Theosophy News Worldwide 2nd Quarter 2015

This issue was published on 2015-07-05 or 5 years 3 months ago.

Editorial

Steven Otto

Dear friends of Theosophy,

a lot has happened within the last three months. Of course we celebrated the so called "White Lotus Day" in memory of our honorable teacher Madame Helena P. Blavatsky in May, many events took place and a lot of articles, news, books etc. were published about Theosophy, also on none-theosophical media.

In this quarter mainly the new book "The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West" by Michelle Goldberg - a "groundbreaking biography" of Indra Devi - was a reason for a widespreaded and positive reference to Theosophy. The Huffington Post, The New York Post, The Independent and others reported.
Also, that for the first time Alexander Scriabins entire music-output in one is available and the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats in June were reasons for some other positive publicity outside the Theosophical Movement. And do you know, that on Spotify are songs aviable, that were recorded 80 years ago at the Blavatsky Lodge in Mumbai or that recently a song was published by Mikal Shapiro named 'The Reincarnation of Helena Blavatsky'? See for all of that and other news the none-theosophical media section.

But the Theme of the Quarter - sadly - is forced once again to deal with an ugly topic, it is a tragedy, but see for yourself.

I for myself, at the moment heavily involved in none-theosophical affairs, had only time for one article: How science fools us, a very short, simple and easily understandable evidence that today's cosmological standard model is in large parts unbelievable nonsense. But enough interesting reading can be found here in any event for the next three months.

I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful summer.

With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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Topic of the quarter

New allegations against TS Adayar (India)

This quarters main theme is again the Theosophical Society Adyar with a sad occurrence (again), because new allegations (beside the previous) were made and controversial discussed, but first make up your own mind about the new ones:

The Times of India

TS whistleblowers find refuge in social media
Whistle blowers are apparently not welcome at the Theosophical Society (TS) headquartered at Adyar in the city. Social media in recent times seem to abound in messages about stifling of two such bravehearts who have raised questions over...
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Daves Theosophy Newsboard

Adyar Theosophical Society SCANDAL
Why did the leadership refuse to act on these serious allegations? Does this matter warrant a police investigation? Are measures now in place to protect women and girls? Or, has nothing changed since the days of C W Leadbeater?
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Daves's Theosophy News Board

No Concern for the Victims of Sexual Abuse
Is Jan Nicolaas Kind expressing the official Adyar Theosophical Society view?
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via E-Mail to the Editor of this Newsletter

T.S. Adyar
Sir, it is alleged that the TS presidential elections were rigged in favour of Boyd since he was very keen to lead the Society. However, after taking charge as the president, he has been absent from Adyar for long periods of time apparently because of his dual responsibility as head of the American section. In his absence, many TS members feel the control of the Society has been taken over by two officials at Adyar.
In course of time, Boyd may regret this as the duo are taking many questionable decisions such as expelling members from the Society without due process like issuing show cause notice and suspension, after they raised certain issues..As a result, the TS today finds itself embroiled in court cases. The candidate who lost to Boyd, one Maitreya, has exiled himself from the TS virtually.
An aggrieved member who was expelled after he raised the issue of irregularities such as a well renovation at an astronomical cost and orders placed to a company floated by an official for gain, has been denied food from the TS kitchen, his intercom at his house in the campus has been cut off and his letters are not delivered to him. He has been compelled to make a representation to India's human rights commission. Petty minded and vindictive officials at the TS are playing havoc with decency and ethics. Radha Burnier's soul must be distressed. More than 100 cows have been given away to private parties, some of them pregnant. Hope Boyd realizes what is happening and takes corrective action. N.N.

