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The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

 
October 2008
In This Issue
National Events
TOS
Parliament of the Religions
News from the Archives
Peace Movement
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 150 programs in the popular MP3 format. Listen online or download our FREE programs to your MP3 player. Over 150 topics including meditation, mysticism, The Secret Doctrine, the Baghavad Gita, Plato, Socrates, Kabbalah, esoteric Christianity, Buddhism, Gnosticism, reincarnation, and much more.
Visit www.theosophical.org , select the Resource menu, and click on MP3 Downloads, or

CLICK HERE

 

 
 

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October 31, 2008

 
 

DVD
OF THE MONTH

 
Daily Life as Spiritual Practice

by 
 Ravi Ravindra 
 
Living the spiritual life is not something we do to escape from the routine and boredom of everyday life.

 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH


 
Spinoza, the Forgotten Theosophist

by
Renee Weber

The 17th century philosopher Benedict de Spinoza bravely espoused a holistic vision of the universe during the time of the Spanish Inquisition.
  

 
 
 
 
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The Fundamentalist Mind
How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All

by Stephen Larsen

In The 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.

To order this book online enter the code HCAT08 when you check out.



 
 
 
 
 
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If you can't make it to the Mystical Heart of Christianity
 
CHECK THIS OUT
 
The Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches are presenting a six-part video web cast series that explores a controversial view of Jesus and his teachings.
The series will be led by Deepak Chopra and hosted by Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell.
 
 
 
 
 
 
NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
Mystical Heart of Christianity:
Moving Beyond Literalism
 
 
 
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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.
 
This will be an exciting and groundbreaking event. 
Participants will not only learn and practice the teachings of esoteric Christianity but also help shape the discussion of how it could alleviate some of the dysfunction evident in religion today. Come join us for a stimulating exploration of an ancient yet eternally fresh way
to understand the Christian approach to spirit!

For info, click here
 
 
 
Featured Speakers:  
Richard Smoley ~ The Future of Esoteric Christianity
Christopher Bamford ~ Before Abraham Was, I Am
Rev. Jon Mundy, Ph.D. ~ What is Mysticism?
Roger Woolger, Ph.D. ~ Man of Light: The Lost Secret of the Cosmic Christ
Rev. Carol Parrish, Ph.D. ~ The Return of the Absent Mother
Coleston Brown ~ Christianity as a Magical Way
Cherry Gilchrist ~ The Red Corner: The Creative Dimension of Folk Christianity in Russia and Beyond
Robert Ellwood, Ph.D. ~ Myth and Meaning in Christianity
 
 
 
 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF OCTOBER EVENTS
 
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Web Cast: Conservative Soul, Liberal Soul
Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
 
What is the "conservative soul" at its very best? And what is the liberal equivalent? Our conversation brings us toward the progressive center that may yet prove to be the shared spark that animates both the conservative soul and the liberal souls.
Jim Kenney is a Trustee, International Interreligious Peace Council. He has done doctoral work in comparative religions at Northwestern University. $9 guests - $7 members.
 
 
Register now for new daytime classes!
Call 630 668-1571 ext. 300 
Register by phone or mail.
 Vegetarian lunch is available for $6 if notified in advance. 
 
Living on Purpose: Meditation Plus
Thursdays, Oct. 9- Nov. 6 (5 classes)
10:00-11:30 a.m.
 
Learn a variety of forms of meditation. We will also examine techniques that we can bring into our everyday life-helping us to be awake in our lives.
Margaret McKenzie, a social worker and Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen, makes meditation accessible and relevant. $50 guests (or $12 per class), $40 members.
 
 
The Religion - Science Wars
Wednesdays, Oct. 15 - Oct. 29 (3 classes) 10 a.m.-noon

What's going on? What are the key issues, and who are the key players in the 21st century rekindling of the religion-science wars?
Jim Kenney is the former Global Director, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions; coeditor, Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement; and director of Common Ground in Deerfield, IL. Enrollment is only for the complete series. $40 guests, $30 members.
 
 
Interfaith Peace Prayers Group
Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. 

The Theosophical Society will again host the Interfaith Peace Prayers group. People of all faith traditions are welcome to attend this group whose purpose is to pray for peace in these turbulent times.
Mazher F. Ahmed, vice president and trustee for a Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, is vice president of the Batavia Islamic Center.  
No charge. Refreshments and conversation follow the meeting.
 

