The Great School of Natural Science
The School of Natural Science was founded in Stockton,
California, in 1883 by John E. Richardson, then an attorney.
His spiritual pilgrimage had led him from his Baptist upbringing
to Spiritualism to a negative evaluation of Spiritualist phenomena.
The occasion for founding the school was Richardson’s
encounter with a stranger at the Grand Central Hotel in
Stockton. The stranger introduced himself as ‘‘Hoo-Kna-ka,’’
a representative of the School of the Master, headquartered in
India. He traced Richardson’s pilgrimage and with Richardson’s
consent began to teach him what became known as the
Great Work.
In 1894 Richardson moved to Chicago, where he associated
with Florence Huntley. They founded the Indo-American Book
Company in 1907, which published Richardson’s books, the
Harmonic Series. They also began the periodical Life in Action.
The work flourished for a decade until 1916, when charges of
financial mismanagement were leveled at TK, the name under
which Richardson was known by members of the school. Richardson
soon moved to California and reorganized the work,
which still survives.
The school teaches that universal intelligence is revealed
through immutable laws. Nature is engaged in the evolution of
individual intelligences and impels individuals to higher levels
of consciousness. The individual is an immortal soul, which
passes through a succession of physical and spiritual bodies.
The soul possesses free will. Freely conforming to natural law
leads to self-mastery, poise, and happiness.
It may be contacted at P.O. Box 1115, Cedar Ridge, California
95924. It offers correspondence courses on the school’s
teachings. Website
Richardson, J. E. The Great Message. Great School of Natural
Science, 1950.
———. The Great Work. Chicago Indo-American, 1907.
———. Who Answers Prayer Great School of Natural Science,
West, Sylvester A. TK and the Great Work in America. Chicago
The Author, 1918.