Theosophy News Worldwide 3rd Quarter 2019

This issue was published on 2019-11-08 or 4 years 4 months ago.


Steven Otto

Dear friends of Theosophy,

a sad message arrived me after editorial deadline: Dr. John Algeo, UGA Emeritus Professor of English, died October 13 in Bowling Green, KY, age 88, as Theos Talk and Theosophyfoward reported.

I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Algeo.

For me the finding of the quarter was a beautiful colirized picture of HBP that I never saw before, did you? Have a look here at Flickr. I for myself did also a colorized (idealized) one back in 2017, but the former one is much more authentic.

Within The Press-Review outside the Movement one can find in this issue, as always, many interesting facts, f.e. in this issue, Jlo or Greta Thunberg is linked to Theosophy, and also, many times, Marianne Williamson, who announced her campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.

With the last issue I started the series "Top 10 misbeliefs of theosophical scholars" and I put a poll below the article, so the outcome is: 68% agreed, that Theosophy (by H.P.B.) contradicts with Einsteins Theory of relativity and 32% disagreed. Today, with No.2 of the misbeliefs I deal with a wrong understanding of Karma.

Also within the last issue I asked, whether someone knows about the unreachable It was a redirection-error and is fixed now, you can reach the site through both adresses again, the old one and the new one

And also the following message arrived me : A new volume of Theosophical History Occasional Papers will be devoted to an overview of the Lomaland Community Theosophy exhibit held at the Special Collections Library at San Diego State University. Publication will be in print form only ($30.00), email:

And now I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful autumn. With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

Topic of the quarter

No. 02 of the top 10 misbeliefs of theosophical scholars: Everything what happens to me is my own self-inflicted Karma

I'm totaly aware of quotes from HBP herself, that seems to support this common view, that all what occure to myself is my self-inflicted Karma, which I declare here insolently as a misbelief. So what's above a quote from Original Theosophy? Common sense (as HBP declared by herself) and logic. So I would not need any (contrary) quotes in this case to show, that this is indeed a misbelief (even if there are quotes, which, f.e., understand Devachan also as a compensation for undeserved life-experiences).

Because, if this misbelief would be true, then there wouldn't be any freewill, at least in all activity we do towards other people. F.e., if I make a gift to someone or an insult, whatever, if this -- or what it feels like to that person etc. -- would be only the self-inflicted Karma of this other person I act towards, my own action would be or has to be predetermined in every case. But determination or predestination is the opposite of freewill.

And does it not feel wrong, to say, f.e., to a raped woman or a woman that lost her child, that this is only their own guilt, their own self-inflicted Karma? Of course, someone could counter, that's Karma from previous incarnations, but the woman do not know about this former lives, we know nothing about circumstances of such karma and from that point of view, we would also have to thank the rapist and the murder of the child, as noble messengers of Karma, instead to convict them.

It's worth to think about it, and the crucial implications of this misbelief, that everything what happens to me is deserved and caused by me, without any exception. There is, at least for the common sensed man, no doubt, that we own a freewill, as more free, as more spiritual or virtuous we live and furhtermore, what I try to explain, is not against Theosophy:

Well, then, tell me generally how you describe this law of Karma?: We describe Karma as that Law of readjustment which ever tends to restore disturbed equilibrium in the physical, and broken harmony in the moral world. We say that Karma does not act in this or that particular way always; but that it always does act so as to restore Harmony and preserve the balance of equilibrium, in virtue of which the Universe exists. (HPB, Key to Theosophy, Mysteries of Reincarnation)

Karma errs not, in the end, but it has to balance the consequence of freewill and without the latter, there would be no "Karma" (in the meaning of Disharmony) at all. So, I earn my self-inflicted Karma for every action of mine in this world, equal whether it is physically or mentally done, but not every circumstances that befall me, are deserved or caused by me (or the reincarnating ego), even if it could be so, because life is an interaction among many self-responsible freewills.

What do you think?