ONGOING PROGRAMS
 
Sundays, 11a.m. Meditation group, led by Jim Bosco. No charge.
 
Sundays,
6:30 to 8:00 p.m., 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. $5 suggested donation for each meeting.
 
Sundays,
7 p.m. 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.
 
Mondays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Golden Thread and the Threatened Gold, Oct. 6 - Dec. 15. This course facilitated by Govert Schuller will explore the knowledge passed on by the Western Mystery Traditions. The book, The Golden Thread: The Timeless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions, by Joscelyn Godwin will be taken as a starting point. Donations are welcome.
 
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Buddha's Vision for Humanity, Nov. 4 - Dec. 9. Join John Cianciosi, an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai Theravada tradition, for talks and discussions exploring these unique teachings and relating them to present day conditions. $75 guests (or $15 per class) $60 members.
 
Wednesdays, 12 to 1 p.m. Qigong and Tai Ji for Health, led by Renee Ryan, who has practice the healing arts for 30 years, studied in Korea, and recently returned from China. These movements improve your immune system, boost energy, and relieve stress. $115 guests (or $9 per class) $95 members. 

Wednesdays (the second one of each month), 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Voluntary Simplicity of West Suburban Chicago meets here. For more information go to
www.vschicagowestsuburban.org  
 
Fridays, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. 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. 

For more information and a complete list of programs, visit 
Our Website  
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE

A Union of Those Who Love For the Service of All Who Suffer
 
Thank you to all those who attended the first meeting of the TOS Action Group. About a dozen people brought their ideas to the September meeting where they discussed a variety of possible projects and service opportunities. The calendar below lists the project along with its coordinator. If you would like more information or want to volunteer, please visit our Web site at www.theoservice.org. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Theosophical Society. Please keep in mind that the meetings and projects are open to non TOS/TS members; therefore bring a friend, family member, even your teenagers! Everyone is welcome.
 

Calendar of Upcoming TOS Volunteer Activities
 
Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. - Next TOS action meeting - Jeanne Proulx
Saturday, October 11 - Wheaton Franciscan Earth Summit - Paula Finnegan
Saturday, October 18 - Life Source Blood Drive - Pam King
Saturday, October 25 - All day workshop partnering with SOS
Friday, November 14 - Volunteer/visit Hesed House-Jon Knebel (5:30 - 10 p.m.)
Sunday, December 14 - Christmas project at HSP - Jeanne Proulx
This project at the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) involves sorting, organizing, and wrapping donated Christmas gifts and toys for needy families living in Du Page and Kane County. There may be some other things that we can do there as well.
 
 
Brighten A Life!!!
Life Source Teams with TOS for Blood Drive
The Theosophical Order of Service will host a Life Source blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Theosophical Society campus. For more information about Life Source and how to donate blood, visit www.lifesource.org . Appointments can be made online.

 
Spirituality, Community, and Service
Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This all day event, co-sponsored by the Theosophical Order of Service and the Science of Spirituality, brings together leaders in the interfaith field. Using panel discussions, break out groups, and meditation, we will explore the multifaceted role of service in our lives.
 
Mazher Ahmed, vice president and trustee for a Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, is vice president of the Batavia Islamic Center.  
 
Larry Clemmons is a Registered Reflexologist and an ordained interfaith minister, founder and pastor of the Interfaith Fellowship Church in Chicago. 
 
Hema Pokharna, PhD, is a researcher at the University of Chicago and director of Journeys of Life, a program promoting health, wholeness, and disease prevention. She has extensive training in Gestalt, nonviolent communication, and conflict resolution. 
 
Donations are always welcome, but there is no charge for this event. A free vegetarian lunch is being provided compliments of the Science of Spirituality.
 
Registration by phone (630-668-1571, ext. 300) or mail is required
.
 

 
 
 
 
PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS
 
 
The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions would like to invite you to our third lecture of the Downtown Luncheon Series. Rev. Donald Senior will be speaking on October 24, 2008.
 
For more information about the Downtown Luncheon Series, please contact: Cecilia Guerrero at Luncheon@parliamentofreligions.org or Parliament web site
www.parliamentofreligions.org 
 
 


E-Newsletter

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The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

 
September 2008
In This Issue
TheosoFEST
National Events
TOS
Theosophical Community
Peace Movement
Parliament of the Religions
Library News
News from the Archives
 
 
 

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 150 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!
 

