Theosophy News Worldwide 1st Quarter 2022

This issue was published on 2022-04-23 or 3 months ago.

Editorial

Steven Otto

Dear friends of theosophy,

with this 33rd quarterly issue Theosophy World News starts it's 9th year to give all interested people a quick overview of international happenings in the field of Theosophy. And while the 4th quarter is often a very busy one, the 1st quarter is usually quieter.

Serveral events came in, for example a new World Congress and new European Congress were announced, but also an International Seminar: Exploring the Powers in Humankind with a very interesting science oriented line up, in which also one of my former professors participates, Dr.rer.nat. Dr.phil. Walter von Lucadou, more about it an the other upcoming international Theosophy-events in the Event section.

Did you know that something that the Voyager spacecraft carrying, floating somewhere in outer space, comes from the Blavatsky Lodge in Gamdevi? Or that the spiritual beliefs of the author of the novel "What Dreams May Come" (the same name movie is well known) including the 19th-century Theosophy movement? This and other interesting mentions of Theosophy, this quarter e.g. in the Financial Times, The Washington Post or The New York Times, you can read in the Press Review section, where also Annie Besant is a major topic.

And moral education, in my opinion one of the most important tasks of Theosophy, was not neglected either. Theosophical Movement Magazine featured an article The Power of Ideal or Purification and the Higher Spiritual Path by William Wilson Quinn in the January-issue of the Theosophist and last but not least the current issue of Theosophy Downunder leads in this direction, for example Practical Spiritual Practice. More of this and other stuff in the section with all 15 newly published magazines.

What else? The second time the blog Theosophy Watch was without new content, which would really be a loss, anyone know more? And who always wanted to know how many members TS in America has: currently 3,371 (Source).

As always, there is much more to discover here, just scroll down and read what the movement moves and if you haven't signed up for this free newsletter yet, do so now, so you don't miss the next issue.

I wish you an informative read and a peaceful spring.

With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

PS: For all German readers, I've launched a new website, Theosophie.online, take a look...

Press outside the movement about Theosophy


THEOSOPHY


An incredible but true story told to us by gqindia.com: "Floating somewhere in outer space, about three billion km away from the sun is the Voyager spacecraft carrying two phonograph records... On one of these records.. is the voice of a lady called Kesarbai Kerkar. It was at Blavatsky Lodge in Gamdevi that Kerkar recorded a song that would eventually be selected by ethnomusicologist Robert E Browne to be sent out into space." more about it here.

Annie Besant, Mohandas Gandhi and the independence of India alongside Theosophy were a big topic not only in the Indian press: Theosophy and Gandhi: How Mahatma learned from occult group (dailysabah.com), Annie Besant: The Champion Of Women’s Rights (madrascourier.com), These ‘Foreign Hands’ Left Their Homes to Fight For India’s Freedom (thewire.in), Once Upon a Time, India Inspired the World (foreignpolicy.com) or Why These Westerners Disavowed Imperialism to Fight for India's Independence (time.com) are examples of this.

But besides the "glorification", there are also harsher tones in the reporting of the international press in connection with Annie Besant, namely in connection with Krishnamurti. In the newly published book "Accidental Gods", f.e. Financal Times and thecritic.co.uk reoprted, Anna Della Subi, the author, writes about "a tragicomic story concerns Annie Besant", when "in 1909, Besant and her ally, the pederastic priest, Charles Leadbeater, began grooming the ten-year old Jiddu Krishnamurti as the incarnation of the World Teacher". The innocent Krishnamurti graces the cover of the book beside politicians and princes worshipped as deities. That Krishnamurti would have been worshipped as a god, however, is not to be reconciled with the facts.

The Buddhism revival in Asia at the turn of the century before last is closely linked to Theosophy. Thecitizen.in highlights a lesser known aspect of this history with Bengali Bhadralok, which was "16 when he met Theosophists Col. Henry Olcott and Madam Helena Blavatsky in Colombo".

Risingkashmir.com published an article about the The Heritage Institution mentioned “The Kashyapa Lodge of the Theosophical Society came together under the inspiring leadership of Prof S.K. Toshkhani .... to achieve the aim we must educate females. This resulted in the formation of the Woman's Welfare Trust in 1925 - the golden jubilee year of the theosophical society” in Kashmir.


