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Leeds Theosophical Society
Promoting understanding and respect for spiritual lifestyles in the Leeds Area
Founded Sept. 1900
12 Queen Square, Leeds LS2 8AJ
(Near the Merrion Centre)

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President: Dr Paul Barker
A branch of The Theosophical Society in England.
Registered Charity No. 1167737.

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George Wood
[George Wood]
Sunday 28th July 2019 - 2:30 pm
'ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The Golem
George Wood (London)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
What is the common thing between the Golem, Prometheus and the Lemurian man? It seems that we have an inner drive to imitate our Creator. There is a very old theme that accompanies mankind on its journey through the material plane of life. From an outward perspective we see that this theme changes its garment through the ages, but the inner essence always remains the same. The Golem is a figure from a Jewish legend. He was moulded from clay by a rabbi and brought to life. We westerners may have become more familiar with this theme through the novel by Mary Shelley, entitled: ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’. We understand that we really are dealing with a very old theme, if we go back to the ancient continent of Lemuria or Mu.
Esotericists think the vast Lemurian continent sunk to the depths of the ocean about 850,000 years ago, and that Australia, Madagascar, and Easter Island are remains of it which had not been swallowed by the waves.
In an article about Australia, Jan van Rijckenborgh writes: “The extremely primitive and gross, animal personality of the Lemurian was permeated by the monads or heavenly beings, which still existed about 90 percent in the original form. In those days, a part of original humanity was still on its way to the complete descent into the material world, the involution. The Original human being had not yet passed away - Prometheus was not yet completely bound. However, this part of humanity had already created – without divine guidance – a primitive, gross, misshapen personality, without any individual intelligence.
This animal creation was like a golem, a robot, a living automaton of flesh, bone and muscles, wholly reacting to its semi-divine creator. This ‘robot’ was an indefatigable instrument of its semi-divine creator, a plaything of the declining Godman, an instrument with the help of which it was able to deal with the gross matter of dialectics.
In this way, this animal slave carried out the peculiar and bizarre ideas and assignments of his own monad - to the extent that gross matter enabled him to do so. He built enormous cities with strange forms and carved huge statues from lava rock, representing the monads.”
Therefore we can see that in those days a part of humanity was busy with a decline into matter - the Lemurian as a double being was the result of this involution. One could ask - why did they do this - why did they choose this path? It is the key question indeed. Well, it seems that we as human beings have an inner drive to imitate our Creator. According to our divine roots we are creators, we are an aspect of the Pleroma. But now the second question is - how do we realize this divine potential? Lemuria shows us the wrong idea; it is the dream of heaven on earth. It turned out that the reality was quite different.
What happened? The fallen heavenly being created a vehicle, a material personality, and assumed that this creation would develop into a new divine human being, in which he could live and be. He chose a path that was not meant for him. His physical creation, which is one with matter and thus controlled by the laws of matter, gained domination over him. The heavenly being got trapped in a house of flesh and could no longer reveal itself. He crystalized in his own creation and became an ‘image with dead eyes’.
The statues on Easter Island thus bear witness to a wry irony. The Soul was depicted in matter by his Lemurian personality, by the robot controlled by him. However, he did not understand that he had recorded his own future as a stone testament. He did not comprehend that one day he would be like his statue: frozen and not capable of any activity. And now those statues stand on a small island which has not yet been swallowed by the waves. Hopelessly they stare into the distance, looking for someone who will come to rescue them from their doom. The mysterious statues on Easter Island speak to our imagination and sub-consciousness.
This talk will look at the modern relevance of the above - is history about to repeat itself - again?


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
George Wood is a Gnostic and teaches Religious Education in London and has led classes in Gnostic Christianity for the Theosophical Society in England for several years. George was a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in England.
Alan Clay
[Alan Clay]
Sunday 22nd September 2019 - 2:30 pm
'Sedna Consciousness: The Soul’s Path of Destiny
Alan Clay (New Zealand)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
Discover the evolutionary spiritual power of Sedna, the new esoteric outer limit of our solar system and learn of the profound implications for society and for each of us individually in the coming years, as she approaches her closest point to Earth.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
New Zealander Alan Clay has been a practising astrologer for over 40 years, with a background as a humanistic astrologer inspired by the work of Dane Rudhyar. Over the past 20 years this has broadened into a study of Chiron and the Centaurs and more recently into the newly discovered Dwarf Planets. His book, 'Sedna Consciousness: The Soul’s Path of Destiny’ was very well received at its launch at UAC in Chicago and reviewers have called it: 'a groundbreaking book’, ‘essential reading for astrologers’, 'a well-written, well-researched, and easily readable book' and 'a treasure trove of information and inspiration’. Alan will be lecturing on Dwarf Planet Astrology at the Federation of Australian Astrologers conference in Melbourne in January 2020.
Alan Clay's Website: www.sednaconsciousness.com


