Theosophy and the Upanishads

Event Start Date: 
Dec 5 2016 - 08:30 to Dec 16 2016 - 17:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Event Theme

School of the Wisdom Session

The very essence of Theosophy (Divine Wisdom or Brahmavidya), in so far as it is possible to be expressed by words, can be found in the Upanishads. For example, identity of the nature of the universal Self and the particular Self, a central concept in Theosophy, is beautifully expressed in the Upanishadic Mahavakya (Great Saying) ‘Tat Twam Asi, That thou art’. In this session of the School of the Wisdom, the participants will look at the lofty philosophical thoughts contained in the wondrous teachings of Theosophy and the Upanishads, and examine how the same can be applied in daily life.

Recommended reading:

1.    Theosophic Life and the Three Gems of Theosophy by Annie Besant, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and Mabel Collins, TPH Adyar, 2016.
2.    The Upanishads by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books, 1994.
3.    The Wisdom of the Upanishads by Annie Besant, TPH Adyar, 2012.
4.    Wisdom of the Rishis by Sri M, Magneta Press, 2012.


Dr Chittaranjan Satapathy, International Vice President of the Theosophical Society, has an abiding interest in Theosophy and in the Upanishadic teachings. He has spoken at various theosophical centres in India and abroad and his articles have appeared in different theosophical journals.

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What is provided: 
Accommodation is provided during the event duration. Meals are optionally provided. Sign up for it separately


Theosophy and the Upanishads


Adyar, Blavatsky Bungalow
Blavatsky Avenue
600020 Adyar, Chennai , TN
13° 0' 37.9728" N, 80° 16' 5.0376" E
Tamil Nadu IN


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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. An intense sense of Life must always accompany every true student. There can be no Wisdom without an ever increasing sense of Wonder.

Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature. The message which each tree, flower, animal, meadow, sea, sky, and cloud has, must be listened to and understood.

Timings (may vary due to the course)

Monday to Friday
Meditation: 8.00 to 8.30 a.m.
Classes: 8.30 to 11 a.m. and 3.30 to 5 p.m.
Some afternoons will be reserved for presentations by the students, who may spend free afternoons doing research on their own or at the Adyar Library and Research Centre.  Applications for Library reading/ borrowing cards are available.

All sessions are held in Blavatsky Bungalow, Adyar Campus, Chennai.

Applying to the School

Application Form you find as an attachment from the Session's description. Students may register for all or some of the Scool of the Wisdom sessions in one form, and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen. The form should be sent to:



The Theosophical Society
Secretary's Office
The School of the Wisdom
Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India
Tel: ( +91 44 ) 2491 2474 and 2491 7198


If you need accomodation, please specifically say so in your application, or send the accommodation needs to

Western style: Leadbeater Chambers is not available due to renovation (2019-2020), but if western style is requested, tell it in the form and we'll figure out a suitable house.

NEW QUADRANGLE, Indian style accommodation, bathrooms outside, is basically for Indian participants.

Rates are given on request.


All meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner) will cost Rs.280-300/- per day, according to what you order. Taking only lunch (Rs.100) must be informed the day before. Tea/coffee at 4 pm is Rs.20.

Other information

Scholarships, full or partial, may be provided for some deserving TS workers. Applications should be made well in advance,  providing full details and suitable recommendation.
Those members who wish to stay for the International Convention are requested to register separately, see instructions.