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Mini-Interviews David Sztain

The Society MI 8 David

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

David Sztain – originally born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I grew up there. Eventually my family moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, where we lived for 4 years. I did most of high school there. Mid-way through, in 1993, we moved to Calgary, Canada, where I’ve lived since. So, yes, I am fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew, in that order.

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Mini-Interviews Deepa Padhi

The Society MI 10 Deepa Padhi

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

I am Deepa Padhi. I live in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.I have been a member of TS since 1994.

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Mini-Interviews Pradeep H. Gohil

The Society MI 12 Pradeep

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

My name is Pradeep H. Gohil. I was born and brought up in Bhavnagar, Gujarat State, India, about 300 kms north west of Mumbai. I completed 11th grade of school there and then went to Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, California, as an AFS scholar to complete High School Graduation. I came back to India to do B.E.(Hons) in Chemical Engineering. I went back to the U.S. to do M.S. in Chem Engg, M.S. in Plastics and an MBA. I worked in the U.S. for 8 years before returning to settle down in India. I became a member of TS at the Bhavnagar Lodge, where my parents were members for about 25 years.

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Mini-Interviews Paul Benedict

The Society MI 14 Paul Benedict

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

My name is Paul Benedict, I was born in Phoenix, AZ in 1981 and I currently live in Las Vegas, NV, having moved here when I was 10 years old, in 1991. I’ve been a member of the TS since 2007.

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Mini-Interviews Andreas Mikael Isberg

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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 Andreas Mikael Isberg and I have been a member of the TS for about 15 years.

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Editorial – How Do You Do Theosophy?

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

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How ….?

It is often overlooked that Theosophy is a system of thought especially designed to make us aware that the only valid reason we’re here on this blue marble called Earth, is to serve and help others. In this material jungle of ours it is all about winning, our countries first, us against them, causing an acceleration of divisive thinking. In this context, I not seldom hear that many in our circles are preoccupied about the raison d'être of the TS or Theosophy even. They claim that the TS, 120-130 years ago, had something special or ‘new’ to share with the world but now that is all different. There are so many ‘spiritual’ organizations active who have continued the spreading of that what made the TS so unique many decades ago. This stance is quite incorrect and it demonstrates that many might not have fully understood what Theosophy and their vehicles stand for in this day and age.

The state of affairs in the world around us is murky and while we are supposed to live in the shelter of each other, the obvious communion with others is hopelessly disturbed, under threat and overshadowed by ignorance and greed. Educational systems that were developed over the last 50 to 80 years are solely focused on modifying young world citizens into vicious competitors aiming for the ‘ultimate’ objectives in life: money, more money, status, and the latest smart-phone. The world, rapidly turning into a global village, is filled up with millions who are entangled in the shackles of materialism.

Truth and decency have made room for alternative facts and vulgarity, the existing systems and their tireless collaborators are out there doing their utmost to keep the train to nowhere running at high speed. Theosophists ‘in doubt’ ought to realize though, that if ever there was a moment for a Theosophical movement, or, if you wish, Theosophy, it is right now at this very moment.

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Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School

The School needs your help!

For over 120 years, the Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School (OMHSS) has been providing a solid education for underprivileged boys and girls in Adyar, a suburb of Chennai in India. 

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Students in the classroom at the Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School

Colonel Olcott’s pioneering work for educating the poor children from marginalized sections of society is very well known. The concept that through education the underprivileged and disadvantaged can be enabled to stand on their own feet and fight for what is due to them was formulated and given a practical shape by Colonel Olcott much before similar work was started by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar. Several Olcott Panchama Schools were started in and around old Madras. The first one that was started in 1894 by Col. Olcott using his own meagre financial resources continues today and has since been upgraded recently as Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School. It was started as a free school with 45 students including nine girls. Even today no fees are charged to any of the students who go through a life transforming experience at the school. Theosophists alone rose above caste considerations to be the first lot of volunteer teachers at the school.” (By Chittaranjan Satapathy, Inaugural Address, National Conference on Theosophical Education, 23 & 24 September 2016)

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Mini-Interviews Valéria Marques de Oliveira

The Society MI 2 Valeria

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

My name is Valéria Marques de Oliveira, I am from Brazil and I have been a member of the TS since August 12th, 1994.

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Mini-Interviews Luke Michael Ironside

The Society MI 4 LUKE MICHAEL IRONSIDE

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

My name is Luke Michael Ironside. I was born on the island of Guernsey, just off the French coast of Normandy, although spent the majority of my childhood and life growing up in New Zealand, at the complete opposite side of the globe. I have no one particular place which I call my home, and rather regard myself as being a global citizen. This year I will be living between the United Kingdom and the Philippines.

I joined the Theosophical Society formally in 2016, although had been studying Theosophy and related subjects independently for six years prior to this. I have had a deep interest in such subjects as comparative religion, philosophy, and esotericism since a very young age and it was these interests which led me to my current involvement in the TS.

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Mini-Interviews Elena Dovalsantos

The Society MI 6 Elena Dovalsantos

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

Elena Dovalsantos. Originally from the Philippines; currently residing in Ojai, California.

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Mini-Interviews Pablo Minniti

The Society MI 8 Pablo Minniti

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

My name is Pablo Minniti. I was born in Italy, grew up in Argentina, then moved to NY in 1970. I currently reside at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, CA. I joined the TS in 1989, 28 years ago.

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Mini-Interviews Daniele Ulotti

The Society MI 10 Daniele

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

My name is Daniele Ulotti. I was born on 14th April 1981 and raised in Northern Italy in a small village between the cities of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 60km from Bologna. I have been a member of the TS since September 2012.

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