Programmes

March 2017

Wednesday
1st
1.00pm
Understanding the Self – Pedro Oliveira. Many traditions say the greatest impediment to both happiness and inner realization is a sense of exclusive, separate and obstinate self. This presentation will explore both the nature of self, as presented in Theosophical literature, as well as the way of life that helps self to naturally come to an end, leaving Bliss as the residue.
Wednesday
8th
1.00pm
The Spiritual Life of Madame Blavatsky – Gordon Strong. Madame Blavatsky was a pioneer of the New Age – her vision is even more relevant now than when she first began her quest. Such a fascinating life, not only as a traveller, writer, and spiritual leader, deserves close examination. What motivated her to take on the role of a woman determined to struggle against prejudice and enlighten the world? Blavatsky maintained that the soul – the ‘Inner World’ – is mysterious and precious; this is the story of a great teacher.
Wednesday
15th
1.00pm
Basic Principles of the Science of Mind – Vera Zegarac Dr. Bailes was born in New Zealand and studied medicine in London. In the course of his medical practice, he understood the importance of thoughts in our life. He stressed the fact that our circumstances are always the reflection of our inner thinking, and that we must look inside ourselves for the real causes of our sorrows and joys. His book The Science of Mind delves into the workings of the human mind and the thought process that is manifested in every aspect of our everyday life including health. He offers some treatment methods to help us heal.

To sum it up, Dr. Bailes says: “The thoughts become things“.

Wednesday
22nd
1.00pm
Realisation and the Modern World – Suzanne May   “The role of realisation in Theosophy and life.”
Wednesday
29th
1.00pm
Issues in Making Non-dualism Practical – Peter Orchard. Peter began regularly experiencing the divine worlds when he was sixteen. Although he was entirely self-taught for some years, he initially adopted a worldview essentially the same as that of Advaita Vedanta. He also quickly identified how such a worldview contradicts many of the most fundamental inbuilt assumptions in Western thought, as he will explain.

As the years went by, he developed further understandings of how one can integrate experience of the divine worlds, and all that, that imparts, with daily life and one’s spiritual evolution.

Today he will discuss some of these conclusions that go beyond the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, including:

  • what are the implications of insights to be gained from a higher perspective on the Zen Ox-herding Pictures, particularly regarding the question of how does one achieve freedom from unhappiness;
  • how relational metaphysics differs from the subject-object metaphysics on which virtually all schools of Indian philosophy are based, and from the “matrix” of Western thought; and how this relates to gaining freedom from attachment;
  • person-centred psychology, and how it integrates with living in the Now.