E-Newsletter December 2008





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December 2008
 

In This Issue
Tibet Travelogue
National Center
Summer National Gathering
TOS
Election Day
Library News
 
 

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DVD
OF THE MONTH
A Priestess of Isis
by 
 Adam Warcup 
 
A fascinating look at H. P. Blavatsky's esoteric knowledge of the mystery schools of Isis.

 

 CD

OF THE MONTH

by
J. Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti leads the listener toward discovering the nature of fear and how we might free ourselves from its grasp.

 


 
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by
Christopher Hill

This joyous book "unpacks" theology to uncover the poetic, symbolic, folkloric, psychological, and mystical nature of the Christian liturgical year.

 To receive the discount when ordering this title online, enter the code hcat08 at checkout.



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  THEOSOPHY AROUND THE WORLD




TIBET DAILY TRAVELOGUE
by Tim Boyd

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In October, 10 people from all across the USA met in Chengdu, China to begin a pilgrimage in Tibet-Blavatsky's Tibet-sponsored by the TSA. The year before 47 pilgrims had made a similar journey. Although six members of our group were members of the Theosophical Society and knew something of HPB's life and travels, everyone came as pilgrims-people reverently making a journey to a sacred place. The clear focus for all of us was Tibet's spiritual dimension and a spiritual tradition, which for 1500 years has produced an unbroken lineage of enlightened masters, sages, and saints. It continues to influence spiritual seekers today with its profound teachings and its potential for enlightenment. Read more
 


 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON



CALENDAR OF DECEMBER EVENTS

Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force
With Dr Dan Hooper Thursday, December 4, 7 p.m.

Seasonal Celebration
Thursday, December 11, 7 p.m.

Meditation for World Peace
Wednesday, December 31, 6 - 7 a.m.

 
Ongoing and Continuing Programs





  NATIONAL PROGRAMS



S
UMMER NATIONAL GATHERING AT OLCOTT

July 24-28, 2009

Mark your calendars now for SNG 2009 TOGETHER DIFFERENTLY! Please join us next summer at our National Center for exciting speakers and meaningful Theosophical discussion.  Visit our website for updates and details.




  THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE


 

A UNION OF THOSE WHO LOVE
FOR THE SERVICE OF ALL WHO SUFFER

Calendar of Upcoming Volunteer Activities

Monday, December 8: TOS Action Meeting from 6:30-8 pm at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL
Sunday, December 14: TOS Action group has volunteered to sort and wrap Christmas gifts at the Humanitarian Service Project from 3:30-7 pm. Call 630-668-1571 x306 if you are interested in joining us.
Monday, January 26: TOS Action Meeting from 6:30-8 pm at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL. (New day-4th Monday of each month)

Read more about the work of this service organization.





  NEWS FROM THE ARCHIVES




ELECTION DAY ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008
by Janet Kerschner

I have a few comments for those who are interested in the TSA headquarters as a polling place. A total of 473 people turned out to vote in our building, and the voting process went very smoothly. Many of the voters had not been on our property before, and staff members answered many questions about the building and the organization. I spoke to several people who took brochures and planned to return on another day to visit the library and grounds. I feel that we performed a useful service to our community and democracy by allowing our classroom to be used in this way, and I hope we offer use of our facilities again.

 



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 - Light on the Path, Mabel Collins

   
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The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

 
July 2008
In This Issue
National Events
TheosoFEST
Member Services
Library News
 
 
 

THE

THEOSOPHICAL

SOCIETY

IN AMERICA

 

 

 

Vision

 

has a vision of wholeness that inspires a fellowship united in study, Meditation, and service.

 

 

Mission

 

encourages open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.

 

 

Ethic

 

holds that our every action, feeling, and thought affects all
other beings and that each of us is capable of and responsible for
contributing to the benefit of the whole.

 
 
 

 
JOIN us!
 
 
 
 
 

Choose from over 130 programs in the popular MP3 format. Listen online or download our FREE programs to your MP3 player. Visit www.theosophical.org , select the Resource menu, and click on MP3 Downloads, or

Let your friends know about these free programs!
 

