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The Theosophical Societ, Adyar - International HQ
The Theosophical Society (TS) was established in 1875 in New York, USA.  Its principal Founders were Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Col. Henry Steel Olcott.  It was formed to help point human beings towards the deeper significance of life beyond the observed psychic and physical worlds, to a more spiritual outlook.

In 1879, the Headquarters of the Society was transferred to India.  Since 1882 the International Headquarters has been located in Adyar, Chennai, India.  The TS has branches in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
The three Objects or aims of the TS are:
  • To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
  • To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
  • To investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man.
Members of the Society are united by their sympathy with the above Objects. The TS attracts a broad range of people from many cultures, religious backgrounds and with varied interests.

Theosophy is derived from the Greek work ‘theosophia’ meaning Divine Wisdom.  Theosophy is the spiritual heritage of all humanity, which has been in existence from ancient times, and may be thought of as the essence of the great religions and philosophies of the world.  The TS has no dogma, and stands for complete freedom on individual search and belief. 

The most important principle of Theosophy is its presentation of a holistic world-view which emphasizes the unity and inter-connectedness of all life; the basic oneness of all peoples and all species of life on earth.  Theosophical teachings point to a spark in each one of us that is always part of the Divine Life or Source from which all arises and affirms that all life is ultimately One.

Theosophy is an enunciation of the laws under which man lives. These laws have been discovered in all ages and in all countries, and they state the life process as one of evolution, in the course of which the individual releases faculties of a divine nature which are latent within him.

Freedom of Thought
… there is no doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught or held, that is in any way binding on any member of the Society, none which any member is not free to accept or reject. Approval of the three Objects is the sole condition of membership. No teacher, or writer, from H. P. Blavatsky onwards, has any authority to impose his or her teachings or opinions on members. Every member has an equal right to follow any school of thought, but has no right to force the choice on any other….

 What Does It Mean to Be a Member?
The members of a Branch/Lodge are a group of friends seeking wisdom together.  Although this wisdom is conveyed in splendid literature and is accessible on ones desktop or libraries, that wisdom is nevertheless, in its essence, beyond words. It cannot be caught within any system or any literature nor can it be anybody’s personal and exclusive possession.

The members have opportunities of studying and proving for themselves the reasonableness or otherwise of the literature.  And by faithful study, pure living and devotion to mankind, will ultimately prove the Truth of the teachings for themselves. By meeting in a group we help each other come to a better understanding of life and its purpose.

Those who are already a member of some religious body – orthodox or otherwise – theosophy helps to verify all that is real it in.  Theosophy gives us a knowledge that enables us to understand what we are, giving us divisions and sub-divisions of ourselves that nowhere else we can get. To a comprehensive view of our nature is added a like view of the problems surrounding us. Then it takes us far back into the mists of time and deals with the formation of planets, suns and universes, with the origin of Humanity; in fact it deals with everything that can at all be of any use in helping us to understand the phases of manifestation in which we live. 

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