To serve humanity by cultivating an ever-deepening understanding and realization of the Ageless Wisdom, spiritual self-transformation, and the unity of all life.
Three Objects of the T.S
- To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
- To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
- To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.
The Theosophical Worldview
The Theosophical Society, 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 world view 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 independent whole.
- Every existing 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 individuals to find truth for themselves, and respect for every religious tradition. The ways in which these ideals become reality in individual life are both the privileged choice and the responsible act of every human being.Central to the concerns of Theosophy is the desire to promote understanding and fellowship among people of all races, nationalities, philosophies, and religions. Therefore, all people, whatever their race, creed, sex, caste, or color, are invited to participate equally in the life and work of the Society. The Theosophical Society imposes no dogmas, but rather points toward the source of unity beyond all differences.
What is Theosophy?
Theosophy is the body of truths which forms the basis of all religions, and which cannot be claimed as the exclusive possession of any.
It offers a philosophy which renders life intelligible, and which demonstrates the justice and the love which guide its evolution.
It puts death in its rightful place, as a recurring incident in an endless life, opening the gateway to a fuller and more radiant existence.
It restores to the world the Science of the Spirit, teaching humanity to know the Spirit as oneself and the mind and body as one’s servant.
It illuminates the scriptures and doctrines of religions by unveiling their hidden meanings, and thus justifying them at the bar of intelligence, as they are ever justified in the eyes of intuition.
Members of the Theosophical Society study these truths, and Theosophists endeavor to live them. Everyone willing to study, to be tolerant, to aim high, and to work perseveringly, is welcomed as a member, and it rests with the member to become a true Theosophist.
Freedom of Thought
As the Theosophical Society has spread far and wide over the world, and as members of all religions have become members of it without surrendering the special dogmas, teachings, and beliefs of their respective faiths, it is thought desirable to emphasize the fact that there is no doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught or held, that is in any way binding on any member of the Society, none which any member is not free to accept or reject. Approval of its three Objects is the sole condition of membership.
No teacher or writer from H. P. Blavatsky onwards, has any authority to impose their teachings or opinions on members. All members have an equal right to follow any school of thought, but have no right to force their choice on any other. Neither a candidate for any office nor any voter can be rendered ineligible to stand or to vote because of any opinion held or because of membership in any school of thought. Opinions or beliefs neither bestow privileges nor inflict penalties.
The Members of the General Council earnestly request every member of the Theosophical Society to maintain, defend, and act upon these fundamental principles of the Society and also fearlessly to exercise the right of liberty of thought and of expression thereof, within the limits of courtesy and consideration for others. (1924 Resolution of the General Council of the International of the Theosophical Society, Adyar)
Freedom of the Society
The Theosophical Society, while co-operating with all other bodies whose aims and activities make such co-operation possible, is and must remain an organization entirely independent of them, not committed to any objects save its own, and intent on developing its own work on the broadest and most inclusive lines, so as to move towards its own goal as indicated in and by the pursuit of those objects and that Divine Wisdom which in the abstract is implicit in the title “The Theosophical Society”.