Theosophy News Worldwide 4th Quarter 2022
Dear friends of Theosophy,
a new year -- or starting a new cycle on our impressive way around the sun -- has begun, but with this 36th issue of Theosophy World News we take a look back at all that happened in the matter of Theosophy in the last quarter of 2022.
First, many international events took place, f.e. European School of Theosophy's International Theos. History Conference and European School of Theosophy 2022 in October, but I did not find videos about it yet, also the 15th Indo-Pacific Conference and the VI International Theosophical Congress in Russia, all Adyar-related. Find the future events in the events section.
Secondly, I have been told from various sides the presumed reasons (officially no exact reasons have been given) for the liquidation of the Adamant Lodge Russia by TS Adyar, we reported in the last issue. Adyar was probably forced to separate, because the members of the lodge openly and actively declared their support for the course of their president. Please forgive me for formulating this in such a neutral way. There are some things I don't want to have anything to do with and politics in a broader sense is one of them.
And what else? Well, that you can read in this issue. In the Topic of the Quarter we deal again with the topic of the $64 million land deal of TS Adyar Chennai, because believe it or not, the leasing contract has been completely leaked to the (digital) public.
In the press outside the Movement, Theosophy has been in the last quarter mainly under the sign of Hilma af Klint, besides (f.e.) Shambala, Eddy Brothers' farm and Atlantis. Now, that this also Theosophy-inspired artist is in her rightful place in history, as the founder of abstract art, for which this history had to be rewritten a few years ago (better late than never), the wave of enthusiasm continues, recently f.e. in the Guardian. There is an exhibition at Tate Modern in London from April, NFTs (digital art objects in the context of the blockchain hype) and a biography were published, she makes her debut in the Metaverse (Mark Zuckerberg's idea of the future of the digital world) and her works embellish London's Regent's Park in digital form (augmented reality).
And of course there are again interesting news, from the theosophical societies: there is an interesting cooperation with Anthroposophists and Rosicrucians, a special peace edition from the magazine Lucifer and beside other news, finally the videos of the 39th European Congress Adyar are online. And also again numerous published theosophical magazines, and articles in theosophical blogs, which all are created with a lot of love. The social media and video section is unfortunately omitted due to time constraints.
Not least I would like to draw your attention to a new independent theosophical website from a long time member of TS Pasadena: https://www.theosophicalvisions.com and to a new publication in the Occasional Papers Series (No. XV)., read f.e. in theosophyforward.com. As James A. Santucci, Ph.D. told me:
The publication came out in September 2023 and is available only in print form. Originally it was intended to serve as a catalogue for an exhibit held between September 15, 2016 and March 2020, but since then it was expanded to include a more complete picture of the Point Loma Theosophical community from 1897 to 1942. This is the most extensive review of all the activities of LOMALAND currently in print.
You can purchase it or get more information about it via email@example.com.
If you don't already receive this great time saver by email, check in now. And now I wish you an informative read and a peaceful winter (or summer, as the case may be).
With kind regards from Germany
Editor of Theosophy World News
Topic of the quarter
Leasing contract between TS Adyar and Shiv Nadar Trust uncovered
Tim Boyd, President of TS Adyar, briefly addressed the leasing deal with Shiv Nadar Trust at the 147th Adyar Convention, specifically at its opening, see the video excerpt here, he said among other things: that the deal is a
"financial benefit for the TS for many years to come,... first thing that had to be known ... the place [Damodar garden] is dedicated to harmlessness, vegetarian diet ... will be a requirement from our site... respect for the environment, ecologically is a requirement ... respect for the lifeforms that are here is a requirement, dissecting of animals is an impossibility, so these were basic things before we even starting to talk ... [and this] is what this school [Shiv Nadar Trust] met and going beyond in the sense that ecologically speaking its going to be a school that is not only will be carbon neutral ... any tree that is there, any older grown tree will minimally be moved to a new place or will be build around ... we not loosing any of that."
