Simla Eclectic Theosophical Society

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On August 21, 1881, a group of European Theosophists living in India formed what was going to be called the Anglo-Indian Theosophical Society at Simla, but eventually was named the Simla Eclectic Theosophical Society. The founding happened during a visit by H.P. Blavatsky. A. O. Hume was chosen as President, A. P. Sinnett, as Vice-President, and Ross Scott, as Secretary. Its objects were:

1. To support and countenance the Theosophical movement by demonstrating to the native community that many Europeans respect, sympathize, and are desirous of promoting it.
2. To obtain through the assistance of the Adept Brothers of the First Section of the Parent Society a knowledge of the psychological truths which they have experimentally ascertained, and thus acquire a means of successfully combating the materialism of the present age. The Society shall only admit as members persons already Fellows of the T.S.[1]

This group was often referred to simply as "the Eclectic" in the The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett.

Meetings were apparently held at the home of A. O. Hume. On October 7, 1882, A. P. Sinnett became its president until March 1883, when he leaves Simla and goes to England to live. Nothing seems to have been heard about this group after his departure.[2]

Online resources



  1. Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence No. 20 (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 70.
  2. George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 229.