Theosophical Society

For more information on the Theosophical Society and the different Theosophical Societies, see my Theosophical Movement FAQ. On this page you will find articles on what members of the Theosophical Movement feel the Theosophical Society should be. 

There is no religion higher than truth

The interesting thing about the Theosophical Society is that it is a great place to learn about religion, philosophy, science and metaphysics - without having to commit to any dogmas or a specific spiritual path. Each member can remain in whatever religion they choose - as long as they respect each other's beliefs and practices.

The three objects of the Theosophical Society

  1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
  2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
  3. To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.

Concepts first popularized in the West by the Theosophical Society

The Theosophical Society was the first to popularize Eastern concepts for a Western audience. Here are links to articles by theosophists on concepts that have become dictionary words (or almost).

  • Akasha

    In the 19th century western science was still considering the 'Ether' as a scientific concept. The Indian version of Ether (though a lot more subtle) is Akasha.

  • Karma (and reincarnation)

    The concept of reincarnation has a long history in Western thought, starting with Pythagoras. Blavatsky added the Indian concept of Karma - which clarifies the doctrine considerably.

  • Holism: the Unity of All Life

    The absolute unity of all - Blavatsky didn't call it holism yet, but the fundamental insight that everything is connected is there.

  • Chakra and Aura

    The word 'chakra' is from Sanskrit. Leadbeater popularized the concept, but it was known in Indian texts on yoga. The word Aura has a long history in the west, but the use it currently has as something everybody has started with Leadbeater.

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Diversities of method, diversities of thought, diversities of operation, will enrich, not weaken, our Movement, if love inspire and charity judge.
1907 Inaugural Address of Annie Besant

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The chief object of the T.S. is not so much to gratify individual aspirations as to serve our fellow men.
Mahatma Letter #2

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