Someone asked, “Where does theosophy belong in today’s society?”

Though most are unaware of it, Theosophy is actually woven into many aspects of modern society including not only the religious and philosophic but the cultural and artistic in many of its dimensions. To gain an impression of this read through this list of famous people who were members of the Theosophical Society and were also noted writers, architects, scientists, inventors, psychologists, painters, musicians, actors, politicians, feminists, and religious figures, etc: Famous people in the Theosophical Society.

The list is partial, one of many omissions being David Bohm:

“Many theosophists will know of Bohm as a close associate of Krishnamurti, and also as a unique philosopher. However his primary role was as a quantum physicist.” Bohms Quantum Physics…Theosophical Society

There is also a related item on Quora: What were the ideas of professor Albert Einstein on Theosophy and Mme. Helena Blavatsky?

So the answer is that Theosophy continues to exercise a far reaching influence in today’s world. But what exactly are we talking about and what is its value?

First, let me say that there is much value in delving into theosophy. Though sometimes dismissed as another religion or amalgam of them, it is far more than that. Theosophy defines itself, not as a religion, but as the underlying principles from which the best aspects of all religions derive. So it is not religion in a formal sense but the essence of them. One Theosophical work delves into this in exploring the The Essential Unity of all Religions.

Broadly speaking, there are two different senses of the word “Theosophy.” On the one hand it is the particular body of teaching that derives from the founder of the Theosophical society, H. P. BlavatskyBut in the broader sense Theosophy means the “wisdom of God,” or spiritual wisdom wherever and in whatever form it is found which includes the best of religions, philosophies, the sciences and all aspects of life that pertain to the cultural evolution of humanity. These did not arise with H. P. Blavatsky but are part of the wisdom of the ages. In this sense Theosophy is “New Age” philosophy. These two sense of the word are elaborated here: Theosophy: What is It?

For some of the specifics of Theosophical teaching see this summary: Theosophy in the Modern World and also Theosophy in the World Today, and Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy and the Arts in the Modern World.

The New Age philosophy I reference above is a modern phrase that is close in meaning to what is called the “Ageless Wisdom” and also not far from the meaning of Perennial philosophy:

“The Ageless Wisdom is called the “Golden Thread” that connects the inner, hidden teachings at the heart of the world’s religions, East and West. It’s often referred to as the “Perennial Philosophy” because it’s been present on earth in some form since the beginning of recorded history.” Ageless Wisdom.

There is a Wikipedia article on New Age that contains a paragraph with the following good summary:

“Despite its highly eclectic nature, a number of beliefs commonly found within the New Age have been identified. Theologically, the New Age typically adopts a belief in a holistic form of divinity which imbues all of the universe, including human beings themselves. There is thus a strong emphasis on the spiritual authority of the self. This is accompanied by a common belief in a wide variety of semi-divine non-human entities, such as angels and masters, with whom humans can communicate, particularly through the form of channeling. Typically viewing human history as being divided into a series of distinct ages, a common New Age belief is that whereas once humanity lived in an age of great technological advancement and spiritual wisdom, it has entered a period of spiritual degeneracy, which will be remedied through the establishment of a coming Age of Aquarius, from which the milieu gets its name. There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine, and an emphasis on a “New Age science” which seeks to unite science and spirituality.”

The newest evolution of this science and spirituality union can be seen here:

Who’s Who in Open Science

Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science

Original from Quora

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