Theosophy News Worldwide 4th Quarter 2017


steven otto Dear friends of Theosophy,

another three month passed by and as usual, the last three month of the year were more contemplative or quiet as the rest. Nevertheless, important things going on, worldwide and also in relation to the Theosophical Movement. While many people out there do selflessly what they can do, to spread the teachings and to wave the theosophical flag (see f.e. all the new articles from theosophical Websites), the Theosophical Societies fail to act in a certain and very important matter. What I mean with this, you can read in this newsletter's Theme of the Quarter.

Beside that, this issue has again a huge section with news about Theosophy from outside the Movement. F.e. we can learn, that Theosophy is one of the Top 10 unexpected Words in Famous Songs or in what well known Situation George Bernard Shaw - awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature - mentioned H.P. Blavatsky and many other interesting but sometimes also annoying News.

Last but not least you can find here latest news from the TS's but also the latest Theosophical Magazines upcoming Events, also a new Theosophy-related Book or some new Notes to the editor, f.e. from Navin, which is afraid about the lack of transparency of TS Adyars Renovation-Project (on the right sidebar).

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

Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

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Do you know Google Trends?

Sometimes it's a helpful tool to figure out, how often a specific keyword is searched. Here you can find f.e. how often Theosophy was searched with Google since 2004. As you can see, the interest decreased by 75% in the last 13 years and that, although the traffic in Google has increased much more than tenfold within this time period [1]. It's disappointing, to see, that even such a stupid opinion like "flat earth" has much more attention in the web than Theosophy (see chart here).

Not as worse but not really better it looks like, if you search the relevance of Theosophy in published Books, what you can do with Google NGram Viewer, that's based on Google books. Type in Theosopy and you will see a huge first impact 1840 (?), a second peak in 1890 (SD?), a third peak in 1929 (what can this be?) and than a strong decreasing by 50% until 1940 and a lower decreasing until today. Also sad, if you think about, how much more books were printed in the last 100 years, than before and that probably a hughe percentage are books that infamize Theosophy.

What we see is, that we lose relevance, particular DIGITAL RELEVANCE. Everyone can imagine, what it means for the future of the Movement - if we are unable to reach the Digital Natives, those who learn, provide information and communicate mostly in the digital world.

And what is one of the main reasons for that, for decrease of membership number and loss of relevance on all fronts? It's not the fact, that there are comparatively less capital spending from TS into Social Media, Websites, modern Marketing, to spread the teachings to the youth, no, even if we would do so, we would still have antoher big problem.

All this is not the fault of all the people that work hard to carry important and excellent theosophical websites, magazines and newsletter or events. No, it's the fault of the Theosophical Societies, it's people in power, because they don't fight against false allegations.

Best example (one of thousands) is the Theme of the quarter in the last newsletter. I posted, that in a book of an american historian it is asserted, that

Joerg Lanz von Liebenfels and Guido von List [both sick raccists, founder/supporter of a crude world view named Ariosophy] led Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society in Germany [!!!!]
what is absolute wrong. And what happend? Nothing! No-thing! Another great damage!

Even if one may think, that it is better to do something for the good, as to fight against the bad - what is often correct - is in this case H.P. Balavtsky correct, if she said, that we should

defending the Society from the unjust aspersions cast upon it, by every legitimate device in their power.

Let's imagine, someone tells a big malicious lie about you, f.e., that you admire Adolf Hitler and you wish to burn all Jews at the stake. Now people ask you, if this is correct or if it is a lie. And what would people think about you, if you keep silence? Yes, most of them would think, that you are guilty. And that's the problem, the TS's are silent since decades in such cases!

That's the reasons, why it is the responsibility of the Theosophical Societies to fight against this false allegations. Yes, to invest a part of the money in lawyers (if there is no theosophical altruistic lawyer worldwide out there), to fight against such lies in books, newspapers, in Wikipedia and on major websites etc., in the best case all TS together! Or if this is not possible, to list all the false allegations with falsification on the Website! But instead?

