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E-Newsletter April 2008

 
 
The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

April 2008
In This Issue
Messenger Correction
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!
 
 
 
 
DVD
OF THE MONTH
 

The Seven Rays: Keys to World Peace and Personal Wholeness

by John Algeo
 

Video DVD. 64 minutes. $17.95

The Seven Rays are a metaphorical way of talking about the seven primordial forces existing in the universe. They manifest themselves in each one of us; and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Their balance is fundamental to harmony between nations and individuals.

 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH
 

Designing Your Own Agenda for Personal Growth

by Diana Dunningham-Chapotin.
 

Audio CD. 47 minutes. $7.95

Practical advice for those who wish to design a personal growth program along theosophical lines. With wit and brilliance, the speaker presents a program that can be used by Theosophists of any age.

WEBCAST
 
Sea Change: Cultural Evolution in the Early 21st Century

Jim Kenney
Thursday, April 3, 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.

 
 

To view the webcast schedule,

click on this link: http://www.theosophical.org/events/webcasting/index.php
 
MESSENGER CORRECTION

Messenger No. 82

The toll free phone number for more information about Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest & Beyond should read: 877-232-5836.
 
 
NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
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: http://www.theosophical.org/events/news/IATF.php .

Mystical Heart of Christianity: Moving Beyond Literalism.Join us at this year'sNational Conference on October 31 to November 2, 2008, in Holyoke, MA, for a stimulating exploration of esoteric Christianity. For info, go to: http://www.theosophical.org/events/conferences/national08/index.html .

 

REGIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

The Texas Federation of the Theosophical Society will hold its annual meeting April 18 - 20, 2008. Guest speakers are David and Nancy Reigle, who will explore the connection between Theosophy and Tibetan Buddhism. For information, email Doss McDavid at wmcdavid@satx.rr.com, or call him at 210-494-6012.
 
The Midwest Federation annual meeting will be held on April 25 - 27. The guest speakers are Doss and Joyce Mc David. For more information, email Barbara Bronstrup at barbtheos@sbcglobal.net 
 
The Northeast Federation of the Theosophical Society will also hold its annual meeting April 18 - 20 at Manchester Inn, Ocean Grove, New Jersey.The theme is Theosophy in Minor and Major Keys: Myth and Metaphor in Theosophy and Philosophy. For info contact Susan O'Neill, Northeast Federation President at 860-649-2534 or email: northeastfederation@yahoo.com
 
 
 
SUMMER CAMPS
 
 
 

Making plans for summer? If you are looking for more than simply escaping from your everyday life, don't forget the divine locales that the Theosophical Society has available for retreat.

 
 
Camp Indralaya is nestled in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, Washington. They are hosting two weeklong retreats entitled, "Celebrate the Family Spirit," with this year's theme being "truth." There will also be a deep singing retreat, a yoga retreat and a mantra workshop. For more information, call 360-376-4526 or go to: http://www.indralaya.com/current/programs4.html . 

Pumpkin Hollow Farm lies on the opposite side of the country in upstate New York. Highlights of this summer's offerings include: a Soldier's Heart, Veterans Return Retreat with Ed Tick and Dr. Faustus in the Tradition of Magic and Alchemy, featuring Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller. For information, call 518-325-3583 or go to: www.pumpkinhollow.org .

Ozark Theosophical Center and Camp is in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Three-day retreat from June 5th to 8th, 2008. Major Topics: "Esoteric Legends, Stories, and Traditions", "Chinese metaphysics", "Feng Shui". Come find wisdom and serenity in these ancient mountains. For info, call Nancy Blott at 405-412-1971.

Far Horizons is located in the rugged wilderness of Giant Sequoia National Monument in California. There are service opportunities at Far Horizons as well as family weeks. For information, go to: www.farhorizons.org .

Enjoy summer! Grow and renew! Join us.    

 
 
OLCOTT LIBRARY
 

Library Main Page

Theosophical Book Club

Open Mic Soiree

New Library Titles

 
Request for volunteers! We are looking for volunteer Help during our Storytelling Carnival, June 21, 2008, between 1 and 6 pm at the Theosophical Society Headquarters / 1926 N Main St / Wheaton, IL 60187. We need storytellers and help overseeing craft booths, refreshments, and carnival activities. Contact  library@theosophical.org or 630-668-1571 Ext.304
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF APRIL EVENTS

http://www.theosophical.org/events/nationalprograms/index.php

Discussions That Can Change Your Life, with Reverend Lenore Christie and Anton Lysy, Ph.D., Wednesdays from April 2 to May 28. Enjoy illuminating discussions with kindred spirits as you explore a wide range of profound writings.

Our Inspiring New Vision of the Universe, by Eric Carlson, Ph.D. and Astronomer Emeritus at the Adler Planetarium, Thursday, April 10. Come meet your universe in ways not possible until the Hubble telescope exceeded all expectations, and learn the latest models of the Big Bang.

The Rise and fall of Atlantis, by John Gordon, Thursday, April 17. Enjoy a discussion of the origin of the Atlantean continent and learn insights into its gradual disappearance.