Daves's Theosophy News Board

Dark Cloud Hangs over the ITC Conference
Is the Adyar Theosophical Society behaving responsibly by encouraging non-Adyar groups and Theosophists to engage with it in a collaborative enterprise such as the ITC Conference, while there is still the outstanding issue of the Adyar Theosophical Society’s unaddressed sexual abuse allegations?
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As copy via E-Mail to the Editor of this Newsletter

Sexual Abuse Allegation in Indian Section of TS-Adyar-the horrendous issues
Dear Bros. Tim Boyd and Sundaram,
I have seen the comments on Sexual Abuse case, and am very concerned about the whole episode, which seems to be not being addressed adequately.
A clean up of the Indian Section set up may be necessary, as there have been other irregularities going back to Late Radhaji's election in 2008 and to the recent Presidential elections of 2014, where the role of the Indian Section has been questioned - and I don't think satisfactory anwers have been given to the inquiring minds.
It is my appeal that Mr. Tim Boyd looks at this matters with much more vigour and assure the T.S. fraternity that either all is well or if not so then some action is being taken or will be taken. I am not sure if the TS Executive Committee or the General Council members are aware of this issue - but if not it would be useful to have their opinions on the matter for a clear guidance on how to address the issue.
I have put these points as best as I understand them. But I am sure there are greater minds who will understand the matter better and would be in a position to offer better solution/s. T.S.'s name should not be further tainted. I stand to be corrected.
With respect, Navin Shah
Past General Secretary - E & C African Section of the T.S.
Here a summary of all allegations so far:

M.K. Ramados via theostalk

OPEN LETTER to the General Council Members of Theosophical Society: Concerns about Theosophical Society
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am a member attached to San Antonio, Texas, USA Lodge. In my six decades of association with TS, I feel that today TS is facing most critical issues as it have never seen in the last one hundred years.
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Theostalk

More about another Occurrence: Cancellation of membership
You'll find inforamtion about it here, here, here, here and here

 


See also the 2nd Quarter 2014 Issue: Theme of the Quarter with allegations against the 2014 Election of the President of TS Adyar and also the 4th Quarter 2014 Issue raising the question "Justified criticism or a malicious feud?" were other allegations were discussed.

Upcoming events

The TS (Adyar) Australasian Section

2016 National Convention
Saturday 16 - Saturday 23 January, 2016Today’s World Problems: Insights from the Wisdom Tradition, University Hall, Perth, Australia
more information

 

TS Adyar in India

140th International Convention at Adyar
31 December 2015 to 5 January 2016HQ, India
more information

 

Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions
October 15 - 19, 2015 Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
more information

 

TS Adyar in India

2015 School of the Wisdom
September 7 to September 17, 2015 in Himalayan Centre of the Indian Section, Bhowali, India
more information

 

TS in Germany

Summer Convention 2015
August 7 to August 13, 2015 in Calw, Black Forrest, Germany
more information

 

TS Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse

International Theosophy Conference (ITC) 2015
August 6 to August 9, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands
more information

 

Foundation for Theosophical Studies

The Theosophical Summer School 2015
The Relevance of Theosophy: Spirituality in daily living, Friday 31 July - Friday 7 August 2015 in Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham, UK
more information

 

TS Adyar Germany

Annual Summer Convention 2015
25 July - 30 July 2015 in Kassel, Germany
more information

 

TS Adyar in America

129th Summer National Convention 2015
Psychology, Science of the Soul, July 17 - 21, 2015 in Wheaton, IL
more information

 

News from Theosophical Societies

TS Brisbane Lodge

Members Magazine: "Contact"
May-Agust 2015
read more (pdf)

TS in Russia

4th theosophical conference in Moscow
More Information and Photos from the 4th theosophical conference in Moscow (21-22th March 2015)
read more

TS Adyar in America

President's Diary
Mr. Boyds Video Blog, one of it unfortunately not watchable in Germany because of som kind of Copyright-Issue wit the GEMA (Musicright-Marketer)
April-May, May-June

TS Adyar in America

From the Editor's Desk: Was H.P. Blavatsky a Nazi?
Printed in the Summer 2015 issue of Quest magazine. Citation: Smoley, Richard."From the Editor’s Desk: Was H.P. Blavatsky a Nazi?" Quest 103.3 (Summer 2015): pg. 82, by Richard Smoley
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TS Adyar in UK

The Theosophical Summer School 2015
Friday 31 July - Friday 7 August 2015, The Relevnace of Theosophy: Spirituality in daily Living
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TS in Europe

School of the Wisdom 2016
Theme: Glimpses on Chinese Philosophies in the Light of Theosophy, 11 to 22 January 2016, Adyar, Chennai, India
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TS in Europe

