Re: theos-talk Review of Collected Writings of Geoffrey Hodson
Feb 12, 2011 11:44 PM
by John W
For us poorer Theosophists, does anyone have a clearer idea as to when Geoffrey Hodson's "Collected Writings" may be available as a PDF file?
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Subject: Re: theos-talk Review of Collected Writings of Geoffrey Hodson
Date: Sunday, 13, February, 2011, 8:00 PM
Hodson was indeed born on 12th March 1886 (eighteen eighty six) in
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
> 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
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> 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
> 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
> 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:
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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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