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The Theosophical Society

The Theosophical Society (Pasadena)

Theosophists are of necessity the friends of all movements in the world, whether intellectual or simply practical, for the amelioration of the condition of mankind. We are the friends of all those who fight against drunkenness, against cruelty to animals, against injustice to women, against corruption in society or in government, although we do not meddle in politics. We are the friends of those who exercise practical charity, who seek to lift a little of the tremendous weight of misery that is crushing down the poor. . . . The function of Theosophists is to open men's hearts and understandings to charity, justice, and generosity, attributes which belong specifically to the human kingdom and are natural to man when he has developed the qualities of a human being. Theosophy teaches the animal-man to be a human-man; and when people have learnt to think and feel as truly human beings should feel and think, they will act humanely, and works of charity, justice, and generosity will be done spontaneously by all. -- H. P. Blavatsky

Who Are We?

We are the Australasian representatives of the Theosophical Society with its International Headquarters in Pasadena, USA.

Our aims are :

  1. to diffuse among men a knowledge of the laws inherent in the universe.
  2. to promulgate the knowledge of the essential unity of all that is, and to demonstrate that this unity is fundamental in nature.
  3. to form an active brotherhood among men.
  4. to study ancient and modern religion, science, and philosophy.
  5. to investigate the powers innate in man.

To this end we sponsor meetings and study groups, and have an extensive library in Melbourne.

An online magazine, Theosophy Downunder, is published four times a year and available only by email by contacting the editor at: theosophydownunder@hotmail.com.

How does the Theosophical Society differ from other organizations which inculcate fraternity and mutual helpfulness as the purpose of their existence? Most of these fraternities do not recognize and build upon universal brotherhood as a fact and an essential principle in nature, but look upon and treat it as a desirable result to be sought, an object to be attained. Theosophy, on the other hand, teaches that each individual in the human family is but a ray from the One Life, and that by tracing the ray back we find the whole human race united in the Over-Soul — so that all men, women, and children are not brothers merely, but are really and essentially one. Not one in kind merely, not one by incorporation into one society, but one in substance and essence, as the ocean is one though made up of all the waters that flow into it from every source, and as the tree is one though thousands of twigs and leaves are parts of it. — G. A. Marshall