Theosophy News Worldwide 1st Quarter 2016
Dear friends of Theosophy,
I've changed a bit the concept of the newsletter, main reason is a lack of time. So everything is like in every issue, except that I shortened the sections by writing more in running text instead of giving each article a big paragraph.
Many articles, Magazines (see on the right side) and news were published. It was written (respectively only as one example) about Science, Ethics, Unity, of course Theosophy etc., everything fine, but in default of an outstanding "Theme of the quarter" allow me to announce something important in my own case:
In the past eight years I worked on a book, a summary of The Secret Doctrine to provide an easy introduction to the teachings (enriched with references to the current state of science related to the teachings). Nothing special so far aside the fact, that it is neither easy to understand nor to summaries (into 200 pages). But during the years it become surprisingly more than that (in quality not quantity).
Everyone who read the The Secret Doctrine knows that 1) it's stated that are half-hidden esoteric mysteries in the teachings and that 2) a esoteric tenfold system is one of it. And what shall I say, while I try hard to understand the teachings (especial the beginning of the Cosmogenesis) examine it in detail and read it again and again, I stumbled about some half-hidden hints and over the years a tenfold system based on the original teachings, logic and common sense was developed.
This tenfold system, which is now more unveiled, for me like a revelation, denies not the sevenfold system. From a special point of view f.e. a fourfold system can be true beside a sevenfold system and so it is with this tenfold one. But there are (beside others) some very important differences, if it comes to the ethical implications of the system.
I published the book in a printed first edition as a "beta version" in German, mostly to give it to family and friends, also into the Theosophical Movement. I sell it to cost price of 12 EUR (not official, means f.e. through amazon etc., drop me a line if you're interested in). It's a beta (or yet unfinished) version, because I want also the feedback from the Movement.
Thanks. And know I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful spring.
With kind regards from Germany
Editor of Theosophy World News
Press outside the movement about Theosophy
The New York Times published story about Belinda Sinclair, a "magician" in Manhatten, with "the largest library in the world of female magician ephemera” that see Mde. Blavatsky as the "most prominent spiritualist of the era" (HPB condemned practical magic) and therefore an interesting article from the NY Times archive (1877) was linked, where an evening at Mde. Blavatskys "cozy apartments in West Forty-seventh-street" is described (pdf).
Did you know that Madame Blavatsky appeared as an antagonistic element in the Comic "Baltimore: The Curse Bells" from Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy? More about at comicsalliance.com.
Google celebrated the 112ndbirth anniversary of Rukmini Devi Arundale, a pioneering dancer of the 1930s, and a visionary institution-builder who built a public cultural and educational centre known as Kalakshetra, whose father was a Sanskrit scholar and an ardent Theosophist, enlarged the intellectual dimensions of his orthodox family by exposing them to the humanist ideals of Theosophy. Read more at The Hindu.
At the Daily News you can read an article about the European warrior of the modern Buddhist mission, Henry Steele Olcott.
In Rotterdam a "A Mental Image—Blavatsky Observatory" by Santiago Borja (made possible by a generous contribution from the Mondriaan Fund) was built with traditional roof thatching, and it is devoted to Helena Blavatsky. It will provide a place of contemplation for visitors to Sonneveld House from February 13 to May 22, 2016 (e-flux.com reported).
In Stockholm at "Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art" a exhibition with Christine Ödlund, a contemporary theosophy-inspirated swedish artist, takes place during 2016, named Aether & Einstein. (e-flux.com reported).
Swarajya Magazin asked What Russian Writers Learnt From India and among all the well known russian artists, some theosophical inspirated with their relation to Theosophy can be found, f.e. Khlebnikov or Tolstoy.
The Chicago Tribune published a critic about the Exhibition named Intention to Know: The Thought Forms of Annie Besant that takes place in Chicago at the Stony Island Arts Bank through March, see for more informationen the exhibitoins website.
At London’s Serpentine Gallery, Augustin Macellari explores the mystical abstraction of Swedish theosophical inspirated artist Hilma Af Klint, whose extraordinary canvases preceded Kandinsky by half a decade, read about here, here, here or in The Guardian
Some more echo of the exhibition of the Paintings of Canadian Theosophy inspirated Artist Lawren Harris promoted by Steve Martin (we reported in our last issue) can be found at Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The Standard or here and here
Blaming Theosophy as an Irreligion, as a Luciferian Cult from those, how think, the view katholic interpretation of Lucifer is correct (like the 6,000 years age of earth) and think, that Blavatsky is the Dark God of Progressive Spirituality, wrong to, but nothing new from this author.
