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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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Good News from ITC (International Theosophy Conferences Inc.)

From August 15–18, 2014 all roads lead to the International Theosophical Centre in Naarden, The Netherlands, a wonderfully located spiritual retreat center fostering brotherhood and peace.

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On this peaceful estate, International Theosophy Conferences Inc. will host a historic meeting and invites participation by Theosophists from all over the world, belonging to all organizations, but also independent Theosophists and sympathizers who are actively involved in studying or promoting Theosophy.

Theosophist from all over the world will attend: India, New Zealand, South Africa, Zambia, Brazil, Honduras, the USA, Iceland, Madeira and many other European countries.

Introduction speakers: Tim Boyd (keynote), Barend Voorham, Betty Bland, Eugene Jennings, Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu, Joop Smits and Jacques Mahnich.

The conference theme will be “Theosophy, Unity and Helping the World ... Where do we go from here?”

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Good News from Munich

Last March, “Theosophy World News”, an independent, international, non-commercial Theosophical newsletter was launched. It provides an overview of all international content covering the subject of Theosophy that appears on line worldwide. Among the topics in the newsletter are: magazines, videos, events, news, articles on Theosophical and non-Theosophical websites and reviews of books.

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At the time of the launch, Steven Otto the initiator of the new project and an independent Theosophist wrote: “Theosophy gives me very much; therefore I want to give something back in return.”

Theosophists supporting this project are invited to sign up for the newsletter. So if you think “Theosophy World News” is not only good news, but also a good idea, follow the link below and tell other Theosophists about it. The service is absolutely free.

Sign up here:

http://www.soehne-des-feuers.de/international-theosophy-news

Theosophy World News” 1st Quarter 2014: http://www.soehne-des-feuers.de/nachrichten/theosophy-news-worldwide-1st-quarter-2014-167.html

Good News from the EFTS

 

INVITATION

You are invited to the

European Congress 2014

Bridging Science and Spirituality

30 July to 3 August

Paris, France

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(Opening: 30 July morning – Closing: 3 August before lunch)

Working languages of the Congress are English and French

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Organized by

The European Federation of the Theosophical Society and the Theosophical Society in France

Short History of the Congresses in Europe

The first Congress in Europe took place in 1903 in London, England, with the guest speaker Colonel Henry S. Olcott. In the beginning of the 20 th century, Congresses were organized almost annually; this established a firm foundation for Theosophists to come together regularly, so that even during the war years Congresses still took place.

In the second half of the 20 th century, Congresses were organized after every three or four years. In the 21 st century, there have been four Congresses until now: in 2003 in Naarden, The Netherlands (Centenary of the EFTS); in 2004 in Porto, Portugal; in 2007 in Helsinki, Finland; and in 2010 in Rome, Italy (World Congress).

Since the beginning of the 20 th century, there have been six Congresses in France. The latest Congress in Paris, which was World Congress, took place in 1971. The latest Congress in France took place in 1984 in Poitiers, which means that exactly after 30 years, in 2014 to be precise, which is also 111 th anniversary of the European Federation of the Theosophical Society, the 37 th European Congress will be organized again in France, this time in in its capital, Paris.

The aim of the 37th European Congress is to bring members and sympathizers together from Europe and the world, and furthermore to investigate the connection between science and spirituality today.

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Good News from the Inter-American Theosopical Federation

Congress May 28 – June 1, 2014
Location: Headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America, Olcott.
1926 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187


Olcott in Wheaton

Conference theme:
“Theosophy as Action.”

Join with coworkers from North, South, and Central America. Renowned Theosophical speakers from USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico will present Theosophy as a practical power embracing cultures, societies, and the individual. Simultaneous translation in English and Spanish will be available.

Link to program in English:
http://www.theosophical.org/files/events/Conferences/IATF-2014-Program_English.pdf

Link to program in Spanish:
http://www.theosophical.org/files/events/Conferences/IATF-2014-Program_Spanish.pdf

Good News from The International Theosophical Centre, Naarden – The Netherlands

ANTHROPOGENESIS: The Evolution of the Human Soul as described in The Stanzas of Dzyan.

Dates: 13-18 June 2014

The speaker, Martin Leiderman, is an Industrial Engineer, resident in Los Angeles, working for an electronic avionics company. He is a long time student of Theosophy as well as a national and international lecturer in Spanish and English. He, with his wife Susan, holds a weekly study group at his home and participates in the Spanish Study Group in Los Angeles. He is also presently a Board Member of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy.


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The Stanzas of Dzyan are considered to be part of the earliest writings about the Ancient Wisdom and form the foundation of the major work of H. P. Blavatsky - The Secret Doctrine. They contain the main ideas to be studied, contemplated and realized in a practical manner by all students of Theosophy.

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For information call :(+) 31 (0)35 5417118 

The registration form can be downloaded from www.itc-naarden.org and sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Good News from London

International Conference On Theosophical History – Call For Papers

An international conference on Theosophical history will be held at 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA on Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 September 2014.

