Katinka Hesselink's Blog – July 2010 Archive (11)

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

A change in blog policy

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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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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


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

study of these letters. She's… Continue

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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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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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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…


Added by Katinka Hesselink on July 13, 2010 at 5:37am — 1 Comment

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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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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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.



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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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