London; Adyar, India; New York; and centres in Europe.
The Theosophical Society was founded by Madame H. P. Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott in New York in 1875. In 1882, the headquarters of the Society were established in Adyar, near Madras (now Chennai) in India.
Theosophy was a philosophy combining mysticism and spiritualism (with heavy influences from Buddhist and Hindu thought) with metaphysics. The Society was fashioned as a 'brotherhood' promoting unity. The Society was also concerned with preparing the world for the coming of the 'World Teacher' when he arrived on Earth.
George Arundale, Annie Besant, Mohini Chatterjee, C. Jinarajadasa, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Charles W. Leadbeater, Emily Lutyens, Jiddu Nityananda, A. P. Sinnett, William Butler Yeats.
The Theosophical Society produced a number of periodicals, see http://www.austheos.org.au/indices/pindex.htm
Lucifer (1887-1897), ed. by H. P. Blavatsky and then Annie Besant.
The Theosophical Review (1897-1909), ed. by Annie Besant and G. R. S. Mead.
The Herald of the Star (1912-1927), nominally ed. by Jiddu Krishnamurti.
The Star Review (1928-9), ed. by Emily Lutyens.
Besant, Annie, Theosophy (London: T. C. & E. C. Jack, 1912)
Ransom, Josephine, A Short History of the Theosophical Society (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1938)
Sinnett, A. P., The Early Days of Theosophy in Europe (London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1922)
Theosophical Society Achives, Adyar, India
The Theosophical Society in England, London
The College of Psychic Studies, South Kensington
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