THE BENEDICK [PREFACE]: TALKS ON RELIGION
During the academic year of 1906-1907, Henry Bedinger Mitchell, president of the New York Branch (NYB) of the Griscom Theosophical Society (GTS,) hosted a series of monthly meetings in his rooms at The Benedick Apartments (80 Washington Square East, New York) read more
THE BENEDICK IX: THE THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT.
For us, who are growing old in harness, who have been working for twenty years and more for Theosophy and Theosophical principles, this accession of new recruits brings joy and reassurance
SHADE OF SATTAY
The liberality of their thought led both the Joshees and Phule into membership in the Theosophical Society. Gopalrao joined in 1879, while Anandibai joined on March 11, 1883, just weeks before leaving for America.
A SWASTIKA WITHIN A CIRCLE
In October 1888, the eminent Sanskritist, Max Müller told Olcott that the Theosophical Society risked sacrificing “all the good opinion which scholars have of […] legitimate work for Sanskrit revival”
The protagonist of our story, Charles Johnston, or “Charley” as he was known to friends, was born in Ballykilbeg, County Down, February 17, 1867.
Our society needs to re-establish a culture of caring
This first object means philanthropy. Each Theosophist should therefore not only continue his private or public acts of charity but also strive to so understand Theosophical philosophy as to be able to expound it in a practical and easily understood manner
The Bizarre Tale Of Lemuria: A Long-Lost Continent Inspired By Lemurs
In the 19th century, a rumor circulated in the scientific world that a "lost continent" was laying undiscovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. They named it Lemuria as their misguided efforts were driven by some very confusing lemurs.
Reptilians: from sci-fi villains to conspiracy favorites
Published in 1888, Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophical book The Secret Doctrine contains tales of Lemuria and Atlantis, and discussed “dragon men.” These elements later inspired Robert E. Howard’s Weird Tales magazine story “The Shadow Kingdom,” which is considered to be the first pop culture reference to Reptilians. (More famously, Howard was also the author of the Conan the Barbarian series.)
The Lost World of Agartha and the History Behind the Myth
The members of the Thule Society were drawing heavily from prior occultists, such as Madame Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society, who had drawn on ideas about Shambhala and other Hollow Earth theories in their teachings.
UN Pushing New Age Spirituality on Schoolchildren
Bailey was a New Age occultist and theosophist who was a disciple of Russian mystic Helena Blavatsky and also the founder of the Lucifer Publishing Company.
Gandhi’s influence on Sri Lanka’s non-violent Independence struggle
He was assisted by the founders of the Theosophical Society, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, an American and Helena Blavatsky, a Russian. Their joint efforts resulted in the revival of nationalist sentiment. It called for both greater autonomy and independence from colonial rule.
Slavophile Russian Cosmists: Reds, Scientists and Mystics
Many of you who have heard of Theosophy may dismiss it as the wild ravings of Madam Blavatsky about cycles of previous races and lost civilizations. In the Anglo-American world of transcendental spiritualism, Theosophy might seem to be the opposite of radical political activity.
Five ways to be calm – and why it matters
Undeniably woo-woo though her vision was, her interest in metaphysics and theosophy was intricate, even semi-scientific, and with its own internal logic – she was drawn to both the spiritualist writings of the founder of the Theosophical Society, Madam Blavatsky, and the philosophical ideas of the Medieval mystic Christian Rosenkreuz.
Kalifornia Dreaming: Praying with Vivekananda.
Similarly, theosophy laid the groundwork for him by esteeming Hindu philosophy in American eyes
A Morbid Interlude: Occult Torquay in the 1920s
During the latter years of the nineteenth century Rosa’s focus changed. She began to attend and host Theosophical Society meetings and corresponded with occultists including HS Olcott and Madame Blavatsky.
Ravi Ravindra returns to Krotona Institute
A much-needed voice of wisdom, compassion, and hope in today’s world, Ravi Ravindra will be speaking on “The Necessary Journey of Self-Transformation” at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy
After travelling the world, an artist couple’s existential search for truth ended in an Indian town
While Earl was studying at the School of Art in Cleveland, he came in contact with philosopher Jagadish Chatterji, who was delivering lectures on Theosophy in American cities.
‘Hilma’ Review: Lasse Hallström’s Vivid Portrait of a Visionary Artist Captures the Agony and the Ecstasy
The Swedish filmmaker’s latest feature is the first biopic of the painter Hilma af Klint.
Review: Transcendental Painting Group is one of Modern art’s best kept secrets.
It isn’t necessary to be deeply informed in the spiritual intricacies of theosophy or other early 20th century occult systems to be absorbed into the pleasures of transcendental painting. “Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group” recently opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Another World The Transcendental Painting Group’ at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Although the term ‘spiritual’ is often a reference to the artists in the group, their spirituality would supersede associations with conventional religion, rather reaching into the realm of Theosophy and other esoteric teachings that bind over time the many multiple facets of the spiritual quest.
Schiaparelli’s Surrealism Lives On in New Collection
In part, Schiaparelli moved to avoid an arranged marriage. While in London, Elsa, who had an interest for theosophy and the spiritual, attended a lecture by Count Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor. After only one day of knowing one another, de Kerlor and Schiaparelli became engaged, and in 1914 they married.
The mesmerizing art of Grant Wallace (1868–1954), a phantasmagoric amalgamation of theosophical tract, circus flyer, and beauty advertisement—all of which is shot through with a generous dose of science fiction—defies tidy categorization.
Religion and Spirituality in Post Impressionism National Gallery – Revd Jonathan Evens
If we then skip to the end of the period documented by this exhibition, we find there a different kind of religious influence holding sway. Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondriaan, on their separate journeys to abstraction, were both deeply impacted by Theosophy, the religion principally established in the United States during the late 19th century by Helena Blavatsky.
The cosmic visions of Hilma af Klint
Many pioneers of abstraction were devotees of one or other branch of spiritual thought. Mondrian was a life member of the Theosophical Society and kept a photograph of its charismatic founder Madame Blavatsky.
Piet Mondrian: 10 things to know about the pioneering modernist
Another influence on Mondrian at this time was theosophy, a belief system newly established by the Russian mystic Helena Blavatsky, according to which the material world is but a part of a higher spiritual cosmos. The artist joined the Theosophical Society in 1909.
‘Where rock’n’roll comes from’: Kim Salmon rises from the black lagoon
You’d need a pretty big canvas to map out exactly how 19th Century Theosophy links to the invention of grunge music.
Was Wassily Kandinsky influenced by hilma af klint
Soon Steiner and his followers formed the Anthroposophical society, the Christian alternative to Theosophy, which also focused on the quasi-scientific exploration of the world, overlapping with spiritual practices.
Book review: The Other Side, Jennifer Higgie
These were both very much the domain of women from Theosophy’s colourful Madame Blavatsky to the Fox sisters who gave rise to modern Spiritualism and the many mediums who held home séances and communed regularly with the dead
Open Arts Alliance to Host Free Zoom Talk: “Broomsticks to Bubbles: Feminine Power in The Wizard of Oz”
“He (L. Frank Baum) supported women’s right to vote and joined the Victorian new age religion Theosophy, which had favorable views of female power—and took magical power very seriously.”