Ancient Wisdom

Presented on September 17, 2015.

Many people have the sense that spiritual life and daily life are fundamentally separate. This way of seeing the world is an inheritance from both religious and secular thought. The Ageless Wisdom tradition describes the human being as both spirit and matter linked by mind. Its teachings provide a means to live in a way that harmonizes these very different dimensions of our being.

 

The Theosophical Society has the unique role of being a responsible Keeper and Sharer of the Ageless Wisdom, especially during periods when civilizations are in decline, government institutions are in decay, or societies slide perilously into violence. By the preservation and public sharing of the sacred teachings, they are enriched by contemporary experience and become relevant to the lives of entire communities, as modern Theosophy.  

Victor  Peñaranda is trustee and Vice President of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines and coordinates the Section’s lodge development and training activities.  He is also an experienced trainer-facilitator of the Self-Transformation Seminar.  Victor has worked as a journalist and as a capacity-builder on community development and governance in the Philippines, the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Republic of Macedonia.  He has written and published three collections of poetry and he has just received the Nick Joaquin Poet of the Year Award in the Philippines.  Victor and his theosophist wife have three children.

A presentation at the Theosophical Society in New Zealand Convention in 2016.

 

The 2016 School of Theosophy in New Zealand was directed by Dr Pablo Sender, assisted by Michelle Sender.

The focus was to look at the Theosophical Society tradition which has developed a wealth of teachings about the spiritual life that constitutes a distinctive system of yoga.  This path is particularly relevant for today's world since it is not meant to be trodden in retirement but in the midst of our daily life.  Some of its prominent practices are study, meditation, purification, self-observation and service, all of which stimulates a holistic unfoldment of our physical, moral, mental and spiritual nature.

The following sessions were explored in detail:  (Videos will be added as they become available)

1 - Definitions & Foundations

Meaning of the words ‘Yoga’ and ‘Theosophy’.  Foundations of the theosophical approach to the spiritual life.

2 - Study

The aims of study.  Change of perspective.  Transformation.  Practical Instruction.  Occultism.

3 - Meditation – General

Definition.  Why meditate?  Is meditation all we need?  Effects of meditation.  The practice of meditation.

4 - Meditation – The Process

This 6-part series of "At Home with Theosophy" by Pablo Sender explores selected chapters from the book "The Ancient Wisdom" by Annie Besant, a work that presents the basic tenets of Theosophical philosophy in an accessible way to provide a sound foundation for further knowledge
 

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