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THEOSOPHYThe term "Theosophy" means knowledge of things divine or quite literally, god-wisdom.
Theosophy Origins, History of the Theosophical Movement & H.P. BlavatskyThe term "Theosophy" is derived from the Greek word theosophia, meaning "knowledge of things divine", or quite literally, "god-wisdom". The term also appears in Neoplatonism, and used as the adjective for "wise in divine things" by Indian yogis or sadhus. Finally, the word was revived in the nineteenth century by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky to designate a religious philosophy which holds that all religions are attempts by humanity to approach the absolute, and that each religion therefore has a portion of the truth. Together with Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge, and others, Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in 1875.
The Theosophical Society was an organization formed in 1875 to advance the spiritual principles and search for Truth known as Theosophy. Theosophy is an active belief system today, and through a process of schism has also given rise to many other mystical beliefs and organisations.
The Theosophical Society was founded in New York City by Helena Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge and others. Its initial objective was the investigation, study and explanation of mediumistic phenomena. After a few years Olcott and Blavatsky moved to India and established the International Headquarters at Adyar, Madras (Chennai). There, they also became interested in studying Eastern religions, and these were included in the Society's agenda. After several iterations the Society's objectives have evolved to be:
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