In this lecture, Geoffrey Hodson describes the historical context within which the Theosophical Society was created in 1875, with particular reference to the European scene at the time. Statements from the Masters of Wisdom are quoted for their relevance to the founding of the Theosophical Society. Note: This archival recording does not have the best sound quality associated with our later recordings but it is still worth listening to. 1961. 50 minutes.