The Gandhi You May Not Know, by Rajmohan Gandhi, Thursday, April 24. Mahatma Gandhi's grandson shares unexpected and lesser-known aspects of the Gandhi we think we know. He has recently authored Gandhi: The Man, his People, and an Empire and will hold a book signing after the program. 

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day! Sturday, April 26, 9 to 11 a.m., outside, rain or shine. The Theosophical Society will join with a multitude of sites around the world. This free event will include teachers leading participants in their respective styles creating a wave of peace and harmony that will move around the globe. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required. For more info go to: www.worldtaichiday.org .

 

"We are part and parcel of the totality of existence stretching from earth to the farthest reaches of the cosmos in every conceivable dimension."

Edward Abdill - The Secret Gateway
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E-Newsletter August 2008

 
The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

 
August 2008
In This Issue
National Events
TheosoFEST
Peace Project
Theosophical Community
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 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!
 

 
 

August Specials!

20% Discount

for this months

Featured Items

 

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online and by phone.

If ordering by phone,

please mention

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DVD
OF THE MONTH

Some Fundamental Principles of Theosophy

 by Joy Mills
 
44 minutes long.
Learn how the Theosophical worldview is unique.
   

 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH


 
by
Geoffrey Hodson
 
Audio CD.
29 minutes long.
A literal reading of the Bible glosses over the many truths veiled by allegory, parable, and other kinds of symbolism.
 
 
 

Creative Evolution: A Quantum Resolution between Darwinism and Intelligent Design

by Amit Goswami


 This is a special pre-release opportunity available in August '08 for E-Newsletter readers only. To order call 630-668-1571, ext. 347.
 
Dr. Goswami's central theme is that pure consciousness, not matter, is the primary force in the universe. This view differs radically from mainstream theories that see evolution as the result of simple physical reactions. It also differs from intelligent-design arguments that posit a clockmaker God who fabricated the universe. Biology, Dr. Goswami says, must come to terms with feeling, meaning, and the purposefulness of life. The key is the idea of creativity in biological development, which reconciles evolution with intelligent design by a purposive designer.

 
 
 
 
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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.
August 15 is the registration cutoff date for this special pilgrimage sponsored by the Theosophical Society, Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond. This cutoff is necessary to ensure that there is plenty of time for everyone to procure Visas.
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. For more info please click here .
 


Radha Burnier
President of the
International
Theosophical Society,

will give the opening address.
The title of her lecture is
"Traveling to the Light".





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






Joy Mills
former Vice-President of
the
International Theosophical
Society,
will speak on
"Sharing the Journey".






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, click here  
 
  Featured Speakers:

  Richard SmoleyThe 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 BrownChristianity 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


 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!




 
 

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
 
 
 



MOMENT OF PEACE PROJECT


Chicago, IL- The Foundation of Peace Community Project requests your participation in "The Moment of Peace Project" scheduled for 08/08/08 at 08:08 a.m.
"What if we could stop all conflict in the world for just one moment," asked the event organizer. "Would that moment have the possibility to lead to another moment of no conflict - of peace? I believe it can. Peace is not something that we need to fight for. Peace is something we need to create together."
It's easy and everyone can do it. Just observe a moment of peace on 08/08/08 at 08:08 a.m. in your time zone - wherever you are - with whomever you are with. On 08/08/08 at 8:08 am, pray, meditate, or just think of PEACE of Mind, PEACE in the family, PEACE in the community, PEACE in the World. Please pass this information along.
 





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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.
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NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF AUGUST EVENTS
 
 

 

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.

Wednesdays (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. No class August 15.
 
For any of these programs you can get more info from our website  or by calling 630-668-1571, ext. 300.
 

 
 
NEWS FROM MEMBER SERVICES
 
 
NEW! Our ZIP code has been changed to 60187 here at the National Center in Wheaton, effective July 1, 2008. 

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E-Newsletter

 
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.

 
 
 
 
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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, 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: http://www.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: http://www.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
  

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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.

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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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Please consider donating your issues of The Theosophist magazine to the library. We need any issues from 2005 to the present. Mail them to Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library / 1926 N Main St / Wheaton, IL / 60187. Thank you!

Friends of Olcott
Volunteers needed to greet visitors and answer the telephone in the main lobby Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers receive a free vegetarian lunch between 12 - 1 p.m., free passes to classes and lectures, and a 20% discount at Quest Book Shop! Contact  630-668-1571 ext.315

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"Grow as the flower grows, unconsciously, but eagerly anxious to open its soul to the air. So must you press forward to open your soul to the eternal. But it must be the eternal that draws forth your strength and beauty, not desire of growth. For in the one case you develop in the luxuriance of purity, in the other you harden by the forcible passion for personal stature."

 - Light on the Path, Mabel Collins

   
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June 2008
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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. 

 
 
 
 
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PLEASE VISIT

 

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

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NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF JUNE EVENTS
 

http://www.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.
    

 
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: http://www.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: http://www.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
 
 
 
 
OLCOTT LIBRARY
 

Library Main Page

Theosophical Book Club

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.
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