THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY


THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
   founded in New York City in 1875 by a Russian SPIRITUALIST, Helena Petrovna BLAVATSKY and Henry Olcott (1832-1907). The Theosophical Society promotes COMPARATIVE RELIGION, MAGIC and ESOTERIC MYSTICISM. In 1878 the founders moved to India where they established the international headquarters of the movement. After their death their British CONVERT, the former FREE THINKER, Annie BESANT, became the movement's leader which led to the promotion of KRISHNAMURTI as the new VATAR. When he rejected this role and repudiated THEOSOPHY the movement suffered a blow from which it has scarcely recovered. Nevertheless it remains important today because of its influence on the growth of Indian NATIONALISM, individuals like GANDHI, the COUNTER CULTURE of the 1960s and the NEW AGE MOVEMENT.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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