The Living Wisdom of The Voice of the Silence

Event Start Date: 
Mar 3 2024 - 20:00 to Apr 7 2024 - 22:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Event Theme

The School of the Wisdom (online)
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Online
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The Living Wisdom of The Voice of the Silence

Facilitator: Erica Georgiades

DATES, ONLINE: 2024
Sundays March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
Sunday, April 7.

TIME
16:30 Athens Time (14:30 PM UTC/GMT, change on 17 March to 13:30 PM UTC/GMT)
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While the courses are primarily offered for FREE FOR MEMBERS of The Theosophical Society, NON-MEMBERS can still access the course by paying a fee of 50 USD or 24 USD (certain countires) or Rs.2000 (India).

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Non-members will receive a payment link after the approved application.

 
Blavatsky's most widely read book, The Voice of the Silence, has profound significance in mystical literature. This series of six online classes will explore its practical aspects and delve deeply into its timeless wisdom. Our journey begins with an introduction to The Voice, exploring the path that opens only to those who long for union with the Divine; and its intricate connection to the self. We will delve into Blavatsky's interpretation of knowledge, truth, belief, and enlightenment challenging conventional wisdom and revealing a transcendental epistemology. In addition, we will look into the mystical experiences described in The Voice, and the relationship between sense impressions and higher states of consciousness. Ultimately, we will discover that The Voice of the Silence is not a mere booklet but a treasure trove of practical wisdom uncovering a transformative power for those who dare to listen to the soundless sound.

Syllabus:

Class 1: Introduction to The Voice of the Silence and Contemplative Reading

-      Understanding the significance of The Voice of the Silence in mystical literature. Keys to identify mystical literature.

-      Introducing The Voice of the Silence and key themes.

-      Introducing contemplative reading.

-      Engaging in contemplative exercises to deepen understanding and personal insights. 

Class 2: The Path: understanding its nature and the connection to the self.

-       Introducing the path as portrayed in The Voice of the Silence.

-       Discussing the prerequisites to embarking on the path, particularly the longing to unite with the divine.

-       Exploring the nature of the self.

-       Engaging in contemplative exercises to deepen understanding and personal insights. 

Class 3 Light and Darkness, Illumination and the Pursuit of Knowledge and Truth.

-       Exploring the Role of Light and Darkness in The Voice of the Silence.

-       Delving into the relationship between knowledge, truth, belief and illumination in the Voice of the Silence.

-       Exploring the role of belief and Blavatsky's transcendental epistemology.

-       Engaging in contemplative exercises to deepen understanding and personal insights. 

Class 4: Asceticism on the Mystical Journey 

-       Exploring asceticism as portrayed in the Voice of the Silence.

-       Discussing the relationship between asceticism and ethics in The Voice of the Silence

-       Looking into the relationship of asceticism and ethics in The Voice of the Silence.  

-       Engaging in contemplative exercises to deepen understanding and personal insights. 

Class 5: Mystical Experiences and Meditation: Navigating the Inner Realms 

-        Exploring the different types of mystical experiences described in The Voice of the Silence;

-       The role of Meditation and contemplation

-       Delving into Blavatsky's interpretations of sensory impressions and higher states of consciousness. 

Class 6: Serenity, Quietude and Compassion: Cultivating Higher States of Consciousness 

-       Discussing the importance of serenity, quietude and compassion in The Voice of the Silence.;

-       Exploring what entails a harmonious environment to facilitate self-realisation.

-       Practical aspects of The Voice of the Silence to cultivate tranquillity, peace and compassion.

-      Engaging in contemplative exercises to deepen understanding and personal insights. 

Note: Each class will involve interactive discussions, readings from The Voice of the Silence, contemplative exercises, and opportunities for personal reflection and sharing.

Disclaimer: Participants are encouraged to explore further and form their own conclusions based on individual study and introspection. This syllabus is a general outline and may be subject to minor adjustments or modifications based on students' needs and overall progress throughout the classes.

Requirements

- Access to "The Voice of the Silence" by Helena Petrovna  Blavatsky Recommended edition: Blavatsky, H. P. (1889). The Voice of The Silence. California: Theosophical University Press.

- Reliable internet connection for online classes

- Active participation in class discussions and activities

- Completion of assigned readings and any supplementary materials

- Short reflective assignments after each class

- Final project: A written reflection or creative project showcasing the understanding and insights gained during the classes. 

