History of the
Society was founded on November 17th 1875 in
William Q Judge and others.
later established in
Brief Chronology of the Theosophical Society
1878 Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky start
1879 Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky arrive in
1881 Publication of The Occult World, written by A.P. Sinnett.
1883 Publication of "Esoteric Buddhism", written by A.P. Sinnett.
1884 Leadbeater joins the Theosophical Society and
1885 H.P. Blavatsky returns to
1886 W.Q. Judge starts the magazine, The Path.
1887 W. Q. Judge writes a letter to H.P. Blavatsky asking her to start a group with the purpose of esoteric instruction.
1888 The Secret Doctrine, written by H.P. Blavatsky, is
published. The existence of the
1889 Annie Besant joins the Theosophical Society after reading the Secret Doctrine and meeting H.P. Blavatsky. H.P. Blavatsky pubishes "The Key to Theosophy".
1889 - 1890 Mohandes K Gandhi is introduced
to H P Blavatsky and Annie Besant in
1890 T. Subba Row dies.
1891 H.P. Blavatsky dies. Annie Besant and W.Q. Judge become joint Outer Head of the Esoteric Section.
1894 Start of the argument between W. Q. Judge on the one hand and Olcott and Besant on the other on the authorship of some Mahatmic letters received through W.Q. Judge.
1895 The American Section secedes and is now
eventually become the Theosophical Society,
1896 W. Q. Judge dies.
1900 Annie Besant receives a letter by Mahatma Koot Hoomi.
1902 Annie Besant invites Rudolf Steiner to form a German Section to the Theosophical Society.
1907 Olcott dies. Annie Besant voted president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar)
A 1907 article assessing the early
progress of the Theosophical Society
1909 Leadbeater discovers Jiddu Krishnamurti at the private beach at theAdyar Headquarters.
1911 Formation of the "Order of the star in the East", in dedication to the "World Teacher" (i.e. J. Krishnamurti)
1912 J. Krishnamurti is made the head of the "Order of the star in the East". J. Krishnamurti's father starts custody battle against Annie Besant. The fight ends when in 1914 J. Krishnamurti is 18 years old and no longer a minor by Indian law.
Rudolf Steiner is expelled from the Theosophical Society (Adyar),because he refuses to have as members of his German section, people who are also members of the "Order of the Star of the East". Most of the German Section leaves with him and the Antroposophical Society is formed.
Besant demanded Home Rule for
1925 Rudolf Steiner dies.
1929 J. Krishnamurti dissolves the "Order of the star of the East".
1930 J.J. van der Leeuw writes "Revelation or Realization".
1931 P.W. Bowen creates or reveals the Bowen Notes on study of the Secret Doctrine. The effect of this publication have yet to be fully assessed.
1933 Annie Besant dies. G. S. Arundale voted president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar)
1934 Leadbeater dies.
1945 Dr. Arundale dies. Jinarâjadâsa elected president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar).
1953 Jinarajadasa dies and N. Sri Ram elected president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar).
1973 N. Sri Ram dies and John Coats elected president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar).
1980 Radha Burnier is voted president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar)
2008 Radha Burnier is re-elected as President in the Adyar Presidential Election. The other candidate was Vice President John Algeo.
Tekels Park is a 50 acre woodland park in Camberley, Surrey, England which was purchased for the Theosophical Society in England in 1929. Tekels Park has been the home of many Theosophical Groups including Camberley Lodge, the Esoteric Section, the Retreat Society and the Liberal Catholic Church.
Tekels Park has formed a sanctuary for wildlife and concerns are raised over the fate of the Tekels Park Deer. Although UK law gives Deer protection against cruelty, they are not a protected species and could be slaughtered. Part of Tekels Park is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) but this also offers no statutory protection.
2010 February; Insight Magazine ceases publication. The Theosophical Society in England announces that Insight Magazine is to cease publication and to be replaced by a free journal to be distributed to members and the public.
2012 The Theosophical Society in England withdraws from the European Federation of the Adyar Theosophical Society.
2013 April; Tekels Park Family Evicted – The Theosophical Movement is shocked to learn that a family, who had been resident on the Tekels Park Estate for many years, were evicted from their home because a Tekels Park Estate director wanted to live in their house. This is a particularly hard time for the family which has two children of school age, and receives no help from the Theosophical Society in England.
2013 October 31st; Death of International President, Radha Burnier
2014 April 14th; Colin Price replaces Eric McGough as President of the Theosophical Society in England. Efforts to sell Tekels Park continue despite widespread concern about the fate of the wildlife.
2014 April 27th; The election of Tim Boyd as International President of the Adyar Theosophical Society is tainted by allegations of election malpractice and voting irregularities. Demands for an enquiry into the conduct of the 2014 election are ignored.