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Aug 02, 2009 09:35 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

Well thanks.
I will consider your answer.

I am not sure, that money is the core problem.
I find it rather to be patience, to recognize the truth when it is proven, and an open spirit of self-criticism. :-)

M. Sufilight

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: MKR 
  Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 5:36 PM

    This quote is very timely. Due to the built-in autonomy at member, lodge,
  and section levels, no one can order anything unless the recipients care to
  listen. I think, in most situations where problems have arisen, the
  underlying issue is simply money and property. The parties dare not want to
  openly talk about it. No one cares to instruct anyone or any group which is


  On Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 6:31 AM, Morten Nymann Olesen <> wrote:

  > Dear friends
  > My views are:
  > I throw the below words since they might help to find a more true
  > perspective...
  > - - - A sidenote to be compared with the Orlando issue and similar ones - -
  > -
  > H. P. Blavatsky said:
  > "The members are appointed by the President-Founder . . . it is complained;
  > the General Council only advises on what is submitted to it". . . and "in
  > the meantime that P.F. is empowered to issue special orders and provisional
  > rules," on behalf of that ("dummy") Council. (Rule IV, p. 20.) Moreover, it
  > is urged that out of a number of 150 members of the G. Council, a quorum of
  > 5 and even 3 members present, may, should it be found necessary by the
  > President, decide upon any question of vital importance, etc., etc., etc.
  > Such an "untheosophical" display of authority, is objected to by Messrs. M.
  > M. Chatterji and A. Gebhard, on the grounds that it leads the Society to
  > Caesarism, to "tyranny" and papal infallibility, etc., etc. However right
  > the two complainants may be in principle it is impossible to fail seeing,
  > the absurd exaggerations of the epithets used; for, having just been accused
  > on one page of "tyrannical authority," of "centralization of power" and a
  > "papal institution" (p. 9)-on page 11, the President-Founder is shown
  > "issuing special orders" from that "centre of Caesarism"-which no one is
  > bound to obey, unless he so wishes! "It is well known" remarks the principal
  > writer-"that not only individuals but even Branches have refused to pay this
  > [annual] subscription . . . of . . . two shillings" (p. 11); without any bad
  > effect for themselves, resulting out of it, as appears. Thus it would seem
  > it is not to a non-existent authority that objections should be made, but
  > simply to a vain and useless display of power that no one cares for. The
  > policy of issuing "special orders" with such sorry results is indeed
  > objectionable; only, not on the ground of a tendency to Caesarism, but
  > simply because it becomes highly ridiculous. The undersigned for one, has
  > many a time objected to it, moved however, more by a spirit of worldly pride
  > and an untheosophical feeling of self-respect than anything like Yogi
  > humility. It is admitted with regret that the world of scoffers and
  > non-theosophists might, if they heard of it, find in it a capital matter for
  > fun. But the real wonder is, how can certain European theosophists, who have
  > bravely defied the world to make them wince under any amount of ridicule,
  > once they acted in accordance with the dictates of their conscience and
  > duty-make a crime of what is at the worst a harmless, even if ridiculous,
  > bit of vanity; a desire of giving importance-not to the Founder, but to his
  > Society for which he is ready to die any day. One kind of ridicule is worth
  > another. "
  > ........
  > "Furthermore, it seems to have become quite the theosophical rage in these
  > days, to denounce vehemently, yet never to offer to help pulling out any
  > such motes."
  > ........
  > At any rate, the pens of the latter ought to show themselves less acerb, in
  > these days of trouble when every one seems bent on finding fault with the
  > Society, and few to help it, and that the President-Founder is alone to work
  > and toil with a few devoted theosophists at Adyar to assist him."
  > .......
  > "But the Parent-body does exist, and will, so long as the last man or woman
  > of the primitive group of Theosophists-Founders is alive. This-as a body; as
