100 Years of Theosophy

The American Section was formally chartered in 1886, and this book was published in 1987 -- a century as full of events and change for the Society as for the country itself.

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Author: Joy Mills

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: UVA:X001291955

Category: Religion

Page: 215

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The colorful history of the Theosophical Society in America. Although Helena P. Blavatsky and Henry S. Olcott founded the Theosophical Society in New York in 1875, they left the country in 1878 for India, where they established the international headquarters. It might seem that the three short years would not be long enough to establish firm roots here, yet by 1886 there were 14 branches in cities as far flung as St. Louis, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The American Section was formally chartered in 1886, and this book was published in 1987 -- a century as full of events and change for the Society as for the country itself.

The Theosophical Society

This work will appeal to a wide array of readers including those interested in modern religious movements, Western Esotericism, South Asian history, and Victorian studies.

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Author: Jeffrey D. Lavoie

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781612335537

Category: Religion

Page: 371

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This peer-reviewed study represents a culmination of years of research into the history of the Theosophical Society. In this unique project which combines biographies with source analyses, Jeffrey D. Lavoie records a detailed history of the early Theosophical Society and examines its relationship with the modern Spiritualist movement between the years 1875-1891. Special attention has been paid to some of the neglected figures associated with these organizations including Arthur Lillie- the Gnostic-occultist and early critic of the Theosophical Society; the Davenport Brothers- the Spiritualist mediums who developed many of the standard elements which became associated with modern Spiritualism; Alfred Wallace- the prominent scientist, Spiritualist, and supposed member of the Theosophical Society and many others. This work will appeal to a wide array of readers including those interested in modern religious movements, Western Esotericism, South Asian history, and Victorian studies.

Theosophy

It is fitting that this work should finally appear in English just at this moment, when the influence of pseudo-esoteric spiritualities on global politics is probably greater than ever before in Western history.

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Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 0900588802

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 335

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Since the late nineteenth century, the Theosophical Society has been a central force in the movement now known as the New Age. Just as the Communist Party was considered 'old hat' by peace activists in the '60s, so the Theosophical Society was looked upon by many in the 'spiritual revolution' of those years as cranky, uninteresting, and passé. But the Society, like the Party, was always there, and-despite its relatively few members-always better organized than anybody else. Since then, the Society's influence has certainly not waned. It plays an important role in today's global interfaith movement, and, since the flowering of the New Age in the '70s, has established increasingly intimate ties with the global elites. And its various spinoffs, such as Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Summit Lighthouse, and Benjamin Crème's continuing attempt to lead a 'World Teacher Maitreya' onto the global stage-just as the Society tried to do in the last century with Krishnamurti-continue to send waves through the sea of 'alternative' spiritualities. Guénon shows how our popular ideas of karma and reincarnation actually owe more to Theosophy than to Hinduism or Buddhism, provides a clear picture of the charlatanry that was sometimes a part of the Society's modus operandi, and gives the early history of the Society's bid for political power, particularly its role as an agent of British imperialism in India. It is fitting that this work should finally appear in English just at this moment, when the influence of pseudo-esoteric spiritualities on global politics is probably greater than ever before in Western history.

Ancient Wisdom Revived

Recounts how Madame Helena Blavatsky revived the ancient Western tradition of Gnosticism to begin the Theosophical movement in the U.S

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Author: Bruce F. Campbell

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520039688

Category: Religion

Page: 249

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Recounts how Madame Helena Blavatsky revived the ancient Western tradition of Gnosticism to begin the Theosophical movement in the U.S

No Religion Higher Than Truth

These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions.

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Author: Maria Carlson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400872794

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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Among the various kinds of occultism popular during the Russian Silver Age (1890-1914), modern Theosophy was by far the most intellectually significant. This contemporary gnostic gospel was invented and disseminated by Helena Blavatsky, an expatriate Russian with an enthusiasm for Buddhist thought and a genius for self-promotion. What distinguished Theosophy from the other kinds of "mysticism"—the spiritualism, table turning, fortune-telling, and magic—that fascinated the Russian intelligentsia of the period? In answering this question, Maria Carlson offers the first scholarly study of a controversial but important movement in its Russian context. Carlson's is the only work on this topic written by an intellectual historian not ideologically committed to Theosophy. Placing Mme Blavatsky and her "secret doctrine" in a Russian setting, the book also discusses independent Russian Theosophical circles and the impact of the Theosophical-Anthroposophical schism in Russia. It surveys the vigorous polemics of the Theosophists and their critics, demonstrates Theosophy's role in the philosophical dialogues of the Russian creative intelligentsia, and chronicles the demise of the movement after 1917. By exploring this long neglected aspect of the Silver Age, Carlson greatly enriches our knowledge of fin-de-sicle Russian culture. Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Recycled Lives

In Recycled Lives, Julie Chajes looks at the rebirth doctrines of the matriarch of Theosophy, the controversial occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891).

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Author: Julie Chajes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190909154

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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A sizeable minority of people with no particular connection to Eastern religions now believe in reincarnation. The rise in popularity of this belief over the last century and a half is directly traceable to the impact of the nineteenth century's largest and most influential Western esoteric movement, the Theosophical Society. In Recycled Lives, Julie Chajes looks at the rebirth doctrines of the matriarch of Theosophy, the controversial occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891). Examining her teachings in detail, Chajes places them in the context of multiple dimensions of nineteenth-century intellectual and cultural life. In particular, she explores Blavatsky's readings (and misreadings) of Spiritualist currents, scientific theories, Platonism, and Hindu and Buddhist thought. These in turn are set in relief against broader nineteenth-century American and European trends. The chapters come together to reveal the contours of a modern perspective on reincarnation that is inseparable from the nineteenth-century discourses within which it emerged, and which has shaped how people in the West tend to view reincarnation today.

