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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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(Helena Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott and Annie Besant)

The word "Theosophy" comes from two Greek words, theos meaning "god," and sophos meaning "wise." In essence, it means those who seek the wisdom of God by searching through philosophy or by the pursuit of mystical experiences, or both. Proponents of Theosophical concepts can be found in Hinduism, Taoism, Gnosticism, Neo-Platonism and the like.

In recent years, this term became closely linked with Helena Petrovna Blavatsky who formed the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875, along with Henry Steel Olcott. Blavatsky claimed to be in touch with spiritually evolved human beings dedicated to the service of the world, whose teachings formed the basis of her belief system. She promoted a monistic and pantheistic view of the relationship between God and the universe. She also taught that mankind is evolving through reincarnation toward perfection, and those who are near or reach such a goal are responsible to guide less evolved souls.

Annie Besant succeeded Blavatsky as spiritual leader of the society after the latter's death in 1891 and as international president after the death of the president-founder, Henry Steel Olcott, in 1907. She was quite involved, not only as a proponent of Theosophy, but in governmental, educational and social work in the land of India. It was Annie Besant who introduced Jiddu Krishnamurti as the Messiah of this age. He later refuted the claim.

There is no set dogma in the Theosophical Society. However, three foundational beliefs normally embraced are: "(1) the fundamental unity of all existence, so that all pairs of opposites"”matter and spirit, the human and the divine, I and thou"”are transitory and relative distinctions of an underlying absolute Oneness, (2) the regularity of universal law, cyclically producing universes out of the absolute ground of being, and (3) the progress of consciousness developing through the cycles of life to an ever-increasing realization of Unity."1

1 FAQ, "What does this Wisdom Tradition Teach?,"¯ (September 30, 2001).

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