1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?
My name is Laura Rodriguez, I am from Argentina and I am a member of the TS since 1992.
2. Are you active in your Lodge/Section and if so, what do you do?
For many years, I belonged to the San Lorenzo Lodge in my home city, where I served as Secretary, Librarian and President of the Lodge. Later, in 2011, I moved with my husband to San Rafael, Mendoza. I live in the Theosophical Centre in that city; I am a member of the Board and work as a volunteer, helping to coordinate the activities of the Centre. Since the end of October 2015, I am living and working as a volunteer at Adyar.
3. How did you first learn about Theosophy or come in contact with the Society?
In the nineties, my brother was attending some talks in the TS in our city. I joined him; there we met other young people with whom we came to be a group of close friends studying Theosophy. Nowadays, many of us are still members, and we are working in the TS in different parts of the world.
4. What does Theosophy mean to you?
Theosophy represents to me my highest aspirations and the means to attain them; it is freedom and responsibility, ideals and actions. The Theosophical Society, with its profound messages of Unity of Life and Universal Brotherhood gives a real and deep meaning to my life.
5. What is your favourite Theosophical book and why?
My favourite book is Light on the Path, by Mabel Collins. It is inspiring and a source of wisdom which can lead us, via a beautiful poetic style, to different levels of comprehension of life.
6. What in your opinion is the biggest challenge the TS is facing at the moment?
The biggest challenge as inhabitants of this agitated world and, particularly, as members of the TS is for us to become a centre of peace and compassion wherever we are. The main task is, and has always been, our self-realization, our regeneration, not for the sake of ourselves but the whole of humanity.
7. Is there anything you would wish for the future of the Theosophical Movement?
If our ultimate aim and our noblest aspirations are for the benefit of the humankind, we might aspire to be a beneficent force in the world and work in that direction. I wish we could do our best and be the change. If it so, our groups, our lodges and therefore, our sections, would make a real and invaluable contribution to the world.
From the editor:
Opinions and ideas expressed in the mini-interviews are exclusively of those who are being interviewed. They don’t necessarily represent the ideas and opinions of the compilers of Theosophy Forward. The responses of the interviewees are not edited for content. Some contributors give short answers to the questions while others touch upon the subject more elaborately.