 
 

September Specials!

30% Discount

for this months

Featured Items

 

Discount is available

online and by phone.

If ordering by phone,

please mention

30% September Discount

from E-newsletter.

To order please call:

1-800-669-9425 x348

Offer good until

September 30, 2008

 
 

DVD
OF THE MONTH

 
The Extended Mind

by
 Rupert Sheldrake
 

56 minutes long.
Sheldrake presents recent experimental evidence on strange powers of the mind.


 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH


by
Ianthe Hoskins
 

Audio CD.
80 minutes long.
This is a fascinating commentary on a mystical poem by the English poet James Rhoades.  
 
 
 
 
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City of Secrets

One Woman's True-life Journey to the Heart of the Grail

by Patrice Chaplin


A captivating tale of author and playwright Patrice Chaplan's early years spent in a mysterious town in Spain and the secrets she uncovers as she returns later throughout the course of her life. Her story follows the intriguing villagers of Girona, many of whom, she discovers, belong to a secret society formed to protect the legacy of Abbé Saunière of Rennes-le-Château fame. The mysteries surrounding him are at the very heart of the modern Grail phenomenon. Along the way she tells of her love affair with the town's favorite son and how their lives become dangerously entangled in the secrets buried in this beautiful, ancient city.

To order this book online enter the code HCAT08 when you check out.
 
 
 
 
 
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"The Key to Theosophy"

 
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September 6, 2008
Saturday, 11am to 6pm
1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL
 Free admission, $5 on-site parking
 
A festival at the Theosophical Society with 21 speakers and activities, vegetarian food, vendors, drumming circle, healers, Cretan labyrinth, traditional Hawaiian dances, Qigong, Quest Book Shop sales, Sandalwood Sitar Music Concert-all on a beautiful 40 acre campus.
 
For more info click here or call 630-668-1571 Ext. 300
 

 
 
 
 
NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!




Dear Friends,

I have an important update of information about the next pilgrimage to Tibet.
TIBET IS OPEN! This information comes from our friend, Pawan Tuladhar, in Kathmandu, Nepal. As of June 26, 2008, the areas that our Tibet Pilgrimage will explore on October 03 - 21 are confirmed open to tourists.
This is your last chance to be included in this special pilgrimage sponsored by the Theosophical Society, Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond.
Don't miss this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Madame Blavatsky. I imagine her spirit will be right there with you.
Happy travels,

Betty

P.S. For more information please visit 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. 
 
Dr. John Algeo
will be our main speaker and Mrs. Maria Parisen, Krotona resident, will conduct the workshop "Meditation - Theory and Practice". There will be a discussion panel and a symposium conducted by National Presidents of North, Central, and South America. There will also be follow-up discussion groups in both Spanish and English. Translators will be available throughout the conference to facilitate communication and understanding. For more information please click here

 


Dr. John Algeo
Vice-President of the
International Theosophical
Society, will talk about
"Our Mission as Theosophists".



 
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Mrs. Maria Parisen
Krotona resident, will conduct
the workshop "Meditation -
Theory and Practice". 
 
 
 
 

 

Mystical Heart of Christianity:
Moving Beyond Literalism
 
 
 
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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.
 
This will be an exciting and groundbreaking event. 
Participants will not only learn and practice the teachings of esoteric Christianity but also help shape the discussion of how it could alleviate some of the dysfunction evident in religion today. Come join us for a stimulating exploration of an ancient yet eternally fresh way
to understand the Christian approach to spirit!

For info, click here
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Speakers:  
Richard Smoley ~ The Future of Esoteric Christianity
Christopher Bamford ~ Before Abraham Was, I Am
Rev. Jon Mundy, Ph.D. ~ What is Mysticism?
Roger Woolger, Ph.D. ~ Man of Light: The Lost Secret of the Cosmic Christ
Rev. Carol Parrish, Ph.D. ~ The Return of the Absent Mother
Coleston Brown ~ Christianity as a Magical Way
Cherry Gilchrist ~ The Red Corner: The Creative Dimension of Folk Christianity in Russia and Beyond
Robert Ellwood, Ph.D. ~ Myth and Meaning in Christianity


