The History Of The Theosophical Society 



History International

The Theosophical Society was founded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge, and others in New York City on November 17, 1875. In 1882 the international headquarters of the Society was established at Adyar near Madras (Chennai) in India. This remains the headquarters for the Society, which is now established in more than sixty countries throughout the world.

History Southern Africa

The Theosophical Society of Southern Africa was established in 1909 and consisted of lodges in Johannesburg, Germiston, Harmony (Jhb), Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg. There were also lodges established (1914) in Bulawayo and Salisbury in Rhodesia. In 1945 Lodges were founded in de Aar Port Elizabeth and Kimberley.

William Quan



Helena Petrovna



Henry Steel



“Karma is like the vine that gathers strength through uninterrupted years, and which fastens its tendrils so closely that it is as strong as the structure to which it adheres. There is no way to destroy its power except by the separation of the parts, these parts renew themselves in other forms of life, but the structure is freed when its root is destroyed.”

“To the worldy man Karma is a stern Nemesis, to the spiritual man Karma unfolds itself in harmony with his highest aspirations.”

William Quan Judge

“It is on the acceptance or rejection of the theory of the Unity of all in Nature, in its ultimate Essence, that mainly rests the belief or unbelief in the existence around us of other conscious beings besides the Spirits of the Dead.”

“The Occultists, however, know that the traditions of Esoteric Philosophy must be the right ones, simply because they are the most logical, and reconcile every difficulty.”

“The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire - the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain.”

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

“Everything in the world of Matter is unreal; the only reality is in the world of Spirit.”

“Physiologically speaking, man's body is completely changed every seven years.” 

“The pleasures of the eye, the ear, the taste, touch and smell are fleeting and deceptive: he who gives value to them brings only disappointment and bitter sorrow upon himself.” 

“Many people can argue, few can simply have a conversation.”

Henry Steel Olcott