Programs and Courses


Entry Fees:

Wednesday Morning Classes / Courses – Free
Meditation Groups – Gold coin donation
Special Events – as advertised
Talks – Members: $3.00   Non-members: $6.00
Courses – $5.00 per session if open to the public; otherwise gold coin donation

Donations toward the cost of providing refreshments are welcome.

Programs and courses, unless otherwise stated as ‘TS Members Only’, are for members and those interested in these subjects.

 

Wednesday Lecture Program

Program for April and May 2018

April

Wednesday
4th

1:00pm
‘Deep Ecology: Living in Harmony with Nature and the Laws of Karma’  – Dara Tatray

Formed by the Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess in 1972, the Deep Ecology movement combines activism in defence of nature with deep questioning about the causes of environmental destruction. A sustained interest in Buddhist teachings and the Bhagavad Gītā rounded out Naess’s attempt to formulate a solid basis for environmental philosophy.

Wednesday
11th
1:00pm
 
‘Evolve Your Mind’ – Kali Spooner

Imagine bringing out the best in yourself and others easily, each and every day! Tune into different ways to evolve your mind to evolve your state and actions to get better results and also improved connections and communication with others to give your life new meaning using concepts from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Positive Psychology.

Wednesday
18th
1:00pm
‘The Legend of Shangri-La’ – Michael Gomes

The Legend of Shangri-La: The legend of Shangri-La, a magical kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, has intrigued public imagination due to its appearance in film and fiction.  The origins of this story and its connection with the great spiritual centre of Shambhala will be explained, as well as the teachings connected with it.

Wednesday
18th
6:00pm
‘As Above, So Below’: Principles of the Hermetic Wisdom – Michael Gomes

The veil will be lifted on the great principles of hermetic writings including their well-known injunction ‘As above so below’. What was the theurgy of the gods?

 Wednesday
25th
6:30pm
Closed for ANZAC Day

May

Wednesday
2nd
1:00pm
‘Thunder – Perfect Mind: The Paradoxical Wisdom of the Gnostic Goddess’ – Richard Larkin

This talk will look at the more feminine aspects of Gnostic philosophy and its origin in ancient Jewish and Greek spiritual traditions. Richard will also look at how the use of paradox to describe the indescribable Godhead by the ancient Gnostics has remarkable similarities to East Asian spirituality.

Wednesday
9th
1:00pm
White Lotus Day Celebration – Linda Oliveira

Theosophical Circles throughout the world meet as close as possible to the 8th May known as White Lotus Day to commemorate the anniversary of the death in 1891 of Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

The humble wish of this enigmatic woman, one of the most influential of her era, was that TS members might meet and read excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita and The Light of Asia.

Join us today to hear Linda Oliveira, our National President, reflect on the significance of this occasion before we share and ponder a selection of these readings.

Wednesday
16th
1:00pm
The Hills and Valleys of Initiation – Suzanne McGillivray

Initiation is a process, a normal and inevitable procedure in the long evolutionary process. It is life lived in the valleys of experience, marked by moments of reaching a summit, with realisations gained, only to be worked out in yet another of life’s valleys.

Light is revealed, the neophyte sees, he grasps and absorbs that which has hitherto been darkness, and unknown to him, and thus, stage by stage, step by step, he treads the path that leads to eventual supernal glory.

Wednesday
23rd
1:00pm
Your Life Revealed in Your Hands – Paul Fenton-Smith

The map of your life is written in the palms of your hands. In this lively talk, author and palmist Paul Fenton-Smith examines some of the major lines and signs which reveal your inner nature, your talents and to some degree your destiny.

Based on Paul’s bestselling book Palmistry Revealed (Academy Publishing 2017), this talk offers useful insights into ourselves and those we love, through the study of our hands. We will examine:

  • Personality and character traits.
  • Health and how firmer hands show increased vitality and recuperative powers.
  • Relationships
  • Suitable career directions and when changes occur.
  • Fate and free-will.

Paul is a passionate and dynamic speaker who provides vivid examples from his 35-year career to illustrate the accuracy of this ancient study. Handouts are included so that you can follow along. Bring your hands.

 Wednesday
30th
1:00pm
The Esoteric Nature of Music   –  a prepared DVD presentation

Music has been named the harmonious voice of creation.  Theosophy sees music as a potent force in the universe and in human spiritual development.  The spiritualizing influence of music was emphasized by Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky who claimed that harmony had brought the world out of chaos.Watch and listen to-day as Jerry Rosser substantiates these claims by exploring the nature and meaning of music and sound as applied in the East and West throughout the centuries, ranging from the angelic music of the spheres to modern music therapy, based on psychosynthesis.  The destructive effect of noise and loud, discordant music is also discussed in this thoroughly researched musically illustrated documentary.


Special Groups (Special Events – see Special Events page)

2nd and 4th
Wednesdays
4:00pm – 5:00pm
 “The Bhagavad Gita”

The “Bhagavad Gita” is one of the most cherished classics of world spirituality. Its teachings encourage the student to find peace, balance and wisdom in daily life.This is an interactive class that encourages participation while remaining focused on Sri Krishna’s teaching to Arjuna and its relevance to our lives.

Led by Pedro Oliveira (National Education Co-ordinator)

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the Month – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

There will be no group on ANZAC Day, Wednesday 25th April.


