No.: 84 December 2004

Published by the Theosophical Society (Pasadena) Australasian Section

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Love actually is all around


Prophets for the 21st Century - Two Catholic Prophets - St. Malachi and

the Visions of Fatima - Paul Rooke.

The Origin of the Christmas Tree by Dr. Kaygorodoff, from Lucifer V.8 No. 43, March 1891.

Obituaries: Ray James

Rosien Chatz



Most films and TV news reports these days seem to be filled with doom and gloom, so it is heartening to find a popular film which gives a positive message - Love Actually [Universal Studios 2003] starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neison, Keira Knightly, Emma Thompson, and others. The film is based on the observation of passengers arriving and departing at airports showing the extent of love in the community as ordinary people greet friends and relatives showing that love actually is all around us, but we often don’t notice the fact.

In the film there are several love stories for all ages and strata of society right up to the Prime Minister of Great Britain himself, played by Hugh Grant. Happy or sad, these stories all point to the primacy of love in our lives, and how we are all searching for it one way or another no matter who or where we are. If it wasn’t for ordinary people simply getting on with their lives based mainly on the search for love and harmony in families and relationships, where would the world be? The more spectacular news stories of crime and war, are like so much flotsam and jetsam floating on a sea of love that goes unnoticed because we all take it for granted that it is there.

At the beginning and end of the movie, multiple images are shown of real people greeting each other at Heathrow Airport in London. British actor Hugh Grant sums up the philosophy of the film in a short speech, speaking in his character as the British P.M.:

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion is starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it is not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it is always there: fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.

When the planes hit the twin towers [in September 2001 in New York] as far I know, none of the ‘phone calls from people on board were messages of hatred or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking feeling that - love actually is all around.” [Love Actually­, Universal Studios, 2003]



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We have recently purchased the following books for our reference library - these can be viewed at our Bookshop:

Title Author

Lost Discoveries - Ancient Roots of Modern Science: D. Teresi

1421 - The Year China Discovered America: G. Menzies

Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come: N. Cohn

Underworld - Origins of Civilization: G. Hancock

The Seven Day Cycle - History of the Week : E. Zerubavel

A New Religious America: D.L. Eck

When Life Nearly Died - The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time: M.J. Benton.

Recently arrived is a limited number of the new booklet Evolution and Creation - A Theosophic Synthesis, by Will Thackara, Manager of the Theosophical University Press in Pasadena. This booklet is available at a cost of $9.00 plus postage.


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We have recently received the latest newsletter of our Ghanaian Section, Peace and Love No. 2, for June and it contains some very interesting articles with a beautiful African emphasis on Theosophical teachings. Justice Ray Eshun writes of Theosophical work in Ghana [but it could be here or anywhere]:

“...If we [in the Theosophical Society (Pasadena)] compare ourselves to the other sects and their multimillion members, we will feel pressure to expand our efforts in an outer material sense, but to the contrary the inner works is what really makes the difference. A single idea planted in someone’s soul at the right moment - that is, when they are ready for it - may well change the course of their life in a profoundly marvellous way. As with Theosophical meetings, the key is to try to feel out what the other person wants and needs. If we are keen to meet the needs of those whom we encounter in the natural course of our lives, we will be helping to build the spiritual temple of thought and feeling that is the true house of God.”

South Africa:

From the latest Contact (Sept., 2004), Maud Oosterwijk writes, “... It is this awareness of what life and living is really about which is forgotten in the hustle and bustle of city-life. Being out in nature makes us more conscious of its beauty and of the inter-connectedness of all that lives. Once this consciousness is awakened and we become tuned in, our attitude towards plants and creatures, yes, even towards rocks and water, changes. Slowly we start looking at people in a different way. We see the similarity of composition of a human body, who has earth qualities, plant qualities, mineral qualities, and last but not least, star qualities...”


From the Dutch Newsletter Impuls (Sept. 2004) Laura Vink writes: “...The proof that our inner god is so close that we often overlook it. It accompanies us with every step we take. We should try each day to be aware of the presence of this inner friend, even while doing the most mundane things, such as shopping or preparing the lettuce and carrots. This is the only way we can do much for others in this life, and this also applies to the protectors of humanity, who are ceaselessly searching for the inner light radiated by those who put themselves at the service of humanity.”


Recently the prestigious medical Journal of Pediatric Surgery celebrated the life of Polish children’s doctor Janusz Korczak who died in the Treblinka concentration camp in 1942. He was an inspiration to all Theosophists in his lifelong commitment to children’s health and rights. He was a famous author of books on child psychology [“How to Love a Child”], known by all Polish children {“King Matt the First”] Dr. Korczak believed that within each child burned a moral spark that could vanquish the darker aspects of human nature. To prevent that spark from being extinguished, one had to love and nurture the young, and make it possible for them to believe in truth and justice. The dignity that he and his band of children displayed as they marched to their deaths at Treblinka was so impressive that the concentration camp guards stood to attention as they passed by. Near the end of his life he was asked: “When everyone acts inhuman, what should a man do?” His reply was: “He should act more human”.


