The Theosophical
Society in Australia

With International Headquarters at Adyar, Chennai, India.

Canberra Branch ANU

Emeritus Faculty Building, Australian National University, 24 Balmain Crescent, Acton ACT

Gerard Brennan on Karma

Public talk, 2.00 - 3.30 pm, 16 March 2019.

Featured Speaker:Gerard Brennan
Venue:Canberra Branch ANU

q&a and refreshments follow the presentation

About the Presentation

This talk will examine the causal nature of karma and how it can restore balance in a world where some imbalance has occurred. It will also examine the whole concept of karma and how it can manifest on various levels, including the realms of thought, word and deed. There will be an examination of ideas about karma that are evident in a number of religious traditions, including Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions. The process of karma will be looked at as a universal law and one that is an inherent feature of the universe. Rather than see karma as something punitive it will be explored as an indispensable agent that ultimately ensures that justice and harmony prevail. The concept will be examined from a personal, national and global perspective to see how the laws of causality operate at various levels.

The talk will include interactive aspects where the audience will be able to participate through discussion, the asking of questions and involvement in practical activities. Drawing on the experience of the audience attempts will be made to make links between the theoretical aspects of karma and how this universal law may be worked with practically in our own lives.

About the Presenter

I joined the Theosophical Society in 1997 and have a strong interest in the ideals of universal brotherhood and the universal law of Karma. For many years I have had an interest in Eastern philosophy and particularly the study of Advaita Vedanta. I am an English teacher by profession and have a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Sydney. I served on the committee of Blavatsky Lodge as Secretary and in other capacities. I am currently President of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS.

Over the years I was attracted to Theosophy due to its non-sectarian and universal approach to the study of religion and spirituality, seeing all religions as an expression of the Divine Wisdom. I believe that the Theosophical Society has tremendous potential to help bring humanity closer together through its emphasis on unqualified brotherhood. Through the study of philosophy, religion and science the TS can also help bring people to a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.


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