2019 July Programme
6 July 2019
Is There Life After Death?
In a panel discussion
moderated by the legendary actor, writer and comedian John Cleese,
the University of Virginias Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) research
faculty convened to present an overview of the research to which they have
dedicated their academic careers. The Division of Perceptual Studies
research unit is part of the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral
Sciences within the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The scope of
the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research portfolios include:
investigating children who claim to have past lives; the nature of
consciousness and the mind-body relationship; neuro-imaging studies of psi
events; and individuals who report experiencing near-death experiences.
13 July 2019
The Three Powers
Come for this talk by
our Asst. Secretary, Brandon Goh, on the Trinity of Powers. He says,
"How do we unfold the
souls powers of Will, Love and Wisdom? We read spiritual literature without
knowing how to read. We are asked to develop unconditional love without
knowing how to do so. We try to follow the Intuition without preparing
ourselves for the inner voice to manifest. We try to live in accordance with
the Divine Will, without being able to know what It has carved out for
Each soul is unique and
spirituality must become a way of life rather than a toolkit of techniques.
However, the path of rapid unfoldment can be indicated by some principles,
methods and meditations. Many of these are interesting and practical, so get
ready to try some of these exercises.
Although this short
session only affords us an outline, it is hoped that we will realise the
importance of translating spiritual principles and teachings into personal,
practical methods and exercises for ourselves in our daily lives."
20 July 2019
Forum on Daily Challenges
Pride & Delusion
This is one of a series
of forums on the daily challenges faced by each of us, including worries,
fear and anxiety, anger and irritation, self-centredness and selfishness,
greed, pride and delusion, hurt and forgiveness, pain and sorrow, depression
and nervousness, and other day-to-day emotions faced by each of us.
We shall attempt to
discuss in theosophical perspective one of the above subjects each session.
In our previous session, the subject was Anger and Irritation. This
week we shall discuss 'Pride and Delusion'. Are we all not afflicted
by pride and delusion to a greater or lesser extent? As students of
theosophy with some knowledge of the laws of nature, how do we help
ourselves and others in this respect.
Treat this as a group
therapy or brain-storming session. Chong Sanne shall give a short
presentation on the subject and serve as the moderator for this forum.
27 July 2019
Tang Kwok Choon,
our VP, continues his talk on early members of the TS. This month he talks
about the life of Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (CJ), the fourth
International President of the TS who was affectionately known as Brother
CJ was born in Ceylon on
December 16, 1875, one month after the TS was founded. When he was 11 he
first met CWL who soon became his guardian and mentor. CJ lived in the era
of the great occultists and even met HPB as a boy.
CJ has written many
books, the favourite one for students being First Principles of Theosophy,
which has been revised and republished a number of times and translated into
many languages. A charmingly written set of small books hint of the far
future. One of his special interests is the Ritual of the Mystic Star,
which he devised in 1917.