Theosophy is esotericism, referring to hidden knowledge or wisdom that offers the individual enlightenment and salvation. The theosophist seeks to understand the mysteries and unite the universe, humanity, and the divine.
Colonel Henry Steel Olcottthe was the co-founder and first President of the Theosophical Society.
Helena Petrova Blavatasky’s was one of probably the most famous of the founders of the Theosophical Society. Her magnum opus is one of the major foundational works of Theosophy entitled, “The Secret Doctrine”.
Lucifer Trust was established in 1922 by Alice Bailey as the publishing company to disseminate the books of Bailey, Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. It’s name was changed one year later to Lucis Trust.
Theosophy has influenced the development of other mystical, philosophical, and religious movements including but not limited to the New Age movemnets.
Theosophy and Baha’i
Question.–(It was remarked, Theosophy teaches that truth in all the religions is the same): Does the task of unifying all religions have ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s sympathy?
(Attributed to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 62)
“O Bahá’u’lláh! May I be a sacrifice for Thee. O Bahá’u’lláh! May my life be offered up for Thee. Thou hast spoken the Word which cannot be refuted. What a wonderful Cause Thou hast founded! It satisfies every assemblage! Each group testifies to its greatness. In the churches it shakes the souls; it excites the Theosophists; it imparts spirituality to the spiritualists; it makes the Unitarians aware of the reality of unity; it makes the socialists contented and grateful and inspires joy and happiness in the peace meetings. There is no refuge for any denomination except in submission to it. It is a miracle! It is the greatest force in the world of existence. This is all through the assistance of the Blessed Beauty. If healing the lame and crippled is a miracle, it can also be produced by a dose of medicine. This is no great achievement.”
(Mahmúd’s Diary, September 4, 1912)