The founding of the Theosophical Society, in New York.
1877 Isis Unveiled, written by H.P. Blavatsky, is published.
1878 On July 8, H P Blavatsky became a naturalized citizen of the United
Colonel Henry Steel
Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky set off for India.
– 1878 Influence Grows Despite
1879 Olcott and
H.P. Blavatsky arrive in India.
Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky start the Publication of "The Theosophist".
of British India
Occult World, written by A.P. Sinnett.
Buddhism, written by A.P. Sinnett.
by H P Blavatsky to A P Sinnet
1884 Charles Webster Leadbeater joins the Theosophical Society and
travels to India
at the order of the Master. The Inner Group of the London Lodge is formed.
1885 H.P. Blavatsky returns to Europe.
"Man-Or Fragments of Forgotten Truth", by Mohini Chatterji and Laura
Holloway was published.
1886 W.Q. Judge starts the magazine, The Path.
1887 W. Q. Judge writes a letter to H.P. Blavatsky asking her to start a
group with the purpose of esoteric instruction.
1888 The Secret Doctrine, written by H.P. Blavatsky, is published. The
existence of the Esoteric
School is publicly
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1889 Annie Besant, a
high profile free thinker and social reformer, joins the Theosophical Society after
reading the Secret Doctrine and meeting H.P. Blavatsky. H.P. Blavatsky
" The Key To
1889 - 1890 Mohandes K Gandhi is introduced to H P Blavatsky and
Annie Besant in London
but declines to become a regular member of the Theosophical Society.
However, during the following year the Society’s influence lead him to read
Theosophical and religious literature including Edwin Arnold's The
Song Celestial (the Bhagavad Gita) and The Light of Asia.
H P Blavatsky meets Mohandes K Gandhi
1890 T. Subba Row dies.
1891 H P Blavatsky dies in London
on May 8th which becomes celebrated as White Lotus Day and Colonel
Henry Steel Olcott takes over as President. Annie Besant and W.Q. Judge become joint
Outer Head of the Esoteric Section.
Tsar Nicholas II Drops in on The Theosophical
Henry Steel Olcott
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1894 Start of the argument between W. Q. Judge on the one hand and
Olcott and Besant on the other on the authorship of some Mahatmic letters
received through W.Q. Judge.
1895 The American Section secedes. W. Q. Judge is its president until
break with Adyar is by no means unanimous; 75 lodges resign from the Adyar Theosophical Society and elect W Q Judge as
president. 26 lodges remain in the Adyar Theosophical Society under the
leadership of Alexander Fullerton.
1896 W. Q. Judge
The American Theosophy Group which remains part of the Adyar lineage is
now known a The Theosophical Society in America and establishes its
headquarters at Wheaton Illinois.
W Q Judge’s breakaway group, led by Katherine Tingley moves its
headquarters from New York to Pasadena in 1900 and becomes known as the
Theosophical Society, Pasadena.
This becomes a separate Theosophical lineage with groups worldwide under a different series of leaders:
Katherine Tingley, Gottfried de Purucker, Colonel Arthur L. Conger, James A.
Long and Grace F. Knoche.
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1900 Annie Besant
receives a letter by Mahatma Koot Hoomi.
1902 Annie Besant
invites Rudolf Steiner to form a German Section of the Theosophical Society.
Crosbie, a supporter of W Q Judge and now leaves the Theosophical Society, Pasadena.
England and India By Annie Besant 1906
and the Theosophical
Society By Annie Besant
1907 Olcott dies.
Annie Besant voted president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar)
Vicissitudes of Theosophy By A P Sinnett
1907 article assessing the early
progress of the Theosophical Society
of Annie Besant's Writings
1909 Robert Crosbie forms the United Lodge of Theosophists with its
headquarters in New York.
This becomes another Theosophical lineage with groups worldwide.
More info on
discovers Jiddu Krishnamurti on the
private beach that formed part of the Theosophical
headquarters in Adyar. Krishnamurti and his family had been living in the
headquarters for a few months
before this discovery. Krishnamurti was to be the
vessel for the indwelling of the coming "World Teacher" that many
Theosophists were expecting. This new
teacher would, in the pattern of Moses, Buddha,
Zarathustra (Zoroaster), Christ, and Muhammad divulge a new dispensation, a new
Many Theosophists were unhappy about this move.