Members’ Circle

Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society [Members only]

A forum for members, 2nd Saturday each month at 2:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm).Note: These meetings include commemoration of 3 festive occasions, as close to the day as possible; Adyar Day on Feb 17 (for Adyar as a spiritual centre and focus, the passing of Henry Olcott and the birth of Charles Leadbeater), White Lotus Day on May 8 (for the passing of Helena Blavatsky), and Founders Day on Nov 17 (for the founding of the TS).

April 2018

Saturday
14th
2:00pm
The Members’ Circle Program continues the study of the Great Religious Traditions of the World. The speakers are dedicated members of the Lodge who willingly gave their precious time and effort to share their study of the different traditions in the light of Theosophy.

Gerard Brennan will speak about ‘Jainism – The Way of Non-Violence and Freedom’. In this talk there will be an exploration of the most important beliefs of Jainism, with an emphasis on Ahimsa and the quest for spiritual freedom. We will also explore some of the unique features of Jainism and learn something about the life of its most famous teacher, Mahavira.

May 2018

Saturday
12th

2:00pm

The Members’ Circle Program continues the study of the Great Religious Traditions of the World. The speakers are dedicated members of the Lodge who willingly gave their precious time and effort to share their study of the different traditions in the light of Theosophy.

Dianne Kynaston will speak about ‘Freemasonry’, examining the importance of sacred ritual and how this helps to uplift the world. Julian will then speak about ‘Mithraism’, going through its basic beliefs and then expanding on some of its deeper teachings.

All TS Members from around the world are Welcome


Theosophical Order of Service (T.O.S)

“A union of all who love for the service of all who suffer”.

TOS MEETING: Led by Richard Larkin and Lucille Crocker.
Discussion of current welfare topics and other issues.
TOS Members & Friends Welcome
4th Saturday each month.
If you would like to become actively involved, there is a business meeting which commences at 12:15 pm prior to the presentation.

April 2018

Saturday
28th
2:00pm

There will be no TOS Open Circle in April

 

May 2018

Saturday
26th
2:00pm

There will be no TOS Open Circle in May

 


Courses Program

Theosophy
Religion, Philosophy, Science
Including the Arts and related subjects

Ongoing courses and study classes April and May 2018

Every Wednesday 11:10am – 12:10pm.

A Study Guide to the Mahatma Letters
The Mahatma Letters are a large series of correspondence between A.P. Sinnett and H.P. Blavatsky’s Teachers, though some letters were sent to other T.S. members.  The Letters contain much of the main core of Theosophical Teachings.  The original Letters are now in the British Museum.

Led by Dianne Kynaston
(Resident Head of The Manor and previous NSW State Representative)

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.

Seven Great Religions

Led by Rosanna Cummins

 

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

“An Introduction to Theosophy”

This is a new course.

The classes will consist of an initial meditation followed by a Pablo Sender video, a short break for refreshments and rapport building and finishing off with questions and answers.

Cost: $5.00

Led by Rosanna Cummins

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.

“The Astral Body” 

Led by Cassandra Au

 

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 11:10am – 12:10pm.

A Study Guide to the Mahatma Letters
The Mahatma Letters are a large series of correspondence between A.P. Sinnett and H.P. Blavatsky’s Teachers, though some letters were sent to other T.S. members.  The Letters contain much of the main core of Theosophical Teachings.  The original Letters are now in the British Museum.

Led by Dianne Kynaston
(Resident Head of The Manor and previous NSW State Representative)

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

“The Krishnamurti Experience”

This is a new course.

Krishnamurti was a philosopher, deep thinker, speaker, writer, and amazing teacher. He and his brother were adopted when young boys by Dr. Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society.

Some of his subject matters were: mind and consciousness, psychological revolution, nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships and many others.

Come and live a Krishnamurti teaching, experience one of his talks and explore with Leon Horsnell the DVD viewing.

Entry by donation.

Facilitator: Leon Horsnell (member of the Krishnamurti Australia committee)

1st & 3rd Fridays of the Month: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Secret Gateway” 

This is a new course.

Facilitators Dianne Kynaston and Julian Ochoa will study with you the book “The Secret Gateway” by Edward Abdill. This fantastic book will be used to study the basic tenets of theosophy.

“An old theosophical aphorism says that theosophy has shallow pools in which children can safely wade and ocean depths in which even giants must swim. The Secret Gateway is a connecting channel between the pools and the deep ocean” – John Alegó

Meditation

Meditation Weekly Program

Wednesdays 3:00pm to 3:30pm in the Meditation Room on the Mezzanine.

‘Open Circle Meditation’ session. Your 30 minutes slice of Inner Peace!

A Guided Meditation session for compassion and harmony, led by Lucille Crocker and Richard Larkin.

Join our circle to send out thoughts of healing and harmony to a world that so sorely needs peace. Everybody is invited to come along.


Fridays 12:00pm – 1:00pm with Sally Gray

Healing and Relaxation by Guidance Visualisation

The Blavatsky Lodge Meditation Room is a beautiful place. A sanctuary of peace, to feel at ease, to revive, and to rejuvenate. A place to restore your body and physical well-being; releasing your mind and body tension.To expand and harness your energy, to embrace tranquillity and harmony with guidance in healing and relaxing meditation.

Come and be connected with your spiritual energy.

All are very welcome.