The Theosophical Society

1880 - 1884
1880

France annexes Tahiti

H.S. Olcott to Ceylon, aids
Buddhists against missionaries

Rodin: “The Thinker”

Dostoevsky: The Brothers
Karamazov

Art Nouveau movement
begins, 1880-1890

1881

Picasso born in Malaga, Spain

Billy the Kid shot

First Pogrom against Russian Jews

James A. Garfield, 20th U.S.
president, assassinated

Kemal Ataturk born

Flogging abolished in
British army and navy

1882

Edison electrifies lower Manhattan

The French seize Hanoi, Vietnam

Charles Darwin dies

Major Russian Jewish
immigration to U.S.

80,000 Scandinavians
immigrate to U.S.

First modern Olympic games, Paris

Married women in Britain allowed
to own property

1883

Karl Marx and Richard Wagner die

Mussolini born

Nietzsche: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Leadbeater joins Theosophical Society

Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler
separately build automobiles

Gaudi: Church of the Holy
Family, Barcelona

1884

Fabian Society founded in London

Susan B. Anthony petitions
for suffrage

C.W. Leadbeater meets
Blavatsky and travels with her to Adyar, India

Sean O’Casey, Irish author, born

Henry Steel Olcott, Annie Besant, and Charles W Leadbeater

From that initial meeting and their shared interest in the occult forming a strong bond, they went on to found the Theosophical Society in New York, 1875. Its principles were:

1. To seek truth in the ancient religions of the East
2. To investigate the unexplained laws of nature
3. To promote the brotherhood of man without regard to race, creed, sex or caste.

So attractive were these ideals that by 1881 the Society had become a worldwide institution with over 100,000 enthusiastic members.

Annie Besant, Olcott and groups of early Theosophists

You have come together as a Society, and you ask me if you and I meet. I say we do not. You can make us ‘meet,’ you can twist anything to suit your convenience. You can pretend that white is black; but a mind that is not straight, that is incapable of direct perception of things as they are, merely thinks in terms of vested interest, whether in belief, in property, or in so-called spiritual status…

If you say your Society is not based on belief at all, inwardly or outwardly, then I would say that from your outward as well as your inward actions you are a factor of separation, not of unity. You have your secret rituals, secret teachings, secret Masters, all indicating separation. It is the very function of an organized society to be separate in that sense.

So, I am afraid that when you go very deeply into the matter, you, the Theosophical Society, and I, do not meet. You might like to make us meet, but that is quite a different matter – which does not mean you must leave yours and come over to this camp. There is no ‘this camp’, there are no sides to truth. Truth is Truth, one, alone; it has no sides, no paths; all paths do not lead to Truth. There is no path to Truth, it must come to you.

Krishnamurti – Talk 3, Rajghat, 06 February 1949

“The mind that has put its house in order is silent. That silence has no cause, and therefore, has no end. Only that which has a cause can end. That silence, which has no ending, is absolutely necessary, because it is only in that silence that there is no movement of thought.

It is only in that silence that that which is sacred, that which is nameless, and that which is not measurable by thought, is. And that which is, is the most sacred. That is meditation.”

1880

France annexes Tahiti

H.S. Olcott to Ceylon, aids
Buddhists against missionaries

Rodin: “The Thinker”

Dostoevsky: The Brothers
Karamazov

Art Nouveau movement
begins, 1880-1890

From that initial meeting and their shared interest in the occult forming a strong bond, they went on to found the Theosophical Society in New York, 1875. Its principles were:

1. To seek truth in the ancient religions of the East
2. To investigate the unexplained laws of nature
3. To promote the brotherhood of man without regard to race, creed, sex or caste.

1881

Picasso born in Malaga, Spain

Billy the Kid shot

First Pogrom against Russian Jews

James A. Garfield, 20th U.S.
president, assassinated

Kemal Ataturk born

Flogging abolished in
British army and navy

So attractive were these ideals that by 1881 the Society had become a worldwide institution with over 100,000 enthusiastic members.

1882

Edison electrifies lower Manhattan

The French seize Hanoi, Vietnam

Charles Darwin dies

Major Russian Jewish
immigration to U.S.

80,000 Scandinavians
immigrate to U.S.

First modern Olympic games, Paris

Married women in Britain allowed
to own property

Annie Besant, Olcott and groups of early Theosophists
1883

Karl Marx and Richard Wagner die

Mussolini born

Nietzsche: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Leadbeater joins Theosophical Society

Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler
separately build automobiles

Gaudi: Church of the Holy
Family, Barcelona

You have come together as a Society, and you ask me if you and I meet. I say we do not. You can make us ‘meet,’ you can twist anything to suit your convenience. You can pretend that white is black; but a mind that is not straight, that is incapable of direct perception of things as they are, merely thinks in terms of vested interest, whether in belief, in property, or in so-called spiritual status…

If you say your Society is not based on belief at all, inwardly or outwardly, then I would say that from your outward as well as your inward actions you are a factor of separation, not of unity. You have your secret rituals, secret teachings, secret Masters, all indicating separation. It is the very function of an organized society to be separate in that sense.

So, I am afraid that when you go very deeply into the matter, you, the Theosophical Society, and I, do not meet. You might like to make us meet, but that is quite a different matter – which does not mean you must leave yours and come over to this camp. There is no ‘this camp’, there are no sides to truth. Truth is Truth, one, alone; it has no sides, no paths; all paths do not lead to Truth. There is no path to Truth, it must come to you.

Krishnamurti – Talk 3, Rajghat, 06 February 1949

1884

Fabian Society founded in London

Susan B. Anthony petitions
for suffrage

C.W. Leadbeater meets
Blavatsky and travels with her to Adyar, India

Sean O’Casey, Irish author, born

Henry Steel Olcott, Annie Besant, and Charles W Leadbeater

“The mind that has put its house in order is silent. That silence has no cause, and therefore, has no end. Only that which has a cause can end. That silence, which has no ending, is absolutely necessary, because it is only in that silence that there is no movement of thought.

It is only in that silence that that which is sacred, that which is nameless, and that which is not measurable by thought, is. And that which is, is the most sacred. That is meditation.”

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