What is Theosophy?
Theosophy is a religion that came to the United States in the late 1800s. It was mostly started by Helena Blavatsky, a Russian immigrant who came to the United States. Blavatsky’s writings are the main source of its teachings. Occultist Western esotericism has been called both a new religious movement and part of Western esotericism. It draws from both older European philosophies like Neoplatonism as well as religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. According to Blavatsky, Theosophy says that there is an ancient and secretive brotherhood of spiritual adepts called the Masters, who are found all over the world, but they are based in Tibet, where they have lived for a long time. There are a lot of Theosophists who believe that these Masters are the ones who started the modern Theosophical movement by spreading their teachings through Blavatsky. In their minds, the Master is reviving a long-lost, ancient religion that was once found all over the world and that will once again overtake the other world religions. Theosophical groups, on the other hand, don’t call their system “religion.” Theosophy says that there is only one, divine Absolute. It believes that the universe is made up of outward reflections of this Absolute. Theosophy says that the goal of human life is spiritual emancipation, and it says that the human soul reincarnates after death because of karma. It encourages values like universal brotherhood and social progress, but it doesn’t set out any specific ethical rules. A group of people called the Theosophical Society was started by Blavatsky, Henry Olcott, and William Quan Judge in New York City in 1875. Blavatsky and Olcott moved to India in the early 1880s, where they set up the Society’s headquarters in the city of Adyar, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The ideas of Blavatsky were written down in two books: Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine, which were both written by the same person. She tried to make things that were supposed to be supernatural to back up her claims about the Masters, but she kept getting accused of lying about it. Following Blavatsky’s death in 1891, there was a split in the Society. Judge led the Theosophical Society in the United States to break away from the rest of the world. In San Diego, a Theosophical community called Lomaland was started by Katherine Tingley, who was the next person in charge of the group. When Annie Besant took over the Adyar-based Society, it grew to its largest size in the late 1920s, then went into decline after the 1920s. The Theosophical movement still exists, but in a much smaller form than when it was at its peak. A lot of people learned about South Asian religions thanks to Theosophy. It also helped people in South Asian countries feel proud of their culture. A lot of well-known artists and writers have also been influenced by Theosophical ideas. This religion has a lot of followers all over the world. During the 20th century, Theosophy had more than a few thousand followers. As a result, many other groups and philosophers have used theosophical ideas, such as Anthroposophy and the Church of the Universal and Triumphant. The New Age movement also has a lot to do with this: