About the T.O.S.
All interested people are invited to attend the planning
meetings which are held quarterly at 10:00am in
the T.S. rooms. on Saturdays. Meeting dates in 2016 will be
3 December (AGM)
by the Brisbane TOS
Guided Meditation book & CD
A book and CD on Guided Meditation by Dr. K Arunachalam is available in the Theosophical Society bookshop.
The author, known as Aru, taught meditation at the Brisbane TS for many years and conducted the mediation weekends at the Springbrook Theosophical Retreat Centre.
The CD provides several guided meditations that focus on relaxation, looking within, contemplation and dwelling in the spiritual silence.
The set of book and CD costs $12. All proceeds go to the TOS for service projects based on theosophical principles.
TOS members work as volunteers in a number of areas, choosing ones of particular interest to them, such as community service, education, healing, animal welfare and environment.
In addition, the group chooses several projects to support each year with donations and voluntary work. For information, contact one of the committee.
Fund-raising concerts were held on Sunday 14 June 2015 and 11 October 2015 -
These were much enjoyed and raised considerable funds for the causes decided upon. The June concert proceeds went to the Kenya women's self sufficiency project. The October concert was a great success both as a musical and social experience and as a fundraiser. As a result we are well on the way to raising the $1,100 needed to support our Literacy Home-school in Pakistan for another year.
Another concert is planned for 2016, but the date is not yet decided.
The performers at the June 2015 concert
September 2015 Art Exhibition to benefit the Mobility Aids Project in Assam, India
The Art Exhibition in September was a great success. See the report on it here.
AGM Saturday 5 December 2015
2015 Brisbane TOS Annual Report
The 2015 AGM was held on Saturday 5 December 2015. The Committee was elected as follows:
President: Geoffrey Harrod, Vice-president: Dianne Manning, Secretary: Janet Harding, Treasurer: Carolyn Harrod
TOS representative on the Brisbane Theosophical Society management committee: Geoffrey Harrod
For the customary annual TOS collection at the AGM of the Brisbane Theosophical Society, it was decided that the funds would be given to needy victims of the Western Queensland drought. Thanks to the generosity of TS and TOS members, the collection at the TS AGM enabled us to donate $825 to the Queensland Country Women’s Association’s Rural Crisis Fund. Through the fund they provide personal, practical assistance in the form of store credit, payment of bills directly and grocery store gift vouchers. They ensure that not only is the recipient assisted but that the money stays in the local community, supporting local businesses. The QCWA operates one of the few charities where 100% of monies raised is donated back into regional, rural and remote communities, in much the same way as the TOS projects supported internationally.
Invitation to participate in our Meditation for Peace
Our Meditation Group meets at 9:30 before each 10:00 TOS planning meeting. (See meeting dates at left) The meditation takes 30 minutes and is based on a meditation developed by renowned author and clairvoyant, Geoffrey Hodson.
All interested people are invited to join us. Since the meditation starts at 9:30 a.m., please arrive by 9:25 a.m. If you would like the text of this guided meditation to use yourself, you can see or download it here.
The Mobility Aids Project
We have supported this project for several years. Our donations enable the Assam TOS to purchase hand-operated tricycles and wheel chairs for people who cannot afford them. A modest donation of AU$750, for instance, can purchase three tricycles and three wheel chairs. We have had some wonderful success stories of how this small act of generosity provides many recipients with independence and the opportunity to earn a living.
Banyo Twilight Craft Market
A new venture was a stall at the Banyo Twilight Craft Market in Brisbane on 15 December. This was quite successful. Together with a stall that was run by the TOS at the last meeting for 2014 of the Brisbane Theosophical Society, almost $300 was raised from the sale of homemade jams, cakes etc. and some items like pillows and pictures.
The photo at left was taken during setting-up, before the daylight faded and people started arriving for the Twilight Craft Market.
We had a stall at two further makets in 2015.
It is right beside Banyo railway station, behind the Putia Restaurant.
O Powers of Love!
An invocation by George S. Arundale
O Powers of Love! We pledge to you our faithfulness,
knowing that only love can redeem the world.
We invoke your blessing on all who strive to serve you.
We invoke your blessing on all who endure suffering, that they may discover their enfoldment in your love even in
the midst of their affliction.
We invoke your blessing on all who inflict suffering that they may be moved to return to you and serve you.
Download the above invocation as Word text