THE CANADIAN THEOSOPHIST

Vol. 72 No. 5 Toronto, Nov.-Dec., 1991

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WINTER SOLSTICE

- G. de Purucker


There were at least three dates when commemorative festivals were held in the early Christian era: on December 25th, on January 6th called the Epiphany, and on the 25th of March - practically the time of the spring equinox. Now, all these dates were based on astronomical data and facts; and the Christians of about the fifth or sixth century of the Christian era finally chose the date which had been in use for the celebration of the birthday of the Persian god, Mithras - December 25th.

The Mysteries of Antiquity were celebrated at various times of the year - in the spring, in the summer-time, in the autumn, and at the winter solstice...

Beginning with the winter solstice, on December 21st, these most sacred of the ancient Mysteries began. Therein were initiated certain men who had been chosen on account of having perfected a certain preliminary period of training: chosen to go through initiatory trials for the purpose of bringing into manifestation in the man the divine faculties and powers of the inner god.

Two weeks were passed in this cycle of training or of initiation; and on the 6th of January, later called Epiphany (a Greek word which means "the appearance of a god"), celebrated even today in the Christian Church, came the supreme moment in the ancient crypts of initiation, when the aspirant, having successfully passed through the preliminary trials, was brought face to face with his own inner god.

If he withstood successfully the supreme test, he was suddenly suffused with splendor, with light which shone from him, so that he stood there radiating light like the sun. His face shone brilliantly; back of his head was an aureole of splendor, and he was said to be "clothed with the sun." ....The "Christ-sun" was born.

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The Theosophist looks upon this season with reverence and awe, for he knows that in the proper quarter some human being is undergoing the supreme test, and that if successful, if he is "raised," if he can raise his own personal being into communion with his inner god and hold it there, so that he becomes suffused with the divine splendor, a new Christ is born to the world, a Teacher of forgiveness, of compassion, of almighty love to all that is.

- from Clothed with the Sun.

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UNDERSTANDING THEOSOPHY

- L. Gordon Plummer


As a student of Theosophy, I am well aware of the difficulties experienced by many in equating the deeper aspects of the Ancient Wisdom with some of the pronouncements resulting from modern scientific research. Therefore, let us look squarely at three facts.

1) The major concepts in many orthodox religions include the Creation, a Heaven of perpetual delights and a Hell of interminable suffering. These are in direct opposition to the basic tenets of Theosophy.

2) The modern view regarding the evolution of Man is in direct opposition to the teachings of Theosophy as to his origin and destiny.

3) Some of the philosophies expounded throughout the centuries are more closely in line with Theosophical teachings. Not much can be said regarding some of the materialistic viewpoints expressed here and there, except that with these, the teachings cannot agree.

There appears to be no escape from the dilemma, but fortunately there is a way out, provided that we are willing to take the time and trouble that are needed to really understand the teachings. One of the surprises in store comes in the realization that in some instances, a teaching may have more than one application, although this can become confusing to the student.

I would like to present one example of a problem that might face any student of Theosophy who keeps abreast of modern scientific discovery.

We learn from the study of the Globe Chains, including the doctrines of Rounds and Races, that Venus is in its seventh Round. At the same time, we see pictures of Venus taken recently by a space probe which are very clear in detail. We have the picture of a planet utterly barren and desolate. There is no evidence that life could ever have flourished upon its forbidding surface.

Here is a quandary: are we to deny the evidence of our own eyes, or shall we accept without questioning what Science has revealed, accepting then that the studies about the Rounds and Races are merely figments of our imagination? On the other hand, are we to side with the Theosophical teachings, and call the pictures of Venus a mere illusion of some sort? The answer to either question is an obvious no, so let us for the moment accept both accounts as true in part.

Our first step will be to rely upon the well known trinity, Religion, Philosophy and Science. Therein stands the key to the problem. Once we look deeply into it, we discover that neither orthodox religion, materialistic philosophy, nor even science with its many branches of study reveal the real heart of the problem.

In our search for the answer, it is necessary to digress for a moment. Consider first a human being. We see the body, but unless we know the person well, we have no idea about his or her inner nature. Let us say that we are looking at an old man, hobbling along on crutches: yet who knows but what his inner self may have advanced far along the path which leads to the Mysteries? For all that we know, he may already be an Initiate. In keeping with this analogy, and knowing


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that the Theosophical viewpoint is that Life is universal, it necessarily includes all of Nature. Moreover, it takes in all things, from the galaxies to the atoms, as well as everything that may be included within these two extremes. In spite of the fact that modern science cannot see beyond the duality matter-energy, still a person will be in his right mind when he considers that a planet is a living entity, a member of the cosmic family. Therefore, seeing the picture of Venus, he will compare it with the analogy of the old man on crutches. Seeing the similarity in principle, he would be quite right to deduce the existence of a planetary Spirit connected with the material object Venus that has been illustrated in magazines and books. It follows that we should be perfectly right, for this is just what the Ancient Wisdom teaches. And so we come to the understanding that the inner life of any planet, in fact the inner life of all creation is the greatest Reality of all. It defies description, and the only recourse that we have is to study what is available in the Esoteric Philosophy known as the Ancient Wisdom.

Now we find ourselves at the high point in our study. Imagine that you have a stopwatch, and have stopped it at the moment when it shows ten minutes to two and the sweep hand is at six. The dial is divided into three parts, and we shall call the area from 10 to 2, Religion; the area from 2 to 6, Philosophy; and that from 6 to 10, Science. The minutes, marked around the rim of the dial, represent various branches of the subjects identified by the areas. Thus, many religions are represented, as are many presentations of philosophy. The many branches under the heading of science are well known. The three areas with all their branches are naturally within the boundaries of the circle, and if we wish for one term which will include all of them, we might say Human Knowledge.

The minds of people the world over arrange themselves into segments according to their natural inclinations, some toward Religion, others toward Philosophy, and lastly some toward Science. Obviously, there will be some overlapping, that is to say, some minds may embrace aspects of two or maybe all three of these areas. This is all to the good, although it may in fact cause conflicts. People sometimes cling tenaciously to their religious beliefs in particular. The result is that far from providing a picture of harmonious acceptance of one another, we have a veritable maelstrom of conflicting minds. One may ask, what then is the value in this interpretation of human life? Here we have the secret of it all.

Consider the three pointers on the dial. All meet at the centre, where divisions no longer exist. Collectively, Religion, Philosophy and Science take on a new name, and are frequently referred to in our literature as the Ancient Wisdom. Individually, we speak of Universal Religion, the Esoteric Philosophy and the Secret Science.

