Theosophy News Worldwide 2nd Quarter 2020

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steven otto Dear friends of Theosophy,

between the first and second Covid19-Wave now burning cities in North-America and a worldwide anti-racist effort with more or less brutal riots. This society is not finding back to peace and quiet.

And the subject of racism will also catch up with Theosophy, if one does not react from the official side, in order to clearly distance oneself from some at least questionable statements, e.g. in Blavatsky's works, and to erase them from the doctrine, as we understand it today.

I am not talking about the racial doctrine itself etc., but about a few derailments or mistakes. Meanwhile in Germany one even tries to label Kant as racist and I also see, what happens to the followers of Rudolph Steiner, who justify themselves instead of cleaning up.

The outlook will not become more favourable, if we do not act united and resolutely, maybe a topic for the ITC, which has proven that it can provide results (which, by the way, is held online this year, see the upcoming events section on the right sidebar). But I am afraid nothing will happen.

The question to my readers within the last newsletter as part of the series "Top 10 misbeliefs of theosophical scholars" was: The Causeless Cause is NOT be be understand LITERALLY in Theosophy and it was answered 50:50 in a survey.

And this series takes a short break because I think it's important to point out an incident that was very disturbing, at least for me. Therefore, the title of the quarterly theme in this issue is: TS (Adyar in North-) America, can you help?

Beside this you can find here, as every quarter, much interesting material, free theosophical magazines (right sidebar), all the news from Theosophical Societies, articles from theosophical websites including a new launched magazine and a press-review from outside the Movement about Theosophy f.e. with a film-review about the theosophy-inspirtated artist Hilma af Klint.

And now I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful summer. With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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Topic of the quarter: TS (Adyar in North-) America, can you help?


In the middle of April I received an e-mail, more precisely an appeal for donations from the TS (Adyar North-)America. This is nothing unusual especially for the so called TSA, also on the website the call for donations is in the center of attention for a long time.

The manner was a bit inappropriate from my point of view and I personally consider it as a kind of begging. Here some quotes from this mail:

We ask that you please donate all that you can today. Can you offer $150? $500? $1,000 or more? [...] Please give the most generous donation you can today. (Source)

$ 1.000 during a global economic and social crisis, and wait, if you "furloughed two thirds of [our] dedicated, hard-working staff" (as also announced in the same newsletter) you save a lot of money, don't you?

Anyway, one more questionable turn of Adyar and so far nothing really bad I thought, however, but then, additional information reached me via the Theos-Talk Newslist (see below), that puts all this in a different light.

With $17million in the Theosophical Investment Trust (the money is under the control of American Section and can be used for any purpose) there was no justification to put employees on furlough. Furloughing the poor employee is easy. (Source)

Now that PPP money of estimated $325k has been received and most of it would be treated as a grant with no tax, it is but fair that Wheaton notify all those to whom earlier donation email was sent. (Source)

Years ago, when American Section was in a critical financial condition, Herbert Kern stepped in to help. He wanted financial help to work like a catalyst. But, due to the investments in Kern Trust grew, more and more money was flowing to American Section. The legal setup of the Trust required most of its income to distributed annually. If not, it has to pay income tax. Ultimately Trust ended up earning $1+ Million annually which was distributed mostly to American Section. (Source)

In addition to money in the bank, it is not hurting for income. Annually gets $1million+ from Kern and $50,000 from Cleveland lodge. (Source)

If this is true, surely, there is no shame in having 17 million in the bank, a security, why not. Then to get 1 million a year is a great fortune, and additional 50,000 a year from Clevland, that's what I call a good basis.

But why then such a call for donations up to $1,000 and more, with the tone of a command from an apparently dying society, because of the Covid19-Pandemic?

Would Blavatsky have come up with the idea of paying herself a six-figure salary from the TS fund? It would certainly be interesting to find out exactly what the actual output for the promotion of Theosophy is, what is done with all the money?

