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The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

October 2008
In This Issue
National Events
Parliament of the Religions
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Peace Movement
Library News










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Daily Life as Spiritual Practice

 Ravi Ravindra 
Living the spiritual life is not something we do to escape from the routine and boredom of everyday life.




Spinoza, the Forgotten Theosophist

Renee Weber

The 17th century philosopher Benedict de Spinoza bravely espoused a holistic vision of the universe during the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

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The Fundamentalist Mind
How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All

by Stephen Larsen

In The Fundamentalist Mind, Dr. Larsen follows suit with famed 20th century mythologist Joseph Campbell, citing both the creative potential and destructive power of myth. This book will help people of all religious, political, and social persuasions understand their inner fundamentalist. Dr. Larsen even provides exercises that help us identify negative thinking and teach us how to live more flexible, thoughtful lives.

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If you can't make it to the Mystical Heart of Christianity
The Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches are presenting a six-part video web cast series that explores a controversial view of Jesus and his teachings.
The series will be led by Deepak Chopra and hosted by Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell.
Mystical Heart of Christianity:
Moving Beyond Literalism
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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.
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 some 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!

For info, click here
Featured Speakers:  
Richard Smoley ~ The Future of Esoteric Christianity
Christopher Bamford ~ Before Abraham Was, I Am
Rev. Jon Mundy, Ph.D. ~ What is Mysticism?
Roger Woolger, Ph.D. ~ Man of Light: The Lost Secret of the Cosmic Christ
Rev. Carol Parrish, Ph.D. ~ The Return of the Absent Mother
Coleston Brown ~ Christianity as a Magical Way
Cherry Gilchrist ~ The Red Corner: The Creative Dimension of Folk Christianity in Russia and Beyond
Robert Ellwood, Ph.D. ~ Myth and Meaning in Christianity
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Web Cast: Conservative Soul, Liberal Soul
Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
What is the "conservative soul" at its very best? And what is the liberal equivalent? Our conversation brings us toward the progressive center that may yet prove to be the shared spark that animates both the conservative soul and the liberal souls.
Jim Kenney is a Trustee, International Interreligious Peace Council. He has done doctoral work in comparative religions at Northwestern University. $9 guests - $7 members.
Register now for new daytime classes!
Call 630 668-1571 ext. 300 
Register by phone or mail.
 Vegetarian lunch is available for $6 if notified in advance. 
Living on Purpose: Meditation Plus
Thursdays, Oct. 9- Nov. 6 (5 classes)
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Learn a variety of forms of meditation. We will also examine techniques that we can bring into our everyday life-helping us to be awake in our lives.
Margaret McKenzie, a social worker and Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen, makes meditation accessible and relevant. $50 guests (or $12 per class), $40 members.
The Religion - Science Wars
Wednesdays, Oct. 15 - Oct. 29 (3 classes) 10 a.m.-noon

What's going on? What are the key issues, and who are the key players in the 21st century rekindling of the religion-science wars?
Jim Kenney is the former Global Director, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions; coeditor, Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement; and director of Common Ground in Deerfield, IL. Enrollment is only for the complete series. $40 guests, $30 members.
Interfaith Peace Prayers Group
Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. 

The Theosophical Society will again host the Interfaith Peace Prayers group. People of all faith traditions are welcome to attend this group whose purpose is to pray for peace in these turbulent times.
Mazher F. Ahmed, vice president and trustee for a Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, is vice president of the Batavia Islamic Center.  
No charge. Refreshments and conversation follow the meeting.

Sundays, 11a.m. Meditation group, led by Jim Bosco. No charge.
6:30 to 8:00 p.m., 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. $5 suggested donation for each meeting.
7 p.m. 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.
Mondays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Golden Thread and the Threatened Gold, Oct. 6 - Dec. 15. This course facilitated by Govert Schuller will explore the knowledge passed on by the Western Mystery Traditions. The book, The Golden Thread: The Timeless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions, by Joscelyn Godwin will be taken as a starting point. Donations are welcome.
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Buddha's Vision for Humanity, Nov. 4 - Dec. 9. Join John Cianciosi, an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai Theravada tradition, for talks and discussions exploring these unique teachings and relating them to present day conditions. $75 guests (or $15 per class) $60 members.
Wednesdays, 12 to 1 p.m. Qigong and Tai Ji for Health, led by Renee Ryan, who has practice the healing arts for 30 years, studied in Korea, and recently returned from China. These movements improve your immune system, boost energy, and relieve stress. $115 guests (or $9 per class) $95 members. 

