Most of us think that we, the human being, are a physical body with a soul of some sort. We think that the real person is the physical body. This is like mistaking a house for the person who lives in it. Theosophy teaches us that the real person is really the ‘monad’ or inner unity, a fragment of Divinity, a spark of The Divine Flame, which lives in many ‘houses.’
Three Objects of the Theosophical Society
The Theosophical Society was formed in New York on 17 November 1875, and incorporated at Chennai (Madras) on 3 April 1905. Its three Objects are:
1) To form a nucleus of the Universal Kinship of Humanity, without distinction of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, 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 the human being.
As the Theosophical Society has spread far and wide over the world, and as members of all religions have become members of it without surrendering the special dogmas, teachings and beliefs of their respective faiths, it is thought desirable to emphasise the fact that there is no doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught or held, that is in any way binding on any member of the Society, none which any member is not free to accept or reject.