Editor's Note: I've taken to the writings of Tuesday Lobsang Rampa
like a duck to water. He had claimed from his first book forward that
every word he wrote was the truth and I've found no reason to doubt him.
His information seems to ring true and fits with other sources of esoteric
knowledge. The ridicule, mockery, and scorn that he had endured for years
from an uninformed and callous British press would have been impossible
for an ordinary man to put up with, but he stuck it out for many years and
continued to write. His readers were less cynical, fortunately, and his
popularity spread to many countries. He eventually left Britain and settled
in Ireland and later in Canada, to get away from the constant haranguing
of the British tabloids. He died in Canada in 1981.
I was a little confused on the total number of books published
by Rampa, as I could only find 20 titles in the United States, but apparently
, the correct number is 24, with 4 titles only available in Europe. A short
piece titled "My Visit to Venus" was likely published after his
I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to my good friend, Tian
Boon from Canada, for making 80% of my Rampa library available to me. In
the course of e-mail and telephone exchanges, Tian realized that I had the
same admiration for Rampa's writing as he had, but I could only obtain a
few of his books locally. The majority of Rampa's books were out of print
and I had no idea where I could find them. Without saying a word to me,
Tian took the time to laboriously hand copy each page of eleven Rampa books
in his possession, along with the 'Visit to Venus' piece, and send the whole
package to he in one large-and very heavy-box. I felt like a kid at Christmas
when I opened that mysterious box from Canada. The gift of Rampa's copied
books was only one of many kindnesses extended to me by Tian, a true friend.
All of Lobsang Rampa's books are now available on line for free. I've provided links below which will take you to those web sites where you can download all of his books.
The Story of Cyril Hoskin and T. Lobsang Rampa
By Ken Adaci, Editor
How the author T. Lobsang Rampa came to be is a tale as unusual
as anything revealed in his books. In 1947, a struggling and unemployed
writer by the name of Cyril Hoskin told his astonished
wife that he was going to change his legal name to Carl KuonSuo.
Still unable to find work under his new name, Carl nonetheless felt a strange
compulsion to adopt Oriental ways. He broke off ties with family and friends
and moved to a more remote district of England with his wife where on June
13, 1949, he suffered a mild concussion after falling from a tree that he
was punning in his garden. He was knocked unconscious for a short time,
but after he recovered, Carl KuonSuo was no longer there; another personality,
a Tibetan, had taken his place. You can read his wife's reaction to this
new personality in the piece reprinted below by Gray Barker.
I've listed all of the Rampa books known to me and their year
of publication below. Some books were only published in Europe and were
not available to North American readers. You can find many chapters from
his books excerpted at the Rampa web sites listed below his bibliography.
I'll also reprint some chapters of his books at this web site as time allows.
You can still obtain some of Rampa's most popular titles at major books
stores. I was surprised to find 13
titles available at http://www.amazon.com , along with an audio CD.
Once you begin to read Rampa, it's hard to put him down. His narrative is
full of life, color and and exciting adventure. As Rampa could travel in
the astral plane at will, you can glean a great deal of metaphysical insights
by reading his books. His style of writing puts you at ease immediately
and you feel as if you are hearing these stories first hand from a close
friend revealing these accounts in front of a crackling fireplace on a winter's
evening. It's truly wonderful reading..Ken
Tuesday Lopsang Rampa
By Gray Barker
Posted October 7, 2005
In 1956, London publishers Secker and Warburg brought out
what they thought was a very good occult book. Never did they, nor Doubleday
and Company the New York publishers, foresee that the book would suddenly
capture the imagination of two nations as the general public read the most
fascinating book on Tibet ever published. The book was autobiographic and
told the strange and inspiring story of a Tibetan monk who had progressed
from neophyte to lamahood, and had eventually attained a certain occult
faculty which comprised the title of the book.
"THE THIRD EYE," by Tuesday Lobsang Rampa
was not only a recounting of his initiations and monastary doings, but it
also proved to be a highly lively account of everyday Tibetan life.
We read the book from cover to cover one night, every bit as- fascinated
as everybody else. But we couldn't help wondering how an Easterner could
have mastered the English language so vivaciously.
The reason was soon to come in the furore over the book which took place
in London when some Tibetan scholars challenged the authenticity of Rampa
and averred he was not a Tibetan and had never been to Tibet!
Then T. Lobsang Rampa's side of the story was revealed. No he had indeed
never been to Tibet, in his present body. The spirit of a Tibetan lama had,
however entered his body, under unusual circumstances. In reply to his critics.
"THE THIRD EYE is absolutely true and all that I write
in that book is fact. I, a Tibetan lama, now occupy what was originally
the body of a Western man, and I occupy it to the permanent and total
exclusion of the former occupant. He gave his willing consent~ being glad
to escape from life on this earth in view of my urgent need.
"The actual change-over occurred on the 13th of June, 1949, but the
way had to be prepared some time before that. I know that I have a special
task to do, and I became aware that it would be necessary to come to England
for various reasons connected with it. In the latter part of 1947, I was
able to, by telepathy, send impressions to a suitable person. In February,
1946, he changed his name by legal Deed Poll.
