Welcome to the Theosophical Society in England
The word Theosophy has been used for many centuries, it is of Greek origin meaning Wisdom of the Gods (theo – of Gods, sophia– wisdom). Wisdom cannot be enclosed within words, it is a Truth which must be discovered and experienced by each one for themselves. Theosophy, sometimes known as the Ageless Wisdom, is the Light which shines through the many coloured lamps of religion. It is the thread of truth in scriptures, creeds, symbols, myths and rituals. Divine Wisdom is One, the paths towards it are many.
The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875, is a worldwide body whose primary object is Universal Brotherhood without distinction based on the realization that life, and all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly One.
The Society imposes no belief on its members, who are united by a common search for Truth and desire to learn the meaning and purpose of existence through study, reflection, self-responsibility, and loving service.
Theosophy is the wisdom underlying all religions when they are stripped of accretions and superstitions. It offers a philosophy which renders life intelligible and demonstrates that justice and love guide the cosmos. Its teachings aid the unfoldment of the latent spiritual nature in the human being.
Science and Spiritual Practices
– Rupert Sheldrake
Wednesday 31 January – 7 pm to 9 pm.
50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA.
Although traditional religion has declined in Europe, recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious, including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights.
Meanwhile, the effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier.
Rupert Sheldrake will discuss several practices on which all religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage, including meditation, rituals and pilgrimage.
Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including Science and Spiritual Practices, to be published in November 2017. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, and of Schumacher College in Devon. His web site is www.sheldrake.org
£15 or £10 to members of the Theosophical Society.
DIPLOMA IN THEOSOPHY
One year course on Theosophy
with Eric McGough.
We are happy to accept student applications for the 2018 course, commencing March 2018.
The Diploma is exclusively for members of the Theosophical Society. There are no entry requirements other than membership of the Society and the course is available to any member who has a wish to gain knowledge of basic Theosophical Principles.
The journal of philosophy science & spirituality.
Esoterica is a ‘not for profit’ magazine, published by the Foundation twice a year. It provides a host of articles on the Ageless Wisdom, exploring the human condition, spirituality and self-development, science and philosophy, with contributions from around the world.