The Theosophical Society, while reserving for each member full freedom to interpret those teachings known as Theosophy, is dedicated to preserving and realizing the ageless wisdom, which embodies both a world view and a vision of human self-transformation.
This tradition is founded upon certain fundamental propositions:
- The universe and all that exists within it are one interrelated and interdependent whole.
- Every existent being — from atom to galaxy — is rooted in the same universal, life-creating Reality. This Reality is all-pervasive but it can never be summed up in its parts, since it transcends all its expressions. It reveals itself in the purposeful, ordered, and meaningful processes of nature as well as in the deepest recesses of the mind and spirit.
- Recognition of the unique value of every living being expresses itself in reverence for life, compassion for all, sympathy with the need of all individuals to find truth for themselves, and respect for all religious traditions. The ways in which these ideals become realities in individual life are both the privileged choice and the responsible act of every human being.
Freedom of Thought Resolution
Passed by the General Council of the Theosophical Society on December 23, 1924.
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 emphasize 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. Approval of its three objects is the sole condition of membership.
No teacher or writer, from H.P. Blavatsky onwards, has any authority to impose their teachings or opinions on members. All members have an equal right to follow any school of thought, but have no right to force their choice on any other. Neither a candidate for any office nor any voter can be rendered ineligible to stand or to vote because of any opinion held or because of membership in any school of thought. Opinions or beliefs neither bestow privilege nor inflict penalties.
All Members of the General Council earnestly request every member of the Theosophical Society to maintain, defend, and act upon these fundamental principles of the Society and also fearlessly to exercise the right of liberty of thought and of expression thereof, within the limits of courtesy and consideration for others.
Central to the concerns of Theosophy is the desire to promote understanding and unity among people of all races, nationalities, philosophies, and religions. Therefore, all people, whatever their race, creed, sex, caste, or color, are invited to participate equally in the life and work of the Society.
The Theosophical Society imposes no dogmas, but points toward the source of unity behind all differences. Devotion to truth, love for all living beings, and commitment to a life of active altruism are the marks of the true Theosophist.