How real is this triad? A very good question, and we now turn to one of the most important teachings we have. First, how it is related to Man. In studying the seven human Principles, we speak of the Higher Triad, Atma-Buddhi-Manas; and below this, the various elements forming the "Lower Quaternary". It is these latter which are the more material part (not necessarily evil) of the human constitution. The Higher Triad, though non-material, is far more important because it is the ultimate reality of our being, as it is the source of all that a human is. It is the


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inner Divinity which permeates the entire constitution. What an "Open Sesame" this could be if it were universally understood!

Applying this concept to the stopwatch, the areas with its divisions represent the aspect of life which is the most visible and tangible, corresponding in its way to the Lower Quaternary; while the centre, the point from which radiate the three lines becomes a symbol of the Divine in human life. There in the centre, Wisdom Religion, the Esoteric Philosophy and the Secret Science are no longer displayed openly, yet they work as the Higher Triad behind the scenes, and collectively they are the Ancient Wisdom known today as Theosophy - known by other names in other times, yet never changing. It is only the human interpretations which change as we grow in understanding and eventually it becomes an inner awakening, revealing to all the ultimate REALITY which we call the Heart of the Universe.

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An addendum is advisable for the reason that the term "Seventh Round" is frequently employed by Theosophical students. A brief explanation might be helpful to others not acquainted with terms employed in the technical studies of Theosophy. A Planetary Spirit was mentioned in the text, and this refers to an entity on a cosmic level of evolution which, like all entities requires a substantial vehicle through which it pursues its evolution. Each of the planets has its own Planetary Spirit, and consequently each has its own individuality.

It is quite true that the Earth is the only Planet upon which embodied inhabitants flourish. It is interesting to note that the Earth is the only planet at such a distance from the Sun that is conducive to life as we know it. Furthermore, it is the only planet that has an atmosphere suitable for breathing, as all of its living inhabitants require. This places humanity in a unique position with respect to the inhabitants of all the other "Sacred Planets".

Be that as it may, a certain pattern is maintained throughout the entire family of beings within the Solar System, and we may be assured that Nature provides just the right environment for all types of beings whatever or wherever they may be.

As a human being is a very complex entity, and concentrating upon the remarkable makeup of the human body alone, it has its organs, each of which has its own important part to play. There is a constant flow of the blood stream, bringing nourishment to all of the organs, and carrying waste products away. This is an all important part of the story of existence, and as might be expected, we see in it a pattern that exists at the cosmic level as well. Obviously outward forms differ, because they are adaptations to the evolutionary conditions under which any entity exists. Every one of the "Sacred Planets" is likewise a highly complex entity, and corresponding to the organs in the human body, these manifest on the cosmic level as a cluster of Globes, with a life-carrying stream flowing through them during the ages-long life of the planet. Of what is this life stream composed? Of living beings, naturally, and these, having their own characteristics, are known here on our earth as the Kingdoms of Nature.

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passes from Globe to Globe, and once the journey through all seven Globes is accomplished, we have what is known as a Round. One such Round takes a very long time, and the entire life span of the planet consists of seven such Rounds having been successfully made. We learn from the teachings that have been given to us that we, as members of the life-stream on this earth have completed three of these Rounds, and are now a little more than half way along the fourth time around.

The purpose of all this is the accomplishing of the potential evolutionary growth which, during the life cycle of the planet itself, will have been completed by the end of the seventh Round. According to the teachings, the entities on the planet Venus are now accomplishing their seventh time around through the Globes of what is known as the Venus Chain. As such, they are far in advance of ourselves who have yet three more Rounds to accomplish before we also are ready to graduate into something higher than our present condition. But that is another story.

So when we hear that Venus is in its seventh Round, we are not referring to the physical globe, which of course is very old indeed; but we are really referring to the seventh journey through all of the Globes by the entities, or monads as they are called.

So here is a brief account of what is a highly technical teaching, and hopefully the reader will be impelled to continue these studies. Fortunately, there are many reliable books available on this and many other branches of Theosophical study.

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ANASTASIS


What shall it profit a man

To gain the world - if he can -

And lose his soul, as they say

In their uninstructed way?


The whole of the earth in gain;

The whole of your soul! Too vain

You judge yourself in the cost.

'Tis you - not your soul - is lost.


Your soul! If you only knew,

You would reach to the heaven's blue;

To the heartmost centre sink,

Ere you severed the silver link,


To be lost in your petty lust

And scattered in cosmic dust.

For your soul is a Shining Star

Where the Throne and the Angels are.


And after a thousand years

With the salve of his bottled tears

Your soul shall gather again

From the dust of a world of pain,


The frame of a slave set free -

The man that you ought to be,

The man you may be to-night

If you turn to the Valley of Light.


- Albert E.S. Smythe

The Garden of the Sun

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THE INFAMOUS "BROTHER TWELVE"

A Review Article

- Ted G. Davy


Self-proclaimed messengers of a spiritual hierarchy seldom want for followers. The attraction of a leader whose stated mission is to save the world from the dark forces, and to help usher in a new and glorious age, seemingly overpowers some people. In living memory there have been several such charismatic prophets, many of whom have gloried briefly in power over their adoring, uncritical followers. Sooner or later invariably comes tragedy in one form or another, although more often to the sheep than to the shepherd.

In the history of such false gurus, one surely deserves a chapter of his own. His name was Edward Arthur Wilson, who called himself Brother XII, a disciple-messenger of one of twelve super adepts who rule the affairs of the world - or so he asserted. He established an organization which he called the Aquarian Foundation, which was to ring up the curtain on the new and brighter Aquarian Age. Although international in scope, the Foundation's brief history unfolded mostly within a short radius of Nanaimo, British Columbia, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The barely credible story of Brother XII and his Aquarian Foundation has just been published.* Over the last sixty years or so, Brother XII has been the subject of countless newspaper and magazine articles, and in view of the fascinating subject, it is a wonder that it has taken so long for a major work on it to appear. (An earlier book, Canada's False Prophet, by Herbert Wilson, qualifies more as fiction than biography.)

Wilson's personal history is a striking example of truth being stranger than fiction. The new biography by John Oliphant takes full advantage of the extraordinary facts about the man and his movement, and as a result can hardly fail to be a readable and interesting book. The story is however quite shocking, yet valuable for the tragic lessons it imparts.

Brother Twelve: The Incredible Story of Canada's False Prophet deals but briefly with Wilson's early life. It seems little dependable information about him is available for the years prior to 1924. A pity: the gaps might explain some of the strange psychological features of this mysterious person.

Born in England in 1878, Edward Arthur Wilson went to sea at a young age and eventually became a master mariner. The least that can be said of him is that in his later life he was still an exceptionally fine sailor. It can be assumed that until his mid forties, he moved about the world a great deal. Yet he was not always at sea, and of interest to Canadian readers, there is evidence to show that at one point in his career he lived briefly in Victoria and Calgary. Also, it is definitely known that he joined the Victoria Lodge of

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* Brother Twelve: The Incredible Story of Canada's False Prophet, by John Oliphant. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1991. xii + 371 pp. Price $29.95 hardcover.

