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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.

Understanding Impermanence: Fostering Compassionate Presence through the End-of-Life Journey

Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Anagarika Jyotipala (Dhananjay Joshi)There is a great spiritual need for those suffering from terminal and long-term illnesses. A deep understanding of basic principles of impermanence can lessen suffering and evoke a compassionate acceptance. Through guided meditations, prayers, and Scripture readings, you will acquire tools for coping, accepting, and offering a helping hand to those in need.

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Integral Mindfulness: A Path to Whole Body Awakening

Saturday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ravi RavindraIntegral Mindfulness combines the power of mindfulness meditation with Ken Wilber’s integral approach to spirituality. Learn how to practice mindfulness in the great arenas of life: the self, relationships, the body, and mindful engagement with the world.

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Upcoming Online Programs

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Nov 20 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

The Secret Path
Tue Nov 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

Walking the Theosophical Path Online Group
Wed Nov 22 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

The Dream Circle
Wed Nov 22 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

Practical Teachings of Remarkable Men: Part II
Wed Nov 22 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM

Friday Online Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Nov 24 @10:00AM - 11:15AM

Nourishing the Pilgrim Soul: Spiritual Search East and West
Sat Nov 25 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Sun Nov 26 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Nov 27 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

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