Re: TS Adyar President Election
Apr 27, 2008 11:04 PM
by Katinka Hesselink
This letter isn't exactly convincing as John Algeo is actually the
younger of the two candidates. I vividly remember my dismay when Radha
told Australian members of the TS that the internet was not a good
place for spreading theosophy - because it was also a place where a
lot of porn was being spread. This was a few years ago, and I'm sure
she's changed her opinion since - but it sure didn't help the TS Adyar
become a force online. We are still lagging behind the TS Pasadena and
the ULT - though the ULT has 'helped' us by deleting a large amount of
valuable online material from their website.
Offline the TS Adyar is the only serious theosophical organisation.
But online one would think the TS Pasadena really is as big if not
bigger. While we can't blame Radha for this situation exclusively -
national sections and individuals were at fault for listening to her -
I do feel it shows that Radha really isn't the person for the job for
another 7 years.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> I just received the following from cyberspace. It makes interesting
> and you decide for yourself.
> Dear Colleague,
> This is to inform you that I have received 14 nominations from General
> Secretaries etc, who represent a totality of 17,037 votes. Dr John
> received 21 nominations, representing a totality of 10,685 votes.
> I think we need younger people to be in charge of the Society's work and
> that they have to stay in Adyar. Dr. Algeo who is around 78, does
> the climate here, nor can he leave the United States for more than a
> time, in view of his wife's condition. I believe that if elected he
> to work largely from America through e-mail and video conversations.
> It is necessary to have the right candidates for the officers of the
> Theosophical Society. I believe that Mrs Linda Oliveira and her
> some members from Britain , etc., will be coming to Adyar shortly,
> and work here.
> You know very well that since Col. H.S. Olcott, all Presidents have
> Adyar, and this was not merely a matter of their convenience. Adyar
> considered as a Spiritual Centre. From here the work of the Society
> send forth the power and blessing of the Elder Brethren. Such
> the International Convention and the School of the Wisdom, which are
> features of Adyar attract many members from around the world. Many
> members are able to return to their lodges with a greater
> the purpose of the Society and the work of the Founders.
> In my view it would not be a good thing to have somebody live in the
> States and run Adyar by proxy. Adyar should be maintained as a living
> Headquarters for reasons which are obvious to those who know the
> the Society.
> Yours fraternally,
> Radha Burnier
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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