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Re: Theos-World the challenges that face the Theosophical society Adyar

Sep 11, 2009 01:37 PM
by MKR

Let me add a few of my brief comments on issues related to TS.

While the election is over more than a year ago, we all saw the actions of
many of the section leaders and we are yet to see any action to bridge the
cleavage demonstrated in the last meeting of the general council. Some get
the feeling that everyone is hiding behind the silence (possibly planning
next surprise move) and we have not seen any demonstration of any leadership
to get going.

The continued lack of transparency and the loss of trust engendered by the
ultra secret effort to disenfranchise all of us and the lack of recognition
of the error and need to openly eat crow and apologize leaves many to
believe that unless some very bold and creative dramatic steps are taken,
the cleavage will continue to linger on and we have to wait for the next
generation of young creative imaginative men and women takes over the
organization in all parts of the world.

While street smartness can come with age, when has world seen
septuagenarians and octogenarians responsible for coming up with new and
creative ideas to contribute to growth of any enterprise. Let us all hope
that we soon find young leaders around the world to take us to the future.
Elders and old men and women cannot do it.


On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 1:07 PM, katinka_hesselink <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've read Preethi's account of relations at Adyar last year with interest,
> however, I'm not surprised Mary Anderson denies the charges against Radha.
> After all it's one thing to complain a bit about relations with one's
> coworkers as they're going on. It's quite another to want them published on
> the internet for anybody to read.
> Theosophists I meet sometimes tell me things and then add: don't publish
> that. I guess Mary Anderson should have said the same to Preethi. Or better
> yet: Preethi should have asked Mary in advance whether she wanted those
> comments published. In the Internet age we're all journalists in a sense and
> we have to take the responsibility that comes with that to only publish
> about other people what is absolutely essential AND they agree can be
> published.
> It's different when it's issues of principle. Like when we were all
> protesting the potential change in how the president is elected. Or when
> we're talking about who the new president is going to be. But right now all
> that is settled and we need to get back to the work or running lodges and
> magazines, publishing books and organizing lectures.
> It's a normal fact of life that people who work together sometimes get
> along great, and at others don't. Posting such temporary complaints online a
> year after they happened is of no use to anybody, aside from the interest
> most of us have in gossip.
> If the TS is going to move forward into the 21st century in a way that is
> of use to humanity, we're going to have to face some real issues, instead of
> getting side tracked into personal complaints.
> Real issues we're facing:
> - how to build community online in a way that is productive and helps
> people grow spiritually
> - how to build community offline: help our lodges grow and be places of
> real study and a meeting place for people of diverse cultural and religious
> backgrounds
> - how to transform our magazines into well... magazines. Quest is an actual
> magazine in this sense, though it might have a higher percentage of in depth
> theosophical content. The Theosophist and the Dutch magazine Theosofia (two
> of the magazines I know) aren't magazines in any other sense than that
> they're published in a magazine format. They don't have a column for letters
> sent in, for instance. Theosofia doesn't even have a column by the editors.
> One issue Preethi is complaining about is valid though: how important
> should it be whether people are first, second or third generation
> theosophists? (I'm first btw)
> There's a grey line here. It's natural to trust family more than others,
> but when a family member turns out to not be very good at the job you gave
> them, they should be replaced.
> At Adyar another issue is also pressing: the issue of caste. Can something
> be done about the prevalence of high caste Indians in positions of power? Or
> on other words: is enough done to reach out to lower caste (varna, jati
> whatever you want to call it) members of the TS? Does the Indian section
> even have such members in positions of influence?
> In the West, similarly, are we reaching out to people of color enough? to
> Muslims? And if we should, how should that be done?
> Those are just a few of the issues I think about when I think about where
> the TS is headed, or should be headed. I do wonder: what do you all think
> the real challenges of the TS are?
> I will only promise to read responses to this post, posted here:
> Katinka Hesselink

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