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Re: Theos-World Crisis In the TS -- A New Phenomenon or an Ongoing Process?

Oct 05, 2009 06:37 AM
by MKR

All the points are well presented. However we need to keep the eye on the
ball and not distracted from it.

TS as setup, Sections have full autonomy so long as they do not violate the
basic rules. This gives the sections extreme latitude of action to further
the cause that the section feels best. Talk to the Section heads heart to
heart, and they will confirm the effectiveness of this.

This is bolstered further by the fact that the Section head cannot be
removed by the General Council for any reason. And the only time the
International President gets into the picture is when there are problems
between Sections. And it is for this reason, members world-wide elect the

I am sure that the above setup was not devised on the spur of the moment by
Olcott and HPB on their own. They could have set up TS in any kind of
arrangement because they as the external founders had the full freedom to do

The future of TS lies in membership growth and growth of lodges. The
membership trend outside India is in a very sad shape. Everyone knows it. No
one wants to talk about this hot potato; why? Because no one seems to know
what to do and no leader has demonstrated how to enlarge the number of
lodges and members. Numbers speak by themselves about the situation in
India. No one has tried to investigate why and how the growth is taking
place in India so that some of the lessons from India can be implemented in
other countries.

Tampering with the International Rules is not going to fix the key issue
discussed above. Also any major change affecting the membership world-wide
cannot work unless you get the membership behind them and they give you
support from their hearts. Considering substantial membership in India,
without their active support, changes are not going to work even though
academics may come up with tricks or schemes.

We cannot forget we are in the current situation because of all the
developments that started with the nomination and electioneering early last
year. One can read all about it on theos-talk archives.

Internet was godsend to protect the TS and theosophical movement but for
which, a clique would have seized power disenfranchising all the members.

As the Oracle said the enemy of Rome shall be vanquished, I think it would
apply to TS as well. Only time will tell.


There is no religion higher than truth.

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 2:38 PM, Govert Schuller <>wrote:

