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Re: Theos-World TS - Members Hood Winked?

Oct 27, 2008 09:31 PM
by Drpsionic

The members should always be skeptical of their leaders, as a matter of  
course.  Anyone who aspires to leadership is not to be trusted.  There  is 
something corrosive to the soul in holding office.
Chuck the Heretic
In a message dated 10/27/2008 9:21:32 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:


Recently a GC member quoted the famous  comment that TS will survive so long
as there are three members. I think 3  member lower limit should not be taken
literally. When TS was launched, if  "three members" was the target, there
were more members in NY. HPB &  Olcott would not have traveled to India and
worked hard to establish new  lodges at a time when travel was very difficult
and had to put up with food  native Indians eat. (Anyone who complain about
current conditions at Adyar  may well read ODL to get some idea of the
conditions 100 years ago, when  HPB&HSO toiled in India.)

So in any organization or any movement,  social, religious or spiritual, the
basic question that comes up is the  number of people or members involved.
So, numbers are important. Sometimes  one hears the question of quality vs
quantity. Since we do not have an  objective way to measure quality, we have
to live with quantity.

The  membership trend in countries outside India is very sad. It is  skidding
downward with no end in sight. So the top priority issue for all  of us,
especially the elected leaders of sections is membership  decline.

TS is organized with total autonomy at Lodge and Section  levels. So it is
Sections' elected leaders' responsibility to address this  issue urgently and
find solutions to stop the bleeding. Any amount of  fiddling with the
International Rules cannot fix this problem, because it  can only be solved
at the grass-roots level.


Let us look at the current climate within  TS.

Firstly - a coordinated attempt to defeat Radha Burnier was made by  some of
the GC members by feeding inaccurate and possibly deliberate  misinformation
to members. Feeding inaccurate or misinformation is not a  brotherly action.

Secondly - immediately following the election, the  same GC members involved
in the above attempt, proposed an Ultra Secret  plan to disenfranchise
members along with other radical changes was sent to  the GC with the intent
of quick approval and implementation before general  membership woke up. It
was so secret that no one either at Wheaton or Adyar  (except GC members and
International Secretary) was aware of it and the  members and workers at the
two Centers, to their surprise and dismay, had  to find out about them from
Internet. TS Members also do not have any idea  as to what else is being
cooked in secrecy by the GC members.

The  above changes were proposed under the ruse of organizational changes
needed  at International level. This is simply an attempt to hood-wink
members and  divert their attention from the serious single real issue facing
TS i.e.  declining membership.

All that has happened since December 2007, has  shattered the trust members
had in their leaders who are behind the above  events. So, under the current
climate, members are going to be highly  skeptical of the leaders.


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