Theosophical Society
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The Theosophical Society’s institutional life cannot effectively be separated from its philosophical provenance, and in this article, I shall be moving back and forth between Theosophy and the Theosophical Society as twinned responses to the challenges brought on by modernity’s crisis of belief. While Theosophy has a long history, with roots in the esoteric philosophies of Rosicrucianism, Gnosticism…

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Gauri Viswanathan, “Theosophical Society”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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