Theosophy News Worldwide 3rd Quarter 2022
Dear friends of Theosophy,
welcome to this belated 35th issue of Theosophy World News, a slightly shorter issue as usual.
You may recall the $64 mill land deal at TS Adyar in Chennai that we reported on in the last issue. A majority (64:36%) answered yes to the question of whether members should also be consulted on such exceptionally important decisions.
And also in this issue we have a very striking decision of TS Adyar again, a -- as far as known -- groundless liquidation of a lodge, read more about it in the Topic of the quarter.
My inquiry about the presumably forced resignation of a National Secretary and Board member (director) of TS Adyar (Foundation) England (we reported in the last issue) remained unanswered.
The headlines within TS Adyar, have for years been of less than pleasant, to put it kindly. It's all the more pleasing that, at least internationally, Theosophy is currently mentioned in the press in a predominantly positive way. In the last quarter Theosophy was mentioned in the New Yorker, in the Financial Times, in Vouge and other magazines online, mostly in connection with art: Read more about it yourself in the section Press about Theosophy. And as always, the other sections of course are also worth a visit.
I would like to make a personal reading recommendation in the matter of practical or true theosophy with an article by Pradeep H. Gohil in the Sept.-Issue of The Indian Theosophist named "A Step Forward".
And now I wish you an informative read and a peaceful autumn.
With kind regards from Germany
Editor of Theosophy World News
Topic of the quarter
Liquidation of the Adamant Lodge Russia by TS Adyar
With the letter from TS Adyar, signed by Tim Boyd, accusing Russian Adamant Lodge of misconduct, the lodge is expelled from TS Aydar effective immediately. You can read the letter here (jpg).
What may seem like an, albeit extraordinary, measure is justified becomes incomprehensible when one reads the Adamant Lodge statement claiming,
The decision of the General Council of the Theosophical Society (Adyar), headed by an American citizen Tim Boyd, to liquidate the Adamant Lodge without providing the documents on the basis of which this decision was made is unprecedented. The leadership of Adyar did not bother to acquaint the Theosophists with either the Protocol of the General Council or any other information, for example, who exactly was present at the General Council and what exactly the Adamant Lodge was accused of, did not bother to request explanations from the Adamant Lodge, on the basis of which a decision would have been made to revoke the status of a Lodge (Charter).
This now had the consequence
that the Russian Lodge "Adamant", as well as other members of the Theosophical Society with diplomas from the TS (Adyar), namely 46 theosophists, announce their official withdrawal from membership of the TS (Adyar), according to their personal statements.
You can read the full statement of the Lodge here. So form your own opinion.
However, if it's true, that such a far-reaching decision is made without giving any concrete reasons, then it seemingly is an injustice, which currently appears as a continuation of the geopolitical problems within the movement of Theosophy. Once again, this would not reflect well on Adyar.
Press outside the movement about Theosophy
It is for the latter [the personalities] to cling to it; and thus partaking of its [Monads] divine nature, obtain immortality.
European School of Theosophy
more information, programm (pdf)
European School of Theosophy
Indo-Pacific Federation of the Theosophical Society
TS Adyar Headquarter
TS Adyar Headquarter
ITC-Board (ULT, TSPL, Adyar)
July 19 – July 23, 2023 online event
News from Theosophical Societies
TS Adyar Netherland published a retrospective magazine "International Gathering of Young Theosophists" (pdf) that took place from 3 to 7 June 2022 at the International Theosophical Centre (ITC) Naarden.
The International Theosophy Conference 2022 (ITC): Theosophy: Discovering the Eternal Sun of Truth took place in July. All the Info about (Videos, Readings. Lectures) can be found here.
Also the 39th European Congress (Europ. Fed. of the TS Adyar and TS Adyar England): Healing Oneself Healing the World took place in August, but no records etc. have been provided yet.
European School of Theosophy (EuST) published some Newsletter, you can read here (Call for Papers - The Theosophical Movement Innovations in Esotericism and Spirituality), here (The Voice of the Silence: A Manual for Mystics) and here (THE THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT INNOVATIONS IN ESOTERICISM AND SPIRITUALITY).
ULT London published a News for Subscription of The Theosophical Movement magazine worldwide.
The (in this quarter 15) digital periodicals 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 TS Adyar England, Theosophy Dehli, ULT Bethesda, Wellington Theosophical Society and TOS USA have active Youtube-Channels.
Also, some new international event have been announced, f.e. ITC 2023, to be found in the events section.
Theosophy has to INCULCATE ETHICS; it has TO PURIFY THE SOUL ... It is not by studying Occultism for selfish ends, for the gratification of one's personal ambition, pride, or vanity, that one can ever reach the true goal: that of HELPING SUFFERING MANKIND.
The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section
publisher, Sept. 2022 (pdf)
TS (Adyar) in Australia
publisher, Sept. 2022 (pdf)
The Aquarian Theosophist
United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)
The TS Adyar Indian Section
The TS Adyar HQ
Articles from Theosophical sites
- Blavatsky on Vaccination
- Blavatsky on Embryology, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Abortion
- Blavatsky in the 1950s (Serge Hutin) Secret Primordial Tradition
- Blavatsky Book Review: Western Esoteric Masters Nicholas Goodrich-Clarke 2004
- Blavatsky and Russian Traditionalism
- Blavatsky and Traditionalism
- Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement in Russia & Ukraine
- Blavatsky and the International Theosophical Conference 2021
- Blavatsky and Leo Tolstoy
Montreal Theosophy Project
Book of Dzyan Blog of David Reigle
- WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE MONEY???
- GOOD NAME OF THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY GETTING MIXED UP
- Theosophical Society Richest Society at Adyar
- Future of Theosophical Society
- ESOTERIC SECTION OF TS SHUT DOWN???
- Rent Give Away to Nadar Trust???
- Bad Times for Theosophical Society
- Who and Why?
- GENEROUS CLEVELAND THEOSOPHICAL LODGE IN USA
- TS Membership List - 1875-1942
- Charitable Bodies Told to Keep All Records
- NADAR SCHOOL AT ADYAR
- TS Case Study: Mohini Mohan Chatterji
- Loopholes Found in Tax Audit of Charitable Societies
- More News from Theos Talk within the Topic of the quarter-Section
- ALAS AND AFTER is now available as a free PDF publication.
- New theory suggests that decisions are made unconsciously, then about half a second later become conscious
- How to study Theosophy – 2
- Can Karma Be Eliminated?
- The Three Objects as a Guide to the Spiritual Path
- The Cosmos Within
- Notable Books 57
- A Meditation on Mindfulness
- The Myths of Materialism
- NOTES FROM THE EDITOR
- Good News from Spain
- More glimpses of the history of Young Theosophists
- Youth & the Adyar School of the Wisdom
- A Case for Mythology
- Notable Books 56
If the ʺspirit,ʺ or the divine portion of the soul, is preëxistent as a distinct being from all eternity, as Origen, Synesius and other Christian fathers and philosophers taught, and if it is the same, and nothing more than the metaphysically‐objective soul, how can it be otherwise than eternal? And what matters it in such a case, whether man leads an animal or a pure life, if, do what he may, he can never lose his individuality? This doctrine is as pernicious in its consequences as that of vicarious atonement. Had the latter dogma, in company with the false idea that we are all immortal, been demonstrated to the world in its true light, humanity would have been bettered by its propagation.