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Nov 14, 2008 01:03 PM
by MKR

Thanks for posting the msg.

We have seen some time ago on this list, the paragraph dealing with Radha
Burnier's health. While I have not seen any concrete statement about Radha
becoming weaker later on, it should not be any surprise to anyone.

The key issue that started the message traffic here is the personal (lay
man's/woman's) opinions of some of the GC members that Radha is sick both
mentally and physically and hence she should not be elected, which was sent
to the membership with a view to affect the outcome of the election.

Subsequently three independent highy respected physicians from two
continents (one a highly regarded GS of a Section) certified Radha fit.The
same members failed to communicate this important professional information
to the members so that members can decide for themselves whom they want to
vote for.

This resulted in many members losing the trust in the GC members/leaders
about their even handed justice in dealing with members. The situation
became worse when we all found out, to our shock and surprise, that some of
the nominators of Radha's opponent, had submitted to the GC meeting, a
highly secret proposal to speedily disenfranchise all of us as well as
radically change the rules so as to make the President a puppet in the hands
of a few GC members.

In the current situation with a very low level of trust in the leaders,
members are skeptical and vigilant and wonder what else is going on behind
closed doors which will affect all of us, as well as the TS and Theosophy



On 11/14/08, sampsakuukasjarvi <> wrote:
>   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.
> Sampsa
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John Algeo < <>>
> Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 3:30 AM
> 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
> Presidential election.
> 2. You have presumably received the minutes of the Council meeting
> from the
> 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
> specific suggestions.
> The Theosophical Society and the Wisdom Tradition
> Pedro Oliveira
> 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
> about existence.
> 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
> and
> assimilating its eternal verities. Such a work is the privilege and
> the
> responsibility of those of its members who voluntarily choose to
> undertake it.
> 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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