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Theos-World Re: COSMIC DOWNSIZING - Aryel Sanat

Oct 28, 2008 02:13 AM
by Anton Rozman

Hi Ramadoss,

I have to disagree in regard to the root causes of the current 
situation in the Theosophical Society and I will try to show you why 
I disagree representing the situation I know best.

When the president here in Slovenia declares that considering the 
actual situation in the Society he would not invite his friends to 
join there is something very weird going on if he himself considers 
the situation he is responsible for as improper for serious people. 

Those who pass this initial general atmosphere of discouragement have 
to go through two years long preparatory seminar which aim is to 
represent to them the "true" theosophy as understood by the person 
(wife of the president) leading these seminars. This "true" theosophy 
does not have any special philosophical foundation (at least I wasn't 
able to discover it and neither was it ever officially presented) and 
is only a cover for certain non-transparent policy in the Society.

Those who pass these obstacles meet with an overall atmosphere of 
distrust and fear. There is practically none who dares to openly say 
what she/he thinks if she/he don't fit the circle of officers 
impregnated with the cloud of mutual support and admiration. 

Annual assemblies which should be representation of unified fraternal 
efforts to bring forward common interest of all members and festival 
of democracy are actually moments of enormous stress for the officers 
as they are obliged to offer something tangible instead of empty 
words with which they cover their non-transparent policy. 

And when time to time some individual or group shows some self-
initiative this is promptly qualified as a personal attack on 
officers and poor enthusiasts have to, sooner or later, leave the 

We can probably meet such situation (probably in minor degree) in 
many Sections while some others are more culturally adapted to this 
kind of leadership. 

Therefore, in my opinion, the root cause of all troubles in the 
Theosophical Society is co-existence and prevalent influence of 
religious organizations within the secular society and overall denial 
of this fact what is in essence immoral. And all further immoral and 
unethical behavior comes out of this "original sin". 

We can create some real or artificial problem and then propose a 
solution in a form of some new Potemkin's Village but we will not 
establish democracy and transparency until we will not address this 
root cause of all troubles in the Theosophical Society. 

And this problem is equally very simple issue that all can understand.

