Blue Flower

The New York Theosophical Society
240 and 242 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
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Fall 2017

Meditation: 6:00 - 6:20 PM

Meeting: 6:30-7:45 PM



Sept. 13th- "Yoga and Its Branches" with Nori Rao. THIS MEETING IS CANCELLED.  FIRST MEETING WILL BE 9/20
Each branch of Yoga offers a particular path for self-realization, and they naturally overlap as a holistic approach to life.  Discover the characteristics and benefits of Hatha, Raja, Bhakti, Karma, Jnana, and Tantra Yoga.  Also learn of their correlation with the theosophical views through a dynamic PowerPoint presentation.  Nori Rao is a 3rd generation Theosophist and current president of the Florida Federation TSA. 
Sept. 20th- "The Legend of Shangri-La" with Michael Gomes
The legend of Shangri-La, a magical kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, has intrigued public imagination due to its appearance in film and fiction.  Our Librarian will look into the origin of the story to see if there was any validity to it.  Join us for the journey to the mysterious realm of Shangri-La.
Sept. 27th- "Science & Theosophy" with Mary Abdill
The Secret Doctrine is subtitled "The synthesis of Science Religion, and Philosophy", with "science" listed first.  HPB, the Mahatmas and even the Dalai Lama frequently refer to science.  There is almost no area of human life today left untouched by modern science & technology.  Tonight we will explore a wide range of scientific topics and show ho they relate to theosophy and affect our daily life.  My Science and Theosophy talk is always being updated as I make new discoveries.  I recently gave this talk to the Ojai Valley Lodge on April 11th of this year. 
Oct 4th- "The Stanzas of Dzyan" with Lyn Trotman
Oct. 11th- "In Their Own Words: Wisdom From the Masters" with Ed Abdill
Who are the Masters about whom we hear so much?  Allowing two Masters to speak for themselves from letters they wrote to A.P.Sinnett in the late 19th Century, Ed Abdill will shatter misconceptions about them.  The Masters will tell us who they are and what differentiates them from the average person.  In their own words they will present some of their most important teachings, including their views on death and reincarnation, karma, science the spiritual path and more.  Most importantly, they will make it clear that the central purpose of their work is far more profound than most people can imagine.  
Oct 18th- "The Stanzas of Dzyan" with Lyn Trotman
Oct. 25th- "Altruism & Self Development" with David Bruce
Today a person who wants to "give back" to the community can do so through any one of a multitude of service projects.  H.P. Blavatsky once described practical Theosophy as altruism, which is to say, unselfish regard for the welfare of others.  However, she noted in The Key to Theosophy that such acts of self-sacrifice have to be performed with discernment, or the "subsequent results may often prove not only made in vain, but harmful."  In this talk, David Bruce explores service from the Theosophical point of view.  David Bruce is a 3rd generation Theosophist and National Secretary of the Theosophical Society in America. 
Nov. 1st- "Taiwanese Temples" with Inoshi Denizen
Inoshi will present some slides on, and talk about some temples he visited while on his Spring trip to Taiwan. 
Nov. 8th- "Energy, Yoga & Healing" with Angella Focas
Exploring yoga principles as therapeutic; as a holistic approach-simultaneously working on the body, mind, heart & spirit. 
Nov. 15th- The Stanzas of Dzyan” with Lyn Trotman

Nov. 29th*CANCELED*
"The Lord's Prayer" with Maria Gomez
How can an all loving and wise God lead us into temptation?  Using the Seven Human Principles, as understood by the student of theosophy and in light of H.P. Blavatsky's writings, Maria will explore an interpretation and meaning of this unique and uplifting prayer. 
Dec. 6th- "The Magical World of Lucius Apuleius" with Michael Gomes
The 2nd century A.D. writer Lucius Apuleius is best known for his novel Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass, considered an allegorical tale of a man turned into an ass.  But he was the author of a number of other works, including his Apologia (A Discourse on Magic) and De Deo Socratis (On the God of Socrates).  As new translations have recently been issued of these, we will look at what they reveal of the magical world of Lucius Apuleius. 
Dec. 13th NYTS Annual Holiday Party
NYTS Members- join us for an evening of fun and good food.  NYTS members attend for free (non-members $20)