The Yoga of Theosophy
The 2016 School of Theosophy 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:
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.
10 - The Path of Initiation
Probation – Nature and aims. Discipleship. First Initiation. Second Initiation. Third Initiation. Fourth Initiation.Fifth Initiation.