Theosophy News Worldwide 4th Quarter 2015

This issue was published on 2016-01-16 or 4 years 8 months ago.

Editorial

Steven Otto

Dear friends of Theosophy,

let's have a briefly overview what happened durng the last quarter of 2015. Beside the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Theosophical Society on Nov. 17 and other international events, f.e. the Parliament of the World's Religions, there was a terrible natural disaster in Chenai, India (see "Theme of the Quarter" below/, sadly enough currently only one of many disasters on this planet.

Of course many magazines and articles were published and also videos (f.e. of the 140th International Convention at Adyar or on the new Youtube Channel Theosophy Cardiff. As in allmost every issue we also have to deal with false allegations against Theosophy. Our "admirers" are busily trying to drag everything that has to do with Theosophy in the mud. And there are people, that let this false accusation not be unanswered by defending Theosophy, f.e. here, here, here and here, what we have to appreciate, because they do this in accordance with H.P.B. She answered to the questions, how can someone help the Society:

Fourthly, by defending the Society from the unjust aspersions cast upon it, by every legitimate device in their power. ("The Key to Theosophy" by H. P. Blavatsky, Section 12)

Outside the Movement I think the retrospective of the theosophical inspired painter Lawren Harris (1885-1970, a national icon in Canada, also a former member of the Theosophical Society Toronto) was the big issue. The well known actor Steve Martin was the guest curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as part of the the exhibitin that's named: "The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris". It's taking place until Jan 24. Some Newspapers reported, f.e. the LA Times, more about in the section of non-theosophical sites.

And much more happened, so, I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful winter (since yesterday we've the first snow here in bavaria).

With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

Topic of the quarter

Flood in Chennai, India

The Chennai region was hit in December by a storm of the worst degree. In one night it rained, as elsewhere throughout the whole monsoon month of December. Almost 300 people died:

Information about the Flood:

Donations:

Still a month later there is more than enough to rebuild. And there was also a call for help for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal, see the Dec.-Issue of Theosophy Downunder, p. 18.

Upcoming events

Indo-Pacific Federation

The 14th Triennial Conference of the Indo-Pacific Federation
Friday 14 to Wednesday 19 October 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand
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ITC Inc.

International Theosophy Conference (ITC) 2016
August 11 to August 14, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California, USA
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TS Adyar

International gathering of Young Theosophists
February 5 - 10, 2016 The search for Truth and Theosophy Today, Theosophical Institute of Brasilia
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The TS (Adyar) Australasian Section

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


TS Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse The Hague

International public lectures in The Hague - Jan till May 2016

From January until May 2016 on every second Sunday of the month a series of public lectures in English will be started in the Blavatsky House in The Hague, The Netherlands.
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Northwest Branch of The TS (Pasadena) Washington

The monthly Newsletter Northwest Branch of The TS (Pasadena) Washington

Oktober, November, December

 


TS (Adyar) in America

News TS (Adyar) in America

Videos from the 140th International Convention Adyar watch on Youtube, The Passing of Yoy Mills and an update of the Flood in Chennai read more The Presidents Diary Oct./Nov. 2015 and Nov./Dez. 2015

 


TS (Adyar) India

News TS (Adyar) India

The TS in Bolivia, with 113 members and 11 Lodges, became a Section this year after functioning as a Presidential Agency for 50 years read more, Exhibition in Adyar Museum: The Theosophical Influence on the paintings of Mrs Florence Fuller read more, Adyar Renovation Project: Future of the Adyar Estate read more, Rains hit Chennai worst in100 years: Donations for flood relief in Adyar, Chennai, India read more

 


Singapore Lodge TS (Adyar)

Newsletter Singapore Lodge TS (Adyar)

October Issue, November Issue, December Issue

 


TOS

News of TOS

December Issue of the TOS-Newsletter read more, Joy Mills, former international vice president of the Theosophical Society made her transition on the morning of December 29, 2015. Click here to enjoy a memoir video of Joy watch on youtube, Find Us on Facebook! TOS International has a Facebook Page! read more, Flood Efforst Are Underway at Adyar: Historic amounts of rain have produced disastrous flooding in Chennai, India, including flooding at Adyar, international headquarters of the Theosophical Society. read more

 


TOS USA

News of TOS USA

Flood Relief Efforts Underway at Adyar, War and the Soul , TOS Annual Appeal Letter

 


