A Guide to Religions, Religious Information and Help in Search for God
Theosophy is NOT a religion, although it could easily be one. Instead, it is a philosophy that encompasses
the world's greatest religions, philosophies and sciences.
There are an estimated 80,000 followers or Theosophists
The modern movement was founded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (a.k.a. Madame Blavatsky, 1831-1891),
Henry Steel Olcott and William Quan Judge with the formation of the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875.
Theosophy is considered by Theosophists to be "divine knowledge or science" or "knowledge of God".
It incorporates teachings from some of the world's greatest teachers including
(from the East) Confucius, Zoroaster, Lao Tze, the Hindu scriptures titled Bhagavat-Gita (or "Song of the Lord"),
Siddhartha Gautama (a.k.a. Buddha or the Enlightened One)
and (from the West) Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Hillel, Pythagoras, Socrates and Plato.
H. P. Blavatsky credited Theosophy to Ammonius Saccas and his disciples,
who were Alexandrian philosophers called Philaletheians (or lovers of truth) in the 3rd century, A.D..
The foundation scriptures of Theosophy include:
ISIS UNVIELED Volume I: SCIENCE by H. P. BLAVATSKY (1877 - Publisher: J.W. BOUTON, 706 BROADWAY, NEW YORK)
ISIS UNVIELED Volume II: THEOLOGY by H. P. BLAVATSKY (1877 - Publisher: J.W. BOUTON, 706 BROADWAY, NEW YORK)
THE SECRET DOCTRINE by H. P. BLAVATSKY (1888)
THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY by H. P. BLAVATSKY (1889)
THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE (derived from the Book of the Golden Precepts) translated by H. P. BLAVATSKY (1889)
TWO BOOKS OF THE STANZAS OF DZYAN translated by H. P. BLAVATSKY
There are two symbols used by the Theosophical Society.
The first symbol is the Seal of the Theosophical Society is composed of
the Star of David, the Ankh, the Swastika, the Ouroboros, and above the seal is the Aum.
Around the seal are written the words: There is no religion higher than truth.
The second symbol is the capital letter "T" with a serpent wrapped around it.
[NOTE: the Swastika was a good symbol before Adolf Hitler used it. The word "swastika" was derived from the
Sanskrit (an ancient language spoken by Aryans, who invaded India around 1500 B.C.) word "svasti" that means
"Be well" or "Good Luck".
The swatiska symbol was associated with the fire God named Agni and signified fire, strength and power.]
H. P. Blatvatsky and William Q. Judge wrote numerous books.
Being a gifted mystic and psychic, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky focused on occult teachings
(having authored the book PRACTICAL OCCULTISM) in addition to teachings from Hinduism and Buddhism.
Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933), one of Blavatsky's successor in 1891, focused on Hinduism.
Besant also wrote numerous Theosophical works.
Like most religions, H. P. Blavatsky's original Theosophical Society splintered after her death in 1891.
Her immediate followers split into two organizations, both named "Theosophical Society".
Today, there are four main Theosophical organizations including:
Theosophical Society in America -
Followers of Henry Steel Olcott and Annie Besant kept the international headquarters of the "Theosophical Society"
in Adyar, Chennai (Madras), India, where H. P. Blavatsky established it in 1882.
However, the American section of the organization was renamed to be the "Theosophical Society in America"
with its main American office located in Wheaton, Illinois.
Theosophical Society -
Followers of William Quan Judge and Katherine Tingley kept the name "Theosophical Society" and
re-established its international headquarters in New York City, where it was originally founded in 1875.
This organization's international headquarters was moved to Point Loma, California by Tingley in 1900 and then,
to Pasadena, California, where it still resides. Its literature is offered through the "Theosophical University Press".
United Lodge of Theosophists (U.L.T.) -
U.L.T. was founded by Robert Crosbie in Los Angeles, California in 1909
as an offshoot of Tingley's "Theosophical Society".
U.L.T. has lodges throughout the world including New York City, New York and Bangalore, India.
U.L.T. now functions without a leader and its aim is to simply spread the teachings or writings of H. P. Blavatsky and
William Q. Judge.
The Theosophy Company -
The Theosophy Company (a non-profit corporation) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1925.
This independent organization publishes Theosophical literature including the journal called Theosophy and
reprints of H. P. Blavatsky's works.
Another Theosophical organization is Pumpkin Hollow Farm.
It is referred to as the Northeast Retreat Center in upstate New York.