At the Eddy Homestead, the scene of these manifestations, he seems to have made acquaintancewith Colonel Olcott and Madame Blavatsky. But Brotherhood was a simple idea within the comprehension of the outer world and as stated in the revised declaration of objects was calculated to attract Indian sympathies — and Indian rupees !He was present at the inaugural meeting of the Theosophical Society in New York and on his return to London established in co-operation with friends the branch above referred to. Looking back to the history of the Society for the three or four years following the arrival of Colonel Olcott and Madame Blavatsky in India in the year 1879 we must be careful to avoid the mistake of supposing that their efforts to establish the Society on a firm financial basis had any self regarding motive.It is undeniable that he lived in India on the Society's funds, but it is equally true that his personal expenditure was always kept within the lowest possible limits, his motives of action pure and unselfish.And as far as Madame Blavatsky was concerned, when my wife and I first knew her in 1879, she was hard at work earning her living by writing for Russian periodicals.At an adjourned meeting on September the 18th "it was decided that the name of the Society should be The Theosophical Society .
To those known in the outer world as the Founders of the Theosophical Society — Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott — the existence of these higher powers, The Brothers as they were called at first, was more or less imperfectly comprehended.After the publication of Isis Unveiled Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott left New York on their way to India. Then a sudden stir of excitement ensued when Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott passed through London on their way to India and were present at a meeting of the British Society on the 5th of January, 1879.They had already become acquainted by correspondence with the Swami Dyanand Sarasvati, a Hindoo reformer at the head of an organization called the Arya Samaj, and became possessed with a belief, eventually abandoned, that the Theosophical Society would derive advantage by being connected with that organization, and it was described for a time as The Theosophical Society of the Arya Samaj, and the name was, for a short period adopted by a branch established in London. The proceedings, on that occasion, however, were of a formal character relating to Diplomas, initiation fees, and obligations and only enlivened by an assurance, from Madame Blavatsky that "the Society might expect the advent of competent instructors from India with confidence".While the Theosophical movement was still in the experimental stage theteachings, given as an experiment, were not systematically designed. The first resolution passed declared: "That in the opinion of the English Fellows of the Theosophical Society of New York present at this meeting, it is desirable to form a Society in England in connection and sympathy with that body". The next, after the inaugural meeting was held on the Ist of October, and then another month elapsed before there was a third. As we can see now the formation of the Societies in New York and London, regarded from a higher point of view, merely provided a framework to be animated later on.It was enough to indicate some broad truths — the existence of the Masters, the growth of the Ego under the law of Reincarnation, itself subject to Karma, and the stupendous magnitude of a planetary scheme to which we of this Earth belong. Resignations of early members soon began to appear on the minutes. Billing, a well-known spiritualist medium of the period goes into trance at one meeting, and gives information — not more definitely recorded.