Bradford Theosophical Society
(Promoting understanding and respect for spiritual lifestyles in the Bradford Area.)
(Founded Feb. 1891)
President: Cynthia Trasi. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ts-bradford.org.uk
A Branch of The Theosophical Society in England
50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA.
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Tel: 020 7563 9817 Email : email@example.com www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk
|Music during assembly||approx 5 minutes.|
|“Friends, we are met here to pay our last respects to our dear friend _____________ who died on ________ aged _____.”|
|Brief résumé of the life of the departed (as a theosophist)||approx. 5 minutes)|
|Brief tribute by a friend or relative.||approx. 5 minutes)|
total 10 minutes
|Short talk on death and its place in the scheme of things.||5 minutes|
Bhagavad-Gita: Short reading from|
‘The Song Celestial’ by Sir Edwin Arnold.
|More from ‘The Song Celestial’||45 seconds|
“Let us now commit _____________’s body to|
1. the kindly earth [if burial] OR
2. the swift, clean consumption of Fire [if cremation].
So be it”.
|MUSIC when departing from crematorium||
Bhagavad-Gita from ‘The Song Celestial’ by Sir Edwin Arnold.|
Krishna: “Thou grievest where no grief should be! Thou speakest
Words lacking wisdom!
For the wise in heart|
Mourn not for those that live, nor those that die.
Nor I, nor thou, nor any one of these,
Ever was not, nor ever will not be,
For ever and for ever afterwards.
All, that doth live, lives always! To man’s frame
As there come infancy and youth and age,
So come there raisings-up and layings-down
of other and of other life-abodes,
Which the wise know, and fear not.”
[to be read at grave side, if burial]
“Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never;
Never was time it was not; End and Beginning are dreams!
Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit forever;
Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems!”
“Nay, but as when one layeth
His worn-out robes away,
And, taking new ones, sayeth,
”These will I wear today!”
So putteth by the Spirit
Lightly its garb of flesh,
And passeth to inherit
A residence afresh.”
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Secretary: Atma Trasi, 66 Kirkgate, Shipley, West Yorks BD18 3EL
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