Events Archive
To view photos and read reports about past events, visit our Events Archives
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TS Adyar in America

Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America
The Web site for Quest, the official publication of the Theosophical Society in America.
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Società Teosofica Italia

Some interesting News
only in Italian
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Northwest Branch of TS Pasadena

3 new Newsletter-Issues
The Sacredness of Seeds - II, Universal Human Rights, The Flowering Tree, At-One-Ment – I, Faiths on Income Inequality, At-One-Ment – II
April, May, June

TS Adyar in America

TheosoFEST 2015
Annual open-house festival on September 12, 2015, 10 am - 5 pm
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TS Adyar in India, HQ

International President in Europe 2015
International President Tim Boyd will be touring in Europe in summer 2015, in Italy, England, Finland, Estonia and the Netherlands.
read more

Singapore Lodge of TS Adyar

Past Issues of the Monthly Newsletter
Holy Week (C. W. Leadbeater), The Great Wesak Blessing (C. W. Leadbeater), Welcome To New Members (Tim Boyd)
April, May, June

The TS (Adyar) Australasian Section

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

The TS (Adyar) Australasian Section

2016 National Convention
Today’s World Problems: Insights from the Wisdom Tradition
read more

The TS (Adyar) Australasian Section

Campbell Library Newsletter
May 2014
read more

Theosophical Order of Service (TOS)

Current Newsletter-Issue
News-Issue No. 35 from June 2015
read more, news overview

TS in New Zealand

Job Offers, Vacancies
National Vice President, Media Coordinator, Video Production Editor
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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


nriquerenardenglish.weebly.com

 

Presentation of the Introductory Course: 15 Lessons on Esoteric Philosophy

Theosophy, whose study appeared in the last quarter of the 19th century, is an extraordinarily ancient esoteric philosophy based on scientific principles. Submerged for centuries because of religious intolerance and persecution of those who...
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Modern Theosophy

(Tibetan) Buddhism and Blavatsky’s Theosophy by K. Hesselink

A theosophist recently mailed me with some very specific questions about Blavatsky’s version of Tibetan Buddhism. Since they are common questions, I will also post them here.
read more


Sons of Fire

How science fools us

Modern science makes itself highly ridiculous, at least for self-thinking people. You need proof? Here it is!
read more


Theosophy Forward


Theosophy Forward

Editorial - Is my Theosophy better than yours?

Many are enthusiastic and encouraged because of the initiatives of ITC. (International Theosophy Conferences Inc.) Obviously this relatively young organization still has...
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Theosophy Forward

My Life in Theosophy and Otherwise

John and I come a long way. I first met him and his wife Adele in Naarden at the International Theosophical Centre, in the mid-1990s when he was in the Netherlands to conduct a seminar on Senzar.
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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

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

The Unity Of Our Movement

The unity of the Theosophical Movement is not determined by any organizational structure in which any single authoritative body holds hegemony over other groups and dictates to them their policies.
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Theosophy Forward

A Theosophical View of Christianity

The Theosophical view of the early history of Christianity and of its founder, Jesus the Christ, is very different from that found in more orthodox sources, the latter being generally accepted without question by most Christians.
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Theosophy Forward

Karma and Justice

Karma is one of the basic ideas of Theosophy along with its twin doctrine, reincarnation. It is sometimes stated as a Law of Karma and is generally acknowledged as a fact by members of the Theosophical Society.
read more


Theosophy Forward

The Essential Unity of All Religions

When one looks at religious practices in the world today, one might as well ask “Is there an essential unity of all religions?”.
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Theosophy Forward

Human Regeneration – part seven

We have been pondering the subject of regeneration for several days. We shall also obtain copies of talks, questions and answers.
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Theosophy Forward

How to prove Theosophy?