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the Theosophical Society in January, 1913. (In those years, Canadian Lodges came under the jurisdiction of the Theosophical Society in America.) Shortly thereafter he left Canada to live in various cities in California, but remained a member of the T.S. until at least 1917.

According to Wilson's own account, in the Fall of 1924 while living in France, he experienced two powerful visions. These inspired and gave direction to his mission as a cult leader. The following year he began to write his first book, which he said was dictated to him by one of the same Masters of Wisdom who were behind the founding of the Theosophical Society. Its title was The Three Truths, which of course is borrowed from Mabel Collins' The Idyll of the White Lotus - not the only evidence of his familiarity with Theosophical literature. He became a disciple of this Master, who bestowed on him the name Brother XII.

Wilson learned that the Masters had chosen him to carry forward the work of Madame Blavatsky. Nothing unusual about this: there have been many claimants to her position since 1891. Indeed, one had a following in Canada only a few years ago, but has since left the country. Most get no further than stating their grandiose delusions; a few are believed by a handful of followers, and sometimes enjoy brief careers of pseudo-authority. The phenomenon is not unlike that described in a recent news report to the effect that Israeli psychiatrists are called on to treat 200 would-be Messiahs and other semi-divine claimants every year.

In 1926 a long article, "A Message from the Masters of Wisdom" was "received" by Wilson, who was by then in England. With assistance from Harry Strutton, Editor of The Occult Review, this "Message" was published in pamphlet form, and presumably widely circulated. Strutton's endorsement in the pages of his journal must have considerably bolstered Wilson's credibility internationally.

In September, 1926, The Canadian Theosophist carried a reprint of the pamphlet. It was not the sort of thing the readers were used to. Ordinarily, it is unlikely it would ever have been given space in their magazine, except that the Toronto members had passed a resolution recommending its publication. Anyway, the Editor and General Secretary, Albert E.S. Smythe published it, and in his accompanying comments was uncharacteristically oblique in cautioning the unwary reader.

The "Message" announced that "the Masters of the Wisdom are about to do a further Work in the world," which activity "has now commenced upon the physical plane." It was cleverly written, obviously directed particularly to Theosophical readers, and was replete with concepts and terms that would be familiar to them.

"The Masters have once more raised the standard of Universal Brotherhood," it read. There was a promise "to train and prepare individuals, giving them such help and encouragement as will enable them to attain spiritual enlightenment individually." Also, "Every member of the outer body will have a recognized and accepted relationship with the White Lodge itself." To those who read "The Message" uncritically, it was enticing.

It was logical to target Theosophists. I suspect Wilson did so deliberately. In the mid 1920s, the T.S. all over the world was weakened with various internal problems,


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and so was a natural recruiting ground for fringe occult groups.

No signature appeared at the end of the "Message", but the writer's identity was revealed two issues later, when Brother XII wrote to the Editor "to correct some misunderstandings which have already arisen in respect of our Message." (C.T. VII, 196) Underneath the letter was "Additional Information" for which a further generous allotment of space was provided. The latter named the Aquarian Foundation as the vehicle for the Masters' "Work". "The Masters are ready to accept and to lead those disciples who are ready to follow," concluded this item. A London (England) address was appended. Later events suggest that more than just the idly curious sent for further information.

In view of the extreme unlikelihood of the genuineness of such a message, it is strange that more students of Theosophy failed to notice, or were blind to the danger signals. Those who were serious students of Theosophy were least likely to be taken in with the spiel of the glorious new cycle that was just about to begin. Others, less sceptical, were determined to follow the charismatic Wilson.

It is a fact, however, that many members of the T.S. - not only in Canada - were attracted by Brother Twelve's message. On the surface, Wilson's initial approach was plausible. Indeed, it may even have seemed rational compared with some of the predictions and messiah-hailing originating within the Theosophical Society itself in that era. Apart from the naturally gullible, many intelligent and worldly successful people threw in their lot with his.

Those who thus far resisted the appeal of the message were further tempted with a personal appearance by the charismatic messenger. A few months after the C.T. carried "The Message," the author himself came to Canada from England. On his way across the country in the spring of 1927 he was allowed the use of the platform of several Canadian Theosophical branches. Although apparently not a speaker of the high calibre the members were used to hearing in those years, Wilson obviously had a persuasive way about him, and to some, what he had to say must have seemed genuine enough.

Unfortunately, there is no record of how many Canadian Theosophists signed up to follow Wilson. It seems that the London, Ontario and Ottawa branches were especially weakened through defection. The Secretary of the Toronto Theosophical Society became an enthusiastic follower. (Was it he who initiated the Lodge vote which resulted in "The Message" receiving publicity in the C.T.?) Edward Lucas, a friend of Pulch Lazenby and Roy Mitchell since university days, and a prominent Vancouver lawyer, was another. It was Lucas who advised Wilson how to set up the Foundation on a legal footing; the same Lucas not long after, was among those who attempted to have the Foundation dissolved and pressed charges against Wilson.

In his annual report for 1929, Smythe recalled: "...Some members left us to follow the seductive voice of one of the numerous new 'Messengers' who make a practice of founding sects and colonies and milking their neophytes... The old heresy of hoping that some one else can redeem or protect the disciple is still strong in Theosophical circles, and of course every new prophet


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that comes along is harkened to according to the vigor of his promises and undertakings."

Brother XII's westward journey terminated on Vancouver Island, where the "Work" was to begin. Perhaps it was his familiarity with this region fourteen or more years earlier that drew him back. Certainly, the climate was friendly, and the surroundings beautiful - an ideal spot for a spiritual community.

Once settled, events moved with amazing rapidity. In May, 1927, Brother XII established a base at Cedar-by-the-Sea, not far from Nanaimo. By November, the first number of his journal, The Chalice, was published. The Aquarian Foundation grew quickly, with members joining from all over the world. In short order, branches were established in the United States, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It was a popular movement: Oliphant mentions there were 50 groups in California alone, and this within a year of the Foundation's existence. It was not long before the purchase of Valdes and DeCourcy Islands (opposite Cedar) increased the property holdings, and a tugboat was acquired to help service these offshore retreats.

So far, the account of Brother XII's rapid rise in popularity follows a familiar pattern. A bizarre variation was now about to be introduced.

