The Theosophical
Society in Australia

With International Headquarters at Adyar, Chennai, India.

Dictionaries and Glossaries

Various resources to aide the serious Theosophist.

The following reading list attempts to achieve a balance between the older classical books and modern expositions:

  • Apte, V.S. The Student’s English-Sanskrit Dictionary (Motilal Banarsidass 1974)
  • Blavatsky, H. P. Theosophical Glossary (1892/1974)
  • de Purucker,Gottfried Occult Glossary: A Compendium of Oriental and Theosophical Terms (1933/1969)
  • Hall, M. P. The Secret Teachings of All Ages — An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy (Philosophical Research Society, Inc. 1977)
  • Harris, Philip (Gen. Ed.) Theosophical Encyclopedia (TPH Philippines 2006)
  • Macdonell, Arthur Practical Sanskrit Dictionary (Oxford University Press 1924/1999)
  • Monier-Williams, Sir M. Sanskrit-English Dictionary (Motilal Banarsidass 1899/OUP)
  • Tyberg, Judith Sanskrit Keys to the Wisdom Religion: An Exposition of the Philosophical and Religious Embodied in the Sanskrit Terms Used in Theosophical and Occult Literature (Point Loma Publications 1940/1976)


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