Warmest regards,

--- In, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> Thanks, Anton for your msg.
> The root causes of the current situation, in my opinion, are:
> 1. Attempt to defeat Radha Burnier by feeding inaccurate and 
> deliberate misinformation to members.
> 2. Immediately following the election, the Ultra Secret plan to
> disenfranchise members with speedy radical changes to the rules.
> These are very serious and fundamental issues affecting every 
members and
> goes to the root issue of the trust one can place on the GC 
> who are behind them. So, under the current climate, it is not going 
to be
> simple to fix any real or imagined problems.
> Also none of the GC members seem to recognise the most serious 
> facing TS - precipitous decline in membership outside India.
> All the tweaking of the rules will do nothing to fix this problem 
since all
> sections are autonomous and do their own thing so long they do not 
> the three objects.
> These are very simple issues that everyone can see and understand.
> mkr
> On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 7:32 AM, Anton Rozman 
> >   Dear friends,
> >
> > I would like to make some comments because it seems that it is now
> > premuned that the Theosophical Society is and has been till now 
> > democracy, now endangered by group of people lead by John Algeo, 
> > is, from my point of view, completely twisted perspective of the
> > actual situation.
> >
> > In first place let me overview once again some basic statistics of
> > past TS President election results. Votes were received from 
> > members out of 20,879 members of the Society eligible to vote and
> > this number represents 62, 2 % of members eligible to vote and 
44, 8
> > % of all members of the Theosophical Society. John Algeo received
> > 4,323 votes or 20, 7 % and Radha Burnier 8,560 votes or 41% of all
> > members eligible to vote. Therefore none of the candidates 
> > majority support of the TS members eligible to vote, still less of
> > all members of the Society. The fact that the elected President 
> > not enjoy the majority support should represent a warning that in 
> > Society some necessary changes are eminent and that there is an
> > urgency to find such solutions which will find consensus of 
> > of the Society's members.
> >
> > The proposal of the Amendments to the TS Rules and Regulations
> > certainly didn't lead to the consensus solution and only deepened 
> > polarization in the Society. More over, none of the poles or TS
> > officers have till now presented any concrete proposal or visible
> > sign of willingness to find some consensus solutions and foster 
> > democratization and transparency in the Society.
> >
> > Next, there seems that it is absent transparent fundamental 
> > of the Society for the next years as it seems that the General
> > Council, as the Governing Body of the TS, will not discuss any
> > proposal and accept any policy and plan of work. At least we 
> > see any such proposal except that in John Algeo's election 
> > material.
> >
> > Further on, although it was clearly established that during the
> > election process several TS officers have behaved immorally,
> > violating TS Rules and Regulations and unethically conducted the
> > election campaign, what certainly damaged the Society, we didn't 
> > any statement of regret or apology to the membership, still less 
> > sign of willingness to offer a resignation.
> >
> > And finally, it is hoped that continuation of this unconstructive,
> > war-like situation will soon wake up those uniting forces and
> > numerous towards brotherhood oriented members to step forward and
> > launch the revitalization of the Society on the principle of
> > brotherhood and cooperation and transcend the quarrels which from
> > broader perspective of the needs of the Society and humanity at 
> > would look really silly if they were not sad.
> >
> > Warmest regards,
> > Anton
> >
> > p.s. I am adding excerpts from David R. Loy's "Perspectives on 
> > and Human Wickedness", Vol. 1 No. 2 Page 123, The Non-duality of 
> > and Evil: Buddhist Reflections on the New Holy War (Copyright (c)
> > Wickedness Net 2003,
> >
> > If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people
> > somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were 
> > only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But 
> > line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human
> > being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? -
> > Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago.
> >
> > In his autobiography Gandhi writes that "those who say that 
> > has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means" ?
> > religion is about how we should live, and politics is about 
> > together how we want to live. The main reason it has not been 
> > is because most modern societies have been careful to distinguish 
> > secular public sphere from the personal, private world of 
> > belief. This has been essential for creating a multicultural 
> > of religious tolerance, but at a price: such tolerance
> > effectively "displaces morality" by "asking you to inhabit your 
> > moral convictions loosely and be ready to withdraw from them 
> > pursuing them would impinge on the activities and choices of 
> >
> > Our understanding of good and evil cannot be simply identified 
> > any religious worldview, but the two are intimately related.
> >
> > In other words, one of the main causes of evil in this world has 
> > human attempts to eradicate evil, or what has been viewed as 
evil. In
> > more Buddhist terms, much of the world's suffering has been a 
> > of our way of thinking about good and evil.
> >
> > You're either with us or against us.
> >
> > From a Buddhist perspective, there is something delusive about 
> > sides of this mirror image, and it is important to understand how
> > this black-and-white way of thinking brings more suffering, more
> > evil, into the world.
> >
> > This dualism of good-versus-evil is attractive because it is a 
> > way of looking at the World.
> >
> > If the world is a battleground of good and evil forces, the evil 
> > is in the world must be fought and defeated by any means 
> >
> > Nevertheless, it is a tragic fact that many religious people - or
> > many people who believe themselves to be religious - have 
> > and projected this struggle as a struggle in the external world
> > between the good (most of all, their own religion) and evil (other
> > religions).
> >
> > Perhaps the basic problem with this simplistic good-versus-evil 
> > of understanding conflict is that, because it tends to preclude
> > further thought, it keeps us from looking deeper, from trying to
> > discover causes. Once something has been identified as evil, 
there is
> > no more need to explain it; it is time to focus on fighting 
> > it.
> >
> > For Buddhism, evil, like everything else, has no essence or 
> > of its own; it is a product of impermanent causes and conditions.
> > Buddhism emphasizes the concept of evil less than what it calls 
> > three roots of evil, or the three causes of evil, also known as 
> > three poisons: greed, ill will and delusion.
> >
> > Buddhism emphasizes ignorance and enlightenment because the basic
> > issue depends on our self-knowledge: do we really understand what
> > motivates us?
> >
> > One way to summarize the basic Buddhist teaching is that we 
> > and cause others to suffer, because of greed, ill will and 
> > Karma implies that when our actions are motivated by these roots 
> > evil, their negative consequences tend to rebound back upon us. 
> > is true for everyone. However, the Buddhist solution to suffering
> > does not involve requiting violence with violence, any more than 
> > involves responding to greed with greed, or responding to delusion
> > with delusion. ? the Buddhist solution involves breaking that 
> > by transforming greed into generosity, ill will into loving 
> > and delusions into wisdom.
> >
> > Realizing our interdependence and mutual responsibility for each
> > other implies something more than just an insight or intellectual
> > awareness. When we try to live the way this interdependence 
> > it is called love. Such love is much more than a feeling; perhaps 
> > is best understood as a mode of being in the world. Buddhist texts
> > emphasize compassion, generosity, and loving-kindness, and they 
> > reflect this mode, being different aspects of love. Such love is
> > sometimes mocked as weak and ineffectual, yet it can be very
> > powerful, as Gandhi showed. It embodies a deep wisdom about how 
> > cycle of hatred and violence works, and about how that cycle can 
> > ended. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, but there 
is an
> > alternative. Twenty-five hundred years ago Shakyamuni Buddha said:
> > "He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me" - for 
> > who harbor such thoughts ill-will will never cease. "He abused 
me, he
> > beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me" - for those who do not 
> > such thoughts ill-will will cease.
> >
> > Because Buddhist enlightenment or "awakening" requires 
mindfulness of
> > our ways of thinking, Buddhism encourages us to be wary of
> > antithetical concepts ?
> >
> > Perhaps the most important way the interdependence of good and 
> > shows itself is that we don't know what is good until we know 
what is
> > evil, and we don't feel we are good unless we are fighting against
> > that evil. We can feel comfortable and secure in our own goodness
> > only by attacking and destroying the evil outside us.
> >
> > Because the villains like to hurt people, it's okay to hurt them. 
> > After all, they are evil and evil must be destroyed. What is this
> > kind of story really teaching us? That if you want to hurt 
> > it is important to demonize them first: in other words, to fit 
> > into your good-versus-evil script.
> >
> > When I manipulate the world to get what I want from it, the more
> > separate and alienated I feel from it, and the more separate 
> > feel from me, of course, when they have been manipulated; this 
> > distrust encourages both sides to manipulate more. On the other 
> > the more I can relax and open up to the world, trusting it and
> > accepting the responsibility that involves responding to its 
needs -
> > which is what loving it means - the more I feel a part of it, at 
> > with other people; and the more others become inclined to trust 
> > open up to me.
> >
> > --- In <>, 
> > Letzerich <eletzerich@>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > To read the lettter of Aryel Sanat click the link below:
> > > <
> > sanat/>
> > >
> > > Erica
> > >
> > >
> > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> > >
> >
> >  
> >
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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