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Theosophical Order of Service (TOS)
(Founded in February 1908)
(A Union of Those who Love in the Service of All that Suffers.
Promoting the Application of Theosophical Principles for over 100 Years.)

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Officers - Chair Maureen Atkinson
Treasurer - Greta Walker
Secretary & National Co-ordinator Cynthia Trasi (Details at bottom of page.)
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Nepal Earthquake 2015

On 25thApril 2015, Nepal was violently shaken by an earthquake on the 7.8 Richter Scale magnitude, leaving thousands dead and destroying the lives and homes of millions of people. Nepal’s major cities have been badly damaged. Many beautiful rural areas have been wiped out and survivors disconnected.
The TOS promptly responded with monetary help for the relief work. A TOS member suggested that we might wish to use a small charity Buddhist Community Centre (BCCUK), a HH Dalia Lama organisation, and gave the name of a contact who resides in Camberley who works for the Centre and does a lot of good work for the Nepalese. So we decided to channel the donations through this Group. An appeal was sent out to members many of whom responded generously.
The TOS promptly sent £1,000 as a first instalment. On 12th May 2015, as Nepal was in mourning from the shocks of the first earthquake, a second catastrophic earthquake on the 7.3 Richeter Scale magnitude struck. Villages and settlements far from Kathmandu were devastated, and left without shelter, food, or emergency aid.
The TOS immediately sent a further £500.
BCCUK has sent over 500 survival boxes, along with a team of 25 doctors, engineers and volunteers who have been on the ground supporting affected communities near the epicentre, Gorkha District and Sindhupalchoke area. BCCUK has also been able to support smaller independent projects such as ration distribution carried out by Shechen Monastery; support Maya Lama’s village, Ghangyul, and enable volunteers to reach the people who are in desperate need for help. BCCUK has also been able to send a private helicopter, two reporters with 100 tents for the people of Bamti Bhandar, Ramechap District as a first response following the earthquakes.
BCCUK is raising funds to provide life-saving aid, emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets to communities across the country.
is planning to send further donations with the financial help from TOS members in this country.
Donations towards this to be sent to
Greta Walker, TOS Treasurer, Yr Ogof, Mynydd Mechell, Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales LL68 0TE, and will be greatly appreciated.
Cheques and Postal Orders should be crossed and made payable to ‘The Theosophical Order of Service’. Thank You.
[Nancy Secrest] The TOS has a new International Secretary! It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nancy Secrest President of the TOS (USA). After many years as International Secretary, Diana Dunningham Chapotin wishes to step aside to allow for fresh leadership and is moving to a supporting role. She assures us that she is not abandoning the TOS.

[Tim Boyd] Tim Boyd, the International President of the Theosophical Society is ex officio, the International President of the TOS. In that capacity, he sets the direction of the TOS, oversees its work of encouraging and supporting the service endeavours of TS members and friends in whatever field they are engaged. Tim keeps an eye on the TOS as a place where social action as spiritual practice is valued and nurtured. He sees the TOS as functioning fully within the Theosophical Society's embrace and encourages it to allow for many different approaches to the art of serving.

Website of the International TOS.
Downloadable TOS Information Sheets.
Click here for forms to join TOS (UK) and donate to it.
Newsletters of the work of the TOS Worldwide

Some of the Charities that have received donations from the TOS (UK).

"The race of mankind would perish, did they cease to aid each other. From the time that the mother binds the child's head till the moment that some kind assistant wipes the death-damp from the brow of the dying, we cannot exist without mutual help. All, therefore, that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-mortals; no one who holds the power of granting can refuse it without guilt."
- Sir Walter Scott, Scottish Author.

I slept and dreamed that life was joy;
I awoke and saw that life was service;
I acted and behold, service was joy
- Rabindranath Tagore.
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
In the Joy of others, lies our own.
In the progress of others, rests our own.
In the good of others, abides our own.
Know this to be the key to peace and happiness.
- Mahatma Gandhi.

'The hands that help are holier than the lips that pray.' - Sai Baba.

The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) is a world-wide organisation committed to putting into practice the ideal of brotherhood with all life. Members endeavour to have a compassionate and constructive approach to the welfare of humanity, animals and the environment. It focuses on various forms of service to put into practice these ideals of theosophy. It is ‘ theosophy in action’.

Dr Annie Besant the then International President of the Theosophical Society (TS), founded the TOS in February 1908 in response to the wish of a number of TS members ‘to organise themselves for various lines of service, to actively promote the first object of the Society.’
The motto chosen was ‘A Union of Those who Love in the Service of All that Suffers’, and its aims:
1) To minimise the sum of misery in the world;
2) To forget self in working for others;
3) To eliminate selfishness and substitute love as the rule of the world; and
4) To live to the highest that is within us.

The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) is the service arm of the Theosophical Society (TS) - there are founding principles behind its existence, and some quotes regarding its philosophy of activities are given also. Its history is also described.

In countries such as India, Brazil and the Philippines, the TOS participates actively in organising comprehensive programmes for the upliftment of the less fortunate people. Members of TOS (UK) practise humanitarian and compassionate actions, by sending personal donations to the TOS and organising fund-raising activities on its behalf. While it is a Theosophical organisation, TOS (UK) also functions as a "clearing house" for worthwhile small charities in the UK - see this year's list of UK donations.

TOS (UK) also functions as a channel for funds to small charities in India, where the TOS has many branches and members, who have direct knowledge of the problems of poverty and of which initiatives are most valuable to help the poor and needy.

The Officers of TOS (UK) are unpaid volunteers. We do not have any paid staff. Administrative costs are kept to the bare minimum and all donations and funds raised are channelled towards humanitarian work. Donations are welcomed from everyone, but we also have other fundraising activities, there are a number of meetings and events at which the TOS has a table of items for sale. Please contact us if you want to join, get involved or donate items for sale. If you are not in the UK, there are many other branches internationally - please see our links page.

We are especially involved in the "Teddies for Tragedies" project - very small children who have to go into hospital recover much better if they are given a teddy to cuddle - we pass the teddies on to the organisers of this scheme.

We are most grateful to George McNamara and Woodlands Web for generously donating the space for this site.

Theosophical Order of Service,
Secretary and Co-ordinator: Cynthia Trasi, 66 Kirkgate, Shipley, West Yorks BD18 3EL
Tel: 01274 598455.  Email:
I would be most grateful to receive notifications of any errors or mistakes and also for any suggestions for improvement of this web site. I thank you in anticipation.

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