 
 

July Specials!

20% Discount

for this months

Featured Items

 

Discount is available

online and by phone.

If ordering by phone,

please mention

20% July Discount

from E-newsletter.

To order please call:

630-665-0130 x348

Toll Free:

800-669-9425 x348

Offer good until

July 31, 2008

 
 

DVD
OF THE MONTH
 
Introduction to Study of the Secret Doctrine

 
by Ed Abdill
 
2 DVDs.
122 minutes long.
An excellent primer on the basic concepts of The Secret Doctrine.
    

 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH

 
by
J. Krishnamurti
 
Audio CD.
48 minutes long.
Actress Dana Ivey narrates this popular book on discipleship.
 
 
 

The Fundamentalist Mind
How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All 

by Stephen Larsen

In Fundamentalist Mind, Dr. Larsen follows suit with famed 20th century mythologist Joseph Campbell, citing both the creative potential and destructive power of myth. This book will help people of all religious, political, and social persuasions understand their inner fundamentalist. Dr. Larsen even provides exercises that help us identify negative thinking and teach us how to live more flexible, thoughtful lives.

 
 
 
 
CHECK OUT
 
 
 
 
 
 

PLEASE VISIT

 

a new community blog about theosophy with contributors from all over the world, hosted

by Chris Richardson.

 

 

 
 
 
NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
 
"Understanding Ourselves
in the Cosmos"
 
The 122nd Summer National Gathering of the Theosophical Society in America
 
 
 
July 25 - 29
, 2008, with a Study Extension July 30-31. Come for the beginning, come for the end, come for a day, or come for all of it.
Saturday, July 26, is open to the public. The rest of the days are for TSA Members only.
Key Speakers:
Amit Goswami, Ravi Ravindra and Joy Mills.
Don't Miss "What Theosophy teaches us concerning our place in the Cosmos" with David Ely, Ruth Mills, Pablo Sender and Claradene Wycoff
 
 
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!
Follow in her footsteps. Glen Mullin will lead you on an amazing journey. October 3 - 20, 2008. www.mysticaltibet.com .
Tibet is Open:  This information comes from our friend, Pawan Tuladhar, in Kathmandu, Nepal. As of June 26, 2008, the areas that our Tibet Tour will explore are confirmed open. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to experience Tibet in the footsteps of Madame Blavatsky. This trip will stay with you forever. 

The Journey From Darkness to Light.
The Inter-American Theosophical Federation hosts this Congress at Wheaton on September 17 - 21, 2008. Join us and strengthen the bonds of fellowship within this international gathering of Theosophists. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/news/IATF.php .
 
Mystical Heart of Christianity: Moving Beyond
Literalism
Join us at this year's National Conference on October 31 to November 2, 2008, in Holyoke, MA, for a stimulating exploration of esoteric Christianity. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/conferences/national08/index.html
 
 
 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF JULY EVENTS
 
 

 2008 SUMMER NATIONAL GATHERING PUBLIC TALKS

 During the Summer National Gathering, which takes place from Friday, July 25, through Thursday, July 31, there will be three very special talks that are open to the public:
 
- Ravi Ravindra, PhD, will present Human Being as the Intersection of the Inner and Outer World on Saturday, July 26, 9:15 am.
- Amit Goswami will present God is Not Dead on Saturday, July 26, 4:00 pm.
- Joy Mills will present Theosophy and the Quest for Meaning on Sunday, July 27, 2:00 pm.

There will be a book signing after the program of her new book, The One True Adventure
Each talk will cost $10. It is free to those who are attending the Summer National Gathering.
For more information
click here or call 630-668-1571, ext. 320.
 
 
ONGOING PROGRAMS
  
Sundays, 11am. Meditation, led by Jim Bosco. No charge.
 
Sundays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Study Group: The Wisdom of the Advaita Teachers. Facilitators will be Sy Ginsburg, Jon Knebel, and Pam King. The text is Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness. You may join the group at any time. $5 suggested donation for each meeting.
 
