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Sep 24, 2008 07:05 AM
by mkr777

Since it has been formally submitted according to the rules, it would be
taken up in the next meeting in December and if the GC members agree, they
can approve it immediately and it would be a done deal.
Then it would be fait accompli and too late for membership to do anything.
We have to cry over spilt milk and the GC will run TS in an autocratic
manner answerable to none.

We have to be very vigilant NOW, and active immediately.

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 2:26 AM, Katinka Hesselink <> wrote:

>   I've put this to one of my contacts close to the center of TS power.
> My opinion is: I agree that the president should be voted for
> directly. The general council is not a democratic body (members get on
> there in a variety of ways: some more directly democratic than others)
> and should be reformed before it's given more executive power.
> Generally speaking though: the TS does have to be run, people. And
> that does involve a measure of politics. Just like the US has to be
> run and that involves making choices and taking responsibility.
> But I do think we should be sure that this is a proposal in the formal
> sense (as in: the president and council are seriously considering
> implementing this) as opposed to a way to start a brainstorm about how
> the TS should be organized. Only when it's a serious proposal in the
> first sense should we start going activist about this. If it comes to
> that though, please involve me in spreading the news and signing the
> petition.
> Katinka Hesselink
> --- In <>,
> "t_s_theosophist" <THEOSOPHIST@...>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Dear Fellow Theosophists;
> >
> > We are informed by two Theosophists of repute and long standing,
> Pedro Oliveria, and Aryel Sanat, that attempts are currently being
> made to try to restrict the freedoms of members of The Society.
> >
> > A proposal being presented to the General Council would restrict the
> voting for Predisent to ONLY members of the General Council and strip
> the general membership of this cherished privilidge.
> >
> > Colonel Olcott established our ground rules the way he did so that
> EVERY member would have this Freedom of Choice & selection.
> >
> > This is a Very Important Landmark in maintaining The Freedom of The
> Society. To concentrate this
> > power in the hands of a small group even if it is The General
> Council would be a disasterous attack on The Freedom of The Society.
> >
> > One questions WHY would the proposers of this scheme even want to
> change the rules,and to WHAT Purpose? There is NO
> > legitimate need for this change. It all smells very fishy and odious
> of political machination.
> >
> > Can we forget politics and get back to our True Task and Purpose of
> Studying and Teachng Theosophy?
> > We urge Every Freedom loving and sincere Theosophist to register
> their opposition and complaint to this stinking power ploy. It is a
> Very Bad proposal and NOT needed.
> >
> > Fraternally;
> > William Delahunt
> > Orlando, Florida
> > Theosophist@...
> >
> > Blow is the news from Pedro and Aryel:
> >
> >
> > Dear Friends,
> >
> > The attached proposal has come to my notice. One of its proposed
> amendments (to Rule 10 of the Rules of the TS), if approved, will
> cause the termination of an important landmark in the history of The
> Theosophical Society: the right of its members to elect the
> international President in a direct vote.
> >
> > The amendment in question establishes that the President will be
> elected by the members of the General Council which counts
> approximately 37 members at the present.
> >
> > As a concerned member I would like to suggest that a letter be
> written to the International Secretary, who is the Secretary of the
> Council, expressing profound concern and opposition to this
> unprecedented attempt to disenfranchise the members of the
> Theosophical Society world wide.
> >
> > May I suggest that if some of you would like to briefly express your
> views regarding the proposed amendment that you send them to me or to
> Mrs Ananya Rajan <ananya11@...>, so that we may incorporate them into
> the document to be sent to the Secretary of the General Council.
> >
> > The work of the TS is too precious for the redemption and
> transformation of the world for us to allow its entire membership to
> be allienated from its right to elect its President.
> >
> > With warm and fraternal regards to all,
> > Pedro Oliveira
> > Sydney, Australia
> >
> >
> > Aryel Sanat
> > asanat@...
> >
> > Pedro Oliveria   prmoliveira@...
> >
> > International Secretary : theossoc@...
> >
> >
> > =======================
> >

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