The Theosophical Society:

An Introduction

The Theosophical Society is a worldwide association of men and women dedicated to the uplifting of humanity through a better understanding of the oneness of life and the practical application of brotherhood. Founded in New York City in 1875 by Helena P. Blavatsky, Henry S. Olcott, William Q. Judge, and several others, it is an expression of a spiritual and educational movement that has been active in all ages. Unsectarian and nonpolitical, its objectives are:

The primary requisite for Fellowship in The Theosophical Society is an acceptance of the principle of universal brotherhood. No dogma or creed is binding upon members, who may belong to any religious faith or to none. The Society promotes independent thought and encourages its members to rely on their own inner perceptions and strength while trying to make compassion a living force in their daily lives.

The word theosophy, from the Greek theos + sophia, means divine wisdom -- wisdom concerning life from the standpoint of the divine consciousness which informs the universe. As a rich and encompassing system of thought, this ancient and universally honored stream of wisdom harmonizes the facts of nature with our highest spiritual intuitions, and forms the basis of the world's great religious and philosophical traditions. The Theosophical Society works to keep these broad teachings and ethical ideals available to all through its programs and publications.

Modern theosophical works such as The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky describe the universe as a living organism composed of numberless conscious beings evolving on many different levels, each unique yet linked and interdependent. Emanated from the one divine source to which all will eventually return, these life-sparks unfold their inner potential through successive rebirths. Our planet and all of nature's kingdoms are viewed as essentially spiritual with a divine purpose, expressions of the underlying harmony and justice in the universe.

As a contemporary restatement of the laws of spiritual and physical nature, theosophy explains who we are and what our relationship is with the cosmos. This leads to an appreciation of the interconnectedness of all life, so that altruism and brotherly love are seen not merely as ideals, but as fundamental facts.

While each person will arrive at his or her own insights, study of these perennial ideas provides an illuminating perspective on scientific, religious, philosophical, and social issues as well as on the many concerns and questions of everyday living.

The Theosophical Society under its present leader, Randell C. Grubb, pursues its original program. Toward this end the International Headquarters and National Sections sponsor library centers, public discussions, and study groups on theosophic and allied themes. They also offer a series of correspondence courses free of charge except for study materials and postage. The Society's publishing facility Theosophical University Press and its overseas agencies -- features the theosophic classics of H. P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge, and G. de Purucker among other titles. 

Further information regarding theosophy, membership, programs, and publications of The Theosophical Society may be obtained by writing to the Secretary General at the International Headquarters or to the appropriate National Section.

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