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The Yoga of Theosophy

The Yoga Of Theosophy - Videos from New Zealand School of Theosophy in 2016

The 2016 School of Theosophy in New Zealand was directed by Dr Pablo Sender, assisted by Michelle Sender.

The focus was to look at the Theosophical Society tradition which has developed a wealth of teachings about the spiritual life that constitutes a distinctive system of yoga.  This path is particularly relevant for today's world since it is not meant to be trodden in retirement but in the midst of our daily life.  Some of its prominent practices are study, meditation, purification, self-observation and service, all of which stimulates a holistic unfoldment of our physical, moral, mental and spiritual nature.

The following sessions were explored in detail:  (Videos will be added as they become available)

1 - Definitions & Foundations

Meaning of the words ‘Yoga’ and ‘Theosophy’.  Foundations of the theosophical approach to the spiritual life.

2 - Study

The aims of study.  Change of perspective.  Transformation.  Practical Instruction.  Occultism.

3 - Meditation – General

Definition.  Why meditate?  Is meditation all we need?  Effects of meditation.  The practice of meditation.

4 - Meditation – The Process

Concentration.  Meditation.  Contemplation.  Raising Consciousness.  Inspiration.

5 - Service

Unity.  The need for wisdom.  Spiritual service.  Self-Transformation, as a spiritual practice.

6 - Purification

Purification of thoughts.  Transmutation of desire.  Working with an ideal.  Increasing the field of sympathy.  Physical purification.  Suffering and purification.

7 - Self Mastery

Will and desire.  Control of thoughts.  True thinking.  Control of emotions.  Desire-elemental.  Control of the body.  On Energy.

8 - States of Consciousness

Three scales of consciousness.  Volitional perception.  Spiritual apperception.  Four states of consciousness.


9 - Qualifications for Discipleship

       Discernment.  Detachment.  Virtuous Living.  Desire for Liberation.


Discernment.  Detachment.  Virtuous Living.  Desire for Liberation.

10 - The Path of Initiation

Probation – Nature and aims.  Discipleship.  First Initiation.  Second Initiation.  Third Initiation.  Fourth Initiation.  Fifth Initiation.