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 June and July 2018

June

Wednesday
6th

1:00pm
‘So You Want to Meet a Mahatma!!!’ – Brian Parry

By definition a Mahatma is a mystery.  Over the years many Theosophists and all sorts of other folk have hoped to meet the One of their dreams or imagining.  We will explore the content of our hopes and the barriers to their realization.  Perhaps, even, a little light may come our away.

Wednesday
13th
1:00pm
 
‘The Journey Beyond Belief:  The Psychological Foundations Underpinning the Road to Spiritual Maturity’ – Pamela Peterson

In our increasingly secular society, many have given up their religious beliefs only to become more spiritual.  Investigation into this phenomenon shows a close correlation with the stages of cognitive, psychosocial, moral and faith development outlined progressively by a number of twentieth century psychologists.  Could this increase in spirituality be the antidote for the current divisiveness in the world, delivering a truth that is meaningful to everyone, thereby leading to a greater appreciation of our shared humanity?

Wednesday
20th
1:00pm
‘Altruism:  the Buddhist Perspective in Theory and Practice’ – Ayya Yeshe

Ayya Yeshe is an Australian-Tibetan nun, founder of the Bodhicitta Foundation, an internationally engaged community offering social work in the slums of India to some of the world’s poorest and most oppressed people.  She lives in the slums among the so-called ‘untouchables’, organising skills training for women and education programs for children, all free of charge.

Wednesday
27th
1:00pm
‘From the Edge of Time’ – Suzanne May

A sort of review of how we put together an individual philosophy of life.  It seems that no matter what our backgrounds, each person’s world view is as distinct as their fingerprints.

July

Wednesday
4th
1:00pm
‘Thinking, Evolution and Meditation’ – John Pater

How do we know what we know? Through thinking and observation, we come to know of the physical world as well as the spiritual worlds. Whilst conscious awareness is eternally present, today’s thinking is a relatively new gift to humanity, and this has also led to the possibility of new ways of meditating which can lead to deeper objective experiences. Humanity’s journey via the processes evolution to the present day took place over long periods of time through which we have acquired various unique capacities.

Wednesday
11th
1:00pm
‘Nikola Tesla – the History of the Future’ – Anya

The name of Nikola Tesla, the greatest scientist of all times, you will neither find in textbooks in the United States, where he spent most of his creative life, nor in the syllabus at universities in the Western World. Why? Now we have the Tesla electric car, but almost nobody I talked with, in Australia, America, Western Europe, knew “where that strange name for this new car came from”. How could that happen?

Wednesday
18th
1:00pm
Reflections of The Cosmic Egg in The Human – Cathy McDonald

Cathy will be exploring concepts of the macrocosm, microcosm and “the indissoluble union between man and the universe” according to Helena Petrova Blavatsky.

Wednesday
25th
1:00pm
Demystifying How To Be: It’s Simpler Than You Think! – Diane Bellchambers

This talk explores how to be rather than live in the mind where we get trapped in our personal fiction.


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)


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).

June 2018

Saturday
9th
2:00pm
‘The Great Religious Traditions in Light of the Ancient Wisdom’

In this meeting we will explore together the most essential teachings of the great religions and spiritual traditions and their relevance to the modern world. In addition, we will examine what they all have in common with the Ancient Wisdom and how their ideals may be applied to our daily lives.

Afterwards each speaker will be asked to read a prayer or invocation, or perhaps a favourite verse from a sacred text, as we contemplate the beauty and rich diversity of spiritual experience, while paying homage to the timeless expression of the Ancient Wisdom.

July 2018

Saturday
14th

2:00pm

‘The Sacred Power of Music – A Paracelsian Approach to Healing’

Mary Masselos, TS member and musician will take us on a journey into the healing power of music, its capacity to uplift humanity and inspire all that is best within us. Through the experience of a variety of different types of music, Mary will show us how it can have an effect on our states of consciousness.

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.

June 2018

Saturday
23rd
2:00pm
‘The Spiritual Truth Behind All We Do’

Presented by Rev. Bill Crews – Director of the Exodus Foundation

Rev. Crews will discuss the hidden spirituality buried within the modern world and each of us.

All donations to the Exodus Foundation.  

July 2018

Saturday
28th
2:00pm
‘The Edge of Time’

Presented by Suzanne May  – TS Presenter & Lecturer

Suzanne will review her life in the TS and the amazing people & ideas that have touched her life.

All donations to the Women’s Welfare Centre at Adyar.

 


Courses Program

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

Ongoing courses and study classes June and July 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”

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”

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.