Theosophy Imagination Tradition

A historical and interpretive study of three aspects of Western esotericism from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

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Author: Antoine Faivre

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079144435X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 269

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A historical and interpretive study of three aspects of Western esotericism from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

The Theosophical Movement 1875 1950

A continuation of The theosophical movement, 1875-1925, a history and a survey, with a "consolidation of the treatment of earlier events.".

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Publisher: Los Angeles : Cunningham Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038441312

Category: Theosophy

Page: 351

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A continuation of The theosophical movement, 1875-1925, a history and a survey, with a "consolidation of the treatment of earlier events.".

Theosophical Enlightenment

This is an intellectual history of occult and esoteric currents in the English-speaking world from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century.

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Author: Joscelyn Godwin

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438404226

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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This is an intellectual history of occult and esoteric currents in the English-speaking world from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 by Helena P. Blavatsky, holds a crucial position as the place where all these currents temporarily united, before again diverging. The book’s ambiguous title points to the author’s thesis that Theosophy owed as much to the skeptical Enlightenment of the eighteenth century as it did to the concept of spiritual enlightenment with which it is more readily associated. The author respects his sources sufficiently to allow that their world, so different from that of academic reductionism, has a right to be exhibited on its own terms. At the same time he does not conceal the fact that he considers many of them deluded and deluding. In the context of theosophical history, this book is neither on the side of the blind votaries of Madame Blavatsky, nor on that of her enemies. It may, therefore, be expected to mildly annoy both sides.

The Origins of Theosophy Routledge Revivals

The Origins of Theosophy contains thirteen of Besant’s pamphlets, originally published from 1883-1890. This book is ideal for students of theology.

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Author: Annie Besant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317579045

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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Annie Besant is primarily remembered as the international president of the Theosophical Society. One of the most important aspects of her career were the years that she was a professional atheist, which has given her a place in history as a pioneer feminist. The Origins of Theosophy contains thirteen of Besant’s pamphlets, originally published from 1883-1890. This book is ideal for students of theology.

The Key to Theosophy

Questions and answers on Theosophical ideas, such as karma, spiritualism, reincarnation, and prayer.

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Author: H P Blavatsky

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 9780835631440

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Questions and answers on Theosophical ideas, such as karma, spiritualism, reincarnation, and prayer.

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Author: Friedrich Max Müller

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105004709353

Category: Psychology, Religious

Page: 585

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Imagining the East

Despite this increasing awareness, many of the central questions relating to the early Theosophical Society and the East remain largely unexplored. This book is the first scholarly anthology dedicated to this topic.

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Author: Erik Sand

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190853884

Category: Religion

Page: 396

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The Theosophical Society (est. 1875 in New York by H. P. Blavatsky, H. S. Olcott and others) is increasingly becoming recognized for its influential role in shaping the alternative new religious and cultural landscape of the late nineteenth and the twentieth century, especially as an early promoter of interest in Indian and Tibetan religions and philosophies. Despite this increasing awareness, many of the central questions relating to the early Theosophical Society and the East remain largely unexplored. This book is the first scholarly anthology dedicated to this topic. It offers many new details about the study of Theosophy in the history of modern religions and Western esotericism. The essays in Imagining the East explore how Theosophists during the formative period understood the East and those of its people with whom they came into contact. The authors examine the relationship of the theosophical approach with orientalism and aspects of the history of ideas, politics, and culture at large and discuss how these esoteric or theosophical representations mirrored conditions and values current in nineteenth-century mainstream intellectual culture. The essays also look at how the early Theosophical Society's imagining of the East differed from mainstream 'orientalism' and how the Theosophical Society's mission in India was distinct from that of British colonialism and Christian missionaries.

The Theosophical Enlightenment

An enticing intellectual history of various esoteric currents from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century.

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Author: Joscelyn Godwin

Publisher: Suny Press

ISBN: UOM:39015032963822

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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An enticing intellectual history of various esoteric currents from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century. The author maintains that the Theosophical Society held a crucial position as the place where all those currents temporarily united, before diverging again.

Handbook of the Theosophical Current

The three sections in the book are devoted to the Theosophical Society, Theosophically influenced religious currents, and the interaction between Theosophy and surrounding culture.

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Author: Olav Hammer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004235960

Category: Religion

Page: 506

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This title represents pioneering research into an important but under-researched current. The three sections in the book are devoted to the Theosophical Society, Theosophically influenced religious currents, and the interaction between Theosophy and surrounding culture.

Initiates of Theosophical Masters

Examines the careers of the most distinguishes disciples of the Theosophical Masters profiled in The Masters Revealed, including George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Alexandra David-Neel, Anagarika Dharmapala, and Isabelle Eberhardt.

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Author: K. Paul Johnson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079142555X

Category: Religion

Page: 255

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Examines the careers of the most distinguishes disciples of the Theosophical Masters profiled in The Masters Revealed, including George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Alexandra David-Neel, Anagarika Dharmapala, and Isabelle Eberhardt.