Martin Leiderman, Elton Hall, Alex Bianchi, Kirk Gradin, Pablo Sender
Martin Leiderman, Tuesday, November 2
Introduction to Stanzas l, ll, lll
Martin Leiderman is an industrial engineer who retired in 2019 after 37 years at an avionics company. He is a long-time student of Theosophy and a Life Member of the Theosophical Society in America as well as a national and international lecturer in Spanish and English. Presently, Martin is a Board Member of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, CA. He has facilitated studies at Blavatsky House-The Hague, ITC-Naarden, in Spain, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and at Krotona School of Theosophy. In addition to studies in Theosophy, particularly The Secret Doctrine, The Mahatma Letters and The Voice of the Silence, his interests include ancient Egypt, Plato and the Neoplatonists, Hermetic literature, Alchemy and comparative symbology.
Elton Hall, Wednesday, November 3
Stanza l, The Night of the Universe
Elton Hall has been a Theosophist since 1967, an associate of ULT Santa Barbara in 1968. He taught philosophy and world religions at various universities and colleges for over 40 years. Now living in Ithaca, New York, he has joined the Board of the International Theosophical Conferences and has given presentations to that body and to various Theosophical groups in the United States. He believes that Universal Brotherhood binds all Theosophists together as a reflection of the One Life and seeks to heighten our awareness of that living truth.
Alex Bianchi, Thursday, November 4
Stanza ll, The Idea of Differentiation
Alex Bianchi was born in Italy in 1962. He became a student of Theosophy through the United Lodge of Theosophists, Los Angeles in 1990. Since then, he has been translating the theosophical writings of H.P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge, and Robert Crosbie into Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. He aspires to create bridges among the different spiritual traditions in the light of the first and second objects of the Theosophical Society.
Kirk Gradin, Friday, November 5
Stanza lll, The Awakening of the Cosmos
Kirk Gradin is a longtime student of theosophia, an associate of the United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT) for 42 years, and the author of numerous articles, talks, and podcasts on theosophical and related themes. Since the early 1990s he has also been an architect with his own practice and completed projects in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Florida.
Pablo Sender, Saturday, November 6
Science and The Secret Doctrine
Pablo Sender, PhD, has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1996. He has lived and worked at the international headquarters of the TS in Adyar, India, at the national center of the TS in America, and is currently residing in the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California. He has presented programs and retreats in India, Europe, Oceania, and the three Americas. He writes for many Theosophical journals and is the author of The Evolution of the Higher Consciousness. www.pablosender.com
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