United Lodge of Theosophists, London, UK

“Myths & Legends” on Sunday morning

11 a.m. to noon on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month.

Next meeting will be in the “Upcoming Events” Calendar or on the right >>>

We meet at 62 Queens Gardens W2 3AH and on Skype, to join please call 020 7723 0688.

Handouts from past sessions are in the Calendar theosophy-ult.org.uk/eventscalendar, see the Sunday posts.

The events are free, small contributions are welcome.


Understanding the deep truths hidden in the mankind’s ancient stories allows parents and children to appreciate what is of value and how to life a joyful life.

 


We will read and listen to classic tales from the East & West which develop intelligence, foster the ideals of compassion and discernment, and increase life skills and cultural awareness.

The Jataka Tales, the Birth Stories of the Buddha

In these tales the animals characters think, act and talk like people while retaining their animal traits.

They teach common sense, fairness and justice and appeal to both adults and children.

Aesop’s Fables – moral tales from Ancient Greece

Aesop, the Greek slave who wrote his animal stories only two hundred years after the Buddha, is another master storyteller. Children quickly pick up his wonderfully frank and humorous tales of man’s wisdom and foolishness!

In the fables, subtle allegories contain moral meanings and cautions, teaching important differences between the reliable “tortoise” and the fast but unreliable “hares” who, in the final reckoning, seldom make the grade.

We also explore the legends of Odysseus (Ulysses), Sinbad of “The 1001 Arabian Nights,” of Gilgamesh and the Hercules-Atlas-Prometheus series of heroes. All these contain allegories resonating with similar hidden meanings and truths within their adventures. Can it be chance that Sinbad and Odyesseus were both ‘captured’ on an island, both threatened by a one-eyed human eating ‘cyclops’ whom they ticked and blinded, then both escaped by ship only to loose many ‘companions’ to other cyclopes who bombarded the escaping heroes with rocks!

We will read and discuss the stories together as generations of children and parents have done. Over thousands of years the meanings of their pithy and often blunt lessons have been puzzled over. The old wisdom of Theosophy offers deep ways of understanding these allegories, making for wiser and happier days ahead.


‘Myths and Legends’ is for children, teens and parents who would like to learn the perennial wisdom about man and nature.
The ULT has been long-established & our events are always free.  

email to enquire or phone  020 7723 0688  or  07753 619 953

If you are joining online for the first time please make contact with us a day beforehand so we can exchange Skype contacts. We’ll then call you at 10:50 am on the Sunday morning.

Happy reading and listening!


About the United Lodge of Theosophists
a philanthropic centre for the study of science, philosophy and religion

62 Queen’s Gardens, London W2 3AH
020 7723 0688 & 07753 619 953

Click for directions

We are 5-10 minutes walk from Paddington,
Bayswater & Lancaster Gate tube stations

Theosophy is the wisdom that reconciles science, philosophy and religion through the study of Nature and teaching universal ethics and the unity of life.

The United Lodge of Theosophists was established in London in 1925 to support non-sectarian education that gives the wisdom and freedom of thought on living a meaningful and joyful life based on well-established principles and fairness to all.

The Sunday morning volunteer staff are experienced in primary and adult education and have DBS certification.

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