Theosophy News Worldwide 2nd Quarter 2022

This issue was published on 2022-07-24 or 1 hour 57 minutes ago.

Editorial

Steven Otto

Dear friends of Theosophy,

this 34th issue includes some strange occurrences: In TS Adyar England there was a (forced?) resignation of a National Secretary accompanied (in the rumor mill) by very serious allegations, read about it the Section with News from Theosophical Societies. Meanwhile in Chennai (TS Adyar HQ) they secretly closed a $64 million land deal under strange conditions and a request for the return of 81 acres of TS-land came in, read more about it in this quarter's topic.

I asked in the last Issue, if someone knows about the standstill on the blog "Theosophy Watch" and thanks to the readers who took the effort to reply: Odin Townley, the author of the blog and member of ULT New York, died last year at age 83. A great loss on this side of the world, also for Theosophy. Albeit very belatedly my condolences to the bereaved families.

Within the international press Theosophy was present again, up to the New York Times: F.e., did you know that Kandinsky prophesies, that science will soon recognize Madame Blavatsky, that the Hermann Hesse was spiritually influenced by Theosophy or the theosophical connection within the lifes of Aldous Huxley (?), Belgian painter Charles Doudelet, the great Belgian–French Explorer Alexandra David-Neel, the Australian historian, author & entertainer Jim Haynes or Maud Gonne MacBride? Read about it in the section with the International press review about Theosophy.

And even if I try very hard to give a helpful overview here every three months, it is, as one reader noted recently in a comment: There are many more theosophical groups out there and I'm aware oft it. I report here about the "organized movement". That means not, that, f.e., the Bailey or Roerich groups are not organized (of which the commentator is a member), but nothing "official" as an organisation (or am I wrong?). And by the way, I would like to link into Facebook-groups, but it's technical not possible, one can only link into personal profiles, if they are public.

So you can read here what the (organized) movement moves, but the whole Theosophical Movement is of course many times bigger with all the independent theosophists and all the spiritual descendants of "original" Theosophy in many different countries and languages, than what I limit myself to here: Regular English-language-news and articles from the traditional (western) theosophical movement (established by Blavatsky and friends) (now populated by dinosaurs, as as the commentator said) and such blogs and press-article about Theosophy available without hurdles and free of charge.

And now I wish you an informative read and a peaceful summer.

With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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Topic of the quarter

$64 million land deal as a solution to financial problems?

On May 31, the Theosophical Society Adyar ... signed a 43-year lease with the Shiv Nadar Trust (Shiv Nadar is an Indian billionaire industrialist) ceding control of Damodar Gardens, a 14-acre plot of land in Besant Nagar, on which the Shiv Nadar Trust will establishing a school, hostel and quarters for teachers and staff. So the two entities signed a Rs 512 crore land deal [USD 64 Mio.] .....The annual rent that TS will charge SNT for the first and second year would be Rs 1.42 crore and Rs 3.42 crore. From the third year onwards, the rent would be Rs 6.83 crore [USD 0,85 Mio.] with an increase of 2.5% per year, as IndiaTimes, TheNewsMinute or Theos Talk (see below) reported.

It's about 4 years ago, that TS Adyar made a similar deal, at that time it was leasing 7 acres land at Damodar Gardens in Besant Nagar to TVS Educational Services to set up an international school, skill development center and a football stadium, as IndiaTimes or this newsletter reported.

In contrast to the deal four years ago, there is a statement from the TS itself about the current deal, see The Theosophist, Vol. 143, No.10, July 2022, page 41, wherein no numbers are given (except for the size of the leased land), but concerns regarding nature are met:

The process leading up to this moment was 2-1/2 years in the making [as an "outsider" and probably also a ordinary member of this TS, this is the first time you hear about it]....

The school will be constructed.... not only be “carbon-neutral” but will actually be “carbon-positive”, creating an environmental benefit by removing carbon dioxide from its environment. No old growth trees will be cut down or damaged during the course of construction, and any trees that are encroaching on built spaces will be moved and planted elsewhere on the grounds.

And the fears that people don't like this deal seem to be coming true. There is a Facebook post about it, reported by Theos Talk, with about 200 comments and they are mostly negative, f.e.

