Geoffrey Farthing (1909-2004), a co-founder of the Blavatsky Trust, has been one of the foremost exponents of Blavatsky-Theosophy in recent times. This web site contains a comprehensive collection of Geoffrey's writings and these aim to present Theosophy in a clearly written way for today's reader. Geoffrey Farthing was awarded the International Theosophical Society's highest award 'The Subba Row Medal' in 1996 for his outstanding contribution to theosophical literature.
One of H.P.B.'s last gift's to us, The Voice of the Silence is a devotional classic of great spiritual significance. Muriel Daw's Companion renders the 'Voice' accessible to a modern audience - not as a substitute for the deep mysticism of the original, but as a tool for understanding.
Our web site contains information about Theosophy, the ageless Wisdom, as presented by the Mahatmas (also called adepts or Masters) and contained in the writings of Theosophical Society co-founder Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 - 1891).
Theosophy is a recent recapitulation of the ancient wisdom tradition that has been disseminated by the founders of the modern Theosophical Movement. The teachings are explanatory of Universal Laws; Laws that establish the principle of Unity inherent in Nature and which are the basis of Universal Brotherhood. (Theosophy, as a term, can also used to refer to the universal Ancient Wisdom underlying all religions.)
H.P. Blavatsky was a remarkable woman; one of the most gifted and fascinating of modern times. Destined for a solitary path, she left husband and homeland to travel the world in search of occult knowledge, a quest which ultimately took her to the great Mahatmas and the Ancient wisdom of the East. Her odyssey was to bring her enlightenment and enemies, fame and notoriety; devotion and denouncement ... but it also resulted in some of the greatest occult classics ever written, and the founding, in 1875, of the modern Theosophical Society.
HPB's task was to bring the knowledge that there was a Divine Wisdom - Theo-sophia - as the root and basis upon which all philosophies, sciences and religions are founded and which guides the cosmos, nature and human life. Theosophia is not a system of belief formulated by an individual, nor a religion in the ordinary meaning of the word but the accumulated wisdom of the ages, having been systematically checked by generations of sages the world over. Every religion is based on the same truth or 'secret doctrine' and it contains the 'alpha and omega of universal science'... Read more ...
The greatest challenge we face as theosophists is to form that nucleus of what ultimately is to become a universal brotherhood. Difficult though the task may be, it is the direction we are pointed toward, if we are to move forward. For those willing to put in the work - on oneself and in engaging with others - this is where our work must lie. The evidence - accumulating in clinical and neuropsychological fields - shows correspondences to the underlying reality of our unity of existence at both physiological and socio-emotional levels and testifies to the importance of brotherhood as a human endeavour ... Read more ...
Geoffrey Farthing was concerned that the original point and purpose of the Theosophical Society had been lost in the years that followed the death of H.P. Blavatsky, and that a significant part of the substance and detail of the teachings, as given out by Blavatsky and others, has become distorted. Geoffrey Farthing's writings primarily aim to accurately present Blavatsky's work in a form suited to the modern reader, and in addition, a significant number of articles and letters take a critical, and sometimes controversial, look at the Society itself. In 1969 Geoffrey wrote 'What is the Theosophical Society?' (go to text) and followed this by an analysis of Theosophy itself (go to text).
For more information on the Theosophical Mahatmas see the article Mahatmas versus Ascended Masters (go to article on Theosophical Society in America website).
The Blavatsky Trust was founded on the 15th November 1974 by Geoffrey Farthing, Christmas Humphreys and Graham Nicholas with the following principal object:
"to advance education in and promote or further the study of or research into religion, philosophy and science, and to disseminate the results of such study and research to the public".
One of the main activities of the Trust is 'to let it be known that such a thing as theosophy exists' and to this end the Trust has funded the publishing of a number of books, a series of four video films and this Web site. The Trust helps support the study of Western Esotericism at the University of Copenhagen Center for the Study of Theosophy and Esotericism. Previously, we supported a successful MA course in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter in the UK. Additionally, the Trust assists in the funding of The European School of Theosophy and a number of theosophical Lectures, Seminars and Events in England. In the matter of initiatives to propagate the message, the importance of the very high nature of Theosophy has always to be borne in mind. Any attempt to popularize it must be judiciously done to ensure that the image of Theosophy itself is not impaired.
In furtherance of the Object is the undertaking and promotion of "study and research in the field of the laws of nature and the powers latent in man," and "to disseminate the results of this research and the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and 'The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett' and other literature consonant with them". The Trust aims to accomplish this by promoting a knowledge of the essential nature of man and the Cosmos in which he lives and of which he forms a part. There is a tradition in many countries of an Ancient Wisdom or Wisdom Religion known to men of superior development and power who represent the advance guard of humanity (this Ancient Wisdom has latterly been referred to as Theosophy). This Wisdom is relevant to ordinary man as it treats, against a background of knowledge of Nature's inner laws, of man's proper place in the scheme of things, his ultimate potentialities and of his responsibility for his individual and collective state. It also treats of the way to his inner growth of faculty and the unfolding of his essential spiritual nature, in line with the universal evolutionary trend. It tells also of the service a man inevitably renders his fellows in truly progressing along the path of self-development.
Offers a distinct opportunity for students and scholars alike to focus on influential, yet still vastly overlooked, aspects of European and global intellectual, religious and social history often categorized as 'Western esotericism'.
13th - 18th October 2019
Eretria - Greece
Science and Ancient Wisdom Tradition
European School of Theosophy
With the support of The Blavatsky Trust
Original music by Juan Carlos Garcia, Dedicated to the memory of Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.Link to the composer's website
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