My boss also furloughed us partial and I wrote to him, that's unfair that the smaller people have to bear the losses and that if he had paid these losses, that wouldn't have made him much poorer, but the single mothers etc. etc. that didn't have it easy even before the crisis, should pay now with very much less money?

There was no answer. But I know it, that's capitalism, the survival and right of the stronger, the system we live in, for sure...... but would that be theosophical? That may not be his claim, but what about the THEOSOPHICAL Society (Adyar in North-)America?


What do you think?

Who should help whom in such a crisis (if one has multi-million dollars)?

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News from Theosophical Societies

Have a look into the YouTube-Channel of LivingTheosophy which is also featured by the Website of TS Adyar England with constantly new videos.

New at least for me was The Compass Newsletter of TS Pasadena, published 2 to 4 times a year, mostly recycles older content.

The Domain of ULT Greece (blavatsky.gr) is not reachable anymore, also those of TS Adyar Ireland (theosophy.ie), of TS Adyar New York (theosophy-ny.org), TS in Southern Africa (theosophy.org.za), Pan African Theosophical Federation (theosophy-inafrica.org) and Blavatsky Lodge Sydney (Adyar) (tssydney.org) (whereby some pages may have been offline for a longer time and not only since last quarter).

You can read some articles of the Quest magazine spring issue for free on the TS Adyar in (North)-America-Website.

TS Adyar Seattle has relaunched it's website.

TS Adyar (HQ) published all 2020 issues of The Theosophist for free here. There were many newsletters from this TS , f.e. the June issue with many interesting content, f.e. two free issues of the Adyar Newsletter, (New) a Panamerican Journal of Theosophy (in spanish and english, edited in the Region of Central America and the Caribbean of the Theosophical Society) or a video Discussing Theosophy with Tim Boyd & Dr. Kavita Beri from TS New Zealand.

TS Adyar New Zealand published a COVID-19-Update, an article with many videos of the TS NZ Convention 2020. And have also an eye on its YouTube Channel.

TS (Adyar) Australia published a video The TS Stream: Keynotes of International Presidents

A new FOTA-Newsletter, which is worth to read, was published, that you can read here as PDF.

And I recommend as a new release for the first time from the American Section of TS Pasadena The Spiral Path with a Spring and a Summer issue and for our German readers from the German Section of TS Pasadena the new Magazine Logos with its Second, Third and Fourth Issue for free.

There was also a wonderfull newsletter of the EuST with colorized pics of HPB, unfortunately not available online, but here as PDF. See also Barbara Heberts latest The President's Blog on TSA YouTube-Channel

You can find addiotnal all of the many new free periodicals of TS's on the right sidebar in the Magazine-Section.


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Articles from Theosophical Sites

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Universal Theosophy



Did I forget a site? Then drope me a line, Thanks. And don't forget to have a look at the current free theosophical magazines on the right sidebar.
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Press Review: Theosophy outside the Movement

False Allegations

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Other

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The next day an Echo reporter caught up with Fay at the Halifax Hotel on Hollis Street. The writer described her as “frail and delicate” but noted, “she is possessed of much mental force.” Fay spoke to him about her powers which she claimed were rooted in a religion called Theosophy.
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Your biggest literary influences: Ralph Waldo Emerson, .... Krishnamurti, Carl Jung, James Hillman, Sri Aurobindo, Jean Gebser, Madame Blavatsky,
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It combined Christian spirituality with the Kabbalah. A century later, a controversial Ukrainian occultist, Madame Blavatsky, succeeded in turning Theosophy into a fashionable movement among the uppers classes wanting to communicate with other spirits and souls.
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Art

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Af Klint drew from her experiences with Spiritism and interest in theosophy to enter a period of out-of-body productivity in 1906. It was during this time that she created her first abstract works, including the series “The Ten Largest,” elephantine paintings that portray the stages of life sensuously, with bold colors, shapes, and forms that exude sublime energy.
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Theosophy

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