Theosophy News Worldwide 2nd Quarter 2021
Dear friends of Theosophy,
the 30th issue of Theosophy World News and it was a rather quiet quarter, although the frequency of online lectures or discussion panels remains high. The efforts of EuST namely Mrs. Erica Georgiades, are currently particularly intensive, not only since this quarter. And even if there are isolated highlights, it is especially Adyar-related channels that are active, f.e. see also the Youtube Channel of TSiA.
Forbes, Financal Times, Vices, Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times are just a few of the better known news sites that mentioned Theosophy in the last quarter, mostly positively and often in connection with the artists Agnes Pelton or Hilma F. Klint.
But more so, I learned for example that , the first Prime Minister of India was a Theosophist and also, that the known Swiss painter and illustrator of Italian origin, Luigi Pericle, was Theosophy-inspired. More about this and other news, as always, in the section Press about Theosophy.
In the Topic of the quarter I deal now for the third time with the reason, why the Theosophical movement remains so extremely far behind its possibilities. I hope, for the time being the last time, and everyone should, like me, draw his consequences from these sad (as I think) facts.
And there are more interesting things to discover in this issue, so I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful summer.
With kind regards from Germany
Editor of Theosophy World News
Topic of the quarter
There is no permission for a secret section (esoteric school etc.), for anyone.
In the last two issues (see here and here) I've dealt with the subject of esoteric secret sections within the different TS (Adyar, ULT, Point Loma etc.). It comes clear for me without any doubt on the basis of the statements of Blavatsky and her teachers, that these esoteric sections lie today like a dark, paralyzing shadow over the organized theosophical movement.
Mr. Aveline recently cast further light on this issue (PDF) by referring to an older book by Alice Leighton Cleather, a student of Blavatsky's esoteric school, called "H.P. Blavatsky: A Great Betrayal." (PDF) from 1922. There it comes clear, as well as in other sources, that only HBP personally received permission from her teachers to run such an esoteric school. That means, no Esoteric section or secret school within a theosophical organization today exists with the consent and protection of the founders of the Society.
Furthermore, Cleather shows, none of us is immune to the power of our opponents without the protection and guidance of the teachers or founders. The fact, that even the honorable W.Q. Judge (as Cleather described) used a city famous medium (!) (Mrs. Tingley, whose legacy had not lasted too long) as the source of his alleged communication with the Teachers, shows how swift, great and extensive the deception can be, to which one is forced (when they filling exposed or powerful positions and do not follow the rules) once the protective hand is removed, also shown by the great transformation of Mrs. Besant in a very short time. H.P.B wrote in 1890:
But the invitation [from Adyar] came too late; neither would my doctor permit it, nor can I, if I would be true to my life-pledge and vows, now live at the Headquarters [in Adyar] from which the Masters and Their spirit are virtually banished. The presence of Their portraits will not help; They are a dead letter. [H.B.P in Why I not returned to India]
I say it again: Whoever imagines to have a legitimacy for an esoteric section etc. and/or thinks to be in contact with the Masters or HBP etc. is very gullible, acts against the unambiguous advice of HBP and the masters (as shown in the previous issues) and is, therefore, in my opinion, led by the traditional opponents of Theosophy or other sinister forces.
This is best proven by the present state of affairs. The potentials that's contained in the teachings handed down by Blavatsky are not nearly exhausted. At a time, when people are thirsting for esoteric truths as they have not been for a long time, modern theosophy is often -- the street urchin, that modern people wouldn't touch with a bargepole, pushed to the edge of oblivion and contempt (Theosophy is often unopposed named as racist, anti-Semitic, diabolical, precursor of Nazi ideology, etc. etc. (as often shown in the previous issues). The responsible persons in TS underestimate how much this decades of accepted denigration, which would be the sole task of the TS to counteract, have seeped into society and how sensitive the younger generations react to such (and far less terrible) accusations, the truth of which they cannot assess and in case of doubt prefer to keep their hands off.)
2/3 of the people reading here are of the opinion, that such secret sections must be dissolved immediately. Almost 1/3 are of the opinion, that the opening of the Adyar Convention contains black magic elements. That it is against Blavatsky's teachings to pray as a TS has been shown by Blavatsky's own words and is 100% clear (and Adyar, as shown in previous issue, opens it convention with 10 different prayers, what a mockery, isn't it?).
One can only advise members of such organizations (imo) to leave it in order to free themselves from such influences. The organizations, which were once taken over in such a way, are certainly not reformable and so the largest part of the organized movement too, notwithstanding its numerous and very honorable members.
Whoever expects the prophesied victory of Theosophy in the 21st century is right, it will come, but certainly not with the help of Theosophical Societies running esoteric sections. This is Karma (and imperfection of man).
The ground is prepared and the clock is ticking inexorably towards the great upheaval that will await us before the end of this century. Theosophy has just begun to return to the hearts and minds of people.
TS (Adyar) in Australia
publisher, June 2021 (pdf)
The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section
publisher, June 2021 (pdf)
The Aquarian Theosophist
United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)
The TS Adyar Indian Section
The TS Adyar Indian Section
News from Theosophical Societies
Do you remember the TS Adyar "president-issue" (because of Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 1975 limits the term of the office bearers to three years but TS Adyar has a 7-year election cycle) we reported in our first 2018 issue? It's solved now, as Mr. Boyd stated recently (PDF). For several reason in India (government of Tamil Nadu) an exception is made for the TSA. Whether this also applies retroactively was not announced, so perhaps Mr. Boyd is the first real president of Adyar since almost half a century, according to Indian law (official reults of the election here).
TOS USA published a Webinar Series "Our Sacred Unity", more information here.
As I said, it was a very quiet quarter in itself and no further news were published on the TS websites, e.g. no information about the recently held 135th National Convention of TSiA.
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
- Blavatsky Book Review: Eric Kurlander, Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich, part 2
- Blavatsky Book Review: Recycled Lives, A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy, Julie Chajes
- Blavatsky - Essential Articles
Book of Dzyan Blog
- Shrinking American Section
- A SAD WHITE LOTUS DAYS
- Shocking neglect of local needs by Cleveland Branch
- CLEVELAND BRANCH SAD HISTORY
- HPB on Theosophical Salary
- Can money spread theosophy in USA
- HOW RACISM HAS CREPT INTO THEOSOPHISTS IN USA
Montreal Theosophy Project
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky on the Authority of The Secret Doctrine -2
- WHAT DID HELENA BLAVATSKY AND MASTER K.H. SAY ON “FREEDOM OF THOUGHT”?
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky on the Authority of The Secret Doctrine-1
- Prometheus — Reclaiming the Fire
- The Paradoxical Pandemic
- What Is Truth?
- Listening to the March of the Future
- The Future of the Theosophical Society
- A note from Joma Sipe in Portugal
- Notable Books 50
- Carpe Diem
- Freedom of Thought
- Covid-19: Reshaping our Lives
- In the Light of Theosophy - DREAMS
- The Elemental Nature of Chitta
- An anonymous and rather mysterious letter to the Editor of Theosophy Forward
- Our Special Task
- Mini-interviews Sara Gencarelli and Tobia Buscaglione
- Meeting Emilia
- Has Theosophy become a Creed?
- Temple of Light at Adyar
Press outside the movement about Theosophy
read more see also here.
read more see also here
Sydney Morning Herald
read more see also here
San Francisco Examiner
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.
Blavatsky Under the Tsars - Dr. Marina Alexandrova
#Dr.N.C.Ramanujachary #Philosophy of Theosophy #PragyaCSstudio #TheosophyOnline #Short Talks
Theosophy and the Kabbalah
Interview with Dr Barbara Hebert, President of The Theosophical Society in America
Interview with Vic Hao Chin
Reincarnation Rounds and Races in The Secret Doctrine - Dr Julie Chajes
Roger Buck: Ep 27 - With Dr Joseph Shaw: Theosophy and the New Age
#THEOSOPHY - Timeless Teachings for Kids, Episode 3 - With Kathy Gann
#THEOSOPHY for the YOUNG - With Kathy Gann Episode 2
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.
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@steven chernikeeff : Judging from what I claim here in this and previous issues, it's logical that someone can't just come in and take over the TS. Thx for that information.