Esoteric Traditions in the Ancient and Modern World
Greece, 22-26 June 2012

Organized by Stoa Hypatia with support of the Theosophical Society in Greece, Alexandria West and the Hellenic Magazine Abaton

Online lectures

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Christianity's Pagan Beliefs and Origins in Light of Non-Canonical Evidence and Hints by Jerry Hejka-Ekins

Jerry Hejka-Ekins is president of Alexandria West, a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the promulgation of the Universal Wisdom Tradition, and to the preservation of the modern and ancient writings of those who have contributed to it. He received a M.A. degree from California State University Stanislaus. Since 1963, he has been active with various Theosophical Organizations where he has lectured, organized seminars and published. He is also an associate editor of Theosophical History, a peer reviewed journal concerned with the modern Theosophical Movement.

The Ethics of H.P. Blavatsky by Dr. April Hejka Ekins

Dr. April Hejka Ekins is professor emeritus of Public Administration at California State University, Stanislaus. For over 24 years, she has taught a wide range of subjects in the master’s program, including courses in Public Service Ethics Organization Theory. Prior to her academic career, she attained a Master’s degree in Social Work and worked as a therapist for ten years in Community Mental Health. April and her husband, Jerry Hejka-Ekins, founded a non-profit organization, Alexandria West, which is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Ancient Wisdom and includes an extensive library, educational program and service projects.

By the Book or by the Example? Scholarship and Practice in the Western Mysteries by Dr. Orlando Fernadez

Dr. Orlando Fernadez is the first-born son of a popular wise woman of the Conchero magical tradition in Mexico, Orlando started his spiritual journey at a very early age, participating in festivals and open air rituals very often performed at the top of forgotten pyramids, set in the the volcanic landscape of his native land. Some years later, while reading pure mathematics in a Mexican university, Orlando discovered his true spiritual love: the Western Esoteric tradition. The charms of Rosicrucianism, Alchemy and Theosophy proved to be an irresistible attraction and since then Orlando has been studying with and participating in the practical work of several esoteric fraternities. In particular he has been a member of the Theosophical Society in England for several years, where he has been invited to give lectures to his fellow Theosophists on several occasions. Orlando likes to emphasize that he has approached the esoteric not only from the practical side but he also has a keen interest in the philosophical and the scholarly aspects of the esoteric. Orlando completed an MA in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter writing a memoire on "Music and Esotericism in the Twentieth Century". Being trained as a scientist - having obtained a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of Paris followed by a series of postgraduate research work in King's College of London - Orlando is also very interested in the relationship between science and the esoteric, and is currently writing a PhD dissertation on the influence of esoteric thought upon the developments of the interpretation of quantum mechanics in the latter part of the twentieth century. Orlando also likes to point out that his spiritual journey towards the East is far from finished. Starting in Mexico, continuing through Europe, Orlando is now pushing further east as he is now engaging with the practical side of Kashmir Shaivism, and he is pursuing a serious programme of Yoga in Rishikesh in the amazing Ashram of Swami Shivananda. Half joking he is now saying that he would not be surprised if his next esoteric endeavour were to be found somewhere in China.

Christmas - The Birth of Mithras - The discovery of the historical sun-god Mithras by Holger Kersten

Holger Kersten was a teacher of Christian Theology in Germany. For 40 years he was making an intensive research-work on the historical Jesus. In 1981 he published the international bestseller “Jesus lived in India” (published in 38 languages, 4 million copies sold). For the last ten years he is researching about the historical figure of the rock-born sun-god MITHRAS and discovered his birth-cave in Eastern Anatolia.

Inter-religious Dialogue fostered by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 16th Century India by Dr. Ajit Murti

Dr. Ajit Murti is Professor Emeritus of Operations Management at California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA. In the last few years of his teaching career, his research interest has been in the area of spirituality and ethics in the work place. He has presented and published numerous papers in this field. Dr. Murti has been a life long theosophist and a member of the American Section since 1975, and had served as National Treasurer under Dora Kunz. He has spoken at TS lodges in Fresno, Berkeley and Oakland, CA. His current interests are in teaching mindfulness-based meditation in the community.

The Armchair Occultist: Godfrey Higgins, Anacalypsis and Modern Occultism by Marc Demarest

Marc Demarest is the curator of Emma Hardinge Britten Archive.

The Early Theosophical Society and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor by Paul K. Johnson

Paul K. Johnson is an author of three books in the Western Esoteric Traditions series published by State University of New York Press, K. Paul Johnson, MLS, is currently exploring the history of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor for two projects forthcoming from The Typhon Press. The proposed conference presentation will be a PowerPoint drawing on research already completed for a chapter in the collection Con Artists and True Believers.

Thorns and Roses: Approaching Difficult Theosophical History by Brett Forray

Brett Forray has recently completed writing a history about the so-called “Judge Case” that occurred within The Theosophical Society during the 1890s entitled Troubled Emissaries: How Madame Blavatsky's Successors Transformed the Theosophical Society, 1891-1896. Mr. Forray has been a student, member or an associate of several Theosophical organizations since 1975. He is also a founding Board Member of Alexandria West in Turlock, California.

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