One of the strangest twists in a strange story is that in less than a year, not only was the Aquarian Foundation flourishing, but Wilson was attempting to form a new political party in the United States, to fight the 1928 Election. It was called the Third Party, which would field a slate of candidates including a Presidential nominee. Its ultimate aim was to prevent Al Smith, a Roman Catholic Democrat nominee from becoming President. A related move was to set up the Protestant Protective League, which would support the Third Party by coordinating the activities of various Protestant groups.

How all this activity, which was fundamentally anti-Semitic and anti-Roman Catholic, could be squared with the high flown "brotherhood" rhetoric of "The Message" is inexplicable. Sincere members must have felt uncomfortable with the sinister anomaly. As John Oliphant observes, "... they realized for the first time that the Aquarian Foundation was a militant political organization with an unusual philosophy" (p. 71). Probably many were quietly relieved when, following the 1928 U.S. Elections, Brother XII's interest in politics seemed to wane as fast as it had waxed a year earlier.

The rest of the story is more like the familiar pattern. Wilson began to preach the virtue of a relaxed standard for sexual relationships (relaxed from the norm of sixty years ago, anyway). But perhaps this was as much to condone his personal behaviour, about which some of the faithful complained, as to make a philosophic point.

Another Brother XII characteristic which is incompatible with his spiritual posturing was a fanatical passion to "get even" with those who criticized or left him. Will Levington Comfort, the American novelist, who was one of Wilson's most ardent early supporters, was the subject of a scathing tirade. Even those Canadian Theosophists who disagreed with Albert Smythe's policies must have been shocked with the language of Wilson's rebuttal to a critical article, "Blind Leaders of the Blind" (C.T. IX, 57-59): "...this liar"; "...this double-tongued twister"; "this brazen and cowardly calumniator"; "...


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the loathsome maggots which infest his brain".

This side of his personality notwithstanding, Brother XII still had the ability to attract followers. But they got more than they bargained for. After relieving them of whatever funds they possessed, he forced them to work for a pittance. They were little better than slaves, although many were by now flat broke, and had no option but to stay and put up with the conditions he imposed.

Legend, probably based on fact, has it that Brother XII amassed a huge fortune from the faithful. For years it was widely held that he converted his wealth into gold, and hid it on the property. But it has never been found, and it seems likely he absconded with his treasure. It is assumed he died in Switzerland in 1934, but even this is not certain.

In Brother Twelve: The Incredible Story of Canada's False Prophet, we probably have all there will ever be known about this infamous pseudo guru. John Oliphant has done a commendable job in putting the complex story together. In adopting a chatty style, he has omitted references, which makes for easy reading while sacrificing academic standards. However, from my knowledge of the subject, I believe this to be a full and objective study. I must express a personal disappointment that the book concludes with the report of the author's consultation with a medium regarding Brother XII. Quite unnecessary to the story, for me it was an unfortunate inclusion. The book is enhanced with maps, many photos, and a good index.

Everyone possesses hindsight after the event, and knowledge of the history of the Aquarian Foundation would surely make even the gullibly inclined to be sceptical of Wilson's claims. But if another Edward Arthur Wilson came on the scene next year, would he want for followers?

The tragedy of this true story is the fate of such followers. Dudley Barr, recalling the events which unfolded from the Aquarian Foundation, and the fate of some of his friends and fellow members, said: "Once there they underwent a bitter period of disillusionment - and also the painful process of trying to re-establish themselves in the world after they left the island. They had given up their positions, their homes, and most of their money."

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THE THREE TRUTHS

There are three truths which are absolute, and which cannot be lost, yet remain silent for lack of speech.

The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.

The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.

Each man is his own absolute lawgiver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment.

These truths, which are as great as is life itself, are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them.

- Idyll of the White Lotus

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NOTES AND COMMENTS BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY

I am pleased to welcome into the Theosophical Society in Canada the following new members: Mr. Gregory Bowes, Victoria Lodge; and Mr. David Maian, Ontario, member-at-large.

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I regret to have to announce the deaths of two of our members.

Mrs. Edith Fennell of South Burnaby, B.C., died August 24, 1991. She was 97. She joined the Society in Toronto, later moving to the Vancouver area.

Mr. Emory Wood of Edmonton Lodge died September 29,1991, in his 102nd year. Emory had served on the Board of Directors of the Theosophical Society in Canada for 38 consecutive years, and was a worker in that capacity, not a position holder. He was then made an Honorary Director in gratitude for his long service. There is another more suitable obituary herein by those who knew him better than I.

On behalf of the membership, I extend condolences to members of the family of these two deceased members, also to their friends.

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I cannot help but recall a remark made sometime earlier, that members who keep up their membership and pay their dues, live a very long time.

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The Board of Directors, at a meeting held September 14, 1991, authorized a small increase in the dues charged for membership. The dues will now be $15.00 per year, with an added $6.00 for each other member in the same household to which only one magazine is sent. This increase is effective September 14, 1991 for new members, and June 30, 1992 for existing members. (This increase is not applicable to a member who has paid dues for life to the T.S. in Canada. To date, there is only one in this category.) The increase of $1.00 applies to the actual membership portion of the dues, which was $5.00 per year and now is $6.00. The magazine subscription part of the dues remains at $9.00 per year. The increase is needed to cover increased costs, including a recently applied offensive sales tax.

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The Annual Meeting of members was held on September 14, 1991, in Toronto. We were guests of the Toronto Theosophical Society. I take this opportunity to again thank Toronto Lodge, and more particularly Peter Lakin, its President, and all members of the Toronto Board of Directors, for hosting our meeting, arranging to provide lunch to the Canadian Section Directors, and the general entertainment and dinner after the members' Annual Meeting. As this year is the centennial of the founding of the Toronto Theosophical Society, another birthday celebration was held. (The 100th anniversary event was also celebrated last February, the actual month of inception.)

The meeting of members was the best in my memory, being the shortest. I consider shortness a virtue in getting the mandatory business part over with, and getting on with the sociable part. Thus we could renew old acquaintances.

After the business meeting we were shown


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the CBC film on the life and work of Lawren Harris, the leader of the Group of Seven painters, and a former member of the Theosophical Society. After that, a walk seven blocks south for dinner in a vegetarian restaurant. In the evening there were two events. The first was a light skit put on by Peter Lakin, Toronto Lodge President, and Catherine O'May, a Director of both Toronto Lodge and of the T.S. in Canada. They were dressed up in period costumes of 1891, with Peter sporting an alarming but real mustache common to that era. In the skit, as a husband and wife, they took notice of a newspaper article about the founding of the Toronto Theosophical Society. After some comments and repartee back and forth on the general subject of that founding, Peter announced that he would like to join the Society. Catherine then remarked that if he were to join, then perhaps he might become its President some day. That being the case, I must say that Peter holds his age remarkably well.