Sundays, 7 pm. Young Theosophists meet in the family room. Geared to appeal to those in their mid-thirties or younger, this group offers discussions about some of the great Theosophical questions, as well as meditations and service projects. Free.
 
Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. through July 22. Hatha Yoga, led by Christine Cipra. Each class is $13. 
 
Tuesdays (the second one of each month), 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Voluntary Simplicity of West Suburban Chicago meets here. For more information go to www.vschicagowestsuburban.org.  
 
Wednesdays, 12 to 1 pm. Qigong and Tai Ji for Health, led by Renee Ryan. Boost energy and relieve stress. Cost is an item or items for the local food pantry.
 
Fridays, 7:15 to 8:30 pm. Tai Chi Chuan. Instructor Ben Furman has over 20 years of experience in martial arts. All levels welcome. Cost is $10 per class, $9 for members. Stay afterwards for a social hour and the chance to watch a DVD with a Theosophical theme.
 
Saturdays, 11 am to 12:15 pm, through July 19. Hatha Yoga, with instructor Ellen Duff. Cost is $11 per class, $10 for members. 
 
For any of these programs you can get more info from 
our website  or by calling 630-668-1571, ext. 300.
 

 
 
 
STORYTELLING
 CARNIVAL
 AND CAMPOUT

  
 
The morning of June 25, 2008, did not bode well for the Theosophical Society here in Wheaton. Heavy clouds moved in and opened up on the intrepid gang that was working hard to pull off a fun-filled day and night for local children.
 
 
 
The idea had evolved in the library, between staffers Marina Maestas, Dan Smolla, and Corey Bard. The basic plan was to offer kids a mix of nature and storytelling. Thus was born the first Storytelling Carnival and Campout. Storytellers came from inside the Theosophical Society, from the likes of Sharron Dorr, John Cianciosi, and Christine Pomeroy. Students from Dominican University, under storytelling teacher Janice Del Negro, volunteered their time to tell stories too. There were games, face painting, and wonderful music all planned for the afternoon. Tents would be set up on the grounds so families could sleep out that night. And of course there were plans for s'mores, at a campout there are always plans for s'mores. 
 
  
 
Would the rain dampen the fun?
 
Well, blue skies prevailed in the afternoon, and the nighttime stayed dry too. See for yourself; you can tell it's a beautiful day. The kids got to put on a spontaneous play with the help of Michelle Barry, and musicians Juliana Cesano, Dan Smolla, Jim Bosco, and Wendy Weremont put the musical icing on the theatrical cake. Breakfast was the final bow and fun was had by all.  

 
 

September 6, 2008
Saturday, 11am to 6pm
1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL
 Free admission, $5 on-site parking
 
Walk the labyrinth, enjoy vegetarian food, visit Quest Book Shop,
browse the exhibits, shop the craft vendors, explore the Olcott Library,
listen to live music, attend presentations throughout the afternoon,
join the Theosophical Society, sign up for fall programs, and relax with friends.
 
For more info
click here  or call 630-668-1571 Ext. 300
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS FROM MEMBER SERVICES
 
 
If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., July 26, 2008, you may appoint, as your agent, a member who will be attending. Both you and your agent (proxy) must be members in good standing entitled to vote, and continue to be so through the time of the meeting. Proxy forms have been sent via the postal service to every member entitled to vote.
All proxies must be received no later than midnight CST July 12, 2008. 
  
NEW! Our ZIP code has been changed to 60187 here at the National Center in Wheaton, effective July 1, 2008. 

Now you can renew your membership Online
!
 
 
 
 
OLCOTT LIBRARY
 

Library Main Page

Theosophical Study Group

New Library Titles

 
Theosophical Study Group
On Wednesdays, beginning May 7, between 7pm - 8:30 pm, there will be a Theosophical Study Group that meets in the Library. It is open to all. Reading and discussion will be the format of the group with snacks and socializing taking place between 8 pm - 8:30 pm.
Contact
library@theosophical.org or call 630-668-1571 Ext.304 with questions.
  