The TS (Adyar) in Australia

News TS (Adyar) in Australia

The Adyar Library Bulletin: Index of Brahmavidya read more

 


TS (Adyar) in New Zealand

News TS (Adyar) in New Zealand

Science Consciousness and The Ancient Wisdom read more

 


International Theosophy Conferences, Inc (ITC)

Newsletter Winter-Edition 2015

Some News from ITC read more

 


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


FOTA

Newsletter of the Friends of the Theosophical Archives (Fota)

The featured article in this issue is the *Last Will of Annie Besant *commented by John Patrick Deveney. The article *HPB’s Memorabilia* discusses a photograph of HPB’s room; Kevin Tingay talks about *Theosophy and the Education of Children*; David and Nancy Reigle write about *Boris de...
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Daves's Theosophy News Board


Daves's Theosophy News Board

Tim Boyd Won’t Investigate

Allegations of sexual abuse of young girls by an Adyar Theosophical Society Official But despite the evidence, International President, Tim Boyd Won’t Investigate
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Daves's Theosophy News Board

A KICK IN THE TEETH for the Adyar Workers While Tim Boyd looks on

Below is a draft copy of a letter of October 5th 2015 sent by former Adyar Theosophical Society member and official, Mr S Ramu to the current International President, Tim Boyd outlining the disgraceful treatment of workers on the Adyar Estate, and urging him to take action.
read more

 


Daves's Theosophy News Board

CAMP BOYD

Treatment of workers on the Adyar Estate has always been notoriously poor but things have clearly got much worse since Tim Boyd took over as International President.
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Daves's Theosophy News Board

CAMP BOYD CONDITIONS

Oppressive employment terms and conditions at the Adyar Theosophical Labour Camp
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK


Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Greatest Doctrine of Esoteric Philosophy: Nirmanakaya - The Bodhisattvic Body

Nirmanakayas, FROM THE WRITINGS OF H.P. BLAVATSKY
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Is Theosophy a Religion?

EXCERPTS FROM THE ARTICLE BY H.P. BLAVATSKY
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Friends or Enemies in the Future?

FROM THE ARTICLE “FRIENDS OR ENEMIES IN THE FUTURE” By William Q. Judge
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Is Theosophy Racist about Africans?

Is Theosophy racist? Do the writings of H.P. Blavatsky truly contain racially prejudiced and insulting statements about Africans and other black people?
read more

 


Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Understanding The Importance of Mr. Judge

It would require a greater knowledge and more skill than the writer possesses, to portray truly the nature of the one who lived among us under the name of William Q. Judge.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

“Satan is the only God” – Did Blavatsky really say that?

The fundamentalist Christian website www.jesus-is-savior.com contains a particularly misleading, fallacious, and deliberately dishonest critique of H.P. Blavatsky, Theosophy, and the Theosophical Movement.
read more

 


Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Study, Thinking and Using the Mind

It is increasingly popular amongst today’s spiritual seekers to attempt to demonise the very fact and act of thought and thinking
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

From Theosophical Society to Bizarre Quasi-Catholic Anti-Blavatsky Cult?

The title of this article is certainly strongly worded and graphic. Those who will attentively read through to the end, however, will see that it is entirely warranted and necessarily honestly descriptive of the utter tragedy and disgraceful travesty that occurred within the Theosophical Movement in the first several decades of the 20th century.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

Answers, Ideas, Suggestions

The following are from a number of answers and replies sent to visitors to this website who had various questions and comments relating to Theosophy and the Theosophical perspective on different subjects.
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Blavatsky Theosophy UK

The Esoteric Explanation of Fossils

We have all seen fossils. Some of us have found them for ourselves and it is not particularly uncommon to do so.
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Theosophy Watch


Theosophy Watch

A New Year’s Lesson: How the Ancients Achieved their Gnosis, or True Spiritual Insights

ONE of the best ways to describe what Theosophy is, as arts reporter Ali Snow said recently on a Utah Public Radio show, “is to think of it as a kind of fusion of religion and science.
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Theosophy Watch

Sacred Symbols of Initiation, and the Solstice

MANY witnesses believe that crop circle formations are a modern spiritual mythology, embedding symbol-encoded occult messages.
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Theosophy Watch

Season of the Sun: Our Cosmic Mother

WHAT is the winter solstice, and why do so many people around the world bother to celebrate it, as they do every year at this time?
read more

 


Theosophy Watch

“Our Birth is But a Sleep and a Forgetting”

