Similar Organisations

Selected organisations with which the Theosophical Society is sometimes identified from which however the Theosophical Society and the Theosophical Society in Australia are totally independent

(This does not include discontinued organisations)

Ever since the General Council passed a Resolution concerning the Freedom of the Society in 1949 the TS has maintained a policy of non-affiliation with other groups or organisations. There are only two organisations legally or constitutionally associated with the Theosophical Society in Australia: the Australian Section Theosophical Trust and The Theosophical Foundation Pty Ltd, the two trust companies administering our properties. However, a number of other organisations are sometimes mistakenly associated with the TS. A number of these are listed and briefly described below. Some of them are “breakaway” movements, others may have been started by prominent members or officers of the TS. Some of the organisations with which the TS was affiliated in its early years include The Literary Society of Benares Pandits and the Arya Samaj. How relevant such connections might be today may serve as possible comment on the wisdom of our policy of non-affiliation.

Anthroposophical Society, The

Formed in 1913 by Dr Rudolph Steiner, former General Secretary of the TS in Germany, who strongly disagreed with the formation of the Order of the Star in the East and left the Society on that account, taking most members of the German Section with him. The Anthroposophical Society has made important contributions in the fields of education (the Steiner schools), agriculture (biodynamics) and healing and is now established in many countries including Switzerland, Germany and Australia.

Arcane School, The

Created in 1923 by Alice and Foster Bailey, who originally were active at a senior level of the American Section of The TS. Alice Bailey was a National Secretary of the TS in America, and a resident at the Krotona Theosophical Community in Hollywood. She claimed that in 1919 she established communication with a Master of Wisdom whom she called “The Tibetan” and with whom she produced over 24 books.

Associated organisations: Lucis Trust, Lucis Press, Lucis Publishing, World Goodwill.

Main periodicalThe Beacon.

Bailey, Alice – see The Arcane School

Blavatsky Trust, The

Established in 1974 in England as a public trust and charity by Geoffrey Farthing, Christmas Humphries and others, to promote what it regards as “classical theosophy”, mainly the teachings of HP Blavatsky and her teachers.

Co-Freemasonry, The Order of International

The Ordre Maconnique Mixte International Le Droit Humain was started in 1893 in Paris, where the Headquarters are still located. It admits both men and women.

Known as Le Droit Humain or The Order of International Co-Freemasonry.

Annie Besant was initiated into the Order in 1902 and promoted the Order, especially in the English speaking world.

Edmonton Theosophical Society

Was a Lodge of The Theosophical Society in Canada but left it in 1995 or 96 to become an independent Society.

Has published reprints of a number of rare theosophical publications.

PeriodicalFohat (since 1997).

Esoteric School of Theosophy, The (“ES” or “EST”)

First organised as the ‘Esoteric Section of The Theosophical Society’ in 1888 with HP Blavatsky as its head. In 1889 the name was changed to ‘The Eastern School of Theosophy’. Later, it became ‘The Esoteric School of Theosophy’.

The ES has no official, administrative or corporate connection with the TS, but membership of the ES is open only to persons who have been active members of the TS for at least two years, who remain as TS members in Good Standing and are willing to abide by the rules of the School.

Halcyon—see The Temple of the People

Krishnamurti Australia Inc.

Branches in mainland States.

PeriodicalKrishnamurti Australia Bulletin.

Krishnamurti Foundation (Trust)

This Foundation was established in 1968 to help Krishnamurti to carry out his work, including organising travel, meetings, as well as publishing his talks and the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Bulletin.

There are Krishnamurti schools in India, UK and USA.

Liberal Catholic Church, The (“LCC”)

Established in London in 1916 by JI Wedgewood from the British province of the Old Catholic Church of Holland. CW Leadbeater later became Presiding Bishop and helped develop its liturgy.

Established in several countries, including Australia, England, USA and Holland.

It has both TS and non-TS members, and it is administratively quite separate from the TS.

Lucis Trust—see The Arcane School

Manor Foundation Ltd., The

The Manor is a large residence on Sydney harbour. It was leased in 1922 and purchased in 1925. Initially it was held under a trust deed, but in 1951 the trusteeship was transformed into The Manor Foundation Ltd. This property is owned by the Esoteric School of theosophy and not the Theosophical Society.

Pasadena—see The Theosophical Society (Pasadena)

Point Loma Publications, Inc.

Established 1971 by Iverson L Harris, W Emmett Small, L Gordon Plummer and others.

Published The Eclectic Theosophist 1971-95.

Still publishing important theosophical material.

Point Loma Society—see The Theosophical Society (Pasadena)

Round Table, The International Order of the Knights of the

Founded in 1908 by G Herbert Whyte under the inspiration of Annie Besant and CW Leadbeater. Its aim is to revive ideals of chivalry among young people.

Steiner, Rudolf—see Anthroposophical Society

Temple of the People, The (Halcyon)

Established in 1898 or 1899 in New York, the group moved to California in 1903 and formed a community called Halcyon.

PeriodicalThe Temple Artisan.

Theosophical Fellowship

Established in 1994 by Ananda Tara Shan (1946-2002)

Centre at Daylesford, Victoria.

Theosophical Order of Service, The

Formed by Annie Besant in 1908. Although independent of the TS, it provides an opportunity for members and non-members of the TS to participate in activities which promote the first object of the TS through practical and humanitarian action in a theosophical spirit. Provides a forum for airing of views of public interest.

Theosophical Society in Canada

Established in 1919. Was a Section of the TS until it became an independent Society in January 1992.

Has headquarters in Ontario, Canada.

PeriodicalThe Canadian Theosophist (since 1920).

Theosophical Society, Pasadena, California, The

Established by Katherine Tingley at Point Loma, California, in 1897, some two years after the American Section, with WQ Judge as its leader, seceded from the Theosophical Society with headquarters at Adyar. From 1897-1929 the Society was called the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society. In 1900 it established its headquarters at a theosophical community at Point Loma in California which continued until 1942 under Tingley and her successor, Gottfried de Purucker. In 1942 the headquarters moved to Covina and later to Pasadena, California. Its current leader is Randell C. Grubb.

Objects similar to those of the TS.

Established in a number of countries, including America, Australia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

Publisher: Theosophical University Press.
Main periodicalSunrise (Published in English, German and Dutch but defunct since the end of 2008).

United Lodge of Theosophists, The

Formed in 1909 by Robert Crosbie in Los Angeles, California. Crosbie had worked closely with WQ Judge. The original declaration of the ULT states that “the policy of this Lodge is independent devotion to the cause of Theosophy, without professing attachment to any Theosophical organisation.” It strongly emphasizes the teachings of HP Blavatsky and WQ Judge as the authentic Theosophy. In other respects its objects are similar to those of the TS.

Established in a number of countries, including USA, India, UK, Canada, Sweden, France and Belgium (Previously also Australia).

USA: Publisher: The Theosophy Company, Los Angeles, California
Periodical: Theosophy (since 1912)
India: Publisher: Theosophy Company (India) Pty. Ltd., Mumbai, India
Periodical: The Theosophical Movement (since 1930)

(The Theosophy Company has published facsimile reprints of many original editions of the books of HP Blavatsky and WQ Judge)

Universal Theosophy Fellowship, Inc.

Established 1969.

Objects similar to those of the TS.

Publisher: Universal Theosophy Fellowship, Inc., Santa Barbara, California.
(Previously: Concord Grove Press)

PeriodicalVidya (from 1989. Previously Hermes, 1975-1989.)

World Goodwill—see Arcane School