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Let’s Start With What Theosophy Is


The actual word Theosophy is a Greek derivative meaning Divine Wisdom but that doesn’t mean much to the enquirer.


In the Theosophical Society the word has a more specific meaning in relation to the work of Society co-founder Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and later writers. H P Blavatsky’s mission was to interpret Eastern Esoteric ideas for Western Society.


Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

1831 -1891


H P Blavatsky’s remit was to describe a scheme for the existence of the Universe and to define man’s place within that scheme. Her remit also encompassed study of the hidden dimensions of man and his potential and also the Laws of Nature.


But It’s Not a Religion


H P Blavatsky presented her work as ideas for consideration and not as dogma. This format has been upheld by the Theosophical Society and everything is negotiable.


Members of the Theosophical Society are simply required to agree with its 3 objects (outlined below)



Objects of the 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.



How The Theosophical Society Began


It all began in New York on November 17th 1875

The Theosophical Society was founded by

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott who was an American Civil War Colonel, journalist and lawyer and William Quan Judge who was a New York lawyer.


The headquarters were subsequently moved to their present location in Adyar, India.




The Secret Doctrine


H P Blavatsky wrote a voluminous amount of Theosophical Literature but The Secret Doctrine, published 1888, is the big one she is remembered for, and the major reference work for Theosophists.  The book is divided into two sections, Cosmogenesis (the coming into being of the Universe) and Anthropogenesis (the coming into being of Mankind).


The Secret Doctrine is usually a rather difficult work for beginners to tackle and we have provided some material on this site which should make the way in to Theosophy much easier. But please don’t give on the idea of reading The Secret Doctrine, you will probably move on to it when you feel you are finding your feet with Theosophy.




And Now,

A Quick Tour of Theosophical Ideas


The overview of Theosophical ideas offered her was written by mainstream Theosophist Charles Webster Leadbeater. The work is divided into short soundbites and Leadbeater has an accessible journalistic style.


An Outline of Theosophy


Charles Webster Leadbeater


Charles Webster Leadbeater

1858? - 1934



Theosophy - What it is


How is it Known?


The Method of Observation


General Principles


The Three Great Truths


Advantage Gained from this Knowledge


The Deity


The Divine Scheme


The Constitution of Man


The True Man




The Wider Outlook




Man’s Past and Future


Cause and Effect


What Theosophy does for us




The Rationale for Theosophy


A Rough Outline of Theosophy by Annie Besant is a concise round up of Theosophical principles which also examines the claims made by Theosophy. In addition, Annie Besant summarizes the Theosophical position and approach;


“We, who are Theosophists, allege that there exists a great body of doctrine philosophical, scientific and ethical, which forms the basis of, and includes

all that is accurate in, the philosophies, sciences, and religions of the ancient and modern worlds.”


Annie Besant

1847 - 1933


A Rough Outline of Theosophy

Annie Besant




Karma and Reincarnation


Theosophy postulates that Reincarnation or the cycle of Death and Rebirth is an integral part of our evolution and that we will all ultimately evolve beyond the need for further lives. For most of us this is rather a long way off but in the meantime we can help ourselves along and make the process a whole lot easier by studying the subject and striving to exercise some personal control over our destiny. We have more control than we might at first think.


In each life we have something to learn and our teacher is the law of cause and effect or Karma. Karma is a correcting process that pervades every level of existence without which the Universe would simply be unworkable.


In Life and Life After Death, Annie Besant covers the mechanics of the cycle of death and rebirth and what it means to the end user. She outlines how the period between physical lives is a full programme of events which can be difficult or easy depending on the life previously lived and gives encouragement and warnings regarding the Karmic consequences of our actions.


Life, And Life After Death

Annie Besant




Man’s Seven Principles


If you are reading this then you will probably at least accept the possibility that there is more to us than our physical bodies.


Theosophy postulates that we have seven

principles, sometime referred to as bodies.


Here is an outline of them with their Sanskrit names and a brief description of their function.


Atma – The piece of the divine in everybody sometime referred to as the Divine Spark.


Buddhi – Our individual spiritual identity. This acts as a vehicle for the Atma


Manas – The Mind principle divided into

Higher Manas – spiritual ideals

Lower Manas – concrete and rational thought.

There is a bridge between the two called the Antahkarana. This is represented as Jacob’s Ladder in the Christian Bible.


The Mortal & Immortal Principles


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


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.


The sevenfold constitution of man is covered in depth by the following articles;


The Seven Principles Of Man

Annie Besant


The Constitution of Man

(From a Textbook of Theosophy)

Charles Webster Leadbeater






The Theosophical concept of evolution is very different from that of Charles Darwin who focused principally on the physical and mental

development of ourselves and the animal kingdom and the physical development plant kingdom.


