John Ross' website and new book on Krotona, Theosophy and Krishnamurti

John Ross, who has written several books on the history of Krotona has 
a website at <>.

He has also released Vol V in the Krotona Series titled - Krotona,
Theosophy and Krishnamurti and is listed for $30.00.

The site says the following about the book:

The period of 1927-1931 was a significant time for Theosophy;
through the lens of rare source material, author Joseph Ross takes us back
to Krotona in Ojai, a Theosophical center during a time of change and
disruption as the figure, J. Krishnamurti, heralded as the World-Teacher
by theosophists breaks away from the organization.
We see theosophical thinkers working to reconcile (or not) this change,
while we also read about the daily life, efforts, building and conflicts around
a counter-cultural spiritual movement that found a home in California.

The site also has the following interesting observation:

"The Ross Collection spans decades of letters and images and other
archival source materials related to the interesting history of the
Theosophical Society. Because some of this material has been treated
as secret by the Theosophical Society itself, the author's works are not
provided by official outlets. Thus the need for and
for the publishing of the works by Joseph Ross. Selected documents
from the Ross Collection will be available for purchase by collectors and
other Theosophy scholars."

It would be interesting to see a list of documents and other items of
historical value which can be purchased by collectors.

There have been talk that sometimes important historical material
when it gets into the hands of some leaders, they tend to become
treated as secret and disappears & thus no one will have access to
them in the future.

Years ago, there was a msg in one of the theosophical discussion lists of
an episode of how someone ran into a document relating to some rite and
when the document was mentioned to the visiting speaker who happened
to be a well known lecturer, this lecturer showed immense interest on it and
took it over from the hands of the person who had it and no one has seen it since.

Ross, in launching the archives site is doing a valuable service to theosophists
and those interested in Krishnamurti, in preserving the access to the priceless
historical documents and other materials.

As for the book, I would like to see a pdf file available and could be bundled
with the print copy as some publishers are doing now. A pdf file is independent
of the reading device - computer, notebook, netbook, high end phone, iPad, etc etc
and not tied to proprietary ebook device. When any publication is tied to a
proprietary device, the price to consumer goes up and most potential readers
of the theosophical material especially outside the West, tend to be not affluent
enough to buy them.


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Comment by M K Ramadoss on July 1, 2011 at 4:53pm
We have not heard anything yet about the electronic edition. Also the book is on sale on Amazon for the full list price of $30.00. At this pricing, I do not know how large is the potential market for the book considering the number of theosophists around who know about Krotona and is willing and able to afford the book. Let us wait and see.

Comment by M K Ramadoss on June 11, 2011 at 4:39pm
Here is a link to first chapter which is on

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