A woman by the name of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was well-known back in the late 1800s. She was actually born into a wealthy aristocratic family. At the age of 18, she began to travel the world, and during these travels she was introduced to people in Tibet that taught her to connect with who she referred to as the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom. Although centralized in Tibet, they were thought to be worldwide. She was able to develop what became known as the Spiritualist movement. This was a way of thinking that was apart from traditional religion, catering more toward Eastern thought, with the strong belief that there was a spiritual realm where the dead resided and wanted to communicate with the living. It is from this premise that the Theosophical Society came into being. Many times the work was referred to as the ageless wisdom .
What Is The Theosophical Society?
This was a group formed in 1875 when Blavatsky was in her 40s. It's started in New York, and other original founding members included Colonel Olcott and William Judge. They were able to develop a group of people following a philosophy that had no affiliation with religions and would welcome anyone who would try to seek what they referred to as Truth. They wanted to promote a Brotherhood of individuals worldwide that would focus on reality in the same way that they were, specifically following their core objectives.
The Core Objectives Of The Theosophical Society
There were three specific tenets to this philosophy that they adhered to, all of which surrounded the study of spiritualism. Spiritualism is a belief that the spirits of the dead do still exist apart from the body and that they can advance and become what are called spirit guides. This led to the belief of spiritism, and it was extremely popular at the turn of the 20th century. These Core Objectives of the Theosophical Society included creating a universal brotherhood, encourage the study of all philosophies in science, with the sole intent of developing the innate or latent powers of mankind. Part of these powers had to do with connecting with those that had departed, but it involves so much more. This included telekinesis, telepathy, and many other powers that human beings were thought to possess but were simply not able to due to a lack of understanding or focus.
Although the views that are professed by the Blavatsky Theosophical Society are still running strong today, it is not a core group as it once was. Many people that follow these beliefs are regarded as New Age, people that do not necessarily adhere to one particular religion and often believe in the afterlife and reincarnation. This is a movement which dramatically changed the way that we perceived the universe, looking at it from a completely nonreligious perspective. Her work has been instrumental in helping to develop a more open viewpoint of the potentialities of mankind, a foundation for the New Age movement and believers that we have today.
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