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mankind's future depends upon the abandonment of sectarianism and its replacement with the brotherhood which lies at the very heart of Theosophy and The Theosophical Society
Insight Journal

Summer 2006

Public Lecture

15 October 2006 6:00pm
Malcolm Stewart

Leonardo da Vinci, Stonehenge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Pythagoras, the Indian Fire Altar, the Rituals of the Chinese Emperor, of John Dee the Elizabethan magician, the music of the monasteries . . . these and a host of other people, places and artefacts all share a common secret culture that is today nicknamed ‘sacred geometry’.

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Summer School 2006
Living Wisdom
Moulton College, Northamptonshire

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Master of Arts course in Western Esotericism
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Exeter

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Finding our Ground

11th October 2006

Our most basic reality, according to that great thinker and mystic, Master Eckhart, is the same as God's

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European School of Theosophy
Athens - 14th - 21st October 2006

Guest Speakers
Prof. John Algeo
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris

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When H.P. Blavatsky co-founded The Theosophical Society in 1875 she challenged both dogmatic religious authority and scientific materialism. Today we have to challenge the extremes of indifference, religious fundamentalism and the babble of many groups all claiming to exclusively have the truth.

It is the distinctive statement about the nature of God which both challenges, inspires and puzzles many about Theosophy. H. P. Blavatsky says Theosophy is not a religion nor is its philosophy new; it is as old as thinking man. It denies Deity no more than it does the sun. It only refuses to accept any of the gods of the so-called monotheistic religions, gods created by man in his own image and likeness, a blasphemous and sorry caricature of the Ever-Unknowable, she says –

"Our Deity is neither in a paradise, nor in a particular tree, building or mountain; it is everywhere, in every atom of the visible as of the invisible Cosmos, in, over and around every indivisible atom and divisible molecule; for IT is the mysterious power of evolution and involution, the omnipresent, omnipotent, and every omniscient creative potentiality".

Theosophy transcends all man-made religions with a profound philosophical truth which appeals to all true seekers for answers to the mystery of Life. It is not a religion, it is religion itself.

The Theosophical Society is made up of men and women who are united by their determination to promote brotherhood and to remove religious, racial and other antagonisms. The Society, which imposes no belief on its members, wishes to draw together all persons of goodwill, whatsoever their opinions or religious persuasion (if any). We think that the prime emphasis on brotherhood, tolerance and freedom of thought, will eventually dissolve the barriers which have separated us. If you are in accord with our objects [see below] you may wish to join the Society. You can find out more about us by requesting further information using the 'contact us' link.
Theosophy reveals the wisdom and secret doctrine underlying all religions and mythologies. Our maxim is that ‘There is no religion higher than Truth’. Theosophy further declares that by exploring the deeps and heights of our own natures we can come to the inner experience of that Truth. Put simply, we affirm that all life is one life, a natural law pervades the universe, and an evolutionary process is universal.

When the Theosophical Society was founded over a hundred years ago such a group was considered startling and revolutionary. It has resulted in a recent Western re-introduction of many, now familiar, teachings such as reincarnation and karma. Esoteric Eastern philosophy is set forth alongside an ancient western mystery tradition including that of Kabbalah, Alchemy, & Gnosticism. Today, the Society exists world-wide with some 50 national sections, each with autonomous local branches (38 in England). The International Headquarters is at Adyar, Chennai, India.

The word Theosophy means 'Divine Wisdom', and derives from the Greek ( Theos god, sophia wisdom). In the sphere of human life these principles are expressed as: the brotherhood of all humanity, the unfolding of potentialities in ourselves through (some form of) reincarnation under the law of karma, and human perfectibility and transcendence. This cannot be enclosed in words; all statements about Theosophy are partial and the Divine Wisdom, which is Truth, must be discovered in experience by everyone for themselves.
Theosophy is not a religion in itself and the Society is non-sectarian and non-political. We are open to all people regardless of race, nationality, class, creed or gender.
Membership is open to all accepting the Society's three declared objectives, namely:
1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man

Introductory Course: THEOSOPHY: Way to Self-Discovery
Weekly from 17 September – 3 December, 4.45 – 5.45 pm
Introduction to the Ageless Wisdom, providing answers to questions surrounding the purpose of life and human destiny. Leader: Colin Price, National President of The Theosophical Society in England. Admission: free, donations welcome

London Sunday Afternoon Events

22 October 2006 2:00pm
Edward Archer

The adventure continues! Are you actively engaged in some form of spiritual quest? Do you have inner experiences? If so, here is a unique opportunity to meet others of similar aspiration, to talk about the experiences and to swap ideas, in an atmosphere of harmony, freedom and comradeship.
Edward Archer is a musical instrument designer and writer with a long interest in inner development and spiritual experiences. He is a longstanding TS member and has had a number of spiritual experiences of his own. Arranged by The Theosophical Society in England.
£7, £5 concessions + TS members

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View of Bulgaria RetreatI am renovating a house as a non-profit retreat for Theosophists and Buddhists in the beautiful Rodopi mountain region of southern Bulgaria. One floor is already finished with all modern conveniences – water, gas, electricity and telephone and ready for occupation.

I am looking for three persons who are skilled in plumbing, bricklaying & electric wiring to help finish the second floor. I am also looking for a garden specialist to plant an organic orchard.

The project will take approximately a month to complete and workers will be required from mid April to September 2006.

Accommodation and vegetarian food will be provided. If you enjoy the beautiful scenery of pine forests, mineral springs, pure nature and meditation and if you have the required skills, I would like to hear from you.
Please contact Vladimir Baskayev on: Tel: 020 8675 3713

Bookshop The bookshop at 50 Gloucester Place has published it's occassional newsletter (3) which includes articles on Hatha & Raja Yoga, and Mahatmas & Chelas. newsletter

The Wizard of Oz is a children's story known and loved all over the world. Few know that its author was a theosophist. John Algeo's entertaining lecture tells of the story as a symbolic description of the journey of the soul. The lecture is now available as a tape, CD or download from our online bookshop

About Meditation - The greatest difference between prayer and meditation, as understood by all religions that use it, is that while prayer is making contact with the God without, meditation is reaching for the God within.
The Joy of Meditation - regular meditation courses at The Dhyana Centre


Satyan nasti paro dharma
There is no religion higher than Truth

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