Thomas Troward was Her
Majesty's Assistant Commissioner and later Divisional Judge of the North
Indian Punjab from 1869 until his retirement in 1896. It is this later
period for which he is best remembered and most celebrated; in it he was
at last able to devote himself to his great interest in metaphysical and
The most notable results were
a few small volumes that have had a profound effect on the development
of spiritual metaphysics, in particular that of the the New Thought
Movement, of which the teaching known as Science of Mind is
Troward's most direct legacy. He was a much influential figure in the
development of 'Ernest Holmes' Religious Science/Science of
Mind organization due to the impact his philosophy had on Holmes, and
Troward's teachings are regularly taught in Science of Mind classes.
Thomas Troward was born in
Punjab, India, in 1847 of British parents, Albany and Frederica Troward.
His father was a full colonel in the Indian Army. He was brought back to
England to attend school and in 1865, at the age of 18, he graduated
from college with gold medal honors in literature. He then decided to
study Law, although at heart he always considered himself an artist and
At age 22, in 1869, he
returned to India and took the difficult Indian Civil Service
Examination. One of the subjects was metaphysics and Troward surprised
everyone with his answers because of their originality. He became an
assistant commissioner and was quickly promoted to Divisional Judge in
the Punjab, where he served for the next 25 years.
In India, he married his
first wife. Together, they had three children. He married a second time
after his first wife died and had three more children. His second wife,
Sarah Ann, helped in the publishing of his works after his death. In the
forward to a publication entitled, Troward's Comments On The Psalms,
Annie Troward writes: "When he retired from the Bengal Civil
Service in 1896, he decided to devote himself to three objects -- the
study of the Bible, writing his books, and painting pictures... He
believed that the solution to all our problems was there (in the Bible)
for those who read and meditated with minds at one with its
Troward's favorite hobby was
painting. He had won several prizes for art in India. After he retired
from Civil Service, he returned to England in 1902, at the age of 55,
intending to devote himself to his painting, as well as writing. He had
already thoroughly digested all of the sacred books of the oriental
religions and they had certainly influenced his spiritual ideas. It is
said that at one time a vision came to him about the development of a
system of philosophy that gave peace of mind and the practical results
of physical health and happiness to the individual.
People described him as a
kind and understanding man, simple and natural in manner, but personally
boring as a speaker. He was considered a very precise and proper
Englishman. His two daughters were born of his second wife and he was
fond of playing practical jokes with his family. While in India, he
learned the language of the country. He studied all of the bibles of the
world, including the Koran, Hindu scriptures and books of Raja Yoga. His
studies in original Hebrew provided the foundation for his book, Bible
Mystery and Bible Meaning.
Shortly after returning to
England, Troward begin to write for the New Thought Expressions
publication. He had already developed, in some detail, his philosophy of
Mental Science when he was accidentally introduced to the "Higher
Thought Center" of London through a Mrs. Alice Callow, who happened
to meet him in a London tea room. This group immediately recognized him
as an extremely articulate and learned individual. He was invited to
give a series of lectures and in 1904 delivered his famous Edinburgh
lectures at Queens Gate in Edinburgh, Scotland. These lectures were
given to a very small but appreciative group of persons. However, it is
said that even this captive, willing audience hardly understood what he
Still, Trowards genius did
not go unrecognized. The philosopher William James characterized
Trowards Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science as "far and
away the ablest statement of philosophy I have met, beautiful in its
sustained clearness of thought and style, a really classic
His writing is a combination
of intuitive oriental mysticism filtered into a Western pedantic writing
style. It is said that reading Troward is difficult. Actually, if we
read Troward slowly and deliberately we will discover that he is very
clear and concise. The secret of understanding Troward is to understand
his major premises, then how he logically argues from those premises.
This is typical of the Western legal mind.
Troward was a major influence
on the works of Ernest Holmes, Frederick Bailes, Joseph Murphy and
Emmett Fox, and has been quoted by numerous other writers.
It must be remembered in
reading Troward that he was a product of his time. His books use
scientific jargon that was present around 1900. He was raised in the
Church of England and had read the Bible daily from boyhood. Therefore,
his books, especially Bible Mystery and Bible Meaning have a
clear Christian bent.
On May 16, 1916, at the age
of 69, Thomas Troward passed from this plane. He will be recognized in
history as a contributing influence to Religious Science, the New
Thought Movement in the United States and Great Britain, and also, to
some extent, to the more liberal ideas of the Church of England.
"The Creative Process in the Individual" by Thomas
Troward - Asserts that heaven is a state of consciousness and
conditions where we experience Light, Joy, Peace, Abundance etc. in life
now. Along with his lecture-series: revolutionary.
"The Dore Lectures on Mental Science" by Thomas
Troward - But if we grasp the truth that the thing is already
existent in the thought, do we not see that this transcendent Omega must
be already in the Divine ideal of every one of us?
"The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science" by Thomas
Troward - Leads you to understand the Laws of Cause
and Effect and The Descent of Spirit into Matter and how to use these
Laws to create your own positive unlimited life.
"Bible Mystery and Bible
Meaning" by Thomas Troward - The
title is self-explanatory: it sets out to expound many of the mysteries
contained in the
Bible, and it succeeds!
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the awareness of mental science was taking shape, Troward imparted
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cities throughout North America for the next 35 years as a celebrated
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More Thomas Troward
I have recently discovered the titles of several other
books by Thomas Troward and unfortunately for all of us, some of them are
no longer in
Lectures on Mental Science
The Dore Lectures on
Thomas Troward: An Intimate
Memoir of the Teacher and the Man (by Harry Gaze)
Bible Mystery and
The Hidden Power and
Other Papers on Mental Science
The Law and the Word
The Creative Process
in the Individual