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The Mystery of Consciousness
European School of Theosophy 2020

We pleased to announce that the European School of Theosophy 2020 will be held at Newbattle Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 12 to 17 October. Its theme is “The Mystery of Consciousness” and at the moment, the confirmed guest speakers include Edi Bilimoria and P. Krishna. We will be sending out the full programme in February, 2020.
Venue EuST 2020, Edimburgh.
Group Pictures - EuST 2019, Eretria
EuST 13, October 2019 Group Picture by Dimitrios Drimas.
EuST 16, October 2019 Group Picture by Dimitrios Drimas.
EuST 2019 - Summary

The enclosed summary features the five-day programme of lectures, discussions and meditation practices at this year’s European School of Theosophy (EuST), which took place from 13 to 18 October 2019 in Eretria, Greece. The School brought together some 60 attendees from 20 countries to study and explore Reincarnation: Science and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition. 

Erica Georgiades opened the European School of Theosophy 2019 welcoming the participants. Then Tim Wyatt, playing his guitar, sang a beautiful anthem he has composed for the School:

 
ODE TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT
(EuST Anthem)

The human spirit walks
Through our actions and our thoughts
And that spirit can never be diminished
That spirit never sleeps
Always running swift and deep
It can never be extinguished
The spirit is the eternal life-line
Enduring beyond every life-time
Through all the cycles and the karma
The re-birth and the trauma
Timeless in its silence
This spirit weaves its magic
On all the kingdoms of the Earth
On all the kingdoms of the Earth
The spirit is alive
On the oceans, in the skies
Its journey is never finished
The human spirit knows
No extinction or death
It seeks only to nourish
The spirit is the eternal life-line
Enduring beyond every life-time
Through all the cycles and the karma
The re-birth and the trauma
Timeless in its silence
This spirit weaves its magic

On all the kingdoms of the Earth 

After this, a dance group from the Pyrrhichios Academy performed the ancient Greek dance known as the Pyrric. It is said that Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, danced the Pyrrhichios twice – first as soon as she was born, and then when the war with the giants was won.
Study Sessions

The next day the study-sessions began in earnest and were profound and thought-provoking. An interim version of the study-sessions was prepared for the School, but the full contents and final version of the EuST 2019 proceedings, running to around 400 pages, will be published in July 2020.

Dr William Wilson Quinn conducted two study-sessions focusing on “Precisely What of Human Beings Reincarnates?” and “Transmigration in the Perspective of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.” The first study study-session focused on exegesis or spiritual Science, Ātmā and its vehicle Buddhi, spiritual “spoil” and synthesis of principles and definition of the transmigrant. The second study-session focused on competing terminology regarding reincarnation, perceiving reincarnation through the “principles,” traditionalist exegetic approach to reincarnation and what AKC’s writings on transmigration reveal. Following the end of his study-session, he mentioned that soon he was going to complete 50 years of membership in the Theosophical Society. He also answered questions related to the challenges he faced after completing his PhD thesis and the position of Mircea Eliade in relation to Theosophy.

Dr Julie Chajes focused on “HPB and the Transmission of The Secret Doctrine in Isis Unveiled” and “Reincarnation, Rounds, and Races in The Secret Doctrine.” In the first study-session, she discussed “how HPB described the transmission of the secret doctrine in the ancient world from one civilization to another.” In her second study-session, she concentrated on how reincarnation in the writings of HPB as a broad concept involving many different ways of rebirth. She also discussed the monad’s planetary journey and the monad’s racial journey.

Dr Jim Tucker conducted two study-sessions, “Children’s Memories of Previous Lives” and “Birth Marks and Past Life Memories.” In the first one, soon to be available online, he introduced the research work taking place at the University of Virginia, from its beginnings with Dr Ian Stevenson until today, and included cases of children with memories of past lives, such as that of James Leininger for example. In his second study-session, he discussed cases involving birthmarks and some rare cases of children claiming to have memories of being animals in their past lives. 

Dr Orlando Fernandez  gave two study-sessions, “Introduction to Reincarnation” and “Reincarnation: a User’s Manual.” In the first, he discussed the idea that dying every moment means reincarnating at every moment. In this manner, the notion of reincarnation is something constantly present in our lives. In the second study-session, he explored Hermetic Kabbalah as a spiritual model, man the divine ideal of joy and light. 

Dr Tim Rudbøg conducted two study-sessions on “Blavatsky’s Quest for the Secret of Reincarnation in Ancient Wisdom” and “The Importance of Reincarnation and its Connection with Evolution in The Secret Doctrine.” During the first study-session, he discussed how Blavatsky sought to prove the importance of Theosophy to the world; also how the notion of reincarnation played an important role in this process. In his second study-session, he focused on why HPB emphasised in her teachings the importance of reincarnation.