All these are things, we knew already since summer [theosophy.news reported within the Q2.22-issue] either from the TS (via The Theosophist, July 2022, page 41) or from the Shiv Nadar Foundation itself (via Indian Times), except, that in the Theosophist was still the talk about "carbon-positivness" and the "highest LEED-standards" (see Wikipedia for explanation) as follows:
"The school will be constructed to the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) sustainability standard, and will not only be “carbon-neutral” but will actually be “carbon-positive”, creating an environmental benefit by removing carbon dioxide from its environment."
In the further Boyd downplays the topic, as a not necessarily major topic, only an income stream, nothing for which the TS was founded, but he is convinced, that without this income stream, the work of the TS would disappear, what one can see like this, but certainly does not have to see like this.
But now, latest at the beginning of November, it became known, that Mr. Ramadoss from Theos Talk got and later published the contract between TS Adyar and Shiv Nadar Trust, which is in public domain, if you know, where to search, as Mr. Ramadoss stated. Here you can view and download the contract, if you are a member of Theos talk group.
Now is the chance, to take a closer look at the many promises. What of them is really contractually secured?
First, the "vegetarian diet" etc. seems so (Mr. Ramadoss disagrees in this point), even if there is no talk of banning but only of "discourage", one can find:
"9.10 In Consonance with the core values of Lessor, the Lesse shall actively discourage bringing and / or consuming non-vegetarian food items, alcoholic beverages and tobacco based items in the school premises, and would take appropriate and reasonable action against anyone found in violation of this clause."
In India, given the facts and circumstances, anything else would probably quickly end in problems. But what can you find in the contract about the subjects of trees, impossibility of dissecting animals, carbon-positivness or the highest LEED-standards?
Nothing, nothing specific.
And that's quite disappointing, isn't it. Did they just want to see the first wave against this project, which was to be expected with such an intervention in such a place, smoothed with soothing words (more exact: nice promises)?
If you put planning and current conditions in Damodar Garden side by side, as happened in this picture --- which I made from this source, the Shiv Nadar School-YouTube-Channel, which contains, among other things, a look into the future and shows the planning --- you can see that relatively many of the trees will not survive this impact, even, if the Banyan-Tree is in the planning.
And now your opinion is needed, what do you think: Will they stick to the warm words and nice promises that have been uttered, or will they ultimately only fulfill what is written in the contract?
Press outside the movement about Theosophy
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. . . .
ITC-Board (ULT, TSPL, Adyar)
July 19 – July 23, 2023 online event
News from Theosophical Societies
Many international events took place: European School of Theosophy's International Theos. History Conference (The Theosophical Movement Innovations in Esotericism and Spirituality) and European School of Theosophy 2022 (The Voice of the Silence: A Manual for Mystics) in October, but I did not find videos about it yet, also the 15th Indo-Pacific Conference (Finding Joy Amidst Uncertainty) and the VI International Theosophical Congress in Russia, both in November and all Adyar-related.
TS Point Loma Blavatskyhouse released a special edition of it's magazine Lucifer – the Light-bringer dedicated to peace. This special peace edition is available in six languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch and Russian.
TS Adyar Australia published it's Theosophy in Australia Quarterly with the National President's Annual Report and Annual Membership Analysis.
TS Pasadena Australasian Section published it quartlery Theosophy Downunder which is almost entirely devoted to the theme of salvation in an overview of various religions and philosophies.
Find all the other magazines within the magazine-section, f.e. The Theosophist, The Indian Theosophist, The Theosophical Movement Magazine, The Aquarian Theosophist and The Spiral Path.
TS (Adyar) Chennai published it's Adyar Newsletter - Quarterly Q4-2022.
The International Theosophical Centre (ITC, Adyar) at Naarden reports about a Cooperation with Anthroposophists and Rosicrucians named the "New Gold", that was, as stated, very successful with close to 300 participants joined, the maximum of the premises rented, with another 150 persons on the waiting list.
News of TS (Adyar) Ukraine can be found here.
