Spirituality links > Theosophy > Theosophical Organisations > Theosophical Society Adyar > Theosophical Order of Service

Theosophical Order of Service

Theosophical Society (Adyar)

The Theosophical Order of Service was founded by Annie Besant in 1908 as a wellfare arm of the Theosophical Society (Adyar). Its activities include almost every kind of goodwill work imaginable. From schools in poorer countries like India to animal wellfare, from activism for vegetarianism to relief work in case of natural disasters (most recently Katrina). It's aims:

1) To minimise the sum of misery in the world;
2) To forget self in working for others;
3) To eliminate selfishness and substitute love as the rule of the world; and
4) To live to the highest that is within us.

An example of its work in Southern India near Madras (Chennai):

As part of the tsunami rehabilitation programme, the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) has donated machinery worth Rs. 5 lakhs to the Annie Besant Ammaiyar Coastal Women's Federation for setting up a paper recycling unit at Manakuppam here. (source may 2006)


International Museum of Peace and Solidarity
The Peace Department of the Theosophical Order of Service (T.O.S.), which has been in contact with Anatoly and Vladimir Ionesov, shares their vision for a world at peace, ecologically sound, and governed by a respect for universal human rights and values. One of the projects of the Peace Department, “Artists for Peace”, is in the process of compiling a booklet of artistic contributions to send to the museum for inclusion in their permanent display. The department looks forward to a long and fruitful association with the Peace Museum.