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Theosophical Society

Posted on : 28 Dec 2019

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  • The Theosophical Society was founded in the United States by Madam H.P. Blavatsky and Colonel H.S. Olcott, who later came to India and founded the headquarters of the Society at Adyar near Madras in 1886.
  • The Theosophist movement soon grew in India as a result of the leadership given to it by Mrs. Annie Besant who had come to India in 1893.
  • The Theosophists advocated the revival and strengthening of the ancient religions of Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Buddhism.
  • They recognized the doctrine of the transmigration of the soul.
  • They also preached the universal brotherhood of man.
  • As religious revivalists the Theosophists were not very successful. But they made a peculiar contribution to developments in modern India.
  • It was a movement led by westerners who glorified Indian religions and philosophical tradition. This helped Indians recover their self-confidence, even though it tended to give them a sense of false pride in their past greatness.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to the Theosophical Society, consider the following statements
    1.It was founded at Adyar in Madras by Madam H.P. Blavatsky and Colonel H.S. Olcott.
    2.It was a reformist movement aimed at strengthening of ancient religions of Hinduism and Zoroastrianism.
    3.Theosophists tended to give Indians a sense of false pride in their past greatness.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.1 and 2 only

    3.2 and 3 only

    4.3 only

    Right Ans : 3 only

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