WHEN our thick brains get all heated up worrying about life’s complexities, that’s often the best time to kick off our shoes, and give it a rest.
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Theosophy Watch

A Child’s Past Life Recall: Evidence of Reincarnation

REINCARNATION is “one of the most important issues faced by philosophy, religion and science that have very significant implications to the understanding of human life,” says the website Reincarnation-Research.
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Theosophy Watch

Bearers of Truth Across the Ages: Theosophy and The Masters

THE most intelligent being in the universe, man, has never been without a friend, (wrote W. Q. Judge), “but has a line of elder brothers who continually watch over the progress of the less progressed.”
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Theosophy Watch

The Monkey Trap: Voidness of the Seeming Full

MORE than five-thousand years ago, Chinese doctors described hundreds of invisible energy meridians throughout the human body.
read more

 


Theosophy Watch

Synesthesia and Layers of the Brain

THIS is the incredible story of Daniel Tammet. A thirty-something with extraordinary mental abili
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Theosophy Watch

Instant Karma and the Revolutionary Case of Bridey Murphy

THEOSOPHY students of a certain agebridey_murphy_moviemight remember the famous and mysterious 1950’s reincarnation case of “Bridey Murphy.”
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Theosophy Watch

Buddha: I Laugh and am Glad, for there is Liberty

BUDDHA never had any intention of establishing a religion 2500 years ago, at least not our sectarian kind.
read more

 


Theosophy Watch

Astral Senses: How a Blind Man Sees

MANY of us are so preoccupied with future expectations, things like New Year’s resolutions, we often fail to see what’s right in front of us
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Theosophy Watch

Forgiveness, and the Freedom of Letting Go

BUDDHA said: All that ox_cart_riding1we are is the result of what we have thought: all that we are is founded on our thoughts and formed of our thoughts.
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Theosophy Watch

Fohat: Electric Plasma Currents Pervade Space

FOHAT is a term and concept which appears throughout “The Secret Doctrine” by H.P. Blavatsky – and especially in the first volume titled “Cosmogenesis.”
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Theosophy Forward


Theosophy Forward

Editorial: The Elephants are Here!

This issue of Theosophy Forward is stacked with many articles of interest and especially the category GOOD NEWS has a great number of entries this time, go there and have a look around.
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Theosophy Forward

Mini-Interviews

Michiel Haas, Colyn Boyce, Raphael Langerhorst , Linda Watts, Nano Leguay, Nathanya Wouden, Jan Maarten Braak,

 

 

 


Theosophy Forward

The Way Forward For Humanity

The term “brotherhood’ is often tripped off the tongue by Theosophists. “Brotherhood” is easy to talk about but – easy to say and so very hard to put into practice.
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Theosophy Forward

The Courage of Commitment

Custom and habit may lead us into patterns of thought and action which, by their very repetition, seem to be lacking in freshness and spontaneity.
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Theosophy Forward

Einar Adalsteinsson – A Tribute

We remember Einar Adalsteinsson, June 19, 1941 – July 9, 1998
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Theosophy Forward

Articles of Einar Adalsteinsson

Loving Kindness in Practice, Mystic Unification of Mind and Action, The Mystical Approach

 

 

 


Theosophy Forward

Theosophy and Architecture: K. P. C. de Bazel’s Dutch Trading Company Building in Amsterdam (Reprint from January 2011)

The building of the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij (Dutch Trade Company) (1919-1926) is a long-time favourite of mine. When I started my PhD research on Theosophy and Art in the Netherlands in 1987, I came across this building in the literature on Karel de Bazel (1869-1923, a Theosophical architect and designer whose most famous work is the subject of this article)
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Theosophy Forward

Theosophy and the Arts, Texts and Contexts of Modern Enchantment

It is well known among students of Theosophy that renowned visual artists, poets, writers, composers, creative people of all sorts have made no secret of their interest in Theosophy.
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Theosophy Forward

Good News

from Adyar, 2014 – 2015 Accomplishments, from the School of the Wisdom, from the TS-Point Loma – Blavatskyhouse, from the International Theosophical Centre in Naarden, the Netherlands 1 , from the International Theosophical Centre in Naarden, the Netherlands 2 , from Brazil , Good News from International Theosophy Conferences Inc., from England , from New Zealand , from Reincarnation Research , from the TOS-Golden Link College , from Krotona , from Olcott in Wheaton , about an extraordinary Webinar, from Adyar cows and bulls

 


