Echoes from the Orient by William Q Judge
This small book first appeared in 1890 as a series of articles included by the reforming philanthropist editor Kate Field for a new paper Kate Field’s Washington. The articles were selected to treat a subject that grew out of the popular demand for something useful and suitable for a wide audience on ‘life, living and its purposeful ideals.’
Theosophy was gaining critical acclaim and a short series was thought necessary to explain its ideas.
Its Oriental philosophy was radical and progressive; for the first time most people in the West were introduced to the ideas of Reincarnation and Karma. Those who had heard about Eastern sages, “the guardians of Theosophical truth,” were struck by the new concepts they taught. It signaled a new approach to life, one that was sympathetic, religious and practical, and without the need to follow priests and Gods.
The old structures from 2,000 years of European history were giving way to something more inclusive, reasonable and philosophically coherent, the echoes of the once universal ancient wisdom. It taught of independent groups of spiritually-minded sages and wise men who collaborated with each other, regardless of the boundaries of religions and continents, to bring enlightenment to men of all races.
These essays inspired people to explore Theosophy and to give it their serious consideration – this period marked the start of the New Age of thought, and it was based on the sound and ageless principles of Eastern metaphysics.
Today the ideas of the New Cycle are still developing and as they emerge they deserve the sincere attention of all thoughtful people of whatever race, religion and country.