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The Theosophical Society in America

Our mission is to encourage 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.

Accessing Inner Vitality: Practical Ways to Use Energy for Health and Contentment

Saturday, February 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn MitchellLearn practical ways to shift your own energy for greater health and well-being. By accessing your inner source of vital energy and soothing fears that block this energy, you can experience more peace and presence. 

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Meditations for World Peace

Last Friday of the month, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. CT

world peaceJoin us each month for a group meditation for world peace. This short program features a discussion regarding peace and unity among all people followed by a 15-minute World Peace Meditation. Each month will feature a different speaker and meditation and will represent a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.

Free and open to all!

 

 

Upcoming Online Programs

Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Sun Feb 18 @11:00AM - 12:00PM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Feb 19 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Feb 19 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

Nisargadatta Advaita Study Group
Mon Feb 19 @12:30PM - 01:45PM

Seeking the True Self
Tue Feb 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

Walking the Theosophical Path
Wed Feb 21 @10:30AM - 12:00PM

The Dream Circle
Wed Feb 21 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

Medical and Vedic Astrology
Wed Feb 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

The Dharma Karma Nexus
Thu Feb 22 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM

Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible Vol II - Preface

PREFACE TO VOLUME II

In the first volume of this series, the theory is advanced that many of the narratives recounted in both the Old and the New Testaments, as also in the inspired portions of the scriptures and mythologies of other ancient peoples, contain far more than is apparent on the surface. Undermeanings are said to have been deliberately introduced and are conveyed by the use of a system—widely recognized in ancient times—of so narrating actual events that they also reveal underlying laws governing the emanation, involution and evolution of both universe and humanity. To this end the characters of the people in such stories are made to personify Intelligences, forces, procedures and stages of development in the unfolding universe and the spiritual, intellectual, psychological and physical components of every human being.

Acceptance of this view gives to world scriptures a far deeper significance than if they were regarded as narratives of physical events alone. This approach also helps to explain the inclusion of passages which either contradict known scientific and historical facts, or else repel because recording criminal, immoral or very cruel actions.

If I seem to apologize too much for condemning the literal meaning of certain passages and advancing possible hidden meanings—and I have been so charged by one reviewer of my first volume—it is because I remember and do not wish to hurt or harm those to whom orthodox beliefs mean much in their religious life. Having suffered myself from atheistic iconoclasm, I wish to lead my readers along a more pleasant pathway to what I have come to regard as truth, preferring to win over and persuade to further examination than entirely to crush.

Many biblical passages do indeed present grave difficulties, particularly when deeds are stated to have been performed either, as in the Old Testament, at the instance of the Supreme Deity or, as in mythology, even by deities themselves. Many such textual problems are resolved when the classical keys of interpretation are applied, and this volume of this work offers some of the results of study of the scriptures and mythologies of ancient peoples as if the sages of old had recorded them in the sacred language of allegory and symbol.

Geoffrey Hodson
Auckland, New Zealand