Theosophical Society Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse
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The Theosophical Society Point Loma was based at the Theosophical community of Lomaland in the Point Loma district of San Diego, California from 1900 to 1942, and the international headquarters of a branch of the Theosophical Society from 1900 to 1942. It moved to Covina in Los Angeles County in 1942 and was the branch's international headquarters to 1945, when it moved to Pasadena, California and became the Theosophical Society Pasadena, the branch's current international headquarters.
When the James A. Long was elected president of the Theosophical Society Pasadena, some Theosophical Societies left it to form the Theosophical Society Point Loma-Covina, the present day Theosophical Society Point Loma − Blavatskyhouse The Hague. It has the Dutch Section of The Theosophical Society, is based at the Blavatsky House in The Hague, the Netherlands. It has the German Section of The Theosophical Society Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse, which is based in Berlin.
- 1 History
- 2 Theosophy
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Likewise Helena Petrovna Blavatsky founded in 1875 the Theosophical Society in New York. She acted on assignment of her Teachers, indicated by the name of 'Masters of Wisdom and Compassion'. With the knowledge they supplied, a foundation was laid for the Twentieth Century thinking. H.P. Blavatsky died in 1891 after many years of self-abnegation, disappointment, revilement and physical suffering. She left humanity a voluminous number of writings, of which the theosophical standard work The Secret Doctrine is the most well known.
Many divisions took place in the course of the years in the Theosophical Society. A few years after the passing of H.P. Blavatsky several important branches developed from the original international organization.
In the Netherlands one branch is known as the Theosophical Society, founded in New York City, with present-day headquarters in Adyar, India. After H.P. Blavatsky the Theosophical Society was directed by W.Q. Judge (1891-1896), Katherine Tingley (1896-1929), Gottfried de Purucker (1929-1942), Arthur L. Conger (1945-1951), W. Hartley (1951-1955), D.J.P. Kok (1958-1985), and H.C. Vermeulen (1985–present).
Another Dutch branch is known as the Theosophical Society − Blavatskyhouse The Hague, with present-day headquarters at the Blavatsky House in The Hague.
The organization of the Theosophical Society − Blavatskyhouse The Hague is hierarchically structured. The center is formed by the International Headquarters of the Leader. The organization has national divisions. Every national division forms the coordinating organ of the local Lodges.
The I.S.I.S. Foundation
The acronym I.S.I.S. — of the Theosophical Society—Blavatskyhouse The Hague — stands for International Study centre for Independent Search for truth. The purpose of the Foundation is to form a core of Universal Brotherhood/Sisterhood, by spreading the knowledge regarding the spiritual structure of humans and cosmos, free of dogmas. The Foundation tries to reach that objective by giving courses, organizing public and other lectures, printing of books, pamphlets and other publications, as well as all its other available means. The Foundation does not receive government grants. All activities of the Society and the I.S.I.S. Foundation are carried out on voluntary basis. The organization does not have any paid officials.
Goals of the Theosophical Society − Blavatskyhouse The Hague
- To diffuse among people the knowledge of the laws inherent in the Universe.
- To promulgate the knowledge of the essential unity of all that is, and to demonstrate that this unity is fundamental in Nature.
- To form an active community among humans.
- To study ancient and modern religion, science, and philosophy.
- To investigate the powers innate in humans.
Theosophy is a synthesis of science, philosophy and religion, the three different ways to investigate and explain life. The name Theosophy stems from the Greek 'Theos' and 'Sophia' meaning Wisdom of the Gods. However, Theosophy is not a religion, it is a Philosophy of Life, which offers the possibility to find a solutions to the many problems of life. Theosophy has been called Wisdom of the Gods because among other things one may find explanations for the motivations of the human soul, its origin, destination, and relation with the cosmos.
The Theosophy, also called Secret Doctrine or Esoteric Philosophy, contains in the first place the principles of morality, with directives for the human thinking and acting. This morality finds its explanation in a huge number of teachings about the laws in the Universe and the structure of Man and Universe. The teachings are not based upon belief, but upon knowledge.
The Theosophy stimulates independent thinking and the search for truth. Science, Philosophy and Religion, the three different ways to investigate and explain life, are contained in Theosophy. For this reason Theosophy does give explanations as to the how, why and whereto of life. The answer to the question regarding the purpose of life can be found in the Theosophy.
The Theosophical Society is part of a universal, ethical and intellectual Movement, which has been active throughout the ages. This Movement brought forth, in accordance with the cyclic laws of Nature, spiritual impulses, which gave the initial impetus to the great religious and philosophical systems, ever produced by humanity. It were Sages such like Lao Tze, Krishna, Gautama the Buddha, Jesus the Nazarene, Plato and many others who brought forth these impulses. They tried to divulge, time and again, the age-old Theosophy among the people and did this always in a form most suitable for that time and opportunity.
The Three Fundamental Propositions
- An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable Principle on which all speculation is impossible, since it transcends the power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude. There is one absolute reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being.
- The Eternity of the Universe in toto as a boundless plane; periodically " the playground of numberless Universes incessantly manifesting and disappearing", called " the manifesting stars", and the "sparks of Eternity".
- The fundamental identity of all Souls with the Universal Over-soul, the latter being itself an aspect of the Unknown Root; and the obligatory pilgrimage for every Soul - a spark of the former - through the Cycle of Incarnation ( or " Necessity" ) in accordance with Cyclic and Karmic law, during the whole term.
The basis of Theosophy
Theosophy does not depart from a highest God, who has created the Universe out of nothing and supplies the soul to the human being. Neither does Theosophy accepts that the Universe developed in a mechanical way out of primordial matter, in which life is the consequence of the processes in matter and external influences.
Opposite to this is the fundamental thought of Theosophy:
Life or consciousness is the cause of all that exists.
This basic thought stems from the assumption that there is one omnipresent, eternal, boundless and immutable PRINCIPLE. It transcends the power of human conception and can only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude.
This Principle of Life is the Causeless Cause of all manifested conditioned being. This Principle is neither a God nor a force.
The consequences of Theosophy for human life
The Theosophy points to the essential unity behind the great variety of forms and expressions of life. This unity is the basis of the entire Nature. This is why Theosophy teaches Universal Brotherhood of all beings as a fact of Nature. This thought of Brotherhood is not based upon sentiment, but upon the structure of the Universe, in which everything is inextricably interconnected and cooperating with one and another. Herein lies the explanation of the principles of morality for the daily walk of life. These are charity, compassion, cooperation and Brotherhood without any discrimination of color, race, nationality, social status or religious conviction.
Theosophy teaches that all what lives does so according to Universal Laws. One of these laws is Re-embodiment, which means that humans will be born over and over again. In conjunction with this is the law of Cause and Effect, which points to strict justice in the Universe, in which there is no room for chance, good- and/or tough luck. The character of every human being and the conditions under which he or she lives, are the natural consequences of one's own actions and thinking in past lives,
Humans govern their own destiny. That means that every human being is capable, if so desiring, to change one's own life and character and earns one's own bliss. The Path shown to that end is the one of the ideal of a "Human Brotherhood/Sisterhood" by exercising the principles of the morality in daily life