Explanations

The Original Programme Of The Theosophical Society

This manuscript is very interesting for anyone interested in the history of the Theosophical Society and also for those who want to know what H.P. Blavatsky's ideas were on how the Theosophical Society should be managed and what its prime work should be. H.P. Blavatsky wrote it in response to the protest of two T.S. members (Mohini M. Chatterji and A. Gebhard) who felt some of the aspects of the organization of the T.S. at that time (1886) were not in agreement with the character they wanted the T.S. to have. Especially the power of the President (H.S. Olcott) was appallingly great in their opinion. In short they challenged whether the T.S. had a democratic structure.

In response to this H.P. Blavatsky defended H.S. Olcott and outlined in clear words how the T.S. should function and what her ideas on the subject were. Those interested in historical precision the precise wording of the protest are referred to the Collected Writings, volume VII, p. 137 and onward.

The was first published by the Theosophist (Vol. XLV, June, July, August and September, 1924). In 1931 C. Jinarajadasa published it again in the Theosophist (Vol. LII, No. 11, August 1931, pp. 561-589) and there he gave it the current title.


Original Programme Manuscript