President’s Annual Report for 2008
During 2008, we have maintained our membership
with good attendances at all events. The schedule of at least one Theosophical
event per month has been maintained and well supported..
The DVD followed by Meditation format has proved exceptionally popular. Members
and itinerant speakers have delivered some interesting lectures and workshops
on a wide range of subjects. The successful Huna group continues and the
innovative Master Key Study Group has drawn new people to the Society. Healing
Groups, Sanskrit Mantra and Tarot
Social and charity events have been well
supported with a garden party (indoors) and a mass outing to Caerleon and a
Christmas party with an abundance of quizzes. The Charity Car Boot
The main Theosophy Cardiff Website has
attracted new people to meetings and enquirers worldwide. The new improved Aura
advert is drawing people in and we have a free slot in the
Jo Winter has put a mission statement on the notice board and I have often seen people stop and read this. We now have whiteboard to publicize events, which is much easier than using posters.
We now have several high profile websites which are drawing attention. I have attempted, on these websites, to develop a modern and entertaining presentation of Theosophy without dumming down. Some of these sites have a humorous component and I am getting some very positive feedback about this from inside and outside the Society. The key definitive Theosophical texts were written between 1875 and 1891 and are by nature complex and we should always be aware of how intimidating these can be for the new enquirer. Material written in the forty years after HPB’s death tends to present less of a barrier if we can ease the new enquirer towards it.
There is a shortage of entry level material and I have tried to address this with The Streetwise Theosophy Boards and Basic website, both of which can be used as introductory courses. These are regularly promoted on the weekly email. Many of the interpretations of Theosophical teachings are even now often written in an archaic genteel style, which repels modern readers, who have no knowledge of the subject. The situation improves once a person has some knowledge of Theosophical ideas.
There is ultimately no substitute for serious study but in our On-demand Society, people expect to be able to grasp an overview of a subject quickly and have it presented in a modern style. We should aim at making Theosophy more accessible to get newcomers on board and as a basis for further study.
Theosophy as promoted by H P Blavatsky is the key and essential part of our act but we should take care to cater for those who have an interest in general esoteric subjects rather than a specific interest in Theosophy. Also, while making Theosophical Teachings always available, we should allow people to find their own level in Theosophy rather than forcing it on them. I believe that this approach is a strategy for survival for the Theosophical Movement.
Speakers have already taken advantage of
the new Power Point facility and we have a selection of specifically
Theosophical DVDs from
After a long period of difficulty, in March 2008 we finally decided to separate ourselves from the Welsh Regional Association (formed 1993), while remaining part of the Adyar Theosophical Society. The decision was taken after considerable discussion, a special meeting of members and obtaining satisfactory legal advice from Solicitors. In February 2008 we sent a letter explaining our difficulties with the WRA to Adyar Headquarters and requesting that in future we deal directly with Adyar. In advance of the March 2008 WRA meeting we sent a letter outlining our reasons for separation and affirming this decision to the Welsh Regional Association Secretary with a copy to all WRA officers. A copy of this letter remains available to all members on request. Adyar Headquarters accepted the new arrangement and we now pay a proportion of our subscriptions to Adyar.
There was no initial response from the
Regional Association and we were hoping to put this matter behind us, but on
The Regional Association affair has made to
difference to the enthusiasm of members and as far as
I would like to thank everyone for their tremendous effort and support over the past year.
Theosophy Cardiff President
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It’s all “water under the bridge” but everything you do
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Provided in response to the large number
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The Spiritual Home of Urban Theosophy
The Earth Base for Evolutionary Theosophy
A B C D EFG H IJ KL M N OP QR S T UV WXYZ
Complete Theosophical Glossary in Plain Text Format
Classic Introductory Theosophy Text
A Text Book of Theosophy By C
What Theosophy Is From the Absolute to Man
The Formation of a Solar System The Evolution of Life
The Constitution of Man After Death Reincarnation
The Purpose of Life The Planetary Chains
The Result of Theosophical Study
Preface to the American Edition Introduction
Occultism and its Adepts The Theosophical Society
First Occult Experiences Teachings of Occult Philosophy
Later Occult Phenomena Appendix
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