Mini–interviews Fourth Quarter 2012
- Published: Sunday, 02 December 2012 19:37
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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.
1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?
My name is Monica Maghiar. Originally from Romania, I'm now living at Madre Grande Monastery in Dulzura, California. I'm a member of the Paracelsian Order, a Theosophical group. I joined the International Theosophical Conference four years ago in Petaluma.
2. Are you active in your Lodge/Section and if so, what do you do?
I'm a monk and also Secretary of the Monastery. We emphasize both healing and teaching. I actively assist other monks and friars in maintaining a sacred space conducive to authentic spiritual progress. We find it a common challenging endeavor and we encourage others to join our efforts.
3. How did you first learn about Theosophy or come in contact with the Society?
I first learned about The Paracelsian Order from the Abbott, John Drais. I listened to him reading The Voice of the Silence on a CD. He communicated a remarkable energy I had rarely encountered before. When I contacted him, I learned this was part of an entire path for altruistic self-development open to everyone. Theosophy! He invited me to review similar works at Madre Grande's library. I followed his advice, and my son and I began full-time residency there in 2006.
4. What does Theosophy mean to you?
Theosophy provides wisdom that enables us to live life to the fullest. It accomplishes this by showing us how to utilize every moment in service to others and to our highest aims. Its teachings are extraordinary tools by which we learn how to share our spiritual progress with others while still respecting their unique personalities and opinions. In this way, humanity's brotherhood is not simply acknowledged but concretely supported.
5. What is your favourite Theosophical book and why?
The Voice of the Silence. It is incredibly comprehensive, unfolding so many subtle and yet powerful insights. For me, it has become a manual for successful living.
6. What in your opinion is the biggest challenge the TS Adyar (as an organization) is facing at the moment?
Without a doubt, its biggest challenge lies in continuing their work toward unifying the Theosophical movement worldwide.
7. Is there anything you would wish for the future of the Theosophical Movement?
I hope it strengthens its determination and thereby acquires the power to create more Theosophical schools.