Programs and Courses


For most activities, contributions by non-members: $6; members $3, will help to defray the expenses of running the Lodge. 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 February and March 2017

February

Wednesday
1st

1.00pm

Rediscovering the Beautiful – Linda Oliveira

Most of the great religions include the teaching that an immortal Trinity exists. In ancient Greece, Plato taught of a Trinity of the Good, the True and the Beautiful. But has the Beautiful been somewhat neglected? And is there such a thing as a Yoga of Beauty?

This presentation will consider these questions with special reference to the writings of Theosophist, Dr Laurence Bendit, and some inspirational examples.

Wednesday
8th
1.00pm
 
Tesla Metamorphosis – Heal and Evolve – Anya Petrovic

Anya Petrovic, internationally recognized healer, teacher and author, will give a presentation of her new book Tesla Metamorphosis – Heal and Evolve. On the quest to understand miracles, this book reveals new knowledge. The answers are found in pioneering scientific research, and also in ancient wisdom. There are some unique phenomena connected to Tesla Metamorphosis®, the healing modality which attracts great interest because of the amazing healing results, and the effect of Tesla Waves on the evolution of human consciousness. The subject of this book is expanded to understanding the healing phenomena in general, merging science and spirituality.

The spirit of Nikola Tesla is imbued throughout this book, giving it a new dimension. Tesla’s ingenuity is in his spirituality. This man who made discoveries on which all modern technology is based, said: “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade, than in all previous centuries of its existence.”

Anya Petrovic explains: “This story is real. I live this story. It awakened a curious child in me again. It all started like a fairy tale, the fairly tale which was later scientifically confirmed.”

Wednesday
15th
1.00pm
Contentment – Peter Thomas

Most people seek Contentment, but do not know what it is, or how to attain it. It is often confused with happiness, so I’d like to differentiate the two, and offer some practical suggestions from my own experience.

Wednesday
22nd
1.00pm
A Copernican Revolution in Religion – John Walker

The Copernican Revolution in science led to a transformation of our world view in relation to both science and religion with consequent effects on society. The Baha’i Faith proposes a revolution in our religious world views that will have a similar transformative effect on religion and science leading to a more just and harmonious society in which the spiritual and material potential of every human being can be realised.

   

March

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 Nondualism 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 Oxherding 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.


Special Groups/Events

2nd and 4th
Wednesdays
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Yoga of Theosophy East and West: Exploring the Dimension of Unity in Cosmos and Mind

Facilitator: Dara Tatray

A familiarity with the core teachings of the perennial philosophy, or the ancient wisdom tradition, enables us to deepen our understanding of Theosophy and of ourselves.

In this series of short talks, discussions and workshops we will focus on self-transformation and the field of unity, in the world and in consciousness, the thread that binds together the three Objects of the Theosophical Society into a comprehensive whole. Along with the works of
H.P. Blavatsky and other key thinkers in the theosophical movement, we will draw on the Vedas, the Upanisad-s, the works of Plato, Taoism and the Kabbalah —wherever our enquiry leads us, without straying from the purpose at hand.

Expected outcomes:

  • A deeper understanding of key theories/teachings, and of ourselves
  • An added depth of spiritual practice through learning together
  • Eventually, contributing to and trialling a new course on Theosophy and The Theosophical Society based on what we have learned and questions arising in discussions

This is an opportunity to explore the process of self-transformation at the heart of the theosophical movement, to acquire the necessary theoretical foundations, and to help each other along the way. As the actor and Catholic activist Martin Sheen once put it: “We don’t go to heaven we become heaven, and it’s something we choose here”.

When: From 4:00pm to 5:30pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Registration essential.

Please contact Pamela Peterson or Dara Tatray to register, providing your contact details.

While it is not necessary for all participants to attend all sessions, registrations for the first term may close after the first few meetings unless latecomers are willing to work overtime to catch up.

Fridays
February – April
(see dates specified)
10:00am – 12:00pm

Introduction to Theosophy

Facilitator: Cassandra Au

Based on the 7 Theosophical Manuals by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, this course is comprised of the following 8 sessions:

  1. The Seven Principles of Man (Annie Besant)
  2. Reincarnation (Annie Besant)
  3. Death – and After (Annie Besant)
  4. Karma (Annie Besant)
  5. The Astral Plane (C.W. Leadbeater)
  6. The Devachanic Plane (C.W. Leadbeater)
  7. Man and His Bodies (Annie Besant)
  8. The Purpose of Life

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Day: Friday

Dates: February 3, 10 and 17; March 3, 10, 17 and 24; April 7

After exiting from the computer stage, Cassandra devotes herself to exploring the transpersonal and metaphysical world, including ancient philosophies, and recently astrology and numerology.


Members’ Circle

Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society [Members only]

A forum for members, 2nd Saturday each month at 1:00pm (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).

FEBRUARY 2017

Saturday
11th
1.00pm

All members welcome

Where to from Here? – Marie McArdle

You may remember for the September 2016 Members’ Circle meeting we had a workshop on ‘Where We Would Like the Lodge to be in the Next 12 Months’.

The February 2017 Members’ Circle meeting will be a follow on from this workshop; asking the question, ‘Where to from Here?’ During the meeting we will briefly look at the Business Plan and what has been achieved since the workshop e.g., ambience in foyer, more theosophy content on the programme, second-hand books for sale, etc. We will also spend some time planning for the year ahead, including the next ‘Open Day’ in May 2017, the potential for weekend retreats, and other activities.

You will have the opportunity to offer suggestions and contributions to help to make the Lodge the best it can be.

MARCH 2017

Saturday 11th

1:00pm

The Trouble with Truth … – Pamela Peterson

Theosophists seek it, clerics preach it, philosophers theorize about it, intellectuals discuss it, the court witness, however humble, swears on oath to tell it.

However what IS this ‘thing’ called ‘truth’? What are we seeking, or professing to know?

Come and examine with us what has been said down the ages about this elusive phenomenon.

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.

FEBRUARY 2017

Saturday
25th
2:00pm

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

Two Musical Giants: Sullivan & Berlin

Presented by John Spraggon, Mathematician & TOS Member

John will conduct a comparative analysis of these two great composers, including examples of their music.

All donations to the Fred Hollows Foundation.

All Welcome!

MARCH 2017

Saturday
25th
2:00pm

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

Mary Magdalene: The New Evidence

Presented by Richard Larkin, President of the TOS in Sydney

Richard will look at the latest evidence about Mary of Magdala and her relationship with Jesus and her place in the early Christian movement.

All donations will go to the Animal Hospital at Adyar India.

All Welcome!


Courses Program

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

Ongoing study classes February and March 2017

For most activities, contributions by non-members $6 and members $3, help defray expenses.
Donations towards the cost of refreshments are welcome.

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.
Miracles Do Happen by Brian Weiss.
Led by June Coyle

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:10am – 12:10pm.
“The Key to Theosophy”
by HP Blavatsky.

The “Key to Theosophy” was written by HPB in the format of questions and answers about the Society and its Teachings, and provides an outline of what HPB had in her mind about the work of the Society she created.
Led by Dianne Kynaston
(Resident Head of The Manor and previous NSW State Representative)

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.
“The Etheric Double”
– a Theosophical book by Arthur Powell

Led by Cassandra Au

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 11:10am – 12:10pm.
“Alvin Boyd Kuhn’s Collection”
by Alvin Boyd Kuhn.Led by Robin Bird

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5:00pm – 6:00pm.
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)


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.