"To make the change-over easier he altered his address a number of
times and lost contact with all friends and relations. On the 13th of
June, 1949, he had a slight accident which resulted in concussion and
which 'knocked him out of himself'. This enabled me to take over.
"I tried very hard indeed to obtain employment in
England, but for various reasons there was no assistance from the Employment
Exchange. For years I visited Employment Exchanges and the Appointment
Bureau in Tavistock Square, London. I was also registered with a number
of private Employment Agencies and paid quite a considerable amount to
them in fees, but none of them did anything for me.
"For some time we lived on capital which had been saved and upon
anything which I was able to earn from doing free-lance writing or advertising.
"I have a special task to do because during my life in Tibet I had
been to the Chang Tang Highlands where I had seen a device which enables
people to see the human aura. I am clairvoyant and can see the aura as
I have demonstrated to many people at many times, but-I am aware that
if doctors and surgeons could see the human aura then they could determine
the illness afflicting a human body before it was at all serious. It was
not possible for me to come to England in the body which I then had. I
tried but to no avail.
''The aura is merely a corona discharge of the body, of the life force.
It is similar to the corona discharge from a high tension cable which
can be seen by almost anyone on a misty night, and if money would be spent
on research, medical science would have one of the most potent tools for
the cure of disease. I had to have money in order to carry out my own
research, but, I have never taken money for curing people's illnesses
or for taking their troubles off tlreir shoulders as has been misrepresented
in a certain paper!
"And how did THE THIRD EYE come to be written? I certainly did not
want to write it but I was desperate to get a job so that I could get
on with my allotted task. I tried for job after job without avail, until
eventually a friend offered to put me in touch with a gentleman who might
be able to use my service. Mr. Brooks said I should write a book. I insisted
that I did not want to write a book and so we parted. Mr. Brooks wrote
me again and once more suggested that I should write a book. In the interval
between seeing him and receiving his letter I had been for other interviews
and had been rejected. So with much reluctance I accepted Mr. Brooks'
offer to write such a book, and here again I repeat that everything said
in that book is true. Everything said in my second book, DOCTOR FROM LHASA,
is true also. One should not place too much credence in 'experts' or 'Tibetan
Scholars' when it is seen how one 'expert' contradicts the other, when
they cannot agree on what is right and what is wrong, and after all how
many of those 'Tibetan scholars' have entered a lamasery at the age of
seven, and worked all the way through the life as a Tibetan, and then
taken over the body of a Westerner? I HAVE."
What about the man whose body Rampa took over? What of his
former life before the transformation? Following are some remarkable statements
by his wife:
"Many people will wonder about the one who occupied
that Western body before it was taken over by a Tibetan and I, as the
wife, would like to tell something of events leading to the change of
"At the first indication of something different was more than a little
startled. We were leading a:- quiet life in Surrey, my husband being on
the staff of a correspondence college, in an advisory capacity, and the
war had been over for two years. Out of the blue came his remark toward
the end of 1947-sitting quietly for some time, he startled me by suddenly
saying, 'I am going to change my name.' I looked at him aghast for I failed
to see any point in doing such a thing. We had nothing to hide, nothing
from which to run away. It took me some time to recover after he continued,
'Yes, we will change our name by Deed Poll.'
"By February, 1948, all the legal formalities had been completed,
and we had no further right to our previous name. My husband's employer
was not pleased, but there was little he could do about it, especially
as at about that time one of the firm's directors had made an alteration
to his own name.
"Of course everyone thought we had at last taken leave of our senses,
but that never bothered me. I had lived with my husband for eight years
and knew that if he had a hunch to do anything at all there was always
a very good reason for it. Soon, however, we noticed people were not saying
our name when addressing us, and even after seeing it written, they didn't
seem able to spell it; for that reason we later shortened it. I want to
clarify this point to show that we have at no time used an alias as has
been mistakenly suggested.
"At about this time my husband talked a great deal about the East
and on occasions he did in fact wear Eastern dress; he often seemed to
be very preoccupied in his manner, and I have known him to fall into a
trance state and .speak in an unfamiliar tongue. which I now believe to
be a language of the East. In July, 1949, he again made a sudden decision-this
time to give up his job! This he did to the consternation of his employer
who had always found him to be a very useful and conscientious member
of his staff.
"The idea behind this was so that we could leave the district and
lose all contact with the past, which we did. Within a year we had completely
lost touch with previous acquaintances and with our former life. We managed
to exist on what we had saved, together with what we could earn from various
forms of writing.
"The day I happened to look out the window and see my husband lying
at the foot of a tree in the garden is something I shall never forget.
I hurried out to find he was recovered, but to me, a trained nurse, he
seemed to be stunned or something. When eventually he regained consciousness
he seemed to act differently, and in ways I did not understand.
"After getting him indoors and upstairs to our flat
to rest, the main thought in my mind was to get a doctor as quickly as
possible, but I was reckoning without him-he seemed to sense my alarm
and implored me not to do so, assuring me that he was quite all right.