Paul Rooke - Melbourne.



St. Malachi was an Irish cleric who lived in the later half of the 12th century. Towards the end of his life he had a dream in which he saw each of the remaining Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. At the time that he had the dream he foresaw that there would be 112 popes from the time of Celestius (1143) until the last Pope. The last Pope will be, Peter the Roman, who will preside over the break-up and the destruction of the Catholic Church. We are then invited to follow the time-line and watch it to see whether this is what happens or not.

The last three popes will be those of the “Supreme Tests”.

Name: Conversations (Cannon) Waldben

Flos Florum - Paul VI

De Meditate Lunae Paul VI John Paul I

De Labore Solis John Paul II (present) John Paul II

De Gloria Olivae Short reign Short reign

Peter the Roman Final Final


What St. Malachi has then gone on to say is that under De Gloria Olivae times would be fairly good, but not for very long, then when Peter the Roman takes over he will be the final Pope for the Roman Catholic Church. He will be seduced by the Anti-Christ and won’t have a firm belief in God such as we currently have with John Paul II. Apparently his ideals won’t be as firmly held and he will be corrupted. What will then happen is that Rome will be destroyed during the course of his Papacy and he will have to move the church from Rome to some other location. The church will fall into moral decline under his rule and eventually break up. If St. Malachi is correct, this is something that we would probably expect to foresee in the next 25 to 30 years.


These are a series of visions granted to three children in Fatima, Portugal, over a five-month period in the later half of 1917. All these children are now dead, although the last one survived until, I think, the 1960s.

Three secret messages were given. Firstly, mankind at the time was following a path of sinful rebellion that would lead millions to an eternity in hell. Secondly, the beginning of World War II in 1939 was predicted and, in conjunction with the commencement of war there would be a widespread decline in spirituality, both during and after World War II. Thirdly, the last vision was kept secret, but left in written form with the Vatican in 1944, and made public in 1960. It concerned the military and political dangers that would affect the world towards the end of the 20th century.

The last vision itself was in three parts. These are:

(I) There would be an increase in physical catastrophes, i.e. wars, floods, earthquakes and volcanic activity.

(II) There would be a massive loss of faith in God, coupled with a devastating war which would bring mankind to the verge of extinction.

(III) This war could be averted if the Pope published the warnings of the Fatima vision and consecrated Russia to the Virgin Mary rather than to God as is required under the tenets of the Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II has come some of the way towards accommodating these requirements. He does not appear to have averted the predicted outcomes, although he has attempted to acknowledge Mary and there is an ongoing revival of Christian faith in Russia currently.


by Dr. Kaygorodoff, from Lucifer V. 8, No. 43, March 1891.

The custom of the Christmas tree is a very recent institution. It is of a late date not only in Russia, but also in Germany, where it was first established and whence it spread everywhere, in the New as well as in the Old World. In France the Christmas tree was adopted only after the Franco-German war, later therefore than 1870. According to Prussian chronicles, the custom of lighting the Christmas tree as we now find it in Germany was established about a hundred years ago. It penetrated into Russia about 1830, and was very soon adopted throughout the Empire by the richer classes.

It is very difficult to trace the custom historically. Its origin belongs undeniably to the highest antiquity. Fir trees have ever been held in honour by the ancient nations of Europe. As ever-green plants, and symbols of never-dying vegetation, they were sacred to the nature-deities, such as Pan, Isis, and others. According to ancient folklore the pine was born from the body of the nymph Pitys+ (the Greek name of that tree), the beloved of the gods Pan and Boreas. During the vernal festivals in honour of the great goddess of Nature, fir trees were brought into the temples decorated with fragrant violets.

The ancient Northern peoples of Europe had a like reverence for the pine and fir trees in general, and made great use of them at their various festivals. Thus, for instance, it is well known that the pagan priests of ancient Germany, when celebrating the first stage of the sun’s return toward the vernal equinox, held in their hands highly ornamented pine branches. And this points to the great probability of the now Christian custom of lighting Christmas trees being the echo of the pagan custom of regarding the pine as a symbol of a solar festival, the precursor of the birth of the Sun. It stands to reason that its adoption and establishment in Christian Germany imparted to it a new, and so to speak, Christian form. Thence fresh legends - as is always the case - explaining in their own way the origin of the ancient custom. We know of one such legend, remarkably poetical in its charming simplicity, which purports to give the origin of this now universally prevailing custom of ornamenting Christmas trees with lighted wax tapers.

