About Us

Theosophy means "Divine Wisdom" or "Ageless Wisdom." Its teachings reflect traditions found in human cultures all over the world.

In 1875, Helena P. Blavatsky began the modern theosophical movement in New York City when she published writings which proclaimed that certain truths could be found in common in all great religions throughout the world.

In the last two years of her life, Blavatsky drew the attention of Annie Besant, a feminist, union organizer, and writer and enormously admired in British Society. Getting the approval of a woman like Annie Besant brought Blavatsky enormous exposure. It was during this period that she wrote The Secret Doctrine, a synthesis of science, religion, and philosophy. This is her master work on theosophy, covering cosmic, planetary, and human evolution as well as science, religion, and mythology. Blavatsky left the Theosophical Society to Annie Besant before she died from influenza at age 59 in 1891.

The Theosophical Society in Boston, Besant Lodge (the "TS") was founded in 1922 as part of the international Theosophical Society, headquartered in India. In 1993, heeding Blavatsky's warning not to turn her own writings into a hard-and-fast dogma, the Theosophical Society in Boston became an independent, non-profit organization and a year later moved to Arlington.

The TS is a center of learning where people can explore, with freedom of thought and inquiry, many philosophies and spiritual practices. The TS offers a wide range of lectures, workshops, study groups, and meditation practices.

The goal of the programs presented at the TS is to promote ways in which all of us can communicate and cooperate with each other. As part of this goal, we:

seek universal truth;

honor and respect other spiritual points of view as well as those who hold them; and

recognize that each and every one of us are expressions of the same life and that our well-being is linked: whatever happens to one of us happens to all of us.

Objects of the Theosophical Society

  • To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, and color.
  • To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science.
  • To investigate the unexplained laws of nature and powers latent in man.
    For additional information about Madame Blavatsky, Annie Besant and the Theosophical Movement, please click on the links below.