Theosophy is a philosophical system that teaches that one can gain knowledge of a transcendent reality through revelation or through practice of the occult tradition. The term "theosophy" comes form the Greek word theos, "go," and sophia, "wisdom." In modern times, Theosophy claims that all religions stem from the same roots of ancient wisdom, and that the study of these secrets will lead to truth and spiritual oneness. The primary exponent of Theosophy is the Theosophical Society, an organisation founded in New York City in 1875 by Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, a Russian-born mystic; colonel Henry Steel Olcott, an American government official; William Q. Judge, an American attorney, and others. According to Blavatsky, the term "theosophy" dates back to the third century A.D.
Theosophy is a doctrine of religious philosophy and mysticism. Theosophy holds that all religions are attempts by the Occult Brotherhood to help humanity in evolving to greater perfection, and that each religion therefore has a portion of the truth.