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 April and May 2017

April

Wednesday
5th

1.00pm

All Roads lead to Rome:  the Human Journey in Vedanta – Dara Tatray

Dara Tatray holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (UNSW 2006) and has been a student of the Vedānta for many years. A past President of the Australian Section, she is currently the National Secretary of the TS in Australia.

Wednesday
12th
1.00pm
 
The Crucified Guru – Brian Parry

A different look at Jesus.

Wednesday
19th
1.00pm and
6.00pm
1.00pm: The Secret of Who You Really Are – Pablo Sender

6.00pm: The Power of Awareness – Pablo Sender

Please see Special Events Page for details.

Wednesday
26th
1.00pm
Vedanta According to Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda – Pravrajika Gayatriprana

Vedanta is the philosophy behind the religion now  called Hinduism. According to Vedanta the Supreme Reality is all-pervading and is referred to as Brahman.  In the long line of exponents of Vedanta the latest are Sri Ramakrishna and his  world-famous disciple Swami Vivekananda who for the first time took the message of Vedanta to the West.He started the Ramakrishna Order in 1897  to spread the life-saving ideas of Vedanta the world over.

   

May

Wednesday
3rd
1.00pm
The Nature of Theosophy – Pedro Oliveira

H.P. Blavatsky wrote that what we call Theosophy is the result of the investigations of ‘countless generations of seers’ into the deeper aspects of life, Nature and consciousness. This presentation will highlight some of its main principles and their practical application in our daily life.

Wednesday
10th
1.00pm
The Ways of Karma – Sally Gray

KARMA is the Sanskrit word meaning work or action.  It is an ongoing process.

Something is set in motion and has repercussions.  Millions of people all over the world follow the way of Karma, and believe their lives are governed by their KARMA.

To them KARMA is fate or duty, what must be;  it is fixed and unchanging;  their path is mapped.

To other people however, KARMA is flexible, encompassing room for growth, a guise to their SPIRITUAL intention.  It is an ongoing process.  It is a power latent within actions and the results other actions bring.

Do you let KARMA rule your life?  Que sera, sera???

Wednesday
17th
1.00pm
Fate and Free-will – three viewpoints – Paul Fenton-Smith

Are our lives fated or mapped out before we are born, or do we have free will to determine our unique destinies? In this talk author and clairvoyant Paul Fenton-Smith examines the three basic attitudes to fate. For those who are fatalistic, life is pre-determined. For those who believe in free will, we can change the course of our lives through the decisions we make and the actions we take. Those who believe in free will reason that our current circumstances in life are likely to be the result of past decisions and actions or the lack of actions.

There is a third approach to fate which involves accepting that some of the major events in our lives are pre-determined, but that we have free will in how we respond to those major events when they arrive.

Using examples from over 30 years of clairvoyant readings with clients, Paul suggests that all three beliefs work, and that all three perceptions of fate suit those who embrace them.

Wednesday
24th
1.00pm
The Secrets of Passive Power: How Not to Give Your Power Away – Dianne Bellchambers

This talk explores how to liberate yourself from the imposters of power.

 Wednesday
31st
1.00pm
SHIVA’S DANCE: Astrological Cycles of the Outer Planets Through History – Dr Anthony Howe

As Shiva danced, beating his drum, universes were created and destroyed. As with this God, and the cycles of time, as if they are his agents, the outer planets affect human civilisations deeply, in slow, long term patterns, beating out time. We are all familiar with daily “Sun Sign” astrology in the newspaper and popular culture, but the collective has a slower rhythm that is not so simple. Mainly looking at the last 600 years we will have an overview of the influences of the slower planets in the major civilisational changes, such as massive revolutions, and other turning points in human history. The main focus will be on the West as there is so much historical material, but examples will include key events from China, India, Islam, etc.


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 12th April, 10th May and 24th May.

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.


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).

April 2017

Saturday
8th
10.30am – 3.00pm

All members welcome

There will be no Members’ Circle in April.

Instead of Members’ Circle, please come to our All Day Saturday Event.

10:30am-11:40pm – DVD – “The Shadow Effect”, by Debbie Ford. Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

11:45pm-1:00pm – Hypnotherapy for Healing and Growth and What Makes it Work

2:00pm–3:00pm – ‘Divas on Demand’ – A Live, Magical, Musical Presentation

Cost: $20 including a vegetarian lunch

Full details are on the Special Events Page.

 

May 2017

Saturday
6th

1:00pm

White Lotus Day

Honouring Madame Blavatsky’s suggestion that friends may like to gather on the anniversary of her death and read passages from ‘The Light of Asia’ and ‘The Bhagavad Gita’, we invite members to share some of these readings with us, followed by the screening of John Algeo’s DVD ‘Madame Blavatsky’s Diagram of Meditation’.

Please bring your favourite HPB sayings or anecdotes to share after a cup of tea, providing inspiration for another year at the Lodge and the finale to our celebration.

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 2017

Saturday
22nd
2:00pm

There will be no TOS Open Circle this month.

May 2017

Saturday
27th
2:00pm

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

Tibetan Landscapes

Presented by Dianne Kynaston – former General Secretary of the TS in Australia

Dianne looks at Tibet’s history and culture, with accompanying PowerPoint presentation from her trip to Tibet, plus music.

All donations will go to the HPB Hostel 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.