July 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Spirituality as a defense, don't give up quotes, Patanjali and Alice Bailey

A change in blog policy





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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 20, 2010 at 6:15am — No Comments

All my posts about the World Congress in Rome

I think I'm just about done reporting about the World Congress, though pictures will follow. I put up a last version of my posts about the congress on my own blog 'Modern Theosophy'. Here's an overview:



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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 18, 2010 at 6:17am — No Comments


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Some Comments on - Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom: A Commentary on The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett.

This book by Joy Mills, who is well known in theosophical circles, is very welcome.



I have not read the book. It is not a cheap paperback . List price is US$39.95 and is out of reach of many interested theosophists (most of whom are not rich), especially in the third world countries.



While Quest books - an arm of Theosophical Society in the United States - has published it, one wonders why no one thought of making it also available in electronic form such as a…
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Added by M K Ramadoss on July 18, 2010 at 6:05am — No Comments

Review: Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom: A Commentary on The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett

The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett is one of the books that is central

to theosophical literature. I read, and reread it a lot, in the early

years of my being involved with the Theosophical Society and it's one of

the books I based my first online project on 'The Esoteric Studies

Guide
'.



Joy Mills is famous in the Theosophical Society Adyar for her in depth

study of these letters. She's… Continue

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Theosophical World Congress 2010 - Some thoughts

Based on the feedback received so far, the World Congress seems to be a great success.



Attendance: The congress was well attended by members from various sections and it is a good sign that many have taken the trouble to spend the money and travel to Rome. I was heartened to hear a large contingent of members traveled from Brazil and it only shows that the Brazil Section took the trouble to organize the trip in an efficient manner.…
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Added by M K Ramadoss on July 15, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Theosophical World Congress evaluated

I came to the World Congress mainly for the people - as I do for any theosophical meeting. And the people were great. I met inspiring and hard working people from all over the world, and have learned about theosophical issues and activities all over the world. I do think in general the atmosphere of this congress was great: relaxed, friendly, cheerful even.

In planning such a congress I do think there are two possible roads to take:

  1. Going for a theosophical theme…
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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 14, 2010 at 10:11pm — No Comments


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NZ Elections - Interesting Developments

Finally, Internet is coming into play in the National President election in New Zealand. In the past, you get voting papers along with a brief ‘official’ summary about the candidates and members have to decide based on scant information. Members get no advance notice about the candidates, their expertise, experience, future goals. This helps the inner circle of current and former elected officials keep their influence on whom they want to be elected.… Continue

Added by M K Ramadoss on July 14, 2010 at 5:44pm — No Comments


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Every member of Brazil Delegation paid their own way - Correcting Katinka's Blog on the subject

Katinka’s blog about who paid Brazilian delegates/attendees expenses to the World Congress is untrue.



Here is the information verified with the Brazil delegates/attendees.




1. Brazilian Section did not pay expenses to any Brazilian delegates at all, not even for Marcos Resende, the National President.…
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Added by M K Ramadoss on July 14, 2010 at 7:24am — 1 Comment

Heard in the hallway of the Theosophical World Congress

  • When the word 'selfish' is used, it usually means there is a moral judgement of someone else involved.
  • As the Americans say 'walk the talk'... I think the amount of talk is inversely proportional to the mileage of the walk. -Edi Bilimoria
  • The easiest question to ask is the hardest to answer.
  • Because the real issues in the TS are not discussed openly resort to gossip as are only source of information.

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Heard by the pool of the Theosophical World Congress

I have never been to a theosophical meeting with so much technology: everybody is taking pictures with their own digital cameras. Live streaming and tv's at the back of the hall so everybody can see the speakers properly.

But the one feature of this congress that I think people most enjoy is the pool. It is large enough to take laps in and when it is hot - and it is hot - it is a relief to sit in the brieze by the water.

And sometimes conversations take place…

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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 13, 2010 at 11:43pm — No Comments

overheard in the lecture hall - Tenth Theosophical World Congress

While we're listening to lectures on brotherhood, some people had some poignant remarks.

For instance, various suggestions were made to replace 'Dear Brothers and Sisters' with

  1. Dear friends, monads, and countrymen, lend me your ears
  2. Dear permanent atoms ...

Someone else thought that 'dear sister Jane' had a Catholic sound.

