Theosophy News Worldwide 3rd Quarter 2019



steven otto Dear friends of Theosophy,

a sad message arrived me after editorial deadline: Dr. John Algeo, UGA Emeritus Professor of English, died October 13 in Bowling Green, KY, age 88, as Theos Talk and Theosophyfoward reported.

I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Algeo.

For me the finding of the quarter was a beautiful colirized picture of HBP that I never saw before, did you? Have a look here at Flickr. I for myself did also a colorized (idealized) one back in 2017, see here, put the former one is much more authentic.

Within The Press-Review outside the Movement one can find in this issue, as always, many interesting facts, f.e. in this issue, Jlo or Greta Thunberg is linked to Theosophy, and also, many times, Marianne Williamson, who announced her campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.

With the last issue I started the series "Top 10 misbeliefs of theosophical scholars" and I put a poll below the article, so the outcome is: 68% agreed, that Theosophy (by H.P.B.) contradicts with Einsteins Theory of relativity and 32% disagreed. Today, with No.2 of the misbeliefs I deal with a wrong understanding of Karma.

Also within the last issue I asked, whether someone knows about the unreachable It was a redirection-error and is fixed now, you can reach the site through both adresses again, the old one and the new one

And also the following message arrived me : A new volume of Theosophical History Occasional Papers will be devoted to an overview of the Lomaland Community Theosophy exhibit held at the Special Collections Library at San Diego State University. Publication will be in print form only ($30.00), email:

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

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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Top 10 misbeliefs of theosophical scholars

No. 02: Everything what happens to me is my own self-inflicted Karma

I'm totaly aware of quotes from HBP herself, that seems to support this common view, that all what occure to myself is my self-inflicted Karma, which I declare here insolently as a misbelief. So what's above a quote from Original Theosophy? Common sense (as HBP declared by herself) and logic. So I would not need any (contrary) quotes in this case to show, that this is indeed a misbelief (even if there are quotes, which, f.e., understand Devachan also as a compensation for undeserved life-experiences).

Because, if this misbelief would be true, then there wouldn't be any freewill, at least in all activity we do towards other people. F.e., if I make a gift to someone or an insult, whatever, if this -- or what it feels like to that person etc. -- would be only the self-inflicted Karma of this other person I act towards, my own action would be or has to be predetermined in every case. But determination or predestination is the opposite of freewill.

And does it not feel wrong, to say, f.e., to a raped woman or a woman that lost her child, that this is only their own guilt, their own self-inflicted Karma? Of course, someone could counter, that's Karma from previous incarnations, but the woman do not know about this former lives, we know nothing about circumstances of such karma and from that point of view, we would also have to thank the rapist and the murder of the child, as noble messengers of Karma, instead to convict them.

It's worth to think about it, and the crucial implications of this misbelief, that everything what happens to me is deserved and caused by me, without any exception. There is, at least for the common sensed man, no doubt, that we own a freewill, as more free, as more spiritual or virtuous we live and furhtermore, what I try to explain, is not against Theosophy:

Well, then, tell me generally how you describe this law of Karma?: We describe Karma as that Law of readjustment which ever tends to restore disturbed equilibrium in the physical, and broken harmony in the moral world. We say that Karma does not act in this or that particular way always; but that it always does act so as to restore Harmony and preserve the balance of equilibrium, in virtue of which the Universe exists. (HPB, Key to Theosophy, Mysteries of Reincarnation)

Karma errs not, in the end, but it has to balance the consequence of freewill and without the latter, there would be no "Karma" (in the meaning of Disharmony) at all. So, I earn my self-inflicted Karma for every action of mine in this world, equal whether it is physically or mentally done, but not every circumstances that befall me, are deserved or caused by me (or the reincarnating ego), even if it could be so, because life is an interaction among many self-responsible freewills.

What do you think?

Not everything what happend to me is my own self-inflicted Karma


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News from Theosophical Societies

The TS (Adyar) in (North-)America (USA) published some atricles of its quaterly Quest-Magazine for free, see all the current articles here. There is no news-section anymore on its (all new) Website, but on it's YouTube-Channel you can find many lecutres and also the Video Blog of it's president from July and September (TheosoFEST).

TOS (USA) published some information about TOS Work and its Activities

You can see here The Harvest of ITC 2019 in Wheaton. ITC 2020 takes place from 23 – 26 July in Paraíso na Terra, Brasilia, Brazil, see here for more information.

