- Publisher: Ams Pr Inc (1 January 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0404600689
- ISBN-13: 978-0404600686
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Point Loma Community in California, 1897-1942 Hardcover – Import, 1 Jan 1979
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The Theosophical Society at the turn of the century was broken into two factions: the main (arguably) branch centered in India under Annie Besant, and an American branch (the "Theosophical Society In America") under William Quan Judge, that was led by Katherine Tingley, after Judge's death in 1896.
Tingley built a new headquarters in Point Loma, California (near San Diego). Greenwalt reports that Tingley envisioned this as "an ideal community which would serve also as the Society headquarters and a place where the theosophical way of life could be realized." "Point Loma was a community, a settlement, and in its early years, at least, a colony." Point Loma had a beautiful temple and lands, as well as a hotel-sanitorium. Point Loma was also the site of an educational experiment: the Raja Yoga school, which covered music, drama, and dance in addition to academics, starting with a group of orphans (many Cuban), but also including children of the Theosophists themselves. She was involved in prison reform and other progressive movements, as well.
Greenwalt observes that "Point Loma never produced an author whose occult works have enjoyed the sustained popularity of Madame Blavatsky's volumes." Tingley built up this headquarters---probably to the neglect of theosophical "lodges" elsewhere; Greenwalt notes that "there were those who observed that while Katherine Tingley was using the brains and financial reserve of her membership in developing Point Loma, the outside lodges were dying on the vine." However, after her death in 1929, the community declined (aided by the Depression, as well as a general decline in the popularity of Theosophy), and buildings were let go and land was sold, until it finally ended in 1942.
Greenwalt's book is a very readable, scholarly, and highly interesting account for students of utopian communities, as well as alternative spiritual movements.