Charles Webster Leadbeater
1858? - 1934
Leadbeater on Freemasonry
1911 Formation of
the "Order of the star in the East", in dedication to the "World
Teacher" (i.e. J. Krishnamurti)
Krishnamurti is made the head of the "Order of the star in the East".
J. Krishnamurti's father starts custody battle against Annie Besant. The fight
ends when in 1914, J. Krishnamurti is 18 years old and no longer a minor by
Indian law. Rudolf Steiner is expelled from the Theosophical Society (Adyar),
because he refuses to have as members of his German section, people who are
also members of the "Order of the Star of the East". Most of the
German Section leaves with him and form the Anthroposophical Society.
The issue of
Krishnamurti threatens to split the Society further over the next twenty years.
Theosophy and the Great War
C Jinarajadasa proclaims India’s
loyalty to the Empire, Cardiff 1916
Besant demanded Home Rule for India
and suffered internment for it from June to September 1917. There are protests
around the world and the order is lifted by order of British Home Secretary. Interment
notices were also served George Arundale and B P Wadia.
1919 Jalianwala Bagh Massacre, Amritsar:- Troops commanded by a British
Officer kill 379 and wound 1200. This leads to a distancing of Mohandes K
Gandhi from Annie Besant and effectively ends Annie Besant’s hopes of a British India Commonwealth.
and The Indian National Congress
The Case for India
by Annie Besant
Theosophists protest against the Internment of Annie Besant 1917
Annie Besant visits Cardiff 1924
International President, George S Arundale marries Rukmini Devi. She is 16 at
the time of the marriage and goes on to become a major player in the
Theosophical Society’s affairs.
1923 This year is
the high point for the “Order of the Star of the East” with a well supported
convention in Vienna as part of the 1923 European Theosophical Society
Arundale and Rukmini Devi Arundale visit
Theosophical Society in 1924
over Krishnamurti come to a head in January as members are called upon to
embrace the New World Religion. Members resign
and the possibility of a split in the Society emerges as some Lodges threaten
to break away.
The Daily Sketch
of January 14th
1926 reports concerns in India that Krishnamurti’s request
that followers make the sign of the cross will lead to trouble on the streets.
1928 A P Warrington becomes Vice-President of the Society
Krishnamurti, now aged 33, dissolves the "Order of the star of the
1930 J.J. van der
Leeuw writes "Revelation or Realization".
1931 P.W. Bowen creates
or reveals the Bowen Notes on study of the Secret Doctrine. The effect of this
publication have yet to be fully assessed.
The Work of Theosophists by C W
Labour MP and leader of the opposition
party during the Ramsey MacDonald
35 National Coalition Government period
the only Theosophist to meet Hitler
uncompromising Pacifism raises
difficult questions for Theosophists
George S Arundale
1933 Annie Besant dies. George Sidney Arundale voted president of the
Theosophical Society (Adyar).
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Study in Synthetic Consciousness
Way of Service
C W Leadbeater dies.
Arundale Broadcasts his Diamond Jubilee Message on
India Radio in 1935
Theosophy Stand at the 1938 Empire Exhibition in Scotland
Exhibition, Scotland 1938 (unofficially
known as the
Exhibition, Glasgow) was an
held at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, from May
to December 1938.
The Exhibition was intended to mark fifty
years since Glasgow's
first great exhibition, the International
Exhibition (1888) held at
Kelvingrove Park. It also offered a chance to
boost the economy
of Scotland, recovering from the depression of
Despite 1938 being one of the wettest summers
the Exhibition attracted 12 million visitors.
info on C Jinarajadasa 1875
Future of The Theosophical Society By C Jinarajadasa 1930
1945 Dr. Arundale dies. Jinarâjadâsa elected president of the
Theosophical Society (Adyar).
dies and N. Sri Ram elected president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar).
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1955 Rukmini Devi Arundale becomes Vice President of The International
Vegetarian Union (IVU) at their World Congress in Paris and holds the position
for 31 years until her death in 1986.
