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Arvind--PJ background

Jan 27, 1994 01:25 PM
by K. Paul Johnson

Dear Arvind,

Here's the answer to the publisher's
marketing questionnaire question on my background.

K. Paul Johnson (B.A. Centenary College, M.L.S. University of
Alabama) has written thirty articles for Theosophical and
related journals in the U.S., U.K., Australia and France. He
is also author of "Madame Blavatsky-- the Veiled Years," a 1987
booklet, In Search of the Masters (1990) and The Masters
Revealed (SUNY Press, 1994) His research has been presented in
papers at three annual Theosophical History Conferences in
London and one in San Diego. In 1990 he spent six weeks of
research in India and France, visiting libraries and archives
in Bombay, New Delhi, Jammu, Madras, Paris and
Aix-en-Provence. His professional career has been devoted to
Virginia public libraries. He is presently Assistant Director
of the Halifax County-- South Boston Regional Library.

In addition, you may be interested to know that I was brought
up a Methodist, from age 12-15 went through enthusiasms for
Mormonism, Christian Science, Unitarianism, converted to Baha'i
at 15 and stayed til age 20. Since then (20 years ago) have
not formally belonged to any spiritually oriented groups except
the Adyar T.S. and the U.L.T. (joined 1978) and the Pasadena
T.S. (joined 1980). I resigned from U.L.T. in the early 80s
but retain membership in the two T.S.'s. Since then, however,
I have explored the Fourth Way movement and Swami
Satchidananda's satsang in local groups, have participated in
A.R.E. Study Group program, and have studied astrology at some
length. Going to India was the high point of my life and I
would like to make contact with an experientially-oriented
group with some links to Sikhism; thus the interest in
Radhasoami and offshoots. I gather that the Beas outfit is
very conservative, makes you give up meat and alcohol to get
initiated etc. and am wondering if the Sawan Kirpal Ruhani
Mission (Darshan Singh's disciples, with an ashram here in VA)
might be easier to approach.

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