 
 
 
 
THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE

A Union of Those Who Love For the Service of All Who Suffer
 
 
Action Group Forming
The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) invites you to join in a discussion of ways to increase service opportunities for groups and individuals. Our goal is to develop a TOS action group that can identify a few service-oriented projects, and then take the necessary action to complete the tasks. All who desire to be actively involved in service work may attend these monthly meetings. Our first meeting is scheduled for:
 
Monday, September 8, 2008, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Theosophical Society in America
1926 North Main St
Wheaton, IL 60187

Realizing the value and limit of each person's time, we encourage volunteers to get involved at their own pace in whichever project appeals to them most. If you are already involved in a project, please share it with us. New ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Some suggestions already received include:

  • Helping the elderly with yard work, shopping, and transportation to healthcare appointments
  • Volunteering at established homeless center
  • Volunteering at animal shelter
  • Initiating new projects to raise public awareness for a cleaner environment
We hope that you will consider becoming a part of this growing network of concerned service-oriented individuals. We look forward to your participation.
 
For more information, please contact Jeanne Proulx at Jproulx3366@yahoo.com or 630-668-1571 ext. 306 or visit www.theoservice.org.
 

Life Source Teams with TOS for Blood Drive
The Theosophical Order of Service will host a Life Source blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Theosophical Society campus. For more information about Life Source and donating blood, visit www.lifesource.org Watch for details in the October E-newsletter.
 
 
Spirituality, Community, and Service
Saturday, October 25, 10 am - 4 pm
This all day event, co-sponsored by the Theosophical Order of Service and the Science of Spirituality, brings together leaders in the interfaith field. Using panel discussions, break out groups, and meditation, we will explore the multifaceted role of service in our lives.

 Mazher Ahmed, vice president and trustee for a Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, is vice president of the Batavia Islamic Center.  

 
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  Larry Clemmons is a Registered Reflexologist and an ordained interfaith minister, founder and pastor of the Interfaith Fellowship Church in Chicago. 
 
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  Hema Pokharna, PhD, is a researcher at the University of Chicago and director of Journeys of Life, a program promoting health, wholeness, and disease prevention. She has extensive training in Gestalt, nonviolent communication, and conflict resolution. 
 
Donations are always welcome, but there is no charge for this event. A free vegetarian lunch is being provided compliments of the Science of Spirituality.
 
Registration by phone (630-668-1571, ext. 300) or mail is required.
 

 



THE THEOSOPHICAL COMMUNITY



A new online community moderated by
The Theosophical Society in America

 
The Theosophical Community is an online community meant to bring Theosophists together on a single online network and helps keep us connected. When you join, you can set up a personal profile, take part in discussions on the forum, upload photos and videos, keep a blog, join and form online groups and announce upcoming events. The Community is meant to serve several purposes:
  • Connecting members-at-large, who may not have a group near them, with other Theosophical Society members in a dynamic environment.
  • Providing Lodges and Study Centers with a user-friendly space online to organize and communicate with other groups or individuals.
  • Providing a single, central space for Lodges/Study Centers, Federations, Camps, Retreats, and other groups and organizations to communicate with each other and announce upcoming events to Theosophists everywhere.

Sign up Today! Registration is free, quick and easy.
www.theosophical.ning.com


 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 

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August 2009

In This Issue
The Cosmic Feminine
Summer National Gathering
TheosoFEST
Summer Classes
New from Education Dept
Library News



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Yoga Beyond Fitness

Getting More than Exercise from an Ancient Spiritual Practice
by

Tom Pilarzyk

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DVD
OF THE MONTH

The Ethics of Occultism
by
Richard Brooks

An argument for the importance of ethics in our spiritual lives.
(41 min)


 
CD

OF THE MONTH


by
Ianthe Hoskins

An introduction to one of the great Eastern spiritual classics. (49 min)

 


 

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With Reknown Astrologer

M. Kelley Hunter
 

Monday, August 24, 7pm CST  
 
World renown astrologer, mythologist and author M. Kelley Hunter, Ph.D. will present her leading research on the mysterious black moon, Lilith

With stunning slides, Dr. Hunter explores the mysterious Lilith throughout myth, the arts, popular culture, and astrology.  Hunter's discussion brings new depth and understanding to this power-filled point in the horoscope! 

