|The Theosophical Movement|
|Thursday, 10 February 2011 Ασπασία Παπαδομιχελάκη|
The Theosophical Movement was started by H.P. Blavatsky in New York, in 1875. At the outset, it was just a group pf researchers of spiritualistic and psychic phenomena. Pretty soon, however, after a few changes, emphasis was given to esoteric knowledge and the main task of the Movement, i.e. fraternity among people.
On November 17, 1875, was founded the Theosphical Society; co-founders were Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (president), Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (secretary) and William Quan Judge, lawyer; three close friends and colleagues who agreed on spreading the Theosophical work.
Behind them stood the Mahatmas and, as H.P.Blavatsky confesses, it is they who actually pull the strings of both the foundation and dissemination of the Theosophical Movement- its purpose being to elevate mankind through spirituality and refutation of materialism.
The Theosophical Society is founded on three fundamental principles which propose the key Idea of Unity of Life, deep understanding of this Unity through research and comparative study of simultaneously presented world thoughts; it, also, encourages the unveiling of the secrets of nature and man's transcendent powers in man. These principles are:
The Theosophical teaching came to be known through the following books by H. P. Blavatsky : a) "Isis Unveiled", published in 1877, a most elucidative book freeing people from prejudice and superstitions. b) "The Secret Doctrine" published in 1888, a bulky book on the occult evolution of the World and man c) "The Key to Theosophy", published in1889, referring to Karma and Reincarnation, after-death life, the sevenfold synthesis of man etc. d) "The Voice of the Silence", published in 1888, a mystic poem depicting the way to self-accomplishment e) "The Collected Writings", a collation of the writer's articles and letters that complement the teachings as outlined in her books.