The Theosophical Society was an organization formed in 1875 by Helena Blavatsky to advance Theosophy. The original organization, after splits and realignments, currently has several successors. Following the death of Blavatsky, competition within the Society between factions emerged, particularly among founding members and the organisation split between the Theosophical Society Adyar (Olcott-Besant) and the Theosophical Society Pasadena(Judge). The former group, headquartered in India, is the most widespread international group holding the name “Theosophical Society” today.
Rudolf Steiner was once the head of the Theosophical Society:
A man of exceptional intellectual qualities, Steiner was head of the
Theosophical Society in Germany where he founded his magazine
“Lucifer,” which then changed into “Lucifer-Gnosis.” O.TO. mem-
ber, one of the secret societies of the Illuminato of Bavaria, which is
based on the magical powers of sex, Steiner founded the Anthropo-
sophical Society as a way of “European” of American Theosophy.
Steiner developed the idea to renew Christianity in the light of esoteric
Buddhism, where Christ, in Anthroposophy, takes, on the one hand,
the special role of balance, and tempering the ardor of Lucifer, and
on the other, the cold intelligence of the demon Ahriman.
The contemporary theosophical movement was born with the founding of the Theosophical Societyin New York City in 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–91), Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907), and William Quan Judge (1851–96). A Russian aristocrat, Blavatsky immigrated to the United States in 1873 after many years of travel and study in Europe and the Middle East. Olcott, an American lawyer, newspaperman, and student of spiritualism—a 19th-century movement based on the belief that the living can contact the dead—soon fell under her sway and became the society’s president in 1875. They moved to India in 1878, eventually settling in Adyar (near Madras), which still serves as the international headquarters of the society. Branch societies were established throughout India and in the major cities of Europe and North America. A second organization, the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society, was established in London in 1888 to practice occultism and to facilitate the movement of the society’s members to a higher level of consciousness. Blavatsky also wrote the two-volume Isis Unveiled (1877), The Secret Doctrine , also in two volumes (1888), and other works that are recognized as classic expositions of theosophical doctrine.
The basic goals of the Theosophical Society are enunciated in the so-called Three Objects:
to form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or colour; to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science; and to investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in human beings
Teilhard de Chardin comes up again and again:
"Because the New Age adepts extol each other’s writings, speak at the same workshops, and share board memberships in the same organizations, it’s fair to assess their teachings as a group. (If this is “guilt by association,” it’s an association that they have created for themselves.) As a group, the works of Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey and her followers, Teilhard de Chardin, Robert Muller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Neale Donald Walsch are a comprehensive anti-Gospel. These writers oppose the human dignity and liberty that derive from God creating mankind in His image (Gen. 1:27). Those who read New Age and Theosophical books with a discerning eye will find that these writers make clear their intentions for us all, just as Hitler did with Mein Kampf and as the Communists have done since Marx and Lenin. This time, let us heed the warning!
For public consumption, the “prophets” of the New Age announce a glittering future of human ease, freedom, power, and spiritual unity. In 1946, Teilhard de Chardin foresaw the technology of the 21st Century, including genetic engineering and nanotechnology. He said that “the release of nuclear energy, overwhelming and intoxicating though it was,” was “simply the first act, even a mere prelude” in “a series of fantastic events” which would lead us to such feats as …"
from the book “False Dawn” written by Lee Penn
I used to go to certain stores and was amazed to see books by Helena Blavatsky in newly reprinted condition. I knew what Theosophy was about. And the links cannot be denied. I recommend Dark Secrets of the New Age by Texe Marrs. The “you are god” message dates back to the Garden of Eden. The repackaging of this message to seem new and contemporary, as if no previous history exists, fools some.
This movement also strongly influenced various “occult” Christian churches, such as the Liberal Catholic Church, with Bishop Leadbeater, who interpreted the traditional mass in a magical and scientific way, and saw the spiritual and physical effects that it caused, and actually ended up defending many of the traditional catholic practices, including male only ordination, traditional vestments, sacraments, etc. However, he had a very strong prejudice against anything in the church which seemed to mention mercy or sins, etc. because of a misunderstanding of what these terms meant, so he removed most of these from the liturgies in that church.