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Good News from Portugal – 2 (more pioneers work!)

Message received from Theosophy Forward’s contributor Paulo Baptista

On the May 18 and 19, the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, hosted a conference about Consciousness. Organized by the Centro Lusitano de Unificação Cultural, this important event which attracted more than 250 people, consisted of 15 lectures dealing with the different perspectives of the problem of consciousness.

Wonderful overview of the auditorium

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Good News from Barend Voorham and Brazil

Barend Voorham, an active member of TS-Point Loma, Blavatskyhouse in the Netherlands, at the invitation of Marcos de Resende and the TS-Adyar in Brazil, conducted an outstanding course at the Theosophical Institute near Brasilia in June 2016. Contacts and open dialogues among Theosophists are tremendously important and fruitful nowadays. Freed from worn out prejudices, exchanging views while deepening the understanding of the teachings, all this accelerated through the good work of International Theosophy Conferences, have luckily become a custom.

When Theosophists around the world from different Theosophical organizations meet each other more often, a cohesive network is created, which ultimately will encompass our entire planet.

In May 2018, Barend met Bruno Carlucci during an event about HPB in Lisbon, Portugal. Bruno is a member of Brasília Lodge in the capital of Brazil. Because Barend had come to Brazil for a family visit, the chairwoman of that Lodge, Maria Alice Fonseca, invited Barend to deliver a lecture on the 16th of January. The title of his talk was Karma and Ahimsa, the Power of Nonviolence.

At the Brasilia Lodge in Brasilia: From the left to the right, Maria Alice Fonseca, Barend and Valeria Marques de Oliveira, who is a co-worker for Theosophy Forward

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Good News from the Adyar Archives

The Blavatsky Bungalow was recently renovated and officially reopened by International President Tim Boyd during the last held International Convention. Theosophy Forward, with kind permission of the Officer in Charge of the Adyar Archives, Jaishree Kannan, proudly publishes some historical back and white photos of the Blavatsky Bungalow which, according to Jaishree, were taken between 1908 and 1915. Enjoy!

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Good News from the European School of Theosophy

The next session of the School will be held in beautiful Greece from 13 – 18 October, 2019.

Theme of this year’s edition is:

REINCARNATION – Science and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition

Sculpture by Matteo Pugliese

The organizers are glad to inform you that the venue for the EuST 2019 will be at the 'Green' Hotel Negroponte in Eretria, a small coastal town on the Evia Island in Greece. Negroponte is a beachfront hotel overlooking the Gulf of Evia with breathtaking views of the surrounding sea, the mountains, and pine forest.

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Good News from Mumbai

Message (unedited) received from Arni Narendran.

While Theosophists from all over the world were gathered on the banks of the Adyar River in Chennai for the 143rd International convention, probably the longest continuing and sustained spiritual conference in the world, Theosophists from Mumbai gathered at the Blavatsky Lodge by the French Bridge, in proximity to the Arabian Sea. Extending between 1st to 5th of January 2019, the “ MUMBAI SUPPORT CONVENTION” was organized, convened by the Blavatsky Lodge and Bombay Theosophical Federation, a tradition echoing the spirit of Adyar and for those metropolitan busy bees who are unable to travel to Chennai for whatsoever the reason.

Members, participants Blavatsky Lodge, Arni Narendran in the middle with hat and blue shirt

At one point of history there used to be an entourage of Mumbai and Gujarat Theosophists numbering as much as fifty attending the Adyar convention by railroad with a spirit of camaraderie and fun, they were all housed in the Blavatsky Bungalow, which is now in the limelight with its new innovated and refurbished Avatar-by the visionary insight of President Tim Boyd and Mr. Michiel Haas, an award winning Architect from Holland, on a journey that took as much as 24 hours. Ironically with as many as ten flights to Chennai from Mumbai, every day and the travel time cut to one hour and fifty minutes, the numbers have trickled down to a few. It was with this in mind the support convention concept was born and remains popular in our calendar of activities at the Blavatsky Lodge.

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