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Theosophical Order of Service International e-Newsletter
EN 51 - June 2019
In this issue:
  • Beyond Suffering
  • TOS Bhubaneswar/Odisha, India knows the meaning of service
  • Latest News - Cyclone Fani appeal
  • A Tribute to Fernando Perez Martin (from Spain TOS)
  • TOS Around the World: Italy, England, Pakistan, India
  • Do We Have Your Group’s Updated Contact Info?
Dear TS and TOS members and friends,

June is an interesting month. For those in some parts of the world school is just getting out and the children are excited to begin their summer break. It's the opposite for those in India where school lets out in April and begins again mid-June. I was surprised to learn this until I realized that it's all based on the hottest months being the break months. This is just one little thing that speaks to the diversity of cultures around the world. Learning of various cultural norms and respecting them is important in TOS service work if we are to be able to understand those we work with and for and approach them in a respectful and dignified manner.

Geography and weather can also be factors in our work, especially in areas where natural disasters have occurred. Our Featured Project this quarter tells of several efforts being operated or supported by the TOS in Bhubaneswar, Odisha Region in India, vocational training for impoverished women, an old age home, a Home for orphaned or abandoned girls and a shelter for destitute women. Nancy visited there in February and saw first hand the good work being done.

Ironically, our Latest News this quarter is an appeal for funds to help with clean-up and repair in the same area and of our very own projects that were damaged by cyclone Fani that hit the region just recently. Please help the TOS to continue its good work there.

What is your group doing? We’d like to know and to share it with your fellow TOS members.  Please send information about your activities with good quality photos, to: nancy.tosinternational@gmail.com. 

Yours in service ,

T he TOS in-touch.online tea m:
  • David Sztain, Editor
  • Nancy Secrest, International Secretary/Editing
  • Rozi Ulics, Webmaster/Editing
  • Vicki Jerome, Proofreader
When I began to practise meditation on compassion, I found that my sense of isolation began to diminish, while at the same time my personal sense of empowerment began to grow. Where once I saw only problems, I started to see solutions. Where once I viewed my own happiness as more important than the happiness of others, I began to see the well-being of others as the foundation of my own peace of mind. 

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, Harmony Books, 2007, Ch 13, p 178
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Beyond Suffering
By Suvralina Mohanty
We live and evolve in the lower 3 worlds: Physical, Emotional or Astral and Mental.
Evolution happens by experiences gained in these worlds. Since these are worlds of relativity, not of absolute truth, duality or polarity is the nature of things. This is the reason that in these worlds we cannot know sweetness if we don't know bitterness, cannot know success if we don't know failure, we cannot know happiness if we do not know pain. Having said this, it naturally follows that pain is not only inevitable but is necessary but ...
TOS Bhubaneswar/Odisha, India knows the meaning of service
By Nancy Secrest
What do an old age home, an orphanage for girls, vocational training and a home for destitute women have in common? The loving support of the TOS Bhubaneswar/Odisha Region in India. Led by Deepa Padhi, who is also the Vice-President of ...
Women waiting in line
Fernando Perez Martin 
A Tribute to Fernando Pérez Martin (from Spain TOS)
Fernando Pérez Martin of Madrid, Spain, a dedicated team member of the work of the TOS at the international level, passed to peace in February at the age of 92. As our Spanish language coordinator for close to 20 years, Fernando worked tirelessly to nurture service activity amongst our members in Latin America, corresponding with them, providing inspiring suggestions for projects, publishing a newsletter in Spanish and designing and continually enriching a website. He translated countless ...
Latest News
Cyclone Fani appeal
Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha Region, India, on May 3, causing extensive damage in the state. Three main cities: Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri have been devastated. Thousands of big trees, electric poles, traffic signals posts and mobile phone towers have been uprooted and fallen on the roads. The strong winds blew off the thatched ...

If you would like to help, please click on Read more, below, for wiring details
Damage from Cyclone Fani in India
TOS Around the World
Sandra Sartori and Stefania Schiavo
Annual Report from TOS Italy
The Co-Directors of TOS Italy, Sandra Sartori and Stefania Schiavo, head one of our most active groups, the TOS in Italy. They are sisters-in-law and have been part of the Italian Theosophical Society since 2013.

Upon joining, they immediately became active members of the "Gruppo Teosofico Aurora" in Vicenza and of the local TOS. They were appointed co-directors of the National TOS in 2016.
Teddies for Tragedies - TOS England
In 2000 , the TOS got involved with Teddies for Tragedies, a concept which encourages people to knit small teddies to give to children in third world countries recovering from treatment in hospitals, as it has been found that their recovery is smoother and quicker. The teddies are also given to children in hospitals, ...

Teddies for Tragedies
Children Performing a Peace Song at a School's Annual Function
TOS Pakistan
On the auspicious occasion of EID-UL-FITR, on behalf of the the Council of Management of TOS Pakistan and its affiliated projects: Qandeel Schools, Education Support Program, Minwalla Montessori Institute and Jamshed Memorial School, please accept our warmest greetings and Eid Mubarakbad to you and your families.

May God Almighty bestow upon all of us his choicest blessings to give us strength and courage to serve the needy and suffering humanity with compassion, kindness and greater zeal.

With warmest regards,
TOS Pakistan
Colloquium Educational Training Camp, Deolali: November 7 - 11, 2018
“The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less”.

It was the Greek philosopher Socrates who had propounded this concept of minimalism, stated the Convener Sis. Rashna Jehani referring to the consumerist attitude that makes us want to keep shopping instead of pursuing a simple lifestyle that can only come with a change of perception.
The Gateway of India, Mumbai
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Please check your country's TOS information on our  website here . You'll find it in the yellow, right-hand column on the home page. Click on your country's name and if the info is not correct, let us know. We want to make sure that your TOS group's information is up-to-date for our new website which is being designed.
“When a great moment knocks at the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss.”

Boris Pasternak, Russian Novelist (1890-1960)