The chair of the conference is Professor James Santucci, editor of the quarterly journal Theosophical History www.theohistory.org 

Any person may submit a paper to the Programme Committee on any aspect of the subject, including the relationship between Theosophy and the arts. Summaries of not more than 200 words should be sent by 8 May 2014 to the associate editor, Mr. Leslie Price at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Conference participants will be responsible for their own travel, meals and accommodation but those presenting papers will be exempt from registration fees.

Good News from Kenya

Why did Usha Shah, Convenor of the TOS work in Kenya, turn up at the International TOS Conference in the USA with purple toe nails?

As we all know, there are many ways of serving in this world. One of the easiest ever for Usha Shah was to serve as a guinea pig at the vocational skills training days she organized in late June for ladies in Nairobi. Manicure, pedicure and hairdressing were scheduled and Usha went in feet first! Enjoy reading her lively report.

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Good news from International Theosophy Magazine

From the editors of this magazine we received the following message:

To all Theosophists wanting shared interest:

International Theosophy Magazine, International Theosophy Conferences Inc.’s (ITC) periodical, wants to be a portal for those who would like to communicate with other Theosophists with shared interest.

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Good News from International Theosophy Conference Inc.

The meeting many have been waiting for!

From August 15–18, 2014, all roads lead to the International Theosophical Centre in Naarden, The Netherlands, a wonderfully located spiritual retreat center fostering brotherhood and peace.

On this peaceful estate, International Theosophy Conferences Inc. will host a historic meeting and invites participation by Theosophists from all over the world, belonging to all organizations, but also independent Theosophists and sympathizers who are actively involved in studying or promoting Theosophy.

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Good News from Adyar

Adyar, the international headquarters of the Theosophical Society, hosted a significant event on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Ali Ritsema, a General Secretary of the Dutch Section of the Theosophical Society for three terms, gave a PowerPoint presentation on “Karma” at the monthly meeting of the Madras Theosophical Federation. It was a well-structured, cogent one-hour presentation with frequent interaction by the audience. A local newspaper, the Hindu, carried a brief announcement of the Program:

(http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-downtown/talk-on-karma-at-theosophical-society/article5618483.ece).

The meeting was preceded by a serving of Indian ghee sweets (made with clarified butter), bonda (a south Indian sweet or spicy snack), and tea. The venue was the historic Blavatsky Bungalow. The ambience and the weather were perfect, perhaps bestowed by some good karma and grace.


After the Indian sweets and tea into the Blavatsky Bungalow

Ali mainly drew from Buddhist teachings, Blavatsky’s books The Key to Theosophy and The Secret Doctrine, as well as The Mahatma Letters and other classic books. Ali’s presentation visibly inspired everyone in the audience. Her slides were elegantly made with illustrations pleasing to the eyes and the text in attractive colors.

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Carlos Guerra, the General Secretary of the TS (Adyar) in Portugal sent the following message:

Dear friends all around the world,

Hope that all is well with all of you.

I want to use this opportunity to thank you for your friendship always clearly expressed on so many occasions and in so many different ways. Wish to thank our friend Kim-Diêu in particular.

Am very happy with the new EFTS website: http://www.ts-efts.org/

Have visited this site several times and along with some other Theosophical websites it will be an inspiration for our own TS website in Portugal. It provides an excellent source of information, is easily accessible and graphically very clear. I want to congratulate the team of workers which were directly or indirectly involved in its development. It certainly will have a positive impact on the dissemination of Theosophy in the world, especially in Europe.

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Good News from ITC (International Theosophy Conferences Inc.)

A letter from Garrett Riegg, ITC’s President.

TO: ITC Members, Associates and Friends


Garrett Riegg

RE: International Theosophy Conference at Naarden, NL, August 15-18, 2014

I am happy to announce the dates, location and theme of our next conference. We are looking forward to a special conference in The Netherlands, at the International Theosophical Centre which is located near the small town of Naarden, about 20 miles from Amsterdam. Next year the conference will begin on a Friday and continue through Monday. The conference will follow a more interactive and holistic approach, emphasizing more dialogues, workshops and sharing as compared to past years. The theme will be focused on our goals and roles as students of Theosophy in the various organizations.

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Good News from the TOS

Service as Sacred Labor

B.L. Bhattacharyya – India

The words ‘labor’ and ‘service’, taken out of our TS and TOS context, generally refer simply to the fulfilling of a duty or work often in exchange for remuneration. We talk of a young girl “going into service” as a maid, for example, or of a young man “serving his time” as an apprentice, or of men “laboring” on a building site or out in the fields. Labor or service, in this general sense of work, is fundamental in our lives. There is rarely a time when we are not working. From the moment we are born, some part of us is working. The body works to grow and our brains work to learn how to understand the world around us. Even now as we all sit here we are working in some way.

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Annual visit of the EFTS Chairman to Slovenia

 


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There is a tradition that the EFTS Chairman, Miss Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu, annually visits Slovenia in the month of October. This year’s program – from October 17 till October 21 - included an interview at Studio 12 under the title: “Spiritual Perspective - Scientific and spiritual approach of Life.”

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