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Good News from the Dutch section of the Theosophical Society (Adyar)

On the 18th of October the Dutch section of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) organized a seminar on “From cosmic ideation to human mindscape”, presented by Robert A. Pullen, leader of the Theosophical study group “The Lotus Circle”.

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There were over sixty attendees who enjoyed a very inspiring day.

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Good News from Belgium

A new introductory study course in Theosophy has been launched in Brussel. It is organized by the Belgian Theosophical Society (Adyar) under the title of “Essentials of Timeless Wisdom.”

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Study sessions take place every second Wednesday of the month at 08.00 PM at Place des Gueux 8 Geuzenplein, 1000 Brussels: 14 January 2015, 11 February 2015, 11 March 2015, 8 April 2015 and 13 May 2015.

This new introductory course in the English language covers the fundamental ideas of the timeless wisdom or Esoteric Philosophy as introduced by Helena P. Blavatsky throughout her many writings.

This is an excellent initiative and especially attractive for foreigners, but also expats and the broader English speaking community who live in Brussels or in other cities in Belgium.

Information:

Call (+) 32 – 486 631 997 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Good News from Slovenia

This year, Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu’s programmes in Slovenia took place on the 24th and the 25th of October. The programmes were shared with Andrej Detela, a Slovenian scientist and writer, who was one of the outstanding speakers at the European Congress held in Paris in the summer of 2014. Instead of presenting the programmes in the format of lectures, another dynamic method was used: Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu and Andrej Detela shared a discussion in front of the audience, giving also to listeners the possibility to participate with remarks and questions.

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Participants arriving for the Ljubljana event

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Good News from the European School of Theosophy

This School wants: “… to provide opportunities in Europe for the study of Theosophy in order to ensure the continuing preservation and dissemination of the esoteric philosophy.”

Report of the European School held from 10-15 October 2014, at the International Theosophical Centre, Naarden, the Netherlands, written by Karen Wallwork of London UK, a member of Blavatsky Lodge.

In the Beginning was the Word” was this year’s theme of talks by David Roef, Pablo Sender and Janet Hoult.

If you have not been to European School – then do book in your diaries 18th October to 23rd, 2015 when the venue will be in Birmingham in the UK.

The standard of Theosophical talks is most educational thanks to the depths of research and insight and gained understanding by the speakers David Roef and Pablo Sender who have made a life work of service to teach Theosophy at a profound depth of not just knowledge, but to express the gifts of esoteric wisdom which allows the heart to engage with higher mind at a symbolic intuitive level.

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Good news from the TOS

TOS Animal Healing Network: Calling All Animal-Loving Meditators

When illness or injury strikes a beloved pet, we often feel helpless, alone and scared about our ability to help our companion when they need us most. In response, the TOS in America launched an Animal Healing Network last year devoted to providing daily healing meditation for sick or terminally ill pets and their human companions. Serving as a complement to the TOS Healing Network for humans, these healing meditations call upon the angelic hosts to send loving, healing power over time and distance to the suffering animal to comfort and protect until health returns or the soul departs the body. Network organizer Rozi Ulics says, “By providing this service, we hope to shoulder some of the burden people feel when faced with a pet’s illness."

We are happy to report that the initiative is blossoming into a global network of animal-loving meditators. The network includes both individual and group healers spread across the United States as well as in Hungary and India.

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NEWS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY – TS ADYAR

RESPECTING LIFE AT ADYAR

It goes along with the principles of Theosophy to respect life in all forms, in the human, animal, and plant kingdoms. Consciousness is evolving at every stage and we need to care about all life in oneness, the basis of which is respect. That care is taken seriously in practical life at Adyar. There are many examples, but the following two have raised recent questions.

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Small tree on the Estate with the famous JK bench in the background
(courtesy of Richard Dvorak)
 

Adyar is a Nature sanctuary, which is carefully looked after. Its beauty is well known. Nature thrives year by year during the monsoon, the insects and ants flourish, thickets increase, and trees get overgrown and crowded. Forests need care as well, but no trees are cut due to anyone’s whim. Individual buildings and houses begin to get hidden and taken over by trees, the branches reach the walls and enter through windows, giving ants nice pathways into the structures. The Garden Department has much work in Adyar and they do their best in keeping the many roads and views sufficiently open. Especially before Convention time, the main areas are cleaned and cleared.

