The Theosophical Society was an important movement in Western spirituality, as the first major attempt to synthesize Eastern and Western religious insights, and to bring awareness of Eastern spiritual thinking into the Western mind. A dramatic story line of the Theosophical Society was their identification of a young boy who would become a vehicle for a Christ or Buddha consciousness to do work in the world. They called this spiritual force "The World Teacher." However, unexpectedly for the Theosophical leaders plans, the World Teacher decided to go his own direction and dissolve the organization built around him, saying in 1929, "No organization can lead man to truth."
Readers can discover in the new book by Joseph Ross that covers this period of 1927 - 1931 how various Theosophical thinkers and writers responded to this sea change.
The book trailer for Krotona, Theosophy and Krishnamurti, 1927-1931:
The author, himself a Theosophists, is also concerned with the current state of Theosophy and its relation to the works of J. Krishnamurti. He writes this in the preface, An Open Letter to Theosophists:
"The author feels that it may be important to examine what is meant by the word religion in the statement, “the Theosophical Society is to be a cornerstone of a new religion.” Is religion a matter of churches, temples, rituals and beliefs? Or is it the moment-to- moment discovery of Life’s movement? A movement which may have any name, or no name at all.
"As the author understands it, the great purpose of the Theosophical Society, as originated by H.P. Blavatsky, is to exemplify and foster Brotherhood. She brought from the storehouse of the past the great teachings of the Wisdom-Religion, Theosophy, that man is divine in essence. Life is that which binds not only all men, but all beings, all things in the entire Universe into one great whole, an essential divine wholeness, differing in form as expressed in plants, animals, human beings, planets and stars.
"So, is a religious life one that is lived fragmented by organizations and beliefs, or a life, a movement, that is integral, not fragmented and so whole, holy, sacred? What does Theosophy foster?"
Please see these related links:
Krotona, Theosophy and Krishnamurti, 1927-1931. Available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Editions: http://www.amazon.com/
The Ross Collection: http://krotonaarchives.com/
Joseph E. Ross, bio: