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Re: theos-talk Review of Collected Writings of Geoffrey Hodson

Feb 12, 2011 11:00 PM
by MKR

Hodson was indeed born on 12th March 1886 (eighteen eighty six) in
Lincolnshire, England.

In some of his articles about TS, he makes it clear the importance of the
original teachings. I hope to post one of his articles some time.


On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM, M. Sufilight

> Or was it 1886 hes was born? (smile.)
> Apart from this I find the quote by Hodson interesting for his time.
> Let me add a few views of my own to it.
> Life is a learning, most people say..
> Real learning cannot take place, some say, until one is ready for it.
> Learning only take place in accordance with time, place, people and
> circumstances.
> Academic lectures which operate like a kind of semi-psychotherapy, is only
> a kind of semi-psychotherapy and nothing more than that. Why one prefer to
> call it something else, one can only wonder about. And when one realises
> this, the learning proces operate in a different manner.
> And since Theosophy was called the "exact science on Psychology" in the
> Theosophist in 1879, the above could very well be very true. But createing a
> secterian behaviour out of it, aught to be avoided, when one want to follow
> the Original Programe of the Theosophical Society as given in 1875-1891 and
> deviated from by some theosophical groups at least since the year 1908 if
> not before. Because the exact science on Psychology aught as I see it not be
> turned into a mere belief in a certain kind of Theosophy. The so-called
> Psychological Key to Theosophy is especially present in our modern times,
> where the science on Psychology (Parapsychology included) have taken giant
> steps the last 100 years or so.
> But all these are just my views.
> And those who would like to call this inflammatory or something like that,
> may be my guest.
> I just stated my views to help us all.
> - - -
> I like children. Their attitudes are often very central and are often
> hitting the core of things. Smile.
> Disney Pooh's Heffalump Movie - Part 1 -6 (Six movies all in all)
> On the dangerous Heffalump Hollow(!) and why changes in attitude will occur
> once in a while. Smile.
> And Eeyore:
> Eeyore was saying to himself, "This writing business. Pencils and what-not.
> Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it."
> M. Sufilight
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: MKR
> To: theos-talk ; theos-l
> Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2011 6:31 PM
> Subject: theos-talk Review of Collected Writings of Geoffrey Hodson
> Review of Collected Writings of Geoffrey Hodson
> I recently got hold of 2 volume publication of Collected Writings of
> Geoffrey Hodson, the well-known theosophical author, lecturer and
> clairvoyant. I was very pleased with what I saw in them that I wanted to
> share my views.
> Hodson was born in 1866 and passed on in 1983. For more than a 50 years, he
> traveled around the world lecturing on theosophical topics. In one of the
> articles, he clearly spells out his views on traveling and lecturing:
> âI believe that the activity of traveling about the world, teaching the
> Ageless Wisdom, is one of the highest callings and greatest privileges open
> to a human being. While all the aspects of Theosophical administration are
> important, essential indeed and those who thus contribute are in their turn
> performing deeply significant services, perhaps the expounding of Theosophy
> and its application to the manifold problems of human life, bringing one
> into intimate touch with humanity, is the highest calling of all.â
> The 2 Volume book titled - Sharing the Light - contain collected articles
> of
> Hodson and was complied by John and Elizabeth Sell and Edited by Roselmo Z
> Doval Santos. They are all well known theosophists in NZ.
> The books contain 402 articles Hodson has written and published in official
> theosophical magazines of NZ, India, USA, Australia and South Africa.
> Articles go as far back as 1927.
> The books were published in 2008 by TPH, Quezon City, Philippines and
> printed in Thailand, a truly multi-country effort. Those who came up with
> the idea and followed through the project should be congratulated.
> In the preface, there are acknowledgments to many who contributed to the
> publication. What stuck me was the acknowledgment for the many personal and
> financial contributions to the production of the book by Vic Chin Jr., the
> well known theosophist from Philippines.
> The publication is in two volumes, nicely printed and bound with hard
> cover.
> The volumes have 920 and 968 pages respectively, has a lot of photos and
> good indexes at the end. In the US, it costs about US$50.00.
> Let us look at the contents of the volumes:
> Vol-I
> Spirituality and the Path of Discipleship
> Theosophical Teachings
> Clairvoyant Investigations
> The Angelic World
> Exploration of the unseen in other cultures
> World Religions, ceremonial and symbolism.
> The keys to health and healing.
> Vol-II
> Unusual experiences, poems and interesting topics
> Further theosophical teachings
> The theosophical society and some leaders.
> The gift of theosophy to youth
> Presenting and promoting the wisdom teachings.
> An analysis of world problems with some theosophical solutions.
> The articles written by him are on varied topics. There are many on
> theosophy, theosophical society, and the White Brotherhood. They are a
> veritable mine for any earnest theosophical student.
> When one reads some of his articles about TS, its objectives and the role
> of
> the Brotherhood, one finds them very inspiring. He presents them in simple
> terms and one is convinced that he is speaking from personal knowledge and
> experience.
> On a personal note, I found out that when he visited my home town, San
> Antonio, Texas, USA in 1953, (I was not there at that time) on a lecture
> tour, he appeared live on TV for the first time and answered questions
> spontaneously and for 15 minutes on the local radio immediately. Also, in
> some of the correspondence I have seen at the local Lodge, while traveling
> he preferred to stay at hotels and not in members' homes. The reason was
> that he wanted to be able to lay down on the bed undisturbed and do his
> super physical tasks and a hotel setting is ideal for this.
> The materials in the books are invaluable for posterity. However, it is too
> pricey and too bulky for todayâs theosophists to access. I am sure that the
> book was compiled using some word processing software and hence an
> electronic copy exists. It can be converted to a searchable PDF file with
> almost no cost or effort and can be distributed world-wide for free. This
> will go a long way to help poor theosophists, especially in the developing
> world. One wonders if those behind the book project considered this
> critical
> issue. Even today, it is not too late. I hope a free electronic copy is
> made
> available on Internet soon.
> There are a lot of other articles of his which were published in magazines
> around the world, and which are not in the book. I am sure they will add to
> the treasure of his writings. I would urge any theosophist who locates such
> material to forward them to TS-NZ, Vic Chin or myself and we can keep
> accumulating them and make them available as free electronic supplement to
> the book.
> There is no religion higher than Truth
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