Theosophy News Worldwide 1st Quarter 2017

This issue was published on 2017-04-06 or 7 years ago.


Steven Otto

Dear friends of Theosophy,

again I collected a wide news-overview from inside and outside the movement about Theosophy as you can see in the different sections below and in the right sidebar.

But be, fore you start reading, I'm sharing with you an important request that recached me currently. It's about the so called Ross Collection, that is going to Private sales:

The Ross Collection that means over 100 bank boxes of ES letters, including old 1920's film of TS leaders, some of the letters have appeared in the Krotona Series, f.e. interesting correspondences describe what was taking place between the leaders of the Adyar Society that lead to the dramatic event setting the stage for what is called Krishnamurti’s mature teachings amd much more.

Mr. Ross spent over forty-years collecting and protecting these documents. If someone is interested in buying or simply curious about the collection, please get in direct contact to Mr. Ross via jeugener[a*t] and he will assist.

Or if you knowing someone who may be is interested, please forward it to help, to safe this historically relevant Collection.

And now I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful spring.

With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

Press outside the movement about Theosophy


Former president of Assam Theosophical Federation DN Chakravartty condoled Dr Kunja Medhi's, retired head of the Dept of Political Science, Gauhati University, and a pioneer theosophist of North East India in The Assam Tribune.

The same Newspaper reported also from a medical camp organised to celebrate Adiyar Day organized by city-based Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) and others.

A timely new edition of the classic "Sacred Trees" by Nathaniel Altman (He was a faculty member at the Krotona School of Theosophy in Ojai, California) explores the ancient human connection to trees and the positive and lasting roles that trees have played in human evolution through the ages, as reported.

Google celebrated the this year womans day again with a so called Google-doodle, which is a tribut to remarkable women across the world, also Rukmini Devi Arundale, the legendary Bharatnatyam exponent, theosophist and founder of Kalakshetra, as The Better India reported in the article Rukmini Devi Arundale, the Legend Who Chose Dance Over Becoming the President of India.

A book-review in of Confrontations with Colonialism – Resistance, Revivalism and Reform under British Rule in Sri Lanka. 1796 – 1920 (Volume 1). By Dr. P.V.J. Jayasekara includes also chapters about the cultural history of Sri Lanka (until 1972 Ceylon) and therfore also Theosophy is a topic, because the "three leading Theosophists, Blavatsky, Olcott, and Annie Beasant, made a powerful impact on Buddhist and nationalist movements in Ceylon."

It seems that Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) an Italian psychotherapist, father of an approach called “Psychosynthesis”, a younger collaborator of C.G. Jung and S. Freud was influenced by Theosophy, as Media for Freedom reported here.

Other published an article about Swami Vivekananda,one of the main representatives of Neo-Vedanta, that had, if we believe Wikipedia, also a relation to Theosophy. Also reported about the "monk who established a new religious order in the name of his guru, Sri Ramakrishna".

In the French/English language film "Personal Shopper" which won the Best Director Award at Cannes, has a mention of Theosophy, as we can read here at, but probably in a malicious context.

At The News in an article named The ills of modernity Amir Hussain, the author, mentioed Theosophy as one way out of this "illnes".

The Guardian mentioned H.P. Blavatsky in an article named From Frankenstein to feminism: how electricity powered our imaginations. reports about the founding of a Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism (INSEP), which seems to have also "theosophical" roots, whatever this means in this case, as you can read here, but the logo of this Network is quite similar to the Logo of the Theosophical Society.

An article about Maitreya and therefore also the currently died Benjamin Creme also mentioned Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy as its roots, as you can read here.

In an article at The Catholic Herald a book from a New Age devotee who became a Catholic is reviewed where also Blavatsky is mentioded, read here.

There are also some references to Theosophy in an article about Carole Lombard, a Hollywood actress of the 1930's at

Jill Roe, historian and acclaimed biographer of Miles Franklin, also a supporter of Theosophy of Rudolf Steiner, has died aged 76, as reported.


The complete collection of works by theosophy-inspirated artist Piet Mondrian at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague will go on display in the largest exhibition of the artist’s work ever mounted from June to September 2017, as reported. published an article about a documentary about the Theosophy-inspirated Artist Lawren Harris named "Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris" by Peter Raymont and Nancy Lang. Rated Gas you can read here and here. Also The Globe and Mail reported in an article about it. Also The National Post published an article about the new documentary about Lawren Harris.

About Alexei Jawlensky, a russian artist the New York Times wrote two times, because of an exhibition in the "Neue Galerie" in Manhatten trough May 29.

Also the Italian artist Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) exposed at National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome until March, seems to be Theosophy-inspirated, as reported. advertises a new comic named Fantagraphics by Ron Regé Jr. which partly illustrates excerpts from Madame Blavatsky’s Cosmogenesis, see here for more information.

Also a book review at of the The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann mentioned Blavatsky in relation to Col. Fawcett.

The “Wisdom religion” is the inheritance of all the nations, the world over.

