Schopenhauer and Shankara

“The Second Wave”

The Secret of Power

Self and Eternal

Self-Glorification or Self-Conquest

The Sermon on the Mount

The Seven Dwipas

The Sevenfold Counsels of Perfection

Shall We Know our Friends in Heaven?

Shankara, Teacher of India

Shankara’s Catechism (Tattva Bodha)

Shankara’s Thought

Shankaracharya’s Catechism (Tattva Bodha)

Some Parables of the Buddha

The Song of the Self (Siddhanta-Tattva-Vindu)

The Songs of the Master

Songs of the Master

The Sorrows of Damayanti (Mahabharata)

The Soul and the Self (Shankara)

The Soul’s Way

The Speech of the Gods

States of Consciousness

The States of Consciousness

Stories of the Mysteries

The Story of Adam and Eve in the New Testament

Symbolism of the Upanishads

The Tale of a Tiger (Hitopadesha)

Tales of the Ancient Rajputs

Talks About Indian Books


Teachers Other Than Human (Chandogya Upanishad)

The Theosophical Movement

The Theosophical Society

The Three Gods of Man

The Tide of Life

The Tree of Life

The Turning Tide

The Two Wisdoms (Mundaka Upanishad)

The Two Wisdoms (Mundaka Upanishad)

Theosophy (Lecture 1)

Theosophy (Lecture 10)

Theosophy (Lecture 2)

Theosophy (Lecture 3)

Theosophy (Lecture 4)

Theosophy (Lecture 5)

Theosophy (Lecture 6)

Theosophy (Lecture 7)

Theosophy (Lecture 8)

Theosophy (Lecture 9)

Theosophy and Modern Problems

Three Books on the Vedanta

Thyself and Thy King

Tibetan Buddhism

“To Die, To Sleep”

Traces of India in Ancient Egypt

True Friendship (Hiri Sutta)

True Poverty and True Wealth

Two Professors: Christian and Skeptic

“Two Thousand Years Ago”—A Contrast

Uncomfortable Brothers

The Upanishads and the Brahmans

The Vedanta in Daily Life

The Vedanta Philosophy

The Vedanta Philosophy

Vestures of Consciousness

Vicarious Atonement and Karma

“Vikramâditya’s Jewel.”

Visâkhâ: A Woman Disciple of the Buddha

“Vita Brevis” (Hitopadesha)

The Warrior (Sankya Aphorisms)

The Water of Life

What the Theosophical Society is Not

The White of the Dawn

Wise and Foolish Disciples

The World Without End-Hour

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