Timeline B: Modern Theosophists (1875-1935)
Notable Influences – new era of Western Occult Research
|1875||The founding of the Theosophical Society, in New York. Some co-founders: H.P. Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge, Charles Sotheran, Emma Hardinge Britten and other formers.|
|1877||“Isis Unveiled,” written by H.P. Blavatsky, is published.|
|1878||Henry Steel Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky start travelling to India.|
|1879||Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky arrive in India.
Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky start the Publication of “The Theosophist.”
|1881||“The Occult World” is published by A.P. Sinnett.|
|1883||“Esoteric Buddhism” is published by A.P. Sinnett.|
|1884||C.W. Leadbeater joins the Theosophical Society.|
|1885||H.P. Blavatsky returns to Europe.|
|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. “Lucifer” Magazine is published Sep. 1887. The year Robert Crosbie joined the T.S.|
|1888||The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky, is published.
The existence of the Esoteric School is publicly announced.
|1889||Annie Besant joins the T.S. after reading The Secret Doctrine and meeting H.P. Blavatsky.
H.P. Blavatsky publishes “The Key to Theosophy” and “The Voice of the Silence.”
|1890||Tallapragada Subba Row dies.|
|1891||Helena Blavatsky dies.
Annie Besant and W.Q. Judge become joint outer heads of the Esoteric Section.
|1893||World Parliament of Religions, Chicago. The Theosophical Society has it’s own sub-congress. Lectures were very popular. Annie Besant, Judge and Anagarika Dharmapala lecture.|
|1894||Katherine Tingley joins the T.S. Arguments start between W.Q. Judge, H.S. Olcott and Annie Besant.|
|1895||The American Section secedes and is now called the Theosophical Society in America.|
|1896||William Quan Judge dies.|
|1900||Annie Besant receives the final letter by K.H.|
|1902||Annie Besant invites Rudolf Steiner to form a German Section to the Theosophical Society.|
|1906||Leadbeater is advised under pressure to leave the Theosophical Society (Adyar) after charges and admittance to sexual immorality.|
|1907||Henry S. Olcott dies, and Annie Besant is voted President of the Theosophical Society (Adyar)|
|1908||Council of the Theosophical Society in December votes that Leadbeater can return to the T.S.|
|1909||Leadbeater (back in Adyar, Madras) he discovers Jiddu Krishnamurti at the beach.
The United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT) is formed by Robert Crosbie, a disenchanted member of the Theosophical Society headed by Katherine Tingley, a successor of William Q. Judge.
|1911||Formation of the “Order of the star in the East,” in dedication to “the World Teacher.”|
|1912||J. Krishnamurti is made the head of the “Order of the star in the East”.
J. Krishnamurti’s father custody battle against Annie Besant. Besant wins in 1914.
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 Anthroposophical Society is formed.
|1919||Bahman Pestonji Wadia meets members of the ULT. Robert Crosbie dies.|
|1922||B.P. Wadia leaves the Theosophical Society (Adyar) and joins the ULT.|
|1925||Rudolf Steiner dies.|
|1929||J. Krishnamurti dissolves the “Order of the star of the East.” Katherine Tingley of T.S. in Pasadena dies; G de. Purucker becomes leader of the Society.|
|1933||Annie Besant dies.|
****Note: The Besant, Krishnamurti and Leadbeater controversy in the history of the Theosophical Society has to be learnt, because excuses are either made for the debacle, or it is used to defame the whole Theosophical Movement. More information can be learnt from Theosophy and Freemasonry: Esoteric Schools within the Theosophical Society and The Reluctant Messiah: Truth about Jiddu Krishnamurti and Theosophy.