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Below are photos of the shipment and distribution of one 20-foot container load of construction materials delivered to the town of Carles, the northernmost town of Iloilo which was severely hit by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Because of the national focus on Samar and Leyte, little aid reached Carles and surrounding towns. The Theosophical Society and Theosophical Order of Service shipped several waves of relief goods (food, clothing and construction materials) to Carles and Sara of northern Iloilo province.
Submitted by Lloyd Standish on Sun, 10/13/2013 - 03:54
by Gus diZerega, Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2013
book review by Rene Wadlow
The 1960s was the period when the shift to the New Age — the Age of Aquarius — became more obvious to many and manifested in social and political movements. The 1960s was one of the “Great Awakenings” — a period of enhanced social and spiritual concern and increased personal spiritual experience. Whatever the causes, many of the people who helped shape the sixties possessed strong spiritual motivations.
With about 5 minutes of easy effort, your online shopping can add up to significant donations to the work of the TOS. Over 1,300 merchants (including many favorites like Amazon.com and BestBuy.com) have agreed to donate a small percentage of your online purchase to the TOS. Over time, it adds up.
Everyone experiences negative emotions, but a person who takes complete responsibility for their thoughts, feelings and actions chooses a constructive response. A service mindset allows us to respond to stimuli in a constructive way. Following is an excerpt from "Becoming The Totally Responsible Person" by TRP Enterprises, Inc.:
In a song about the journey to the spiritual path, Colorado artist Jamie Wolfe sings, "How I long to run this race for passion, not duty." Her words strike a chord as I ponder what moves people to serve.
The Theosophical Order of Service recently learned that the Chushul Home for orphaned Tibetan children has indeed been closed by the Chinese (see the following letter). The children are still together however which should lessen any trama they may be experiencing by leaving their home of many years. Our contact with Chushul writes "I am looking into other opportunities to help the Tibetan people, particularly orphaned children, as well as continuing to look after my Chushul Family. I consider you [the TOS] to be a part of the Chushul Family and will keep you informed."
The Theosophical Order of Service has joined the International TOS and other TOS sections around the world in signing the CHARTER FOR COMPASSION. Signers of The Charter For Compassion encourage a world where everyone is committed to living by the principle of compassion. Signers pledge to work toward building a more compassionate world. The TOS joins with many other individuals, organizations and cities that have been inspired by the Charter For Compassion to work in diverse ways to create cultures of compassion locally and globally.
Submitted by Lloyd Standish on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:42
by William Bloom (Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2012)
book review by Rene Wadlow
William Bloom who combines a long-standing interest in New Age approaches to spirituality with an identity focus in international relations1, has written
"We are in changing times. Our culture and technology are continually transforming, and the intellectual certainties of the last few hundred years are no longer secure…It is our need to find a new authenticity in our spiritual lives — to bring back fully into our consciousness — the sacred dimension of life, but we want to do this in a way that honours personal freedom and personal growth. In essence, then, we are turning to the teachings and experiences of what is called the ageless wisdom, but we are doing so with completely new attitudes."