The presentation will be followed by an astrological Q&A, book signing, and refreshments!  $7 at the door.

An event not to be missed by lovers of astrology and the divine feminine alike!



SUMMER NATIONAL GATHERING


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From the President's Diary
The end of July brought Board members and Society members from around the country to the Summer National Gathering.  At Friday evening's opening night ceremonies, guests were welcomed and greetings were shared from those not able to attend. Later we enjoyed a violin recital by the gifted Carmelo de Los Santos. On Saturday, we co-hosted an off-campus, Pre-Parliament event "Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth," with the Council for the Parliament of World's Religions.  The busy weekend included activity reports from various departments, a talk by Robert Ellwood, "Theosophy and World Religions," and a multi-media presentation on the life of Albert Schweitzer. I presented John Algeo's talk on the Seven Rays and Ann Ford, Tim Boyd, and Robert Ellwood each gave a short talk on a different world religion.  Meditation programs, discussion groups, and a panel discussion rounded out our Theosophical programs. Thank you to all who visited, participated, and made this 123rd Summer National Gathering possible.



  NATIONAL CENTER

 

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Touch fall's beauty, hike the grounds, meditate in nature, eat vegetarian food, visit the Quest Book Shop, join the Theosophical Society, explore the Olcott Library, enjoy LIVE music, try something new, open your mind, browse the exhibits, and relax with friends!

More information here



Meditation Group
Sundays, 11:00 a.m.

Study Group:
The Wisdom of the Advaita Teachers

Sundays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Qigong & Tai Ji
Wednesdays, noon - 1 p.m.



 
 
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT



NEW DVD RELEASE


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Narrated by Glenn Mullin
 
This fascinating travelogue offers rare glimpses of sacred Buddhist temples and monasteries in Tibet. (59 min)





8 NEW MP3's UPLOADED!

Check out the newly added free MP3's:

Out of the Silence by Ianthe Hoskins               
The Yoga of Patanjali by Ianthe Hoskins  
Depression: Its Meaning and Value by Stephan Hoeller                
Imagination and Reality by N. Sri Ram     
The Path to Yoga by William Ross  
Theosophy and World Religions: Buddhism by Robert Ellwood
Theosophy and World Religions: Taoism by Robert Ellwood
Mindfulness Meditation by Jack Hatfield



  OLCOTT MEMORIAL LIBRARY


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Knights in the Morning

Rare and Used Book Sale

Reserve a Dialogue with a Living Book

Theosophical Saturdays
The Theosophical Saturdays is a 34-week program held at the National Library, designed to provide an education in Theosophy especially as it relates to philosophy, science, religion, and the arts. We have posted the study material online with the hopes that these resources can be used by you and/or your study group.


Match Our Grant!
The library was awarded a grant of $25,000 by the Illinois State Library.  Our circulation and visibility has already greatly increased, but we need your help to match our grant!

Fundraising Raffle
Win a Life Library Membership ($150 value)! 
Raffle tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the Olcott Library. 

Raffle tickets may also be purchased by check with payment made out to "The Theosophical Society in America" or with credit card by phone (630-668-1571, ext. 304.) 

The drawing will be held at TheosoFEST, on Saturday, September 12 at 5pm, though entrants need not be present to win.


 
 
"Learn to distinguish the God in everyone and everything, no matter how evil he or it may appear on the surface. You can help your brother through that which you have in common with him, and that is the Divine Life."
 
 J. Krishnamurti

   
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April 2009
 

In This Issue
Summer Gathering
National Center
Theosophical Community
TOS
Olcott Library
Library News
 
 

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April
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April 30, 2009

 

 
DVD
OF THE MONTH

The Return of the Absent Mother
by
Rev. Carol Parrish

Sophia is the Greek name for the feminine principle of Creation. Includes PowerPoint presentation of iconic artwork. (80 min)


 
CD

OF THE MONTH


by
J. Krishnamurti

True meditation is not an escape from life, but leads to a deep understanding of life with all its joys and sorrows.

 


 
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The Hero and the Goddess
The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transformation
by

Jean Houston

In this fresh approach to self-realization, human potentials leader Jean Houston provides empowering experiential exercises at every key stage of Homer's epic to make The Odyssey our own journey. As we set sail with Odysseus, together we endure loss and suffering, the search for the divine Beloved, and the joy of finally arriving home.

