TS Adyar International

Day 3: Four Talks and a Dance performance

Speakers

  • Celeste Sasuman Yangyang
    Celeste Sasuman Yangyang
    Member in the Philippines

    Celeste is the President of the Celestine Lodge and previously worked as a public servant with the Philippine government. She became a member of the Theosophical Society as she was inspired by the way her mother lives her theosophical life.

    Celeste loves to travel, to meet new people and inspire them through her personal short stories.

    She believes that it is the duty of the youth to take action, to commit, and to popularize Theosophy — the answer to the enigmas of our lives.

  • Michelle Simtoco
    Michelle Simtoco
    Member of the TS in the Philippines

    Michelle Simtoco was a graduate of Doctor of Dental Medicine but found herself being led to a different path where she became an administrator and co-owner of a preschool, Dynamic Minds Learning House, Inc. She was actively serving in the music ministry of the Light of Jesus Community, participated in a couple of musical plays like Siddhartha, the Musical. And she has self-published a book called “Dancing with the Ripples” with the intention to help raise funds for her best friend who had cancer. She has started a YouTube channel called Ripple Inspirations to inspire and empower people to grow in wholeness through the lens of gratitude. She is a member of Satsang Lodge, Cebu Philippines.

  • Rashmi Misra
    Rashmi Misra
    Member of the TS in India

    Rashmi Misra [ born 28 August,1952] Indian poet and writer, author of “The Sense Of Isolation And Immigrant Problems” for which she has won critical acclaim. Rashmi Misra was born in Cuttack, Orissa to a homemaker mother (proficient Sanskrit scholar) and Harvard economist father. She passed her senior Cambridge from Stewart school Cuttack and went onto completing her graduate, postgraduate studies and M l.Phil, PhD from Utkal University. She had a meritorious career having stood first in the University, winner of Geeta Mukherjee Memorial prize, various merit scholarships and awards; She was a member of MELUS (Indian chapter), member of contemporary thought, member Indian Association of women’s Studies and Rotary. Dr Misra is an accomplished educator having taught English literature and various colleges and Universities for 35 years. She has visited Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Dr Misra is also a social activist. She is an advisor to various educational institutions for both Indian writing in English and English literature. She is an avid reader and takes up women’s issues. She presented poems “The Last Touch” and “Handful of Ashes” at the 39th World Congress of Poets. She writes both in her mother tongue: Odia and English. Her keen interest at present is in theosophical studies. She is also the president of Asrava Foundation and Advisor to Earthology private limited.

  • Renee Sell
    Renee Sell
    Member of the TS in New Zealand

    Renee is currently the National Vice President of the New Zealand Section and has served as the National Coordinator of the TOS NZ for the past 18 years. An active worker for the Society since first joining in 1998 in many different capacities; locally at Auckland Branch and also Nationally including speaking, events and administration.

    Renee is passionate about weaving the Ancient Wisdom teachings into everyday life, and a special interest in seeing the teachings presented in a more practical and usable way so as to make Theosophy interesting, relevant and transforming for all who touch its shores.

  • Renuka Balasubramaniam
    Renuka Balasubramaniam
    Member of the TS in Malaysia

    Renuka Balasubramaniam was introduced to the Theosophical Society in 2001 and has been a member holding various positions in office since. She stayed with the society as a result of the profound influence Dr Annie Besant’s commentaries to At The Feet of The Master had on her outlook to life and her career. She is presently the secretary of the Selangor Lodge in Malaysia and is employed as a senior lecturer at the University of Malaya. Outside of work she is engaged in her PhD studies, service at a local community center for people living with challenging family situations arising from alcohol and substance abuse and a daily practice of walking, swimming and meditation.

  • Suhani Mohapatra
    Suhani Mohapatra
    Student, Odissi Dancer

    Suhani is a 15-year-old studying in 10th grade. She has been learning Odissi under her guru Shri Rahul Varshney for the last eight years. Other dance forms that she loves to explore are Chau and western free-style. Dance is an integral part of her life as she has been dancing for as long as she can remember.
    Suhani’s parents have been members of TS since 2018. She participates in various workshops, talks and webinars organized by TS and has represented Prayas Lodge by presenting Odissi/Fusion Dance in the following programs:

    1) UP Federation’s Centenary Year Conference in Agra, Oct 2019
    2) Ananda Fest (Virtual), May 2021

    Her other interests include dramatics, singing, reading, and writing. She wants to travel the world and explore life.

Date

Dec 29 2021

Time

UTC/GMT
2:00 am - 3:30 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 28 2021
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Day 3: Four Talks and a Dance performance

Moderator:

Celeste Sasuman Yangyang (Philippines)

 

Opening Dance performance of Mahakali Maglacharan

Suhani Mohapatra (India)

 

TALK

“The Voice of Peace: Women And The Arduous Times”

Rashmi Misra (India)

…As the world shudders in pain and agony…undergoes a drastic change, Man strives, struggles to reassess his existence. The roots have been uprooted…challenges are many,a new start is the need of the hour. Like the phoenix, we have to rise and relive our lives -of course with a difference!
In these hazardous times only faith, trust and confidence will bounce us back. Absolute repose in SPIRITUALITY would be our launching pad. Here woman, created strong and stable will recreate the new world…
The speaker will focus on the background..switching over to the women’s role in reshaping Man’s life in this world,with an aura of inner peace .

TALK

“Finding Courage in Unlocking Inner Doors”

Michelle Simtoco (Philippines)

When life throws us bumps in the road, we must summon the courage to answer the questions that arise.  What is your life asking of you?  How do you release resistance so you can be in a state of flow?  Are you willing to walk the corridors of your mind and heart in the path of self-empowerment?  Are you ready to unlock inner doors and cross the threshold of further growth and expansion?

The speaker would like to share her thoughts, reflections, and experiences in order for us to better understand, forgive, and see ourselves with compassion, as well as how to be completely present in order to live the life we genuinely want.

TALK

“TV, Social Media and Drama in Relationships: Modern Day Impediments to a Rich Inner Life”

Renuka Balasubramaniam (Malaysia)

 

TALK

“The Pilgrimage Home”

Renee Sell (New Zealand)

 

DANCE PERFORMANCE

Dance interpretation of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

Suhani Mohapatra (India)

Today she will be performing on the universal song, Imagine by John Lennon. This song signifies how despite all our differences we are one.
The performer asks us to imagine a place where the things that divide us do not exist and feels that would be a much better place.

Lyrics for the performance:
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people, Living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people, Living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one