- 1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?
My name is Ingrid Eberhard – Evans, I joined the Theosophical Society 1984 in London and soon after moved to Wales transferring my membership to the Welsh Association.
2. Are you active in your Lodge/Section and if so, what do you do?
Our geographical location, Mid Wales, prevented my joining a lodge; instead I travelled to many kinds of Theosophical activities in Europe, America and India. I was secretary in the European Federation of National Societies, General Secretary in the Welsh Association and since 1982 one of the Organisers in the European School of Theosophy, the latter an excellent and little known organisation for the study of the original teachings of H. P. Blavatsky, The Mahatma Letters and related literature.
3. How did you first learn about Theosophy or come in contact with the Society?
My spiritual journey started with one of Christmas Humphreys books. Soon afterwards a friend from the USA on visit to London invited me to join her for meditation at the TS HQ in London where I bought the little booklet What is Theosophy all About? by Geoffrey Farthing, I had come home.
4. What does Theosophy mean to you?
Over the years Theosophy contributed considerably to changing “meine Weltanschauung”, to the philosophy of life and all it implies in its application in daily life. I am grateful to many Senior TS members, many no longer with us in body, for their dedication and dissemination of the Theosophical teachings in the classroom and in practice.
5. What is your favourite Theosophical book and why?
One of my favorite Theosophical books has to be The Voice of the Silence, this little gem of a book has helped my understanding of what life is all about and what has to be done; applied it reveals the beauty and goodness in nature when the little self is subdued and no longer the leading force in one’s life. Other favourite works are The Secret Doctrine, The Mahatma Letters, and the teachings of the Buddha in Mahayana Buddhism.
6. What in your opinion is the biggest challenge the TS Adyar is facing at the moment?
We live in technological challenging times and change as we know from the teachings and in practice is a certainty in life. One hopes the changes needed for bringing Adyar into a more agile and administrative modern organization are being considered following the new presidential election and a new administration.
7. Is there anything you would wish for the future of the Theosophical Movement?
It is encouraging that international and diverse Theosophical movements are coming together, hopefully to emphasize the common ground in the Theosophical teachings and by doing so helping to spread the teachings so very much needed in our world today.
From the editor:
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