The second event of the evening was an excellent speech by our "resident historian", former General Secretary and Co-Editor of this magazine, Ted Davy. He gave an illustrated lecture on early Theosophical Society members in Canada: the one I recall best being of "Kootenai" Brown, as I did not know of him before as being a T.S. member.

The following day, a trip by bus was arranged to see the McMichael Collection (an art gallery) in Kleinberg, Ontario, and in particular to see the works of Lawren Harris and others of the Group of Seven painters. I regret that I could not attend this event, but I hear it was an enjoyable part of the centennial celebrations.

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keep on for another 100 years, and more!

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I was grateful to all the members who turned out to our Annual Meeting and the other events. There would have been more, but as there was a strike of the public transit drivers in Toronto at that time, many who could not arrange a ride had to stay away.

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Notice for Canadian members only: the year 1992 is an election year for the Board of Directors of the T.S. in Canada.

The candidate nominates himself/ herself, and sends such notice of intent to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Ted Davy, whose address is on the masthead of this magazine. A candidate shall have been a member in good standing (all dues paid up) for at least three consecutive years.

Since the names of candidates must be received by the General Secretary by April 1, 1992, candidates must notify their intention to Mr. Davy well in advance for him to be able to send the names on. Ballots will be sent out by mail before April 30.

It is desirable that we elect four Directors in western Canada, and four in eastern Canada (including the General Secretary) to ensure that we get a quorum at Directors' meetings, as not all Directors can afford to travel across Canada. The ability to afford such travel is an asset. Getting a balance in east and west, and also between the sexes, is desirable, but not always possible in the throw of the dice by the gods of elections. Acclamations are also virtuous, to save a non-paid but considerably worked General Secretary extra work. Which leads us to: Those who might aspire to the office of General Secretary should first realize what is involved. There is much work and no glory of high (?) office. Therefore, being retired is a definite asset for the time involved. There are at least 30 letters a week to write, often more. A knowledge of business procedures and setting up of business systems is a must. There are federal and provincial government forms, mostly overlong, to take care of, including those for which a province that sends no reminders, but will cause much trouble if forgotten. There is almost no office equipment, and no furniture owned by the Corporation, not even filing cabinets: the General Secretary must provide his/her own. This is good, as it saves on moving expenses. Even the typewriter used, the programs and calculators are my personal property and do not go to a new office holder. Our Treasurer is such in name only, to satisfy a government form on which a name in that office is seen as desirable. The General Secretary does half the Treasurer's job, including issuing receipts, banking, paying bills, and liaison with the hired bookkeeper, who takes care of the ledger. As an added perk of office, whenever anything goes wrong, or as more likely, something is misunderstood, guess who is available to get it in the neck. Therefore, having a thick skin is an asset.

- S.T.

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THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY IN CANADA

ANNUAL REPORT 1990 - 91

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founders proud. It is fitting that we hold our annual meeting with the Toronto Lodge this year; and probably a coincidence that is not a coincidence, that as we alternate our annual meetings between eastern and western Canada, it naturally occurred that it was the turn of the east this year.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Theosophical Society, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. The Toronto T.S. was one of the last Lodges chartered by H.P.B. before her passing. There were several special memorial meetings at Lodges across Canada to pay tribute to H.P.B.'s great contribution to the world.

I am pleased to report that the number of new members shows a marked increase. The number is not great when compared to some Sections of the T.S. in the world, but as a percentage, it amounts to ten per cent of our membership. We had 23 new members this year. This evenly balanced the losses from deaths, non-paying dropouts, and the usual few resignations. This report covers only our year to June 30, 1991, but I can mention that there have been since July 1, six new members and two reinstatements at time of writing this report in mid August. This will help balance the cut-offs for non payment of dues that must occur at the end of September. Most new members this past term are in the "members-at-large" class, our largest "Lodge". Only a few joined through Lodges, and I would hope that Lodges will make more efforts to attract new members, as they offer the best facilities for members. So many new applicants ask if there is a Lodge or Study Group in their area, and I have to tell them there is not.

One undeniable factor that has helped increase our membership is the American Section's new(ish) magazine, The Quest, which is distributed in stores throughout the continent. We now have a half-page ad in this magazine announcing our presence to the literate world. We have had a gratifying response to this ad, which first appeared in the Spring issue, and is slated for three appearances. I am inclined to continue it, as I deem it a worthwhile project. The ad is aimed at Canadians. Many inquirers have stated that they did not know that there was a Theosophical Society in Canada. The ad, for those who have not seen it, states that we have been in Canada for 100 years.

I regret that the Beaconsfield Study Centre had to close down in this past year, for an indirect health reason, and falling interest. However, while it lasted, it served its area very well. I was flabbergasted when I found out the huge number of books on theosophical and philosophical subjects that were sold through that Centre. I would take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Suzanne Hassanein, the Centre's founder, for her excellent work while the Beaconsfield Study Centre lasted.

We almost had another Study Centre this past year, but it was not meant to be, in spite of some good efforts by a few. In all my past annual reports I have plugged the formation of Study Centres and/or Lodges to no avail. I now have officially ceased. Perhaps if I stop pushing some few will form a group and pleasantly surprise me.

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Board of Directors this day has approved the transfer. I shall be the new Editor of The Canadian Theosophist. The changeover will take place shortly, partly depending on a lot of red tape with the Post Office involving the change of address of a second class mail user. I do not anticipate any drastic, or even noticeable changes in the general tone of the magazine, and I shall use H.P.B. as my example. Doris and Ted Davy, Co-Editors, have certainly done a most excellent job in the many years they have had that relatively thankless and non-paying job, enduring frustrations galore. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Doris and Ted for all their hard work, and I am sure that our members will say "Amen" to that too.

- S. Treloar

President/General Secretary

Toronto, Ontario

September 14, 1991.

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THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY IN CANADA TRIENNIAL ELECTION 1992 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the office of General Secretary (President) and seven Directors of The Theosophical Society in Canada for a three-year term commencing at the 1992 Annual Meeting are now being received.

By-Law 5.A(ii) reads: "To be eligible for election, a member shall: first express his or her willingness to stand; have been a member in good standing of the Theosophical Society, Canadian Section, for at least three consecutive years prior to the election date; and have paid all dues to date before nomination."

By-Law 5.B.(iv) reads: "Not more than one member of the same family shall be a Director at any given time. Family shall mean related by blood or marriage in any degree."

Eligible and willing members should submit their names in writing - specifying for which office they are prepared to stand - to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee: Ted G. Davy, 2307 Sovereign Cres. S.W., Calgary, Alberta T3C 2M3

Closing date for receiving nominations is March 31, 1992.

- S.L. Treloar

General Secretary

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LETTER TO THE EDITORS


This letter is not to be considered a criticism of any member of the Society who has been active in helping the Society.

