2012 March Programme

3rd March 2012 5 p.m.

Children Who Claim to Remember Previous Lives

In a slide-illustrated talk, the noted academic researcher Dr. Ian Stevenson discusses a lifetime devoted to carefully researching thousands of cases of children (usually between the ages of 2 and 5) who claim to remember previous lives. In many cases, the childís statements have been verified, and it has been shown to be highly unlikely that the child could have obtained the correct information about the deceased person through normal means. See Reincarnationís White Crow: Ian Stevenson and Evidence of Reincarnation by John Algeo, reproduced in the March 2012 newsletter. Enrollees for the 34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation are welcome to attend this video programme.

 

Monday

5th March 2012

7 p.m.

Commencement of the 34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation

Lecture 1: The Different Planes of Nature

 

Knowing the different planes of nature; the different bodies of man and the different vehicles of consciousness.

 

Thursday

8th March 2012

7 p.m.

34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation

Lecture 2: Manís Evolution

 

A discourse on evolution; where we come from and where we are going to; the Law of Karma; Reincarnation as a process of evolution.

 

Saturday

10th March 2012

3 p.m.

34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation

Lecture 3: Death & After

 

Putting death in its rightful place as a function of evolution. A discourse on the life after death and the harm of mourning for the dead.

 

Monday

12th March 2012

7 p.m.

34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation

Lecture 4: The Astral Plane

 

This is a continuation of the lecture on death and after. A general description of the Astral Plane and its inhabitants will be covered. We shall also discuss manís activities when the physical body is asleep and when he sheds his physical body at death. We will also talk about ghosts and other phenomena.

 

 

Thursday

15th March 2012

7 p.m.

34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation

Lecture 5: The Mental Plane

 

We will be talking about both the higher and the lower mental planes. This is a continuation of the lectures on death and after and the astral plane. A short description of the heaven world and its inhabitants will be covered. Does everyone go to heaven? We shall soon find out.

 

The Mental Plane is also the realm of the Mind, i.e. the plane where thought arises. We will discuss further the subject of elemental kingdoms and the elemental essence that ensoul thoughts. Hence, this lecture serves as an introduction to 'thought-forms', one of the most important aspects of nature. This lecture is useful, if not a prerequisite for the 6th lecture on 'Thought-Forms'.

 

Saturday

17th March 2012

3 p.m.

34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation

Lecture 6: Thought-Forms

 

This is probably the most important lecture in the whole course as knowledge of thought-forms will help us conduct ourselves better and live a life in harmony with nature. The lecture will include the following: What are thought-forms? How your thoughts affect others, near or far from you. The virtue of having the right thoughts and the consequences of bad thoughts.

 

Tuesday

20th March 2012

7 p.m.

34th A Course in Theosophy & Meditation

Conclusion of the 34th A Course in Theosophy

Lecture 7: The Noble Eightfold Path

 

The subject of this last lecture is on 'The Noble Eightfold Path'. This lecture gives the guidelines on how to quicken the evolutionary pace; the perfection of virtues and the ideals of right living. We will talk about how to live the life of a true theosophist and finding peace and joy in the process, in other words, the application of theosophical knowledge. This last lecture wraps up A Course in Theosophy.

 

Thursday

22nd March 2012

7 p.m.

Commencement of the Meditation Course

Lecture 1: Basic Rules of Meditation

 

How to go about meditation and what results to expect; the 3 stages of meditation; how to train the monkey mind.

 

Saturday

24th March 2012

3 p.m.

Meditation Course

Lecture 2: Meditation for Development of the True Self

 

Insight into the real nature of thought and how it can be used in meditation for the development of the True Self.

 

Monday

26th March 2012

7 p.m.

Meditation Course

Lecture 3: Meditation to achieve Union with the Divine

 

How meditation is used to achieve the ultimate goal of all meditationóUnion with the Divine.

 

31st March 2012 5 p.m.

The Light and Dark Sides of Nature

Bro. Choong Chi Pin reads the above article by Annie Besant that was published in Lucifer in 1896.

"At every stage of the downward curve in which form becomes more prominent and life more veiled, forms will be brought into existence by this descending energy. Against it there will be working a destructive energy, which breaks up these forms as soon as their purpose is served, and they become outworn. There are thus two opposing streams of energy, by one of which forms come into existence and by the other of which they are constantly broken up, in order that higher forms may be built from their materials."

 

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