Wednesdays (the second one of each month), 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Voluntary Simplicity of West Suburban Chicago meets here. For more information go to 
Fridays, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. 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. 

For more information and a complete list of programs, visit 
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A Union of Those Who Love For the Service of All Who Suffer
Thank you to all those who attended the first meeting of the TOS Action Group. About a dozen people brought their ideas to the September meeting where they discussed a variety of possible projects and service opportunities. The calendar below lists the project along with its coordinator. If you would like more information or want to volunteer, please visit our Web site at The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Theosophical Society. Please keep in mind that the meetings and projects are open to non TOS/TS members; therefore bring a friend, family member, even your teenagers! Everyone is welcome.

Calendar of Upcoming TOS Volunteer Activities
Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. - Next TOS action meeting - Jeanne Proulx
Saturday, October 11 - Wheaton Franciscan Earth Summit - Paula Finnegan
Saturday, October 18 - Life Source Blood Drive - Pam King
Saturday, October 25 - All day workshop partnering with SOS
Friday, November 14 - Volunteer/visit Hesed House-Jon Knebel (5:30 - 10 p.m.)
Sunday, December 14 - Christmas project at HSP - Jeanne Proulx
This project at the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) involves sorting, organizing, and wrapping donated Christmas gifts and toys for needy families living in Du Page and Kane County. There may be some other things that we can do there as well.
Brighten A Life!!!
Life Source Teams with TOS for Blood Drive
The Theosophical Order of Service will host a Life Source blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Theosophical Society campus. For more information about Life Source and how to donate blood, visit Appointments can be made online.

Spirituality, Community, and Service
Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This all day event, co-sponsored by the Theosophical Order of Service and the Science of Spirituality, brings together leaders in the interfaith field. Using panel discussions, break out groups, and meditation, we will explore the multifaceted role of service in our lives.
Mazher Ahmed, vice president and trustee for a Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, is vice president of the Batavia Islamic Center.  
Larry Clemmons is a Registered Reflexologist and an ordained interfaith minister, founder and pastor of the Interfaith Fellowship Church in Chicago. 
Hema Pokharna, PhD, is a researcher at the University of Chicago and director of Journeys of Life, a program promoting health, wholeness, and disease prevention. She has extensive training in Gestalt, nonviolent communication, and conflict resolution. 
Donations are always welcome, but there is no charge for this event. A free vegetarian lunch is being provided compliments of the Science of Spirituality.
Registration by phone (630-668-1571, ext. 300) or mail is required

The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions would like to invite you to our third lecture of the Downtown Luncheon Series. Rev. Donald Senior will be speaking on October 24, 2008.
For more information about the Downtown Luncheon Series, please contact: Cecilia Guerrero at or Parliament web site 
Inter-American Congress 
The Congress of the Inter-American Theosophical Federation brought over 80 participants from 16 countries to Olcott. For 5 days, the bilingual group shared Theosophical ideas along with an international cultural exchange. Gaspar Torres of Cuba gave each national group a photo of I. K. Taimni, the lobby and stage were decorated with lovely floral arrangements from the Las Vegas Lodge, and the Columbian contingent presented the TS with a beautiful decorative enameled metal plate. The Mexican members entertained us with a demonstration of regional dances at an impromptu cultural evening.

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Logia España from Los Angeles gifted the IATF host with two banners of the TS emblem: an expertly embroidered piece by Soffy Murillo, and an appliquéd emblem by an anonymous donor.

If you have questions about TSA history or wish to donate papers, memorabilia, and photographs, please call Janet Kerschner, Archivist at 630-668-1571, extension 353.
Second Annual Celebration of Peace
ThinkGlobalArts Foundation
and the city of Naperville continue their month-long celebration of Peace featuring events and activities associated with peace and humanitarian projects.
On October 1, Robert Thurman, who has been honored by Time Magazine as one of its 25 most influential Americans and described as a "larger-than-life scholar", activist, author and tireless proponent of peace, will address the community at North Central College. Martin Luther King III, founder of Realizing the Dream, an organization that continues the liberating work of his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will speak at Neuqua Valley High School on October 29.
Visit for a full calendar of events.

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- J. Krishnamurti, Think on These Things

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