The term "Theosophy" comes from the Greek theosophia, which is composed of two words: theos ("god," "gods," or "divine") and sophia ("wisdom"). Theosophia, therefore, may be translated as the "wisdom of the gods," "wisdom in things divine," or "divine wisdom."
The word "theosophy" was first used in writing during the 3rd to the 6th century of our era by the Alexandrian Neo-Platonic philosophers. They used this term to denote an experiential knowledge that came through spiritual, not intellectual, means. In the course of time, several mystics and spiritual movements in the West (mainly Christian-based) adopted the word "theosophy" in their teachings. Among them we can find Meister Eckhart in the 14th century, Jacob Boehme in the 17th century, and Emanuel Swedenborg in the 18th century, and others. In the last quarter of the 19th century Mme. Blavatsky, Col. Olcott, and a group of like-minded people, founded the Theosophical Society, thus bringing the term back into light again. They claimed the work of the TS was a continuation of previous Theosophists, especially that of the Greek and Alexandrian philosophers.
In the modern Theosophical movement the word "Theosophy" has been used with several different meanings:
These two usages refer to a body of teachings transmitted by different sages, in different parts of the world, and at different times.
It is important to notice that the intellectual study and daily practice of Theosophy is only a means to reach the real theosophia, or inner enlightenment. As we become more mindful of this, we open the door to a flash of insight which comes from the part of us that is Divine. The process of becoming more and more receptive to these theosophical insights is the spiritual path.
1 – Articles
What is Theosophy? by H. P. Blavatsky
What Theosophy is by C. W. Leadbeater
What is Theosophy? by Pablo Sender
Why Theosophy is left Undefined by N. Sri Ram
In the Light of Theosophy by Mary Anderson
Is Theosophy a Religion? by H. P. Blavatsky
Transformative Qualities of Theosophy by Minor Lile
Theosophy and Christianity by The Theosophical Society in America
Cults, the Occult, and Theosophy by The Theosophical Society in America
2 – Audios
Theosophy: Who Can Say What It Is? by Joy Mills
3 – Videos
Theosophy: Tradition, Revelation, Innovation by Joy Mills