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There are three truths which are absolute, and which cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.



»       The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.

Geoffrey Farthing

Geoffrey Farthing
T.D., C. Eng,. M.I.E.E.
Geoffrey Farthing - biography

First published as 'What Theosophy is Not' in 'The Theosophist' magazine May-June 1971, at which time Geoffrey Farthing was General Secretary of the Theosophical Society in England. Subsequently reprinted as 'What is Theosophy'

Because it seemed to me that the views of both the public and of many members of The Theosophical Society were confused on the nature and Objects of the Society, I tried, in an article (What is The Theosophical Society?) published in 'The Theosophist' of November 1969 (go to article), to clarify these views by making some definite statements as to what the Society was not and then, putting forward some ideas on what it was or was supposed to be.  This analysis seems to have been acceptable and helpful.  It now seems to me that a similar attempt at clarification is even more necessary for Theosophy itself.  

First let us see what most definitely Theosophy is not -

It is not:

(1) a religion as such; certainly not one derived from any other or others;
(2) a spiritualistic nor psychic cult;
(3) a dogma, creed nor sect; it was not made up or invented by anyone;
(4) a speculative philosophy; not a concoction from or of any schools of philosophy;
(5) a system of necromancy, divination, nor any of the ceremonial magic arts, certainly not of the black variety;
(6) a system of thought nor a specific set of ideas;
(7) a matter of opinion, belief nor concept, neither yours, mine nor anyone else's;
(8) a means of self-aggrandisement nor of satisfying personal wants, ambitions nor cravings, nor even of personal needs;
(9) anything deliberately kept secret; it is not with­held from anyone;
(10) incompatible with any fact or truth in Nature, nor with anything moral, decent, kind or helpful, nor with anything sane and reasonable.

"Religion is the best armour that man can have,
but it is the worst cloak."
It is no exaggeration to say that there never was – during the present century, at any rate – a movement, social or religious, so terribly, nay, so absurdly misunderstood, or more blundered about than THEOSOPHY – whether regarded theoretically as a code of ethics, or practically, in its objective expression, i.e., the Society known by that name.
Year after year, and day after day had our officers and members to interrupt people speaking of the theosophical movement by putting in more or less emphatic protests against theosophy being referred to as a "religion," and the Theosophical Society as a kind of church or religious body. Still worse, it is as often spoken of as a "new sect"!
THIS question has been so often asked, and misconception so widely prevails, that the editors of a journal devoted to an exposition of the world's Theosophy would be remiss were its first number issued without coming to a full understanding with their readers. But our heading involves two further queries: What is the Theosophical Society; and what are the Theosophists? To each an answer will be given.
According to lexicographers, the term theosophia is composed of two Greek words – theos, "god," and sophos, "wise." So far, correct. But the explanations that follow are far from giving a clear idea of Theosophy.
Fourth Annual Convention — April 27-28
American Section of the Theosophical Society
Palmer House, Chocago, Illinos

Message delivered on behalf of H. P. Blavatsky by Bertram Keightley, afternoon session, April 27, 1890. The following cablegram was received by William Q. Judge just after adjournment:
LONDON, APRIL 26, 1890

Letter from H. P. Blavatsky, dated April 7, 1889. Read by William Q. Judge, morning session, April 28, 1889 to the Third Annual Convention of the American Section
Second Annual Convention — April 22-23
American Section of the Theosophical Society
Sherman House, Chicogo, Illinos

A letter from H. P. Blavatsky, dated April 3, 1888. Read by William Q. Judge, afternoon session, April 22, 1888.

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Courstey of The Theosophical Society in America


There are several special days celebrated in the Theosophcial Society's calendar. These are Adyar Day, White Lotus Day and Founder Day. The reason for them being especially called out are described below.


Adyar Day - 17th February each year

By Ananya S. Rajan

Originally printed in the January-February 2005 issue of Quest magazine. 
Citation: Rajan, Ananya S. “The History of Adyar Day” Quest  93.1 (JANUARY-FEBRUAY 2005): 32


The Theosophical Society, while cooperating with all other bodies whose aims and activities make such cooperation possible, is and must remain an organisation 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’.

Since Universal Brotherhood and the Wisdom are undefined and unlimited, and since there is complete freedom for each and every member of the Society in thought and action, the Society seeks ever to maintain its own distinctive and unique character by remaining free of affiliation or identification with any other organisation.

Resolution passed by the General Council of The Theosophical Society, 1949



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