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Good News from Kiev, Ukraine

From T. Petrischevskaya the editor received the following:

White Lotus day and seminar in Kiev, Ukraine

In May the international vice-president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) Mr. Mahendra Singhal visited Ukraine. On May 8, in the hall of the "Knowledge Society" in Kiev the celebration of White Lotus Day took place in which he took part. On the same day he answered questions from local Theosophists about his approach to Theosophy. On May 9 and 11, he conducted a seminar on "The Deeper aspects of life" which was attended by circa 50 participants from various cities in Ukraine and 5 participants from Russia. On May 12 Mr. Singhal left for Dnepropetrovsk where visited the memorial house of H.P. Blavatsky.

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Good News from Israel

The editor received this news from Abraham Oron and Rachel Almog, both active workers and facilitators for the Theosophical Society in Israel.

Meditative Weekend At the Sisters of Zion convent, Ein Karem, Jerusalem
Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11 2013


The Sisters of Zion convent, Ein Karem

In the beautiful and quiet surroundings of the convent and its gardens, we gathered during two days for a meditation retreat. Nearly 70 people, T.S. members and guests came together for inner listening and attunement to other participants and the surrounding nature. Amidst the beauty and serenity, the flowers, the fragrance of herbs, the sound of water flowing, and the birds singing, we sat quietly focusing on various themes or just moved around in walking meditation.

The central motto of the retreat's program was meditation, both guided and silent, accompanied by short discussions and sharing.

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Good News from International Theosophy Conferences (ITC)

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Staircase inside the Bohemian National Hall

Theosophy Forward supports the initiatives of International Theosophy Conferences (ITC) wholeheartedly. The 14th annual meeting of ITC held at Olcott in Wheaton in August 2011, made it clear that Theosophists from all traditions can respectfully meet on a shared platform. This year, the 15th annual meeting will be held in the city where it all started in 1875, New York.

The dates are: August 8–11, 2013 and the event`s title is “How to Awaken Compassion?  H. P. Blavatsky and the Eternal Secret Doctrine.”

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Good News from Ireland

The Eighth All Ireland Convention was held on Saturday 25th May 2013, in a conference Room at Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

As this was the occasion of Wesak, we felt there was a very special blessing over the whole proceedings. It was a great joy to once again welcome into our midst as Guest Speaker, dear Ali Ritsema from The Netherlands.


Participants and in the middle Ali Ritsema (white blouse)

Apart from a number of longer term members, also present were many new members and some local sympathisers. Before long, Ali had them spellbound, all as one listening and interacting on her chosen theme ‘Karma’, a Power-Point Presentation. Many thought she was magnificent and greatly appreciated and enjoyed the frequent interaction. Her long experience became obvious as she drew out the best in our members, even the more reticent ones. This auspicious occasion proved informative, interesting and truly inspirational. It turned out that some of the newer members had studied TS texts before joining, so all reacted very favourably to this format and were totally understanding of and in tune with the apt quotations from such texts as The Secret Doctrine, The Key to Theosophy, The Mahatma Letters, the Theosophical Glossary and the Collected Works by H. P. B.

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Good News from Point Loma Theosophy Network

The Point Loma Convivium 2013 will be held August 1-3 2013 in Point Loma, San Diego, USA. We will also organize a Point Loma Convivium Day preceding the ITC 2013 meeting on the 7th of August 2013 in New York, USA.

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Universal Philosophy 24/7

 

The Point Loma Convivium is open for everyone interested in Theosophy. Lectures, workshops and break-outs on the fundamental ideas of Theosophy and their practical application in daily life

More information will follow.

Check this link: http://pointlomatheosophynetwork.net/

Good News from the TOS

International TOS Conference 2013

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE

The Theosophical Society in America National Headquarters,

Wheaton, Illinois (Chicago) U.S.A.

Wednesday July 24 to Friday July 26, 2013

We are happy to announce that the TS and TOS in America have kindly agreed to host a three-day international TOS Workers’ Conference at Olcott, its national centre in Wheaton, Illinois.

TOS office-bearers and those with responsibilities in the TOS at international, national or local level are warmly invited to attend.

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Good News from International Theosophy Conferences (ITC)

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Staircase inside the Bohemian National Hall

Theosophy Forward supports the initiatives of International Theosophy Conferences (ITC) wholeheartedly. The 14th annual meeting of ITC held at Olcott in Wheaton in August 2011, made it clear that Theosophists from all traditions can respectfully meet on a shared platform. This year, the 15th annual meeting will be held in the city where it all started in 1875, New York.

The dates are: August 8–11, 2013 and the event`s title is “How to Awaken Compassion?  H. P. Blavatsky and the Eternal Secret Doctrine.”

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Good News from Italy

New Center opened in Florence

A new Theosophical center was opened in Florence for the activities of the Theosophical group “Roberto Hack” currently chaired by Mario Marapodi. This new center, comfortably and well furnished is now located at  Piazza Santi Gervasio e Protasio 7, where also the group’s library operates from.

The inauguration was celebrated on December 7, in the presence of Antonio Girardi, General Secretary of the Italian Theosophical Society with members and sympathizers in a fraternal and enthusiastic atmosphere.

