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Definition of theosophy. Other Words from theosophy Did You Know? Example Sentences Learn More about theosophy. Did You Know? In approaching Asian religion with respect and treating its religious beliefs seriously, Blavatsky and Olcott influenced South Asian society. Many important figures, in particular within the humanities and the arts, were involved in the Theosophical movement and influenced by its teachings.
Theosophy also exerted an influence on the arts. Theosophical ideas were also an influence on the Irish literary movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, with writers like Charles Johnston , George Russell , John Eglinton , Charles Weeks , and William Butler Yeats having an interest in the movement.
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The founders of many later new religious movements had been involved in Theosophy. Another former Theosophist, the Austrian Rudolf Steiner, split from the Theosophical Society over the claims about Krishnamurti and then established his own Anthroposophical Society in , which promoted Anthroposophy , a philosophy influenced by Theosophical ideas. Hall also cited Blavatsky's writings as a key influence on his ideas.
Hammer and Rothstein stated that Theosophy came to heavily influence "popular religiosity" and by the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries was "permeating just about every nook and cranny of contemporary "folk" religious culture" in Western countries. A considerable amount of literature has been produced on the subject of Theosophy and the Theosophical Society. Many early scholars of religion dismissed Theosophy as being not worthy of study; Mircea Eliade for instance described Theosophy as a "detestable 'spiritual' hybridism".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the occultist religious movement founded by Helena Blavatsky. Hermann Schmiechen's depiction of the two Masters whom Blavatsky claimed to be in contact with, Koot Humi left and Morya right. See also: Theosophy and Western philosophy. The American social situation from which the Theosophical Society emerged was one of great upheaval, and the religious situation was one of challenge to orthodox Christianity. The forces that had surfaced in spiritualism included anticlericalism, anti-institutionalism, eclecticism, social liberalism, and belief in progress and individual effort.
Occultism, mediated to America in the form of Mesmerism, Swedenborgianism, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism, was present. Recent developments in science led by the s to renewed interest in reconciling science and religion. There was present also a hope that Asian religious ideas could be integrated into a grand religious synthesis.
Bestsellers and television shows are devoted to Theosophical concepts such as reincarnation and spiritual evolution; the Internet overflows with references to Theosophical concepts such as the human aura a Google search in May retrieved 47 million hits and the chakras 12 million hits.
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Even truly mainstream media such as the National Geographic Channel present programs devoted to arch-Theosophical themes such as Atlantis, and the spiritual mysteries of Egypt. Terms and ideas created or mediated by spokespersons of the Theosophical Society have over time become household words, and the advent of Theosophy thus marked a fundamental change in the religious lives of countless individuals. See also: Theosophy Blavatskian and science.