An Interview with Pam Evans, founder of Peace Mala. By Debbie Elliott

Published by Hermes Rising, a magazine with messages on esoteric subjects for today, January 26 2022.

Hermes Risen likes a good book and so was delighted to read the recent release ‘Madam Blavatsky and the Masters of Wisdom’ by Hermes Risen’s friend Pam Evans. Hermes Risen popped over to Wales to have a chat about the new book, its message and the Peace Mala charity.

HERMES RISEN: Congratulations on the new book release. Tell us about it.

Madame Blavatsky and The Masters of Wisdom is a young person’s introduction to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Theosophy.
Madame Blavatsky and The Masters of Wisdom (A young person’s introduction to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Theosophy.)

Madame Blavatsky and The Masters of Wisdom is a young person’s introduction to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Theosophy. To my knowledge this has not been done before and I have long felt it overdue.   

The Secret Doctrine and teachings of Theosophy are profoundly complicated, even for the adult mind.  My intention is to capture something of the fascinating life of HPB and what she brought to the world.   I have also given a simple introduction to basic Theosophy using an easy to read style that will appeal to young people.   I trust the book will also be of interest to adults who may have never heard of Theosophy or Madame Blavatsky. Hopefully it will encourage readers to explore further.

HERMES RISEN:  You have been part of the Theosophical Society for many years so Madame Blavatsky is a huge influence to you. How did you come to theosophy?

Swansea Lodge was founded on 29th August in 2006.  My name appears on the charter along with others, including Muriel FitzPatrick whom I’d met a few years prior. It was Muriel and a few others who first introduced me to Theosophy.   I remember attending my first summer school and recognising Hindu and Buddhist teachings but also encountering a lot of other esoteric mysteries I’d never heard of before.   With my academic background in theology and world faiths I was immediately intrigued and eager to learn more.   

When I encountered Madame Blavatsky I was totally fascinated.   I was, and still am, impressed with her courageous spirit and her brilliant enquiring mind.   Her travels and quest for esoteric knowledge read like an exciting adventure story.  

HERMES RISEN:  What age group is this aimed at and is it something parents can enjoy too?

The primary audience is young people.   I did a first reading at Central Primary School Port Talbot – one of our Peace Mala schools here in South Wales.   Sixty pupils aged between 10 and 11 were all squashed into the small school library with all the windows open due to Covid.   Before starting I informed the children that some of the words and concepts might be a little advanced for them, but that we could discuss anything they did not understood afterwards.   They were brilliant and asked the most intelligent questions.  Many were intrigued by the concept of reincarnation, asked lots of interesting questions, and also shared their own personal Deja vu experiences.

I’ve received some wonderful letter from these youngsters telling me how much they enjoyed the story and that they feel it would make a really great film or animation.

I would think that pupils aged 12-14 would be very ‘on target’.   However, I feel this story will also open up Blavatsky to an adult audience who, like so many people I have met, have never heard of her.  Interestingly the boss of Kingsbridge Print, who produced the printed edition of this book, rang me up midway during the proof reading and preparation to find out more about Blavatsky.   He’d never heard of her before.   He declared her ‘One hell of a woman, and especially for that period in history.”

HERMES RISEN: What perspectives or beliefs have you challenged with this work?

This book is a brave venture on my part.   I suspect there may be some who will disapprove, as Blavatsky and Theosophy are still misunderstood and can stir up controversy. I trust it will open up some minds and encourage children and adults to explore beyond the dimension of this samsaric realm.  

Madame Blavatsky herself remains rather challenging for some people.   When writing this book I was well aware that she’s had a bad press over the years through attempts by some to destroy her good name.   I still surprises me when I find references to her to as ‘the infamous Madame Blavatsky’.  As we know, mud can stick and people continue to insist that there is no smoke without fire.   However, we all know this to be not the case as jealous people can and do cause harm to innocent people.

The Secret Doctrine caused a great stir and controversy when it was published with some declaring it to be too fantastical to be true whilst others declared it the most amazing and wonderful book ever written.   This remains the case.   Esoteric teachings are rather mind-blowing and will continue to baffle most people who are only aware of the material dimension in which we live.    The idea of there being other dimensions of existence and the possibility of Ascended Masters and spiritual beings is rather challenging for many people.     However, I do feel there is an awakening in many who are trying to understand why we are here on planet earth.   The current Covid pandemic has caused many to question our existence and where we are going.  In my experience, children and young people are hungry for knowledge.

The beads of the Peace Mala bracelet

HERMES RISEN: This book would be great as an animation or film, will that be the next stage?                                                                                                                              I mentioned earlier that many of the children who wrote to me after the first reading expressed their desire that the book be made into a film or animation.    I think this is a marvellous idea.   The imaginative animation of this story will help everything come alive in a most exciting and magical way.   It is an adventure story that will hopefully inspire many to further enquiry and perhaps even to spiritual liberation.

Interestingly, Tim Wyatt, who has written a lovely review of the book, telephoned me immediately to express his feelings that my story would make a wonderful animation.  We are presently looking into the possibility of doing this but realise that professional animation is extremely costly.   We shall see what unfolds.

HERMES RISEN: It is great that you are encouraging children to read. You work a lot with children through the charity you started Peace Mala, can you tell us more about that.

Peace Mala was my response to the bullying of Muslim, Asian and Chinese students in the school where I taught as Head of Religious Studies during the aftermath of 9/11. The project focuses on a symbolic double rainbow bracelet, loaded with powerful messages, that can be made in a class or workshop and which provides stimulation for lively discussion around important life issues.   The concept took me three evenings to complete. I focused especially on the Golden Rule shared by all spiritual traditions and cultures ,and also key messages from the Declaration of Human Rights.  By making the bracelet and discussing the messages I hoped that the learning process would be both tactile and memorable.   To my absolute delight, it worked.  

The Peace Mala bracelet

The faith communities of South Wales were thrilled with the idea and we were encouraged to apply for the Princes’ Trust Millennium Award.  We were successful and this paid for the first website, the raw materials for making the bracelets and the launch of the project at the UNA Wales Temple of Peace in Cardiff with Dr Rowan Williams who became Archbishop of Canterbury five days later.

Peace Mala eventually became a British Registered Charity and we are now in our 20th year since the launch.    Over the years we have achieved absolute miracles on a shoestring.  We receive no official funding or support and rely on the generosity of supporters and volunteers to survive.     Our educational materials also generate some funds.

The faith communities of South Wales were thrilled with the idea and we were encouraged to apply for the Princes’ Trust Millennium Award.  We were successful and this paid for the first website, the raw materials for making the bracelets and the launch of the project at the UNA Wales Temple of Peace in Cardiff with Dr Rowan Williams who became Archbishop of Canterbury five days later.

Peace Mala eventually became a British Registered Charity and we are now in our 20th year since the launch.    Over the years we have achieved absolute miracles on a shoestring.  We receive no official funding or support and rely on the generosity of supporters and volunteers to survive.     Our educational materials also generate some funds.

www.peacemala.org.uk
Creative, Compassionate Education that Empowers and Embraces All  Uniting the World in Peace
Registered Charity No: 1118053

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