"Knights in the Morning" - Saturday Morning Chess
Play chess in the beautiful Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library every Saturday morning between 10:00 a.m. and noon, at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. All levels of players are welcome. For more information or to print a flyer,
click here
 
  
 
   
FRIENDS OF OLCOTT
 
 
Request for volunteers!
Volunteers needed to greet visitors and answer the telephone in the main lobby Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10am and 4pm. Volunteers receive a free vegetarian lunch between 12 - 1 pm, free passes to classes and lectures, and a 20% discount at Quest Book Shop!  Contact  630-668-1571 Ext.315
  

E-Newsletter

 
 
The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

 
May 2008
In This Issue
White Lotus Day
Member Services
National Events
Regional Events
Summer Camps
Library News
 
 
 

THE

THEOSOPHICAL

SOCIETY

IN AMERICA

 

 

 

Vision

 

has a vision of wholeness that inspires a fellowship united in study, Meditation, and service.

 

 

Mission

 

encourages open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.

 

 

Ethic

 

holds that our every action, feeling, and thought affects all
other beings and that each of us is capable of and responsible for
contributing to the benefit of the whole.

 
 
 

 
JOIN us!
 
 
 
 
 

Choose from over 100 programs in the popular MP3 format. Listen online or download our FREE programs to your MP3 player. Visit www.theosophical.org , select the Resource menu, and click on MP3 Downloads, or

Let your friends know about these free programs!
 

 
 

May Specials!

20% Discount

for this months

Featured Items

 

Discount is available

online and by phone.

If ordering by phone,

please mention

20% May Discount

from E-newsletter.

To order please call:

630-665-0130 x348

Toll Free:

800-669-9425 x348

Offer good until

May 31, 2008

 
 
 
DVD
OF THE MONTH
 

What is Enlightenment?

by John Cianciosi
 

Video DVD. 68 minutes.

A former monk explains the goal of enlightenment from the Buddhist perspective.

 

 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH

by Stephan Hoeller
 

2 Audio CDs.

148 minutes.
A Gnostic scholar explains what some believe to be the esoteric teachings of Jesus revealed to the Apostle John.
 
 
 
 

The Fundamentalist Mind
How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All

Stephen Larsen

In Fundamentalist Mind, Dr. Larsen follows suit with famed 20th century mythologist Joseph Campbell, citing both the creative potential and destructive power of myth. This book will help people of all religious, political, and social persuasions understand their inner fundamentalist. Dr. Larsen even provides exercises that help us identify negative thinking and teach us how to live more flexible, thoughtful lives.

 
 
 
 
 
CHECK OUT
 
 
 
 
 
 

PLEASE VISIT

 

a new community blog about theosophy with contributors from all over the world, hosted

by Chris Richardson.

 

 

 
WHITE LOTUS DAY 
 
 
Madame Blavatsky requested that there be a day in each year set aside to recall the Society itself to think that out of the grossness, out of the chaos of things dark, in due season grew a very precious flower, something which gave birth to a new movement. May 8th is called White Lotus Day after the East Indian lotus symbol of the flower of perfection, which grows from the waters and the grossness of life. Let us once in the year, see what this Society is about, what it has done and can do. It has been the builder of a far greater pattern than any one person in it knows anything about. It may not be making a great noise, it may not be doing the things that we look at as so important in life, but it is actually by its very preoccupation with ideas, by the people whom it sends out, it is forming a nucleus for the universal brotherhood of mankind.

 

A White Lotus Day Address by Roy Mitchell

 
NEWS FROM MEMBER SERVICES
 

Now you can renew your membership Online !

 
 
NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
 
"Understanding Ourselves
in the Cosmos"
 
The 122nd Summer National Gathering of the Theosophical Society in America
 
 
 
July 25 - 29
, 2008, with a Study Extension July 30-31. Come for the beginning, come for the end, come for a day, or come for all of it.
Saturday, July 26, is open to the public. The rest of the days are for TSA Members only.
Key Speakers: Amit Goswami, Ravi Ravindra and Joy Mills.
Don't Miss "What Theosophy teaches us concerning our place in the Cosmos" with David Ely, Cynthia Tabaya, Claradene Wycoff, and Ruth Mills.
 
