1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?
My name is Zeneida Cereja da Silva, and I have been member of the TS since September 11, 1987.
2. Are you active in your Lodge/Section and if so, what do you do?
I am the first secretary of the Theosophical Society-Adyar, in Brazil since 1996.
3. How did you first learn about Theosophy or come in contact with the Society?
While I was studying French at “Alliance Français”, I saw a poster announcing a talk at the State Legislature in Porto Alegre-RS, where I lived. The talk was going to be delivered by Mrs. Radha Burnier. I did not know anything about her, nor the TS. I went to her presentation and loved it. Soon afterwards I went to the Dharma Lodge, and have been a member ever since.
4. What does Theosophy mean to you?
Theosophy means a great deal to me; it changed my way of life because I learned about the Theosophical teachings. Thanks to these these teachings, I believe in human transformation, and in order to work towards this goal, I am doing my utmost.
5. What is your favorite Theosophical book and why?
My favorite book is Self Culture, by I. K. Taimni. Firstly, for I think it is comprehensive, passing vital information on to those who are beginners, treading the spiritual path. Secondly, because of the following experience, which I gladly share. I had already become a member of the TS, and one evening I was reading this book at home. At one point, I stopped reading and thought: “I would like to work for the Theosophical Society.” Within three months, I was invited to travel to Brasilia for a youth meeting, and there I was asked to start working for the Brazilian Theosophical Publishing House. Had been living in Porto Alegre since I was born, but when this opportunity came my way, I decided to definitely move to Brasilia, and work for the Brazilian TPH. This small gem by Taimni indeed triggered a deep and sincere desire in me to serve the Theosophical Movement!
6. What in your opinion is the biggest challenge the TS is facing at the moment?
Believe that it is necessary to rethink and if needed even redo the format of our lectures and training of our lecturers. It would be much better if our approach was more interactive and participative. We should encourage people to share their experiences and to promote the practical aspects of Universal Brotherhood.
7. Is there anything you would wish for the future of the Theosophical Movement?
From the bottom of my heart: I would like to see that the Theosophical Movement became much more known all around the world, giving opportunities to people to reflect on their own lives, making new choices, in such a way that their lives and work can be developed for the benefit of Humanity.
From the editor:
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