Perspectives: ‘Annie Besant’
The glimpse of outer beauty with the illumination of inner beauty is, indeed, a supernatural phenomenon. Annie Besant was the beetle of mental elevation, the dawn of the enlightenment, the song of compassion, a milestone of humanity and philanthropy in the caliginous sky of sub-continent.
Heritage highlights: Hoddle Grid review recommends swathe of new protections
The review recommended heritage protection for the headquarters of the Australian Theosophical Society, a 1920s building that currently has an application for demolition and redevelopment as a hotel. The society purchased the site in the early ‘70s and moved into the refurbished building in 1975.
Yoga and conspiracy theories: When the Nazis and New Age overlap
Many Nazis were influenced by variants of Theosophy, an occult ‘spiritual science’ which emerged in the late 19th century, and which put forward a spiritual theory of evolution, in which humans’ spiritual progress is guided by ‘hidden masters’ via successive races. Theosophy was also popular with progressives, but its racial and authoritarian aspects attracted those on the Right.
Why the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon is going global
Liyanage asserted that QAnon gets a natural foothold in Europe, noting that “thinkers of the New Right, Theosophy and Esoteric Nazism closely resonate with QAnon’s wider belief system.”
Loss of direction
The esoteric cults and schools of mysticism, which lent credence to the wishful historiography, included Theosophy of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-91) brought to India by Annie Besant (1847-1933) and the early writings of Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950).
A Hollywood Filmmaker’s Beguiling and Inspiring Collection
Merhige’s expansive collection contains not just books, but esoterica like an 1888 hand-painted tarot deck bearing the stamp of Madame Blavatsky, who co-founded the Theosophical Society in New York.
Opinion | A brief history of getting high in India
The roots of the 1960s counterculture and rise of new age beliefs are complex but I will trace one thread that connects to India and to Rajput. It begins with Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical movement which claimed to uncover occult truths unifying all religion, philosophy and science
The Transgender Monk: Recalling the Remarkable Lobzang Jivaka
He’d been raised Anglican. But he discovered Gurdjieff, and then Theosophy. And, he from there he had developed an interest in Buddhism.
Khoy to host 6th Int’l Conference of Shams and Rumi
The event which is held annually has been organized by Trusteeship of Shams Mausoleum in Khoy in cooperation with Iran’s Research Center of Theosophy and Philosophy, the Scientific Association of Islamic Mysticism as well as some other research institutes.
Ladakh Buddhist Monk Leads A Campaign for Peaceful Resolution of Border Conflict
"Although India, over the many centuries, is home to nine darshanas or philosophical visions (today's) spiritual leadership is very narrowly focused on ritual than theosophy or philosophy."
“Mordew” and the New Leftist Imaginary
Who killed God and why, as well as who currently is a god and why, are the core questions to the secret of the novel and its system of magical theosophy, which is as Leibnizian and complex as any real magic deserves to be.
The Problem With Redemption for Wagner
For the pioneering sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing, listening to Wagner was a badge of gay identity; for Madame Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophy, his music held mystical meanings; for August Bebel, who helped create Germany’s Social Democratic Party, he was a prophet of socialism.
Buzz & Barbara, Hippies?
While he was a duty-driven Capricorn, loyal and reliable to friends and neighbors alike, Barbara was those, but also sometimes revealed a strongly mystical religious bent, such as having an informal relationship with Theosophy and its prophet Madame Blavatsky.
65 Queer and Feminist Books Coming Your Way in Fall 2020
A queer feminist history of American mystical women, An American Covenant covers the lives of five women: Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans; Cora L. V. Scott, 19th century Spiritualist; Helena Blavatsky, mother of Theosophy;
The PEN Ten: An Interview with Peter Meech
4. What is the last book you read? What are you reading next? The last book I read was Sylvia Cranston’s H.P.B. The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky: Founder of the Theosophical Movement.
The Whitney Reopens With 3 Powerhouse Shows
There is nothing quite like Pelton’s paintings in 20th-century American art. It is not just their much-admired spirituality that distinguishes them — their blend of theosophy, Buddhism, astrology and the occult was not unusual among artists of the moment.
Gurus, Methods, and Teachers: Van Morrison in the 1980s
Beautiful Vision ranks - to my mind at least - as his second greatest album of the decade. In discussing it, we could go on about the influence of the theosophical writings of Alice Bailey, who expanded the Hindu notion of divine rays as the creative forces in the universe.
3 artists explore new horizons of abstract art
"The three female artists who blazed trails in abstract art were inspired by supernatural ideas ― spiritualism for Houghton, theosophy for Klint and naturopathy for Kunz.
Sufjan Stevens: The Ascension
Lyrically, while ‘The Ascension’ is underscored by three esoteric philosophies (theosophy, anthroposophy and Confucianism), as well as his own orthodox Christianity, Stevens’ songwriting is open-ended and carries enough vernacular to appeal to a confused and disenfranchised world at large. It is both insular and outward.
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‘Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist’ Review: Where Mystical Meets Magnificent
Pelton was drawn to the occult, particularly Theosophy and Agni Yoga. As Whitney curator Barbara Haskell said at the press preview, “Pelton doesn’t look to nature, but to a path to spiritual understanding, separate from the world.”
‘Hanging Tree’ Book and Exhibit Celebrate the Genius of Freeman Vines
Freeman Vines is no stranger to that unseen world, with interests ranging from the pagan religion Wicca to 19th-century occultist Madam Helena Blavatsky, founder of Theosophy, an amalgam of Western esoteric beliefs and Eastern religions.