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THEOSOPHY CANADA

DEDICATED TO THE PROMOTION OF THE ORIGINAL PROGRAMME


Virtruvian Man The modern Theosophical Society was founded in New York City in 1875. On September 7th of that year, following a lecture by George H. Felt at the apartment of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Colonel H.S. Olcott proposed the establishment of a new Society. As H.P. Blavatsky had been sent to America to found such an entity, one can assume where the inspiration for his proposal had come. The following day, on September 8th, interested parties attended an organizational meeting whose official minutes were signed by the chairman H.S. Olcott and the secretary William Quan Judge. These two along with H.P. Blavatsky are regarded as the principal founders of the Society. The Theosophical Society was officially launched November 17, 1875 with a public lecture delivered by its new president, H.S. Olcott.

Theosophy Canada is a website of Edmonton Theosophical Society. Edmonton Theosophical Society is an official non-profit charitable organization that has been active in Edmonton, AB, Canada since 1911. It is dedicated to the promotion of the original programme of the Theosophical Society.

This programme follows these three objects:

  1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
  2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
  3. To investigate the unexplained laws of nature and powers latent in man.

Theosophy "[a]lthough it contains by derivation the name God and thus may seem at first sight to embrace religion alone, it does not neglect science, for it is the science of sciences and therefore has been called the wisdom religion... Embracing both the scientific and the religious, Theosophy is a scientific religion and a religious science" (W.Q. Judge, The Ocean of Theosophy, page 1). Edmonton Theosophical Society follows the teachings of this Wisdom-Religion which embrace both Western and Eastern traditions.

At its most basic level, the original programme embraces the study of Man and his place in the Universe.

Edmonton Theosophical Society also adheres to the original motto of the Society: "There is no Religion higher than Truth". Although the modern theosophy has its own written doctrine, the blind belief in that doctrine is in no way endorsed. The original programme of the Society is fiercely protective of the independent inquiry and beliefs of its individual members, with the understanding that members conduct themselves in accordance with the first object of the Society on their own individual journeys to Truth. The original programme also safeguards the independence of its member lodges. Each lodge is free to conduct its affairs as it sees fit and pursue whatever special projects it feels compelled to complete without interference from any outside agency. Edmonton Theosophical Society invites all other independent lodges dedicated to the original programme to inquire about linking with us in a global association of independent lodges. If your lodge is so interested, please contact us.


The Theosophical Work of Beatrice Hastings
In 1937, Beatrice Hastings, after reading the Mahatma Letters, and later coming upon the ignominious attacks leveled against H.P. Blavatsky by the Psychical Research Society, was moved by compassion and justice to come to the aid of the founder of modern theosophy, despite never being a member of the Theosophical Movement. Being familiar with The Mahatma Letters, almost by heart, it was immediately clear to Ms. Hastings that the charges and conclusion reached in the S.P.R. Report, and further within the Coulomb pamphlet were not based in fact, and were most certainly libelous.
Annie Besant, Theosophy and the Liberal Catholic Church
A review of the period when Annie Besant and her officers introduced into the Theosophical Society the concept of a World Teacher and, apparently, a church to promote that teacher, The Liberal Catholic Church.
Albert E.S. Smythe
Albert Ernest Stafford Smythe was a tireless promoter of theosophy in Canada. Inspired through a meeting with William Q. Judge, he went on to found the Toronto Branch and was instrumental in creating a Canadian Section.