Book of Dzyan Research


The Book of Dzyan

Anthropogenesis in the Stanzas of Dzyan Webinar

An online webinar on the anthropogenesis stanzas from the Book of Dzyan found in The Secret Doctrine, vol. 2, will be starting on Jan. 11, 2016...
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The Book of Dzyan

Boris de Zirkoff’s edition of The Voice of the Silence

The Voice of the Silence is said by H. P. Blavatsky to be chosen fragments translated by her from the “Book of the Golden Precepts.”...
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Theosophical Magazines

TS Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse The Hague

Lucifer No. 2/2015
publisher, No.2/2015 (pdf)

 

The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

Theosophy Downunder
Newsletter of the Theosophical Society (Pasadena) Australasian Section, No: 117 December 2015
publisher, December (pdf)

 

The TS Adyar Indian Section

The Indian Theosophist Magazine – October to December 2015
publisher, October/November (pdf), December (pdf)

 

United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

The Theosophical Movement Magazine Issue October to December 2015
publisher, October (pdf), November (pdf), December (pdf)

 

TheAquarianTheosophist.com

The Aquarian Theosophist, October to December 2015
publisher, October (pdf), November (pdf), December (pdf)

 

Press outside the movement about Theosophy

Some News and Articles more or less about Theosophy


Nehandaradio.com

Responding to Lies about Blavatsky

Of all the lies and misrepresentations which abound regarding Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, one of the worst is the ridiculous insinuation that she was a racist and that after her death her writings and theories strongly influenced Adolf Hitler and Nazism.
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Nehandaradio.com

No Mr Chikosi, you are wrong!

I am responding to the first part of your article “Beware of esoteric New Age mumbo jumbo”, where inferences are made at the person of Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical philosophy in general.
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Business-standard.com

Umadevi - Polish theosophist who made India her home, icon for tolerance

Screened at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival, a documentary on the life and works of Wanda Dynowska, the Polish theosophist who made India her home, has lifted the veil of obscurity shrouding the social activist's contribution to fostering unity amid the debate over intolerance in India.
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DailyO

Modern India owes a lot to Annie Besant

The Theosophists were one of the first and most influential spiritual groups to arise in the West that sought their inspiration from India.
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LA Times

Steve Martin-curated Lawren Harris exhibition shines light on landscapes physical and metaphorical

Painter Lawren Harris (1885-1970) is a national icon in Canada, but not widely known outside his home country. At the UCLA Hammer Museum, a modest show of “greatest hits” from the dozen years when his wilderness landscape theme matured — and before he abandoned it for total abstraction — seeks to widen his appreciation in the United States.
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Torontoist.com

Historicist: Lawren Harris Transcends

Born in Brantford in 1885, to the family who owned the Harris agricultural equipment empire, Lawren Harris first came to Toronto to study at St. Andrew’s College. When he enrolled at University of Toronto, his mathematics professor persuaded him to focus on painting.
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TheStar.com

Why we all brushed up on our Lawren Harris

Fresh air and lifelong beliefs in theosophy and mysticism were just the things Harris needed, and gradually he regained his strength.
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brantfordexpositor.ca

BRANT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES: Harris exhibit gives 'sense of the man'

While studying in Germany, Harris became interested in theosophy, a mystical branch of religious philosophy that would inform his later paintings.
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TheGuardian.com

Piet Mondrian: The Studios edited by Cees W de Jong review – Mondrian’s modernist meccas

In Laren his studios were mostly wooden huts. One was so damp that his colours could not dry properly. But he resumed his interest in theosophy. He had first joined Amsterdam’s Theosophical Society in 1909.
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business-standard.com

Remembering the life and times of Annie Besant

Irish-born freedom fighter Annie Besant remains a key figure in history as a friend of India. A staunch critic of British rule, as well as the Church, Besant was the first woman chairperson of Indian National Congress.
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reason.com

Ben Carson Isn't the First Politician to Have Odd Ideas About Pyramids

A devotee of Theosophy and other building blocks of New Age thought, Wallace was the man who persuaded the president to add the eye-in-the-pyramid symbol to the country's currency, thus giving ammo to everyone out there who thinks the Illuminati control the money supply.
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TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com

New Orleans-area religion bulletins for Oct. 31-Nov. 7

East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Scott Ramsey of The Theosophical Society in New Orleans leads a discussion on theosophy and self-transformation. Monthly discussions are held in the A/V conference room on the second floor of the library.
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TheHindu.com

A ‘sheltered’ beginning…

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India. Nehru learnt his basics through tutors at home. His interest in Science and Theosophy was nurtured by a tutor called Ferdinand T Brooks.
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Island.lk

Anagarika Dharmapala's First Visit to Japan

The founders of the T.S., Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olcott, had established contact with Sinhala Buddhist leaders from their New York headquarters, even before they set sail for India in late 1878.
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catchnews.com

Has Modi found a Buddhist Vivekananda in Anagarika Dharmapala?

