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Mini-Interviews José Manuel Anacleto

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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 José Manuel Anacleto, I am from Lisbon Portugal, although I rather consider myself a citizen of the world. I began to study Theosophy in 1979 and I did it with a group of friends, so I didn’t feel the call to join a Theosophical organisation, even at the time when we visited the Theosophical Society in Portugal (Adyar). Later (in 1988) I was one of the founders of an institution, the Centro Lusitano de Unificação Cultural-CLUC (Lusitanian Centre of Cultural Unification), (which is still active today, and is managed by myself), and although it is not strictly a Theosophical organisation, Theosophy is its key reference. At the CLUC, we publish several books and the Biosofia magazine ( www.biosofia.net  ). I give conferences and courses and organise other activities (e.g. meditation practices) which are mostly Theosophical or generally connected to Esoteric Philosophy. In 2001, I became a member of the Portuguese Section of the Adyar Theosophical Society, basically to give my contribution. There, I was active for about 2 or 3 years, but stopped for several reasons. A little later (in 2006) I joined the United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT).

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C.W. Leadbeater again

Message received from Leslie Price – England  

Recently there has been renewed scholarly interest in the life and work of C.W. Leadbeater. In 2011, Richard Smoley edited for Quest Books a new edition of a work by Leadbeater now called Christian Gnosis. In 2013, Quest produced a new edition of Leadbeater’s The Chakras edited by Kurt Leland.  Leland has also written a valuable editorial report in the journal Theosophical History July 2014 on the problems in reconstructing the text and original illustrations for the book The Chakras.

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CWL, photo taken in 1930 in Madras (now Chennai)

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Pearls of Joy – Part Two

Foreword from the E-book:

Pearls of Joy is the title of a small booklet dedicated to the memory of Joy Mills, a great Theosophist, teacher and human being. Those who were fortunate enough to know her, work with her or study under her guidance will agree that words cannot describe this compassionate, wonderful and unforgettable Theosophical giant.

This E-book contains a unique in-depth interview with Joy and a number of quotations.

Joy served as President of the Theosophical Society in America from 1965–1974, and then as international Vice President in Adyar, India from 1974–1980. During 75 years of membership, Joy taught numerous courses, lectured in over 50 countries and authored several important books.

As a lecturer, with her recognizable and sonorous voice she excelled and was able to touch people’s hearts, whilst as a teacher she had the great gift to fully share with her students that what she herself had learnt over the many years of profound study.

Must sincerely thank Kathy Gann, Janet Kerschner and Anton Rozman for making this publication possible.

Jan Nicolaas Kind

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Click on the cover to open the E-book

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Editorial

Editorial

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

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Your editor’s desk

The Theosophical Society-Adyar is most definitely “on the move”, just as Theosophy Forward (TF) is. This E-magazine is seven years on the road now, doing its work serving, and time has gone by so very quickly. I often mentioned in talks and in my writings that TF’s conception in 2009 was wholly caused by pain and a deep frustration directly after the tumultuous 2008 election for International President of the TS-Adyar. Time had come to show the world that there is much more to Theosophy than skirmishes between members inside one of its vehicles, or some silly characters throwing mud around on internet forums. This magazine has always tried to transmit optimism and clarity while it has also offered a platform where all members, affiliates or students from the various Theosophical vehicles meet, by supporting the essential work of International Theosophy Conferences Inc. (ITC)

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Pearls of Joy – Part One

Foreword from the E-book:

Pearls of Joy is the title of this small booklet dedicated to the memory of Joy Mills, a great Theosophist, teacher and human being. Those who were fortunate enough to know her, work with her or study under her guidance will agree that words cannot describe this compassionate, wonderful and unforgettable Theosophical giant.

This E-book contains a unique in-depth interview with Joy and a number of quotations.

Joy served as President of the Theosophical Society in America from 1965–1974, and then as international Vice President in Adyar, India from 1974–1980. During 75 years of membership, Joy taught numerous courses, lectured in over 50 countries and authored several important books.

As a lecturer, with her recognizable and sonorous voice she excelled and was able to touch people’s hearts, whilst as a teacher she had the great gift to fully share with her students that what she herself had learnt over the many years of profound study.

Must sincerely thank Kathy Gann, Janet Kerschner and Anton Rozman for making this publication possible.

Jan Nicolaas Kind

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Click on the cover to open the E-book

Here follows the adjusted version of the E-book, made suitable for Theosophy Forward the magazine.

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Mini-Interviews Warwick Keys

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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 Warwick Keys, I live in New Zealand and I have been a Theosophist for 21 years, although I was teaching Theosophical understandings long before I joined the Society.

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Mini-Interviews Elly van Doorn

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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 Elly van Doorn and I was born and raised in the Netherlands, in the city of Arnhem. I have been a member of the Theosophical Society (TS Adyar) in Arnhem since the early nineties.

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Mini-Interviews Arni Narendran

The Society MI 6 Arni Narendran

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

My name is Arni Narendran and I am from Mumbai. I joined the TS in 1976 at Chennai, after participating at the centenary convention, I was immediately assigned the task of a Manager at the International Youth Centre at the Adyar HQ which was established by the then President Bro John Coates along with the project initiator Bro Nathaniel Altman, a writer on Ahimsa, Vegetarianism, and Power Spots, who now lives in New York.

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Mini-Interviews Carol Nicholson

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

I am Carol Nicholson. I was born in Orange, New Jersey, which, incidentally, is also where Coronel Olcott was born. I live at Krotona in Ojai, California where I am the Quest Bookshop Manager. Separately, both of my parents found the TS when they were 18, so I was born into Theosophy. I became an active member in 1987.

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Mini-Interviews Vicki Jerome

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

Vicki Jerome, from – aha, now there’s a tricky question! I’m living in a rural area of Canterbury, near Christchurch, New Zealand, but like to say I’m from Wellington, my favourite city in NZ where I lived for 22 years and joined the TS at the start of 1978… but before that, lived in USA for 5 years (New York, then New Jersey) after 4 years at university in London, England… but originally (yes, I’m getting there!) from Nottingham, England (Robin Hood and all that!) – but wait, there’s more! Was born and spent the first 8 months of my life in Wales, UK. (No wonder I’m an intrepid traveller!)

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Mini-Interviews Minor Lile

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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 Minor Lile. I was born in Seattle, WA, USA, and have lived most of my life in this region, which is known as the Pacific Northwest. I currently live on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands on the Salish Sea in the NW corner of the United States. I joined the Theosophical Society in 1989 in Seattle.

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Mini-Interviews Leonie Van Gelder

The Society MI 14 Leonie Van Gelder

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

My name is Leonie Van Gelder. I was born in Vancouver, Canada, lived in Sydney, Australia for some years growing up, and have lived in the US since 1971. Currently I live with my husband, Minor Lile on Orcas Island in Washington State, not far from Seattle. I have been a TS member for 42 years.

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