Our country of Canada is presently going through the process of introspection, reaction and analysis of self. If we use the analogy "As in the great, so in the small," then perhaps we can say the Canadian Section of the T.S. is going through the same process. When such a process occurs, many activities cease as all energy is spent on core issues. This is quite acceptable, but while the diagnosis is being made the patient may die.

If we look at the thoughts and attitudes of the Canadian people presently, we see confusion, a sense of helplessness, discontent, fear and lack of inspiration. As citizens of this country, we share the same karmic influence of this entity. It filters down into our attitudes if we are not careful.


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This writer's opinion is that The Canadian Theosophist magazine needs rejuvenation. As we are in an introspective time, and somewhat karmically depleted, we may not have the energy available to invest large sums of personal energy into the magazine, so why don't we import articles from our brothers in other countries. Why not from India, Australia, America, Britain, France, Germany, the Philippines? When our climate does not allow us to grow foods in winter, we import them; when styles change, we import them, etc.

This writer does not know the financial status of the T.S. in Canada, but if we have the financial means then we should not be so concerned with how much is in our bank account as much as how to invest in keeping the Theosophical Movement going in Canada. It would be better to be poor in pocket than poor in spirit. The Theosophical Movement is not the Canadian people with their peculiar problems. This is an international movement. I say, let's go international and find out what great thoughts are coming from the rest of the world. We need the stimulation and inspiration.

- Suzanne Hassanein

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CALGARY LODGE

Our first meeting of the 1991-92 season saw the Lodge members commencing their study of The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett. Laetitia van Hees gave an introduction to the Letters, which we shall be reading in chronological order. Our reference books include the Combined Chronology (Conger); Readers Guide to the Mahatma Letters (Linton/Hanson); and The Mahatmas and Their Letters (Barborka).

At our September end-of-month meeting we played a video, The Perennial Wisdom, which was produced by the Los Angeles Center for Theosophic Studies. This was well received, and it is felt it is an excellent introduction for new inquirers, as well as providing ideas for study and discussion.

Our President, Phyllis Olin, gave the end-of-month presentation in October. She spoke on "Science Fiction as Modern Mythology," and augmented her paper with well chosen video clips. This was an exceptionally well attended meeting of members and friends, and an interesting discussion followed.

A note of sadness entered this meeting, as we bade farewell to Lalji Vadgama, who with his wife Maniben, is shortly returning to India. Lalji has been a regular attender at our end-of-month and other special and business meetings, and his contribution to all of these activities will be greatly missed. We wish them both many years of happiness in their future home.

Doris Davy, Secretary

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EMORY POPE WOOD

MAY 12, 1890- SEPTEMBER 29, 1991

Quietly, surrounded by his daughters who had looked after him so diligently for many years, Emory P. Wood departed from this earthly plane in the early afternoon of September 29, 1991.

Emory first came across Theosophy in 1933 and realized that he had found what he had been searching for. From that time on he was an ardent student of the original Theosophical writings, and went on to become one of Canada's foremost authorities on The Secret Doctrine.


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Emory became President of Edmonton Lodge in 1942 and, except for a few years, served in that position until his failing eyesight and hearing prompted him to resign in 1982. The Theosophists of Edmonton are very grateful to Emory for his efforts in preserving the very existence of the Theosophical Society here. Emory also served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the T.S. in Canada.


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On October 2, family and friends gathered to bid farewell to Emory. At the family's request, a Theosophical Memorial Service was conducted by Ted Davy and Ernest Pelletier.

In his opening comments, Ted noted that according to the philosophy which guided his life, Emory would have wished "this occasion be a time for reflection ... that we fill this moment with thoughts of truth, beauty and goodness," and that he "would not want us to grieve."

Emory had certain books which he particularly revered. Whenever he came upon a passage which held especially deep meaning to him, he would underline it by way of emphasis. Ernest read some of these "personalized" passages from Light on the Path, which he described as "revealing Emory as we knew him." Ernest pointed out an interesting parallel between this little book and Emory's life - the book ends on page 102, just as his life ended during his 102nd year. In closing, he then read a final passage from pages 101 and 102.

Ted then continued by elaborating on just how secure Emory felt with his philosophy, and that he had no fear of death. He recognized that it and reincarnation are merely part of the soul's journey. Ted concluded with "And now let us go our several ways knowing ... that all is well with our dear friend." A peaceful tranquility enveloped one and all.

A very pleasant reception followed, hosted by Emory's three surviving children, Helen, Ruth and Ralph.

During his reading, Ernest described Emory as follows: "His devotion and dedication to the Teachings and to the Founders of the Theosophical Society were unshakeable to the very end. He was unmoveable from his course of action when it came to the Teachings as laid down by Them. He served as an ardent example for all who came to know him."

Thank you, Emory, and farewell!

- Rogelle Pelletier

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CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY

- Peter Lakin


My grandmother died in her 101st year. She often marveled at the century she spanned, and said that she could not think of a better time to have lived. When she was a youngster she saw the Tower Bridge in London being built, and was given a clay pipe the day it opened. Her last days were spent in comfort - a comfort only possible because of the technological wonders unheard of a few short decades before.

She was born the year The Secret Doctrine was published. Theosophy was just beginning to attract attention in this country at the time. Three years later, in 1891, the first Canadian Lodge was founded in Toronto, one of several about to appear across the country. The wonders that have appeared across the globe in these one hundred years have indeed been staggering, all part of a cycle which brought with it the reintroduction of the Ancient Wisdom to a civilization yearning for this knowledge. So to Toronto's 181,000 residents in 1891, along with electric street lighting and electric street cars, came the founding of the Toronto Theosophical Society by a pioneering group of visionaries with Albert Smythe at the helm.

So this important anniversary has been on the minds of all of us in Toronto this year, and has prompted a number of events to celebrate the Centenary. Throughout 1991 the Charter has been on display at Toronto Lodge, newly framed and mounted. It proudly bears the signatures of H.P. Blavatsky, Col. H.S. Olcott and William Q. Judge. H.P.B. was to die just ten weeks later, so ours was one of the last she was to sign. William Q. Judge's signature is significant as well since his role in the direction Theosophical Societies in Canada would take is more than nominal.

On his first trip across the Atlantic, Albert Smythe met Judge on board. This event coloured Smythe's vision, and because of this historic meeting the Canadian Section of Lodges kept the original message of the founders alive through the first half of this century, when elsewhere pseudo-theosophy threatened to eclipse H.P.B.'s teachings.

