- any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature.
- (often initial capital letters) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society.
Origin of theosophy
Examples from the Web for theosophist
Fabulous lunatic Madame Blavatsky was a con artist, a mystic, and the founder of the Theosophist Society.Dead Cool: Madame Blavatsky
January 6, 2010
Only a theosophist could imagine that they would be young girls.The Paliser case
They must be recognised as fit objects for the study of the Theosophist.
The books in which much of it is written are as free to the non-Theosophist as to the Theosophist.
They regarded the theosophist as far superior in every respect to the theologian.Mystics and Saints of Islam
The ideal of the Theosophist is the at one-ment of his own spirit with that of the Infinite.
- any of various religious or philosophical systems claiming to be based on or to express an intuitive insight into the divine nature
- the system of beliefs of the Theosophical Society founded in 1875, claiming to be derived from the sacred writings of Brahmanism and Buddhism, but denying the existence of any personal God
Word Origin and History for theosophist
1640s (implied in theosophical), "knowledge about God and nature obtained through mystical study," from Medieval Latin theosophia (c.880), from Late Greek theosophia (c.500, Pseudo-Dionysus) "wisdom concerning God or things divine," from Greek theosophos "one wise about God," from theos "god" (see Thea) + sophos "wise, learned" (see sophist). Taken as the name of a modern philosophical system (sometimes called Esoteric Buddhism), founded in New York 1875 as "Theosophical Society" by Madame Blavatsky and others, which combines teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism.