The Theosophical Society (Adyar)

Objects

CHANGES OF THE T. S. OBJECTS THROUGH THE YEARS
Extracts from the Josephine Ransom's "A Short History of the TS"

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1875
The objects of the society are, to collect and diffuse knowledge of the laws which govern the universe.

1881
1. To form the Nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity.
2. To study Aryan* literature, religion and science.
3. To vindicate the importance of this enquiry and correct mis­representations with which it has been clouded.
4. To explore the hidden mysteries of Nature and the latent powers of Man, on which the Founders believe that Oriental Philosophy is in a position to throw light.

1886
1. To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed or colour.
2. To promote the study of Aryan and other Eastern literatures, religions and sciences.
3. A third object, pursued by a portion of the members of the Society, is to investigate unexplained laws of nature and the psychical powers of man.

1888
1. To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
2. To promote the study of Aryan and other Eastern literatures, religions, philosophies and sciences.
3. A third object, pursued by a portion of the Fellows of the Society, is to investigate unexplained laws of nature and the psychic powers of man.
(The Fellows interested in this third object now form a distinct private division of the Society under the direction of the Corresponding Secretary.)

1890
1. To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
2. To promote the study of Aryan and other Eastern literatures, religions, philosophies and sciences, and to demonstrate their importance to Humanity.
3. To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the psychic powers latent in man.

1894
2. To promote the study of Aryan and other Eastern literatures, religions, philosophies and sciences, and to demonstrate the importance of that study.

1896
1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
3. To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.


*Webster:
Aryan - Of or relating to the former Indo-European people; “Indo-European migrations”.

Encyclopedia Britannica:
Aryan - (from Sanskrit arya, “noble”), a people who in prehistoric times settled in what are now Iran and northern India. From their language, also called Aryan, the Indo-European languages of South Asia are descended. In the 19th century the term was used as a synonym for “Indo-European” and also, more restrictively, to refer to the Indo-Iranian languages.

Theosophical Glossary:
Arya (Sk.) Lit., “the holy”; originally the title of Rishis, those who had mastered the “Aryasatyani” (q.v.) and entered the Aryanimarga path to Nirvana or Moksha, the great “four-fold” path. But now the name has become the epithet of a race, and our Orientalists, depriving the Hindu Brahmans of their birth-right, have made Aryans of all Europeans. In esotericism, as the four paths, or stages, can be entered only owing to great spiritual development and “growth in holiness”, they are called the “four fruits”. The degrees of Arhatship, called respectively Srotapatti, Sakridagamin, Anagamin, and Arhat, or the four classes of Aryas, correspond to these four paths and truths.

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