At an early age, even as he was educated in Christian institutions, he found himself drawn towards Buddhism. This affinity to Buddhism was eventually cemented when Colonel Olcott and Madam Blavatsky, two of the founders of the Theosophical society in Britain began visiting Ceylon and declared themselves Buddhists.
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And some critical, false or unjustified News and Articles about Theosophy


Nehandaradio.com

Blavatsky secret doctrine laid the occult foundation for Nazi racism

Madame Blavatsky, founder of modern Theosophy was a worshipper of satan. That is very clear from her writings. She believed that “Satan is the god of our planet, and the only god.” She also thought that Lucifer is the Holy Ghost and satan “at one and the same time.”
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WestWord.com

Maurice Doreal and His Brotherhood of the White Temple Awaited the Apocalypse in Colorado

Doreal’s writings about the Great White Lodge and the Ascended Masters will seem curiously similar, if not an outright rip-off. Theosophy was a common launching pad for the multitude of seers, clairvoyants, mediums, “white mahatmas,” yogis, gurus and swamis who advertised in newspapers and magazines across America in the early 1900s.
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DailyMail.co.uk

Heavens above! Lavish mansion built by devout sect to be 'Jesus' home after the second coming' goes on sale for $10MILLION

The house was built in 1928 by the Griscom family, a group of devout Theosophists, who reportedly hoped that when Jesus returned to Earth, he would rule from the Bronx mansion.
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noisey.vice.com

The Sound of Doomsday in America: How a Cult Leader Made a Cherished Tape Freak Classic

In 1875, a Russian immigrant in New York City named Helena Blavatsky formed the Theosophical Society with her friends. Blavatsky claimed to communicate with a host of spirits, including Jesus.
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newswithviews.com

"THE PLAN" PROCEEDS ON SCHEDULE

A few years after Auguste Comte's secular humanist principles were published, Madame Helena Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society on October 10, 1875. It was Luciferian, and Blavatsky...
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newswithviews.com

BABYLON: ALIEN DNA AND THE NEW MASTER RACE

Madame Blavatsky, the occult teacher whose disciple Alice Bailey set up Lucifer Publishing on the grounds of the UN and trained world leaders in the ways of the occult, commented upon “the Giants of Old” and the advanced science and technology they used in her book, The Secret Doctrine....
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newswithviews.com

BILDERBERG, BABYLON AND AGENDA 21

the spiritual agenda of the UN, you discover they are Satanic. The UN and the globalists are following “The Plan” outlined by the Russian occult teacher Madame Blavatsky, who wrote “Lucifer is the divine and terrestrial light, ‘The Holy Ghost’ and ‘Satan’ ...
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countercurrents.org

Book Review And Commentary:"The Past As Present" By Romila Thapar

Author counterpoises theory of Aryan migration spreading into North west as against Theosophist theory propagated in India by Madame Helena Blavatsky that not only Aryans are indigenous but also were the fountainheads of world civilization and all human achievements have travelled from India!
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atlasobscura.com

The Teen Girls Who Talked to the Dead

An illustration from the 1897 book Hours with the Ghosts, or, Nineteenth Century Witchcraft: Illustrated Investigations into the Phenomena of Spiritualism and Theosophy, showing scientists investigating the claims of a spirit medium.
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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

Helen Heines

Theosophy Coloring Book: Meditational Spiritual Coloring Book, Mandala Patterns for Adults
A beautiful book with many interesting pages. If you use gel pens and colored pencils it will work out great.
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Videos

Secret Teachings: Theosophy - Helena Blavatsky

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

2015/10/11

Via e-mail from Nancy

Dear Steven,
Thank you for your very impressive and comprehensive publication. This is wonderful. I will forward it to friends as you suggest and advertise it.
Best wishes,
Nancy


2015/10/11

Via e-mail from Sampsa

Thank you again very much, Steven! A useful collection of news!
Smpsa

 


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