Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blavatsky in Village India

The blog, Even Monks Carry Cell Phones, carries a March 22 post on “The Theosophy of Indian Villages,” detailing the level of saturation Theosophy has achieved in rural India based on encountering it there. The writer tells of her experience:  

“There’s a Theosophy meeting at 9:30 every Sunday in this town.”
 “In this small village?” I implore amazed. 

“Theosophy?!” I stare at him in disbelief. 

 “It’s been going on for 50 years,” is his reply.  

Attending a meeting of the Theosophical Society, she says: 

I’m greeted by one of the younger members and sit in the short meeting. Shelves of hundred year old books in English and Gujarati line the back. I take a few books, again, astounded that this small village in Gujarat has been so greatly influenced by the teachings of a Russian and Britisher [sic] (Madame Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott respectively). 

 Chuni Kaka tells me that Vasant Dada used to come to the meetings back when they used to discuss Sarvodaya (upliftment of all). The Theosophy meetings were used to encourage moral empowerment, economic self-sufficiency, and proper utilization of resources. 

Chuni Kaka and Prachi at Khardoli Theosophical Society

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