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Geoffrey Farthing

Geoffrey Farthing
T.D., C. Eng,. M.I.E.E.
(1909-2004)
Geoffrey Farthing - biography

A lifelong student of Theosophy, Geoffrey was one of it's finest minds and became one of it's all time greatest exponents. He studied Theosophy for some 60 years, lecturing in many countries. He held numerous positions in the Theosophical Society in England including General Secretary (1969-72). He served a term as a member of the Society's General Council at Adyar, India and was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Ferderation for a number of years. He was a director of the European School of Theosophy and its annual study week convened all over Europe was the occasion of some of his finest lectures and where he shared some of his deepest insights into the nature of the Esoteric Philosophy.

Geoffrey was awarded the International Theosophical Society's highest award 'The Subba Row Medal' in 1996 for his outstanding contribution to theosophical literature.

Geoffrey Farthing 'The Constant Theosophist' - an article by Robert Kitto,
Life And Work of Geoffrey Farthing - The Autobiographic Testimony Of a Leading Theosophist: a tribute by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
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Articles by Geoffrey Farthing

(organised in publication date sequence)

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What Is The Theosophical Society?

Has The Theosophical Society lost it's sense of purpose? Has it been - as Geoffrey asks - buried in accretions; distorted in its purpose from those who followed on from H.P. Blavatsky?

The above article first appeared in 'The Theosophist' Magazine Nov. 1969.


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What is Theosophy? - What Theosophy is Not.

A controversial look at the true meaning of Theosophy. Geoffrey Farthing strongly believed that the teachings as given out by H.P. Blavatsky etc had been distorted after her death.

First published as 'What Theosophy is Not' in 'The Theosophist' magazine in two parts; May-June 1971, at which time Geoffrey Farthing was General Secretary of the Theosophical Society in England. Subsequently reprinted as 'What is Theosophy'

First published in 'The Theosophist' May-June 1971


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(About) The Secret Doctrine

How the secret docrine and H.P. Blavatsky's book of the same name relate.

First published in 'The Theosophist' ; September 1971


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The Bondage of Being

Freedom? There can be no final freedom in conditioned existence. How then can it be achieved?

Publication date Nov. 1972; The American Theosophist. Web version 2014.


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The Writings of H. P. Blavatsky

A Summary of the principle writings of H.P.B.

First publication date unknown. Web version 2013.


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The Relation of Theosophy to the Theosophical Society
From the proceedings of the 1975 World Congress

From notes of a Task Force Study Group, Chaired by Geoffrey Farthing, at The Theosophical Society Centenary World Congress, New York 1975.

First published in 'The Theosophist' Jan 1976


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Akasa and the Astral Light

a study paper on the nature of the akasa (akasha), a,d the astral light.

First published The Theosophical Journal Jan/Feb 1977 Vol.18 No. 1


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Man: his bodies, vehicles and principles

A knowledge of the constitution of man is the key to understanding many Theosophical concepts.

First published The Theosophical Journal Mar/Apr 1977 Vol.18 No. 2


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The Bible is a Marvellous Book

Introduces us to the profound esotericism of the Bible; a compendium of the Wisdom tradition.

First published The Theosophical Journal May/Jun 1977 Vol.18 No. 3


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More about the Bible

The more one studies what H.P. Blavatsky had to say about the Bible, the more one is struck by her ability at interpreting the meanings of otherwise obscure sayings and H.P.B.'s enormous knowledge of other religious systems.

First published The Theosophical Journal Jul/Aug 1977 Vol.18 No. 4


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The Marriage in Cana

An interpretation of the symbology of The Marriage in Cana, St John's Gospel, as expressed through modern Theosophy and the writings of H. P. Blavatsky.

First published The Theosophical Journal Sep/Oct 1977 Vol.18 No. 5


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SELF, Self, self

a study paper on the nature of the lower personal self, and higher individuality.

First published The Theosophical Journal Nov/Dec 1977 Vol.18 No. 6


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To the Outer Head of the Adyar Esoteric Section - a letter

The 1976 Letter to Dr. I. K. Taimni, Regarding the Future of Adyar Esoteric School and The Theosophical Society itself.