  > for its moral characteristics, the Parent-Society means that small nucleus
  > of theosophists who hold sacredly through storm and blows to the original
  > programme of the T.S. as established under the direction and orders of
  > those, whom they recognize-and will, to their last breath--as the real
  > originators of the Movement, their living, Holy MASTERS AND TEACHERS.
  > - - -
  > Always help, never hurt.
  > If you cannot help at least seek to avoid hurting.
  > M. Sufilight
  > ----- Original Message -----
  > From: Govert Schuller
  > To: <>
  > Sent: Saturday, August 01, 2009 7:42 PM
  > Dear t_s_theosophist,
  > The Orlando Lodge seems to rightfully demand the following:
  > "If you have documented affidavits of the accusations you make, please
  > provide us a copy of them. We have a right to see such evidence."
  > I like to see the same standard applied to the following
  > counter-accusation:
  > "It is a first attempt to censure Orlando Lodge for its' strong and vocal
  > support for Radha Burnier vs: the "Infamous Quartet." "
  > Where's the proof?
  > Govert
  > ----- Original Message -----
  > From: t_s_theosophist
  > To: <>
  > Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 10:24 PM
  > It is a first attempt to censure Orlando Lodge for
  > its' strong and vocal support for Radha Burnier
  > vs: the "Infamous Quartet."
  > Our well designed and well articulated Orlando
  > Lodge website continues to recieve many compliments, and has had within
  > a one year peroid to date 12,861 visitors, and growing.
  > (Since June 2008)
  > Why Do They Feel The Need to Slander & Censure Us?
  > Our Quarterly E-Newsletter is read by over 1250 recipients each quarter
  > and has had excellent reviews by many notable Theosophists.
  > Why Do They Feel The Need To Slander & Censure Us?
  > Anyone is always welcome to visit Orlando Lodge for our meetings and
  > fellowship. And those who have been here always remark
  > about a Good Feeling of genuine hospitality,
  > harmony and an evident sense of brotherly regard.
  > Why Do They Feel The Need To Slander & Censure Us?
  > It doesn't take any clairvoyance to see what is happening...You figure
  > it out.
  > The following letter was recieved via postal mail addressed to "William
  > Delahunt, President of the T.S. In Orlando." William Delahut is the
  > Lodge Secretary. It is from Mr.Jerome Michel, Eastern Director of the
  > TSA. The letter contains strong accusations based on heresay
  > and gossip impuning the character of Mr.Delahunt There is NO factual
  > proof of these
  > inflamatory accusations. Below Mr. Michels letter is a response from The
  > Executive Committee and Board of Directors of The Theosophical Society
  > in Orlando ( Orlando Lodge.) Mr. Michel has never been to Orlando Lodge
  > and does not know any of its members ]
  > ------------------------
  > July 24, 2009
  > Dear William Delahunt,
  > This letter is to inform you of a TSA board action to remove the name of
  > the Orlando Lodge indefinitely from the TSA web page.
  > This action has been taken as a result of an ongoing pattern of
  > incidents in which persons expressing views contrary to yours have been
  > made to feel unwelcome, harassed for their views, removed from lodge
  > membership or been driven out or locked out of lodge meetings. Some have
  > reported psychological distress over the way in which they have been
  > treated.
  > These incidents taken together, constitute a pattern of behavior
  > extending over a number of years. Such behavior is inconsistent with the
  > nature of theosophy and the purpose of the Theosophical Soiety in
  > America.
  > It is unfortunate that this situation has been allowed to continue so
  > long in the name of the Theosophical Society in America. Our
  > investigations of complaints by those affected leave us no choice. We
  > hope that you and your board will recognize that these actions violate
  > both the Society's committment to our Freedom of Thought policy, and the
  > simple requirement of sympathy with the Society's first object as the
  > basis for accepting members.
  > Our hope for your contined spiritual evolution is unchanged
  > (Signed)
  > Jerome Michel
  > Eastern Director
  > Theosophical Society In America
  > --------------------------------------
  > Reply From Orlando Lodge Board of Directors.
  > [ Orlando Lodge Letterhead ]
  > July 30, 2009
  > Dear Jerome Michel;
  > This is a reply to your letter to William Delahunt of July 24, 2009.