Then the insight that 'The last thing a theosophist needs is…

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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 13, 2010 at 2:37am — 1 Comment


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Kim Dieu's Lecture in the World Congress - Some comments

Thanks for Katinka’s detailed report on Dieu’s lecture at the World Congress now in progress in Rome.



Dieu may be highly regarded in European circles, but world-wide, a thick cloud is hanging over her for two of her actions in the past which do not show wise judgment.



Firstly, she is one of the Quartet behind the ill-fated ultra secret plan to the General Council to disenfranchise all members in the election of International President and GC members seize the…
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Added by M K Ramadoss on July 12, 2010 at 12:32pm — 2 Comments


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TS World Congress - Brazil Sending its members

In the blog posted by Katinka, there was a mention about the travel expenses for many attendees from Brazil being paid by the Section or one of the wealthy members. It is very good that Brazil is doing it. I wish more sections would do the same so that poor members can participate in World Congress. And many sections can afford to do it.



For example, American Section has perhaps most money in their treasury and soon the British Section would be very wealthy once they…
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Added by M K Ramadoss on July 12, 2010 at 7:20am — No Comments

Kim Dieu and other symposium lectures world congress, July 12th

See also the final version of my review of Kim Dieu's talk.

The introductions to this morning's symposium lectures was a white delegate from Central Africa. The delegates from Africa are, from what I've seen so far, a good mix of black, white and Indian. I met the delegates from Ghana personally and they followed the world cup (won by Spain yesterday) as fervently as people in Europe have. About the world cup final: About… Continue

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TS World Congress and Internet

Internet live streaming of the proceedings of the World Congress is a very welcome first step for TS trying to use Internet to reach the members and others interested in TS and theosophy. Let us hope the summary of the lectures are also posted on Internet soon without waiting for them to be published in print media which is going to take time.

Added by M K Ramadoss on July 12, 2010 at 5:42am — No Comments


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More on Theosophical World Congress in Rome

Live streaming of the proceedings of the World Congress now in progress in Rome has helped many around the world to watch them online. Yesterday I watched the short presentations of Colin Price and Pedro Oliveira.



While all the lectures by various lecturers have so far dealt with usual intellectual topics theosophists discuss, so far only Pedro…
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Added by M K Ramadoss on July 12, 2010 at 5:38am — No Comments

Dara Tatray at the Theosophical World Congress

Honestly - I had hoped Dara would go into how biology and psychology have shown that compassion is as much built into us as competition is. She didn't. Her talk was based on a definition of science which covered mostly physics and parapsychology.

It was very interesting, however it was impossible to take notes on. Dara uses very long sentences and lots of quotes. This did not make a boring talk though: She talk slowly and clearly and really did very well on a topic that the TS…

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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 12, 2010 at 1:24am — No Comments

P. Krishna at the Theosophical World Congress

This morning we had the lecture by Professor P. Krishna. His talk was inspiring. He talked about a lot that most of us have heard before: the interconnectedness of everything, ecology and how those isses are caused by people not realizing deeply enough that it's all us. This post is a combination of my notes from Krishna's talk and my own thoughts about the issues the TS is dealing with. It's loosely based also on my talks with individual theosophists at this congress.

What…

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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 11, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments


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Opening Session of 10th World Congress in Rome - Streamed on Internet

It was a great pleasure to watch the opening of the 10th World Congress in Rome even though my local time was 3.00am. It took a long time.



Starting with Prayers of All Religions, opening/ welcoming talk by the GS of Italy followed by reading of greeting messages received from individuals from around the world, then followed by personal greetings from General Secretaries or their representatives and finally we had the Opening talk by…
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Added by M K Ramadoss on July 10, 2010 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Linda Oliveira at the Theosophical World Congress about Brotherhood

I was foolish enough not to take my laptop to the International Theosophical World Congress, so instead of posting this on my blog (of which I don't know the password), I'll post it here.



I thought Linda Oliveira's talk was, in the main, insightful. The title was - ominously - 'why do we belong to the Theosophical Society?'



She started out saying that the question was perhaps surprising, but added that it was a necessary question and a deep…

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Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 10, 2010 at 8:44am — 3 Comments

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