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Key Speakers

John Algeo, "The Seven Rays: Being Different Together"
Robert Ellwood, "Theosophy and the World Religions"


Friday, July 24
Opening of the 123rd Annual Meeting on Friday evening (formal wear optional).
Followed by a musical performance and refreshments.


Special Programs

Saturday, July 25
Interfaith Dialogue , co-sponsored by the Parliament of the World's Religions and held at Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton.

Sunday evening, July 26
Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach , a unique multimedia experience with master organist Gail Archer; narratives of Albert Schweitzer's inspiring words by Renate zum Tobel, David Bruce, and Dan Smolla, along with a biographical slide presentation.
 
Plus: music, entertainment, bargain book sale, and much more!

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For more details call 1-800-669-1571, ext. 320 or click here



 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON



YOUR NEW AUDITORIUM


bradden bk As a result of your generous support to our Capital Funds Campaign (CFC), the auditorium is now completely refurbished. Its crowning glory will be the beautiful door to be installed by mid-April. The seating has been increased by one third and arranged in the round so the speaker is much closer to the audience. The new sound and recording system balances and improves the sound quality for both live audiences and recorded media.
When we first began our campaign to raise funds for our needed capital improvements, our needs were so great that many were afraid our goal was too high. With high hopes and the wonderful support of our members, we have been able to replace our 25 year old phone system, install a smoke and fire alarm system in the Rogers Building that connects directly to the fire department, and, now, complete the auditorium renovation.
Our next priority, which has a major impact on our hosting public functions, is to upgrade the kitchen and dining areas.
Your support is still needed, so if you haven't pledged, please consider a monthly pledge of $10, $20, $50 or whatever you feel you can afford. We are making your National Center a place of beauty in order to serve you better as well as to be more welcoming to the public. See more pictures




CALENDAR OF APRIL EVENTS


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Painting with Spirit: the Creative Process at Work

Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
With Susan O'Leary

Soul Visioning
Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.
With Susan Wisehart

Stripping Away Our Emotional Baggage
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
With Gary Clyman

The New Atheists
Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.
With Ron Miller

Healing Outside of Space & Time
Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
With Von Braschler


Therapeutic Touch: Learning a Healing Modality
Saturday Workshop, April 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
With Marilyn Johnston

GONG BATH: Infuse Yourself with Sacred Sound
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m. (5:30 p.m., if walking the labyrinth first)
With Richard Rudis (Sonam Dorje)

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day!
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Meet at 9 a.m.)

Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create Your Future™
Saturday Workshop, April 25, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
With Susan Wisehart and Dave Birr







  TSA'S OFFICIAL ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK



THE THEOSOPHICAL COMMUNITY
The TSA's Official Online Social Network


The Theosophical Community now has over 350 members and is still growing, with new people joining each day. It is a great place to meet other Theosophists, to discuss Theosophy in an online forum, and to share your thoughts in blogs. You can also share videos and pictures or get in touch with local Branches or Study Centers. You can even look for people near you to start a new study center with! Come see what's new:
 
~ Theosophical Saturdays Section The Olcott Library has begun to upload the study resources from its weekly Theosophical Saturdays program. This is an ongoing project that will prove to be a valuable study resource.

~ New Links section - Links have been given their own page. The Community's list of links will continue to grow as new pages are submitted and added. 

~ New look - brand new graphical look and layout make the site pleasing to the eye.
 

~ New profile questions - We asked members which profile questions should be added and they responded. The personal profile feature has been revamped with more interesting questions.


 

  THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE



A union of those who love
for the service of all who suffer


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities


April 27
- The TOS Action Group meets from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL

 
May 2 - The TOS action group will serve lunch at Hesed House/PADS facility in Aurora. Volunteers are welcome.

