134th International Convention

Event Start Date: 
Dec 26 2009 - 08:00 to Dec 31 2009 - 10:00
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Event Theme

Science and Spirituality in the light of Theosophy

About the Conventions

The 2009 International Convention of The Theosophical Society had an attendance of almost 1,300 members, mainly from India, with a number of participants coming from several other continents.   Professor Ramachandra Guha eloquently delivered the Besant Lecture in the form of a highly informative review of the role Mahatma Gandhi had played in the building of India as a nation.  The lecturer focused his talk on the unique individual religious experience of this national hero and mentioned that Gandhi's best friend was a Catholic clergy man, Charles Freer Andrews.

Six short lectures, three public lectures, the Theosophy-Science lecture and the lecture by the International President made for a rich variation in presentation and insights which were shared with the participants.  In between the lectures it was good to see groups of members sitting on the grass in front of the Headquarters building discussing the contents of the day's presentations.

The lecture by the International President, Mrs Radha Burnier, was an inspiring message about brotherhood and the work of the TS which came straight from her heart and made it clear to everybody that she had completely recovered from her earlier illness.  In the Theosophy-Science lecture, Dr Madhav Kolhatkar gave a beautiful explanation on the nature of meditation which could be understood and appreciated by everybody.

During the Convention there was a particular atmosphere of harmony in which also the other kingdoms of nature seemed to participate.  Sometimes a lovely dog would pass in front of the stage in a gracefully dancing manner.  At other moments the birds participated with loud voices and, depending on the type of lecture given, the crows would make their noisy comments, the parrots would apparently agree with them while sometimes a choir of singing birds would arrive on the pandal's palm leaf rooftop and start to hail and praise with beautiful voices.

The accommodation at Adyar is excellent and the estate is kept in good condition.  While the organization of the Convention was without any visible problems together the participants could experience how brotherhood is expressed in a positive way.

New acquaintances were made and existing contacts were renewed during these six days which seemed to last forever and be over before we knew it when the last day had arrived.  In this true experience of peace and harmony it seemed that time stood still and the voice of the silence could have its most beneficent influence on the individual as well as on The Theosophical Society and humanity as a whole.  Now, after this uplifting experience, we shall go on and follow the advice of a Great Sage to go, go, go on, go on together, be amazed, and let it be.  AUM.

Report written by Mr Jan Jelle Keppler, General Secretary of the Belgian Section

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134th International Convention


Blavatsky Avenue
600020 Chennai , TN
13° 0' 38.5128" N, 80° 15' 41.7564" E
Tamil Nadu IN

OLD - General info about Convention from 2018-19

N O T E - This is for International Convention, not for Youth Convention


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The 143rd International Convention of the Theosophical Society will be held at the International Headquarters, Adyar, from 31 December 2018 to 5 January 2019.

All members of the Society in good standing are welcome to attend as delegates.
Non-members may send requests to attend, together with a recommendation from an officer of the TS, to the Convention Officer before 25 November.


From 29 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 inclusive


LEADBEATER CHAMBERS (Sharing) Registration with full board
Includes sharing room, mosquito nets, sheets, no blankets,
all meals at LBC dining hall. No reimbursement if one eats at the Canteen.
Note: half rate for children of 3-10 years
Overseas Delegates US$ 360, EUR 310, AUD 490
Indian and Less Developed Countries’ delegates Rs.9,300
INDIAN STYLE Registration with full board
Includes mat/cot or mattress, sheets, all meals at the Canteen.
Note: half rate for children of 3-10 years
Indian and Less Developed Countries’ delegates Rs.2,000
Canteen will be run by the Karnataka Theosophical Federation
If food only is taken at the Canteen
from 30 Dec. (dinner) to 5 Jan. (lunch)
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner


All Indian style accommodation is dormitory accommodation – that is, shared accommodation, multiple beds within the same room or hall; no attached bathrooms or toilets; and, no kitchen. No special facilities can be provided for members who are ill or for women with babies. Ordinary medical attention will be available for minor complaints and there are no facilities to treat serious illness. Since accommodation is limited, especially ground floors, preference will be given for very elderly delegates who register early. Accommodation availability will be confirmed by the Convention Officer by email. Specific building / room allotment requests cannot be entertained.


Last date for registration: 1 December 2018.
Cancellation: last date 15 December 2018; payment will be refunded, except the Registration fee. After 12 December there will be no refund of any amount.

Delegates from India: Send Registration form with the details, along with the package charges, to the Convention Officer before 1 December 2017. Remittance by crossed cheques or bank drafts should be made payable to The Theosophical Society. If making online transfers, it is essential to communicate by email to CO, the following details: delegate(s) name, Bank name, amount, date of transfer and transfer reference number.

Overseas delegates: Make sure you take travel insurance. Send the Registration form preferably by email. Payment on arrival in foreign currency is accepted. Master Card and Visa credit cards are accepted. Master Card and Visa credit cards are also accepted. If payment is being made by online bank transfer, then make sure that the purpose of payment is marked “donations” and an email is sent to CO with the following details: delegate(s) name, Bank name, amount, date of transfer and transfer reference number.

Convention Officer, email tsadyarconvention@gmail.com or
The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India



  1. LBC: Overseas delegates    USD 360*    Includes registration fee, meals at LBC Dining Hall, accommodation sharing, sheets mosquito nets
  2. LBC: Indian delegates        Rs.9,300      Includes registration fee, meals at LBC Dining Hall, accommodation sharing, sheets mosquito nets
  3. INDIAN STYLE:                 Rs.2,000      Includes registration fee, meals at Canteen, accommodation - sharing/dormitory, mat/cot or mattress, sheet

Note: half rate for children of 3-10 years                                                                                                                                           * or 310 EUR or 490 AUD


When paying via Bank, kindly email to tsadyarconvention@gmail.com
It is important that you print the receipt of the transfer and show it at the Enquiry Office at Adyar.

For Abroad money transfer

Request the Bank account information from the Convention Officer, tsadyarconvention@gmail.com

For Indian money transfer

Account name:        The Theosophical Society
Bank Name:             Indian Bank
Branch, address:      41-42, First Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
SB a/c number:       4396-20551
IFS Code:               IDIB000A002