> Dear MKR, Betty Bland and all stakeholders,
> The fundamental reason why there was secrecy surrounding the
> disenfranchisement proposal has to do with how power is invested in the TS
> General Council according to the international TS by-laws. It is the GC
> which sets policies (Rule 1) and has the power to change the Rules and
> Regulations and the by-laws (Rules 49 & 50). Therefore, according to these
> rules, there was no secrecy, because there is no mechanism to involve the
> membership nor sectional TS board members. The development and still
> possible acceptance by the GC of the disenfranchisement proposal (by a 3/4
> majority) is procedure-wise within their power. It's a structural problem.
> The motivation of the the reformers to bolster the GC in its relationship
> to the PTS office might have been noble and from their pov necessary. The
> outcome though would have been, as I pointed out before, an oligarchization
> of the TS with too much power vested in the GC at the expense of the
> membership and PTS.
> Instead of de-democratizing the TS, the reformers should have thought about
> enlarging the role of the membership in the governing of the international
> TS as a way to possibly revitalize the TS and counter the clacification at
> Adyar by engaging more stakeholders, not less.
> Because the GC has to be notified 3 months in advance of any proposals to
> change the TS Rules and Regulations, and because the GC meets just after the
> TS Convention at the end of coming December, the reformers should by now
> have notified the rest of the GC of any of its proposals (if any). Given the
> grave political miscalculation they made last year it behooves them to come
> out into the open to share any plans they have and engage the membership in
> deliberation and promotion.
> I will request therefore and hereby my representative at the GC, the
> section head of the TS in America, to share any information she has
> regarding notices to change the TS R&Rs. Personally I do not see any
> procedural obstacle for GC members to do so as there are no rules covering
> such sharing, nor does a Section Head has to clear such sharing with his/her
> board as he/she is the only recognized person on the GC.
> Sincerely Yours
> Govert Schuller
> cc: Betty Bland, PTSA
> The Theosophical Society Rules and Regulations 1997
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: MKR
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 5:58 PM
> Subject: Re: Theos-World Crisis In the TS -- A New Phenomenon or an Ongoing
> Process?
> Let me add a few comments.
> Last yearâs disenfranchisement plan or scheme had two key issues. One is
> the
> ultra secrecy surrounding it . Secondly, many members saw it as a blatant
> and clever power grab attempt thru back door when all other attempts to
> defeat Radha failed.
> What is even more offensive to many members around the world is that there
> was no quick recognition of the unwise idea and immediate unconditional
> apology to members. It is yet to come from those who were behind it and
> supported it. So the current level of trust is very low and until the trust
> can be rebuilt, any move will have to be viewed with great suspicion and
> vigilance because we do not know where anyone even thinks of
> disenfranchisement in 21st century will stop. May be past quietness from
> members were taken for granted that no one will bother about any changes in
> the TS and acquiesce them.
> For any change to succeed, we need to get the members behind them. Indian
> Section has a significant large membership. Hence, efforts should be made
> to
> educate them and get their support. This cannot be done from long-distance
> using Internet or trying to impress them with academic or other credentials
> from distance.
> As all politicians know, one has to personally travel and sell the message
> and create trust. And this cannot be done overnight and will take time. I
> am
> yet to see anyone suggesting such a move nor anyone planning to travel
> around the country in India. Until this is done, no fundamental change at
> International level is possible.
> Of course, given the full autonomy of the Sections, each section head on
> his/her own has a right to initiate plans to bring about transparency,
> build
> trust and identify and encourage potentially promising younger generation
> of
> leaders. We are yet to see any vigorous attempt in any section in this
> direction.
> Let us all hope and wish to see some positive changes soon.
> On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM, Govert Schuller <<>
> >wrote:
> >
> >
> > Dear Preethi and friends,
> >
> > I have read your messages with great interest. I'm encouraged that you
> are
> > giving expression to your indignation about the things you have seen and
> > experienced at Adyar and expressing that in an increasingly balanced way,
> > including bringing a larger historical perspective to your analysis and
> > pointing out the possible curative effects of some of Krishnamurti's
> ideas.
> >
> > It's now indeed a little over 80 years ago that K dissolved the Order of
> > the Star and you tie the present crisis at the TS to that event. I do so
> > too, but in a quite different way. I think the world teacher project with
> K
> > failed and that its failure has not been properly processed by the TS. My
> > contention is that the TS got into a state of post-traumatic stress
> disorder
> > (PTSD) out of which it has not yet recovered. The TS got mentally beat up
> by
> > K and, instead of distancing itself from him, it went back to him for
> more,
> > not unlike a battered wife blaming herself for being abused and returning
> > just to get the same treatment over and over again and absolving the
> abuser.
> > Notwithstanding the sometimes sound advise K can give, an integral aspect
> of
> > the PTSD situation is that the TS is for the most part ignorant of or
> > supressing, and in some instances creatively rationalizing, the cognitive
> > dissonance between K and theosophy. There are points of commonality,
> though
> > some on closer reading fall apart. (For more see #1 below, especially the
> > two-column comparisson)
> >
> > K played into this scenario by stating to Mrs. Jayakar and Burnier:
> > "Mrs.Besant intended the land at Adyar to be meant for the teaching. The
> > Theosophical Society has failed, the original purpose is destroyed." My
> > reading is that K here says: I'm the expected world teacher, you (TS)
> were
> > wrong and, BTW, I claim Adyar for my teachings. (For more see #2 below)
