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The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

November 2008
In This Issue
Summer National Gathering
Parliament of the Religions
World Congress
The Olcott Experience
Library News









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Creative Evolution

 Amit Goswami 
The author of Creative Evolution postulates that consciousness is the basis of evolution, moving from simple to complex forms over time as consciousness evolves. 62 minutes.




The Rebirth of Christian Gnosticism

Geddes MacGregor

In the twentieth century, the discovery of certain Gnostic texts has created a revival of interest in Gnosticism. 80 minutes.

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Politics and the Occult

The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen

by Gary Lachman

We don't usually associate the gritty business of politics with the occult, but esoteric beliefs have influenced the "destiny of nations" since the time of ancient Egypt and China, when decisions of state were based on portents and astrology. Gary Lachman shows how occult ideas continue to shape modern political philosophy. He also asks whether the separation of church and state characterizing modern political philosophy should be maintained.




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Conscious Love


Richard Smoley

Thursday, November 20, 7 p.m.


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Mini Lessons from Genetics, Stem Cells, Neuroscience, and the Trenches
of the Modern Lab

Brendan C. Brinkman

Thursday, November 6, 7 p.m.

Colonel Olcott and Us
Betty Bland

Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.


A Union of Those Who Love For the Service of All Who Suffer
The next TOS Action Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. At the October meeting we discussed volunteering and/or donating food, cleaning supplies, and newspaper to an animal shelter. We still have to decide which animal shelter and then schedule it for January. Please hold any items you would like to donate until then.

Please keep in mind that the meetings and the projects we volunteer to do are open to all: TOS and TS members and non-members alike. Therefore, we invite you to bring a friend, family member, or a teenaged son or daughter; they will be welcomed. For more information please visit or call 630-668-1571 x306.

Calendar of Upcoming TOS Volunteer Activities
Monday, November 3, TOS Action Meeting-6:30-8 PM at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL
Friday, November 14, Volunteer/visit Hesed House-Jon Knebel (5:30-10pm)
Sunday, December 14, Christmas project at HSP-Jeanne Proulx
This project at the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) involves sorting, wrapping, and organizing Christmas gifts and toys for children in needy families living in DuPage and Kane County. Some lifting is required but it's nothing heavy. Gifts are sorted so that they are evenly distributed for all of the children. There may be some other things that we can do there as well.


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.

We invite you to the Fifth Parliament of the World's Religions, December 3-9, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. Please refer to for details and registration.

The theme of the 2009 Parliament, Make a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth, underscores the opportunity for religious and spiritual communities and all people of good will to act on environmental concerns and take responsibility for cultivating awareness of our global interconnectedness.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has agreed to address the Closing Ceremony of the Melbourne Parliament of the World's Religions on the afternoon of December 9th, 2009.


July 10-15, 2010 - Rome, Italy

The Societa Theosofica Italiana invites you to the 2010 Theosophical World Congress. This is your chance to meet with Theosophists from around the globe in the historic setting of Rome, Italy. After the congress, allow time for a short tour of the sites of beauty and history.

The comfortable four-star Summit Hotel and Convention Centre, Via della Stazione Aurelia 99, in Rome will be the venue for this international congress. The cost is 88 euros for shared room and 110 euros for single room. This price includes accommodations and three meals. A shuttle service is available from and to the airport.

Save the dates and plan to join us for this international event. More information and details will be posted as they become available.




The 24 participants in this year's Olcott Experience, October 16-20, represented 20 groups plus 2 Olcott Staff Members, an Australian member, and a volunteer from Massachusetts. The weekend started off with the group attending our regular Thursday night lecture, Conservative Soul, Liberated Soul, by Jim Kenny, Director of Common Ground Deerfield, IL. Among the many activities in which the members participated were a TOS Healing Service, a Knights of the Round Table meeting, and a presentation on the 7 Keys to e-mail Marketing. After researching some facet of Theosophy in the Olcott Memorial Library and Research Center, participants gave brief presentations. There was a special presentation about Adyar, our International Headquarters, and also one about the Australian Section. Every group member received a copy of 100 Years of Theosophy by Joy Mills and a DVD on the history of Adyar.


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The library was awarded a grant of $25,000 by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

This grant requires matching funds and will enable our unique repository for Theosophical material to be more visible nationwide with full and updated bibliographic records. It will also allow our catalog to be hosted and maintained by a larger consortium better equipped to manage and maintain our library server.

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The Theosophical Society in America is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible.

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"When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected."

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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