May 13th – White Lotus Day

In her will, HPB (the founder of the Theosophical Society) suggested that her friends might gather together on the anniversary of her passing (May 8, 1891) and read from Sir Edwin Arnold’s The Light of Asia and from The Bhagavad-Gita. Lotuses grew in unusual profusion one year later. Hence, May 8th became known as White Lotus Day.

This custom continues in the lodges of the TS, where the meeting closest in time to the anniversary of  HPB’s passing becomes a celebration.

Those attending on this day have the opportunity of reading a few moments-worth of spiritual poetry, or a paragraph from some favourite spiritual book.

Come and take part — or just listen. And drink tea!

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