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

And may you will have a look to another Adyar-Project, Theosophy.World Ressource Center

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Articles from Theosophical Sites

Theosophy Watch

Blavatsky News

Theosophy Forward

Montreal Theosophy Project

Theos Talk

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

Theosophical Society

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The Buddhism in Sri Lanka today is largely based on the Buddhist revival movement carried out by the Dutch colonisers who wanted to quell the rise of Catholicism propagated by the Portuguese colonisers. It was revived again, during British occupation, by foreign Buddhist enthusiasts such as Henry Olcott, an American military officer who was the first president of the Theosophical Society.
The Truthseekers are very closely affiliated with a fellow esoterical group, the Theosophical Society of South Africa that is based in Auckland Park.
P Wadia joined the Bombay branch of the Theosophical Society in 1904, and shifted to its Madras branch in 1907. Wadia later worked in the Home Rule
At the center of it all was a man named Albert Goodwill Spalding, the early baseball player-turned-sporting goods king whose last name is emblazoned on countless baseballs, bats and gloves. He landed here around 1900 at the urging of his mistress-turned-wife, a follower of a pioneering New Age-adjacent religion known as Theosophy that had set up its fantastical “White City” headquarters along the shore.
Adyar Theosophical Academy in Chennai imparts education with a difference
For the uninitiated, this is the Adyar Theosophical Academy (ATA) in Besant Nagar, which began its classes in June and is making waves since then. “We have had 31 admissions this year for pre-school, LKG, UKG, classes one and two,” said director of ATA, Sonal Murali, adding that the parents who were drawn to the school had a similar mindset.
Chennai: Adyar Theosophical Academy (ATA) was formally opened on the campus of The Theosophical Society (TS) recently. A press release said, Vic Hao Chin, the chairman of Golden Link Foundation, Philippines, planted Mangolia Champaca sapling to mark the school’s birthday and was joined by K Jaikumar, the general manager of TS, guests, teachers and students, in putting soil and sprinkling water to symbolically nurture it collectively. ATA has classes from preschool to grade two. The opening program was attended by the parents of all students as well as members and friends of the TS.


Following the publication of Malviya’s plan, Besant met Malviya and in April 1911 they agreed to unite their forces to build the university in Varanasi. Today it has over 30,000 students residing in campus and possibly Asia’s largest residential university. She set up the Theosophical society in India but she was also a champion of gender rights and female education. To promote the university’s expansion, Malviya invited eminent guest speakers such as Mahatma Gandhi and even Annie Besant to deliver a series of what are now called The University Extension Lectures between 5–8 February 1916. Gandhi’s lecture on the occasion was his first public address in India.
The great Aurobindo defined an ‘Aryan’ as not someone of a particular race, but a person who “accepted a particular type of self-culture, of inward and outward practice, of ideality, of aspiration”. The Theosophical Society went beyond the premise and declared that the Aryans were the founders of European civilisation.
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He forged contacts with high ranking officials in the government and various other important individuals of the time. His brief relationship with Colonel Henry Olcot and Madamme Blavatsky, founders of the Theosophical Society, seems to have influenced him in the initial years. However, he had joined their Yoganubha Sangh and left it soon.
In his indispensable 1946 volume “Southern California: An Island on the Land,” historian and social critic Carey McWilliams penned the ur-history of the region as world capital of woo woo, and dated the emergence of the phenomenon to roughly the turn of the last century, when Katherine Tingley, “the first major prophetess of the region” established a Theosophical community near San Diego in 1900. It’s not exactly a direct line from Tingley to Aimee Semple McPherson to Williamson, but the path is there.
These clubs were only around for a few years, but they, and Bellamy’s book, were an important influence on the Theosophical movement, which went on to establish a dozen utopian communities in the United States. The impact on American writing was strong, too, with more than 150 books being written in response to “Looking Backward” — including exuberant sequels and several books opposed to the ideas of the original novel.
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His books inspired many later writers, including Immanuel Velikovsky, and caused him to be bracketed with the likes of Helena Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner and Col James Churchward – hence the frequent dismissal of his works as “pseudoscience” and “pseudohistory”.
Bradlaugh Hall was named for Charles Bradlaugh, the late-Victorian freethinker, who had addressed the Indian National Congress in 1889, when its aim was only to secure a greater share in governance, per Macaulay’s vision. His closest associate in England was Annie Besant—though her conversion to Theosophy right around then opened a rift between them
A.O. Hume, the originator of the idea of Congress, was also a maverick of sorts. Though a Christian, he was a sort of skeptic. He believed more in Theosophy, and was a philosophical disciple of a Tibetan guru.
I finally came to the books of the Austrian scientist-philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the biodynamic approach to agriculture. I read Theosophy first, then the farmers’ course and then the works continued to flow into my hands and I had no intention of letting that flow stop.
This collection was inspired by the juxtaposition of light and dark called Chiaroscuro. I choose different colours that represent the different states of light reflected. This colour represented the fiery sun and its shine. I am fascinated by philosophy and the notion of light and dark has so many deeper meanings in theosophy.
This collection was inspired by the juxtaposition of light and dark called Chiaroscuro. I choose different colours that represent the different states of light reflected. This colour represented the fiery sun and its shine. I am fascinated by philosophy and the notion of light and dark has so many deeper meanings in theosophy.
he Indian presence at Chicago was impressive. There were no less than a dozen delegates invited, though not all spoke. There were delegates representing Indian Buddhism, Jainism, Theosophy, the Brahmo Samaj and even Indian Islam and Christianity.
"It's a culmination of Pagan beliefs and practices that draws on things like Eastern Mysticism, The Occult, Theosophy, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc., and this really is a prominent type of spirituality in the West right now."
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Both of her parents were non-observant half-Jews. Her mother, Rose, involved herself in Theosophy, Christian Science, and then Unity School of Christianity. Nevertheless, young Helen was baptized as a Baptist at age twelve.
In the years before WWI, the crisis of traditional Christianity prompted a search for… anything else. Into a mess of seances, callisthenics and theosophy emerged Krishnamurti, born in India in 1895, adopted by the Theosophists and presented as a “World Teacher
He might have remained there indefinitely, but a short time after moving there, the young cleric discovered first spiritualism and then Theosophy, joining the