First published by Carlos Cardoso Aveline at www.esoteric-philosophy.com Aug 2011


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The Group Soul Question

The above article was written as 'points for consideration' following an article, written by Ted Davy, appearing in the July/August 1982 issue of 'Canadian Theosophist'


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Elementals

The above article first appeared in 'The Theosophist' Magazine, feb/jan 1990.


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Man and the Cosmic Hierarchies

Previously unpublished. Written March 1990.


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Unity

Article first appeared in the American Theosophist May-June 1991


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Ever-Becoming - The Cosmic Process

The above article first appeared in 'The Theosophist' Magazine, Dec 1991.


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THEOSOPHY - The Tree of Life

Geoffrey Farthings response to John Algeo's 1990 article in The American Theosophist. John Algeo postulated that Theosophy is a set of ideas traceable through its literary history. Geoffrey Farthing emphasises the eternal and unchanging nature of Theosophy.


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HPB on Meditation and Yoga

from The Theosophist of December 1992


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Theosophy and Religion

unpublished article from December 1993


Theosophy as Religion

unpublished article from December 1993


Theosophy defined

from The Theosophist of December 1994


The "Theos" of Theosophy

from The Theosophist of March 1996


The Temple of Consciousness

from The Theosophist of August 1996


The Theosophical Society and the Wisdom Religion

from The Theosophist of October 1996


The Fourth Object

from The Theosophist of November 1996


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The Theosophical Society and Its Future ('Manifesto') and Supplement

from The High Country Theosophist May, 1997


The Theosophical Society and Its Future ('Manifesto') - letters relating to the Manifesto & Supplement.

from The High Country Theosophist 1997


The Background to the Founding of the Theosophical Society

from The Theosophist of February 1998


Toward Wisdom

from The Theosophist of August 1998


The Extraordinary story behind Isis Unveiled

from The Theosophist of October 1998


Freedom

from The Theosophist of August 1999


Why Study Theosophy?

A grasp of Theosophy requires mental effort and many, who think of themselves as spiritual aspirants question why it should be worth the effort. Geoffrey seeks to give encouragement by explaining the value to be derived therefrom.

Written October 1999 & previously unpublished. Web version 2013.


Master/H.P.B. Association of Theosophists; letter & editorial.

from Fohat magazine, Spring 2000, and High Country Theosophist magazine May, 2000


The Theosophical Society - 125 years old

from The Theosophist of November 2000


How is Theosophy Different?

a reflective look at the distinguishing differences between Theosophy (as presented by Blavatsky-Masters) from other contemporary movements.

Written November 2000 & previously unpublished. Web version 2013.


Some Thoughts on Conditioning

from The Theosophist of April 2001


The Vision

written December 2002, published 'The Theosophist' Magazine, August 2004


The Quest for the Holy Grail

April 2003, previously unpublished lecture notes. Web version 2013. The quest for the Grail is allegorical - the Grail itself being a symbol related to consciousness.


Some Thoughts on Pacifism - a letter

from High Country Theosophist, Sep-Oct issue 2003


Truth is One

The above article first appeared in 'The Theosophist' Magazine, February 2004


Ascending the Heights

'Insight' Autumn 2004 (Vol 45 No.3)


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Channelling and Ascension

previously unpublished; (being prepared for South-Eastern Federation Newsletter AQUARIUS). Web version 2011.


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C R E A T I O N from the Theosophical point of view

previously unpublished. Web version 2012.


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Man's Dilemmas

previously unpublished. Web version 2012.


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An Outline of the Ancient Wisdom

First published approx. 1993. Web version 2012.


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Faculties

previously unpublished. Web version 2012


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The Origins of Man on Earth

previously unpublished. Web version 2012


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HPB - Her Shining Example

An article written for White Lotus Day (commemoration of the life of H. P. Blavatsky). Continues below.

previously unpublished. Web version 2013.


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HPB - White Lotus Day

An article written for White Lotus Day (commemoration of the life of H. P. Blavatsky)

previously unpublished. Web version 2013.


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NATURE: NATURE AS THE BASIS OF TRUE RELIGION or
NATURE AS THE TRUE BASIS FOR RELIGION

With references to Nature in H.P.B.'s Collected Wrtings, Secret Doctrine vols I & II, & The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett.

previously unpublished. Web version 2014.


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PAPERS ON THE MAHATMA LETTERS

previously unpublished. Web version 2014

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