Theosophy and the Society in the Public Eye

A note from Joma Sipe in Portugal (May 2024)

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Joima at work 

Last year I created a custom piece that I have not shared yet, it is called “Message from the Land of Silence”. This is a panel made with the six pointed star, symbolizing inspiration and the dove representing the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, at the bottom the symbolism of the Triad, inserted in a form of three swirling circles.

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Strolling along with Richard

Strolling along with Richard

Text and photos by Richard Dvořák

Strolling through the orchard meadows of South West Germany today, the sun's warmth truly made its presence felt for the first time this year. It was a walk through a landscape in transition. Witnessing the gentle unfurling of buds and the subtle shades of green reclaiming the trees, I couldn't help but draw parallels to the human journey—our own seasons of growth and renewal. As winter's cloak is gently lifted, the promise of spring brings a sense of rejuvenation, a welcome revitalization after the introspective cold. It's a time of looking forward to brighter days and the vibrant energy that life, once again, promises to offer.

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Celebrating Visual Splendor and Spiritual Exploration

Text and photos by Richard Dvořák

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Richard Dvořák, photographer, author and fellow seeker

Immersed in the enchanting landscapes of India, my ongoing journey goes beyond mere appreciation for its beauty. Participating in the School of the Wisdom - "Love and Death in Great Spiritual Traditions" at the Blavatsky Bungalow on the TS Campus in Adyar, that was guided by Ravi Ravindra, from January 16 to January 26, 2024, but I am also deeply involved volunteering at Tiruvannamalai.

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A note from Joma Sipe in Portugal (February 2024) 

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Joma at work, always modest, dedicated and inspired ...

In 2023 I concluded a series that begun in 2020 called The Manifestations of Love, a series of 9 panels, made on black canvas, 70x90cm in size, with golden and silver ink pens and crystals, including texts written by my dear friend Polì Cardoso, who lives in  Brazil.

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A note from Joma Sipe in Portugal (October 2023)

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Joma looking up at one of his fine creations

Reflecting on the panels I started doing with the series “Christ Energy and Light”, I became interested in knowing more about the Holy Shroud of Turin. There is much information available and the revealing photos of Secondo Pia, the very first photographer of the Shroud back in 1898 are awesome. All the information leads to the real cloth that covered the body of Christ when he descended from the cross and was put in the grave in a cave, although there are many speculations about its origins and even how the image was formed on the cloth. I bought the book written by Guiseppe Enrie, another photographer who took pictures of the Shroud in 1931. It  contains detailed photos and descriptions of all that was discovered on the cloth. Recently many other discoveries were made, including some letters, written in various languages bearing words used during the time of the Christ crucifixion.  

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A visit to the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York!

David M. Grossman – USA

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The author and compiler

New York City is unquestionably one of the great visual art centers of the world with such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art just to name a few. Yet most people, not even New Yorkers are aware that on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on a quiet residential Street just off Riverside Drive in a townhouse that basically blends in with the other buildings on West 107th Street sits a quiet little jewel that is the Nicholas Roerich Museum.

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A Magical Encounter: ITC Naarden, Tara, Buddhas, and the Radiance of the Strawberry Moon

Photos by Richard Dvořák

A good friend and I, hailing from Germany, had the pleasure of attending an immersive workshop called "Cooperative Work with Invisible Worlds" conducted by the esteemed Kurt Leland at the renowned International Theosophical Centre in Naarden, the Netherlands This enlightening experience offered us valuable insights into the existence of invisible realms and entities, particularly nonhuman beings like nature spirits, fairies, devas, and angels. I must admit, I have yet to discover a more conducive place in Europe for cultivating our inner senses than the enchanting forest that beckons us to take leisurely walks. During these peaceful strolls, I always make a point to pause by the garden beneath St. Michael's House, where the statues of Tara and Buddha stand, serenely facing one another.

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Capturing the essence of invisible worlds through photography has always been a challenging endeavor.

On Sunday, June 4, 2023, a phenomenon known as the "strawberry moon" was to grace the night sky, possibly casting a unique ambiance and illumination. Inspired by this, I aimed to capture the ethereal glow of moonlight upon the Tara through long exposure. Around 2 AM, I embarked on a nocturnal journey through the shadowy forest, but to my disappointment, the moon failed to rise above the treetops, leaving the landscape dimly lit. Even with significantly prolonged exposure times, the resulting images would have been grainy and lacking clarity.

Fortunately, I had a small key flashlight at my disposal. With the camera shutter open for a duration of 30 seconds, I began to experiment. The two images below are the result of allowing the beam of light to pass through my thumb, painting a red line onto the photograph, while whirling and dancing towards the statues, away from the camera. Counting to 20, I then directed the bright light to illuminate the statues for just a second, capturing a fleeting moment of brilliance.

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