HPB, SD:1:xviii (Itroductory)

Upcoming events


The European School of Theosophy
5 days from 12 - 17 October 2017 at the International Theosophical Centre, Valkeveenselaan 19, 1411 GT Naarden The Netherland
more information


T0S International

International Conference of the Theosophical Order of Service
9 - 11 August 2018 in Singapore
more information


TS Adyar

The 11th World Congress
4 - 9 August 2018 in Singapore
more information


TS Adyar - German Section

National Summer Convent
Theme: A Way towards Universal Consciousness., September 20 to 24, 2017, in Bad Endbach, Germany
more information


EFTS - European Federation of the TS Adyar

38th European Congress
Theme: A Way towards Universal Consciousness., August 21 to 26, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain
more information


International Theosophy ConferenceAdyar

ITC 2017
A Nucleus of Universal Brotherhood – World’s Healing Force Thursday August 10 – Sunday August 13, 2017 in Philadephia, USA
more information


TS (Adyar)

2nd International Gathering of Young Theosophists
Diversity: A Path to Universal Brotherhood, February 25 - March 1, 2017 Theosophical Institute of Brasilia
more information


News from Theosophical Societies

Tim Boyd (President of the TS Adyar) published three new videos in his President's Diary that a really worth to see: January, February and March.

TS Adyar General Council has been amended and approved its International Rules by its meeting on 30 December 2016, that you can read here

The ITC 2017 will taking place in Philadelpiha USA on August 10 to 13, 2017 with the title "A Nucleus of Universal Brotherhood – World’s Healing Force Bringing harmony to a divided humanity by studying and working together" more information here and here.

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee visited TS Adyar in Chennai, because of Centenary Celebration of the Women’s Indian Association (WIA). One it the founder of WIA was Dr Annie Besant. More Information

Theosophy World, a new theosophicalresource centre was published by TS Adyar, more Information

TS Point Loma Blavatsky House announced the theme of I.S.I.S. Symposium 2017, it's "Compassion and Wisdom – Keys to a harmonious and healthy world", more information.

The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section published its 122th magazine-like newsletter (pdf) with much interesting news from all section of the PAsadena TS from all over the world.

Some Videos from talks given at the 2017 National Convention, held 21-28 January at Sandy Bay Campus, UTAS, Hobart were published by TS (Adyar) Australia that you can watch here.

Videos of some of the presentations held during the Indo-Pacific Federation Conference 2017 were published from the TS (Adyar) New Zealand here

TOS reported from the Conference on Theosophical Education held in Odisha here and also the annoucmenent of the TOS International Conference (9-11 August, 2018 in Singapore) was made here or here. TOS USA is now also on facebook.

To be true, religion and philosophy must offer the solution of every problem. That the world is in such a bad condition morally is a conclusive evidence that none of its religions and philosophies--those of the civilized races less than any other--have ever possessed the TRUTH. The right and logical explanations on the subject of the problems of the great dual principles, right and wrong, good and evil, liberty and despotism, pain and pleasure, egotism and altruism, are as impossible to them now as they were 1880 years ago. They are as far from the solution as they ever were, but. . . . "To these there must be somewhere a consistent solution, and if our doctrines will show their competence to offer it, then the world will be the first one to confess, that ours must be the true philosophy, the true religion, the true light, which gives truth and nothing but the TRUTH. . . .

From the article "The Theosophical Society: Its Mission and Its Future" by H. P. Blavatsky, published in Lucifer, August 1888 and especially this paragraph HPB has quoted from the so-called "Maha Cohan Letter".

Theosophical Magazines

Friends of Theosophical Archives

FOTA Newsletter
Special Edition: Autumn 2016
publisher, Autumn 2016 (pdf)


The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

Theosophy Downunder
Newsletter of the Theosophical Society (Pasadena) Australasian Section, March 2017
publisher, December (pdf)


The TS Adyar Indian Section

The Indian Theosophist Magazine – February and March 2017
publisher, February (pdf), March (pdf)


United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine Issue January to February 2017
publisher, January (pdf), February (pdf)


The TS (Adyar) in Australia

Theosophy in Australia Magazine March 2017
November-Issue 2016, publisher, March (pdf)


TS Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse The Hague

Lucifer No. 1/2017
publisher, No.1/2017 (pdf)


The Aquarian Theosophist

The Aquarian Theosophist – January, February, March 2017
publisher, March (pdf), Februar (pdf), Januar (pdf)


New books

N C Ramanujachary

Focal Centers in Theosophy
Introductory book to Key to Theosophy
more information: N C Ramanujachary, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020Phone: 044/24913584

Nevertheless, personal immortality is conditional...

H. P. Blavatsky, Secret Doctrine Vol. III, p. 510, On Exoteric "Blinds" and "The Death of the Soul"

Letter to the editor


Via e-mail from MKR

A must read for any theosophist -- Great and most comprehensive -- Steven must be congratulated since a lot of work has gone into the publication. It is the most comprehensive source for anyone interested in keeping up with what is going on in the theosophical world. Will be looking forward to Steven keeping it up for years to come. It shows what can be accomplished by an individual motivated and determined. Thanks, Steven again.


Via e-mail from Paul

Thank you


✴✴✴ The End  ✴✴✴

Share your thoughts and comment