Internet & Theosophy
Jan 24, 2007 07:44 AM
by M K Ramadoss
For those of us living in the USA, it was very interesting to watch the
candidates for the next election of the President in 2008, making the
announcement first in their Websites on Internet, only later on live
Television. Why are they doing it? It is the recognition of the power and
efficiency and the very wide reach of Internet.
Internet grew up stealthily and one day masses were surprised of the
penetration of Internet in the arena of mass communication. Internet is an
indispensable tool in modern day life for most of the activities where
communication is a key component.
Theosophy now has a tool which is easy and inexpensive to use to disseminate
any information around the world. If today, HPB were to be alive, she would
be thrilled (mind you she did not have much money to help her in her work)
she would be actively putting out material for the benefit of the humanity.
May be the Theosophist would be available on-line as well as available for
download as pdf file for anyone interested to read and benefit.
Anyone who is interested in theosophy and has been an active user of
Internet will find that not much use is being made of Internet by
theosophical entities. Entities have not taken aggressive initiative in
using Internet's power to communicate and make theosophical material
available to the world. It is not difficult to understand why. Internet is a
very young medium of communication and those who extensively use are
typically young people who grew up in the era of computers and Internet as
part of their day to day life in their education and social life. Many
entities are run by individuals who grew up two or three generations before
Internet and so do not have hands on experience with Internet and hence
cannot fully comprehend the power and potential of Internet. So these
entities cling to the age old print media model to propagate theosophy in a
world swamped with modern day communication, especially Internet.
As things move forward, if theosophical entities do aggressively get on the
fast moving Internet media, they are likely to miss a great opportunity
available in today's world. Downside to such missed opportunity is perhaps
one or two individuals in the world may come up with some innovative
approach to disseminate theosophy to the world; such phenomenon like googe,
youtube etc were are the brain child of a few individuals. Also missing the
opportunity provided by Internet may also result in the theosophical
entities being ignored and bypassed by the Internet based theosophical
In today's world, when the humanity is facing multitude of problems of day
to day living, a good exposure of the principle of Brotherhood can bring
about a lot of good to the Great Orphan. Let us hope we all can do what we
can to make the world a better place.
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