What is the TOS?
The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) was founded by Annie Besant in 1908, who as international president of the Theosophical Society (TS) was an ardent social activist. The TOS provides a framework in which people can engage in practical, creative, and humanitarian activities promoting the First Object: To form a nucleus of a universal brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
Focus on Personal Altruism and Service
Although Besant Branch as a whole is actively involved in local TOS projects, and donates to TOS at national headquarters, it is important to understand that TOS promotes Annie Besant’s vision that members design their own individual projects to work privately and discreetly behind the scenes. This conforms to the example of the Masters and great adepts throughout the ages who do not let their identities be known, and work incognito, doing large and small deeds in government, science, the arts, and wherever they can, to benefit humankind all over the world. Personal service, without recognition or reward, is a principal objective of Theosophists, and the main goal of TOS.
The TOS works locally and internationally in such areas as:
- social welfare & justice
- the environment
- emergency relief
- animal concerns
- art & music
Ongoing Besant Branch TOS activities include:
- Healing Targer Prayer Line – Available 24/7 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reiki Healing Group – Contact Bev: 440-333-2152
- Edgar Cayce Healing Circle – Contact Mike Murphy: 330-562-4238
- Recycling of magazines, books, CDs and DVDs
- Donations to charities that operate consistently with Theosophical ideals, focusing on those that are lesser known and less well-funded.
- Community Service Projects throughout the year.
Anyone can join these TOS service projects. Please contact us if you are interested.
Besant Branch TOS Community Service Project – Fall 2019
Thank you for your generous support of our recent TOS projects involving Cleveland area shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violence. We received very grateful feedback from the organizations for our donations of money and necessary supplies.
Besant’s TOS project for Fall 2019 gives us the opportunity to help schools in our local Parma community provide school supplies for their students. We will contact the Parma Board of Education to assist us in determining where need exists, and we will offer their designated schools our support in furnishing supplies to students directly, or to classroom teachers to dispense to students on an as needed basis.
If you wish to participate in this project, please bring or send your donations to Besant Branch and place “Attention: TOS” on the envelope. Thank you so much.
Besant Branch TOS Chairperson
- Cleveland Food Bank, Inc.
- Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
- Domestic Violence Center, Cleveland
- Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
- Parma Animal Shelter
- Providence House
- Salvation Army Division Headquarters
- The City Mission
- Valley Save-A-Pet
- WVIZ/PBS IdeaStream