> This
> > last agenda point might almost have happened when PTS Burnier, because of
> > her explicit belief in K's messianic status, intended to pass on the
> > presidency to her family member and important Krishnamurti Foundation of
> > India trustee Prof. Krishna. Fortunately he declined by declaring to be
> > unfit as he doesn't know enough Theosophy.
> >
> > So, in all, it's not a very healthy situation. We'll have to see if the
> > pro-reform national section heads can do anything effective at the 2009
> TS
> > General Council meeting coming December. Unfortunately last year they
> shot
> > themselves in the foot by preparing the now infamous disenfranchisement
> > proposal. Formally they were in the right to do so, but politically, I
> > think, it was desastrous. I hope they will explicitly distance themselves
> > from that proposal and move forward with the other proposals like
> > term-limits, passing responsibilities from the Executive Committee to the
> > General Council and bolstering quorum requirements of the GC, including a
> > restriction on the amount of persons appointable by the PTS. After all,
> it's
> > the GC (ca. 36 persons) which sets policies for the TS and will have to
> take
> > this responsibility more pro-actively serious, and hopefully will find
> ways
> > to have the membership more actively involved. (For more see #3 below)
> >
> > In the medium-long run I'll just wait till this administration is over
> and
> > we'll have, hopefully, at least two, preferrably three, candidates
> running
> > for the PTS in 2015. My preferences would be for a candidate who will be
> > pro-technology, K-neutral, not connected to the present PTS family,
> > democratically- and transparency-minded, open to more modern management
> > styles, and relatively independent from any centers of relative power
> like
> > the boards of the ES, LCC, TOS, Masonry, KFI, prominent families,
> supporting
> > foundations, etc.
> >
> > This last item I'm explicitly adding as my recent readings in the social
> > sciences and politocology made me more aware of the central position of
> the
> > real power-relations within organizations which have developed over time
> and
> > mostly regardless of official by-laws, mission statements or fine
> idealistic
> > pronouncements. (For more see #4 below) Therefore there exists the
> > legitimate need for stakeholders to become explicitly aware of such
> > relations and share its findings openly. I think it's high time the
> > membership in its entirety, including all officers, become more
> > 'power-conscious' in the sense that we will find out by whom and how real
> > organizational power is yielded; if decisions are made in accordance with
> > the spirit and letter of relevant by-laws; if decisions are made in
> > accordance with our understanding of the TS's mission; and if and what,
> in
> > the likely absence of the above, should be done about that. This would be
> > nothing more nor less than following the Delphic motto of "Know thyself,"
> > but now on a collective basis. I think the TS has gotten away for far too
> > long by moralizing others with its own motto of "No religion higher than
> > truth" and exempting itself qua organization. And there are
> organizational
> > consultants who can help with that process.
> >
> > Dear Preethi, sorry for getting on my 'hobby horse' here, but I do value
> > your passion and perspective and like you to continue on a more
> impersonal
> > basis and with your eye on possible solutions. As I said, there is a
> > legitimate need to know and for that we have to look to the past, but the
> > accentuation should be on the future, then the present will take care of
> > itself.
> >
> > Please share
> >
> > Namaste
> >
> > Govert
> >
> > Sources:
> >
> > 1) The State of the TS (Adyar) in 2008: A Psycho-esoteric Interpretation
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 2) Krishnamurti and the World Teacher Project: Some Theosophical
> > Perceptions (page 4 for K's self-perception)
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 4) Bringing Power to Planning Research
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: seeker_preethi
> > To: <><theos-talk%
> > Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 4:58 AM
> > Subject: Theos-World Crisis In the TS -- A New Phenomenon or an Ongoing
> > Process?
> >
> > Dear Brothers,
> >
> > They say that history repeats itself. Perhaps it repeats itself because
> > humans tend not to learn from past mistakes. Perhaps it repeats itself
> > because humans resist change of any sort, preferring to continue in old
> > ways, even when these have proved invalid and impracticable. In the TS
> too,
> > history is currently repeating itself. Choosing to ignore the warnings of
> J.
> > Krishnamurti when he dissolved the Order of the Star of the East, we have
> > now made out of the TS a cult and out of the President a spiritual
> > authority. The Theosophical Society has been going through crisis for
> over
> > 80 years since Krishnamurti dissolved the Order of the Star of the East.
> > Looking back over its history, one can see that even back then members of
> > the TS had begun moving away from the main aim of the founding of the
> > Society. Back then, CWL, CJ and GS Arundale, among others, held on to the
> > outer form of the organization of the TS, which in those days spelt the
> > founding and functioning of the Order of the Star of the East as a means
> for
> > them to (a) provide the world with a new World Teacher, whom they
> promptly
> > rejected when he spoke of truths inconvenient to them, and (b) avail of
> the
> > influence and power of the Masters of the Wisdom. There are many
> instances
> > mentioned in Theosophical literature of how CWL and GS Arundale, in
> > particular, took on `students' to give initiation to. On TheosTalk and
> > Theosophical Community these days, we have had quotations of Annie Besant
> > stating how she considered the ES to be the sole vehicle through which
> the
> > Masters spread Their message, thereby giving the head of the ES more
> power
> > and authority than is valid.
> >
> > Reading the Letters from the Masters to early Theosophists is very
> > important at this time. But more important than this exercise is for each
> > member to interpret rightly the message given in the Letters and to try
> to
> > practise Their exhortations to the best of one's abilities.
> >
> > Perusing the Letters one will find that the Society has degenerated into
