Theosophy News Worldwide 4th Quarter 2014

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EDITORIAL

steven otto Dear friends of Theosophy,

hopefully you got a good start into the new year, but before we go ahead, let's throw a glance backwards.

Beside the 139th anniversary celebration of the founding of TS on November 17, also the 139th annual Convention of TS Adyar occurred at the end of the year and in the video-section you'll find many videos of that event, which was also live-streamed through the web, well done!

Maybe because of the weather, in this quarter were written as many articles as never this year on theosophical websites. I for myself working on "Plasma-Cosmology", a very interesting field of science, that prove the theosophical cosmology, unbelievable but true!

Last but not least, with the theme of the quarter, more of awkwardness then importance, we have a look at a sometimes weird dispute within the TS Adyar. I named it "Justified criticism or a malicious feud?".

And now I wish you a healthy and happy new year and an interesting reading. So far...

with kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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THEME OF THE QUARTER:

Justified criticism or a malicious feud?


In this drama there are two main participants, on the one side, Dave Marsland and his Website Dave's Theosophy Newsboard with some subdomains, in some way supportet through the Yahoo Group "Theos Talk" and Manjeri K. Ramadoss within this group. Both, Mr. Ramadoss and Mr. Marsland, publishing critical Posts about TS Adyar since years, f.e. about irregularitys of the presditents Election, membership-cancellations,legal disputes, felled trees, a "cow issue" also here and so on with many messages to each issue, sometimes also reflected in important indian newspapers, f.e. see here for a legal disput in "The Times of India" or here for the "tree-issue" in "The Hindu".

As follows a few more posts from Mr. Marsland from this quarter and look here for an overview of the latest messages in Theo's Talk

On the other side stands the TS without (so far I know) any direct response of this writings, except of the "Tree-issue" see here a press-release from TS Adar, which is an answer of the related article in "The Hindu", see above, even if it's directly adressed to the TS. And so Mr. Jan Nicolaas Kind take the ring against the accusation or more exactly against Mr. Marsland with some articles posted on his website Theosophy Forward and on his Facebook-Group (UPDATE: Mr. Kind told me, that this articles switch offline soon, see also his "MKR is out"-statement below, except of the open letter, that is also hosted on Mr. Marsland's site): And also this statement:

    "MKR IS OUT! The TS-Adyar is doing very well because we see that MKR, the internet troll from San Antonio Texas, with the international convention approaching has stepped up his activities vomiting one false accusation or insinuation after the other all over his bla-bla site. This grapevine moderator is breaking his own shameful record, but unmistakably proves that there is a lot of Light, because when there is Light, darkness also appears; it is an easy to understand Theosophical principle. As from January 01, 2015 MKR will be out! All relevant articles mentioning his name or site will be deleted from Theosophy Forward. Let’s put Theos talk out of its misery!" Posted on Theosophy Forward FB-Group on December 19, 2014 from Mr. Kind.

I have to exclude myself completely from this drama. Should everyone make his own opinion about it. And so I will end this (at least) here, with a quote from Adolph Knigge (1752 - 1796), a german lawyer, civil servant and satirist, who said:

"The truth is always in the middle, and one man's speech is no man's speech, because both sides we must always listen."

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Quote: "It is for the latter [the personalities] to cling to it; and thus partaking of its [Monads] divine nature, obtain immortality." H. P. Blavatsky, SD:I:175

NEWS & ARTICLES ON THEOSOPHICAL SITES

News and Articles on "OFFICIAL" SITES (TS)


The TS Adyar

Foundation Day
Foundation Day will be celebrated on Monday, 17 November 2014 at 5.30 pm in the Headquarters Hall, Adyar
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The TS Adyar

Videos of the 139th international convention in Adyar 2014
This year we offer the opportunity to watch the talks on YouTube
read more


Moscow Theosophical Society (Chairman of The Board of Trustees of H.P. Blavatsky & her family Miseum Center, President of the theosophical lodge Anahata)

