Re: Theos-World the challenges that face the Theosophical society Adyar
Sep 11, 2009 03:16 PM
And is it possible to get officials in the TS whose names we can pronounce?
I think we need to remember two questions before we make the mistake of
picking people based on what caste they are from. First, how many Indians of
lower caste are even in the Society? How many of them have the necessary
personal skills, education etc, to be able to function in a leadership
position of any kind?
I think one of the fundamental mistakes that is made is the assumption that
holding a position of leadership in the TS is anything more than a merely
administrative matter, who ensures that the lawn is mowed and that the next
highway only goes through the least expensive part of the estate, for
example. When we make the error of becoming respecters of persons we get into
all manner of difficulties about the persons themselves.
Chuck the Heretic
In a message dated 9/11/2009 1:08:37 P.M. Central America Standard T,
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
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
- 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
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:
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