1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?
My Name is Dr. Varsha Patel. I am from India in the state of Gujarat and I live in Ahmedabad city. I joined T.S in 2004-5.
2. Are you active in your Lodge/Section and if so, what do you do?
Yes I am an active member. From 2006 until to date I am secretary of my Rohit lodge. I am a youth chairman in Gujarat Theosophical Federation and I arrange youth camps. I am a National Lecturer in the Indian Section of Theosophical Society. I am also a co-opt council member in the Indian Section.
3. How did you first learn about Theosophy or come in contact with the Society?
My Father introduced me to the Theosophical Society in 2002 and I heard a public lecture from Radha Burnier, the then International President. And after my post-graduation my father made me a member of T.S in 2004-5
4. What does Theosophy mean to you?
According to me Theosophy is the divine ancient wisdom and it is within all of us.
5. What is your favorite Theosophical book and why?
At the Feet of the Master (Alcyone attributed to J. Krishnamurti), Light on the Path (Mabel Collins), The Voice of the Silence (H. P. Blavatsky) and The Masters and the Path (C.W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant).
These 4 books do not talk about any religion. These books offer true solutions to life's questions and give new insights into life. Using these book’s teachings, our own self-realization can be attained.
6. What in your opinion is the biggest challenge the TS is facing at the moment?
A lack of true Theosophists and their silence. This together with some issues connected with our egoist natures and other political and property issues.
7. Is there anything you would wish for the future of the Theosophical Movement?
Prayers and Theosophical work with an unselfish attitude.
From the editor:
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