Report on the 2nd Volunterring Decade in the Museum Center of H.P.Blavatsky & her family
See attached the photographic report and about the 2nd Volunterring Decade in the Museum Center of H.P.Blavatsky & her family which was conducted on 12-21 August 2014 and the information from its Board of Trustees .
Fotos, Video (Youtube)


The TS Adyar Indian Section

Recent Publications
Three new issues of "The Indian Theosophist Magazine"
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TS Adyar in America

Donating to the Theosophical Society in America
For over 130 years The Theosophical Society in America has been actively promoting our Three Objects, creating the foundation for a brotherhood with no distinction, a deep respect and interest for all religions and the quest for self-knowledge.
read more


TS Adyar in America

President's Diary
See the video-diary of Mr. Boyd, October and November 2014
watch


ULT LA

Blog of ULT LA
with different postings, mainly quotes from HPB, WQJ and RC
read more


Northwest Branch of The TS Pasadena in America

Theosophy Northwest View
The Newsletter of December 2014 – Vol. 17 Issue 10, with "Sun of Compassion" and "Plant Intelligence – I".
read more


The TS Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse The Hague

New issue of Lucifer: Vol. 3 - 2014
We are glad to present to you the third issue of 2014.
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The TS Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse The Hague

Books from Katherine Tingley now online
The Theosophical Society Point Loma - Blavatskyhouse has complemented its online literature with the books of Katherine Tingley.
read more


TS in the Philippines

The Collected Articles of Geoffrey Hodson, Vols. I & II
Here for the first time is the comprehensive collection of all known articles written by Geoffrey Hodson, one of the most prolific and inspiring theosophical writers and lecturers of the 20th century.
read more


TS in the Philippines

Senator Shahani: Speaker in 2014 National Convention
Former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani (above, right) was the guest speaker at the National Convention of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines.
read more


The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section

The current Newsletter Issue December 2014
National and International Theosophy-News and much much more..
read more


The TS New Zealand Inc

An Interview with Tim Boyd
This is an interesting Interview with Tim Boyd, the International President of the Theosophical Society conducted by Miss Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu, the National President of the French Section.
read more


The TS New Zealand Inc

Our Potential For Change
Talk by Dorothy Bell from Australia, guest speaker at the Theosophical Society in NZ Convention in January 2014.
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And News and Articles on other THEOSOPHY-RELATED SITES


Theosophy Forward


Theosophical Order of Service (TOS)


Blavatsky News


Erica Georgiades


TheosophyWatch.com


Book of Dzyan Research


Esoteric-Philosophy.com


Sons of Fire


Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK


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Quote: "Nevertheless, personal immortality is conditional..."
H. P. Blavatsky, Secret Doctrine Vol. III, p. 510, On Exoteric "Blinds" and "The Death of the Soul"

NEWS & ARTICLES ON NON-THEOSOPHICAL SITES

Some News and Articles more or less about Theosophy

Indian Express

139th Int’l Theosophy Meet Kicks off
The 139th International Convention of the Theosophical Society began in the city on Friday, with delegates from several countries arriving at the headquarters in Adyar.
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The Nation

Two great Buddhist personalities
A close look at the lives of Colonel H Steele Olcott and Mary Mikahala Foster
read more


Times of India

2 Bihari cops from 'Bharat' make it big in 'India'
It may be an interesting coincidence, but the fact is that two Biharis from, what Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi loves to call,..
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The Hindu

A bridge with a view
K.V.S. Krishna on panoramic journeys on the Adyar bridge, the wild expanse of Besant Nagar, and lessons with Maria Montessori.
read more


The Hindu

Subdued political sub-text in Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) continues to engage the minds of the young and the old alike as a fascinating thinker of his times and beyond.
read more


