September 16, 2019
Just a quick email to ready ourselves as things get underway for this year’s time together.
I’ve attached an article by CW Leadbeater, “The Hidden Side of Lodge Meetings,” and ask that you read it over before the start of the year. It gives reason, explanation, and direction to our Members Study meetings; which are the 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
Dana Hachigian will be sending out weekly email reminders of the happenings at our Lodge and the other associations of the TS.
Check out our website – www.ojai.theosophical.org and our Facebook page Theosophy Ojai Valley – Lisa Love and Pablo Minniti will post information and updates on these sites.
Rochelle Voirol has put together the brochure – it is also attached below. Our first meeting is September 24 at 7:00 p.m. Take note that starting in October, our meetings will begin with an optional mediation and silent study of the materials for that evening meeting – starts at 6:00 p.m., and the lecture, discussion and study meetings start at the regular 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend the earlier activity to join us for the latter one.
Let us know if you need any help with finding books for the Introductory Theosophy (The Technique of the Spiritual Life by Clara Codd and corresponding Study Guide by Maria Parisen) or the Members Study (Self Culture by IK Taimni).
IF you have any other questions or comments, send them our way, we’d love to hear from you and look forward to the coming year.
Many thanks and much love, Michele 🙂
September 7, 2019
Below you will find the format for our weekly meetings and the study book for our Members Study.
The 1st Tuesday of the month will be a Public Lecture. The brochure is almost ready and will be sent out as an email attachment.
The 2nd Tuesday of the month will be for the Introductory Theosophy using Maria Parisen’s study guide to Clara Codd’s book The Technique of the Spiritual Life. A link was sent for the digital copy in the previous email. Please let us know if you would like a printed copy of the Study Guide – the cost of the guide will be $10.
On the 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month, we will hold the Members Study meetings, in which as a group, we will engage in a deeper exploration into theosophical teachings. The members voted to study IK Taimni’s book Self Culture in the Light of Ancient Wisdom. We will focus this year’s study on Part 2 of the book. Pablo Sender will introduce us to and cover Part 1 of Taimni’s study, on September 24th at 7:00 p.m.
The Taimni book is out of print. However, we have some copies here on loan from the Olcott Library in Wheaton. The Krotona Library has a few copies and below is a link for the digital copy, thanks to Theosophy World. You can also find copies for sale online. The book has two other titles, and can be found as such: Self-Culture: Problem of Self-discovery and Self-realization in the Light of Occultism and A Way to Self-Discovery. If you need help obtaining a copy, please reply to this email and we will be sure that everyone who wants a copy can get one. Link: https://www.theosophy.world/sites/default/files/ebooks/Singapore/Self%20Culture%20in%20the%20light%20of%20Occultism_IKT.pdf
We look forward to the start of a new Lodge year with the Membership as we deepen our spiritual awareness together.
Dana Hachigian – Corresponding Secretary
On behalf of the 2019-2020 TSOV Lodge Board we wish to thank you for your interest in studying Theosophy with us. We look forward to your attendance and participation in the upcoming year.
You will receive a small number of successive email announcements from me before the Lodge year begins September 24. Once the Fall Program begins, we will be sending weekly announcements advising you of the upcoming week’s topic and what to prepare for each topic.
On the second Tuesday of each month, starting in October we will have an Introductory Theosophy meeting. This year the Board has chosen to study Clara Codd’s text The Technique of the Spiritual Life using the Study Guide compiled and written by Maria Parisen.
We will have a facilitator for each of these meetings and they will use the study guide to lead a discussion. Although we recommend both the book and the study guide, Maria’s guide does supply us with a comprehensive overview of the teachings – she includes an excerpt from the book, follows up with her insights and then leaves us with questions to ponder over.
Clara Codd’s book is 123 pages and can be purchased at Krotona Bookshop. We will also have copies available for use during the meetings.
Attached is a copy of the Study Guide. It is 90 pages – it can be printed and distributed for free. However, we are also taking orders to have the guide printed and bound for easier reading. The cost will be $15 for this service. Please reply to this email, by September 13, if you are interested in purchasing the study guide. They will be ready by the first meeting of the season, September 24th.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any question or need further clarification. Also, please let us know if you know one of our members who does not have email and would like copies mailed by post to them.
Corresponding Secretary for the TSOV
FIRST MEETING – Sept 24th – Lodge Meeting Only – 7:00 PM
TUESDAYS, starting October 1st:
6:00 pm – Meditation
6:20 pm – Meditative Reading to prepare for evening discussion
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Lodge Meeting
1st Tuesday – Lecture
2nd Tuesday – Intro to Theosophy
3rd & 4th – Members Study