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William Quan Judge

1851 - 1896


William Quan Judge was born in Dublin, Ireland on April 13 1851. At the age of seven he was struck down  by serious illness and pronounced dead by the family doctor. He confouned everyone when he revived and during a convalescence which lasted a year, he began to show an interest in mysticism. Apparently having taught himself to read he was found engrossed in books on Mesmerism.

He emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13 years old. At age 21, he became a naturalized citizen. That same year he passed the New York state bar exam. As an attorney, he specialized in commercial law.

In 1874, Judge met Col. H. S. Olcott and, through him, H.P. Blavatsky. The following year the three were instrumental in founding the Theosophical Society. Following the publication of HPB's book, Isis Unveiled (1877), HPB and Olcott went to India to establish the TS there, leaving Judge to carry on the work in the United States. They corresponded regularly and Judge visited India in 1884. After his return he started a monthly magazine, The Path. He wrote many articles which continue to help the theosophical student. His book, The Ocean of Theosophy, is a standard class text. And his rendition of The Bhagavad-Gita is an invaluable devotional book. HPB repeatedly expressed confidence in Judge and gratitude for all of his work.

In 1888 Colonel Olcott appointed Judge as Vice President of the Theosophical Society and in 1890 he was officially selected for that office. HPB made him the official representative of the esoteric section in the USA.

William Q judge died on March 21st 1896.



The Ocean of Theosophy

William Quan Judge


Preface    Theosophy and the Masters    General Principles


The Earth Chain    Body and Astral Body    Kama – Desire


Manas    Of Reincarnation    Reincarnation Continued


Karma    Kama Loka    Devachan    Cycles


Septenary Constitution Of Man


Arguments Supporting Reincarnation


Differentiation Of Species Missing Links


Psychic Laws, Forces, and Phenomena


Psychic Phenomena and Spiritualism 




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