European School of Theosophy, 2016, Review
This year the European School of was organized in Mozart’s land, Salzburg, Austria. The cultural and historical atmosphere of Salzburg, as well as the hotel added a very special touch to the entire programme. The hotel was beautiful and a very cozy with traditional Austrian decoration. The School provided a wonderful opportunity for exchanging ideas on Theosophy and esotericism in general. The speakers were: Edward Abdill (USA); Chaganti V.K. Maithreya (India); Erica Georgiades (Greece); Noeline Hart (UK); Mary Abdill (USA); Dr. Sunita Maithreya (India) and, as always, counted with the presence of Ingrid Eberhard-Evans, who has been the heart and soul of the School, years now.
The main theme of the School was “The Mahatma Letters, HPB’s teachings and the Path.” Edward Abdill’s lectures focused on the Mahatma Letters. His lectures offered the opportunity for participants to reflect and understand in depth a series of viewpoints supported by the Mahatmas in their letters.
Chaganti V.K. Maithreya’s lectures focused on karma, reincarnation and the doctrine of the heart. One of the emphasis of his presentation was the need to transcend the intellect and enter the realms of the heart or Buddhi. My lecture “Reflections on our Mortality: The Ancient Art of Good Life,” focused on both the Stoic and Socratic philosophies and outlined some ancient practical techniques for self-knowledge.
Noeline Hart’s presentations focused on the famous opera of Mozart “The Magic Flute.” She presented an interesting study on the esoteric symbolism of this master piece. Mary Abdill, spoke about “Spirituality in the Comics” leading the participants into a very unique journey into the contemporary work of comics and how ethical principles are expressed through them.
Dr Sunita Maithreya spoke about “H.P.B. the example of a true Philanthropist.” This was another interesting lecture, focusing on historical aspects of HPB’s life. The School closed with a slapping workshop, known as Paida Lajin, also led by Dr Sunita Maithreya. During the workshop we literally slapped ourselves off. This is believed to be a healing technique created by a Chinese known as Master Xiao Hong Chi.
Finally, after the School was over me and Ingrid Eberhard-Evans went around the city and had fun as you can see in our picture. We also visited the Cemetery of St. Sebastian to pay our respect to the memorable Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, Paracelsus (1493 – 1541).