The Blavatsky Lodge was founded in May 1887 by Madame Blavatsky herself in Norwood, Greater London. It is part of the International Headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India, following its three objects. In 1934 the Lodge moved, with the English Section of the Theosophical Society, to 50 Gloucester Place in the centre of London, where we still hold our study meetings and give our public lectures. Our TALKS & PRESENTATIONS are free of charge, although donations are welcome to keep our facilities up to date. We hope that you will find all the necessary information needed to get a good overview of what we stand for and where to find us. Be our guest or feel free to contact us if there are any questions. For a list of upcoming events, please click here.
The Emblem of the Theosophical Society
The Emblem of the Theosophical Society is composed of a number of symbols, all of which have been used from very ancient times to express profound spiritual and philosophical concepts about the human being and the universe. They are found in a variety of forms in the great religions of the world and their universality is further shown by their appearance in widely separated cultures. Each symbol studied separately will yield a wealth of understanding. Taken together, as in this emblem, they suggest a vast evolutionary process embracing the whole of nature, physical and spiritual and their study may lead the serious inquirer to contemplate some of the deepest mysteries of existence. Partly because of their antiquity and partly because of the difficulty of establishing their origin, the symbols cannot be interpreted with a narrow precision. The interpretation here offered is to be taken as suggestive of the truths they seek to convey rather than as an exact statement of their meaning.
The Motto: Surrounding the emblem runs the motto of The Theosophical Society, ‘There is no Religion Higher than Truth.’ This motto is a rough translation of the original Sanskrit motto which reads SATYAN NASTI PARO DHARMA, translated “There Is No Dharma (Doctrine) Higher than Truth.” The motto suggests that there is no doctrine or intellectual formulation, mental perception, concepts, higher than illumination, awareness, liberation.
The Ankh: In the centre of the emblem is the Egyptian cross known as the Ankh or the Crux Ansata. This cross was very sacred in ancient Egypt. It was depicted in the hands of the gods, the Pharaohs, and the mummified dead. This is a symbol of life, of the living, of an oath, of covenant,of initiation, liberation, and also a symbol of chelaship.
The Hexagram: also known as the Seal of Solomon ( for the Jewish Kabalists), as well as the Sri Yantra and Satkona Chakram in the Indian tradition. This is a symbol of duality, good and evil, light and darkness, matter and spirit and so on. The duality of the interlaced triangles depicts opposites within the manifested world.
History of Blavatsky Lodge
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Theosophy in the 21st century
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Under the influence and guidance of HPB and a number of students and thinkers, Blavatsky Lodge produced a number of very influential publications. Perhaps the most remarkable and known one was the magazine Lucifer.
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