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Background to Theosophy and the

Theosophical Society



The Objects of the Theosophical Society

1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.

2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.

3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man.



What is Theosophy?


The word is a Greek derivative and means divine wisdom and has been in use for centuries.


Within the Theosophical Society it is used to refer to H P Blavatsky’s adaptation of the Eastern Esoteric tradition for Western Society. This is presented in The Secret Doctrine and other writings and is based principally on Brahminical Hinduism and Esteric Buddhism. H P Blavatsky’s knowledge was acquired from members of an inner circle of initiates who are usually referred to as The Masters.


Is Theosophy a Religion?


No. Theosophy requires no faith,has no dogma and everything within it is presented as a hypothesis or ideas for consideration.


How did the Theosophical Society start?


Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, William Q Judge and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott founded it in New York in 1875.


The Secret Doctrine


Published in 1888 By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, this comprehensive work presents for consideration an outline of the divine scheme in operation for the unfoldment of the universe and a view of man’s place within that scheme.


Use of Sanskrit Terms


As you will notice, many Theosophical terms are taken from Sanskrit with a few Tibetan ones thrown in. Sanskrit is the ancient religious and philosophical language of India and has the depth to express eastern esoteric concepts and ideas for which there is no equivalent word in any European Language.



Basic Principles of Theosophy


No Dead Matter in the Universe


Theosophy makes no distinction between organic life and mineral. Everything contains life and a level of consciousness although in the case of minerals, not consciousness as we know it,


The Universe is all One Thing


The universe is all one thing and not put together from parts. One single life force animates the universe and all beings and forms are derived from this single source.


A Life Force Seeking Expression


The universal life force is constantly trying to express itself. Eventually this force will develop forms which have the principle of mind, intelligence and self awareness.


What about God?


The concept of God is so far beyond our comprehension that Theosophy just accepts that the principle exists. Some Theosophical writers use the term First Cause or Universal Consciousness.


Spirit and Matter (opposite poles of the same thing)


The act of creation has led to polarization within the universe as it has come into manifestation. This is why pairs of opposites pervade the universe such as Spirit and Matter, light and dark, male and female and positive and negative.


Activity and Rest


Every period of activity has its corresponding period of rest. This is seen in day and night, waking and sleeping, ebb and flow of tides and birth and death. Without this rest and recovery everything in the universe would burn out.


Involution and Evolution


Involution means descending into matter and spirit has to do this to gain experience and evolve. As spiritual beings we have descended into matter by taking physical bodies. We rise out of these bodies when we discard them at the end of our current physical life.




Following on from the concept of involution, we are engaged in a cycle of death and rebirth which is known as reincarnation. After a long period in the process we can expect to evolve to a spiritual level where we no longer need to return to physical life.


Karma (Law of Karma)


Often regarded as a system of reward and punishment but is really a mechanical law of cause and effect which provides a balancing act to keep the universe in kilter.


The Law of Karma is an inherent law of nature and operates at every level of creation. Under this law every action produces a corresponding effect of equal value.


Karma is important as a teacher and dealing with it is an integral part of our spiritual development.Although we learn through the effects of our actions and think in terms of good and bad karma (pleasant & unpleasant adjustments), the law itself is actually indifferent and mechanical.


Karma & Reincarnation


The effects of our actions can balance out over several lives and therefore karma can only be understood in the context of reincarnation


The Constitution of Man


Man has seven principles, sometime referred to as bodies.


These are


Atma – The piece of the divine in everybody


Buddhi – Our individual spiritual identity


Manas – The Mind principle divided into higher – spiritual ideals and lower – concrete and rational thought.


Atma, Buddhi and higher Manas form the immortal part of man. The four principles below are dumped at the end of you physical life and you get new ones for next time.


Kama – The desire principle


Prana – The life energy principle


Linga Sharira – The model body or template for your physical body


Sthula Sharira – Physical body – we are all familiar with this one.


After Death States


This is in broadly 2 stages following a review at the point of death of the life just lived.


These are


Kama Loka – where our earth life baggage and attributes are dissolved.


And after another review


Devachan – a state of bliss in which aspirations of the previous life are fulfilled.

Unfortunately you can’t stay there, you have to come back.




Physical forms are the means by which the universal life force or spirit expresses itself and the more complex the form becomes, the greater the potential for the spirit to do find expression. Evolution  to a Theosophist is therefore spiritually based and driven.


The Cyclic Nature of Evolution


Theosophy postulates that evolution does not proceed in a linear manner but on a cyclic but ultimately upward spiral. This is true of everything including ourselves and our planet.


Kingdoms of Nature


There are 10 kingdoms of nature each occupying a rung on the evolutionary ladder


From the top these are:-


The 3 Dhyani-Chohanic Kingdoms


Dhyani-Chohans (Sanskrit-Tibetan) The Lords of Meditation. There are 3 types with several sub-divisions and they function in a hierarchy. In Christianity they appear as Archangels. They supervise the cosmos and they operate on higher planes than our physical plane.


The Human Kingdom


Theosophy makes a clear distinction between the Human and Animal kingdoms. Humans have acquired a level of consciousness and self awareness which gives them a level of self determination in both their own personal evolution and that of the Human race as a whole.