We don't want already mushrooming international schools ......let this stay as it is

Very sad to hear this.. Some one should stop this. Wat's the use of a international school..at that place by destorying all natural sources.

Very bad decision..You are increasing the Chennai temperature.You will destroy the thousands of trees and birds..

And so on. Additional revenue of $0.85 million per year is a lot of money. And as shown, not the only such deal. But there are also those (on Theos Talk), who believe that TS has been taken for a ride with a fixed inflation rate of 2.5%, talking about a "give away" or a "sweat heart deal". 20 years 10% inflation with 2.5% compensation makes it 0.2 million per year (in purchasing power compared to today).

IndiaTimes reported also:

The deed empowers the trust to run Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School and Adyar Theosophical Academy without altering their basic charter. The first is completely free, while the second was established to be non-competitive and free from fear of results. [see comment here (Theos Talk)]

“The Shiv Nadar Foundation aims to establish a world-class K-12 school in Chennai, which will be a progressive, ecologically sensitive school with the highest international standards....” said Shiv Nadar Trust.

Calls for transparency become loud, also the question of whether this is still non-profit. And other details have become known from the contract itself (not verified) and it becomes partly unclear (source also Theos Talk):

  • 1) In the contract, the TS is allegedly referred to as a religious organization, which raises questions, see here, because it is assumed Theosophy is not a religion and TS not a religious organization
  • 2) The school rental agreement is between Theosophical Society an a so far not known Theosophical Education Society, see here and here

So of course many questions arise f.e. here or here.

It will be interesting to see how this story continues. When it comes to real estate, things are likely to remain exciting in Chennai anyway because:

It's about a claim of 81 acres of land at the TS Chennai Estate (purchased by Anny Besant 1908 from the prince of Arcot) because a letter has come in the name of the heirs of the fifth prince of Arcot, asking for the return of the land acquired as a legal purchase: 'We want to get this land back and use it properly.' [so] confusion has arisen among the members and administrators of the TS.

And this is no joke, reported in this Newspaper via Theos Talk.

Is the TS preparing for something bigger, we don't know? Or was it just a favorable opportunity to get some lift from the structural problems of declining revenues due to falling membership numbers, but at the same time constantly rising costs?

What do you think:

 

Should such far-reaching decissons be discussed with the TS-members beforehand?

Choices
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Press outside the movement about Theosophy


THEOSOPHY


TheHindu.com was concerned with Grit and gumption: Annie Besant and the Indian freedom Movement.

TheNewsMinute deals with Chennai Theosophical Society’s 500 cr land deal with Shiv Nadar Trust raises concerns.


ART


Want to Understand Mondrian’s Paintings? Try Dancing to Them is a tip of the New York Times. Mondrian's relationship to Theosophy is also made a topic, described as "Mondrian’s long-term adherence to Theosophy, an occult movement that sought a mystic conception of cosmic harmony, as Mondrian put it, through nature."

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), a famous German-Swiss poet, novelist and painter, was spiritually inspired by theosophy, along with Buddhism and Schopenhauer, as we learn in “Trees: An Anthology of Writings and Paintings:” A Review at patheos.com.

How a Belgian painter Charles Doudelet in Italy "managed to put Rosicrucianism and Theosophy at the center of the artistic stage in Belle Époque Tuscany" is reported by bitterwinter.org.

In a three-part series of articles bitterwinter.org asked also: Was the great Lithuanian painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911) influenced by the ideas of the Theosophical Society, as you can read here in part 1, part 2 and part 3.

The Emerging female artist ELDR states at rte.ie, that her "mother was a spiritual woman and I was bought up believing in occult theosophy" and that she "carry a spiritual worldview with me to this day".

TheReporter.com published an article about Scriabin and mentioned there, that Scriabin's "later works [were] influenced by Theosophy, an occult movement in the late 19th century”.

Kandinsky prophesies that science will soon recognize Madame Blavatsky, Theosophy, and the Spiritualists, as we can read at hyperallergic.com in its article On Kandinsky’s Spiritual Relationship With Music.


