- The 147th international convention of the Theosophical Society will be held between December 31 and January 4 at its headquarters in Adyar.
- Various programmes, including lectures and concerts, have been scheduled as part of the event. The inauguration is scheduled for December 31 between 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
- Lectures by eminent personalities in different domains, including science, spirituality, social leadership, philosophy and education, will be spread over the five days at the Adyar Theatre in Theosophical Society at 5 p.m.
- Manu Jaiswal, associate professor, Department of Physics, IIT-Madras, will speak on ‘Science – How Far Can We Go?’ on December 31. The lecture will focus on what are the limits of scientific advancements in solving our problems.
- On New Year’s day, James Tepfer, United Lodge of Theosophists, United States of America, will talk on ‘Individuation and Global Responsibility’ and how an individual can become a self-determining contributor for society’s upliftment. In his Besant Lecture on ‘Wisdom of the Ancients’, Sri M, spiritual teacher and founder of Satsang Foundation, will throw light on the scriptures on January 2.
- Ravi Ravindra, author and professor emeritus, Dalhousie University, Canada, will discuss Vedic traditions and Abrahamic teachings in his lecture on ‘One Without a Second’ on January 3.
- On January 4, Tim Boyd, international president, Theosophical Society, Adyar, will deliver a lecture on ‘The Choice To Be Whole’.
- Madame H. P. Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott founded the Theosophical Society in New York in 1875.
- This philosophy only gained traction in the Indian community and civilization in 1879. The Society’s headquarters were established in Adyar, near Madras (now Chennai), India, in 1882.
- In India, Annie Besant popularized the trend. Her membership proved to be the Society’s most valuable asset.
- Theosophy was a philosophy that combined mysticism and spiritualism with metaphysics (with heavy influences from Buddhist and Hindu thought).
- The Society was designed to be a “brotherhood” that promotes unity. The Society was also concerned with preparing the world for the arrival of the ‘World Teacher’ on Earth.
- The Theosophical Society was established in 1875 to promote theosophy.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB