Speakers

Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
M. M. Sundresh
Judge of the Supreme Court of India
Rajaram Nityananda
Professor of Physics, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR
Joss Brooks
Veteran Australian Ecologist, Pitchandikulam Forest Auroville
Charlton "Chally" Jules P. Romero
General Secretary of the TS in the Philippines
Vinay Kumar Patri
President of Madras Theosophical Federation, India
Richard Sell
National President of the New Zealand Section
Isis de Resende
Member of the TS in Brazil
Deepa Padhi
International Vice-President of the Theosophical Society
Pradeep Gohil
President of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society
Sankara Bhagavadpada
A Hindu teacher of Jnana Yoga, and Commentator on the life-time work of Sri J. Krishnamurti
Elif Kamisli
Exhibition maker and writer
Anupama Gaur
Director & Chief Conservator
WFYT
World Federation of Young Theosophists
Vimal Chand
Yoga Teacher
Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu
President of the TS in France
Radha Raghunathan
Director of Sanskrit Department in Adyar Library&Research Centre
Gerard Brennan
President of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS
Global Rhythms
Vocalists and Musicians
Hemalatha Senathipathi
Sculptor and Painter
BEAT Choir
Choir, Chennai, India
Erica Georgiades
Director of the School of the Wisdom of Adyar, living in Greece
Marcos de Resende
Ex-General Secretary of the TS in Brazil
Patrizia Calvi
Secretary of the TS in Italy
Stephen McDonald
National President of the TS in Australia
Douglas Keene
National President of the Theosophical Society in America
Sonal Murali
Director of Adyar Theosophical Academy
Jaishree Kannan
Librarian and Officer in charge of the Surendra Narayan Archives
Shikhar Agnihotri
Convention Officer, National Lecturer and International Speaker
Nancy Secrest
International Secretary of TOS and International Treasurer of the TS

Schedule

04 Jan 2025
Time Subject Summary Speaker Convention Number
08:30 - 17:00 General Council Meeting For members of the General Council only
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
148
15:00 - 16:00 Candle Ceremony Order of the Round Table. Delegates can watch the Ceremony and are requested to occupy seats by 2.45 PM.
Vinay Kumar Patri
President of Madras Theosophical Federation, India
148
16:00 - 17:00 Council of the Order of the Round Table For members of the Round Table Council only 148
17:15 - 17:45 Inauguration of New Quadrangle and the Indian Canteen New Quadrangle (accommodation), and Canteen at Bhojanasala 148
05 Jan 2025
Time Subject Summary Speaker Convention Number
09:30 - 10:45 KEYNOTE "ADYAR EXTENSION" KEYNOTE and Report of Activities of the TS worldwide by Tim Boyd, International President
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
148
11:00 - 11:45 Inauguration of exhibitions at Library building 1) Sculptures and paintings by Artist Hemalatha 2) Archives: The Spirit of Adyar, A Journey into the Past and Radha Burnier, A Multi-faceted Leader
Hemalatha Senathipathi
Sculptor and Painter
148
11:45 - 12:15 Opening of Stalls Stalls of Olcott Education Society (OES) and Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary (BMAD) 148
12:00 - 14:30 Indian Section Council Meeting - I For Members of the Indian Section Council only 148
13:30 - 14:30 Inauguration of Exhibitions at the Headquarters building 1) The Renaissance of Art in Adyar: Paintings of Florence Ada Fuller and 2) Permanent display of historical items at the Blavatsky Museum 148
14:30 - 15:30 BESANT LECTURE: "Virtue" Hon'ble Justice M. M. Sundresh, Judge of the Supreme Court of India
M. M. Sundresh
Judge of the Supreme Court of India
148
15:30 - 16:30 Reception Snacks near Admin building 148
16:30 - 17:45 New Year's World Music Concert Global Rhythms – Blueprint of a New World, Award-winning Vocalists, Musicians.