ART


Do you know Richard Matheson? Then maybe the known movie "What Dreams May Come"? He wrote the book about it (a novel 1978) and too many more, read about his work in Richard Matheson, The Influential Science Fiction Writer You've Never Heard Of at slashfilm.com. His "spiritual beliefs including the esoteric 19th-century Theosophy movement", interesting, isn't it?

In different parts of the world Hilma Af Klimt was again a subject inspired by theosophy. Recently Hilma af Klint was the most visited exhibition ever for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, with 600,000 visitors (we reported) and you can read about her relationship with Steimer here (scoop.co.nz). Also the New York Times reports about her current exhibition ‘Cosmic Geometries’ in Manhattan, which also shows works by her. Additional: 9 Women Artists Celebrating the Spirituality and Legacy of Hilma af Klint (artsy.net) even if I can recognize, if at all, only 3.

About the theosophy inspirated Painter Agnes Pelton and her Transcendental Painting Group you can read here in floridaweekly.com.

And other Artists associated with Theosophy found mention in the press, for example Scriabin, "reading HP Blavatsky’s The Key to Theosophy in French translation, a book which seemed to further fuel his ambition for his Mystery project" (classical-music.com), Franz Marc "close friend of Kandinski Expressionist group of artists known as Der Blaue Reiter ... but both artists were fascinated by theosophy" (christies.com), Rukmini Arundale "a dancer who adopted theosophy as a way of life" (indiatoday.in), Francesco Clemente "his philosophical engagements with Jiddu Krishnamurti and theosophy are well-known aspects of his biography" (artforum.com), the recently deceased Maria Mariani "guided by theosophy" (brooklynrail.org) and not at least Piet Mondrian (donga.com) and Vasily Kandinsky in the Wall Street Journal about its current exhibition at Guggenheim Museum through Sept. 5.


MISCELLANEOUS


The first woman to "hold an endowed lectureship in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley", "eccentric Irish mystic, poet and Celtic mythologist Ella Young", was a topic at irishecho.com, as we get to know, her "interest in the spirit world led her to join the Hermetic Society, the Dublin branch of the Theosophical Society".

Sylvia Cranston’s book "H.P.B.: The Extraordinary Life & Influence of Helena Blavatsky" got a mention in I like unusual books. Here’s what I’d read — if I had time at the WashingtonPost.com, Helena Blavatsky itself and her work The Secret Doctrine in the article What is manifesting and can it help you attract what you want? "which ideas was backed up by 20th-century writers Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich, 1937) and Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life, 1984)" (getthegloss.com) and in the article Gnosticism and Modern Science at least tries to connect the occult f.e. Blavatsky, with the big bang from a christian point of view seems forgetting that this theory was conceived by a Catholic priest.

The problem of true theosophy and its great mission is the working out of clear, unequivocal conceptions of ethic ideas and duties which would satisfy most and best the altruistic and right feeling in us; and the modelling of these conceptions for their adaptation into such forms of daily life where they may be applied with most equitableness.

The Original Programme of The Theosophical Society, by H. P. Blavatsky, H. P. Blavatsky Collected Writings, 7:145-171

Upcoming events

TS Adyar Australia and others

P R O P O S E D: Indo-Pacific Conference (maybe ONLINE)
November, 2022 Malaysia
more information

 

ITC-Board (ULT, TSPL, Adyar)

International Theosophy Conference 2022: Theosophy: Discovering the Eternal Sun of Truth
 July 20 – July 24, 2022 online event
more information

 

TS Adyar Netherlands and others

Youth Gathering (under 41 years): Treading the Path to Self-Transformation
3rd to 7th June 2022 Naarden, NL
Video, Website

 

ITC Naarden / TS Adyar

International Seminar: Exploring the Powers in Humankind
17 - 19 June 2022 Naarden, NL
more information

 

Europ. Fed. of the TS Adyar and TS Adyar in England

39th European Congress: Healing Oneself Healing the World
From 1 till 6 August 2022 University of York, England
more information

 

European School of Theosophy

CALL FOR PAPERS: Int. Theos. History Conference: The Theosophical Movement Innovations in Esotericism and Spirituality
5 to 7 of October 2022 ITC, Naarden, NL
more information

 

European School of Theosophy

EuST 2022: The Voice of the Silence: A Manual for Mystics
7 to 12 of October 2022 ITC, Naarden, NL
more information

 

TS Adyar

12th World Congress of The Theosophical Society (Adyar)
23 – 29 July 2025, Vancouver, Canada
more information

 

News from Theosophical Societies

The TS Point Loma published an article to help restore Peace.

