Theosophy News Worldwide 1st Quarter 2020

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steven otto Dear friends of Theosophy,

the new decade starts quite bumpy. What do you think about the lockdown of the world because of a flu epidemic? It's a global tragedy, not only for those, who lost loved ones, that's already obvious. And it just started.

But what's behind it, I was asked a lot. Another warningshot of Karma? In fact, the (unavoidable) social irritations (of this unreasonable and materialstic society) become more and more tragically. 2001 the .com bubble, 2008 the almost global financal crisis, now, 2020, this. So what will we be faced in 15 years from now, what in 30?

Of course there are many spiritual impulses, but to see most parts of this society sinking in falsehood, wastefulness, exploitation, ignorance, brutality, sexual bestiality, egoism, hedonism... you named it, doesn't bode well. I remembered a qoute of HPB these days, from her article "Our Cycle and the next":

If once men do but realize that in these alone [in ALTRUISM and TRUTH] can true happiness be found, and never in wealth, possessions, or any selfish gratification, then the dark clouds will roll away, and a new humanity will be born upon earth. Then, the GOLDEN AGE will be there, indeed.

But if not, then the storm will burst, and our boasted western civilization and enlightenment will sink in such a sea of horror that its parallel History has never yet recorded.

Times are no longer getting better. To me, it seems, cycle after cycle, this society is brought closer and closer to its fate. So please, ask yourself: Am I prepared? And then act accordingly, at least, if you have responsibility for others.

Tragical enough to remember, that HPB itself died of an influenza epidemic in May 1891 in London, what she and Theosophical literature said about epidemics and pandemics you can get in the section with news from Theosophical Societies, because TS Point Loma compiled a corresponding collection.

In the last issue I wrote within the series of (in my view) "Theosophical misbeliefs" about the impossibility of an infinit being and I'm not convinced a majority, because 53% disagree and only 47% agree, that this isn't possible.

But let me add a qoute from HPB, that can support my position, she said:

This manifestation [of the manifesting Deity] is triple in its aspects, for it requires, as Aristotle has it, three principles for every natural body to become objective: privation [prototypes impressed in the Astral Light], form, and matter. [SD:1:59]

If it is a beeing (for me also higher beeings are objective on it's plane and have a natural body, f.e. Sûkshma Sharîra (SD:1:132) etc.), it must have a form and if it has a form, it cannot be endless. And even if someone still has doubts, I may convice today with the current or 4th item of the Top 10 misbeliefs, which deals with the "Causeless Cause", also in relation to the former problem.

Within The Press-Review of Theosophy outside the Movement one can find again many interesting facts, f.e. that Blavatsky taught Hitler. Yes, a big and insane lie, but today, the Theosophical Societes have better things to do, as to act with HPB, it's founder, who said

Fourthly, by defending the Society from the unjust aspersions cast upon it, by every legitimate device in their power. [Key2Theosophy, Section 12]

and therefore, it's not to be wondered at, if such extremely disturbing lies, as I reported f.e. three years ago, become fertile and multiply.

And what Theosophical Societies does? They consult each other and earning big salary: How much Mr. Boyd, the leader of TS Adyar earns, for consulting the TS Adyar America (?!) as part-time job, you can investigate in the top of the News from Theosophical Websites-section. This kind of transparency of TS Adyar America is a god start, big credit to Barbara Hebert, it's president, who awnserd questions.


And now I wish you an interesting reading and a peaceful spring. With kind regards from Germany

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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Top 10 misbeliefs of theosophical scholars

No. 04: The Causeless Cause


Only supposed, a causeless cause is not possible, why HBP wrote about it in her teachings?

OK, let me explain. I describe it now in a theosophical way in regard to the spiritual hierachies. Not all of these are visible, and those parts that are visible, are visible only in the plane of matter of course. Hence we can also go the physical way (don't mix this up with modern astrophysics, which is often a hoax, see f.e. here and here or more elaborated in regard to postmodern, materialistic science here, with greetings from the Kali Yuga).

Anyway, let's start: A human being, the spiritual cause of it, is a planetary beeing (at least in the sense of it's monad, see f.e. SD:1:216c). Let's call the planet Earth. One could say, in this meaning, that the cause of this planet is the solarsystem, right? So the cause of our solarsystem -- which has, by the way, no name so far -- is our galaxy, called the Milky-Way. And the cause of our galaxie is..........oh... whait... we don't know / can see so far, what the cause of all the galaxies is. Even if we can speculate, we don't see or know such an entity, which consists, at least, of all galaxies we know.