Theosophy is not a religion. And it’s certainly not a belief. All theosophical leaders emphatically and repeatedly stated that you should investigate Theosophy yourself. But how? A
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Theosophy Forward

The Apostle Paul and Theosophy – Part one

Two thousand years ago, Europe and the Mediterranean world were ruled by the Roman Empire. Different provinces, cities and communities of the empire had varying rights and responsibilities.
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Theosophy Forward

Motive is Everything

In 1971 a man named Theodore Golas wrote a short book that went on to become an underground sensation. The setting for this phenomenon was in San Francisco just past the tumultuous peak of the 1960's.
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Theosophy Forward

The Theosophical Roots of Spiritual Education

In many countries, educational reforms are taking place to consider the changing needs of 21st century learners. The old factory model of education that was mainly concerned with churning out obedient workers no longer suits the needs of today’s world.
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Theosophy Forward

Good News

from the European School of Theosophy, from the International President, TS Adyar, rom International Theosophy Conferences, from the Netherlands – two, from the TOS in Pakistan, from the International Theosophical Centre in Naarden, the Netherlands, from Belgium
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Theosophy Forward

Mini Interviews

Leslie Price, Lyn Trotman, John W. Sameluk, Sharon Ormerod, Chittaranjan Satapathy, H. Sripriya, Joanne Richter
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK


Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Tibetan Master or Christian Priest?

Uncovering the Real Inspiration behind the Alice Bailey Books
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

A Beginner’s Guide To Studying “The Secret Doctrine”

It’s no secret that H.P. Blavatsky’s master work “The Secret Doctrine” isn’t easy to read. It"The Secret Doctrine" by H.P. Blavatsky requires continual effort, attention, concentration, and not just reading but serious study.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Ego Is Not a Bad Word

Many of today’s popular spiritual teachings have vilified the word “ego” to such an extent that a lot of people find it peculiar and puzzling to see this word used on a frequent basis in the teachings and literature of Theosophy...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Anna Kingsford – In the Words of The Masters

Anna Bonus Kingsford (1846-1888) was a prominent member of the Theosophical Society in England during the early 1880s.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Space, Motion, Duration, Matter

“It is Absolute Abstract Matter, which is perfectly and literally ONE with Absolute Abstract Space, Absolute Abstract Motion, and Absolute Abstract Duration. Students of “The Secret Doctrine” and the Masters’ letters will be...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

What Exactly Is The Monad?

he title of this article expresses a question which many students of Theosophy have been asking themselves for over a century.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Masters in Theosophy

Who are these Masters we have been referring to so often? An accurate understanding in this regard seems crucial to an accurate understanding of Theosophy and the Theosophical Movement.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Ah-hi – Highest of the Hierarchies

“The AH-HI (Dhyan-Chohans) are the collective hosts of spiritual beings – the Angelic Hosts of Christianity, the Elohim and “Messengers” of the Jews – who are the vehicle for the manifestation...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Real Occultism in 14 Aphorisms

The following aphorisms, fourteen in number, were first published in the October 1920 issue of “Theosophy,” the main monthly publication of the United Lodge of Theosophists, without any author’s name attached.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Kill Out the Worm of Sense

The Self of Matter and the SELF of Spirit can never meet. One of the twain must disappear; there is no place for both...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Incarnations of the Highest Seven

“In ancient Symbolism it was always the SUN (though the Spiritual, not the visible, Sun was meant), that was supposed to send forth the chief Saviours and Avatars....
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

H.P. Blavatsky and The Birth of the Theosophical Movement

The life, work, and personality of H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891) are so intimately and inseparably connected with Theosophy and the Theosophical Movement that it is impossible to talk about one without at the same time talking to...
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

“Lodges” and “Initiations”

It’s perhaps useful for people to understand that despite the use of the same word, a Theosophical Lodge is quite different from a Masonic Lodge. Many of the latter are known for having various initiation rites, ritualistic...
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Theosophy Watch


Theosophy Watch

Animal Souls: How Leopard Diabolo Became Spirit

Soul energy exists in both humans and animals, and when they communicate on the same level, magic happens.
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Theosophy Watch

Universal Unity Changes Everything: The Overview Effect

When the Theosophical Society was founded in 1875, the First and foremost of its Three Objects was Universal Brotherhood.
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Theosophy Watch

Neuroplasticity: Carving Out New Pathways in The Brain

Breaking up is hard to do especially when it comes to ingrained scientific worldviews.
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Theosophy Watch

Growing the Child: A Moral and Spiritual Covenant

The occultist, spiritual co-founder of the Theosophical Society, Helena Blavatsky, was a tireless critic on a wide range of issues still oppressing society today.
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Theosophy Watch

Spiritual Vision: The Highest Order of Clairvoyance

The astral light is a storehouse and reflector of all the images of every event, feeling and thought, created by anyone on Earth.
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Theosophy Watch

In a Garden of Sunflowers Every Flower Turns Towards the Light

“THOREAU pointed out that there are artists in life, persons who can change the colour of a day and make it beautiful to those with whom they come in contact,” H. P. Blavatsky once wrote:
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Theosophy Watch

Theosophy Ethics: Crystal Clear, Inspiring, Challenging, Noble, Uncompromising, and Empathic

Equal justice to all and love to every creature are not the highest virtues in Theosophy according to its original resuscitator and promoter.
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Theosophy Watch

Soul Lessons of Love, Pain and Happiness

The twin doctrines of Karma (responsibility) and Reincarnation (hope) are keys to freeing us from the dark jungle of ignorance.
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Theosophy Watch

Healing Messages from the Afterlife

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

Karma and Reincarnation: The Logic of What Must Be

LOOKING past our relatively short physical lives on Earth, Theosophy views the soul as eternal. Further, this wisdom tradition declares, we don’t ‘have’ a soul, we are Souls.
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Theosophy Watch

Sow a Thought, Reap a Destiny

The uplifting adage “attitude is altitude” aptly pinpoints how the power of positive thought and intention affects every aspect of our lives.
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Theosophy Watch

ABought: The Truth About Vaccines, Big Pharma, and Our Food

“Your great country I love so much for its noble freedom,” wrote the principal founder of modern Theosophy Mme. H. P. Blavatsky in addressing its Second Annual Convention in 1888.
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Daves's Theosophy News Board


Daves's Theosophy News Board

The Reign of King Neverhere

Given the issues that it is facing, the Adyar Theosophical Society needs strong leadership to steer it through very difficult times ahead.
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Daves's Theosophy News Board

Tim Boyd Visits Adyar (A Rare Event)

Yes, it’s true, Tim Boyd has actually been in Adyar. Not to deal with the sexual abuse allegations but to sort out the horrendously expensive mess that his Adyar Masters have caused.
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Esoteric Philosophy


Esoteric Philosophy

The Challenge of Learning

A Firm and Long-Term Effort Opens the Doors of Wisdom.
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Power of Good Will

Right Intention Has a Decisive Value (Immanuel Kant)
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Padagogy of Theosophical Wisdom

Examining the Best Ways to Walk
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Experimental Path

The Middle Way Between Blind Belief and Skepticism
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Esoteric Philosophy

A Course in Theosophy

An Online Approach to the Teachings of Esoteric Philosophy
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Esoteric Philosophy

Spiritual Organisation & Exploitation

The Living Interaction Between Pseudo-Gurus and Fake Disciples
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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

Abandoing the Gospel of Money

Or How to Prepare the Birth of a Better Civilization
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Art of studying Theosophy

Every True Teaching Preserves The Independence of the Learner
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Psyconanalysis of Religions

Freud and the Masters of the Wisdom See Conventional Religiosity in Similar Ways
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Esoteric Philosophy

On what is Theosophy

The Many Dimensions of a Sacred Word
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Esoteric Philosophy

How to find the Master

Useful Information For an Effective Search
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Theosophy of Namaste

Mutual Okayity: Transactional Analysis And the Building of Universal Brotherhood
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Esoteric Philosophy

Barborka, on the Secret Doctrine

Why The Secret Doctrine Q. & A. Deserves a Place in Everyone’s Library
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Library of the Soul

A Daily Exercise of Those Who Search for Wisdom
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Full Moon of May

A Dialogue Between Human Soul and the Pleiades
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Esoteric Philosophy

Universal Brotherhood still a Puzzle

And There’s No Need to Pretend We Know All About It
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Exercise of Patience

Real Virtue Proceeds From a Positive Attitude in Thought and Feeling
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Esoteric Philosophy

