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Editorial – The future of Theosophy and of all its vehicles is very promising!

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

Introduction:

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Bill Gates

Microsoft’s icon Bill Gates, when asked about his view regarding the developments on our planet earth in the year 2014, in connection with the world’s overall health situation said: “Of course, we can’t ignore the fact that it’s been a turbulent year, in the United States and many other countries. But it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate some of the good news too. More children are surviving than ever before. We’re making progress against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. These are some of the most fundamental ways to measure the world’s progress — and by that measure, 2014 was definitely another good year.”

In spite of the horrific news that reaches us daily from many parts in the world, the Middle-East, Africa, Eastern-Europe, Afghanistan and Pakistan in particular, if we would look more intensively and dig a little deeper, we notice that a culture of peace is emerging in all fields of human endeavor, although when one watches the new bulletins this conclusion might seem paradoxal.

I have a special “link” with the number seven, so let’s just take a quick look at seven pieces of good news I came across after some “digging”:

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Mini-Interviews Nancy Secrest

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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 Nancy Secrest. I am from the United States, originally Detroit, Michigan. I moved to the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California in 1987, then to the TS in America’s national headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois in 1988. I currently live in Washougal, Washington which is a small town very near Portland, Oregon. I’m a life member of the TS. I joined the TS in April, 1970 which would make it 45 years that I have been a member.

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Mini-Interviews Olga Shtykova Omlin

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

Olga Shtykova Omlin, originally from Belarus, currently I am a resident at Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, CA. I joined the Theosophical Society Adyar in 2002 and was a member at large until I became a member of the Theosophical Society in America (Adyar) in 2010.

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Mini-Interviews Jonathan Colbert

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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 Jonathan Colbert. I live in Santa Barbara, California. I have been an associate of the ULT for 37 years.

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Mini-Interviews Pavel Malakhov

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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 Pavel Malakhov. I am from Russia. I have been a member of TS since 2009.

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Mini-Interviews Rafael Marques de Albuquerque

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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 Rafael Marques de Albuquerque. I am originally from Florianopolis (Brazil) and I am currently living in Nottingham (UK) for my PhD studies. I joined the TS Adyar in 2012 in Brazil.

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Mini-Interviews Dewald Bester

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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 Dewald Bester, I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I first joined the TS Adyar about 23 years ago when I was 19 or 20. I left the local lodge after about 5 years in solidarity with a Theosophical mentor who had been asked to leave the lodge by the existing president. I joined the TS Pasadena and remain a member. Two years ago I was approached by the Cape Town Adyar Lodge to be president, which I did for 9 months or so. After being re-elected, I resigned as president, realising I could not function from the heart in the environment as it existed.

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Mini-Interviews J. Dayanand

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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 J. Dayanand and I am from Tamilnadu, India, at present living in Pondicherry. In my professional life, I am retired now, I was an expert on flora and fauna and recognized as such by the government of India. I studied reclamation of soil at Oxford University in the UK, and among many other activities I was Director of the Food Cooperation of India, in New Delhi. I am a Life Member of the TS-Adyar.

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Editorial – Am I in the Wrong Movie?

Am I in the Wrong Movie?

[… and some thoughts about internet trolls]

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

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If we consider carefully the options put before us / So much wisdom so much love so much waiting for us / And if we look ahead there's the sun and the seasons / Another day another age of reason” – from John Farnham’s “Age of Reasons”

For this impressive song, click here

By the end of a year, I tend to turn somewhat sentimental.

Another twelve months went by, offering many opportunities; I realize that perhaps only a handful came to realization. Yes, we are told never to look at what one doesn’t have, but to cherish that what you have in your hands, so I want to make use of this opportunity to thank all those wonderful and hardworking volunteers who have been loyal to Theosophy Forward, making this unique publication possible. Thanks to all, spread out over the planet: The United States (California, Kentucky, and Wheaton-Illinois), Brazil, Costa Rica, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal (Madeira Island), Spain, France, Holland, and India.

When I started off way back in 2009 with this e-magazine, I had no idea where the story would take me. We are five years on the road now and soon the sixth year will commence and there are great plans, quite sensational I must say, but at this stage I cannot reveal more than just that it will be another Theosophical leap forward!

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THOUGHTS TO REMEMBER

[In November 2014, Theosophy Forward published a number of quotes by Radha Burnier on its homepage. These quotes were very well received. To facilitate our readers we hereby reprint them.]

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Mini-Interviews Renee Sell

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

My name is Renee Sell, I live in New Zealand. I was originally brought up in Australia but have lived my adult life in New Zealand. I have been a member of the TS now for 17 years.

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Mini-Interviews Robert Pullen

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

My name is Robert Pullen. I am from Holland, the town of Breda, and I am not a member The Theosophical Society Adyar, Point Loma or Pasadena. I am the chairman of the Theosophical Centre “Post Nubila Lux” in Breda, Holland.

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