 
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!
Follow in her footsteps. Glen Mullin will lead you on an amazing journey. October 3 - 20, 2008. www.mysticaltibet.com .
 
The Journey From Darkness to Light.
The Inter-American Theosophical Federation hosts this Congress at Wheaton on September 17 - 21, 2008. Join us and strengthen the bonds of fellowship within this international gathering of Theosophists. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/news/IATF.php .
 
Mystical Heart of Christianity: Moving Beyond
Literalism
Join us at this year's National Conference on October 31 to November 2, 2008, in Holyoke, MA, for a stimulating exploration of esoteric Christianity. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/conferences/national08/index.html
 
 
 

REGIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

Healing Veterans 

Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-24, Friday evening and all day Saturday. War and the Soul author Ed Tick leads a two-day workshop in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Monmouth County Theosophical Society is sponsoring this event, and the location is still to be determined. For information call Beth Robinson at 732-695-2758, or email theos.soc.mon.cty@gmail.com. Friday night's workshop is open to the entire community. Saturday the focus is on veterans, their loved ones, and healing professionals.
 

Ozark Theosophical Education Center and Camp

June 5-8, 2008, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. Major topics will be "Esoteric Legends, Stories, and Traditions", "Chinese Metaphysics", and "Feng Shui". Rooms will be available for $33 a night, with an additional charge of $5 for each additional person. A vegetarian meal plan is also available at a cost of  $35 per person for the weekend. The program fee is $20 for singles and $35 for couples. For more information call Nancy Blott at 405-412-1971, or write to Elwin Barrett, President, 1020 N. Harding St. Wichita, KS 67208.
 
 
WEBCAST
 
Sex and Spirituality

Ron Miller
Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. (CST)

 

Watch this live webcast at no charge. Viewers may send in comments or questions for the speaker while the program is in progress.

 
 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF MAY EVENTS

https://dev.theosophical.org/events/nationalprograms/index.php

 

Tai Chi Chuan, an ongoing Friday class, 7:15 - 8:30 pm.

The focus will be on the meditative and health aspects of Tai Chi Chuan. All levels are welcome. Ben Furman has over 20 years experience in martial arts. He has studied Tai Chi Chuan with several 1st and 2nd generation students of Professor Cheng Man-Ching. Cost is $10 per class, $9 for members.

Belief Becomes Biology, by Ranjan, Thursday May 1, 7 p.m. Explore new perspectives about the mind/body connection. $9 for guests and $7 for members. 

Interfaith Peace Prayers Group, led by Mazher F. Ahmed, Friday, May 2, 7 p.m. People of all faiths are warmly invited to attend this free event. Refreshments and conversation to follow.

 

Engaging Wisdom and Compassion, by Gelek Rimpoche, Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. Learn about traditional Tibetan Buddhism from a spiritual teacher and best-selling author who was born and raised in Lhasa. No charge, donations appreciated.

 

White Lotus Day Commemoration Program, May 8, 7 p.m. Celebrate the life and legacy of Helena Blavatsky with poetry, readings and music. No charge, donations welcomed.

 

Sex and Spirituality, by Ron Miller, Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. Explore the two primary models of spiritual growth that were in competition in the early Christian centuries. $9 for guests and $7 for members.

 

Remembrance and Blessing, by Tim Boyd, Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m. Join us in an evening focused on a ceremony of remembrance and blessing for those who have passed on, as well as, for ourselves. No charge, donations welcomed.

 

Does Grammar Have a Role in the Life of the Spirit? Lawrence Weinstein, Thursday, May 29, 7 p.m. Language molds thinking, and changing how we use language can change our lives. His latest book, Grammar for the Soul (Quest Books, 2007), was featured in the May issue of O Magazine. He will be available for book signing after the program. $9 for guests and $7 for members.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE
 
 

In 1908 Annie Besant founded the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS). Many members of the Society wanted to actively promote the First Object of the Society: To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color. TOS offers a framework in which individuals may demonstrate practical and humanitarian actions in a theosophical spirit, whether or not they are members of the Theosophical Society.