Cyrus Ryan
[Cyrus Ryan]
Sunday 29th September 2019 - 2:30 pm
'STAGES OF INITIATION: Comparing Yoga, Buddhism and Theosophy
Cyrus Ryan (Canada)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
In this talk we will discuss the different stages of Initiation, with the help of a chart that shows the various esoteric traditions and the different levels of Initiation. The knowledge about Initiation is still relatively new in the West, and for some time many people believed that H P Blavatsky/Theosophy originated the concept.  But Initiation has been the root of all true esoteric traditions for untold ages.  Initiation was a well-guarded secret hidden from the general public and even neophytes, until Theosophy opened the door allowing a glimmer of light to pierce the darkness on this most secret subject.   “Initiation is the process whereby the spiritual man within the personality becomes aware of himself as the soul, with soul powers, soul relationships, and soul purpose.”  ('The Rays and the Initiations', Alice A Bailey. pg. 341)

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Creativity and spiritual experiences have marked Cyrus Ryan's life since a young age. He has spent time in India and Tibet, where he gained insights into the practices of esoteric Buddhism, the path of Vajrayana. An artist, writer and lecturer, Cyrus has lectured at The Theosophical Society, the Association for Higher Awareness (AHA), the New Jersey Metaphysical Society, and the University of Seven Rays. He has published articles in a variety of new age periodicals including The Beacon. His art reflects his understanding, his path and his inspiration from the inner esoteric worlds. He was first introduced to Theosophy and the works of Alice A. Bailey in the mid-1970s, and along with his teacher and other aspirants, Cyrus developed a Group Work which later evolved into a unique spiritual gestalt, which drove them deeper into the mysteries. He has been exploring esoteric knowledge for over forty years. Cyrus is the author of ‘Living on the Inner Edge: A Practical Esoteric Tale.’
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL VEDIC ASTROLOGY CONFERENCE 2019
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October (3 Days)
'BHAGYA: Fate and Fortune
SPEAKERS: Visti Larsen (Denmark), Gordon Brennan (London/BAVA), Rajan Pitambar (London),
Vijaya Subramanian (India/ London) and Dr Paul Barker (Leeds)
Cost: £65 for Day 1 and £75 per day for Days 2 and 3, OR £195 for the 3 days.
There will be a buffet dinner arranged for Saturday evening [commencing at 7pm] at a local restaurant. Cost: £17.

Please pay via the Leeds Theosophical Society PayPal account, using the password: info@ts-leeds.org.uk.
Please specify which day[s] you will be attending and provide contact details including an e-mail address and telephone number.
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Gary Lachman
[Gary Lachman]
THIS LECTURE HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED
'HERMETICA
Gary Lachman (London)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century ACE and later, which are mostly presented as dialogues in which a teacher, generally identified as Hermes Trismegistus ("thrice-greatest Hermes"), enlightens a disciple. The texts form the basis of Hermeticism. They discuss the divine, the cosmos, mind, and nature. Some touch upon alchemy, astrology, and related concepts.

The term particularly applies to the Corpus Hermeticum, Marsilio Ficino's Latin translation in fourteen tracts, of which eight early printed editions appeared before 1500 and a further twenty-two by 1641. This collection, which includes Poimandres and some addresses of Hermes to disciples Tat, Ammon and Asclepius, was said to have originated in the school of Ammonius Saccas and to have passed through the keeping of Michael Psellus: it is preserved in fourteenth century manuscripts. The last three tracts in modern editions were translated independently from another manuscript by Ficino's contemporary Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447–1500) and first printed in 1507. Extensive quotes of similar material are found in classical authors such as Joannes Stobaeus.

Parts of the Hermetica appeared in the 4th-century Gnostic library found in Nag Hammadi. Other works in Syriac, Arabic, Coptic and other languages may also be termed Hermetica — another famous tract is the Emerald Tablet, which teaches the doctrine "as above, so below".

All these are themselves remnants of a more extensive literature, part of the syncretic, intellectualized paganism of their era, a cultural movement that also included the Neoplatonic philosophy of the Greco-Roman mysteries and late Orphic and Pythagorean literature and influenced Gnostic forms of the Abrahamic religions.

Extracts from Wikipedia.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Gary Lachman (1955 - ) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a full time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His work has been translated into several languages. His website is: www.garylachman.co.uk


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