3. New Thought In Old Wine Skins

Eddy, Blavatsky, and the New Thoughters Metabolize Vedanta


Anyone who goes to a Unity Church or a Religious Science center on a Sunday morning is getting a taste of Vedic philosophy, even if the minister delivering the sermon uses no Sanskrit terms or fails to mention any idea or concept associated with Hinduism. That’s because the founders of those movements, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and Ernest Holmes respectively, studied Eastern philosophy in their early years and were grounded in Emersonian thought.

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The New Thought movement that began toward the end of Emerson’s days had an enormous impact on American spirituality. In addition to Holmes and the Fillmores, chapter 3 looks at Mary Baker Eddy, who created Christian Science, Madame Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophy,and other New Thought progenitors.

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The chapter features a section on Jiddu Krishnamurti. The highly influential teacher (who would not like being called a teacher) was brought to the West by Theosophists who saw him as a Messiah figure—a role he later repudiated.

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Much more to come. Please send ideas and links.