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.
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.
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.
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