Certainly his speech seemed different, more halting-as if he was unfamiliar
with the language, and his voice appeared deeper than before.
"For some time I was quite concerned, for SOMETHING
seemed to have happened to his memory. Before speaking or moving he appeared
to be making calculations; much later I learned that he was 'tuning in
to my mind' to see what was expected of him. I do not mind admitting that
in the early stages I was very worried, but now it seems quite natural.
I have never ceased to wonder that such an ordinary individual as myself
should be so closely associated with such a remarkable occurrence as the
advent of a Tibetan lama to the Western World."
Although the so-called 'Tibetan Scholars" grabbed most
of the press copy, there were those who felt that they were not so scholarly
after all. Consider the following letter, received by Gray Barker from a
Buddhist, when Barker announced that he would publish Rampa's second book
in the United States and discuss the controversy in print.
Dear Mr. Barker:
After reading your remarks on Lobsang Rampa's THE THIRD EYE, I am prompted
to add a few of my own. During 1957. I had occasion to write a review
of the book for the North Indian Buddhist Quarterly, and most especially
to discuss the theological and philosophical material contained within
the text. At the time I wrote the review, I was, as were so many others,
trying to find fault with the accuracy of the information given. I had
already heard that some of the descriptions of costume and garb did not
accord with the reports of academic anthropology, and, in my ignorance
of the divergences of Tibetan religion from orthodox Buddhism, I was shocked
to find that one who called himself a monk should embrace views which,
from the standpoint of Aryan doctrine, were all but heretical.
Imagine my surprise, then, when' I received letters from Tibetan phoongi,
complimenting the succinct description of dbu-chan theology contained
in my review. This description was composed exclusively of paraphrases
on the Lobsang Rampa book under review. The greatest point of discussion
was that which had to do with the order ot discipline within the itinerant
communities of Tibetan monks. The Western correspondents, and Indian observers
all told me that Rampa was wrong; but the Tibetans wrote complaining that
he had divulged secret knowledge, which was the property of the arcane
schools of their country, and which "a closed brother, in physical
form, or etheric, did poorly to publish in the far lands to the West,
where it lay open to the gaze of the Uninitiate".
at Bodhi Sangha Sat America New York, N.Y.
Even though "exposed" by 'Tibetan scholars,"
the public continued to believe in Rampa-and to buy his books. Rampa's subsequent
books give more details of experiences which he encountered after the period
covered by THE THIRD EYE. Some of them consist of practical occult teachings
from which the ordinary person can profit. Rampa kept the subject of Flying
Saucers and space travel out of his books, evidently afraid that these accounts
might not be believed. Some of these writings, included in this book, have
been published by the "saucer press," and some of them have been
circulated privately in a mimeographed manuscript edition.
Public awareness of the UFO phenomena, however, has come a long way since
the 1950's. We think it is time to put together Rampa's Flying Saucer writings
in book form so that the public can read of these remarkable experiences.
And so this limited edition has been prepared and published. We predict
that it will be much sought after, and that once this original edition is
gone it will become a prize collector's item. The copy you hold will become
much worn and dog-eared before its demise. We hope it gives pleasure to
the owner, and to those who borrow it!
Complete List of Rampa Books, Now Available Online as free downloads.
Update May 12, 2012. I received an e-mail a few days ago from Erika B that provided a link to all of Rampa's books in 3 different download formats, as well as articles and reviews. Complete web site of Rampa's works:
Update, April 10. 2011. Last year, I found the links to every Rampa book available from the archive,org web site's WayBack Machine. Every one of them worked OK. Today, I see that the archive begins to show the book downloading and then it stops while down loading. I then get a message that says the retrieval "failed." Somebody has set up a computer code to stop those books from down loading. Wonder why? Anyway, the following links offers nine of Rampa's books in MS Word format that work OK:
The Third Eye
(some of these older links and updates may lead to Rampa books that are still down loadable. Take a look ..Ken)
Update, Oct. 12, 2010. I was contacted today by Jose Agostinho who sent a link to a web site which contain many interesting articles about Rampa, but also includes all of Rampa's books in 5 different download formats: 1) PDF, 2) MS Word, 3) Rich Text File (.rtf), 4) Open Document Text (.odt), and 5) Plain Text (.txt)
I tried to bring up the pdf files of the individual books clicking on the embedded links in the archived copy. The downloading process would begin and then inexplicably stop. I've suspected for some time that our friends in the government have sabotaged my ability to download certain things using the Way Back Machine. Don Nicoloff and I both found that we can no longer download video from YouTube, Google, etc. Somehow, when I log onto that site, it's sabotaging some of my requests.
You might be able to download the pdf files of the books without any problem, though. I've embedded the WayBack Machine links to each Rampa book listed near the bottom of this page. The links may work for you. Let me know if they do. Also, if you find another active download source for the remainder of Rampa's books, let me know (e-mail Ken Adachi)
You can find 9 of Rampa's books for free download at this link:
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