TOS USA gave us an Update about it's Work with Ukraine, Animal Healing Network and started also the "Legacy Project", which purpose is to interview Theosophists via Video.

ULT London informs us about new price list with some prices reduced

As said, this newsletter should become more focused, so here no more references to the new events or  published magazines of the individual TS, since these are to be found in the Event section and the magazine section.

For some of the most watched new published videos from the different TS visit the video section.

Via social-media (see Facebook section) I received the news of the passing away of C.V.K. Maithreya, a worldwide known and appreciated theosophist, on 17th January 2022. My condolences to the relatives. There were a noticeable number of obituaries this quarter (e.g. for Thich Nhat Hanh or Dr. N.C. Ramanujachari).

At this point also 2 notes, for the sake of fairness, because I also often criticize: Mr. Smoley, editor of Quest Magazine, in his editorial points to a specific non-profit project of the TS in America, the Prison Program, which is "often overlooked" and featured in the current issue and Mrs Linda Oliveira, former international Vice-President of the TS, also National President of the TS in Australia, gives an insight about how she see the Esoteric Section Adyar in the article The Esoteric School of Theosophy  in the February issue of the Theosophist.

By the way, in the last issues topic of the quarter (where I have dealt in detail with the membership crisis of TS) asked the question whether there is still hope for the organized part of the theosophical movement and (only?) 65% answered with a firm yes.

It is for the latter [the personalities] to cling to it; and thus partaking of its [Monads] divine nature, obtain immortality.

H. P. Blavatsky, SD:I:175

Theosophical Magazines

The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

Theosophy Downunder
Newsletter of the Theosophical Society (Pasadena) Australasian Section
publisher, March 2022 (pdf)

 

TS (Adyar) in Australia

Theosophy in Australia Quarterly
Newsletter/Quarterly of the TS (Adyar) in Australia
publisher, March 2022 (pdf)

 

The Aquarian Theosophist

The Aquarian Theosophist (A Journal in Four Languages)
publisher, March 2022 (pdf), February 2022 (pdf), January 2022 (pdf)

 

United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine
publisher, January 2022 (pdf), February 2022 (pdf), March 2022 (pdf)

 

The TS Adyar Indian Section

The Indian Theosophist
publisher, February 2022 (pdf), March 2022 (pdf)

 

The TS Adyar HQ

The Theosophist
publisher, January 2022, February 2022 (pdf) and March 2022 (pdf)

 

The TS Adyar in (North-)Amerika

The Quest Magazine
publisher, First Issue 2022 (partly)

 

The TS Pasadena American Section

The Spiral Path
publisher, 008 Spring 2022 (pdf)

 

Articles from Theosophical sites

Videos

A Cup of "Tea"-Osophy with the President

Legacy Interview with Ed Abdill

Legacy Interview With Betty Bland

Adyar Day 2022 - Fritz Kunz: "Reminiscences by Fritz on how he met H.S.O. and C.W.L.”

WILLIAM QUAN JUDGE COMMEMORATION

Theosophy MEMORY AND IMAGINATION

Evolution of Life : Sister Vibha Saksena :: Delhi Theosophical Online Meeting 9th April 2022

Philosophy as a Form of the Ancient Mysteries | Gwendolyn Reece

The Origins of Gnosticism | Richard Smoley

President Barbara Hebert Special Vlog 3.14.22

However superhuman the efforts of the early Christian fathers to obliterate the Secret Doctrine from the very memory of man, they all failed. Truth can never be killed ; hence the failure to sweep away entirely from the face of the earth every vestige of that ancient Wisdom, and to shackle and gag every witness who testified to it.

HPB in SD Vol. I, Introduction

✴✴✴ The End  ✴✴✴

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Thank you for mailing the information. I was a member of the Vancouver Hermes lodge and after Blavatsky lodge for 10 years. Now I am unable to find any former members or contacts with the Blavatsky lodge. I am now 85 years old and I am happy to receive news from the theosophy society worldwide. Thank you Brigitte Balint
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Hello Brigitte, thank you for your warm words but to be correct, here's only an international newsletter, not a society :)

Local infos from the web maybe helpful:

HERMES LODGE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

3150 East 54th Avenue
V5S 1Z1 Vancouver
British Columbia - Canada
 
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