Exactly here is obviously a border of todays knowledge. So let's call this "thing" that we don't know, this "Unknown Deity", this "Nothingness", which "Is (in existence) and is not (within our circle of understanding)", the Causeless Cause. Oh, sorry, let me correct this: I meant ""Causeless Cause"". Why? It is NOT to be meant literally.

No one would deny, that there is a cause of all our Galaxies. An no one would argue, that we already know everything, what's to know in this endless space. There is a cause, but we don't know it and call it, until we know better, the "Causeless Cause", because if we don't know the Cause, it's evident, that we cannot even speculate about the Cause if this Cause. It would make no sense.

So the galaxy, so to say, is the causeless effect. It has a cause, but we don't no it (thus far). And this unknown cause is called the "Causless Cause". There may be other opinions on this, but to assume, that there is an effect without a physical or metaphysical cause and/or to think, that there is an end of the Hireachy or of the Development or the Causes, it's not logical and therfore (politely expressed) highly problematic.

I don't want to destroy the Absolute and consequently the (Original) Teaching. You can call this the Absolute too, the One Reality etc. But on the other hand, we have to draw this "beginning" for a philosophical correct start of a Cosmogenesis (it is necessary, yes, see f.e. here) and if you want to go further with this topic, or deeper with it's understanding, you can divide this "thing" in the Unrevealed Logos and the Absolute. Maybe I discuss this in the next issue but for now...

What do you think?

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An to complete the circle as announced previously: This "thing" I tried to describe, the unknown cause of all galaxies, and assuming that this cause exists, seems endless to us, right? So it's an "endless beeing" one could say, but we should understand it also in this case, as I stated in the top 3 of the misbeliefs, not literally but philosophically.


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News from Theosophical Societies

You can get some helpful information about theosophical literature regarding to Pandemie and Influenca as PDF on the Site of TS Point-Loma Blavatskyhouse. As a German reader you can get this content also TS Point-Loma German section (PDF). Also TS Aydar Germany published an article regard to "Corona".

TS Point-Loma Blavatskyhouse helt his lectures without audience but via livestreams, as you can read here.

TS Adyar UK has closed.

ULT-Events helt online via Skype only, as you can read here.

Tim Boyd published a A Corona Message on YouTube, that a couple of TS-sites shared, f.e. TS Adyar Scottland

TS Pasadena American Section relaunched it's Website.

Seattle Theosophical Library and Quest Bookshop is closed until further notice, announced here.

TS Adyar HQ published a Corona-Letter about it's state of Lockdwon. You can also get a huge amount of Videos and photos of it's 144th International Convention. The Krotona Institute of Theosophy and the TS Adyar in America have been working together to create an Online School of Theosophy (OST), which you can visit here: https://study.theosophical.org/. You can find a list of so far canceled Adyar events in TS Adyar Newsletter.

TS Adyar Philippines want to launch online-meetings and sells a CD-Rom/Download with all of HPBs writtings and the Mahatma-Letters ($20). More information on it's website.

TS Adyar Australia has suspended all its face to face activities.

Also TS Adyar New Zealand has gone into self-isolation, as you can read here.

TOS USA started a COVID-19 AND A CALL TO ACTION and published later on an update about it. Also an article Love in the Time of Corona was published.

European School of Theosophy contemplating the idea of postponing the European School of Theosophy from 12-17 October 2020 to 12-17 October 2021 and will wait until June to issue a final position, told in a recent newsletter.
It also "In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, we are making the proceedings of the European School of Theosophy Pescia, Italy, 2018, Memento Mori: Worldviews on Death and Dying available to download for free online".

You can find all of the new free periodicals of TS's on the right sidebar in the Magazine-Section.


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From the Voice of the Silence (Helena Blavatsky) these words are given to the people of the Earth – “Behold the mellow light flooding the Eastern sky. Signs of praise from both heaven & earth, from the four-fold Powers (directions), a chant of love ariseth, from the fire & water, from the sweet-smelling Earth & rushing winds.
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Art

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