The Term Occultism? Burned and unusable today! Swastika? Burned! The term Esotericism? Ask some young people, it becomes rapid a synoym for asininity! The term Theosophy? Almost burned too, isn't it? It's closer than you think, that it will become a "fact", that Blavatsky and Theosophy was the "spiritual" fundament of Nazi-ideology. Some powerful people working to achieve that (in the last newsletter there were many examples more, also in this again, see the section "False Allegations" within news from outside the movement). This is a problem we cannot sit out. We know too well what the root of this dirt campaign is and almost anymore unanswered lies are necessary until the term Theosophy is completely burned. And then?

Young people wouldn't touch Theosophy with a bargepole (as it is often already today, because they read all the lies but no correction), equal how much money we would invest in intelligent, modern, digital marketing, appropriate for the target audience, to convince and win kids and teenager, young people, the only one, those who are usually open minded enough for such a holistic new world view that Theosophy represents.

And thats the real problem, the creeping death, a bitter death, that ends and starts with: SILENCE.

So please act now to defend Theosophy, immediately, together and well eliberated, f.e. with a manifest, where all the false alegations are listeed, with its deeper reasons and also disproved for communication of the TS's online. Drope me a line or start a discussion about it on the web or within yout TS.

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News from Theosophical Societies

ULT started with a new quarterly ULT newsletter and pubished a new book named Secret Doctrine Extracts (Vol. 1).

TS Point Loma Blavatsky House The Hague published the latest Issue of Lucifer (4/2017) and some other news you can read here.

TS (Adyar) in America published one new video-logs of its president, see here for October-issue. There were also many videos from current lecutres published on the Youtube-Channel of TS Adyar (US).

TS Adyar (HQ) published Videos and Pictures from the 142nd International Convention 2017 in it's latest newsletter, see also for more images etc. the Facebook-Page of Theosophy Forward and also on Marja Artamaa's FB-Channel.

The TS (Pasadena) Australasian Section has published its latest Newsletter-Issue with many News from TS Pasadena worldwide and more, read here the December-Issue (pdf).

The TS in Australia has published the latest November-issue of Theosophy in Australia Magazine (pdf).

The European School of Theosophy (EuST, Adyar) has send a review of 2017 and announced the theme of 2018 EuST, it's "Memento Mori: Worldviews on Death & Dying". website for more information and here a newsletter with list of speakers. The event takes place from 12 to 17 October 2018 in Pescia, Italy.

June Nancy Secrest, International Secretary of Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) moved to Adyar, as you can read here. Read about A Month Of Kindness and a request for Donation to the Golden Link College.

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News from theosophical sites

Theos Talk

Montreal Theosophy Project

Theosophy Watch

Blavatsky News

Theosophy Forward

Book of Dzyan Research

Universal Theosophy

I forget a site? Then drope me a line, Thanks. And don't forget to have a look at the current free theosophical magazines on the right sidebar.
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Press Review: Theosophy outside the Movement


Religion & Politics published an Interview with Michael J. Altman, author of the book "Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu: American Representations of India, 1721-1893" where also the TS is a topic.

In the New York Times article The Old School of the New Age we ca nread about the Quest Bookshop, that "has roots that go all the way back to Helena Blavatsky, the 19th-century Russian occultist known as the Godmother of the New Age".

The Hindu published an article in remembrance of Rukmini Devi Arundale, more precise, her "path-breaking December 30 performance" 1935. LiveMint did the same with Annie-Besant, an inconvenient woman.

Rare and unseen photos of ‪Jawaharlal Nehru, who was "subsequently initiated into the Theosophical Society at age thirteen by family friend Annie Besant", you can find at OneIndia.

George Bernard Shaw, 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, was asked by reporters what the unlikely pair (with boxing legend Gene Tunney) talked about for the duration of the trip and he replied: “Everything from ancient Egyptian wrestling to the theosophy of Madam Blavatsky,” as The Irish Examiner reported in it's article Long friendship with Gene Tunney was one that George Bernard Shaw could count on.