Near the cave in which was born the Saviour of the world grew three trees - a pine, an olive, and a palm. On that holy eve when the guiding star of Bethlehem appeared in the heavens, that star which announced to the long-suffering world the birth of Him, who brought to mankind the glad tidings of a blissful hope, all nature rejoiced and is said to have carried to the feet of the Infant-God her best and holiest gifts.

Among others the olive tree that grew at the entrance of the cave of Bethlehem brought forth its golden fruits; the palm offered to the Babe its green and shadowy vault, as a protection against heat and storm; alone the pine had nought to offer. The poor tree stood in dismay and sorrow, vainly trying to think what it could present as a gift to the Child-Christ. Its branches were painfully drooping down, and the intense agony of its grief finally forced from its bark and branches a flood of hot transparent tears, whose large resinous and gummy drops fell thick and fast around it. A silent star, twinkling in the blue canopy of heaven, perceived these tears; and forthwith, confabulating with her companions - lo, a miracle took place. Hosts of shooting stars fell down, like unto a great rain shower, on the pine until they twinkled and shone from every needle, from top to bottom. Then trembling with joyful emotion, the pine proudly raised her drooping branches and appeared for the first time before the eyes of a wondering world, in most dazzling brightness. From that time, the legend tells us, men adopted the habit of ornamenting the pine tree on Christmas Eve with numberless lighted candles.” + A nymph beloved by the god Pan and changed into a fir tree. - [EDS.]


The following is an old Indian story teaching the philosophy of the Oneness of All as well as stressing the concept of Maya – illusion and the reality of the world.

Once upon a time, a young man went to a venerable old gentleman and asked him to accept him as a student as he was very keen to find out about his own Self, to discover Self, and to discover therefore the Truth about Maya.

It was during the last secret lesson the Master was teaching him that all of a sudden the pupil exclaimed: “I understand. The Self is within me, the Atman that’s in me is God, therefore I am God and everything else is illusion.”

Very happy, very elated the student went on his way home, walking along the middle of the road. At the end of the road a big elephant could be seen ambling along with his Mahout on top of him. The student saw the elephant and thought to himself: “I am not going to leave the road, after all I am God and everything else is an illusion, so why should I get out of the way.”

The Mahout – the rider of the elephant – was shouting at the student to get out of the way, but he took no notice and just kept on walking. Finally, the sutdent and the elephant stood in front of each other. The student, believing he was God and all else an illusion, did not give way.

The elephant looked down at the puny human being, swung its trunk and circled the student’s waist and tossed him to the side of the road, and continued on his way.

Bruised, shocked and humiliated, the student picked himself up. He was very upset, for he could not understand how God could treat God like this.

Instead of going home, he went back to the Master and told him what had happened. The Master looked at him and smiled and said: “Yes, my Son, it is quite true, God is within you and all else is illusion. God is within the elephant and all else is illusion, but God is also within the Mahout and you did not listen to God teling you to get out of the way.”


Throw away the books, abandon cleverness, and look, taste, feel, listen. This World is not a matter for theories.”

From a Book ‘A Thousand Path to ZEN’ by Robert Allen


Ray James:

From New South Wales we recently received the news of the passing of Ray James, a former President of our Society, on 31st July 2004. Ray was introduced to Theosophical ideas at a young age, joining a ‘Lotus Circle’ [then the children’s organisation of our Society], when he was 10 or 11years of age. In 1937 in his late teens, after hearing about the Fraterization Movement between the various branches of the Theosophical movement, initiated by G. de Purucker, he joined our T.S. He became involved in the Lotus Circle work of the Melbourne Lodge and wrote the “Quarterly Review” newsletter report of its activities. In 1947 the then Leader of our T.S., Colonel Conger, named Ray as National President of the Australian Section and he served our T.S. in this capacity until 1951. Ray continued to work with the Melbourne group until the early 1970s. On moving to New South Wales, Ray pursued his interests in esoteric philosophy as a writer of poetry and discourses on many subjects many of which are in our Melbourne library, and with Buddhist groups and the T.S. [Adyar]. Ray was a kind, sensitive, but always strong-minded servant of the Society’s work. We salute his contributions to preserving and fostering knowledge of the Ancient Wisdom in Australia.

“When you reach the mountain top,

then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your

limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

Rosien Chatz:

Rosien Chatz, a member of our T.S. since 1977, passed away on 5th July 2004. Rosien came to our shores from South Africa and her principal interest was in health and healing in relation to T.S. teaching. She was a mine of information on healthy living and diet, and she lived a long and healthy life, jogging regularly into her 90’s! Thank you for your unique input into the work of the Melbourne group, Rosien, we will miss you.



When Earth’s last picture is painted,

and the tubes are twisted and


When the oldest colours are faded,

and the youngest critic had died;

We shall rest, and faith we shall

need it, - and lie down for an

aeon or two,

Till the Master of all Good

Workmen shall put us to work


Rudyard Kipling.

Andrew Rooke - National Secretary.


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