The Animal Kingdom


Plant or Vegetable Kingdom


The Mineral Kingdom


The Mineral is the lowest of the visible kingdoms on the evolutionary scale.


The 3 Elemental Kingdoms


There are 3 classes of Elemental at different levels of consciousness with innumerable divisions within those classes. They cannot normally be seen. Elementals work behind the scenes and they directly affect what goes on in the world.


Life of the Universe


In line with the principle of activity and rest, the universe will exist for a given period called a Manvantara and then go into obscuration or rest called a Pralaya. The universe will then return to manifestation.

The terms Manvantara and Pralaya are also used in relation to stars and planets.


Creation of the Universe


The universe effectively wakes up from obscuration with the latent spirit exerting its influence on matter.


To get things moving spirit expresses itself in 3 aspects this is called in Theosophy The Triple Logos.


The aspects are;


First Logos – Will


Second Logos – Capacity


Third Logos – Activity


Beginning with the Third Logos there are three outpourings in which spirit gives form to matter and consequently creates a viable universe;


1st Outpouring – 3rd Logos – Activity. creates the seven planes of nature.


2nd Outpouring – 2nd Logos – Capacity. Builds form from the now newly created planes of nature.


3rd Outpouring – 1st Logos – Will.  This takes place at the point in which the Human Kingdom is created, providing it with self conscious awareness.


This is the Human Kingdom which exists from the start of the universe and not the Human Race as we know it now.


The universe now exists and will run its course


Globes, Chains & Planetary Rounds




All Globes and stars that we can see in the physical universe are accompanied by six companion Globes of less density which are invisible to us.


Our current Globe and all visible Globes (to us) are the fourth in the Life Impulse’s tour of the seven.


Chain (Planetary Chain)


This is a group of seven companion Globes invoking the image of a string of beads.


A Planetary Round


This is the tour by the Life Impulse of all seven Globes.


Root Races


On each Globe of a Planetary Round the human race will appear in seven group reincarnations. In our current form we are the fifth Root Race and there are two more to come. Root Races last several million years.


The principle of Involution or descent into matter applies here. Beginning with the non-physical first Root Race we became more physical and materialistic than we are now by the fourth. We our now on the ascending arc out of matter and the next two Root Races will be less physical and more spiritually developed.


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Quotes from the Writings of

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Blavatsky Quotation


That which is to be shunned is pain not yet come. The past cannot be changed or amended; that which belongs to the experience of the present cannot and should  not be shunned; but alike to be shunned are disturbing anticipations or fears of  the future, and every act or impulse that may cause present or future pain to ourselves or others.

Practical Occultism, Page 87


Blavatsky Quotation


Perfection, to be fully such, must be born out of imperfection, the incorruptible must grow out of the corruptible, having the latter as its vehicle and basis and contrast

The Secret Doctrine , Volume 2, Page 100


Blavatsky Quotation


It is only by the attractive force of the contrasts that the two opposites — Spirit and Matter — can be cemented together on Earth, and, smelted in the fire of self-conscious experience and suffering, find themselves wedded in Eternity.

The Secret Doctrine , Volume 2, Page 108


Blavatsky Quotation


Strength to step forward is the primary need of him who has chosen his path. Where is this to be found? Looking round, it is not hard to see where other men find their strength. Its source is profound conviction.

Practical Occultism, Page 67


Blavatsky Quotation


It is the motive, and the motive alone, which makes any exercise of power become black, malignant, or white, beneficent Magic. It is impossible to employ spiritual forces if there is the slightest tinge of selfishness remaining in the operator .... The powers and forces of animal nature can equally be used by the selfish and revengeful, as by the unselfish and the all-forgiving; the powers and forces of spirit lend themselves only to the perfectly pure in heart — and this is Divine Magic.

Practical Occultism, Page 7


Blavatsky Quotation


Finite reason agrees with science, and says: “There is no God”. But, on the other hand, our Ego, that which lives and thinks and feels independently of us in our mortal casket, does more than believe. It knows that there exists a God in nature, for the sole and invincible Artificer of all lives in us as we live in Him. No dogmatic faith or exact science is able to uproot that intuitional feeling inherent in man, when he has once fully realised it in himself.

Isis Unveiled, Volume 1, Page 36


Blavatsky Quotation


It may be a pleasant dream to attempt to conceive of the beauties of the spirit world; but the time can be spent more profitably in a study of the spirit itself, and it is not necessary that the subject for study should be in the spirit world.

Modern Panarion Page 70


Blavatsky Quotation


Physical existence is subservient to the spiritual, and all physical improvement and progress are only the auxiliaries of spiritual progress, without which there could be no physical progress.

Modern Panarion Page 78


Blavatsky Quotation


Mankind — the majority at any rate — hates to think for itself. It resents as an insult the humblest invitation to step for a moment outside the old well-beaten tracks and, judging for itself, to enter into a new path in some fresh direction.

The Secret Doctrine , Volume 3, Page 14


Blavatsky Quotation


Even ignorance is better than Head-learning with no Soul-wisdom to illuminate and guide it.

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