When Blavatsky died four years later, Besant succeeded her as head of the Esoteric Section. At her instigation, the American headquarters were transferred to Point Loma San Diego in California, where a large community thrived for almost half a century.
This branch of the movement subsequently declined, and, at the end of the 20th century, only a few chapters remained. During this time the society experienced its greatest success, and Besant made it welcome in India by her support of Indian nationalism and her founding of numerous schools.
She traveled and lectured widely and authored numerous books and articles, which contain useful introductions to theosophical belief. Impressed by the aura he perceived from Jiddu Krishnamurti — , an obscure Indian youth, Leadbeater convinced Besant that Krishnamurti was the coming World Teacher, the messianic figure proclaimed by the Esoteric Section. Besant educated and promoted Krishnamurti and in the s toured the world with him, but in Krishnamurti suddenly resigned from his designated role and broke with the society.
Theosophy may refer to: Theosophy (Boehmian), a range of positions within Christianity which focus on the attainment of direct, unmediated knowledge of the . Theosophy is an esoteric religious movement established in the United States during the late nineteenth century. It was founded largely by the Russian émigrée .
Membership plunged, and the organization never returned to its earlier strength. Krishnamurti began a career as an independent writer and teacher. In he made the first of several annual tours through India, the United States, and Europe, where his books and lectures became quite popular; he also founded several schools. His teachings are preserved and disseminated by the Krishnamurti Foundation, which has branches throughout the world. Despite its relatively small membership, the Theosophical Society has been very influential. The society not only pioneered the promotion of Eastern thought in the West but also inspired the creation of more than esoteric religious movements, including the Alice Bailey movement Arcane School , the I Am movement , the Church Universal and Triumphant , and the Liberal Catholic Church.
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