On February 25, one hundred years to the day after the charter was issued, the small meeting room at Toronto Lodge was bursting with well-wishers as the evening's commemorative program got under way. Greetings were read from a number of Canadian Lodges, and from individuals and groups as far away as India. A presentation was made on the founding and early history of the Toronto Theosophical Society and on the other Canadian Lodges which came on the scene shortly after. The most interesting part of the evening, however, centred around the reminiscences of elderly members who remembered as far back as the 1930's. Sarah Lakin, a member from Hamilton Lodge, fondly recounted memories of Mr. Smythe's study classes there when he was the editor of a newspaper in that city. Leslie Dadswell and Ruth Playle recalled their first Theosophical meetings in Toronto, and evoked the images of many wonderful lecturers: Felix Belcher, Charles Hale, Leslie Floyd, George Kinman and Dudley Barr. The atmosphere was quite festive and the discussion


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continued over delicious refreshments brought in by members.

Fortunately, the honour of hosting the Annual Meeting of the Theosophical Society in Canada fell on Toronto Lodge this year, providing an excellent opportunity to continue celebrations over the weekend of September 13 - 15.

The event which had the greatest practical impact took place on Friday evening, when 14 of us, representing Lodges from across the country met to trade ideas and hear about the programs of all the centres across Canada. Doris and Ted Davy described the current activities of the Western Lodges, mentioning the different focus of study taken by each, as well as special projects, such as Victoria Lodge's quarterly magazine, Pathways, and the extensive republication program undertaken by the Edmonton Theosophical Society.

The serious study of the Mahatma Letters by the Edmonton members has been an inspiration for us in Toronto. Calgary Lodge, which recently completed a 16-year discussion of The Secret Doctrine, has now also turned to the Mahatma Letters as a study source. In Toronto, our study of the Letters continues every second Thursday, alternating with a presentation on a Theosophical theme. This year we have started a series on basic Theosophical ideas in response to requests by many members and adherents. Our large library is open twice a week - on Saturday afternoons and before the Thursday meetings.

The "networking" meeting on the Friday evening ended with a discussion on how best to promote Theosophy in our various communities. Advertising in newspapers, on radio and TV is being carried out in varying degrees throughout the country. An exhibition of Lawren Harris's Arctic and Rocky Mountain paintings, North By West, at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, inspired a group visit. A bus was chartered on Sunday morning, and several of us made the trip. We were awed by the majesty of his works. Lawren Harris frequently lectured under the auspices of the Toronto Lodge, and gave several radio talks on Theosophy. It was fitting, therefore, that on Saturday afternoon, following the business meeting, as an introduction to his art we watched the one-hour CBC video production on his life and work, Journey Towards the Light. This video contains a very sensitive portrayal of some basic Theosophical ideas.

Our banquet was held at Toronto's Vegetarian Restaurant, which catered a wonderful meal on their premises, and presented us with a decorated Centenary cake large enough to be enjoyed by the 35 hungry Theosophists, and their staff as well.

On Saturday evening, while an expectant audience awaited Ted Davy's address on "Some Early Canadian Theosophists," two Toronto members entered the hall at the Omega Centre in period costumes. They made a short dramatic presentation of a scene in a Toronto drawing room in 1891, mentioning a number of events of the day. 1891: did you know that Sir John A. Macdonald died that year, and that during the federal election campaign, free trade with the U.S. was the main issue? No one in the audience seemed to mind the anachronistic use of a tape recorder to play an aria from Delibe's Lakme, popular at the time!

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focal point with Ted's presentation. He assured me that the fascinating anecdotes on "Kootenai" Brown and others would be preserved in a book he is now preparing on the Society's history in Canada.

Much has happened over these past hundred years, and it seems that the rate of progress continues at ever more and more dizzying speeds. In away, my dear Granny was right: hers was a wonderful century to have lived; but those who experience the next will cross into a millennium of unimagined challenge.

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SECRET DOCTRINE QUESTION AND ANSWER SECTION

From 1964 to 1980, Geoffrey Barborka's "Secret Doctrine Question and Answer Section" was a regular and popular feature of this magazine, and there was widespread disappointment among the readers when he was no longer able to conduct it. There have been several suggestions that the series be published in book form, and many more requests than could be filled for back issues containing early instalments. To partially respond to this interest, we shall be reprinting selections from the "Q and A Section". To make the re-issue even more useful, the material has been compiled under subject headings. The originals are identified by Volume and number at the end of each answer. - Eds.


17. KARMA


Question. Is there a Karma connected with beings higher than men?

Answer. Yes indeed. Every being, whether celestial or earthly, is "subject" to Karma. However, the Karma pertaining to the Dhyani-Chohans is not the same as the Karma applicable to humanity. The role played by the Manasaputras in assisting the human race by awakening the mind-principle during the Third Root-Race is indicative of the action of Karma. Attention is directed to this passage in The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett:

"Now there are - there must be 'failures' in the ethereal races of the many classes of Dhyan Chohans or Devas as well as among men. But still as these failures are too far progressed and spiritualized to be thrown back forcibly from their Dhyan Chohanship into the vortex of a new primordial evolution through the lower kingdoms -this then happens. When a new solar system is to be evolved these Dhyan Chohans are (remember the Hindu allegory of the Fallen Devas hurled by Siva into Andarah who are allowed by Parabrahm to consider it as an intermediate state where they may prepare themselves by a series of rebirths in that sphere for a higher state - a new regeneration) born in by the influx


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'ahead' of the elementals and remain as a latent or inactive spiritual force in the aura of the nascent world of a new system until the stage of human evolution is reached. Then Karma has reached them and they will have to accept to the last drop in the bitter cup of retribution. Then they become an active Force, and commingle with the Elementals, or progressed entities of the pure animal kingdom to develop little by little the full type of humanity. In this commingling they lose their high intelligence and spirituality of Devaship to regain them in the end of the seventh ring in the seventh round." (p. 87; 3rd ed. p. 86)

With regard to the universality of Karma there is this passage in The Secret Doctrine on Karma or "the Law of Retribution."

"This Law - whether Conscious or Unconscious - predestines nothing and no one. It exists from and in Eternity, truly, for it is Eternity itself; and as such, since no act can be co-equal with eternity, it cannot be said to act, for it is action itself ... Karma is an Absolute and Eternal law in the World of manifestation; and as there can only be one Absolute, as One eternal ever present Cause, believers in Karma cannot be regarded as Atheists or materialists - still less as fatalists; for Karma is one with the Unknowable, of which it is an aspect in its effects in the Phenomenal world.

"Intimately, or rather indissolubly, connected with Karma, then, is the law of rebirth, or of the reincarnation of the same spiritual individuality in a long, almost interminable, series of personalities." (II, 304-6; III, 306-7 6-vol. ed.; II, 319- 20 3rd ed.)