MISCELLANEOUS


The Great Belgian–French Explorer Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969) – Traveler, Opera Singer, Monk, Free Spirit "became a devotee of Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society" if we believe explorersweb.com.

On indipendet.com we can read an article about Helene Zalk Pollock, who, with her husband Dr. Joseph Pollock, were famous entertainers of Beverly Hills of the 50s and 60s. She was the daughter of Louis Pollock, who introduced theosophy to Southern California and co-founded the Happy Valley School (now Besant Hill) in Ojai (along with theosophists Aldous Huxley, Dr. Annie Besant, Beatrice Wood, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and others), as indipendet says.

2gb.com paints a portrait of Aussie historian, author & entertainer Jim Haynes, who, until the end of his life, was interested in Theosophy and spiritualism.

Theosophical traces can also be found in the history of East-West Press, a publishing house in India, as the parents of one of the co-founders, William Dallas TenBroeck (1922-2006), were Theosophists, more here on thehindu.com.

TheAmericanConservative.com think about Christian Realism and in the course of this they also talk about Balavtsky, which "blended Western science with Eastern religion to create a scientific spiritualis... Adherents rose to the highest levels of politics (Henry Wallace), the military (Abner Doubleday), literature (Arthur Conan Doyle), music (Gustav Mahler), psychology (William James), and science (Thomas Edison). Even Gandhi was a Theosophist. He famously kept a picture of Blavatsky’s successor, Annie Besant, next to his portrait of Jesus."

hyperallergic.com states that "spiritualist philosophies like Theosophy espoused a connection with this other, deeper world or dimension" in answering the question: Do We Take Vibes for Granted?.

In the article Did the Lost Continent of Lemuria Ever Exist? Sclater, the geologist, probably never imagined that his hypothetical land of the lemurs would be adopted by Helena Blavatsky, a 19th-century Russian occultist and co-founder of the Theosophical Society. Theosophists believe that neither science nor religion have captured the full truth about the origins of Earth and mankind.."

On rte.ie we can read a remeniscence about Maud Gonne MacBride, the "forgotten Widows of the Revolution" and that "they engaged on the ground of theosophy.." after she met 1889 the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, a member of the theosophical society) in London.


FALSE ALLEGATIONS


Those who call HBP a fraud mostly missed or ignore the withdrawal of the SPR charges against her, as cbc.ca do, in it's article Madame Blavatsky: a seeker of truth — and a fraud calling her "the godmother of the New Age movement".

Dazeddigital.com connected the "the internet’s latest spiritual awakening" on TikTok -- which is Atlantis a part of or more concrete, people who believe, that they "are descendants of the sunken city" -- to the far-right conspiracies. The quoted author came to the strange statement of calling Helena Blavatsky a secret society. But this Trend is there, "the hashtag #Atlantis itself has 54.7 million views".

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

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

 

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

Int. Theos. History Conference: The Theosophical Movement Innovations in Esotericism and Spirituality
5 to 7 of October 2022 ITC, Naarden, NL
more information, programm (pdf)

 

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 Headquarter

147th International Convention: Our Responsibility in the Interconnected World
31 December 2022 - 5 January 2023 Adyar, Chennai, India (partly webcasted)
more information

 

Indo-Pacific Federation of the Theosophical Society

15th Indo-Pacific Conference (ONLINE): Finding Joy Amidst Uncertainty
12th - 14th November, 2022 Malaysia
more information

 

TS Adyar

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

 

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News from Theosophical Societies

The TS Adyar England-Case: On April 23, 2022 Ms. B. resigned as National Secretary and Board member (director) of TS Adyar (Foundartion) England, a whistleblower says, she was forced to do so for alleged misappropriation of funds.

At least the resignation is confirmed by online sources with the appointment of Elizabeth Crofts as her successor here on April 23. Also, Ms. B.' page has been deleted from the TS website, but there is a snapshot in the web archive.

But it gets worse and I say clearly, these are unconfirmed RUMORS, the whistleblower goes on to say (correspondingly):

Allegedly, the matter has not been reported to the police or the UK Charity Commission. TS England's funds belong to its members and failure to report to the police may implicate TS itself in a fraud. It is a legal requirement to inform the UK Charity Commission of such incidents, otherwise TS England's charitable status is at risk.

