The Theosophical Society was created in 1875 in New York by a group of mystics from several disciplines including Spiritualism, Kabbalah, Freemasonry and Rosicrucians. The society was created by Helena Petrova Blavatsky and Henry Olcott.
The organization was named from the word "theosophy" meaning divine wisdom. Their objective was to instill universal brotherhood by emphasizing secret doctrine and esoteric teachings. It was rooted in Western Mystical heritage from Zoroaster and Solomon. Eventually, however, the organization transformed into Eastern Mysticism with principles incorporated from Buddhisim.