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Re: A Second appeal to the members of the GC

Oct 15, 2008 05:57 AM
by Erica Letzerich

Open Letter to the Members of the General Council

Dear friends,

After the disclosure of the amendment proposal, many members worldwide
said they will leave the Theosophical Society if the changes to rule
10 are approved. The statement of one of the General Secretaries who
supports the amendment was "quoting the Masters: `as long as three
members will still be ..., the Society will survive'."* We see a total
lack of respect to the opinion of members expressed by this General
Secretary in the above statement. Probably in his/her mind currently
the only real theosophists are those in favor of such a change.

Anand Gholap a member of the Indian Section proposed that we should
fast as a form of protest against the changes to rule 10. Actually the
idea of fasting is not a bad one, as many of us could lose some
pounds. Though I think it should not be applied in the present
situation. It might be worth fasting for the Freedom of Tibet; still
one must know that probably would die of starvation, because the
possibility of China to pay any attention for a protest like this is zero.

Others suggested that we should inform as many members we can and ask
them to express their views either writing to General Secretaries, the
International Secretary or to the President. This is the most logical
way, and Anand's example was just to show you how the proposal has
really upset members worldwide.

Unfortunately it seems some members of the GC are still planning to go
on with this proposal.

Aye, we won't fast, but we do hope not to need to reach to the point,
during the meeting of the General Council that will take place in
December of 2009, to have to gather thousands members in front of the
Headquarters building or outside Adyar campus in silent protest
against the proposed changes to rule 10. This would hurt the very
spirit of the Theosophical Society. We are not a political arena. But
as the current proposal is already hurting this spirit, you should not
expect members will be silent and not raise their voice against this

Mrs. Betty Bland in the blog of the American Section wrote the
following: "Most of the proposals were agreeable to most people, but
the one that many disagreed with was spread throughout the world as a
diabolical attempt to usurp members' rights."** Who are the most
people, half dozen of GC members? This is not a diabolical attempt to
usurp member's rights; this is a clear attempt to do so.  As you are a
sister theosophist I believe this was not your intention and probably
you did not see things at this level when you presented the amendment.
But I am closing 20 years of membership, and always had the right to
vote for International President. Won't this right be removed from me
and from thousands members if the changes to rule 10 are approved? So
we  have reached a ridiculous point. We are supposed to be defending
the rights of children or women etc, now we also have to defend the
rights of the members of our Theosophical Society?  This is the
difficult situation in which the current proposal has placed many
members of the Theosophical Society around the world.   

Recently Mrs. Betty Bland also wrote: "Although the proposed Rule
change has been called undemocratic, there is nothing undemocratic
about having a president elected by elected representatives."*** With
all due respect I would like to ask you Mrs. Betty Bland, have you
consulted the members of your own Section? Have you sent a letter to
them inquiring if they are in favor or against the amendment proposal
you are defending, more specifically to the proposed changes to rule
10? If you did it before presenting the amendment and got the approval
of the massive majority of members of your own Section, so you are
acting on their behalf and under the principles of democracy. If not,
I really wonder what kind of democracy is this one you are talking
about. The one which will lead the GC to make arbitrary decisions
without consulting members?

So I kindly request, please remove the proposed change to rule 10 from
the amendment. I do not write for me but for every member whose voice
cannot be heard and is against this proposal. Do not allow such a
proposal to pass. This would cause an unprecedented crisis in the
Theosophical Society and the consequences could be catastrophic. I am
sure the member of the GC who are supporting the changes to rule 10;
do not wish to be remembered in the history of the Theosophical
Society, as the cause of one of the major crisis that ever happened
since its foundation.

Friends please do read the article Electing a President by Radha
Burnier, click the following link:

Fraternally yours,
Erica L. Georgiades

*See the link below, a post of Jacques Mahnich, Once in a lifetime
opportunity, Fri Oct 10, 2008.

**See the link below, On Controversy by Betty Bland, October 14, 2008.

***See International Voting Proposal, by Betty Bland in the following

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