Welcome to the Home Page of the Theosophical Society (Blavatsky Lodge) in Vancouver, Canada. There are many Theosophical Societies and the Vancouver Society is part of a world wide movement with its centre in Adyar, India.
The first Theosophy group in Vancouver was started in 1897. The Blavatsky Lodge was formed in 1992.
There is a study group that meets on Thursday evenings (currently studying the Secret Doctrine) and every third Sunday of the month there is a free public presentation and discussion on a topic of interest.
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What is Theosophy?
The word Theosophy has been used for many centuries, it is of Greek origin meaning Wisdom of the Gods (theo – of Gods, sophia – wisdom). Wisdom cannot be enclosed within words, it is a Truth which must be discovered and experienced by each one for themselves. Theosophy, sometimes known as the Ageless Wisdom, is the Light which shines through the many coloured lamps of religion. It is the thread of truth in scriptures, creeds, symbols, myths and rituals. Divine Wisdom is One, the paths towards it are many.
H.P. Blavatsky (HPB), Colonel Olcott and William Judge founded the Modern Theosophy Society in New York in1875. HBP defined Theosophy as “the archaic Wisdom-Religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization.”
One of the main purposes of the Theosophical Society was “to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color”. Blavatsky saw herself as a missionary of this ancient knowledge.
What ideas underlie this Ageless Wisdom?
Divine Unity– The whole of existence, all of life, is an indivisible unity or wholeness. Some call it the Divine Mind or Divine Consciousness or God, others Nature, the Absolute or the Oneness. This Divine Unity forms the basis of the concept of Universal Brotherhood which is the first Object of the Theosophical Society.
Evolutionary Purpose – All life is evolving by a process of unfoldment which increasingly reveals this inherent wholeness. It is a return to the Source – the perfection from which all life emanated.
Life as an expansion of Consciousness – Divine Consciousness is in everything. It is universal in minerals and plants, but in animals individuality begins to develop and reaches its fullness in a human being who is a self-conscious individual and therefore responsible for directing his or her own actions.
Reincarnation – As humans, our evolution is spiritual growth through a long chain of experience within a cycle of births, deaths and rebirths.
The Universe is ruled by Law – The life process is governed by the universal law of cause and effect, called ‘Karma’.
Historically Taught – These ideas have been taught in various forms throughout history and teachers often used symbols, parables, allegories and myths to convey these concepts.
The Spiritual Path – By feeling love and compassion for all that lives, by practising self-awareness and by meditation, each of us can tread the path of Self-realisation back to the Source, or God or conscious union with the Divine Mind.
What are the Objectives of the Theosophical Society?
To form a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
To investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man.
The Theosophical Society is a non-sectarian, non-political body of people united by their recognition of the principle of universal brotherhood. Ideally, perhaps, theosophy can be seen as a synthesis of religion, philosophy and science, pointing to the universality of divine revelation and the brotherhood of humanity.