Who Am I? Ramana Maharshi’s 30 Verses on the Nature of Self-Knowledge

with Janani Cleary

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

October 21 - November 25 (6 classes)

Ramana MaharshiUpadesa Saram (Essence of the Teaching) is a set of 30 verses composed by the Indian sage Ramana Maharshi in the 1920s at the request of Muruganar, a renowned Tamil poet, to address and fully answer the question: Who Am I?

Upadesa Saram provides a format that first supports, and then shifts, the seeker from a dualistic orientation to the refreshing discovery of how and why a dualistic mindset will, in fact, naturally (and painlessly) resolve into a non-dualistic vision if the right words are unfolded to the seeker.

It leaves the seeker with a steady, abiding sense of well-being that is not affected by the highs and lows of life, while also teaching how to break the endless cycle of becoming.

Topics include: Setting the stage with spiritual practice; self-inquiry and the nature of self-knowledge; the Higher Power and its relationship to me; the ultimate devotion; and meditation and contemplation. Please click on “Read more” for further explanation of topics.

Janani Cleary began her pursuit in Vedanta as a yoga teacher in New York City. She then completed an intensive course in India to obtain her teaching certification and has shared knowledge and insights with students for several decades. She has been engaged with various Vedic cultural centers and other venues across the country, including participation in a White House conference. She also served as an advisor to the movie Gurukulam (2016), a documentary on what it is like to be a student in an ashram. Learn more at her website: www.optimummeditation.org.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

TS Members: $60 • Nonmembers: $70

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Cosmology and the Astrological Houses of Experience

with Gwynne Mayer 

Option 1: Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. CDT [UTC-05]
September 24 – October 29 (6 classes) 

Option 2: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. CDT [UTC-05] 
September 25 – October 30 (6 classes)
Gwynne MayerSpiritual growth and the development of intuition go hand in hand. To interpret properly what we pick up intuitively, we must engage in practical spiritual work at an inner level. It helps us translate and verify symbols, sounds, and connections to our higher Self, following our inner journey.  The use of natal astrological charts and the tarot helps us verify our intuitive understanding. This course will focus on the inner and outer forces in our daily experiences, through the 12 astrological houses.  Personal charts will be done to explain each participant’s inner experiences within these 12 houses.  Reading a natal chart accurately demands an understanding of how we utilize each house on an inner and outer level.  All sessions will be recorded and confidentially shared only with the online group.

It is not necessary to be proficient in any intuitive techniques to join this class. Students are committed to attend most classes and complete weekly homework

Gwynne Mayer, a psychotherapist and educator for over 45 years, has decades of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology, and educational systems. Her experiences have led her to an intense study of esoteric philosophies and the processes that develop the intuitive mind.

Class size is limited to ensure personal attention, so sign up early! 

TS Members: $65 • Nonmembers: $80 

Register here for option 1, Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. CDT, September 24 – October 29

Register here for option 2, Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. CDT, September 25 – October 30


The Transformational Teachings of Christ

with Ravi Ravindra

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CST [UTC-06] / 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. IST [UTC+05:30]

November 23 – December 14

Ravi RavindraThe spiritual teaching of Christ, like other serious teachings, calls for a radical transformation of our whole being, amounting to a new birth, born of the Spirit. As the Gospel of Philip says, Christ came not to make us Christians, but to make us Christ. In order for us to realize the inner Christ we must gain freedom not for myself but from myself. For the sake of this spiritual awakening, an impartial and deep self-inquiry is needed.

Only those who are able to practice the discipline taught by Christ can be regarded as his disciples. The teaching of Christ, like all other transformational teachings, is not easy to practice. As he himself said, “He who is near me is near the fire; he who is far from me is far from the Kingdom.” (Gospel of Thomas)

Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as professor in comparative religion, philosophy, and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses at The School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more information visit www.ravindra.ca. 

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes. 

TS Members: $50 • Nonmembers: $60

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Fourth Way Online Work Group

Facilitators:  Gwynne Mayer, Sy Ginsburg, and Jeff Tripodi

Every Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CDT [UTC-05]   
Beginning September 18!

The practical teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) require ongoing self-observation over many years. The purpose of such self-observation is gradual freedom from our identification with fears and desires in their many forms. This approach to self-development, known as the Fourth Way, harmonizes traditional schools based on the body, the mind, and the emotions. We come to realize that we are not the body-brain-ego organism we have been conditioned to believe is our true identity. Rather, we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience.

Fourth Way students typically organize themselves into groups that meet regularly to share their self-observations and to support efforts to remember themselves in their daily practice. This ongoing effort is known as the “Work.” In this weekly online group, we read and discuss selections from the works of Sy Ginsburg and Maurice Nicoll, both authors and practitioners of Fourth Way concepts. Our primary focus is practical rather than intellectual, and facilitators design exercises based on the source material. In addition, we connect our work to Theosophical principles.

Group members are committed to attend most meetings, work on weekly exercises, and share their experiences with the group. Group size is limited to 15 to facilitate discussion, and a wait list is available when we reach capacity. If you would like to see if the group is right for you before registering, email webinars@theosophical.org to ask about sitting in.

Registration includes access to recordings of the meetings.

$45 suggested donation (minimum fee $5)

If you are unable to pay the minimum fee due to hardship, please email webinars@theosophical.org for assistance. 

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At Home with Theosophy

The Key to Theosophy 

with Pablo Sender

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. CDT [UTC-05]

September 16 – October 14, 2019 (5 classes)

Pablo__SenderAt Home with Theosophy is a series of online courses focusing on the study and discussion of classical Theosophical teachings. In this course, Pablo will explore the first five chapters of Blavatsky’s introductory text, The Key to Theosophy, which has been a main source of Theosophical knowledge since its publication. 

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes around the world. He is the author of Evolution of the Higher Consciousness, and his articles have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his website: www.pablosender.com.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes. 

$50 suggested donation (minimum fee $5) 

If you are unable to pay the minimum fee due to hardship, please email webinars@theosophical.org for assistance. 

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