To volunteer, make a donation, or for more information call: 630-668-1571 ext. 306 weekdays or visit our website www.theoservice.org





  OLCOTT MEMORIAL LIBRARY

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STORYTELLING CARNIVAL

and CAMPOUT
 
Union with Nature
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Music / Storytelling / Crafts
Games / Book Sale


1 pm - 5 pm  Storytelling Carnival
(Free admission, tickets available for crafts, games, & food)
 
6 pm  Campout ($10 per person)
Campout includes dinner, stories around the campfire,
breakfast, and a nature walk
.
(Pre-registration required for campout)
 
Theosophical Society in America

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December 2009


In This Issue
National Conference
National Center Programs
Tree Planting
Quest Bookshop Online
Time Capsule
Library News


 

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DVD
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Lilith: The Cosmic Feminine  
by
 M. Kelley Hunter


Renewed interest in the goddess has brought many faces of the divine feminine into modern awareness. (86 minutes)


 
CD

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by
Geoffrey Hodson

The Bible contains many priceless truths veiled in allegory and symbolism. 3 CDs. (191 minutes)




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A New Science of the Paranormal:
The Promise of Psychical Research
by
Lawrence LeShan







Light on the Path
by Mabel Collins


The Divine Vagabond
by Harindranath Chattopadhyaya


 


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  APRIL 23 to 25, 2010

Our national conference provides a great opportunity to explore our  religious wounds from many  per- spectives. Although this conference cannot promise to "fix it," it is designed to help you deepen your understanding and connect more authentically to your spirituality.
 
We are privileged to feature as our keynote speaker Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of such best-selling works as Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, and most recently, Eternal Life. Bishop Spong will discuss his personal journey through several crises of faith, which have led to some radical and healing insights. He will be joined by a number of other pivotal thinkers in the field, such as Christopher Bamford, senior editor of Parabola; spiritual counselor Maurice Proulx; Richard Smoley, author of Inner Christianity; and others.


  PROGRAMS AT THE NATIONAL CENTER



With Quest Book author Gary Tillery
Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m.
Book signing after the program


Celebrate the Season
Coordinator: Ruthann Fowler
Thursday, December 17, 7 p.m.


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



 TREE PLANTING



On October 14th, 2009, our staff planted 10 new trees on the grounds of the national center. Funding for the trees was provided by donations received from our members following the devastating tornado damage in August 2007. At that time, we lost over 60 trees with countless others damaged.
 
Thanks to the very generous support of many of our members, we were able to plant sixteen trees in 2008, ten trees in 2009 and at least ten more are planned for 2010. Well done!

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Anyone interested in supporting this project, please donate online and select Tree Replacement or contact Mark Roemmich at mroemmich@theosophical.org. Thanks again to all of the members who have responded to our needs!



 QUEST BOOKSHOP


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www.questbookshop.org
will be selling online starting in December!!!!

Quest Bookshop offers a wide range of books in the areas of spirituality, world religions, science, Theosophy, esoterica, paganism, meditation & prayer, astrology, health & healing, children's books, poetry & literature, art & creativity. We also carry an excellent selection of jewelry, incense, music, crystals, statuary, tarot, puppets & stuffed animals, singing bowls, yoga supplies, meditation benches & cushions, malas, drums and many other gifts & tools to aid you on your Spiritual Journey!



 TIME CAPSULE



amethyst clusterIn celebration of its Sesquicentennial, the City of Wheaton buried a time capsule on November 7, 2009. When it is opened at the city's  Bicentennial in 2059, historians will find items from the TSA: a letter from our archivist;  brochures about membership, the Olcott campus, and our national library; a program flyer; a Quest Books catalog; Quest magazine; and a CD of the Ed Tick lecture "Spiritual Dimensions of War and Its Healing."


  OLCOTT MEMORIAL LIBRARY


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Library Programs

Our Wish List contains items that the library would like to have available to library patrons or that may directly benefit the operation of the library. These are items that can be obtained from a variety of retailers. For convenience, we have provided links where these items may be purchased. This Wish List offers an additional way in which you can make a contribution to your library.

Contained in the Holy Scripture or Word of the Lord Unfolded beginning with the Book of Genesis; Together with wonderful things seen in the world of Spirits and on the Heaven of Angels; Thoroughly Revised and Edited by the Rev. John Faulkner Potts. Translated from the Latin of Emanuel Swedenborg --Volume III, Swedenborg, Emanuel and Potts, Rev. John Faulkner. The American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society, New York, 1915.  Good condition.  558 p. 5 ½ X 8 ½. $ 50.00


 
 
Theosophy is this direct knowledge of God . . . it teaches in a
quite clear and definite way the methods of reaching firsthand knowledge by unfolding the spiritual consciousness, and by evolving the organs through which that consciousness can
function on our earth.

 Annie Besant
  
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