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The main argument of this article is that Annie Besant's Bhagavad-Gita translations can be interpreted as epistemological strategies aimed at providing evidence of her authority by means of proving her insight into occult knowledge. This article is an extended written version of a paper presented at the ESSWE6 conference in Erfurt, Germany. The overall theme of the conference was "Western Esotericism and Deviance". Because of the overall theme of "deviance," the article discusses "deviance" as an analytical category and asks how and whether the deviance category might be used in research on the Theosophical Society. In the second section, the main thesis of the article is stated. In the third section, this thesis is discussed in more depth by reviewing Annie Besant's Bhagavad-Gita translations and some reviews written about them in Theosophical journals.

In: Esotericism and Deviance