Theosophy is an eclectic religious movement that believes that the nature of divinity could be understood and there exist innate powers in humankind. Theosophists believe that all of humankind is bound by unity which is fundamental in nature. They seek to establish brotherhood among men. Theosophy preaches that the spiritual and the physical essence of every human being comes from the same source, and they belong to one absolute and infinite reality. The seven most popular theosophists in the history of the world are as follows:
Helena Blavatsky was one of the founders of the Theosophical Society in 1875. Blavatsky believed that there existed archaic wisdom in ancient civilization. She was the first to preach that humans are not divided by race, creed, caste, colour and sex and originate from one single essence. Blavatsky believed that the absolute truth and knowledge was passed on in the human race through selected individuals called the masters. She also wrote several notable books of Theosophy.
Annie Besant was one of the most popular theosophists. She also had significant contributions towards women’s rights and fights for equality and freedom. Besant was a writer and orator who was intrigued by the teachings of Theosophy after meeting its founder Helena Blavatsky. Besant had sought spiritual enlightenment all her life and therefore, worked with theosophical society till the end.
Rudolf Steiner was a prevalent figure during the 19th century. He had extensive contributions towards the theosophical society. Steiner had written countless books on Theosophy that gave insight into topics such as body, mind and soul, rebirth and reincarnation, spirituality etc. He penned 400 volumes of work and was considered to be one of the most prolific theologists of the world.
Jiddu Krishnamurthy was a well-received speaker and writer who wrote extensively about spirituality and philosophy. He believed and preached that any change in a human could only be driven from within and not from an external force. He travelled across the world, connecting with people through his unique theosophical ideas.
Charles Webster Leadbeater
C.W. Leadbeater led a very controversial life. It was during his work as a priest in the Church of England that he found an interest for spiritualism. This interest drove him towards the Theosophical Society. He contributed to Theosophical society until the time of his death. He wrote extensively on occultism and also founded a college in Ceylon.
Radha Burnier was the president of the Theosophical Society in Adyar for 33 long years. She was a famous writer, and her notable works include “Human Regeneration”, “No Other Path to Go”, Beauty and Goodness” etc. She immensely contributed to the learning of human values.
Jakob Bohme, popularly known for his books on philosophy, was a German Theologian. Two of his notable works are “De Signatura Rerum” and “Mysterium Magnum”. He is known for producing some of the Theosophical masterpieces and classics. Two of the masterpieces are, “The Six Theosophical Points” and “177 Theosophic Questions”.