 

Becoming a Totally Responsible Person is a workshop being sponsored by the Theosophical Order of Service on Saturday, May 31, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187. The cost is $65 before May 15 and $75 after. For information call 630-668-1571, ext. 306, or go to www.theoservice.org . "Totally Responsible P


E-Newsletter

 
The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

 
June 2008
In This Issue
Springtime Renewal
Member Services
National Events
Regional Events
TheosoFEST
Library News
 
 
 

THE

THEOSOPHICAL

SOCIETY

IN AMERICA

 

 

 

Vision

 

has a vision of wholeness that inspires a fellowship united in study, Meditation, and service.

 

 

Mission

 

encourages open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.

 

 

Ethic

 

holds that our every action, feeling, and thought affects all
other beings and that each of us is capable of and responsible for
contributing to the benefit of the whole.

 
 
 

 
JOIN us!
 
 
 
 
 

Choose from over 100 programs in the popular MP3 format. Listen online or download our FREE programs to your MP3 player. Visit www.theosophical.org , select the Resource menu, and click on MP3 Downloads, or

Let your friends know about these free programs!
 

 
 

June Specials!

20% Discount

for this months

Featured Items

 

Discount is available

online and by phone.

If ordering by phone,

please mention

20% June Discount

from E-newsletter.

To order please call:

630-665-0130 x348

Toll Free:

800-669-9425 x348

Offer good until

June 30, 2008

 
 
 
DVD
OF THE MONTH
 
 
by Jim Kenney 
 
2 DVDs.
120 minutes long.
We're living in a critical transformative period. What are the implications of this extraordinary dynamic?  
 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH

 
by
Jim Kenney
 

Audio CD.

51 minutes long
When did violence and religion become intertwined in the minds of so many thoughtful people today?  
 
 
 
 
 

The Golden Thread

The Timeless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions
 

Joscelyn Godwin

The Golden Thread weaves deep insights into the history of Western esoteric thought, revealing its hidden though foundational impact on the modern world. Joscelyn Godwin's clear voice guides and expands our understanding in unexpected and rewarding ways, illuminating fascinating and little explored areas of the perennial philosophy. 

 
 
 
 
CHECK OUT
 
 
 
 
 
 

PLEASE VISIT

 

a new community blog about theosophy with contributors from all over the world, hosted

by Chris Richardson.

 

 

 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF JUNE EVENTS
 

https://dev.theosophical.org/events/nationalprograms/index.php

 

Tai Chi Chuan, Friday evenings, ongoing, from 7:15 to 8:30 at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. Teacher Ben Furman has over 20 years of experience in  martial arts. Cost is $10 per class, $9 for members. All levels are welcome. For more information go to  www.theosophical.org or call 630-668-1571, ext. 300.    
NEW!!
After Tai Chi, students and the Theosophical Society staff are invited to stay for a social hour and viewing of a Theosophically based DVD.
 

Hatha Yoga, Tuesday evenings ongoing through July 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. Instructor Pamela Meyers is a graduate of the Kripalu Yoga teacher training and instructor Christine Cipra earned her teacher certification from the Vivekananda Ashram in India. Enjoy increased health, vitality, and self-awareness. Each class is $13. For more information go to www.theosophical.org or call 630-668-1571, ext. 300.

Hatha Yoga, Saturday mornings ongoing through July 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. Leader Ellen Duff is a graduate of the White Lotus Foundation teacher-training program. Come and relax your mind, body, and spirit while you enjoy the extraordinary health benefits of yoga. Cost is $11 per class, $10 for members. For more information go to www.theosophical.org or call 630-668-1571, ext. 300.
 
Meditation, Sunday mornings at 11a.m. ongoing at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. Jim Bosco will lead the meditation. There is no charge. For more information go to www.theosophical.org or call 630-668-1571, ext. 300.
 
