Re: TS Adyar MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION, ETC.
Nov 14, 2008 11:55 AM
Uh, sorry my typing. "REPECTIVE" should be "RESPECTIVE", of course.
A friend sent me the following message (below) many months ago. I
dare to publish it here now, because John Algeo writes here that it
is for "friends", too, besides General Council members, and because
he writes that "Feel free to share all or any of this with others".
Besides, this message handles the amendments of the inernational
rules in 2006 and the Radha's health issue then. We know that later
Algeo, Bland and some other leaders explained that this first
positive announcement by Algeo (which you can read below) was true
indeed, but that Radha's health got weaker later.
According to this message by Algeo, it seems that in 2006 there were
not made other changes. I don't know about the changes in 2005, but
anybody can read the minutes of the General Council meeting in the TS
Annual which can be found in any national headquarters. The minutes
are not secret, but it is true that the Sections don't inform their
members about these meeting events.
So below is Algeo's message to all General Secretaries considering
the international convention in 2006.
----- Original Message -----
From: John Algeo <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 3:30 AM
MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
Dear Fellow Member of the General Council or Friend:
Last October I sent Members of the General Council a message about a
proposed amendment to the international rules and explained that I
was doing so because I
could not be at the Council meeting. However, there is an old saying
that man proposes and God disposes. As it turned out, I was at the
Council meeting, so I am sending you (and a few others) a report on
it and some other matters that may be of interest. Feel free to share
all or any of this with others.
1. The amendment I wrote about clearly passed on a mail ballot. It
restores an older practice, which (the President told me) was dropped
some years ago for reasons that I am not familiar with. The change is
simply that the names of nominators are to be circulated with the
nominees' biographical data and the voting papers to all voters in a
2. You have presumably received the minutes of the Council meeting
International Secretary, Miss Anderson, but if you have any question
about them, she or I can respond.
3. As you have doubtless heard, the President had a light stroke in
November. It did not affect her body or her mind except for a slight
and temporary memory loss with respect to names. Her doctor predicts
a full recovery, which will take several months. At present she is
progressing nicely and doing very well. She
attended all the major meetings during Convention, although she let
others do some of the speaking and presiding that she normally does.
She has taken a short time off (which she well deserves) to
recuperate, free from the demands on her at headquarters, but she is
now back at Adyar and attending to business. While I was at Adyar in
December and January, I had extensive discussions with her about
Theosophical business around the world, and she is on top of all the
facts and her judgment is as sharp as ever. The outlook is very
favorable for a full recovery. The Adyar staff responded in exemplary
fashion during convention, and all went very well indeed.
4. A universal and perpetual question is about what Theosophical
groups should teach. We are a nondogmatic Society whose branches are
autonomous in all matters
not covered by the international and national rules, so there is no
question of anyone's telling groups what to teach. However, some
general suggestions along those lines have been made in the past and
have again been asked for. Several of us have talked about producing
a leaflet on the subject. Below is a general statement on the
subject. We will be grateful if you will think about this and let me
know your reaction to the general idea of a leaflet and also any
The Theosophical Society and the Wisdom Tradition
The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875, extends to all its members
and sympathizers alike complete freedom of thought and of individual
search. The Society does not have an official doctrine or teaching
which its members have to subscribe to. Their bond of union is not a
common belief, but a common search and aspiration to find the truth
The Society derives its name from the Greek word theosophia, "divine
wisdom", the spiritual heritage of all humanity ? past, present and
future ? alternatively referred to as the Ancient Wisdom and the
Wisdom Tradition. It is linked to this universal stream of inquiry
not only through its name but also by what it stands for. Madame
Blavatsky, a principle co-founder, stated that the Theosophical
Society was formed to assist in showing people that such a thing as
Theosophy exists, and to help them to ascend towards it by studying
assimilating its eternal verities. Such a work is the privilege and
responsibility of those of its members who voluntarily choose to
Three core values of this Wisdom-Tradition are altruism, self-
knowledge and openness of mind. They express themselves as selfless
service, self-awareness, respect for each other's points of view and
reverence for life. While the Theosophical Society does not impose
any values or behaviour on its members or sympathizers, it seeks to
promote the values of the Wisdom Tradition in an atmosphere of
freedom of inquiry, mutual respect and a shared sense of community.
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