The Theosophical model of evolution is very complex and far reaching and a basic description is given here to give new enquirers a handle on the subject.


Theosophy postulates that everything in the universe is evolving but to simplify the explanation, the description here is limited to the evolution of humanity and our planet.


The Earth is evolving just as we are and as we are part of our planet, our evolution and the Earth’s evolution are inseparable and interdependent. Theosophists refer to this interdependence of Earth and human evolution as “Rounds and Races”


The Earth evolves through cosmic eras known as Rounds made up of smaller cosmic eras known as Globes.


The term globe refers both to the Earth that we recognize and six currently dormant companion Globes which function on other planes of nature. These Globes are known as the Planetary Chain or Chain of Globes.


A driving force composed of spiritual entities known as the Lifewave passes through each Globe of the Chain one at a time. This tour of the Globes is known as a Planetary Round. Our spiritual entities are part of the Lifewave and we are on the fourth Globe of the Fourth Round.


Seven Rounds or Tours of the Globes complete the cycle known as a Planetary Manvantara. The Earth Chain and the Lifewave then go into a period of rest known as the Planetary Pralaya.

(There are smaller Pralayas between each Globe and each Round)


Humanity evolves through mass reincarnations known as Root Races. There are seven Root Races per Globe and we are the fifth on the current Globe.


In each phase of evolution there is something to learn or develop.


This is a very basic outline and to move forward with this topic here are W Q Judge’s article “Rounds and Races” and “The Planetary Chains” by C W Leadbeater in which the subject is covered in much more depth.



William Quan Judge

1851 - 1896


Rounds And Races

William Quan Judge


The Planetary Chains

Charles Webster Leadbeater


For more information on the Theosophical model of Evolution here is a link to a website dedicated to the subject.


The Mornington Crescent

Underground Theosophy Website

The Earth Base for Evolutionary Theosophy




Involution and Evolution

(The Descent into Matter)


This explanation is applied to Human Evolution but please note that everything in the Universe is evolving on the same principle.


Theosophy postulates that evolution is spiritual as well as physical whereas Darwin just dealt with the physical.


We start out as Spiritual Entities but you don’t get any experience for your evolution if you remain spirit. Spirit can’t get its hands dirty so you need a vehicle and in our case this is a physical body.


Spirit effectively descends into matter in the form of the human body it enters and then having gained experience (hopefully) will then rise out of it. The general idea is for us to evolve by continually dropping down into matter (taking physical form) and then coming back up again. This process is known as Involution and in Theosophy this is an integral part of evolution.


Of course progress will be made and this is on an upward spiral in which although we descend into matter, both our Spiritual Entities and even the physical bodies we inhabit will slowly evolve.


Involution and Planetary Rounds


The progress of the Lifewave through the Chain of Globes begins with passage through three increasingly more physical Globes to our own, which is the most physical of all the Globes, operating on the most physical cosmic plane. The Lifewave will then move up through three less physical Globes to complete the Round.


In “The Earth Chain”, W Q Judge explains the descent into matter of both the Earth and Humanity as an integral component of the evolutionary process.


The Earth Chain

William Quan Judge




The Moon is our Parent


Theosophy maintains that prior to engaging in its journey through the Earth Chain of Globes, the Lifewave completed the process with the Moon. The Moon like our Earth has a Chain of Globes and the passage of the Lifewave has now completed its cycle. The Moon we can now see is the moribund shell of the equivalent Globe to our own which operated on the same plane of nature.


W Q Judge covers the subject of the Lifewave’s passage from the Moon in “The Earth Chain” (link above) and also gives an excellent explanation in

“On Evolution” in response to a question from an enquirer.


On Evolution

William Q. Judge




A Word About Sanskrit


A brief look at Theosophical writings will reveal that Theosophy uses Sanskrit terms to describe many of its concepts


Theosophists have good business and esoteric reasons for using Sanskrit terms. Sanskrit is not just a language in the sense of verbal communication, it has other dimensions and attributes that go far beyond practical everyday language.


Sanskrit is the ancient religious, philosophical and scientific language of India through which learning has been handed down in written form since at least 1000 BCE. Before the written form arrived, Sanskrit must have been the basis of a phenomenal oral tradition. Despite being the most successful world language, English as we can understand it only goes back about as far as the works of John Skelton 1525ish.


By its esoteric nature and rarified use, Sanskrit has also been protected from distortion and pollution by other languages. English has the problem that some words vary in meaning around the world.





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