1973 N. Sri Ram
dies and John Coats elected president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar).
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John B S Coats
1980 Radha Burnier is voted president of the Theosophical Society
Rukmini Devi Arundale 1904 -1986
1986 Rukmini Devi
Arundale dies aged 82. Despite serious health problems in her later years, she
always refused to be treated with medication that had been tested on animals.
1989 The Scandinavian break with the Adyar Theosophical Society begins. The
Danish Theosophical Society voted in August 1989 for the creation of an
independent Teosofisk Forening
(Theosophical Union). Other lodges were integrated in this organisation. In
November 1997 the name was changed to Theosophical
Association Scandinavia (TAS). In August 2004 ten theosophical
organisations from Denmark and Norway founded in Aarhus the Teosofisk Netværk or Teosofisk Nettverk (Theosophical
1992 The Theosophical Society in Canada (Canadian Federation) breaks with
Adyar. In 1995 there is a further division. The lodges in Edmonton and Calgary
separate from the TS in Canada and form the independent Edmonton Theosophical Society. The remaining lodges in the
Canadian Federation revert back to Adyar and change their name later to the Canadian Theosophical Association..
Burnier re-elected in the 2008 Adyar Presidential election.
The Candidates Radha Burnier & John
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2010 Anger and Dismay at decision to sell
Tekels Park to a developer. The Theosophical
movement is shocked to hear the news the Theosophical Society in England’s
Spirital Retreat, Tekels Park is to be sold to a developer.
Tekels Park is a 50 acre woodland
park in Camberley, Surrey, England which was purchased for the Theosophical
Society in England in 1929. Tekels Park has been the home of many Theosophical
Groups including Camberley Lodge, the Esoteric Section, the Retreat Society and
the Liberal Catholic Church.
Tekels Park has formed a sanctuary
for wildlife and concerns are raised over the fate of the Tekels Park Deer.
Although UK law gives Deer protection against cruelty, they are not a protected
species and could be slaughtered. Part of Tekels Park is designated a Site of
Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) but this also offers no statutory
2010 February; Insight Magazine
ceases publication. The Theosophical Society in England announces that Insight
Magazine is to cease publication and to be replaced by a free journal to be
distributed to members and the public.
Theosophical Society in England withdraws from the European Federation of the
Adyar Theosophical Society.
Tekels Park Family Evicted – The Theosophical Movement is shocked to learn that
a family, who had been resident on the Tekels Park Estate for many years, were
evicted from their home because a Tekels Park Estate director wanted to live in
their house. This is a particularly hard time for the family which
has two children of school age, and receives no help from the Theosophical
Society in England.
2013 October 31st;
Death of International President, Radha Burnier
2014 April 14th;
Colin Price replaces Eric McGough as President of the Theosophical Society in
England. Efforts to sell
Tekels Park continue despite widespread concern about the fate of
2014 April 27th;
The election of Tim Boyd as
International President of the Adyar Theosophical Society is tainted by
allegations of election malpractice and voting irregularities. Demands for an
enquiry into the conduct of the election are ignored.
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Tekels Park to be Sold to a Developer
Members of the
Theosophical Society worldwide are dismayed to learn that this Jewel in the
Theosophical Crown, Tekels Park, is to be sold to a developer.
Tekels Park is a
50 acre woodland park in Camberley, Surrey, England which was purchased for the
Theosophical Society in England in 1929.
being raised about the fate of the deer and other wildlife and there has been
no comment on this issue from Tekels Park Estate Limited, who manage the Park
on behalf of the Adyar based Theosophical Society in England.
Tekels Park is
sanctuary for animal wildlife including deer, foxes, squirrels,
badgers and stoats, and for birdlife including sparrowhawks, woodpeckers,
tawny owls and many more. There are many species of trees including 3 types of
redwood, ginkgo, eucalyptus, red oak, tall magnolias and lebanese cedars.
Leslie-Smith, a long-term resident of Tekels Park wrote 'A personal
recollection' in 1996. She commented: 'Tekels Park is in reality a mini Nature
reserve ... It is up to us to preserve it from encroachment so that it may
increasingly become a centre of Peace and dynamic spirituality'
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