December 27, 2021
TS Adyar International
Indian Section Convention II – “Look Beyond Yourself”
The Indian Section has its Convention traditionally at the international Convention. All are welcome to attend. In this second part, we will hear five talks by the Indian members in English.
- Aditi MaithreyaMember of the TS in India
Aditi Maithreya from Adyar, Chennai, is a 6th generation theosophist and has held positions in the Vasanta Youth Lodge and The International Order of the Round Table. She is a designer and journalist. She is presently the Creative Director of The Phoenix Company and has worked at The Times of India as a journalist. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ). She has a post-graduate diploma in Print Journalism from ACJ and has completed her bachelor’s in visual communication from M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women. Aditi is a seasoned debater and orator and has competed and won in district, state and national-level competitions. She is a recipient of the Rashtrapthi Puraskar (President’s medal), the highest award in the country in the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts movement. She is also a Trinity-college certified Grade 4 pianist and has received formal training in Hindustani music.
She has been involved in a number of relief and rehabilitation projects of The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) and World Care Way (WCW).
- Ajeesh KumarMember of the TS in India
Ajeesh Kumar V R, from Thrissur, Kerala. Since 2014 he has been a member of Upasika Lodge, Thrissur, Kerala. He says that Dr M A Raveendran has shown him the world of Theosophy.
Ajeesh has completed graduation in Maths and Master Degree in Computer Applications. Presently Working in Elma Pharmaceuticals as Operational Head.
He writes: “We are running a Theosophical Society Information Centre at Thrissur and a Publishing House ( Upasika Publishing House ) for promoting Theosophical Society views.”
- Arunima BaruahMember of the TS in India
- Narendra ShahGeneral Secretary of the East & Central African Section
Narendra Shah was born and brought up in Nairobi, Kenya. He was introduced to the Theosophical Society through the game of Table Tennis. He joined the Theosophical Society in Nairobi in 1971, when he was 17 years old.
He has been very active in all the activities of the Theosophical Society in Nairobi since 1975 and of the East & Central African Section since 1980. Narendra has been the Chairman of the Nairobi Lodge for several years and currently is the General Secretary of the East & Central African Section.
A good organizer, Narendra was the Secretary of the 7th World Congress of the Theosophical Society, hosted by Nairobi Lodge in December 1982. He regularly gives talks on various Theosophical subjects and has given talks in all the countries of his Section. Narendra has also actively worked on the Boards of a number of Educational and Social institutions.
- Shreeyashi OjhaMember of the TS in India
Shreeyashi Ojha, is born in a Hindu Brahmin family. Her father is a bureaucrat and so she has had the opportunity to mingle with different cultures; owing to which she developed interest in multiculturalism and spirituality. Since childhood she has won many awards; merely at the age of 4, she was awarded the 1st position for Geeta Chanting organized by Chinmaya Mission. In the same year she was also awarded a Certificate on Social Service by HelpAge India for creating awareness and assisting in raising funds for the care of the elderly, irrespective of race, religion, caste or creed, and a certificate by the Indian Leprosy Foundation in appreciation for participation in All Indian Leprosy Eradication Drive. She completed her initial schooling at The Doon Girls’ School, Dehradun and later shifted to Lucknow, where she was awarded by the Foundation For Education and Economic Development on the occasion of World Environment Day.
She completed her schooling from Allahabad and enrolled for Bachelor’s in Arts in Ancient History and Political Science from the University of Allahabad. She won many accolades amongst which she attained the 1st position in Research Paper Writing on the topic “Contribution of Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam in Social, Educational and Historical Perspective”, and an award by the National Human Rights Commission on “Training Programme on Rights of Women”. She was awarded the 1st position in Yoga Training on the International Yoga Day by the University of Allahabad.
She then enrolled for Master’s in Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology from the University of Allahabad and scored the 1st rank in Master’s. Meanwhile, she was awarded a Certificate of Merit in All India Essay Writing Event, organized by UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, Shri Ram Chandra Mission and Heartfulness Education Trust. She was awarded the 1st position in a debate competition organized by National Health Mission and SIFSPA. She also held the 1st position in the debate competition on State Level organized by Amar Ujala. She is also a sports enthusiast and has won many awards regarding the same.
Shreeyashi joined the Theosophical Society of India in March 2021. She was one of the participants in the 2nd Youth Program on the theme “Truth, Beauty and Goodness”. Recently, she co-hosted the Special English Lecture by Bro Pradeep H. Gohil, President of the Indian Section. She is an ardent disciple of the tenets of TS and believes in the motto “सत्यात्नास्ति परो धर्मः” She strives to propagate and popularize the message of the Theosophical Society amongst the youth.
- Vibha SaksenaMember of the TS in India
Vibha Saksena is a Theosophical Society member of the Indian Section since 2015, currently serving as Secretary of Noida Lodge. She is also the President of Delhi Region, TOS in India.
By profession, she is an IT Engineer, holding a Masters degree in Computer Science.
Career in IT necessitated travelling and making different countries as home for extended periods of time. This gave valuable opportunity to know people, cultures and places. It is her love for reading that ultimately brought her to theosophy.
Since her school days she was always fascinated by the stars and the sky and what lay beyond. Inquiring into the larger questions of Life, answers from science ceased at a point. That is when she turned to study Indian philosophies like Vedanta and Shaivism and ultimately found Theosophy or rather as she puts it … Theosophy found her. The search was over and journey commenced.
She returned to India and in a short span of 6 years in the Theosophical Society, she deeply studied the major works of Madam Blavatsky and the Mahatma Letters. She is now a frequent speaker at different lodges in the Indian Section. She is also a certified Pranic Healer.
Transitioning from a career oriented, worldly life to a spiritually awakened higher life, she believes the greatest service one can do for the world is Self-transformation.
Indian Section Convention II – “Look Beyond Yourself”
Brother Narendra M Shah from Nairobi, Kenya,
the President of East and Central African Section of the TS
Sis. Aditi Maitreya – “The fruit of Love is Service”
Bro. Ajeesh Ku -“Mankind is One”
Sis. Arunima Baruah -“Selflessness and Divine Life”
Sis. Shreeyashi Ojha- “Look Beyond Yourself and the First Object of Theosophical Society”
Sis. Vibha Saksena- “Center everywhere Circumference nowhere”