Theosophy News Worldwide 4th Quarter 2020
Dear friends of Theosophy,
with this issue we conclude the year 2020, an exceptional year -- we hope.
The Prussians had many virtues, one of them was, to learn to suffer without complaining. For the ancient Teutons, there was one authority that stood above all, that was fate. You can try to overcome it, but there is no quarreling with it. That's written easily, but when the time comes, and fate shows us it's unpleasant side, then it's much more easier said than done, isn't it?
People with the right faith, who have a rough idea that all this has reasons and that there is justice hidden in it, have an indestructible foundation in their lives. They are far more resilient, more capable of suffering, more free of fear than those many leaves, that are whirled around by the autumn of materialism. And thus they also have a great opportunity: to help in difficult times.
Because study of spiritual teachings always helps -- and in my opinion there is no more spiritual book in this world than the first volume of Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine and no more spiritual teaching than the theosophical -- it should be noted, that one can download (again) all the 15 Volumes of the Collected Writings of Blavatsky. The Link to the Source can be find in the Facebook-Section of this Newsletter.
This issue's Topic of the quarter highlights an older not well known but very sad incident in the Theosophical Movement that continues to radiate and have devastating effects to this day (that schocking inside makes this issue the most important issue of all of Theosphy World News so far).
The nice thing about this newsletter, it's very versatile: There are not only the most important news of the Theosophical Societies , Theosophical Magazines and articles of the Theosophy blogs, but also a detailed international press review on Theosophy.
And there you can always find interesting articles (besides the slander). Did you know, that Australia's first national poet Bernard O'Dowd (1866-1953) was a Theosophist or that Maurice Wilson (British, 1898-1934, known for his flight from England to India and the subsequent attempt to climb Mount Everest alone) was interested in Theosophy, as the New York Times reported? And sometimes it's the quieter stories that fascinate, for example, when M. L. Krishnan, who moved in 1998 as a 14-year-old to the Theosophical Society in Chennai, telling us of his youth there. All this and more in the Press Review.
A message reached me from Mr. Joseph Ross, Theosophy scholar and researcher, who "tried to finish the history regarding Krotona and the Adyar TS", impressive to see, have a look at Krotonaarchive.com.
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Topic of the quarter
The self-inflicted infiltration and paralysis of the dying (?) Theosophical Movement
The old but not so well known Incident (I learned about it via Theos Talk) is the exposed Egyptian Rite within Theosophical Society Aydar, an Esoteric Section within the known Esoteric Section, see f.e. here for a short explanation or here.
Dr. Gregor Tillet was the first, to publish something about it in his paper "Esoteric Schools Within The Theosophical Movement", a paper presented to the Theosophical History Conference San Diego in June 1992 (PDF).
Secret Sections within Theosophical Societies seems not only an Adyar Problem. Dr. Tillet wrote 2013 (see first page of the paper linked above):
This paper was begun as an overview for a book I was intending to write on “secret societies” within the Theosophical movement (including Adyar, Point Loma, ULT, Steiner, and others).
Carlos Cardoso Aveline draws a good overview of the situation specifically in Adyar and regarding the so-called Egyptian Rite in Adyar, which can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th century to Besant and Leadbeater in his article The Fraud in Adyar Esoteric School.
Why these old stories are so important? Two main Reasons, quoted from Avelines article:
The decisive importance of this fact for the theosophical movement as a whole can be realized if one remembers that the Adyar TS has within it some 85 or 90 per cent of the theosophical movement worldwide. It means nine out of ten. [...] The E.R. [Egyptian Rite] has been a blind political instrument, unconsciously used for perpetuating a top-down, “absolute” and popish control of the whole Adyar movement. [....]
The second reason is: We know from the so called final Mahatma-Letter to Besant:
Misleading secrecy has given the death blow to numerous organizations.
Which already is or can be an indication that secret activities are unwanted and wrong according to the founders of the movement, like e.g. an esoteric, secret section within a TS. But Blavatsky herself, and I quote Aveline again, makes it much clearer:
There never was an Occult Society, however open and sincere, that has not felt the hand of the [...] trying to pull it down by every secret means....
[Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky, volume XIV, p. 267.]
So each of these secret or occult societies within a lot of the different Theosophical "Traditions" or TS -- if we believe Blavatsky and where is he or she, who could credibly contradict her -- is directly or indirectly in the hands of our "worshippers."
I am not concerned with names or people. The current leader of the Esoteric School is also known, but names do not matter. There is reason and unreason. Two opposites. And e.g. to believe, one has to do with Mahatmas, in a secret theosophical organization, or is on the right path with it, after what was quoted above, is naive and dangerous.
Often they do not intentionally serve the dark side (we don't know, so no one should accuse anyone personally!), but are deluded for sure, maybe like necromancers, who believe they are communicating with angels, whom they follow without question or other more astral influences, which they may not even perceive. The reader of the Secret Doctrine knows about the hidden power of the unreasonableness.
And these secret societies, secret think tanks, so to speak, have a very great, but subtle, influence on the Theosophical Societies and thus on the destiny of the whole movement.
And now put two and two together and a lot of things become clear and explainable.
If this is true, evil tongues might go so far as to say, that large parts of the organized Theosophical Movement is already dead, and the empty, dead shells are still being puppeted by "Unreason". This would certainly do injustice to the many sincere Theosophists and Theosophical organizations, but what about the core of the movement, which is the Societies, run by secret sections?
What would have to be done? All Theosophical Societies (aforementioned or not) should convincingly declare that they do not operate Secret Sections and if they do, dissolve them immediately and forever. Here the members should become active.
What do you think?