Ancient Origins

Arbatel: The Magic of the Ancients – An Occult Grimoire with a Positive Message
It viewed theosophy in an occult sense, and was perhaps the first written work to do so. Prior to the Arbatel, theosophy was generally used as a synonym for theology.
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The Telegraph

How Wassily Kandinsky's synaethesia changed art
The artist, celebrated in today's Google doodle, created the world's first truly abstract paintings
read more


The Wall Street Journal

The Shock of Begonia Pink
Elsa Schiaparelli embodied French fashion, turning women into witty totems of transformation and escape.
read more


The Brooklyn Rail

Rethinking Duchamp
It was also a headquarters for the Theosophical Society which taught Annie Besant’s theory that the mind created abstract “thought forms.”
read more


Dzyan Theosophy

Circle of Asia
Early Theosophists: Encouraged To Develop Their Own System.
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The Telegraph

Mahatma Gandhi was a Londoner – let’s honour that with this statue
If the funds can be raised, a statue of the Mahatma will stand in Parliament Square
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Indian Express

Iron Lady From Ireland
There is a saying, “When god blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living. Instead, raise your standard of giving.”
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The Free Express

British India
The book is divided into three parts, one dealing with governance of India under Company rule, another on India’s progress between 1858 and 1947 and the last on Indian influence on western life and culture, a fascinating picture by itself.
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And some critical, false or unjustified News and Articles (more or less) about Theosophy

Arte Fuse

Cult of Moby, Innocents in the California State of Mind
Damage Mrs Tingley's and Theosophy's credibility...
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The Gurdian

Do ghosts exist? Four theories on our fascination with apparitions
brings Theosophy in context with Spiritism...
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Times Higher Education

Haunted campuses: tales from beyond the grave
brings Theosophy in context with Ghost's...
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Smithsonianmag.com

The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death
brings Theosophy in context with a Murder...
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Wunc 91.5

Postlude To A Kiss: Scriabin's Raging 'Poem Of Ecstasy'
Describes the Theosophy inspired Alexander Scriabin as totaly mad...
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Patheos.com

Henrietta Mears, Evangelical Optimist
brings Theosophy in context with a selfmurder...
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Renew America

Evolutionary cosmologies: religious endeavor to become like God
Calls Theosophy a satanic esotericism...
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Renew America

The devil and the Genesis problem
Holds probably HPB for the Devil...
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Quote: "Ethics are the soul of the Wisdom-Religion... Theosophy has to inculcate ethics... a true Theosophist must put in practice the loftiest moral ideal." H.P. Blavatsky in "The Key to Theosophy"

VIDEOS

The TS Adyar

Videos of the 139th international convention in Adyar 2014
This year we offer the opportunity to watch the talks on YouTube
watch


TS Point Loma Blavatskyhouse - TS Berlin

Videocapturing from Symposium: "7 Juwelen der Weisheit"
watch


TS Adyar in America

President's Diary
October and November 2014
watch


José Rubio Sánchez

Animated world-map showing all of HPB Journeys
watch


Victor Ball, Theosophy

The Biography of Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Part
watch


ULT Bethesda

Theosophy: What is God?
watch


ice

Theosophy Audiobook Annie Besant The Spiritual Journey of a Mystic, Autobiography Audiobook
watch


Voa Kondo

Book Review | First Principles Of Theosophy By C Jinarajadasa
watch


ULT Bethesda

Theosophy: The Real Christmas
watch


audiobooks

Audiobook: The Ocean of Theosophy
watch


ULT Bethesda

Theosophy: The Nature of Light
watch


ULT Bethesda

Theosophy: What is Fohat?
watch


ULT Bethesda

Theosophy: The Law of Sacrifice
watch


Universal Theosophy

What is Theosophy
watch


Edwin Fox

Theosophy Diploma
watch


ULT Bethesda

Theosophy: Culture of Concentration, Part II
watch


ULT Bethesda

Theosophy: The Sun
watch


Frank Savage

Theosophical Teachings
watch


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