Global Rhythms
Vocalists and Musicians
148
19:30 - 21:00 Ritual of the Mystic Star Delegates can watch the Ceremony and are requested to occupy seats by 7.25 PM at the Headquarters Hall 148
01 Jan 2024
Time Subject Summary Speaker Convention Number
06:00 - 07:00 Early morning practices Three options: Puja, Silent Walking Meditation, or Yoga
Vimal Chand
Yoga Teacher
148
08:30 - 09:30 Symposium: "Exploring and Understanding" Speakers Richard Sell "Understanding an Explorers Mind", Isis de Resende "The Science and the Art of Living", Gerard Brennan "Seeking and Knowing"
Gerard Brennan
President of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS
Isis de Resende
Member of the TS in Brazil
Richard Sell
National President of the New Zealand Section
148
09:45 - 11:00 Short lectures: 1) Understanding Universal Intelligence, 2) Intelligence: the Foundation of All Life Short lectures by Dr Deepa Padhi and Mr Stephen McDonald
Stephen McDonald
National President of the TS in Australia
Deepa Padhi
International Vice-President of the Theosophical Society
148
11:00 - 12:30 Indian Section Convention - I "Inaugural address" by Tim Boyd, International President. "State of the Indian Section Address" by Pradep Gohil, President of the Indian Section.
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
Pradeep Gohil
President of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society
148
13:00 - 14:45 TOS India Executive For TOS India Executive members only 148
13:30 - 16:00 Visit the Exhibitions Exhibitions in Headquarters and at the Library building 148
13:30 - 14:45 Visit to Social Welfare Centre (SWC) Social Welfare Centre and Vocational Training Centre present cultural activities at SWC 148
15:00 - 16:15 Workshops I Workshops on 1) Education, 2) Chanting, and 3) Seven Rays
Jaishree Kannan
Librarian and Officer in charge of the Surendra Narayan Archives
Sonal Murali
Director of Adyar Theosophical Academy
WFYT
World Federation of Young Theosophists
148
17:00 - 18:00 THEOSOPY-SCIENCE LECTURE: "Contemporary Science: Facts, Ideas, Questions" Public lecture by Prof. Rajaram Nityananda
Rajaram Nityananda
Professor of Physics, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR
148
19:30 - 20:30 THEOSOPHY BY ART: BEAT Choir & Skit by B.T.F. BEAT, Bank Employees Art Troop, an awarded choir. B.T.F., Bombay Theosophical Federation.
BEAT Choir
Choir, Chennai, India
148
31 Dec 2024
Time Subject Summary Speaker Convention Number
06:00 - 07:00 Early morning practices Three options: Puja, Silent Walking Meditation, or Yoga
Vimal Chand
Yoga Teacher
148
08:30 - 09:30 Devotional Meeting Pooja at the Bharata Samaj Temple by Chandrika Mehta 148
10:15 - 11:15 Panel on "Intelligence and Human Need" Panel discussion with Marcos de Resende, Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu, and Chally Romero
Marcos de Resende
Ex-General Secretary of the TS in Brazil
Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu
President of the TS in France
Charlton "Chally" Jules P. Romero
General Secretary of the TS in the Philippines
148
11:15 - 12:00 Discussion Groups Facilitated discussion groups 148
13:00 - 14:45 Indian Section Council Meeting - II For Members of the Indian Section Council only 148
13:30 - 15:00 Bharata Samaj Association General Body meeting. For Members of the Association only. 148
13:30 - 15:00 Visit to Adyar Theosophical Academy (ATA) 'Wonderscape': An exhibition of ATA primary & middle school student explorations. 148
13:30 - 16:00 Visit the Exhibitions Exhibitions in Headquarters and at the Library building 148
15:15 - 16:00 Interview of Ven. Olande Ananda Thera Ven. Olande Ananda Thera, Venerable Buddhist Monk, Sri Lanka. Interviewer is Patrizia Calvi, Italy.