All this was made possible thanks to the generosity of the late, but never forgotten, Florentine Theosophist Annunziata Capecchi. She actually lived for a long time at this same location.  

The photo underneath, taken about ten years ago, portraits Annunziata Capecchi (far right) together with Antonio Girardi, with another well-known Italian Theosophist,  Giuliano Felli (far left)  who turned one hundred years old a few months ago. Good wishes to all the Florentine members: may the new center become a place of Universal Brotherhood without distinctions, and bear witness to the Unity of life.

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Good News from Brazil 1

From May 29 to June 13, 2013 Prof. P. Krishna from India will be touring and lecturing in Brazil.


Prof. Padmanabhan Krishna

He is currently in charge of the Krishnamurti study center at the Rajghat Education Center of the Krishnamurti Foundation India in Varanasi. He was the Rector of the center and Principal of the Rajghat Besant School from 1986 to 2002. He is a trustee of the Foundation and continues to be involved with its activities. He has written articles and books on various issues relating to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti.

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Good News from Brazil 2


An idyllic stream: swimming in natural surroundings at the Theosophical Institute

The Brazilian Section of the Theosophical Society, in conjunction with the Inter-American Theosophical Federation, is organizing an International School and the Second Theosophical Luso-Hispanic Meeting on the grounds of the beautiful Theosophical Institute of Brasilia in Brazil. The theme will be “Theosophy in a Transforming World, Awakening for the Spiritual Perception.” The meeting will be held 8–14 July, 2013.

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Good News from Australia

A very successful Annual Convention was held in Melbourne by the Australian Section of the Theosophical Society during January. The Australian delegates were joined for the week by the current and former Vice-Presidents of the New Zealand Section, as well as one Australian member who is resident in New Zealand and another Australian member who is resident in Switzerland. The theme of “Theosophical Insights and the Contemporary World” was explored in various ways.


Group photo

The public talk by key speaker Professor Richard Silberstein, whose professional area of speciality is neuroscience, was particularly well received in a packed hall. He spoke on ‘Intuition: a Transpersonal and Neuroscience Perspective’.

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Good News from Amsterdam

An exciting conference is scheduled for September 25-27, 2013 in Amsterdam.

Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy and the Arts in the Modern World” is one of several events planned in a project supported by The Leverhulme Trust with web site hosted by the University of York. The multiyear project has this objective:

Bringing together scholars who are experts on the visual arts, music, sound and literature from all over the world, the Network's events will explore what the visual, material and performing arts can tell us about the relationships between Theosophy, modernity and mysticism c. 1875-1960.

The URL for the project is http://www.york.ac.uk/history-of-art/enchanted-modernities/ . Please spread the word among scholars in these fields of research who might be interested.

Good News from Slovenia 2

International Symposium

On 3 and 4 December 2012 a two-day international symposium on the life and work of Baroness Adelma von Vay took place in Slovenia. It was held at two locations, the first day at the National University Library in Ljubljana and the second at the Žiče monastery near Slovenske Konjice. Contributors from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Greece, The United States, Russia, Serbia and Slovenia sent or presented thirty-three papers exploring Adelma von Vay’s life and spiritistic, philanthropic and healing work.


Joma Sipe’s Graphics Exhibition (Photo by Matej Boldin)

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Good News from a participant

THE PARAMITAS or Transcendental Virtues

International Theosophical Centre, Naarden-Holland, 19-22 July 2012


The wonderful and inspiring Centre

A Silent Retreat based on The Voice of the Silence by H.P. Blavatsky,
with Trân-Thi- Kim- Diêu and circa 25 partakers.

This GOOD NEWS contribution is based on notes taken by participant Els Rijneker. Revision was done by Kim-Diêu

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Good News from International Theosophy Conferences (ITC)

This is an early announcement.


Members belonging to five different Theosophical traditions in one circle during ITC’s meeting in Wheaton last August

Theosophy Forward supports the initiatives of International Theosophy Conferences (ITC) wholeheartedly and will continue doing so in 2013. The annual meeting of ITC held at Olcott in Wheaton last August made it clear that Theosophists from all traditions can respectfully meet on a shared platform. The 2013 annual meeting will be held in the city where it all started in 1875, New York. We will keep you updated regarding this special event.

The dates are: August 8–11, 2013 and the event`s title is “How to Awaken Compassion?  H. P. Blavatsky and the Eternal Secret Doctrine.”

For more information and the registration form click here

Good News from New Zealand

Finding a Different Way – Pamela Zane Keys

Introduction

[Pamela Zane Keys is learning via a mystic path leading through an early and valuable Christian experience to special interests in the Sufi Way, Gnosticism and Buddhism. Theosophy, she says, ‘made sense’ of her life. Pamela’s formal studies included Education, Psychology and Theology. She has also travelled widely. Pamela’s teaching has spanned more than fifty years and she enjoys editing TheoSophia, the magazine of the Theosophical Society in New Zealand in which this article was published in March 2012.]


Pamela Zane Keys

While we may think of the latent powers referred to in the Third Object of the Theosophical Society as extraordinary and spectacular, I have recently realized that they may also be small and outwardly indiscernible yet inwardly life changing. Cancer has been my recent teacher and a means of drawing forth something like latent powers in me in simple and practical ways.

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