Not everything what happend to me is my own self-inflicted Karma


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IIT-Madras@60: 3 Generations of Students Share How It Changed Their Lives Forever
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Remembering Rettamalai Srinivasan, the Lasting Emblem of Dalit Political Aspiration
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Newsletter: The uniquely California rise of Marianne Williamson
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Writing the Future With Utopias
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People with criminal pasts have every right to stand for offi
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Greta Thunberg and the cult of rational thinking
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False Allegations


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Satan, the Radical
Four years later, Theosophical Society founder Helena Petrovna Blavatsky began publishing a different journal called Lucifer. Theosophist thought combined western occultism, Hindu cosmology, and modern science while aligning itself with women’s suffrage, anti-colonialism, and social reform. Blavatsky didn’t call for actual Satan worship. But she did use Lucifer as a symbol of rebellion that went beyond formal politics into territory that might be called spiritual.
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Equating paganism with Hinduism
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Before you support or opt for cremation, think twic
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The Growth of the "Cultic Milieu" and the Spread of Harmful Ideas
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Remembering Jiddu Krishnamurti in his 125th birth anniversary year
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An Occult Art History of the American West
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Awakenings: An Untold Backstory of the Agnes Pelton Renaissance
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The Lost Colony of Sven-Ska: Christina Lillian and the Cathedral City Artists
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A Heartfelt Tribute to the Always Remembered Poet Rogelio Fernandez Güell
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Lost Farm: The Rediscovered Homestead of Agnes Pelton

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Artist Hyman Bloom’s body of work is revered. And the bodies are cadavers
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We Decoded All the Ingenious Art-Historical References in the Horror Movie ‘Midsommar,’ From Hilma af Klint to Judy Chicago
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Bauhaus Now celebrates the messy side of design's 100-year-old upstart
Dwyer’s ‘‘seance’’ channels the ‘‘less rational’’, forgotten Bauhauslers such as Johannes Itten and Lothar Schreyer, who were expelled during the movement’s first phase – its Weimar era – for their interest in theosophy, mysticism and the occult.
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The magical thinking of WB Yeats
Yeats, in another Victorian-like way, filled the gap in his early spiritual life with theosophy and then with a commitment to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
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Wicked! Modern Art's Interest in the Occult
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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

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News from Theosophical Societies

The TS (Adyar) in (North-)America (USA) published some atricles of its quaterly Quest-Magazine for free, see all the current articles here. There is no news-section anymore on its (all new) Website, but on it's YouTube-Channel you can find many lecutres and also the Video Blog of it's president from July and September (TheosoFEST).

TOS (USA) published some information about TOS Work and its Activities

You can see here The Harvest of ITC 2019 in Wheaton. ITC 2020 takes place from 23 – 26 July in Paraíso na Terra, Brasilia, Brazil, see here for more information.

You can find all of the new free periodicals of TS's on the right sidebar in the Magazine-Section.

And may you will have a look to another Adyar-Project, Theosophy.World Ressource Center

The function of Theosophists is to open men's hearts and understandings to charity, justice, and generosity, attributes which belong specifically to the human kingdom and are natural to man when he has developed the qualities of a human being. Theosophy teaches the animal-man to be a human-man; and when people have learnt to think and feel as truly human beings should feel and think, they will act humanely, and works of charity, justice, and generosity will be done spontaneously by all.

H. P. Blavatsky to the American Conventions, letter 1

Theosophical Magazines

TS (Adyar) in Australia

Theosophy in Australia Quarterly
Newsletter/Quarterly of the TS (Adyar) in Australia
publisher, September 2019 (pdf)


The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

Theosophy Downunder
Newsletter of the Theosophical Society (Pasadena) Australasian Section
publisher, September 2019 (pdf)


The Aquarian Theosophist

The Aquarian Theosophist
publisher, September (pdf), August (pdf), ''July (pdf)


United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine
publisher, September (pdf), July (pdf), August (pdf)


The TS Adyar Indian Section

The Indian Theosophist Magazine
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New books

Inner Traditions
A Theology of Love by Richard Smoley (Editor of Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America)

Articles from Theosophical sites

Theosophy Watch

Blavatsky News

Theosophy Forward

Montreal Theosophy Project

Theos Talk


Study of - The Key To Theosophy 28 by N C Krishna

The function of Theosophists is to open men's hearts and understandings to charity, justice, and generosity, attributes which belong specifically to the human kingdom and are natural to man when he has developed the qualities of a human being. Theosophy teaches the animal-man to be a human-man; and when people have learnt to think and feel as truly human beings should feel and think, they will act humanely, and works of charity, justice, and generosity will be done spontaneously by all.

H. P. Blavatsky to the American Conventions, letter 1

Letter to the editor

July 2019

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