Re: Theos-World Re: TS Adyar President Election
Apr 28, 2008 03:29 AM
That is very interesting.
This just points out that no one seems to have taken the trouble to
"educate" Radha Burnier on the real power and potentiality of Internet as a
tool. Like any tool, there are always some downsides.
Contrast this with the interest that Jiddu Krishnamurti showed in trying to
learn the capabilities of computer in his discussions with Asit Chandmal. Of
course in 80s the personal computer technology was still in its infancy and
the combination of personal computers and communication had not taken place.
Asit Chandmal, had first hand personal experience with computer applications
in commercial environment in late 60s and hence he was in a position to
discuss with JK in an understandable simple way. So I lay the fault on
those people around her both in India and world over.
Now the issue is not Radha Burnier's knowledge of the potential of computer
technology. Today, Internet has made it possible for you and me as
individuals do a lot of things to further theosophy.
The simple issue in the election is Radha Burnier's health. The nominations
and subsequent electioneering was based on her poor physical and mental
health, which has been proved to be false. Three doctors have opined that
she is physically and mentally fit. There is also additional statement from
someone who had spent months with her during her last overseas travel.
But those Section leaders who have urged to elect Algeo based on this
erroneous basis, have not had the courage to come out and admit their errors
and tell their members of the new facts that have come out. The silence of
the leaders, makes a mockery of the motto of TS -- "There is No Religion
Higher Than Truth" and make them no better than the politicians of today who
will resort to anything to win an election. This can cause more harm to
theosophical movement than even what Columb controversy did since it goes to
the root of theosophy -- TRUTH.
By the way, I was fortunate in growing up with computer technology. When I
first saw e-mail application and the sudden spread of Internet several years
ago, I immediately saw its great potential for spread of theosophy just
from the e-mail application. Internet reminded me of HPB's statement how
when a new Race comes on, it really sneaks up and one day you find a
substantial population. That is how Internet sneaked up on the world.
On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 1:04 AM, Katinka Hesselink <
> Hi all,
> 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.
> Katinka Hesselink
> --- In email@example.com <theos-talk%40yahoogroups.com>, MKR
> <mkr777@...> wrote:
> > I just received the following from cyberspace. It makes interesting
> > and you decide for yourself.
> > mkr
> > ==============================================================
> > 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
> Algeo has
> > 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
> not like
> > 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
> husband, and
> > some members from Britain , etc., will be coming to Adyar shortly,
> to stay
> > and work here.
> > You know very well that since Col. H.S. Olcott, all Presidents have
> lived at
> > Adyar, and this was not merely a matter of their convenience. Adyar
> has been
> > considered as a Spiritual Centre. From here the work of the Society
> can best
> > send forth the power and blessing of the Elder Brethren. Such
> programmes as
> > the International Convention and the School of the Wisdom, which are
> > features of Adyar attract many members from around the world. Many
> of these
> > members are able to return to their lodges with a greater
> understanding of
> > 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
> history of
> > the Society.
> > Yours fraternally,
> > Radha Burnier
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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