The Opportunities Ahead of us

The Secret Doctrine on Geological Cycles by HPB
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Esoteric Philosophy

Qualitity and Quantity

David, Goliath and the Alchemical Process
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Esoteric Philosophy

From Ritualism to Raja Yoga

The Path to Discipleship Depends on Self-Knowledge, Not Blind Obedience
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Esoteric Philosophy

From Fear to Happiness

Observing the Sources of Confidence in Life
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Esoteric Philosophy

Neptune, a Mystery in front of us

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

How to start the day

Upon Awakening in the Morning, Our First Thoughts Reorganize and Activate Our Personal Aura
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Book of Dzyan Research


Book of Dzyan Research

Ātman/Anātman in Buddhism and Its Implication for the Wisdom Tradition

As for the relevance of The Ātman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism to the “Book of Dzyan,” the Upaniṣadic ātman or brahman has been equated by Blavatsky and the Theosophical Mahatma teachers to the first fundamental proposition of the Secret Doctrine: an omnipresent, eternal, boundless, and immutable principle.
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Book of Dzyan Research

More on Ātman-Brahman by Kamaleswar Bhattacharya

The late Kamaleswar Bhattacharya (died 2014) continued to write on the theme of Ātman-Brahman in ancient Buddhism throughout his life, in various articles.
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Theosophical Magazines

Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK

Pure Theosophy, May 2015
publisher, May (pdf)

 

The TS in Australia

Theosophy in Australia June 2015
publisher, June (pdf)

 

The TS Adyar Indian Section

The Indian Theosophist Magazine – April to June 2015
publisher, April (pdf), May (pdf), June (pdf)

 

United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine Issue April to June 2015
publisher, April (pdf), May (pdf), June (pdf)

 

The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

News-Magazin Issue August 2015
publisher, August (pdf)

 

TheAquarianTheosophist.com

The Aquarian Theosophist, April to June 2015
publisher, April (pdf), May (pdf), June (pdf)

 

Press outside the movement about Theosophy

Some News and Articles more or less about Theosophy


Mojahedin.org

Iran: Theosophy group activist sentenced to jail & lashes

A theosophy activist from the Erfan Halqe theosophy group, has been sentenced to one year in jail and 74 lashes.
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sfgate.com

‘The Goddess Pose,’ by Michelle Goldberg

The history of yoga practice is primarily a history of men. While today’s superstar female teachers may salute the sun in spandex and headsets, women have been disciples rather than leaders in the modern yoga renaissance.
read more, also here or in the Huffington Post LA, the Independent or the New York Post


Wall Street Journal

‘Scriabin: The Complete Works’ Review

Imperious in mien and famously eccentric, the composer was a piano prodigy and classmate of Rachmaninoff at the Moscow Conservatory, where he later taught that instrument. Scriabin worshiped at the altars of Art and Theosophy, an occult philosophy seeking divine wisdom via various supernatural pursuits, and some of his statements suggest megalomania.
read more, also here


Mumbai Mirror

One beat at a time

Right opposite the School stands The Theosophical Society, a Blavatsky Lodge, founded in 1875 in New York by Madame HP Blavatsky - a clairvoyant from Russia - and Colonel HS Olcott, retired US Army officer. Their keen interest in India brought them here in 1879.
read more, also in the Hindustan Times


The Kansas City Star

‘The Musical’ reveals the re-education of Mikal Shapiro

The newest song feels like the album’s centerpiece: “The Reincarnation of Helena Blavatsky,” a tale written with Shapiro’s mother in mind. It’s one of the more conspicuous songs on “The Musical.” It’s lush, sprawling, cinematic, operatic and it eludes an explicit music style because it evokes several.
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Forward.com

Searching for My Indian Jewish Family, From Kabbalah to Bollywood

I stared at the logo. Could Meyer have been a member of the Theosophical Society? Maybe it was just the lateness of the hour, but this actually seemed like a viable possibility. There had been several Jewish theosophists in Bombay in the early 20th century.
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Times of Israel