Recommended bibliography

Blavatsky, H. P. (1888). "What is Truth?" Lucifer, v. 1, n. 6. http://www.katinkahesselink.net/blavatsky/articles/v9/y1888_009.htm

Blavatsky, H. P. (1889). The Voice of The Silence. California: Theosophical University Press.  Available free here https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/voice/VoiceoftheSilence_eBook.pdf
Burnier, Radha (1082). Stages on the Path. https://theosophicalsociety.org.au/articles/stages-on-the-path
 
Georgiades, Erica (2020). The Voice of the Silence A Manual for Mystics. Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6QvlR9WDnY
 
Zirkoff, B. "How the Voice of the Silence was Written.” The Voice of the Silence.  http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/wp-content/uploads/here.pdf

Suggested Reading

Sangharakshita, Bhikshu (1958). Paradox and Poetry in ‘The Voice of the Silence.’  http://www.easterntradition.org/article/Paradox%20and%20Poetry%20in%20The%20Voice%20of%20the%20Silence.pdf 
 
Mills, J. The Voice of the Silence
 
Reigle, D & N. (1999). “Bringing the Heart Doctrine to the West.”  Blavatsky’s Secret Books
 
The Structure of the Spiritual Path - Fragments II & III of The Voice of the Silence Ingmar de Boer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W894UMBX3kk
 

FACILITATOR


Erica Georgiades is the Director of The School of Wisdom; also of The European School of Theosophy and the secretary of the International Theosophical History Conferences. She is also the Vice-President of The Theosophical Society in Greece. She has been a member of the Theosophical Society Adyar since 1991.  From 1994 to 1996, she worked on a volunteer basis at the Adyar Archives, Chennai, India.

She is  MRes Religious Experience Candidate at the UWTSD; she holds a PgD (Merit) in Ancient Mediterranean Religions UWTSD and a  BA (Honours) in Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Open). She lives with her husband and daughter in Greece. She is also a deep ecologist and animal-rights activist. 

Cost: 
Free for members. Non-members to pay a fee.
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Confirmed

GENERAL INFO / INFORMACIÓN GENERAL

 

 

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ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF THE WISDOM

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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. There can be no Wisdom without an ever-increasing sense of Wonder. Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature.

The SOW was inaugurated in 1949 by C. Jinarajadasa, the fourth International President of the TS, to revive the 1922 Adyar School initiated by Annie Besant. This school was named Brahmavidyā Āśrama, which has almost the same meaning as the School of the Wisdom.

APPLYING TO THE SCHOOL

The SOW is meant for members of the Theosophical Society to deepen their understanding in theosophy, making it a living force in daily life. Students may apply for all or some of the School of the Wisdom sessions in one form and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen.

1. Please, before applying click here to download and read the Online Class Decorum.

2. Fill in the Application Form which you find for each Session's page

READING

For students joining any SOW programme, we recommend reading the following:

01 - The School of the Wisdom by Jinarajadasa and Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - An Unending Path by Tim Boyd (PDF)
03 - Freedom of Thought and Freedom of Society (PDF)
04 - Why Theosophy is left undefined by N. Sri Ram (PDF)
05 - Adyar as a Spiritual Centre by J. Krishnamurti (PDF)
06 - What Is Truth? by H. P. Blavatsky (PDF)

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SOBRE LA ESCUELA DE LA SABIDURÍA

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La Escuela de la Sabiduría tiene como objetivo llevar a cada estudiante a examinar la vida "desde el centro", que es la conciencia intuitiva.  No puede haber Sabiduría sin un creciente sentido de Maravilla. Esencial en el progreso hacia la Sabiduría, es una creciente intimidad con todos los aspectos de la Naturaleza.

La SOW fue inaugurada en 1949 por C. Jinarajadasa, el cuarto presidente internacional de la ST, para revivir la Escuela Adyar de 1926 iniciada por Annie Besant. Esta escuela se llamó Brahmavidyā Āśrama, que tiene casi el mismo significado que la Escuela de la Sabiduría.

APLICACIÓN A LA ESCUELA

La SOW está pensada para que los miembros de la Sociedad Teosófica profundicen su comprensión de la teosofía, de modo que la conviertan en una fuerza viva en la vida diaria. Los estudiantes pueden aplicar para todas o algunas de las sesiones de la Escuela de la Sabiduría en un solo formulario y se espera que asistan a todas las clases en la sesión elegida.

1. Por favor, antes de postularse, haga clic aquí para descargar y leer las directrices de las clases en línea.

2. Complete el formulario de solicitud que encontrará en la página de cada sesión

LECTURAS

Para los estudiantes que se unen a cualquier programa de la SOW, recomendamos leer lo siguiente:

01a - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1949 (PDF)
01b - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1950 (PDF)
01c - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - Un Sendero sin final por Tim-Boyd (PDF)
03 - Libertad de Pensamiento & Libertad  de la Sociedad Teosófica (PDF)