  > William Delahunt is the Secretary of Orlando Lodge, not the President.
  > We are greatly disturbed by the accusatory tone of your letter.
  > If you have documented affidavits of the accusations you make, please
  > provide us a copy of them. We have a right to see such evidence.
  > If not, we insist that you cease & desist this unfounded attempt at
  > character assassination of William Delahunt, and provided an apology.
  > William Delahunt is a valued member of Orlando Lodge, a member for the
  > past 40 years, and a tireless worker for Theosophy. It is mainly due to
  > his efforts that Orlando Lodge remains a vibrant vital Theosophical
  > Spiritual center in Central Florida.
  > We have NEVER violated any Theosophical policy, and have ALWAYS played
  > by the rules.
  > The ONLY requirement for membership in the Theosophical Society is the
  > assent to the ideal of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity. To join a
  > Lodge or Branch the policy has always been that the applicant must be
  > sponsored by a current member in good standing and have the positive
  > vote of the membership.
  > It has long been a Theosophical ethos based upon the teachings of Madame
  > Blavatsky that we do NOT teach or engage in Spiritualistic practices
  > such as Mediumship, Astral Projection, Psychic Development, Seances,
  > Ouija board, Communication with the deceased and other such activities.
  > There are those who in the past have made strong attempts to include
  > these things in our agenda.
  > When we explain that these are NOT congruent with our perspective &
  > teachings they develop a strong animus against us. So what are we to do?
  > We refuse to let you make William Delahunt the scapegoat for the animus
  > of these dis-gruntled seekers. The Membership of Orlando Lodge and the
  > Board of Directors stand fully behind and have Full Confidence in
  > William Delahunt.
  > We find this un-warranted slander of Mr.Delahunt highly Un-Theosophical.
  > This arbitrary action to promote aome private agenda , without prior
  > notice or a hearing with the parties involved also violates "due
  > process"
  > and the Resolutions of the General Council of the Theosophical Society.
  > You don't even really know Mr. Delahunt. In fact your do not know any of
  > the members of Orlando Lodge, you have never been here.
  > If you did, you would realize how inane and ludicrous your accusations
  > really are.
  > William Delahunt is greatly respected in the Central Florida Community
  > for his many years of work and advocacy on behalf of the homeless,
  > prison reform and for interfaith education and dialogue. He is a warm
  > and personable human being, and has spent a lifetime devoted to
  > Theosophical education.
  > It is unfortunate that you come to your conclusions based upon
  > incomplete information, biased hearsay & gossip and the animus of
  > someone with a private agenda.
  > We trust that in the spirit of TRUTH and of FAIR PLAY you will attempt
  > to be objective, revise your hasty decision, and issue an aplogy.
  > Cordially & Fraternally;
  > For the Board of Directors & The Executive Committee;
  > (signed)
  > The Theosophical Society In Orlando
  > (signed)
  > The Theosophical Society In Orlando
  > ---------------------------------------------------
  > The Theosophical Society In Orlando
  > <>
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  > 1. Set aside 10 minutes a day wherever you are,at whatever time or place
  > that is convenient for you.
  > 2. Take a few minutes to "Center," "Enter The Silence." however best you
  > do it. Going to that
  > place deep within you where Truth abides in Fullness. It is from this
  > center that You Will KNOW The Truth of things.
  > 3. You may want to visualize the T.S. Seal. Quietly recite to yourself
  > The Invocation To Unity.
  > The Invocation To Unity
  > O Hidden Life, Vibrant In Every Atom;
  > O Hidden Light, Shining In Every Creature; O Hidden Love, Embracing All
  > In Oneness; May Each Who Feels Himself As One With Thee; Know He Is
  > Therefore One With Every Other.
  > Ponder these Truths awhile in The Silence.
  > When your time is up...
  > 4. See a Golden Rose Brilliant Light spreading out and enveloping ALL
  > Theosophists all over the world. KNOW that you have set Powerful Healing
  > Forces to work for the Good.
  > 5. Resume your normal daily activities.
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