Patrizia Calvi
Secretary of the TS in Italy
148
17:00 - 18:00 PANEL: Theosophy and Art - From Origin to Horizons Speakers are Elif Kamisli (Exhibition Manager), Anupama Gaur (Consultant Conservator), and Erica Georgiades (Director of the School of the Wisdom)
Erica Georgiades
Director of the School of the Wisdom of Adyar, living in Greece
Anupama Gaur
Director & Chief Conservator
Elif Kamisli
Exhibition maker and writer
148
19:30 - 20:30 Evening Program The Play is cancelled. We watch a movie or a documentary. 148
01 Jan 2025
Time Subject Summary Speaker Convention Number
06:00 - 07:00 Early morning practices Three options: Puja, Silent Walking Meditation, or Yoga
Vimal Chand
Yoga Teacher
148
08:30 - 09:30 Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) Presentation by Nancy Secrest after which a Dance performance by Sri Arunodayam Home for Mentally Challenged Destitute Children
Nancy Secrest
International Secretary of TOS and International Treasurer of the TS
148
09:45 - 10:45 Dialogue on "Theosophical Work and Universal Intelligence" Dialogue between Tim Boyd and Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu
President of the TS in France
148
10:45 - 12:30 Indian Section Convention - II "Illumination from Within" Open to all delegates. Five speakers of TS in India
Deepa Padhi
International Vice-President of the Theosophical Society
148
13:00 - 14:45 TOS India Annual General Body Meeting Theosophical Order of Service in India 148
13:30 - 16:00 Visit the Exhibitions Exhibitions in Headquarters and at the Library building 148
13:30 - 14:45 Visit to Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School (OMHSS) Cultural Activities at the Olcott School 148
15:00 - 16:15 Workshops II Workshops on 1) Education, 2) Chanting, and 3) Art as a Language of the Universal Intelligence
Jaishree Kannan
Librarian and Officer in charge of the Surendra Narayan Archives
Sonal Murali
Director of Adyar Theosophical Academy
WFYT
World Federation of Young Theosophists
148
17:00 - 18:00 PUBLIC LECTURE: "Remembering the Future Garden" Joss Brooks, Veteran Australian Ecologist, Pitchandikulam Forest Auroville
Joss Brooks
Veteran Australian Ecologist, Pitchandikulam Forest Auroville
148
19:30 - 20:30 Cultural Evening Sharing by the Delegates and Adyar Choir
Vinay Kumar Patri
President of Madras Theosophical Federation, India
148
02 Jan 2025
Time Subject Summary Speaker Convention Number
06:00 - 07:00 Early morning practices Three options: Puja, Silent Walking Meditation, or Yoga
Vimal Chand
Yoga Teacher
148
08:30 - 09:30 Questions & Answers Q&A session with Tim Boyd, Deepa Padhi, Pradeep Gohil and Douglas Keene
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
Douglas Keene
National President of the Theosophical Society in America
Pradeep Gohil
President of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society
Deepa Padhi
International Vice-President of the Theosophical Society
148
09:45 - 10:45 Short lectures on Advaita and Universal Intelligence 1. "Universal Intelligence is to Know the Field and the Knower of the Field — An Advaitic Perspective Based on Śrīmad Bhagavadgītā 13.2" by Dr Radha Raghunathan. 2. "“Advaita, self-Knowledge and Universal Intelligence” by Dr Sankar Bhagavadpada
Radha Raghunathan
Director of Sanskrit Department in Adyar Library&Research Centre
Sankara Bhagavadpada
A Hindu teacher of Jnana Yoga, and Commentator on the life-time work of Sri J. Krishnamurti
148
12:00 - 14:00 Indian Section Council Meeting - III For Members of the Indian Council only 148
13:30 - 15:00 Visit the Exhibitions Exhibitions in Headquarters and at the Library building 148
14:00 - 15:00 Admission of new members International President talks to the new members and gives them Diplomas
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
148
15:00 - 16:00 Plenary Session Reports from the workshops, World Federation of Young Theosophists (WFYT) and Propagation Project
WFYT
World Federation of Young Theosophists
148
17:00 - 18:00 PRESIDENT'S LECTURE: "The Land and Us" Public Lecture by Tim Boyd, International President of the Theosophical Society
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
148
18:00 - 18:30 Closing of the Convention Closing words by International President; Vote of Thanks by Shikhar Agnihotri, Convention Officer
Tim Boyd
International President of the Theosophical Society
Shikhar Agnihotri
Convention Officer, National Lecturer and International Speaker
148