NATIONAL CAPITAL LODGE 2018 PROGRAM
Members’ Meeting: 11 PM
Public Meeting: 12 PM
January 6 O Hidden Life
This Universal Invocation, also known as Universal Prayer, was written in 1923 by Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Even though invocations have been used by every civilization from time immemorial, the “O, Hidden Life” verses were given to theosophists to be passed on to generations to come, especially in times of great hardships. We will explore together the content and meaning of this great invocation.
January 13 The Necessity for Reincarnation
Reincarnation, a central concept in theosophy, postulates that after the death of the body, the consciousness that was animating a person returns to live in a new human body to continue its journey in the cycle of birth and re-birth. During this session, we will read and discuss an article by William Judge, one of founders of the Theosophical Society. Printed copies will be available. Those who prefer to read in advance can find the text at:
January 20 Orpheus and His Teachings
Nowadays Orpheus is considered a legendary musician, poet and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. Yet, his mysteries and teachings predate Classical Greece and originated in ancient Thrace. According to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, his teachings resemble more those of India than Greece. The story of losing his wife Eurydice, descending to the underworld and returning to Earth is an esoteric account of afterlife, reincarnation and purification before the cycle of life and death is complete.
January 27 The Three Objects
Theosophy encourages complete liberty of thought and its students can belong to any spiritual tradition or none. The only requirement for membership in the Theosophical Society is resonance with its Three Objects. We will explore these Three Objects, their inter-relationship and ability to be interpreted on many different levels.