Theosophical Society

Founded in 1875 by Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olott in USA, Theosophical Society is a worldwide organization whose primary objective is universal brotherhood for the benefit of humanity based on the realization of life, and all its diverse forms. Late in 1882, the society was moved to Adyar in Chennai. The society runs a library, which has a good collection of rare oriental manuscripts written on palm leaves and parchment and these manuscripts have lot of ancestral and archeological value. The library is a good place to have historical knowledge of culture and customs.

The Theosophical Society is now headquartered here in a large property in the Adyar area of Chennai.  The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875, is a worldwide body whose primary object is Universal Brotherhood based on the belief that life, and all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly One. The Society imposes no belief on its members except the belief that there is no one right belief. The members are united by a common search for Truth and desire to learn the meaning and purpose of existence by engaging themselves in study, reflection, purity of life and loving service.

Theosophy is seen as wisdom underlying all religions when they are stripped of accretions and superstitions. It offers a philosophy which, they say, renders life intelligible and demonstrates that justice and love guide the cosmos. Its teachings aid the unfoldment of the latent spiritual nature in the human being, without dependence or fear. In other words, you are God and you you need to come to that realization!  This Banyan tree, the 2nd largest in India, is grown from an offshoot of the Banyan tree under which Buddha was “enlightened.”

The Old Testament may condemn Ashtarah poles, but here it is fine to worship Ashtarath.

On entering the headquarters one sees in the alcove behind a marble platform on the north side of the hall a figure in plaster of H. P. Blavatsky.  When Colonel Olcott passed away in 1907, a plaster statue of him was placed by the side of Madame Blavatsky and an inscription engraved on the pedestal: ‘The Founders of the Theosophical Society: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 1831-1891-Henry Steel Olcott 1832-1907’.Bust of Ann Besant, after whom the nearby area of Besant Nagar is named.  The Emblem of the Theosophical Society. It combines the symbols of the major religions of the world, except the basic cross of Christianity, and all are wrapped in a SERPENT! (Which they say represents wisdom).

Adyar Campus Visiting Hours:

Grounds:            Morning: 8.30-10.00am; Afternoon: 2.00-4.00pm
Monday to Saturday
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

Bookshop:         Morning: 9:00-12:noon; Afternoon: 3:00-6:00pm
Monday to Saturday
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

Library:               9.00-5.00pm
Tuesday  to Sunday
Closed Monday and Public Holidays

Display of            Morning: 9.30-12 noon; Afternoon: 2.00 – 4.00pm
Ancient Documents:    Tuesday to Sunday

Closed Monday and Public Holidays

Headquarters Address:

International Headquarters
The Theosophical Society
Adyar, Chennai 600 020 INDIA
Telephone: (044) 2491 2474

Posted on November 22, 2011, in Art, Attractions, Heritage of Chennai and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: