Theosophy News Worldwide 1st Quarter 2015

This issue was published on 2015-04-03 or 5 years 9 months ago.

Editorial

Steven Otto

Dear friends of Theosophy,

12 month ago the first Issue of "Theosophy World News" was published. Since then, four issues later, over 500 pieces of international theosophy-relates news, articles, videos, magazines and books were collected and were seen by Thousands of visitors.

Although this issue has not a "Theme of the quarter", in the previous issues of 2014, the election of the international president of the TS-Adyar (to times), the declaration of Naarden and the question "Justified criticism or malicious feud?" were particularly discussed.

And we had an eye on what non-theosophical sites published about Theosophy. If you can see in this issue's "non-theosophical sites"-section, in the last quarter the Fincial Times, HuffingtonPost, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Observer and many other websites mentioned Theosophy, not always accurate and positive, but it get's more and more better.

And in this issue, you can again find a lot of stuff to read for the next three months. And a few favorites of mine, that I noticed were "Theosophy vs Modern Science, Exploding Modern Theories" from Theosophy Watch, wich points out interesting evidence for Plasma Cosmology within the original Theosophical Teachings, a nice article in the current issue of "Theosophy in Australia" named "The Good Life: Dream or Reality?" (pdf) and quotes from the Teachings about Theosophy on Sexual Relations, Procreation, and Purity from BlavatskyTheosophyUK.

The latter was also a matter, which I dealt and the results can bee read in the article The virtues: abstinence or renunciation. Beside this I wrote a little history of family, within the article The family: from Antiquity up to Postmodernism. And did you know, that there is scientific proof that to live a virtuous life makes you happier? No? Then read: The Philosophy of Happiness.

What's left to say is due technical problems all my emails before February 2014 that reached me at my theosophical email adress were lost, a tragedy, and also the reason that some articles will remain unwritten and not everything that reached me via mail could be published. And, to finish with a positive note: The increased focus on the topic of virtues and ethics regarding to theosophy, which I noticed during my current collection, is a very positive development, that should be further advanced.
But now I wish you a beautiful spring and interesting reading.

With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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News from Theosophical Societies

TS in Russia

4th theosophical conference in Russia
4th theosophical conference took place in Moscow on 21-22th March 2015. Circa 80 participants were registered.
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TS in Europe

New Webadress and Online-Section
The new address of the EFTS website is www.ts-efts.eu and new section: Online Resources for articles and videos.
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Northwest Branch of TS Pasadena

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Monster Slayer's Quest – the Navaho Way, Plant Intelligence – II, Formula for Progress, A Lost Art, The Sacredness of Seeds - I, Just Three Seconds...
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TS Adyar in America

Watch the 139th International Convention of the TS
The successful and inspiring 139th International Convention of the Theosophical Society- Adyar has finished.
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TS Adyar in America

President's Diary
Mr. Boyds Video Blog.
January, Februar-March

 


TS Adyar in India, HQ

Presidential Address
Column from the international president.
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TS Adyar in India, HQ

92nd South India Confrerence
from 3rd April to 5th April 2015 based on "The Voice of the Silence".
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TS Adyar in the Philippines

New National Officers elected
And other news, f.e. Senator Shahani: Speaker in 2014 National Convention
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Singapore Lodge of TS Adyar

Past Issues of the Monthly Newsletter
The Illumined Mind from Tim Boyd, New Executive Committee, Expectation of Members, The Present Need from Tim Boyd
January, February, March

 


The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

Past Issue of the Quarterly Magazine
With national and international News.
April Issue (pdf)

 


Theosophical Order of Service (TOS)

Current Newsletter-Issue
News-Issue No. 34 from March 2015
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While, therefore, the INDIVIDUAL EGO, owing to its essence and nature, is immortal throughout eternity, with a form (rûpa), which prevails during the whole life cycles of the Fourth Round, its Sosie, or resemblance, the personal Ego, has to win its immortality.

H. P. Blavatsky, SD:III:519

Articles from Theosophical sites


Book of Dzyan Research


Book of Dzyan Research

Ratna-gotra-vibhāga: A Review

A new English translation of the Ratna-gotra-vibhāga has now appeared in When the Clouds Part.
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Book of Dzyan Research

The Sacred Four and the Emanation of the Primordial Seven

In the commentary on stanza IV śloka 2 (SD I, 88), it is described that, out of the sacred four, the primordial seven are produced.
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Erica Georgiades Blog


Erica Georgiades Blog

Dear Schopenhauer, hush! This is the Theatre of Life.

Schopenhauer (1788-1860) opens his essay ‘On Women’ with this quote: Sans les femmes le commencement de notre vie soit privé de secours, le milieu de plaisirs et la fin de consolation.
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Erica Georgiades Blog

Philosophy is Training for Dying

Philosophy is a Greek word with two compounds Philo and Sophia meaning friend or lover of wisdom. The philosopher is a friend or lover of wisdom. But what is wisdom?
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Esoteric Philosophy


Esoteric Philosophy

RHow to start the day

Upon Awakening in the Morning, Our First Thoughts Reorganize and Activate Our Personal Aura
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Esoteric Philosophy

Neptune, a mstery in front of us

The Blue Planet Teaches Unity With All, But It Also Produces Illusions
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Esoteric Philosophy

Finding the light of the path

How the Birth of Ethics Leads to Discernment
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Healing Power of the Universality

A Recipe for Eliminating Unnecessary Pain
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Magnetic influence of books

Multidimensional Wisdom in Daily Action
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Esoteric Philosophy

A 3,000 years esoteric scool

The Advanced Levels of the Search for Wisdom
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Esoteric Philosophy

The golden verses of Pythagoras

An Ancient Description Of The Philosophical Way of Life
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Esoteric Philosophy

Percepts and Axioms from the East IV

The Universal Wisdom Expressed In a Few Words by HPB
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Consolidation of Victory

Five Aspects of the Theosophical Path
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Esoteric Philosophy

Iconoclasm toward Illusion

The Day of Man’s Childhood As An Immortal Being Has Passed Away by WQ Judge
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Esoteric Philosophy

Thoughts along the road

Observing the Sacredness of Daily Life
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Esoteric Philosophy

Cleaning the lense of one's telescope

Human Mind is a Tool for Observing Life, And One Must Take Good Care Of It Every Day
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Esoteric Philosophy

The importance of esoteric liabraries

The Role Played by Archives, Books and Manuscripts in the Work for Mankind
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Esoteric Philosophy

The need for infitity

Victor Cousin Examines the Relation Between Human Beings and Infinity
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Esoteric Philosophy

God and War in the middle east

Universal Wisdom Destroys The Old Beliefs in Tribal Gods
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Esoteric Philosophy

Wisdom in a flash of the lightning

A Selection of Sayings From Gibran, With a Few Theosophical Commentaries
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Esoteric Philosophy

Theosophical Glossayr not by HPB

Its Editor, G.R.S. Mead,Misused Helena P. Blavatsky’s Name
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Esoteric Philosophy

To the man in the street

Belief Is the Yardstick By Which We Measure the Importance of Events
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Esoteric Philosophy

Climate change in ancient times

The Secret Doctrine on Geological Cycles by HPB
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Esoteric Philosophy

Dicipleship in the 21st century

How to Approach the Door of Inner Learning
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Esoteric Philosophy

The direct experience of sacredness

Personal Selflessness Produces Voluntary Simplicity and a Sense of Bliss
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Esoteric Philosophy

The direct experience of sacredness

Personal Selflessness Produces Voluntary Simplicity and a Sense of Bliss
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Esoteric Philosophy

Berdyaev, on the social use of falsehood

According to the Russian Philosopher, very Social Fashion is a Conventional Lie
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Esoteric Philosophy

New Years Resolution

The Real and True Will is Spiritual Will
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Theosophy Watch


Theosophy Watch

The Soul’s Tapestry: Look Inward, thou art Buddha

Discerning the how and why of human uniqueness, from the likes of Mozart to the fearless passion of Julia Butterfly Hill, is always perplexing.
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Theosophy Watch

Beyond Belief: Evidence of Reincarnation

An ending is just a new beginning in disguise it’s been said. This perfectly describes the ancient belief in the soul’s immortality and continuity through reincarnation.
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Theosophy Watch

Buddhism, Science, and Scientism Exposed

Electric and magnetic affinities are generated, occult teachers say, whenever there is physical touch, the sound of a voice, or even looking.
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Theosophy Watch

The Astral Perispirit, and a Fusion of Sound, Sight and Taste

One of the best ways to describe what Theosophy is, arts reporter Ali Snow said recently on Utah Public Radio, “is to think of it as a kind of fusion of religion and science.”
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Theosophy Watch

The Astral Perispirit, and a Fusion of Sound, Sight and Taste

One of the best ways to describe what Theosophy is, arts reporter Ali Snow said recently on Utah Public Radio, “is to think of it as a kind of fusion of religion and science.”
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Theosophy Watch

Is Your Cup Half Full, or Half Empty?

Being able to manifest positive emotions and happiness “is perhaps one of the greatest gifts you have been given as a human being,” writes Dr. Joseph M. Mercola, a prominent alternative medicine advocate.
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Theosophy Watch

Theosophy vs Modern Science, Exploding Modern Theories

The major theosophical agitators of modern scientific consensus theories are the subjects of evolution, physics, space, matter and consciousness.
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Theosophy Watch

Science was Spiritual, and Religion was Scientific

We live on a planet constantly in motion, and except for the occasional natural catastrophe, it is usually a very slow, orderly motion.
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Theosophy Watch

Science was Spiritual, and Religion was Scientific

We live on a planet constantly in motion, and except for the occasional natural catastrophe, it is usually a very slow, orderly motion.
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Theosophy Watch

Near Death Journeys into the Afterlife

When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible—a journey to the afterlife.
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Theosophy Watch

Near Death Journeys into the Afterlife

When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible—a journey to the afterlife.
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Theosophy Watch

Proof of the Soul thru Dreams

Wresting consciousness from the lords of scientific reductionism, where its mysteries have languished for decades, takes imaginative and fearless warriors.
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Theosophy Watch

Science vs Religion – and the Winner is?

The late world-renowned evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis was one of those rare scientists who was “spiritually-minded” in the Theosophical sense.
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Theosophy Watch

The Top 10 Secrets of Magic and Occult Science

Three decades ago, few scientists were courageous enough to break ranks and question their own belief system,” Deepak Chopra writes.
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Theosophy Watch

Humanity Living the Highest Spiritual Life

The gods are not without employment, wrote the Greek bishop Synesius of Cyrene (c. 373 – c. 414) – but their “descent to this earth” is not continuous.
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Theosophy Watch

Recipe for Revolution: Mix Physics with Metaphysics

Consciousness is at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.
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Theosophy Watch

Lao Tzu, the Flying Dragon

Lao Tsu is classed by H. P. Blavatsky as a God-like being similar to Krishna, Buddha, and Jesus, who “united themselves with their Spirits permanently” and “became Gods on earth.”
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Theosophy Watch

The Unconditional Renunciation of our Personal Self

The word magic is largely misunderstood, because there are various kinds of so-called magic, much of which is deception and trickery.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK


Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Theosophy and Agni Yoga

This article is the result of the work and research of two students of Theosophy, one in Latvia and the other in England.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Study of The Mahatma Letters

Contrary to some misunderstandings and misinformation which are promulgated on certain Theosophical websites, it is not true that the ULT (United Lodge of Theosophists) disapproves in any way of “The Mahatma Letters,” nor is it true that...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Sources of the ULT Declaration

The United Lodge of Theosophists, or ULT for short, was founded in 1909 by Robert Crosbie, who had been a close colleague, friend, and pupil of William Q. Judge and a private pupil of H.P. Blavatsky.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

A Most Extraordinary Meeting

A most extraordinary meeting was held in a private residence uptown last night, at which a small group of gentlemen gathered together for the purpose of reviving the work of the Theosophical Society, started in New York...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

A Few Glimpses into the Life of HPB* [by Sylvia Cranston]

From p. 335-337 of “HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky” by Sylvia Cranston.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

A Challenge to Fainthearted & Halfhearted Theosophists

There are many Theosophists, primarily within “The Theosophical Society – Adyar” it seems, who try to present a very vague, weak, watered down, quiet, non-offensive, and “respectable” view of what Theosophy is and what the...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

14 Good Reasons to reject the Alice Bailey Teachings

By an ex-student of those teachings, who discovered them to be not only highly questionable but also extremely deceptive and sinister in both their content and the aims and intentions of the Movement behind them, most...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

14 Good Reasons to reject the Alice Bailey Teachings

By an ex-student of those teachings, who discovered them to be not only highly questionable but also extremely deceptive and sinister in both their content and the aims and intentions of the Movement behind them, most...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

To A Woman Whose Mother Had Died

A Letter by Robert Crosbie, founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Blatant Fallibility of Christian Theology

And now once more we have to beg the reader not to lend an ear to the charge – against Theosophy in general and the writer in particular – of disrespect toward one of the greatest and...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Self and Non-Self in Buddhism and Theosophy

Theosophy has sometimes been described as “Esoteric Buddhism.” The Masters who wrote “The Mahatma Letters” called themselves Buddhists, as did their own Master the Maha Chohan, and as did H.P. Blavatsky.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Kabbalah, Rosicrucianism, and Theosophy

Do you recommend Theosophists to study the Kabala or Rosicrucianism? I am told that they were once parts of the Theosophical movement.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

International Theosophy Conferences - A Hidden Agenda?

An increasing number of Theosophists are hearing about the annual event known as the ITC or International Theosophy Conference. These conferences are organised by International Theosophy Conferences Inc...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Theosophy - An Explanation and Overview

Earlier in 2015 we were asked by a university professor to write a chapter about Theosophy for a textbook he was editing about different mystical and esoteric traditions, to be used by religion and philosophy students...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Theosophy on Sexual Relations, Procreation, and Purity

A Compilatoin of quotes from the original theosophical teachings.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Theosophical Movement after H.P. Blavatsky

The story of the Theosophical Movement after the passing of H.P. Blavatsky is to a large extent a very sad and tragic one.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Law of Action and Reaction

This article, titled “Karma,” was written by Julia Campbell Verplanck (later Julia Keightley) and published by William Q. Judge in the April 1891 issue of the American Theosophical magazine “The Path.”
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Blavatsky on Universal Love

A love which is directed towards all things alike, an universal love, is beyond the conception of the mortal mind, and yet this kind of love, which bestows no favours upon any one thing, seems to be that eternal love...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Blavatsky on the Brahmins

H.P. Blavatsky’s words about the present day exoteric Hinduism and about the Brahmins – the orthodox Hindu priests and religious leaders – are worth considering, in light of their clarity and force...
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Daves's Theosophy News Board


Daves's Theosophy News Board

Boyd Goes to Court

Tim Boyd enters the Adyar legal job creation scheme.Does Adyar face a future of court cases stretching out to infinity.
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Daves's Theosophy News Board

Victimisation Of School Children

TAdyar Aristocracy puts Krishnamurti School children’s education under siege.
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Daves's Theosophy News Board

Is the Adyar Estate Winding Down for Closure?

Is the Adyar Aristocracy planning to become the Aristocracy of somewhere else?
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Daves's Theosophy News Board

Get Out!

A court case a day keeps the donors away More court action as the Adyar Aristocracy moves to evict the Krishnamurti (KFI) School from the Adyar Estate.
read more

 


Theosophy Forward


Theosophy Forward

Editorial – The future of Theosophy and of all its vehicles is very promising!

Microsoft’s icon Bill Gates, when asked about his view regarding the developments on our planet earth in the year 2014, in connection with the world’s overall health situation said: “Of course, we can’t...
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Theosophy Forward

Do you remember?

As a young person growing up I used to find humor in some of the things my parents did. One thing in particular that my father did I could never understand.
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Theosophy Forward

Voice of the Silence 15 (verses 215-229)

The keys to the seven portals having been enumerated in the last group of verses, the next group (verses 215-222) begin an introduction to a more detailed description of the seven portals.
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Theosophy Forward

Human Regeneration – part six

Recognizing regeneration as the kernel of all Theosophical work, the International Theosophical Centre at Naarden, the Netherlands, jointly with the Federation of Theosophical Societies in Europe, organized two seminars...
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Theosophy Forward

Madame Blavatsky and the Seven Archival Mysteries - part two

This text, written by Leslie Price in September 2014, has been extensively revised by John Algeo; any remaining or newly introduced errors are therefore his responsibility.
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Theosophy Forward

The Occult Side of Nature

The word Nature used in its widest sense, as when we speak of Great Nature, or Mother Nature, means the whole of the outside – all that is external to us – the trees, the open places, and the world of men.
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Theosophy Forward

Ethics of Survival

The challenge of the present day is one of emotions against reason, of uncontrolled feelings against cool judgment, of blind fanaticism against deep-seated conviction.
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Theosophy Forward

In The Light of Theosophy

On December 16, 2014 a group of militants entered the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan and mercilessly gunned down about 150 students and teachers...
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Theosophy Forward

Theosophical Knowledge and the Path of Understanding and Wisdom

For one who pages through The Secret Doctrine of H. P. Blavatsky, it is almost impossible not to be impressed by the incredible amount of knowledge that the book has to offer.
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Theosophy Forward

Good News

from Scotland, from International Theosophy Conferences Inc., from the Netherlands – one, from the Netherlands – two, from Argentina , from TOS in Ghana, from the TOS in Kenya
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Theosophy Forward

Mini Interviews

J. Dayanand, Dewald Bester, Rafael Marques de Albuquerque, Pavel Malakhov, Jonathan Colbert, Olga Shtykova Omlin, Nancy Secrest
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Theosophy Forward

Notable Books No. 23

Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World, Masters of Wisdom – The Mahatmas, Their Letters, and the Path, A Jewel on a Silver Platter
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Sons of Fire


Sons of Fire

The family: from Antiquity up to Postmodernism

If someone today speaks about a "crisis of the family" it circumscribe very euphemistically the radical termination of the holy institution of the family.
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Sons of Fire

The virtues: abstinence or renunciation

There are probably not many virtues that are more important than the abstinence.
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Sons of Fire

The Philosophy of Happiness

Wikipedia informs us about this philosophy as follows: The philosophy of happiness is an umbrella term for the various philosophical approaches to explaining the nature of...
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Theosophical Magazines

Friends of Theosphical Achive (FOTA)

No.3 of the Newsletter of FOTA
publisher, No.3 (pdf)

 

United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine Issue January to March 2015
publisher, January (pdf), February (pdf), March (pdf)

 

United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine Issue January to March 2015
publisher, January (pdf), February (pdf), March (pdf)

 

The TS in Australia

Theosophy in Australia March 2015
publisher, March (pdf)

 

ISIS Foundation / Blavatskyhouse

Lucifer - the Messenger of Light 1/2015
You can get a copy by sending an e-mail to lucifer.red@isis-foundation.org (said MKR via Theos-Talk) publisher

 

TheAquarianTheosophist.com

The Aquarian Theosophist, January to March 2015
publisher, January (pdf), February (pdf), March (pdf)

 

The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

News-Magazin Issue April 2015
publisher, pdf

 

The TS Adyar Indian Section

The Indian Theosophist Magazine – January to March 2015
publisher, January (pdf), February (pdf), March (pdf)

 

Press outside the movement about Theosophy

 

Some News and Articles more or less about Theosophy

 


westernmorningnews.co.uk

Bitter row splits spiritual group after protest at lock-out

A bitter feud has erupted in Devon as members wrestle for control of a peaceful society dedicated to the study of religion, science and philosophy. The bizarre row has seen members of the Theosophical Society picket the Torbay headquarters after accusing the ruling committee of staging a “coup” by cancelling the annual general meeting.
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newindianexpress.com

Homage to Henry Olcott on Adyar Day

The cacophony inside the Theosophical Society is of a different sort. Birdcalls of unusual kinds, the pattering of a squirrel and even a mongoose, the crackling of dry leaves and a bicycle whirring past.
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Håkan Blomqvist´s blog

Esoteric archives

As librarian and archivist one of my favourite movie series is The Librarian, starring Noah Wyle as the librarian Flynn Carsen.
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artmediaagency.com

The neo-theosophy of Lyndi Sales: an interview with Maria Lund Gallery

She manages to assign her audience the task of interpreting and perceiving the world; to identify the elements that bind us together, alongside all the physical aspects that the world has to offer. She calls it Neo-theosophy. It’s an approach that simultaneously establishes a relationship between the physical and astral body.
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assamtribune.com

Meet on theosophy organised

“The misguided and conflict-ridden human society could seek redemption from the prevailing frustration and confusion only by translating into action the great teachings of prophets of all religions and great teachers of mankind across the centuries.”
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huffingtonpost.com

Why Spirituality Matters More than Ever

In troubled times, when the world seems to be on fire, people think about God and the religion they were raised in -- a source of solace and hope matters more in a crisis.
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thedailybeast.com

Elusive Atlantis Never Loses Its Allure

Ever since Plato went on at some length about the lost civilization, amateur archeologists and assorted crackpots have never given up on the hunt.
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Financial Times

Book: 'The Match Girl and the Heiress', by Seth Koven

...often eccentric subcultures: vegetarianism, theosophy, bicycling, even the solemn ... Madame Blavatsky, the founder of theosophy; the women's rights activist
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Scoop.co

Writers Invited to Enter Mind Body Spirit Award

Writers Invited to Enter Mind Body Spirit Awards. Writers working in the mind, body and spirit genre have just over one month to go to enter their unpublished manuscript to the 2015 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Awards.The Award, now in its 12th year carries a $10,000 prize.
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prnewswire.com

Book: Quoting Matilda, Her Voice, Her Works, Her Past

She [Matilda Joslyn Gage] had a life-long desire for justice and equality for all and was connected to the ideas of Theosophy.
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straight.com

Movie: Awake: The Life of Yogananda more hagiography than biopic

“This earth is nothing but movies to me,” said Paramahansa Yogananda in his best-selling Autobiography of a Yogi, calling life itself “nothing but shadows and light”. Film is a natural medium, then, to convey the famous teacher’s life. But Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a mixed blessing: an intriguing overview for those who know very little or a lot about the man and his message; frustratingly incomplete for everyone in between.
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yale.edu

Wei-Yi Yang plays Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt

The variety of miniature Scriabin wrote over his career is considerable. Taking cues from Chopin, Liszt, and Wagner, Scriabin extended and expanded the idiom of romantic piano music. The complexity and deep expressivity of Scriabin’s works can largely be attributed to the innovation and evolution of his aesthetics, fueled by his interests in synesthesia and theosophy…
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theguardian.com

Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography by Meryle Secrest review – lobsters, fizz and fashion

She had a habit of doing things suddenly. In her early 20s, on the run from the Italian family she loathed, she attended a theosophy lecture in London and agreed next morning to marry the lecturer.She had a habit of doing things suddenly. In her early 20s, on the run from the Italian family she loathed, she attended a theosophy lecture in London and agreed next morning to marry the lecturer.
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Wall Street Journal

Book: Ladies for Liberty

The “New Theology” offered a smorgasbord of social gospeling, vegetarianism, Eastern religions, yoga, Theosophy, sexual nonconformity, feminism, mysticism, spiritualism, alternative medicine and the “Simple Life” as preached by Leo Tolstoy.
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Economic and Political Weekly

Immanent Crisis over Tibet

Wang is unequivocal about tracing the roots of the current unrest in Tibet to a familiar foreign hand. The origins of Western support for Tibet, Wang argues, come from the Oriental fantasy of Tibet as Shangri La, buttressed by Theosophy’s fascination with Tibetan mysticism:..
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The Hindu

Madras miscellany: Besant-Malviya partnership

While still maintaining close ties to Banaras and education, Besant moved on — into politics and Theosophy. She helped start numerous schools or colleges in different parts of India.
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scroll.in

Yoga was created 5,000 years ago, right?

There were a number of commentaries written on the Yoga Sutras in the centuries after their composition, but by around the 13th century, the text fell into disuse. It was revived in the 19th century by the likes of Madame Blavatsky and Swami Vivekananda.
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Times of India

Surat Port was contraband centre high on opium

Locally called ganja, the herb was a luxury for royalty to relax while it was a lifeline for fakirs to fight hunger and pain. The Theosophist Vol.IV dated March 1883 records comments of H.P.Blavatsky on a Hindu ascetic, who arrived to live in Surat, "He does not receive alms but only accepts drugs like ganja and sooka. He does not require any food. Hundreds of thousands of pointed nails were fixed on the wooden shoes he wears and bench he sleeps on."
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And some critical, false or unjustified News and Articles (more or less) about Theosophy


News24.com

The silliness that is Theosophy

To my shame, in retrospect, I ended two of my articles with the TS catch phrase “There is no religion higher than the truth” and alluded to it in another. It sounded so virtuous, until I realised that firstly truth can be very relative and secondly the TS is as kooky as any other vanilla religious organisation, despite their deceptive motto.
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Jewish Daily Forward

How the Golem Got His Groove Back

Behind the facade of an exotic and futuristic Prague ghetto, Indian rather than Jewish ideas of redemption are expounded. The alleged Kabbalah that pervades the book suffers from an overdose of Madame Blavatsky’s turbid theosophy.”
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WND Education

Holocaust survivor booted from public schools

Her mother, who was steeped in a form of New Age mysticism called Theosophy, finally conceded.“She finally got desperate enough and was willing to give up that horrible religion, which is like Hinduism, and go to church,” Dittman said.
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Birmingham Post

CBSO and Birmingham Conservatoire deliver range of Russian themed concerts

Where Rachmaninov was patrician and austere (though how glorious are his music’s results), Skryabin, embracing the cult of theosophy which held that knowledge of God could only be achieved through ecstasy, became obsessed with the sensual in music.
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breitbart.com

Jihad, Islamic Jew-Hatred, and ‘Najis’ Doctrine in Shiite Iran: Past as Prologue

Allamah Tabatabai represents that central and intellectually dominating class of Shi’ite ulama who have combined interest in jurisprudence and Quranic commentary with philosophy, theosophy, and Sufism and who represent a more universal interpretation of the Shi’ite point of view. Within the class of the traditional ulama, ’Allamah Tabatabai possesses the distinction of being a master of both the esoteric sciences and at the same time he is an outstanding hakim or traditional Islamic philosopher (or more exactly, “theosopher”).
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The Observer

The Insipid Sermons of Nicholas Kristof

Similarly, Maureen Dowd manages to upset everyone. One week she is brilliantly perceptive and the next she is akin to a modern Madame Blavatsky, her thinking so twisted as to be downright mystical.
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irrawaddy.org

Myth and Meaning in Tibet

The Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky claimed to have lived in Tibet where she had met spiritual masters with whom she remained in contact through telepathy, visions, and dreams. All that, however, turned out to be bogus.
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While, therefore, the INDIVIDUAL EGO, owing to its essence and nature, is immortal throughout eternity, with a form (rûpa), which prevails during the whole life cycles of the Fourth Round, its Sosie, or resemblance, the personal Ego, has to win its immortality.

H. P. Blavatsky, SD:III:519

New books

Douglas Clyde MacIntosh

Theosophy as an Empirical Science
Those who are acquainted with Dr. Macintosh's Problem of Knowledge, will take up this book with large expectation and will not be disappointed. It is a book not for those who have no doubts, but rather for those who seek apart from tradition and dogma the confirmation of Christian belief.
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Edward Abdill

Masters of Wisdom: The Mahatmas, Their Letters, and the Path
A rigorous historical and philosophical examination of the controversial spiritual Masters who guided Madame H.P. Blavatsky in opening the world to Eastern and esoteric spirituality in the late nineteenth century.
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The Editorial Board of Theosophy Trust

Theosophy: The Wisdom Religion
The central tenets of Theosophia are not derived from any ancient or modern sect but represent the accumulated wisdom of the ages, the unrecorded inheritance of humanity. Its vast scheme of cosmic and human evolution furnishes all true seekers with the symbolic alphabet necessary to interpret their recurrent visions as well as the universal framework and metaphysical vocabulary, drawn from many mystics and seers, which enable them to communicate their own intuitive perceptions.
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Shaikh Sharfuddîn Maneri

The Theosophy Of Islam: Letters From A Sûfî Teacher
The principles of the Sufis, a mystic sect within Islam. The Sufi teachings are similar to those of Asian Taoism..
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Manly P Hall: The Murdered Mystic

Convention Adyar 2014 - Tim Boyd

While, therefore, the INDIVIDUAL EGO, owing to its essence and nature, is immortal throughout eternity, with a form (rûpa), which prevails during the whole life cycles of the Fourth Round, its Sosie, or resemblance, the personal Ego, has to win its immortality.

H. P. Blavatsky, SD:III:519

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