False Allegations

By the end of the Nineteenth century the forming Theosophical society wound together elements of spiritualism and Buddhism, capturing many imaginations. In 1880 their founder Helena Blavatsky together with her principal disciple Col. Henry Steel Olcott received the five precepts as lay Buddhists. Perhaps, of course, her Theosophical or Esoteric Buddhism only touched upon the traditional religion here and there. Still, their public embrace startled the public imagination.
Four years later, Theosophical Society founder Helena Petrovna Blavatsky began publishing a different journal called Lucifer. Theosophist thought combined western occultism, Hindu cosmology, and modern science while aligning itself with women’s suffrage, anti-colonialism, and social reform. Blavatsky didn’t call for actual Satan worship. But she did use Lucifer as a symbol of rebellion that went beyond formal politics into territory that might be called spiritual.
Glamorisation of paganism has become popular in the West as part of an anti-Church, anti-patriarchy and pro-nature movement. It is rooted in theosophy movements of the 19th century, as well as resurgence of Wicca and other New Age faiths that see themselves as more organic and feminine, fluid rather than rigid.
The New Agers believe that the human being is possessed of untapped powers and wisdom that offers all answers and hope for mankind. Thus, science, philosophy, education, and modern-day cults have substituted the worship of God. This has given rise to such systems as Gnosticism, alchemy, mesmerism, freemasonry, mysticism, theosophy and spiritualism.
This is a kind of subterranean world or counterculture with a whole range of ideas that are strongly opposed to conventional beliefs and knowledge. These included highly heterodox and unusual religious systems (such as neo-paganism or Theosophy or Satanism), marginalised political ideologies… and theories that rejected central elements of orthodox science, such as rejection of vaccination….
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Born in Madanapalle in Chittoor district in later day Andhra Pradesh, a coveted find of the Theosophical Society with its international headquarters in old Madras, now Chennai, he travelled and spoke in many cities of the world until his endlessly questioning spirit left his physical frame admired for its Greek-like aesthetics in Ojai in California in February 1986; however, what strikes most is his oft-repeated Socratic poser at his talks, “Sir, are you listening?”
A new book charts Theosophy’s influence on Western modernism.


Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame, wrote about the spiritual quest that drove the paintings and key women who shaped new thought beyond scientific materialism, such as Emma Curtis Hopkins, Helena Blavatsky, and Katherine Tingley:
The Sven-Ska women were fully immersed in small-town life — decorating tables for Women's Club luncheons, giving neighbors rides to the market — at the same time they were quietly probing philosophy, the occult, mysticism, Theosophy and how it all related to art.
Rogelio Fernández Güell dictated several lectures on spiritualism and theosophy in Mexico City. He founded the newspaper “La Epoca” and the philosophical magazine “Helios”, of which he was a director in 1912.
Lost Farm: The Rediscovered Homestead of Agnes Pelton
Agnes gave two acres of her land as a wedding gift to her friend Alice Geiger in 1907. (The Geiger name would pop up in the 1930s in Pasadena Theosophy circles, as Alice’s son, Henry, was a popular writer and lecturer on the topic.)
Together with her artistic pursuits, she took an interest in séances from an early age, believed in supernatural forces and was a member of various spiritual groups. Anthroposophy and theosophy also attracted her.
As he moved away from practicing Judaism, she shared her interest in metaphysical literature. Bloom began to explore theosophy, Vedanta (one of the main branches of Hindu philosophy) and other forms of spiritualism. He remained a seeker all his life.
So, what art did the director actually draw on to realize his vision? Particularly influential, Aster said, were artists associated with theosophy and occultism, such as Hilma af Klint, František Kupka, and Rudolf Steiner—figures whose work often features repeated symbols and colors that coincide with a certain spiritual lexicon.
Dwyer’s ‘‘seance’’ channels the ‘‘less rational’’, forgotten Bauhauslers such as Johannes Itten and Lothar Schreyer, who were expelled during the movement’s first phase – its Weimar era – for their interest in theosophy, mysticism and the occult.
Yeats, in another Victorian-like way, filled the gap in his early spiritual life with theosophy and then with a commitment to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
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Theosophical Videos

ITC published all lectures of this years International Theosophy Conference here and have a look at the Greetings to the European School of Theosophy (EUST) 2018. See alos clips from Theosophical Congress 1955 Liverpool. See also the Theosophical Playlist from Patrick Sittler.
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