Issue 4 - May 2009

Dear fellow members of the TS and TOS around the world,


We hope you are enjoying keeping in touch with what is happening in the TOS internationally. Our international electronic newsletter aims to keep you up to date with organisational developments, to bring you information to inspire your service work within or outside the TOS and to help you get to know TOS members outside your own country.


This fourth issue introduces some of the TOS team in the United Kingdom and shares news of our International Secretary’s campaigning on the streets of Paris as well as TOS news from Canada, India, France and Australia. You’ll also find information about a web organisation that can put you in touch with human rights campaigns around the globe, an article on the health risks of factory farming, several inspirational items and the first of a series of articles on service, by Mirabai Bush.


Remember that the newsletter is designed to be read while you are connected to the internet.


Please consider sending photographs of your TOS activities and news items that might be of interest to fellow TOS members. We would welcome your contributions, either through your National TOS Director/President/Coordinator/Correspondent or directly to the editors at:


Meet some of the TOS team in the United Kingdom

The TOS (UK) has been promoting the application of theosophical principles for just over 100 years. Its activities include raising funds, making donations to various causes and individual members helping charities in their own locality.   Read more ….


TOS news from around the world

Find out about TOS activities in Canada, France, Orissa in India and Brisbane in Australia.  


What’s new on the International TOS website?

The educational sponsorship program in Pakistan is the new Featured Project on our International TOS website. Read about how this TOS project is providing educational opportunities right through to university for girls and boys living in poverty and turning their lives around. The new Featured Article is an extract from a talk, The Spiritual Basis of Service, given at the International Convention in 2008 by prominent Chennai TOS member, Dr Sunita Maithreya. And of course there are additions to the TOS photo gallery and the Inspiration section.   Go to


Health dangers from factory farms

The recent world-wide alert over the possibility of a swine flu pandemic has raised serious questions about the health risks associated with factory farms.   Read more...


Act from the heart

Once we begin to understand the path of action, we still have many practical steps to take in finding our way into appropriate service. We have to begin somewhere. This essay is the first in a series by Mirabai Bush that provides a guide for compassion in action.   Read more ….


Are you interested in supporting human rights campaigns? is a global web movement with a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want. Across the world, most people want stronger protections for the environment, greater respect for human rights, and concerted efforts to end poverty, corruption and war. Avaaz means Voice in many Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European languages.   Go to Avaaz website ….



UN International Days

For information on UN International Days from June to September 2009.


Sand and stone

Enjoy this short parable about relationships. 



Here is an inspiring story of a dog whose caring makes no distinctions between animal species.  


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With best wishes,


Carolyn and Diana


Diana Dunningham Chapotin is the International Secretary of the TOS and

Carolyn Harrod is the National Coordinator of the TOS in Australia. 


The ideal reward for service is an increased power to love and therefore to serve.

G.S. Arundale


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