Rohan Ajit is the co-founder and director of Chennai Floats, the first isolation tank and floatation centre in Chennai, gave an interview at the He answered to the question, "Where would you take a person who is new to the city? Why?" > Theosophical Society as it has an interesting history and dedicated to theosophy.

The New Indian Express remebered Annie Besant an other people, which served as Congress presidents in India. released an articel about D. T. Suzuki & the Dawn of Zen in the West and in the comments-section of this article is said that "Suzuki's wife was prominent in the Theosophical Society of Japan. I think D.T.'s attitude was influenced by theosophy - universalistic, perennialist, seeing Zen as one form of a universal wisdom tradition".

The Tehran Times writes about the Iranian society, which honors scholar of philosophy Gholamhossein Ebrahimi-Dinani, which "is known as the individual who has helped revive Oriental Theosophy through reviewing and studying works by the Master of Oriental Theosophy, Shahab al-Din Yahya Sohrevardi".

Cabot Yerxa, The Shot Springs Diviner was a "Desert Dreamer" as said, and his "Cabot’s Pueblo Museum" was in the past supposedly also a home for Theosophists.

In an article on named Origin Of The Veil Between The Worlds Isis Unveiled is considered as "one of the most important works historically in Western Esotericism".

The Wire mentioned Theosophy a few times in the article Champaran Needs to Be Seen as an ‘Open Work’.

Researchers can submit papers on transcendent theosophy for the 20th International Conference on Islamic Philosophy held on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February as reported


LiveMint published an article about the artist Bireswar Sen’s friendship with Nicholas Roerich, the Russian Theosophy-inspirated artist, mystic and writer.

Theosophy is one of the Top 10: Unexpected Words in Famous Songs, namely in the song (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear by Blondie, as The reported.

The Washington free bacon published a Review about Edvard Munch: Color in Context' at the National Gallery an within its said, that "Mollie Berger had an idea to relate Munch's prints to theosophy, a fashionable school of thought during the turn of the century that attempted to blend mysticism and science".

The Calgary Herald wrote about The artwork of Theosophy-inpirated Lawren Harris.

The Irish Independet publised an article about The five most famous Irish women you've never heard of and within also Margaret ‘Gretta’ Cousins is mentioned, reportedly engaged in Theosophy.

Theosophy-inspirated Lawren Harris paintings are the highlights of fall auction season yet again, as The Star reported. "A year ago, Harris’s colossal Mountain Forms was auctioned off for $11.2 million, crushing a 14-year old Canadian record".

Agnes Pelton (1881-1961) is acclaimed for her deeply spiritual, abstract paintings and was Theosophy-inspirated, as Santafe New Mexican indicated here.


Other article where Theosophy were mentioned you can read here: Valery Gergiev Leads Mariinsky Orchestra in All-Russian Concert, When Fatimah was jealous of Dina and here Preserving Paradise: SDSU is the steward of one of Southern California's last wild places.

False Allegations connects Nazi-Racism with Twin Peaks and the author parrot old lies and false allegations, f.e. if he said, that "some Nazi leaders did indeed get inspiration from Blavatsky" (not the slightest historical evidence, only malicious imagination) and that HBP spoke of "a Great White Lodge and a Great White Brotherhood" etc. She didn't Mr. Andrew W. Griffin, she didn't!

Witchcraft Chic with Theosophy an spread great nonsense if we can read: "Theosophy, the mother of all new age movements, was founded in the 19th century as the discoveries of Charles Darwin undermined faith in Christian creation stories." Here is the orignal "Fake News-article" in the "Quality Media" New York Times.

Benjamin Welton connects on racialism and theosophy in it's article Mist, Mountains, and Men, at best a superficial mistake, but has indeed nothing to do with journalism. published an article about the Masters of Wisdom, named A ray of hope in chaotic times, which stated, that "Blavatsky’s work was continued by Alice A. Bailey, and, more recently, by British esotericist and artist Benjamin Creme. All three of these authors and educators were trained by, and worked directly with, the Masters of Wisdom" what is in doubt by many Theosophists.

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Theosophical Videos

ITC published all lectures of this years International Theosophy Conference here
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