- Vol. 53, No. 3

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A READER'S NOTES

The announcement that the Nov-Dec issue of The Eclectic Theosophist is to be its last - at least in its present form - comes as a great disappointment. Since its first number in March, 1971, it has maintained an enviably high standard of Theosophical journalism, and provided a service that is not duplicated among the many magazines published in this movement.

One thing among many that has impressed me about the Eclectic over the years is its editorial integrity. It really is "eclectic" - the activities of just about every Theosophical organization in the world has been noticed at one time or another in its pages. In turn, its light has shone on all. And this has been achieved without compromising its avowed object of "Following the Blavatsky and Point Loma Tradition." We are all, regardless of our affiliation, deeply indebted to the Editor, W. Emmett Small.

Happily, the announcement is not without its bright side. Starting in January, 1992, will appear a new journal with obvious indebtedness to the old. It is named The Eclectic Theosophist: an International Quarterly. As a quarterly, it will be increased in size from the present 12 to 20 pages. Two Associate Editors have been named: John Cooper, of Australia, and Ken Small. Here's wishing them much success, and may they keep up the standard of the previous 21 years.

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Annual subscriptions to the new journal: in the U.S., $6.00; foreign, $6.50; by air outside the U.S., $8.50. From Box 6507, San Diego, CA 92166, U.S.A.

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It was good to see so many old friends again at the Centenary meeting in Toronto. On the bus to Kleinberg, I sat with Laura Baldwin, a long time Hamilton member, and one of our fine poets. Laura continues to be active in her various literary pursuits, and showed me her latest book of poetry, published by Butterfly Press. Impertinent is its title, and that tells a lot. It is a collection of light verse, nicely balanced with short pieces which make you smile when they don't make you think.

Impertinent may be ordered from Laura, price $6.00, incl. postage. A few copies of the Christmas anthology she edited a few years ago, Christmas Wears Many Faces are still available at the same price. From: Miss Laura Baldwin, 304 Emerson St., Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 2Y7.

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Also in Toronto, Doris and I were surprised but pleased to see our old friend L. Gordon Plummer, there on a private visit. It is gratifying to report that a new edition of his The Way to the Mysteries is now available. This excellent work was first published serially in the pages of The Canadian Theosophist, 1979-81. A few years later, members in Edmonton arranged for a "paste-up" of the 16 instalments to be printed and spiral bound.

There is another Canadian connection to The Way to the Mysteries. In the Fall of 1978, Gordon spent nearly two months in Canada, lecturing and conducting study classes under the auspices of the Theosophical Society. In the various centres he visited he was generous with his time and indefatigable in his efforts to make better known the fundamental teachings of Theosophy. His classes were eagerly attended, for he is an excellent teacher, as well as being a lifelong student of the Theosophical philosophy. On returning to his home in San Diego, Gordon began incorporating into book form the subject matter covered in his classes. The result was The Way to the Mysteries. Thus another title was added to the list of books written by this Theosophical scholar. Others include The Mathematics of the Cosmic Mind; By the Holy Tetraktys!; and From Atom to Cosmos.

Newly subtitled "Insights on the Seven Jewels of Wisdom," this latest edition of The Way to the Mysteries runs to 126 pages, including index. It is available in soft cover from the publisher, Point Loma Publications, P.O. Box 6507, San Diego, CA 92166, U.S.A. Price $7.50 U.S.

- T.G.D.

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TORONTO THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY TRAVELLING LIBRARY

The Travelling Library of the Toronto Theosophical Society is operating and offering books on loan by mail to Society members only in Canada. Inquiries to: Toronto Theosophical Society, Travelling Library, 109 Dupont Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1V4

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THEOSOPHICAL HISTORY

An International Conference on Theosophical History will be held in San Diego, California, June 12-14, 1992. The actual location will be the Point Loma Nazarene College, which stands on the grounds of the famous Point Loma Theosophical Community, founded in 1897.

For information on registration, accommodation, meals, etc., write: Dr. James A. Santucci, Department of Religious Studies, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 92634-9480 U.S.A.

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CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS?

If you are a subscriber or a member-at-large and are planning to change your address, please send us a change of address notice as soon as possible. If you are a member of a Lodge, please advise your Lodge Secretary, so that the information may be passed to us. For second class mail the postal authorities return only the label from your magazine envelope marked "Moved". We have to pay return postage on this item and we also lose one magazine. - Eds.

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TAPE LENDING LIBRARY

Audio and video cassette tapes of lectures, etc., are available on loan from the T.S. in Canada tape lending library. (This service is for residents of Canada only.) Write for list to: Doris Davy, 2307 Sovereign Cres. S.W., Calgary, Alberta. T3C 2M3.

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KROTONA WINTER/SPRING PROGRAM

The Krotona Winter/Spring program commences February 10, 1992 and continues through May 15.

The first week will be set aside for a program entitled "Meditation and a Spiritual Retreat." Among the courses offered are: "Studies in the Mahatma Letters/ The Secret Doctrine" - Joy Mills; "The Esoteric Roots of America" - Stephan Hoeller; "Journeys of the Human Spirit" and "The Beauty of Number and Form" - Harold Tarn; "Knowing Religiously" - Jay G. Williams; "Mystical Meanings in Music" and "The Sacred Science of Symbology" - Hugh Dixon; "Living Beyond Death" - Gordon Clough; "Wholeness: An Ethic for an Interdependent World" - Anna Lemkow.

There will also be "Theosophical Forum" days to deal with questions on topics of the group's choice, from a Theosophical perspective.

Further information from the Director, Krotona Institute, School of Theosophy, 46 Krotona Hill, Ojai, CA 93023, U.S.A.

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HOME STUDY COURSE

A Theosophical correspondence course is now available to Canadian readers. It is offered to new students of Theosophy, especially those who are unable to participate in local study groups. Further information may be obtained by writing The Theosophical Society in Canada, R.R. No. 3, Burk's Falls, Ont. POA 1 CO.

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BRANCH DIRECTORY


CALGARY LODGE: President, Ms. Phyllis Olin, Secretary, Mrs. Doris Davy, 2307 Sovereign Cres. S.W. Calgary, Alta. T3C 2M3

DHARMA STUDY CENTRE: Secretary, Mrs. Diane Mottus, Box 145 Glendon, Alta., T0A 1P0

EDMONTON LODGE: President, Mr. Ernest E. Pelletier; Secretary/Treasurer, Ms. Dolores A. Brissom, South Side Edmonton Post Office Box 4804, Edmonton, Alta. T6E 2A0.

HAMILTON LODGE: President, Sharon L. Taylor; Secretary, Laura Baldwin, 304 Emerson St., Hamilton, Ont. L8S 2Y7

MONTREAL STUDY CENTRE: Secretary, Mr. Fred Wilkes, 3679 Ste. Famille, No. 22, Montreal, P.Q. H2X 2L5

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