Israel as a Utopia by Carlos Cardoso Aveline

“Verily, the fiendish spirits of fanaticism, of early and mediaeval Christianity and of Islam, have from the first loved to dwell in darkness and ignorance; and both have made ‘…the sun like blood, the earth a tomb,/ The tomb a hell, and hell itself a murkier gloom!’
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Forward.com

SSFU professor Patricia Gruben wins Woman of the Year Award

Recently, Gruben’s interests in experimental narrative led her to conceive of an immersive transmedia experience inspired by the famed 19th century Russian occultist Madame Helena Blavatsky. One part play, The Secret Doctrine, and one part multi-media installation The Veil of Nature...
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The Guardian

101 Strangest on Spotify: Kesarbai Kerkar - Living Music From The Past

Recorded 80 years ago in Mumbai at the Blavatsky Lodge, an esoteric English theosophical society, these songs were originally released by Broadcast, a label owned and run by diamond merchants Jesinglal K Mehta and his brother, Kishorilal.
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independent.ie

Magic, myth and secrecy - WB Yeats and the occult

When the Yeats family moved back to London in 1887, the young poet paid a visit to Madame Helena Blavatsky, the famous occultist and founder of the Theosophical Society which he joined and was later expelled from.
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patheos.com

Evolution of Religions

A colleague drew my attention to this infographic which claims to show the evolution of major religious traditions (click through to see the whole thing):
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independent.co.uk

Invisible ink no 271: Algernon Blackwood

As a sensitive, dreamy youth, he studied the Bhagavad Gita and theosophy, learning spiritual exercises that divorced him from worldly problems.
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blackvoicenews.com

Death Concepts of Culture

Closely related ideas in Theosophy say that at death one enters upon a life of rest, purification, and happiness--complete in proportion to the stage one has reached in evolution and to the deeds one has done in the life just ended.
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chronicle.com

Oxford's Influential Inklings

From Ruskin’s time until the days of the Inklings, a pattern of religious rebellion and rediscovery would repeat itself; one could be a militant skeptic like Huxley relishing the escape from Victorian restraints, or a militant believer like Ronald Knox relishing the escape from modern liberalism, or an initiate in any of the manifold schools of occultism, theosophy, and spiritualism that flourished in Oxford as well.
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Art News

‘Salt Is Ever More Important’: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev on Her Plans for ‘The Most Dispersed Istanbul Biennial in History’

The thought form? That would be a reference to a book of that name by the theosophist Annie Besant. “This book was widely circulating in the early 20th century amongst artists,” Christov-Bakargiev said. “Hilma af Klint had the book, and I believe Kandinsky had the book, and many others. So she’s part of that Spiritualist, pre-abstract art.
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Deccan Herald

It's all in the family

His son, Rama Rao, was one of the earliest graduates of those times and worked as an ‘amildar’ – a coveted government post of those times. He was diametrically opposite to his father in his precepts and practices. He was a rationalist and a member of the theosophy movement.
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Daily Sabah

Mysterious scholar between East and West: Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani

The Catholic nationalists sent by his Russian friend, Madame Helena Blavatsky, the Irish revolutionaries, priests, et cetera would always visit him. The extremely mysterious Madame Blavatsky was the founder of the Theosophy Society, which was a supra-religion organization.
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Independent.ie

WB Yeats: The influencers

George Russell, 1867-1935: Said to have been Yeats's oldest friend, the Armagh-native first met William when they both studied at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin. As well as being a successful writer, editor, critic and poet Russell was also a mysticism writer and devotee of theosophy which would have appealed to Yeats.
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And some critical, false or unjustified News and Articles (more or less) about Theosophy


American Free Press

Religious Freedom Chained: The Homosexual Lobby’s Aggressive Agenda

As to the media of the day is referred in Prophecy to “The Prince of the power of air, the spirit that works in the children of disobedience.” With regards to the Biblical false Prophet “Freemasonry by Theosophy” to Zech 5—the curse of the Flying scroll and the wickedness in an Ephah can be denoted by QEI with the eyes of the theosophist Helena Blavatsky.
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The Guardian

More Human by Steve Hilton review – freemarketeering is now called putting people first

