Theosophy is a dynamic and open approach to seeking the wisdom of the Divine.
The term “Theosophy” is derived from the ancient Greek and is interpreted as “wisdom concerning the divine.” The term has various levels of meaning, all of which are open to interpretation.
It is said to be first used by a Greek philosopher in the 3rd century to designate an eclectic system of philosophy and mysticism.
Central to the concerns of theosophy is the desire to promote understanding and unity among people of all races, nationalities, philosophies, and religions.
The Theosophical Society (the TS) was founded as a world fellowship and membership organization dedicated to promoting the unity of humanity and encouraging the study of religion, philosophy and science so that we may better understand ourselves and our relationships within this multidimensional universe.
According to the TS, all people, whatever their race, creed, sex, caste, or color are invited to participate equally in the life and work of the TS. The TS imposes no dogmas, but points toward the source of unity behind all differences. The TS, while reserving for each member full freedom to interpret those teachings known as Theosophy, is dedicated to preserving and realizing the ageless wisdom, which embodies both a worldview and a vision of human self-transformation.
This tradition is founded upon certain fundamental propositions:
- The universe and all that exists within it are one interrelated and interdependent whole.
- Every existent being-from atom to galaxy-is rooted in the same universal, life-creating Reality. This Reality is all pervasive but it can never be summed up in its parts, since it transcends all its expressions. It reveals itself in the purposeful, ordered, and meaningful processes of nature as well as in the deepest recesses of the mind and spirit.
- Recognition of the unique value of every living being expresses itself in reverence for life, compassion for all, sympathy with the need of all individuals to find truth for themselves, and respect for all religious traditions. The ways in which these ideals become realities in individual life are both the privileged choice and the responsible act of every human being.
The TS stands for complete freedom of individual search and belief which welcomes seekers belonging to any religion or to none.
The motto of the TS is “There is no Religion higher than Truth.” The word Religion in this statement is a translation of the Sanskrit dharma, which among other things means practice; way; virtue; teaching; law; inherent nature; religion; and that which is steadfast or firm. The word Truth in the motto is a translation of the Sanskrit satya, meaning, among other things, true, real and actual. It derives from the root sat, sometimes translated as boundless unconditioned existence.Devotion to truth, love for all living beings, and commitment to a life of active altruism are the marks of the true Theosophist.
Please visit www.theosophical.org for further information about the TS.