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John Algeo on Modern Theosophy

Jul 08, 2007 11:30 AM
by danielhcaldwell

In the THEOSOPHICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (Theosophical Publishing House, 
Philippines, 2006), John Algeo writes (pp. 636-637) as follows about 
Modern Theosophy:

The Theosophical Society was founded by H.P. Blavatsky, Henry S. 
Olcott, William Q. Judge, and others, but Theosophy derives from H.P. 
Blavatsky alone.  Her writings and those of her teachers, as 
contained in The Mahatma Letters, are the basis of all modern 
Theosophy.  During Blavatsky's lifetime, the Theosophy of which she 
and her teachers were the primary exponents was paraphrased and 
adapted by several of her contemporaries, most notably Olcott, Judge, 
and Alfred Percy Sinnett.  After Blavatsky's death, modern Theosophy 
was further elaborated and to some extent reformulated by her 
successors, notably Annie Wood Besant and Charles Webster Leadbeater 
in the Adyar Society and Gottfried de Purucker in the Point Loma 


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