Study Group: The Wisdom of the Advaita Teachers, Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 ongoing at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. Facilitators will be Sy Ginsburg, a past president of the Miami, Florida, TSA, who met Nisargadatta in India in 1979 and 1981; Jon Knebel, a student of Theosophy; and Pam King, a student of Nisargadatta's. The text is Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness. Each week we select a psychological self-awareness exercise to work on during the week. We share our self-observations at the following meeting. You may join the group at any time. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each meeting.

Voluntary Simplicity of West Suburban Chicago, which ordinarily meets at the Theosophical Society on the second Wednesday of each month, will be hosting a barbecue at the home of Ted Lowe, 2003 Paddock Ct., Wheaton. The barbecue takes place on Wednesday, June 11, any time after 6 p.m. It's BYOG, bring your own grillable, and a dish to share. All are welcome!
 
CANCELLED for June 12, the Patrice Chaplain program, One Woman's True-life Journey to the Heart of the Grail Legend. CANCELLED.
 
 
 
SPRINGTIME RENEWAL
 
   
 

 On August 23, 2007, at 3:07 p.m., an F1 tornado blew through the National Center in Wheaton, doing serious damage to our woodland. We were fortunate in that there were no injuries and the buildings were unscathed; but 50 trees were blown down, or so badly broken that they needed to be removed. Hundreds more were damaged, but salvageable. 
 

Since the call went out for specially targeted donations to replace the lost trees, the response has been gratifying. Grounds Director Mark Roemmich says, "Over 40 members have donated so far, including several lodges." There is still a need for more
donations in order to implement the plan to replace all the lost trees at a pace of 15 trees each spring. Each tree will wear a marker with the name of the donor, or donors, a tradition that began even before the cornerstone was set at the Rogers Building here in Wheaton. If you are interested in helping out with replanting efforts, you can call Mark at 630-668-1571, ext. 334, or email him at mroemmich@theosophical.org.
 

 

May in Illinois is a good month for planting trees. On May 6, 2008 we began our replacement project with a variety of youngsters, including the two pictured. This auspicious date turned out to be a very special one indeed; the first tree planted here was on May 6, 1925. Helping out with the planting are David Bland, David Bruce, John Cianciosi, Ben Furman, Richard Kerrill, Mark Roemmich and Pablo Sender.


 Mrs. Cassie (Taffinder) Hill donated $2 on July 16, 1929.
Her name endures on this tree marker.
    

 
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NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
 
"Understanding Ourselves
in the Cosmos"
 
The 122nd Summer National Gathering of the Theosophical Society in America
 
 
 
July 25 - 29
, 2008, with a Study Extension July 30-31. Come for the beginning, come for the end, come for a day, or come for all of it.
Saturday, July 26, is open to the public. The rest of the days are for TSA Members only.
Key Speakers: Amit Goswami, Ravi Ravindra and Joy Mills.
Don't Miss "What Theosophy teaches us concerning our place in the Cosmos" with David Ely, Cynthia Tabaya, Claradene Wycoff, and Ruth Mills.
 
 
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!
Follow in her footsteps. Glen Mullin will lead you on an amazing journey. October 3 - 20, 2008. www.mysticaltibet.com .
 
The Journey From Darkness to Light.
The Inter-American Theosophical Federation hosts this Congress at Wheaton on September 17 - 21, 2008. Join us and strengthen the bonds of fellowship within this international gathering of Theosophists. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/news/IATF.php .
 
Mystical Heart of Christianity: Moving Beyond
Literalism
Join us at this year's National Conference on October 31 to November 2, 2008, in Holyoke, MA, for a stimulating exploration of esoteric Christianity. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/conferences/national08/index.html
 
 
 

REGIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

Ozark Theosophical Education Center and Camp

June 5-8, 2008, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. Major topics will be "Esoteric Legends, Stories, and Traditions", "Chinese Metaphysics", and "Feng Shui". Rooms will be available for $33 a night, with an additional charge of $5 for each additional person. A vegetarian meal plan is also available at a cost of  $35 per person for the weekend. The program fee is $20 for singles and $35 for couples. For more information call Nancy Blott at 405-412-1971, or write to Elwin Barrett, President, 1020 N. Harding St. Wichita, KS 67208.
 