Also there are some (new?) effort, to connect Theosophy not only to Facism (f.e. here), but also to practial magic, that is clearly condemmend by Theosophy, f.e. (beside the NYT-story above) here and here
As one of the Places Every Woman Should Go In 2016 the Krotona Institute of Theosophy is recommend from refinery29.uk.
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.
The TS (Adyar) German Section
News from Theosophical Societies
The Blavatsky Lodge in London get a new Website designed by Erica Georgiades, nice to look, modern and fully responsive. After eighteen years, the Northwest Branch is ceasing publication of its newsletter. ITC 2016-Campaign has started, you can register here, see also the event-block on the right sidebar. On the website of TS (Adyar) Philipines some pictures were added
The TS (Adyar) in Australia brought some news to the world: a video about the TS, an article from The Theosophist, Volume 137 No. 6, March 2016 named Passion, Dispassion, and Compassion, videos from the 2016 National Convention, held 16-23 January at University Hall in Perth with the theme “Today’s World Problems: Insights from the Wisdom Tradition” and of course the magazine, see on the magazine-block on the right sidebar.
The First Encounter of North America took place in march in the City of Cholula, Puebla, México with the theme "Applying the Principles of the Ageless Wisdom" the theme, an event from the TS (Adyar) in America and Mexico under the direction of Mr. Tim Boyd and of course new videos in the video blog of the president of TS Adyar were published.
Devachan is the idealized continuation of the terrestrial life just left behind, a period of retributive adjustment, and a reward for unmerited wrongs and sufferings undergone in that special life.
The TS Adyar Indian Section
United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)
Articles from Theosophical sites
Blavatsky Theosophy UK
- Answers, Ideas, Suggestions
- The Esoteric Explanation of Fossils
- Parabrahm, Brahman, and Brahma - Why The Confusion?
- The Point Loma & Pasadena "Successorship" Claim Exposed
- How well do you know "The Secret Doctrine"? (A Self-Test for Personal Use)
- Henry More and "Isis Unveiled"
- Respect for The Laws of Esotericism
- Rescued (by an Adept?) from Rudolf Steiner
- The Voice of the Silence" - An Authentic Buddhist Text
- Who or What is Ishwara?
- Can Children Understand Theosophy?
- The Impossible Dream of Theosophical Unity
- The Karma of Humanity: Virtue in Distress, Vice in Triumph
- Defying Gravity: The Secret Substance of Space and the Appearance of Worlds
- Proof Positive: The Gravity Defiers
- Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home
- Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for the Illusion of Time
- Dancing with Shiva: Opening the Third Eye
- Karma: The Law of Empathy and Ethical Causation
- When Spirit and Matter Hold Hands
- The Order of Nature Proves Intelligent Design
- What Madame Blavatsky accomplished in just 4 years!
- Newsletter 1st Quarter 2016
- The Things We Carry (by Tim Boyd)
- Editorial (Jan Nicolaas Kind)
- The seven Jewels of Wisdom – solutions to questions of life
- Mini-Interviews Warwick Keys
- Mini-Interviews Elly van Doorn
- Mini-Interviews Arni Narendran
- Mini-Interviews Carol Nicholson
- Mini-Interviews Vicki Jerome
- Mini-Interviews Minor Lile
- Mini-Interviews Leonie Van Gelder
- Pearls of Joy – Part One
- Wiki: Witchcraft
- Wiki: Anthroposophy
- Wiki: Brotherhood, Universal
- Wiki: Crucifixion
- An important subject
- A Few Thoughts: Ideas, Action and Influences
- Esoteric Astrology and the Purpose of the Soul
- God as a circle
- Human Regeneration – part ten
- Shirley Nicholson – A Tribute
- Doctrine and Dogma
Book of Dzyan Research
- Bright Space Son of Dark Space
- BOOK of KIU-TE or BOOK of DZYAN – References and Quotes in H.P.B. Writings
- The Dzogchen Tradition Teachings – A parallel with the S.D. Cosmogenesis
- Secret Doctrine References
Sons of Fire
He who does not practice altruism...is no Theosophist.
Letter to the editor
From Jack H. from TS Society Africa South via e-mail
Dear Brother Steve,
Many thanks for the issues of Theosophy World News and appreciate the effort in reviewing the articles for insertion. I will certainly circulate this to members.
Theosophical Society Africa South.