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Good News from London

The INTERNATIONAL THEOSOPHICAL HISTORY CONFERENCE of 20-21 September, 2014, was held at 50 Gloucester Place, London. The papers (two read in absentia) were written by twelve delegates from England, Europe, the USA and the Middle and Far East. Their varied and interesting topics, all of a high academic standard, reflected the international diversity and enthusiasm of the speakers. They provided further evidence of the recent upsurge of Theosophical studies and revealed more examples of the Society’s appeal and influence in an impressively varied number of countries and fields. Although, as the Conference chairman and organiser Leslie Price pointed out, the Theosophical Society went through a period of crisis at the time of Krishnamurti’s break with it in 1929, it has not lost its relevance and its original ideals are still important today.

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Tim Rudbog ( Denmark) Erin Prophet ( Rice University, Texas), Leslie Price (conference chair, associate editor, Theosophical History) Colin Price (National President, TS in England), John Crow (Florida State University) Barry Lofts (author of forthcoming biography of John Yarker) Kevin Tingay (chair, Friends of Theosophical Archives, England) .

Front row: Shin’Ichi  Yoshinaga (Japanese new religions specialist), Boaz Huss (Israel), Massimo Introvigne ( Italy) Geraldine Beskin (Atlantis Bookshop, London) Chunag ChienHui (Taiwan), Janet Lee, (National Secretary, T.S. in England.) .

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Good News from the International Secretary, TS-Adyar

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Marja Artamaa

Dear Friends, I warmly thank you for all the encouraging wishes received on my appointment as the International Secretary of the Theosophical Society. This is all so supportive and encouraging while looking forward to working in the President’s team for the cause of the TS at Adyar.

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The Secretary’s Office in Adyar has good assistants (Sudha and Nora) and we all serve gladly and communicate well although I am not yet fully in Adyar (it will come true step-by-step). The requests to the Secretary are handled, if not immediately, within a convenient time depending on the matter.

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Good News from International Theosophy Conferences Inc.

The ITC 2014 gathering took place from August 15 to 18, 2014 in Naarden, The Netherlands.

The theme was Theosophy, Unity and Helping the World – where do we go from here?

All roads led to Naarden and it was the best ITC Conference ever!

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Smiling participants; it was hard to fit all on the stage of the Besant Hall

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Nancy and David Reigle

Before the meeting the well-known scholars and researchers David and Nancy Reigle sent the organizers the following message:

We were able to watch quite a bit of the previous (2014) ITC held in New York, via the webcast that Herman Vermeulen's group did. Very nice! We were glad to see such good cooperation just as it was promoted for a long time in Theosophy Forward. It is wonderful that International Theosophy Conferences, for several years now, have been bringing together Theosophists of all backgrounds. We send our best wishes to all who have come together for the present conference, at the beautiful Naarden Centre, in promoting the spirit of true Theosophy.”

For all Greetings from around the World, click here: http://www.theosconf.org/greetings

Objectives for this conference:

  1. To ensure we keep Theosophy alive for future generations, i.e., not back to Blavatsky, but forward with Blavatsky.

  2. To bring together representatives of Theosophical organizations and students of Theosophy who are committed to spread Theosophy as presented by HPB and the Masters.

  3. To intensify ties by fostering meaningful intercommunication among all Theosophical organizations as well as independent Theosophists.

  4. To exchange ideas and best practices on how to present Theosophy in an accessible and inspiring way.

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Good news from the EFTS

The 37th European Congress, organised by the European Federation of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) and French Section, was held from the 30th of July to the 3rd of August 2014 in Paris, France, at the Adyar Theatre and the premises of the TS in France. The theme “Bridging Science and Spirituality” attracted more than 180 participants from 23 countries.

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The theme was covered by 18 speakers, among them International President, Tim Boyd, and several scientists and researchers: Andrej Detela (Slovenia), Ulrich Morhhoff (Germany/India), Muriel Pécastaing-Boissière (France) and Luc Lambs (France), as well as Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu, Chairman of the EFTS and General Secretary of the TS France together with many General Secretaries and workers in Europe (programme available on the EFTS website at http://ts-efts.org).

