On a vast expanse of over 250 acres on the banks of the
Adyar estuary lies the more-than-a-century-old Theosophical Society,
amidst the woods, marshes, gardens and waters. H.P. Blavatsky founded the
society in 1875. The Adyar Banyan tree with its roots spreading over
40,000-sq-ft and its library, a research centre in eastern civilization,
philosophy and religion, are worth seeing.
About The Society
The Theosophical Society is composed of students, belonging to any religion in the world or to none, who are united by their approval of the society's objectives. Their bond of union is not the profession of a common belief, but a common search and aspiration for Truth. They hold that Truth should be sought by study, by reflection, by purity of life, by devotion to high ideals, and they regard Truth as a prize to be striven for, not as dogma to be imposed by authority.
They consider that belief should be the result of individual study or intuition, and not its antecedent, and should rest on knowledge, not on assertion. They extend tolerance to all, even to the intolerant; not as a privilege they bestow but as a duty they perform, and they seek to remove ignorance, not punish it. They see every religion as an expression of the Divine Wisdom and prefer its study to its condemnation, and its practice to proselytes. Peace is their watchword, as Truth is their aim.
Objectives Of The Society
The Theosophical Society is a worldwide body whose primary objective is Universal Brotherhood based on the realization that life, and all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly one. The Society imposes no belief on its members, who are united by a common search for Truth and desire to learn the meaning and purpose of existence by engaging themselves in study, reflection, purity of life and loving service.
Colonel Olcott founded the Adyar library and research center in 1886, with a small but valuable collection of the Founders' books. Originally situated in the headquarters building, it was shifted in 1968 to a more spacious one, better suited to its growing needs. It has always been one of the important aspects of the work at Adyar, both for members and for the public; moreover, today it is one of the most important oriental libraries in the world, dedicated to research and publication in the field of eastern civilization, philosophy and religion.
It contains over 250,000 printed volumes and nearly 20,000 palm-leaf manuscripts from India, Sri Lanka, China, and other places, a few of which are kept on display for visitors. The printed books include publications in several languages and a fine collection of works on different religions, philosophies and cultures.
Timings: 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. to
Closed on: Sundays, half working day on Saturday.
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