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Mini-interviews Catalina Isaza Cantor

The Society MI 6 Catalina Isaza Cantor

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Catalina Isaza Cantor. I am from Colombia in South-America, got to know the TS in 2003, and eventually became a member in 2006, during the VIII Seminar of the Caribbean Basin held in my country.

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Mini-interviews Hilary Lillie

 

The Society MI 4 Hilary 

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

Hello, greetings. My name is Hilary Lillie. I was born in Athens, Greece and after many years of travelling now live in Devon, England.

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Mini-interviews Gabriel Burgos

The Society MI 2 GB

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Gabriel Burgos. I am from Colombia, was born in 1925, and am close to turning 95 years old! In 1958, at the age of 33, I became a member of the TS.

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Editorial - Being free … (really)

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

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I wear a mask and use it not to protect myself, but to protect others. I am free because now I can read or re-read all those amazing books I hardly touched because I told myself there was no time. For sure, free I am, because I concluded that the pandemic is climate change in a pressure cooker.

Free because I could go inward, in the quiet surroundings of my meditation room and garden, while trying to connect with all the goodness that still surrounds us on this planet. Really free, because instead of going to my favorite vegan restaurant, I now experiment with various delicious recipes myself, didn’t know the dishes would turn out so well.

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Mini-interviews Enrico Sempi

  1. The Society MI 4 120 What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Enrico Sempi, and I live in Novara, Italy. In 1981 I joined the Italian Theosophical Society, and on 3rd June 2016 I became an honorary member.

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Mini-interviews Silvia Caprari

The Society MI 8

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

I’m Silvia Caprari and I live in Milan, Italy but I’m originally from Pisa and I lived for several years in Genoa. I have been a TS member for 5 years.

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Mini-interviews Uma Bhattacharyya

The Society MI 6 120 Uma

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

I am Uma Bhattacharyya from Varanasi, India. Though I formally became member of The Theosophical Society in 2007, I was associated with it since my childhood as I studied in the school and college situated within the TS campus built by the great visionary & theosophist Dr. Annie Besant.

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Mini-interviews Kayla Upton

The Society MI 2 120 Kayla

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Kayla Upton and I’m from New Plymouth which is a coastal town on the west side of New Zealand. I’ve been a member of the Theosophical Society for 3 years however I would say that I had a very Theosophical upbringing.

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Mini-interviews Marina De Grandis

The Society MI 14 Marina

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Marina De Grandis, I am from Italy, was born in Venice and am a member of the TS since 1999.

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Mini-interviews Mark Becking

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  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS? 

My name is Mark Becking from the Netherlands. I‘ve been a member for three years (2016).

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Editorial -The Craft of being Open Minded

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

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The author

Generally speaking, openness refers to the willingness to hear and consider different ideas and to try new things. Open individuals usually accept others' values and beliefs; an open mind doesn't quickly reject oppositional opinions as wrong. People are sufficiently open-minded if they are receptive to strong arguments against their committed beliefs.

Jeremy E. Sherman - Social Science Researcher

Theosophists, no matter what tradition or stream they belong to, are supposed to be freethinkers. According to most dictionaries a freethinker is a person who rejects accepted opinions, especially those concerning religious beliefs.

Freedom of Thought is embedded into the DNA of Theosophy. As Theosophists, we think of ourselves as having open minds and the ability to think for ourselves. In some cases that’s more aspirational than actual. We have as many closed-minded people as any other organization – and according to some, even more. (1)

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Mini-interviews Jaap Trouw

The Society MI 8 Jaap Trouw 1

  1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS? 

My name is Jaap (Jacob) Trouw. I live in The Hague in the Netherlands with my wife Marijke. We are both members of the TS and of The Hague Lodge since 2011.

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