International Club for Psychical Research

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The International Club for Psychical Research (ICPR) was a short-lived psychical organization that was formed in May 1911 by Annie Besant.[1][2]

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The ICPR was considered a rival organization to the Society for Psychical Research.[3][4] The headquarters of the club were situated in Regent Street, London near Piccadilly Circus.[5]

The club held a séance room for testing spiritualist mediums, a lecture hall, library, dining room and two kitchens.[1] Its membership was open to any belief system but mainly consisted of occultists, spiritualists and theosophists. The International Psychic Gazette was a monthly periodical founded in 1912 as the official organ of the ICPR but ceased after a few months. It was revived as an independent publication, the Psychic Gazette by Scottish businessman and editor John Lewis. It survived for over twenty years, 1913–1935.[6] Continental editors were Pascal Forthuny and Felicia Rudolphina Scatcherd.[6]

The first westerner, Frank Humphreys met Ramana Maharshi in 1911 and wrote articles about him which were published in the International Psychic Gazette in 1913.[7][8] According to Arvind Sharma his account "has been widely viewed as an excellent summation of Ramana Maharshi's teachings."[9]

Contributors to the Psychic Gazette included Arthur Conan Doyle, Horace Leaf, James Martin Peebles and Lilian Whiting.[6] In 1911, the club was reported to have had six hundred members.[1] Known members included Lyman J. Gage, Lord Edward Gleichen, Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick, Alfred Edward Turner and Francis Younghusband.[1][10]

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  1. ^ a b c d Anonymous. (1911). A London Club For Ghosts: Accommodations for Spooks at the New Home of the International Club for Psychical Research. The Sun (New York). September 24, p. 3
  2. ^ Ross, Joseph E. (1989). Krotona of Old Hollywood, 1866–1913. El Montecito Oaks Press. pp. 82–83. ISBN 978-0925943118
  3. ^ Anonymous. (1911). Spooks Are Encouraged: London Club Invites Messages From the Spirit World. The Washington Post. June 11, p. 3
  4. ^ Gaebelein, Arno C. (1914). Current Events in the Light of the Bible. New York. pp. 104–106
  5. ^ Whiting, Lilian. (1914). The Lure of London. Little, Brown and Company. pp. 166–167
  6. ^ a b c "Periodical: International Psychic Gazette". The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals.
  7. ^ Osborne, Arthur. (1959). The Mind of Ramana Maharshi. Jaico Publishing House. pp. 106–111.
  8. ^ Melton, J. Gordon. (2013). The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena. Visible Ink. p. 16. ISBN 978-1578592098
  9. ^ Sharma, Arvind. (2006). Ramana Maharshi: The Sage of Arunachala. Penguin Books. p. 81. ISBN 978-0670058303
  10. ^ Anonymous. (1911). Union Of Theosophy and Spiritualism. Secular Thought: A Monthly Journal of Rational Criticism in Politics, Science and Religion. 37 (1): 254–255.

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