 
 

September 6, 2008
Saturday, 11am to 6pm
1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL
 Free admission, $5 on-site parking
 
Walk the labyrinth, enjoy vegetarian food, visit Quest Book Shop,
browse the exhibits, shop the craft vendors, explore the Olcott Library,
listen to live music, attend presentations throughout the afternoon,
join the Theosophical Society, sign up for fall programs, and relax with friends.
 
For more info click here  or call 630-668-1571 Ext. 300
 
 
 
 
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On Wednesdays, beginning May 7, between 7pm - 8:30 pm, there will be a Theosophical Study Group that meets in the Library. It is open to all. Reading and discussion will be the format of the group with snacks and socializing taking place between 8 pm - 8:30 pm.
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THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE
A Union of Those Who Love For the Service of All Who Suffer
 
The next TOS Action Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. At the October meeting we discussed volunteering and/or donating food, cleaning supplies, and newspaper to an animal shelter. We still have to decide which animal shelter and then schedule it for January. Please hold any items you would like to donate until then.

Please keep in mind that the meetings and the projects we volunteer to do are open to all: TOS and TS members and non-members alike. Therefore, we invite you to bring a friend, family member, or a teenaged son or daughter; they will be welcomed. For more information please visit www.theoservice.org or call 630-668-1571 x306.


Calendar of Upcoming TOS Volunteer Activities
Monday, November 3, TOS Action Meeting-6:30-8 PM at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL
Friday, November 14, Volunteer/visit Hesed House-Jon Knebel (5:30-10pm)
Sunday, December 14, Christmas project at HSP-Jeanne Proulx
This project at the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) involves sorting, wrapping, and organizing Christmas gifts and toys for children in needy families living in DuPage and Kane County. Some lifting is required but it's nothing heavy. Gifts are sorted so that they are evenly distributed for all of the children. There may be some other things that we can do there as well.





SUMMER NATIONAL GATHERING AT OLCOTT

July 24-28 2009

Mark your calendars now for SNG 2009 TOGETHER DIFFERENTLY! Please join us next summer at our National Center for exciting speakers and meaningful Theosophical discussion.  Visit our website for updates and details.







We invite you to the Fifth Parliament of the World's Religions, December 3-9, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. Please refer to www.parliamentofreligions.org for details and registration.

The theme of the 2009 Parliament, Make a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth, underscores the opportunity for religious and spiritual communities and all people of good will to act on environmental concerns and take responsibility for cultivating awareness of our global interconnectedness.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has agreed to address the Closing Ceremony of the Melbourne Parliament of the World's Religions on the afternoon of December 9th, 2009.


 



THEOSOPHICAL WORLD CONGRESS
July 10-15, 2010 - Rome, Italy

The Societa Theosofica Italiana invites you to the 2010 Theosophical World Congress. This is your chance to meet with Theosophists from around the globe in the historic setting of Rome, Italy. After the congress, allow time for a short tour of the sites of beauty and history.

The comfortable four-star Summit Hotel and Convention Centre, Via della Stazione Aurelia 99, in Rome will be the venue for this international congress. The cost is 88 euros for shared room and 110 euros for single room. This price includes accommodations and three meals. A shuttle service is available from and to the airport.

Save the dates and plan to join us for this international event. More information and details will be posted as they become available.


 


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The 24 participants in this year's Olcott Experience, October 16-20, represented 20 groups plus 2 Olcott Staff Members, an Australian member, and a volunteer from Massachusetts. The weekend started off with the group attending our regular Thursday night lecture, Conservative Soul, Liberated Soul, by Jim Kenny, Director of Common Ground Deerfield, IL. Among the many activities in which the members participated were a TOS Healing Service, a Knights of the Round Table meeting, and a presentation on the 7 Keys to e-mail Marketing. After researching some facet of Theosophy in the Olcott Memorial Library and Research Center, participants gave brief presentations. There was a special presentation about Adyar, our International Headquarters, and also one about the Australian Section. Every group member received a copy of 100 Years of Theosophy by Joy Mills and a DVD on the history of Adyar.




 
 
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