Pradeep Gohil presented two study sessions on “Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science” and “Reincarnation: Its Causes and Processes.” In the first, he explored the notion that Theosophy is the accumulation of ancient wisdom and in this manner is perennial while science undergoes changes and the role of consciousness in the process of self-knowledge. Also, he looked at how ancient wisdom and science can “form a very strong partnership and help us realize our spiritual goals in life.” During his second study-session, he discussed what reincarnation is, exploring ten causes of reincarnation and five different stages of evolution.

Erica Georgiades  focused on “The Causes of Reincarnation in the Light of Theosophy” and “The Dharma of the ‘Eye’ and of the Dharma of the ‘Heart.’” In the first and second-study sessions, she discussed what it means to be a person, the nature of the self and personal identity in the light of both Western philosophy and the Theosophical System. One of the videos she used in her lecture to discuss personal identity is featured below.  She also discussed the three halls outlined in The Voice of the Silence and the paramitas.

 
Personal Identity Thought Experiment by Plutarch.
Dr James Santucci gave a study-session on “The Christmas Letter 1886,” during which he introduced the letter to the participants discussing in-depth its historical background. The letter “composed by Blavatsky and addressed to Ralston Skinner, dated December 25, 1886, and originating from Ostend, may have been part of the Skinner Papers collection.” 

Petra Meyer conducted one study-session on “Cosmogenesis – Rebirth of the Universe” and a short lecture on “Man – the Eternal Pilgrim.” In the first she discussed space and abstraction in The Secret Doctrine of HPB, the law of evolution and how energy never disappears but is always recycled, in a similar way to the skandhas. The short lecture was a summary of her presentation, which will be delivered in full at the European School of Theosophy 2020. 

Tim Wyatt focused on “Emerging Proofs of Reincarnation” and “When We Die How Long Before We Return.” In the first study-session he discussed the process of death, group incarnation, understanding the numbers game and how long are we dead. In the second study-session he explored different levels of evolution, basis of reincarnation, past life regression and more.

Aspasia Papadomichelaki, lectured on “The Law Exponent of Divine Thought” focusing on cycles in the Theosophical teaching. More specifically, she discussed manvantara and pralaya, time in between reincarnations, why don’t we remember our past lives and reincarnation in the world traditions.

Arni Narendran gave an interesting lecture on “The Exoteric and Esoteric Influence of Theosophy on Art,” pointing out the influence of HPB on art, and how abstract, surrealism, cubic art and the avant-garde were influenced by Theosophy.

The meditations on the Golden Verses of Pythagoras were conducted daily by Ingrid Eberhard-Evans and
Ifigeneia Kastamoniti.

Jon Knebel discussed “Reincarnation from a Non-Dualist Point of View,” focusing on Theosophy, Advaita-Vedanta and giving special emphasis on Andy Weir’s Story ‘The Egg’ showing its video animation by Kurzgesagt.  
Personal Identity Thought Experiment by Plutarch.
Meeting of the EuST , Eretria.
The work of the European School of Theosophy was discussed while we were in Eretria, during a meeting with Erica Georgiades (Greece), Ingrid Eberhard-Evans (UK), Ifigeneia Kastamoniti (Greece), Jan Maarten Braak (The Netherlands), Tim Wyatt (UK), Janet Hoult (UK), Tony Maddock (UK), Janet Lee (UK), Debbie Elliott (UK), Sharon Ormerod (Canada).
 
Art Exhibitions 
 
The idea of organising art exhibitions during each EuST was discussed. It has been agreed that next year Sharon Ormerod will work with Erica, Debbie and others to organise an art exhibition that will run parallel to the activities of the EuST in Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
 
Film Festival

The idea of organising a film festival focusing on esotericism and Theosophy was also discussed. It has been agreed that the film festival will be launched in 2021, and Tim Wyatt volunteered to help on this project.
Theosophical History Conference 2019, Athens, Greece.
Group Picture ITHCon, Athens, 2019.

Review by Debbie Elliott (Member of the TSE)

Debbie Elliott has written a review on the International Theosophical History Conference 2019, from the perspective of a member of the Theosophical Society. To read her review,
to read it please visit click here.
Tour Picture
Tour GroupAcropolis 2019.

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In Memoriam 
John Algeo (1930-2019) past President of the Theosophical Society in America and  Vice-President of the Theosophical Society Adyar for many years, passed away on 13th October 2019, at the age of 88. In 2006 he was the guest speaker of the European School of Theosophy in Athens, Greece. He has lectured on The Masonic Code;  The Alchemical Code; The Gnostic Code; The Golden Ratio - The Fibbonacci Sequence; The Fantastic Code; The Kabbalistic Code. We will soon upload all his lectures on the YouTube channel of the EuST. 

May his soul rest in peace.
 
"Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time." — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Featured Event
This year the 144th International Convention of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, will be from 31 December 2019 until 5 January 2020Nurturing the Divine Seed  at Kamachha, Varanasi, India, Headquarters of the Indian Section. For more information please click here.
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