has a vision of wholeness that inspires a fellowship united in study, Meditation, and service.
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.
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.
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
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for this months
Discount is available
online and by phone.
If ordering by phone,
20% August Discount
To order please call:
Offer good until
August 31, 2008
OF THE MONTH
Some Fundamental Principles of Theosophy
by Joy Mills
44 minutes long.
Learn how the
Theosophical worldview is unique.
OF THE MONTH
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.
a new community blog about theosophy with contributors from all over the world, hosted
by Chris Richardson
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the Ageless Wisdom"
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|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.
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!
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.
The Journey From Darkness to Light
President of the
will give the opening address.
The title of
her lecture is
"Traveling to the Light".
Society, will talk about
"Our Mission as
Vice-President of the
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
Richard SmoleyThe Future of
Bamford Before Abraham Was, I Am
Rev. Jon Mundy,
Ph.D.What is Mysticism?
Ph.D. Man of Light: The Lost
Secret of the Cosmic Christ
Parrish, Ph.D. The Return of the
Coleston BrownChristianity as a
Cherry Gilchrist The
Red Corner: The Creative
Dimension of Folk Christianity in
Ph.D.Myth and Meaning in
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
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.
THE THEOSOPHICAL COMMUNITY
new online community moderated by
The Theosophical Society in America
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:
Providing a single,
central space for Lodges/Study Centers, Federations, Camps, Retreats, and
other groups and organizations to communicate with each other and announce
upcoming events to theosophists everywhere.
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
CALENDAR OF AUGUST EVENTS
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. Now you can renew your membership Online!
Library Main Page
Theosophical Study Group
Rare and Used Book Sale
New Library Titles
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
"Spiritual progress is when one becomes free not only of the knowledge
which is inevitably from the past, but also from the need to know...
and a desire to predict and control."
- Ravi Ravindra