Theosophy News Worldwide 4th Quarter 2018

This issue was published on 2019-02-02 or 5 years 3 months ago.


Steven Otto

Dear friends of Theosophy,

five years ago I've started this Newsletter and this is the 20th Issue, a bit late and a shorter one, in fact, but - here it is.

The biggest impact (as far as I know) in the matter of Theosophy within last quarter outside the Movement had the news coverage of the current exhibition of the Theosophy-inspirated Hilma af Klint's works at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through April 23 in many major newspaper, f.e. The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes etc. At least 20 stories are linked below in the Section Pressreview about Theosophy outside the Movement and in all of it Theosophy and or Blavatsky was mentioned.

But also within the Movement Theosophists were busy to spread Theosophy, as you can read below, especially within the Section Articles from Theosophical Sites.

Within the last two issues I mentioned a download-link to and a file, that included all the major works and the Collected Writings of H.P.B. for free. So now, the link doesn't work anymore, instead you can read there: "This item is no longer available. Items may be taken down for various reasons, including by decision of the uploader or due to a violation of our Terms of Use.", just want let you know that.

If you want to purchase H.P. Blavatsky Collected Writings in Print, you can do this at QuestBooks Webshop. Reading for free you can the Collected Writings Online at If you want to read it for free, but offline, you could download the whole website with a tool named Website Downloader HTTRACK that can handle such tasks.

Thank you also for your kind feedback. And now I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful winter. With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

Press outside the movement about Theosophy


The Irish Times named Annie Besant as the first woman to endorse birth control. wrotes about the pioneering activities propounded by Col.Olcott & Madam Blavatsky in Ceylon.

India Today reported that Google Doodle celebrates Children's Day on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday: Facts on India's first PM and the first prime minister of independent India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's had also a Theosophy-Connection.

In The Telegraph India Blavatsky plays a role in the article Modern Hinduism: Searching for the self.


A book-review of Modern South India: A History from the 17th Century to Our Times by Rajmohan Gandhi in The Hindu mentioned Theosophy.

The Washington Post wrotes about the thoesophy inspirated artist Hilma af Klint and the exhibition of her works at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through April 23. (Paywall) but also readable at, artnet News, Observer, ArtLyst, Art Newspaper, Forbes, Financial Times, Commonweal, Gothamist, New York Times, City Guide NY, Hyperallergic, Artsy, Arte Fuse and Brooklyn Rail or The New Yorker and always Theosophy and or Balavatsky was mentioned.

The Irish Times published two articles, the Novellist Charlotte Despard and Poet, mystic, trade unionist and suffragist Eva Gore-Booth, both more or less Theosophy-inspirated.

The Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio was also theosophy-inspirated, if we believe Linfield College Professor Sonia Ticas at

In Ann McCoy with Aaron Rosen we get to know, that the Artist Ann McCoy is also theosophy-inspirated, read at


The Guardian introduce Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca (USA) that has also a theosophical history.

The article The art of loving in tragedy in narrate the story of Austrian-born Gertrude Hirsch who also is theosophy-related. publishes an article about the "utopian community" of Katherine Tingley in Point Loma or at least, where this plays a little role.

Odia Son received the Fellowship in Theosophical Studies as reported.

A story from the Spectator about Hermann Hesse mentioned Theosophy.

The Times (UK) explain why "the tech elite in America are paying up to $40,000 a year to send their children to Waldorf-schools that enforce a back-to-basics approach". In this article also Theosophy is mentioned, because this "screen-free education... has a new-age twist".

A short biographie on about the Wondrous Alexandra David-Neel mentined H. P. Blavatsky.

On you can read some Gandhi-Quotes also the famous one about the Key to Theosophy by H. P. Balavstky.

In the article Why Henry David Thoreau was drawn to yoga at Blavatsky is mentioned as thinker, that was influenced by Yoga.

