Henry Steel Olcott, born in America on 2 August 1832, became distinguished in the field of agriculture as a young man and later for his services to the US Government during the Civil War. In 1874 when investigating spiritualistic phenomena for some New York newspapers, he met H. P. Blavatsky and together they became the principal founders of The Theosophical Society. He devoted the rest of his life to work for the Society and related causes. He is renowned and revered for his work in reinvigorating Buddhism throughout Asia. He died on 17 February 1907 at Adyar, Madras (now Chennai), India. This book is an imprint of the Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, and is imported from India.