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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.

Filled with Light: Summer Solstice Meditation & Community Gathering

Friday, June 22, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Atala Dorothy Toy

Embrace the light within and around you in this unique meditation event! Radiate your truth with sun-inspired, energetic meditations that allow you to feel your inner strength, gather your potential, and honor your highest Self. Mudras (meditation gestures), mantra (chanting), and accessible movement will enhance your experience, helping you feel positively charged and alive at every level. Instruction and handouts will be provided to continue your journey during the Solstice period.

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A Day of Mindfulness and Meditation

Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

SantikaroOn this daylong silent retreat we mindfully take pause from busy lives and concerns in order to explore our capacity to be awake, grounded, and open to life's realities. Grounding practices include deep, mindful breathing with fully released exhalations; the enjoyment of gratitude; and gracefully bearing under the flow of uncertain conditions. The grounds and sacred space of the Theosophical Society invite us to slow down and be present with the inner spaces to which we have privileged access and for which we have most responsibility.

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Upcoming Online Programs

Science and Spirituality: When Facts and Faith Unite
Thu Jun 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Jun 22 @10:00AM - 11:15AM

Heart and Purpose of Yoga
Sat Jun 23 @10:00AM - 11:00PM

Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Sun Jun 24 @11:00AM - 12:00PM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Jun 25 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Jun 25 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

Non-Duality Dialogue
Mon Jun 25 @12:30PM - 01:45PM

Converging Paths: A Practice and Study Group
Mon Jun 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM

Walking the Theosophical Path
Wed Jun 27 @10:30AM - 12:00PM

Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible Vol II - Preface


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