Blavatsky plays also an important role in the strange story One Month After the Titanic Sank at

False Allegations

Now also The Jewish Voice spreads the lies about Theosophy one can find in Mr. Kurlander's book "Hitlers Monsters" (we reported on one of our last issue). has some strange thoughts about Theosophy and Suffragettes, Gnostics, and the Divine Feminine

The Curch Times illuminates the Anglo-Catholic involvement in the occult and maybe also the roots of C.W. Leadbeaters "Theospohy".

An article full of hate about the Akashic Records one can read in

In Mercatornet once again The rise of Wicca is connected also with Theosophy, named in one sentence with Aleister Crowley, so you an imagine the quality of the article.

The Jewish Press asked Who’s Responsible For The Measles Outbreak? and has also an anwser: "bizarre New Age beliefs and affiliations, which include Taoism, Reiki, Buddhism, the Sun Salute in Yoga, arm-flapping alternative kinesiology, Theosophy, and Christian Lemoges." [?] bother to attest the Far Right "Magical Thinking" and also Balavtsky is mentioned there.

The “Wisdom religion” is the inheritance of all the nations, the world over.

HPB, SD:1:xviii (Itroductory)

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News from Theosophical Societies

The 4th edition of the "Theosophical Notes" quarterly newsletter from ULT was published. You can red it here (pdf)

Summary of the European School of Theosophy 2018, in Italy, Fotos on Instagram and Videos:, What do you think about the work of the European School of Theosophy? Danse Macabre (voix & orchestre) de Camille Saint-Saëns Greetings to the EuST 2018 Theosophical History Conferences and European School of Theosophy Leslie Price.

TS Adyar (Norh-)America published two new videos in Presidents Blog Diary by Barabra Herbert see here.

Tim Boyd, president of TS Adyar Chennai pubblished a video named International President's Update Sept/Oct 2018 and from the 143rd International Convention there are a lot of photos and videos you can watch.

TOS Int. published the News Au revoir, Carolyn! and TOS (USA) the News How Not to Die: Book Giveaway .

TS Point Loma (TSPL) published Videos of the study of Martin Leiderman on the Stanzas of Dzyan.

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To be true, religion and philosophy must offer the solution of every problem. That the world is in such a bad condition morally is a conclusive evidence that none of its religions and philosophies--those of the civilized races less than any other--have ever possessed the TRUTH. The right and logical explanations on the subject of the problems of the great dual principles, right and wrong, good and evil, liberty and despotism, pain and pleasure, egotism and altruism, are as impossible to them now as they were 1880 years ago. They are as far from the solution as they ever were, but. . . . "To these there must be somewhere a consistent solution, and if our doctrines will show their competence to offer it, then the world will be the first one to confess, that ours must be the true philosophy, the true religion, the true light, which gives truth and nothing but the TRUTH. . . .

From the article "The Theosophical Society: Its Mission and Its Future" by H. P. Blavatsky, published in Lucifer, August 1888 and especially this paragraph HPB has quoted from the so-called "Maha Cohan Letter".

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Articles from Theosophical sites

Theosophy Watch

Blavatsky News

Theosophy Forward

Montreal Theosophy Project

Book of Dzyan Research

Theos Talk

Nevertheless, personal immortality is conditional...

H. P. Blavatsky, Secret Doctrine Vol. III, p. 510, On Exoteric "Blinds" and "The Death of the Soul"

Letter to the editor

Oct 2018

Ana H.

Thank you so much for this important work for all theosophist

Ana H.

Oct 2018

Carlos C. A. via Mail

Dear Steve,

Thank you. Excellent. Shared in various places.


Oct 2018

Eric via Mail

Dear Steven,

Just got you new "Theosophy World News" from FB site, nice work! What immediately stood out was the personal pronoun "I" just published... I (we) hope you get some help in future!

Anyway, I just retired from my mundane profession and will be pursuing my Kundalini Laser hypothesis as rudimentarily outlined here. I just applied to membership at ITC and may go to this Summer's convention in the US (if we still exist and idiot president hasn't had a global tantrum). I chose "Idea for Project" because it easily translates... and I would like to follow up on my research by working with a hyperbaric chamber; that was what the Great Pyramid was was made for!

Thanks and Good Luck!

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