Appalled by the brutalities to which it has given birth, it comes up with a new vision: compassionate capitalism, small is beautiful, the big society, citizen stake-holding, all-in-it-togetherness and so on. When things get really serious, wackier solutions may be on offer: mindfulness, Scientology, off-the-peg Theosophy, packaged Kabbalah, ready-to-serve transcendentalism and outbreaks of touchy-feelyism, most of them fashionable in the California to which Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s former adviser, has now decamped.
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thenews.com

In the guise of artist, immigrant, heretic

The first generation of people who claimed to have been contacted by the UFOs or who’d seen them had a background in Theosophy and spiritualism. There’s a direct link between the 19th century occult and the UFOs.
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Top Secret Writers

UFO Undersea Bases: Some Compelling and Some Plain Stupid

What I am not a fan of are the bogus theories about Atlantis advocated by Ignatius Donnelly in the 19th century. He, alongside folks like Helena Blavatsky, helped popularize the idea of the Atlanteans being a technologically superior group of people.
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The fact of his [the Ego] being reborn at all, shows the preponderance of good over evil in his old personality [...] Hence [because the Law of Retribution is the only law that never errs] all those who have not slipped down into the mire of unredeemable sin and bestiality — go to the Deva Chan.

A.P. Sinnet, K.H., „Devachan-Letter“ (No. 16)

New books

Kirsten van Gelder, Frank Chelsey

A Most Unusual Life: Dora van Gelder Kunz: Clairvoyant, Theosophist, Healer
Born on a sugar plantation in Java at the turn of the 20th century, psychic, alternative healer, and writer Dora van Gelder Kunz was to become one of the most unique and unforgettable women of her age.This biography traces her life from her signs of clairvoyant ability in early childhood through her pioneering development, with Delores Krieger, of Therapeutic Touch; her presidency of the Theosophical Society in America; and, finally, her death at ninety-five.
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David Reigle, Nancy Reigle

Studies in the Wisdom Tradition
The studies assembled here focus on the doctrines of the Wisdom Tradition, attempting to trace them in the extant sources, and thereby to ascertain them more fully and exactly. 1. Theosophy and Buddhism 2. Samkhya and the Wisdom-Religion 3. The First Fundamental Proposition of the Secret Doctrine 4. The Original Sankaracarya 5. God's Arrival in India 6. Tsongkhapa and the Teachings of the Wisdom Tradition 7. The Doctrinal Position of the Wisdom Tradition: Great Madhyamaka 8. Atman/Anatman in Buddhism and Its Implication for the Wisdom Tradition
more, but also for free aviable

J. Glenn Friesen

Neo-Calvinism and Christian Theosophy: Franz von Baader, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Dooyeweerd
The key ideas of Abraham Kuyper’s Neo-Calvinism do not come from Calvin or from Reformed sources. Their source is the Christian theosophy of Franz von Baader (1765-1841). Among the many ideas derived from Baader are the ideas of a Christian worldview, a Christian philosophy, the idea of sphere sovereignty, opposition to the autonomy of thought, a Free University, the importance of an embodied spirituality, ...
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Videos

At Home with Theosophy - Karma: Part 1

Theosophy Masterworks--Voice of the Silence

Jiddu Krishnamurti - Most people Are

President's Blog January 2015

President's Blog February/March 2015

President's Blog March-April 2015

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

Letter to the editor

2015/04/13

From Arni N. via Webform:

Dear Bro Steven,
You are doing a wonderful job, how sad that I missed you when I visited Munich two years ago with my family on a holiday, during that visit we appeared on DW TV please Google -Discover germany Arni and click on video my Berlin. I was frantically searching Rudolph Steiner centres but couldnt locate any as I was city hopping. I am attached to the Blavatsky Lodge of the TS here in Mumbai , the first Lodge set up in India. Keep up your yeoman service to Thesophy.

Arni N., Blavatsky Lodge, Mumbai India


2015/04/18

From Nicholas W. via Webform:

Mr. Otto,
Just discovered your newsletter. It looks like you have a worthy project underway. I also like your recognition that more emphasis on ethics and altruism are needed. My two articles on Ten Golden Keys and Vows may interest you. https://independent.academia.edu/NicholasCWeeks

Fare Thee Well, Nicholas

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