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Re: Theos-World TS - Why drop in membership outside India?

Jun 10, 2008 09:33 PM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

Your are saying - that there are "less heretic Bibles with venom are floating around in the corners of the aura"?

I sometimes wonder if it is our present day informations society, which have changed this.
Those in control of the tv-medias and newspapers are mostly run by non-theosophists.

In the old H. P. Blavatsky days we find that the newspapers had great importance to the leading members - H. P. Blavatsky included. If you ask me, the situation today is, that neither newspapers and tv-media are given the importance they deserve by leading theosophists. Internet is something else. But even there we find the use of movies to be promoted with the wordlview: The movie and tapes must only be published on - my very own website.

Any comments?

M. Sufilight

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 5:14 AM
  Subject: Re: Theos-World TS - Why drop in membership outside India?

  Maybe there is a higher tolerance for lectures than there is everywhere else.

  Chuck the Heretic 

  -----Original Message-----
  To: M K Ramadoss <>
  Sent: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 8:58 pm
  Subject: Theos-World TS - Why drop in membership outside India?

  Dear Brother/Sister:

  In a recent message, a TS member stated:

  "According to the Annual Report of the TS for 1973, the year John
  Coats was elected president, the Indian Section had 7,821 members and
  the rest of the world had 24,448. Today, according to the 2007 Annual
  Report of the TS, the Indian Section has 12,444 members and the rest
  of the world 16,570."

  This shows that in India, the membership has increased by 59%.
  In rest of the world, it has declined by 32%.

  "The organisation of the Society today remains much as it has been since the
  early days. Local groups called branches or lodges consist of seven or more
  members. They are autonomous in their own affairs. When there are seven or
  more branches in any one country they usually form a National Section.
  Sections are likewise autonomous within their own areas, except that their
  rules must conform to the rules of the International Society. The government
  of the Society at large is vested in its officers and a General Council that
  meets at least once a year in India. Each section has its own Rules"

  Since each section is fully autonomous in their own affairs, it looks like
  the growth of the membership is the result of the activities at the branch
  or lodge level and to some extent at the section level.

  All the sections in the West, have academicians in leadership with
  impressive formal credentials, have access to modern communication and
  modern theories and tools of management and administration and hence in
  spite of this, if there is drop in the membership, then we need to look to
  the local causes rather than International.

  I do not know if in each of the sections, including the USA, was a review
  done to see the root cause for the drop in the membership, and what steps
  were taken to fix them and the results thereof. If this has not been done,
  it is high time to do it. Also the impetus for vivifying the activities must
  take place at lodge and national levels and can only be done at local levels
  due to the autonomy of the Sections.

  On the other hand, we also need to research the reasons why during the above
  same period, how the Indian section showed a dramatic increase in
  membership. Many may not know that there are 13 official languages in the
  country and there is no widespread common language such as we find English
  in the USA, and the literacy rate is low. Even with this, the increase in
  membership is impressive and we should look into it. Obviously, the lodges
  in India are doing something right which attracts new members.

  Any comments?

  M K Ramadoss, Member, San Antonio, Texas, USA


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