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Good News from the TOS in Italy

TOS in Italy helps Syrian refugees

The TOS group in the city of Vicenza in Italy, coordinated by Sandra Sartori and Stefania Schiavo, continues its relief work supporting the Syrian refugee camp of Bab al Salam in collaboration with the international association Time4Life which leads the relief project.

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Stefania and Sandra hand over boxes of relief material to Paolo Brunello

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Good News from the European School of Theosophy

This School wants: “… to provide opportunities in Europe for the study of Theosophy in order to ensure the continuing preservation and dissemination of the esoteric philosophy.”

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European School 2014

10 - 15 October

at the International Theosophical Centre

Naarden - The Netherlands

In the Beginning was the Word”

Discovering the Logos in Kosmos and Man

Speakers: David Roef, Pablo Sender and others

In the Beginning was the Word...

This famous opening line to the Gospel of John is intuitively recognized by many readers as a bijasutra, a seminal maxim pointing to divine mind and speech as the source of existence. Although “Word” is an inadequate rendering of the original Greek term Logos, it still intimates a fundamental esoteric teaching, i.e. that behind and within the universe operates a power of “reason”, an ordering principle of mediation and relationship which forms the living heart of the cosmic pattern.

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Good News from The Netherlands

On Sunday the 10th of August 2014 the international president Tim Boyd accompanied by his wife Lily was in The Netherlands for a meeting with some 100 members from Belgium and The Netherlands, the “Dutch Day,” in the Besant Hall of the International Theosophical Centre in Naarden.

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Lily and Tim Boyd surrounded by enthusiastic members from Belgium and The Netherlands

Before the meeting many informal and animated conversations with Tim Boyd already took place. The president addressed the members and spoke about the need for helping hands from all nations for our international society. His frank and open approach was highly appreciated.

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Tim Boyd speaks in the Besant Hall, members are listening attentively

After the group picture was taken and the lunch there was a session with questions and answers in the Besant Hall. It was a delight to see the interaction between the members who could ask questions on the one hand and Tim Boyd addressing those on the other, in a very open and broadminded manner.

To see Tim Boyd in action follow this link.

Before closing the Dutch Day, all could attend a meditative meeting that was organized by the Link Officers of the ITC. (International Theosophical Centre)

Here participants were invited to form a channel for higher energies to transmit the powers Peace and Unity to the whole world:

There is One Life, One Will and One Brotherhood of Nations. May the Spirit of Unity and Love, that knows no barriers, make Brotherhood in the world a living reality.”

Good News from the European School of Theosophy

This School wants: “… to provide opportunities in Europe for the study of Theosophy in order to ensure the continuing preservation and dissemination of the esoteric philosophy.”

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European School 2014

10 - 15 October

at the International Theosophical Centre

Naarden - The Netherlands

In the Beginning was the Word”

Discovering the Logos in Kosmos and Man

Speakers: David Roef and Pablo Sender

other speakers to be announced later

In the Beginning was the Word...

This famous opening line to the Gospel of John is intuitively recognized by many readers as a bijasutra, a seminal maxim pointing to divine mind and speech as the source of existence. Although “Word” is an inadequate rendering of the original Greek term Logos, it still intimates a fundamental esoteric teaching, i.e. that behind and within the universe operates a power of “reason”, an ordering principle of mediation and relationship which forms the living heart of the cosmic pattern.

Read more: Good News from the European School of Theosophy

Good News from Amsterdam

Symposium in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam Was a Great Success

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The Westerkerk in the hearth of Amsterdam

On March 29, the Dutch section of Theosophical Society, Adyar, organized an important symposium. It was the fifth one in a series of symposiums initiated by the Lectorium Rosicrucianum. It took place in the famous Westerkerk, and was attended by approximately 350 visitors.

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Waiting to get in

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Good News from Adyar

The Olcott Memorial High School in Adyar extends its work and needs our help

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The grounds

For 120 years, the Olcott Memorial High School has been providing a solid education for underprivileged boys and girls in Adyar, a suburb of Chennai in India. Now it has a special need for our help in an important extension of its higher educational work. Until recently, the children were given the standard Indian ten years of education with a common curriculum (five years in primary school and five in secondary), culminating in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate exams of the Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education.

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 The staff

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