Blavatsky and Theosophy

The Theosophical SocietyColonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky were the founders of the Theosophical Society, a group with interests ranging from the mysteries of ancient Egypt and Greece to Eastern religions. In 1878 Olcott and Blavatsky went to India and Sri ... was founded in 1875 by Colonel Henry Steel OlcottColonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky were the founders of the Theosophical Society, a group with interests ranging from the mysteries of ancient Egypt and Greece to Eastern religions. In 1878 Olcott and Blavatsky went to India and Sri ... and Helena Petrovna BlavatskyColonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky were the founders of the Theosophical Society, a group with interests ranging from the mysteries of ancient Egypt and Greece to Eastern religions. In 1878 Olcott and Blavatsky went to India and Sri ... “to study ancient and modern religions, philosophies and sciences, and to investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the psychical powers latent in man.” Olcott, Blavatsky, and the eclecticEclectic Pagans bring aspects of many spiritual paths together. Some Pagans pride themselves on the high degree of authority granted to each person to develop his or her own spiritual path. Hence, many practitioners adapt practices from a variety of Pagan... band who gathered around them studied what they saw to be the common secret mysteries of the religions of ancient Egypt, Greece, and India. In The Key to TheosophyColonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky were the founders of the Theosophical Society, a group with interests ranging from the mysteries of ancient Egypt and Greece to Eastern religions. In 1878 Olcott and Blavatsky went to India and Sri ..., Madame Blavatsky responds to questions about TheosophyThe Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky “to study ancient and modern religions, philosophies and sciences, and to investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the psychical powers latent....


Excerpt from Helena P. Blavatsky’s The Key to Theosophy

ENQUIRER: What are the objects of the Theosophical SocietyThe Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky “to study ancient and modern religions, philosophies and sciences, and to investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the psychical powers latent...?

THEOSOPHISTThe Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky “to study ancient and modern religions, philosophies and sciences, and to investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the psychical powers latent...: They are three, and have been so from the beginning.

1) To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, colour, sex, casteCaste comes from a Portuguese word “casta” which was used by early traders to describe India’s complex class structure of varnas. The four major inherited varnas are the Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (kings, warriors), vaishyas (merchants), and shu..., or creed.

2)  To promote the study of Aryan and other Scriptures, of the world’s religions and sciences, and to vindicate the importance of old Asiatic literature, such as that of Brahmanical, Buddhist and ZoroastrianOriginating with the teachings of the Prophet Zarathushtra in the second millennium BCE, the ancient faith of Zoroastrianism is referred to as “the Good Religion” in the sacred texts. Zoroastrians are encouraged to live out their faith through the pra... philosophies.

3) To investigate the hidden mysteries of Nature under every aspect possible, and the psychic and spiritual powers latent in man especially. These are, broadly stated, the three chief objects of the society…

ENQUIRER: What are, in your view, [the] causes [preventing the establishment of a Universal Brotherhood]?

THEOSOPHER: First and foremost, the natural selfishness of human nature.  This selfishness, instead of being eradicated, is daily strengthened and stimulated into a ferocious and irresistible feeling by the present religious education, which tends not only to encourage, but positively to justify it.  People’s ideas about right and wrong have been entirely perverted by the literal acceptance of the Jewish BibleThe Greek term biblia means the “books.” Bible is used in both the Jewish and Christian traditions to refer to the book which gathers together their sacred writings. The Hebrew Bible includes the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings—a collection re.... [For example, the saying] “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” has come to be the first maxim of your law.  Now, I state openly and fearlessly, that the perversity of this doctrine and of so many others Theosophy alone can eradicate.

ENQUIRER: How?

THEOSOPHER: Simply by demonstrating on logical, philosophical, metaphysical, and even scientific grounds that:

(a) All men have spiritually and physically the same origin, which is the fundamental teaching of Theosophy.

(b) As mankind is essentially one and the same essence, and that essence is one—infinite, uncreated, and eternal, whether we call it GodGod is a term used to refer to the Divine, the Supreme being, Transcendent deity, or Ultimate reality. or Nature— nothing, therefore can affect one nation or one man without affecting all other nations and all other men. This is as certain and as obvious as that a stone thrown into a pond, will, sooner or later, set in motion every single drop of water therein.

[From Helena P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy (London: The TheosophicalThe Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky “to study ancient and modern religions, philosophies and sciences, and to investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the psychical powers latent... Publishing Society, 1893), 1-4, 28-29.]