TS (Adyar) in Australia
publisher, December 2020 (pdf)
The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section
publisher, December 2020 (pdf)
The Aquarian Theosophist
United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)
The TS Adyar Indian Section
The TS Adyar Indian Section
News from Theosophical Societies
TS Adyar Australia has a new president, Stephen McDonald (he won by a mere 15% margin over his fellow candidate Barry Bowden), and its first address as president is during the Convention Business Meeting and Inauguration, 25 January 2021 in the University of Sydney, see here. It also published the Theosophy in Australia Quarterly No.4 2020, with many reports from within the Society, a transparent procedure which is very exemplary, f.e. there are 761 members in this Society, 10 less than a year before. Except when it comes to money, which is where the transparency stops.
The New and impressively designed Issue of Theosophy Downunder of TS Pasadena Astralasian Section was published, also with many News.
A News about the new TOS Director in Spain was posted from TOS International.
There is a new Website of UP and Uttarakhand Federation of TS Adyar.
In the Bombay Theosophical Federation Bulletin – November 2020 from the TS Adyar Indian Section you can find f.e. some background-information about the so called VCTS (Virtual Centre of Theosophical Studies, I think we should bear the names, you will probably hear a lot more about it) and the "new star in the Theosophical horizon" Luke Michael Ironside on page 8, see also a video on this topic on YouTube. On the December Issue you can read an interesting article (Wisdom Capsule #1 connected to the VCTS) about Zoroastrianism in Light of Theosophy starting on page 5.
For more News see also the Section with Theosophical Magazines, f.e. the latest issues of The Theosophist from TS Adyar.
Also many Videos were published from different Societies, see the Video-Section of this Newsletter. For example all the Lectures from the European School of Theosophy 2020 were published. TS Adyar England was active on it's channel. and also the TS (Adyar in North-)America.
TS Adyar in the Philippines is active on it's Facebook-Channel via Facebook Livestreaming.
TS Point Loma Blavatsky House informed about, that The Secret Doctrine Commentaries is now available in Portuguese, see here.
It is for the latter [the personalities] to cling to it; and thus partaking of its [Monads] divine nature, obtain immortality.
Articles from Theosophical sites
- The Genesis of our Moon
- Vast Unidentified Structures Near Earth’s Core
- The Big Bang Theory : An Origin or Not ?
- Magnetism – A Cosmic Web
- Religion and Science in the East
- Blavatsky Letter to J. Ralston Skinner 2 - 35 pages
- Blavatsky Letter to J. Ralston Skinner 3 - April 5, 1889
- Blavatsky Letter to J. Ralston Skinner 4 - May 27, 1889
- Blavatsky Letter to J. Ralston Skinner 5
- Esoteric Astrology: “Our Destiny is Written in the Stars”
- Evidence for the Existence of Human Psychic Powers
- Remembering Past Lives within The Celestial Body
- Lifting the Veil of Nature: Prophecies in The Secret Doctrine
- The Whole Order of Nature: Towards a Higher Conciousness
- Hidden Reality: Seeing Things in Their True Colors
- Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction: Part 31
- In the Light of Theosophy
- On Getting Rich
- From your editor’s desk: TO START OFF 2021
- The hidden meaning of Christmas
- The Yoga of Theosophy
- The Moral Order of the Universe
- Transforming the World
- Dreamful Reality – a photo series by Richard Dvořák
- The Path of Goodness
- The Relevance of Krishnaji´s Teachings
- On True Friendship
- A sublime Foreword
- A note from Joma Sipe in Portugal - December 2020
- The Teacher (the Golden Stairs)
- Memorial to Ken Rees
- Creativity & Annihilation Tracing the Process of artistic Creation in the dance of a copper Shiva
- Debbie’s Editorial for Hermes 4
- Why Theosophy not Spreading in USA
- American Section & Fetzer Trust
- The secret doctrine
- Sad Story of Theosophical Society in America
- TheosophicalSociety in America at a Critical Juncture
- Theosophy in America
- SUCCESSION IN THE ESOTERIC SECTION OF TS
- Mystery of No Black Theosophists in USA
- Future of Theosophical Society in America?
- Good News - American Section
- No Black Theosophists in USA ?
- A Great Message from one of the Adepts – 1934
- Dr Gregory Tillett - Belated Obituary
Montreal Theosophy Project
Press outside the movement about Theosophy
London Review of Books
Sydney Morning Herald
New York Times
Palm Springs Live
Why not say that the astral reflects the good as well as the bad man; man, who is ever tending to the upper triangle, or else disappears with the Quaternary.
TS Adyar Australia
TS Adyar Europe
TS Adyar Australia
Barbara Hebert - The President's Blog: November
Closing European School of Theosophy 2020
The revolutionary Idea of Consciousness Evolution in Blavatsky’s Esoteric Philosophy
Desire, Inner Selfishness, and the Theosophical Society - Edward Abdill
Foundation Day from Adyar - 17th November 2020
Dr. Annie Besant's Birthday Celebration
Interview with Tim Wyatt by Erica Georgiades
Moskau: Int. Theosophy Congress Live-Broadcasting
Consciousness in Its Two Principal Aspects: Absolute and Individual
International research online-seminar «The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky
Kurt Leland: Inner Life Safari - The Workshop: Part 1
Practical Theosophy by William Quan Judge
If the ʺspirit,ʺ or the divine portion of the soul, is preëxistent as a distinct being from all eternity, as Origen, Synesius and other Christian fathers and philosophers taught, and if it is the same, and nothing more than the metaphysically‐objective soul, how can it be otherwise than eternal? And what matters it in such a case, whether man leads an animal or a pure life, if, do what he may, he can never lose his individuality? This doctrine is as pernicious in its consequences as that of vicarious atonement. Had the latter dogma, in company with the false idea that we are all immortal, been demonstrated to the world in its true light, humanity would have been bettered by its propagation.