TOS (Adyar) informs about the new TOS Director in Spain, Alejandro Bruno.
Finally the videos of the 39th European Congress (Europ. Fed. of the TS Adyar and TS Adyar England): Healing Oneself Healing the World are now online, watch here. Also this TS recently transferred videos of the 37th European Congress. from it's Vimeo channel to the YouTube channel.
ULT invites to take a 1 year subscription to "The Theosophical Movement" magazine.
The 147th International Convention of the Theosophical Society on the theme Our Responsibility in the Interconnected World took place from 31 December 2022 to 4 January 2023 at the TS Adyar International Headquarters in Adyar, India, and online. You can watch all public lectures on it's Youtube channel here.
The most active TS on Youtube is still by far TS (Adyar) in (North-)America, visit the channel. We already reported back in 2021 that money could play a big role here. Some videos are also listed below in the video-section, with others.
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.
Devachan is the idealized continuation of the terrestrial life just left behind, a period of retributive adjustment, and a reward for unmerited wrongs and sufferings undergone in that special life.
The TS Point Loma Blavatskyhouse
publisher, Special Peace Edition 2022 (in six languages)
The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section
publisher, Dec. 2022 (pdf)
TS (Adyar) in Australia
publisher, Dec. 2022 (pdf)
The Aquarian Theosophist
United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)
The TS Adyar Indian Section
The TS Adyar HQ
Articles from Theosophical sites
- Blavatsky’s Writings on Russia
- Blavatsky and contemporary politics 1/5 - History
- Blavatsky and contemporary politics 2/5 - Neo-theosophy
- Blavatsky and contemporary politics 3/5 - General Influence
- Helena Blavatsky and René Guénon on the Kali-Yuga
- Blavatsky and contemporary politics 4/5 - Fascism and the Occult (Right wing (and left wing) ideologies)/a>
- Blavatsky and contemporary politics 5/5 - Basic response
Montreal Theosophy Project
- Atlantis, Blavatsky (and Ignatius Donnelly)/a>
- The Web of Life (H.P. Blavatsky, Walt Whitman, Mundaka Upanishad)
Book of Dzyan Blog of David Reigle
- File /TS-NADAR LEASE - DOCUMENT.pdf uploaded #file-notice
- Damodar Garden Lease Contract Invalid???
- NADAR LEASE OF ADYAR PROPERTY
- Over 24 prominent charitable institutions in India may face tax scrutiny
- Sad Day for Theosophy: TS allowing Meat and Alcohol by Nadar School in Adyar TS Estate
- ADYAR THEOSOPHICAL ACADEMY - Cat is out of the bag - Not run by Theosophical Society
- THEOSOPHICAL LEADERS COMPROMISING KEY PRINCIPLES FOR MONEY
- ADYAR THEOSOPHY NOW A RELIGION?
- TRUTH BEHIND ADYAR THEOSOPHICAL ACADEMY
- Newly discovered reason for founding of TS?
- Healing and Theosophy
- OBJECTS OF THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
- Why theosophists in USA have failed?
- Signs of TS Shutting down???
- TS - Misrepresentation and compromise on principles
- New Policy of use of Meat and Alcohol at Adyar TS Property???
- Lucid dying: Patients recall death experiences during CPR
- Our Responsibility in Freedom of Thought
- How to Study Theosophy – 4
- A note from Joma Sipe in Portugal (December 2022)
- Notable Books 58
- Learning To Know Oneself
- Cycles and Longing
- Images of Different Paths
- Historical Photos from the Surendra Narayan Archives (Adyar Archives) – the young Jiddu Krishnamurti
- How to Study Theosophy – 3
- Theosophy and Its Evidences, Part II/a>
- Good News: Masterful Silence from Italy
- Theosophy and Its Evidences, Part I
- Good News from Kenneth Small – Come to Lomaland, a special invitation
- Experiencing the Teachings
The “Wisdom religion” is the inheritance of all the nations, the world over.