If you believe that, you would have to inform the police and Charity Commission in London. I have reached out to TS-Headquarters with a request for comment. Finally I say: It can be a normal resignation and the rest of the story a hoax, so please assess the situation yourself, I don't believe it without further confirming information. And most importantly, Ms. B. is completely innocent of any wrongdoing in this matter until a court of law finds otherwise.

And now let's move on to the news:

For our German readers: The first time a German translation of the first edition of The Secret Doctrine is available, thanks to the TS Pasadena German Section. You can Download as PDF (or purchase it as print-version) here.

A few days ago International Theosophy Conferences published on it's YoutTube channel the lectures of this year's ITC, have a look.

There was a short statement of the EUST "...However, it does not endorse or support ANY INDIVIDUAL Theosophical Lodge. It does not by any means authorise any Lodge to publicise an event using the words: “With the Support of the European School of Theosophy.” EUST also published the programm (pdf) of the Int. Theos. History Conference in october.

TS Adyar Netherlands Youth Gathering took place in June Treading the Path to Self-Transformation an you can find insights on Theosophy Foward and subsequently also the International Seminar: Exploring the Powers in Humankind but about which no further information can be found, maybe so far.

TSPL Blavatskyhouse published a short news about Working for peace and ULT London about Libraries for Research, Lectures & Children’s Activities

The (in this quarter 17) digital magazines of the various societies, which sometimes also contain news, can be found as always in the magazine section, take a look, it's worth it.

TS (Adyar) in (North-)America published a lot of videos on it's YouTube Channel, see f.e. also the video-section. Also Theosophy Dehli, ULT BethesdaWellington Theosophical Society and TOS USA have active Youtube-Channels.

Also, some new international events have been announced, to be found in the events section.

 

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 Point Loma Blavatskyhouse

Lucifer
Periodical magazine for seekers of truth
publisher, 01 / 2022 (pdf)

 

The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

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

 

TS (Adyar) in Australia

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

 

The Aquarian Theosophist

The Aquarian Theosophist (A Journal in Four Languages)
publisher, June 2022 (pdf), May 2022 (pdf), April 2022 (pdf)

 

United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine
publisher, April 2022 (pdf), May 2022 (pdf), June 2022 (pdf)

 

The TS Adyar Indian Section / Bombay Federation Bulletin

The Indian Theosophist
publisher, May 2022 (pdf), June 2022 (pdf), April 2022 (pdf), Bombay Federation Bulletin – June 2022 (pdf)

 

The TS Adyar HQ

The Theosophist / Adyar Newsletter
publisher, May 2022, June 2022 (pdf) and Adyar Newsletter: March - April - May 2022 (pdf)

 

The TS Pasadena American Section

The Spiral Path
publisher, 010 Summer Solstice 2022 (pdf)

 

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Articles from Theosophical sites


BlavatskyTheosophy.com (ULT London)



Theos Talk



Theosophy Forward



Blavatsky News



Montreal Theosophy Project


Videos

The Angelic Kingdom of Nature | Bill Keidan

TOS Legacy Interview with K. Sivaprasad

Legacy Interview With Kathy Gann

Adepts and the United States

Theosophy - GNOSTICISM

Diagram of Meditation by HPB

ITC2022-EN-02: Examining Theme: Theosophy-Discovering the Eternal Sun of Truth. What does it mean?

ITC2022-EN-03: Truth is Beyond All Teachings

TC2022-EN-01: Opening International Theosophy Conference 2022

ITC2022-EN-06: Living the Truth: Universal Unity

Women and the Theosophical Movement: Pioneers, Visionaries, Leaders | Susanne Hoepfl-Wellenhofer

The Origins of Gnosticism | Richard Smoley

The Timeless Wisdom of the Jains: A Path of Harmony and Harmlessness | Jeffery D. Long, Ph.D.

The Ancient Science of Sound to Heal Body and Mind | Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

Theosophical Classic 2008 | Mystical Body, Man of Light: The Lost Secret of the Cosmic Christ

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

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