> > its current form because Their messages of what the TS was meant to be
> have
> > been violated, twisted and misinterpreted over the decades. Studying the
> > message of Krishnaji, not only when he dissolved the Order of the Star of
> > the East but also his lifetime's teachings and lectures, one finds
> striking
> > similarities between the messages from the Masters as given out in Their
> > letters and the teachings and philosophy of J. Krishnamurti. Thus in
> Letter
> > No. 1, one finds that the Masters mention as one of the principal Objects
> > for founding the Society to be the freeing of members and people from the
> > bonds of the priestly class. I interpret this to mean that between the
> Truth
> > and oneself nothing and no one can exist, and when one chooses to listen
> to
> > the voice or interpretation of another, one has already thereby started
> to
> > engage in the false, the unreal and the illusory. Krishnaji's message to
> the
> > gathered members of the Order of the Star of the East was similar to that
> of
> > the Masters stating that Truth is a Pathless land and no authority can
> lead
> > one to it; whether that authority is a person or a group or an
> organization.
> >
> > We often quote Krishnaji in our talks and lectures, including this
> message;
> > yet have we paused to find out what it means for ourselves? In order for
> one
> > to realize that exhortation, one would have to try to live it, to
> experience
> > it for oneself. In so doing, one would find that the current
> establishment
> > heading the TS, much like the former ones when Krishnaji was exiled from
> the
> > TS, would exile one from the TS. But are the TS and/or the ES only their
> > outer forms, which is merely a congregation of like-minded individuals?
> Or
> > are they something more than and beyond whatever their outer form might
> be?
> > The current establishment would have us believe as members of the TS that
> > belongingness to the outer form or the physical TS and/or ES is all that
> > matters, because the influence and blessing of the Masters of the Wisdom
> are
> > given solely to the Head of the ES and her followers. But this
> > interpretation is totally against everything we have known thus far. This
> > narrowed interpretation seems to mean that Truth appears only to the
> members
> > of the TS and, especially the ES, and the rest of the world is barred
> from
> > ever reaching the Truth or Enlightenment. Were this notion true, the
> Masters
> > would never have appeared to HPB, because when They first made their
> > appearance, there was no Theosophical Society. Yet there are members of
> the
> > ES who will look down upon members of the TS, as though the mere
> membership
> > of the ES were a privilege beyond compare. There are members of the TS
> > consequently who look down upon the rest of humanity as though humanity
> were
> > an ignorant bunch of people. There are members of the TS who have no
> other
> > crutch to stand upon other than their lineage; thus we have in the TS
> many
> > 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation `Theosophists' who have nothing else to claim
> > for their commitment to the Cause other than their lineage, or in other
> > words, their being born to parents who have been members of the TS since
> > birth. Often, these generational Theosophists do much more harm to the
> > movement by their total lack of commitment to the Cause and the main or
> > fundamental Object behind the founding of the Society. This fundamental
> > object is not stated in the Three Objects of the TS as given out in our
> > Charter, and yet that Object is at the root or base of each of the Three
> > Objects stated in the Charter of the TS. The fundamental Object for the
> > founding of the Society is as stated in the first letter sent by the
> Mahatma
> > KH to AP Sinnett, which is to free man from his dependence on the
> priestly
> > class (which does not necessarily only include the Brahmins or pastors or
> > the like, but any and every one who claims to possess the Truth and seeks
> to
> > coerce others to follow their interpretation or version of Truth as being
> > the only way to it) as the authority on Truth, Enlightenment and
> > Evolutionary Progress, or for that matter, as the only way in which to
> reach
> > God or Divine Grace.
> >
> > What I am saying here is nothing new. The Upanishads stated it. Krishna
> > stated it in the Bhagavadgita. The Buddha stated it when he said: `Be a
> lamp
> > unto your selves'. All the World Teachers said it. The Masters of the
> Wisdom
> > stated it. HPB said it. And so did Krishnamurti while dissolving the
> Order
> > of the Star of the East. The literature we have been given are merely
> > pointers to That Beyond. They ought to serve solely as guiding lights to
> > when one can fully merge into the Light and become the Light itself. And
> it
> > would seem from whatever is happening in the TS and the ES to this day
> that
> > those who are given the teachings hold on to the words (outer form) and
> > forget the inner essence. We prefer to be told what to do, rather than
> > finding out for ourselves what we are here in this world to do. That
> answer
> > would be different for each of us, which is why no one can tell us what
> to
> > do on the spiritual journey, which consists mainly of finding out our
> true
> > nature, often termed self-knowledge.
> >
> > Thus in Letter No. 35 of The Mahatma Letters to AP Sinnett (3rd Adyar
> > Edition) we find the words: `Second hand testimony never really satisfied
> > any but a credulous (or rather sceptical) mind.' In Letter No. 48 of the
> > same edition we find: `As we do not "require a passive mind" but on the
> > contrary are seeking for those most active, which can put two and two
> > together once that they are on the right scent, . . . Let your mind work
> out
> > the problem for itself.' Yet under the current administration of the TS
> we
> > are forbidden from thinking for ourselves what might be the common good
> and
> > are penalized were we ever to dare to think for ourselves, to defend the
> > truth as we see it.
> >
> > Then there is the fallacy of believing that the Masters of the Wisdom
> will
> > somehow save the situation for us. How might they do that when we do not
> pay
> > heed to Their messages?
> >
> > They say God only helps those who want to help themselves. The same can
> be
> > said of the Masters of the Wisdom as well, who are bound by the same laws
> > that govern the universe. We have repeatedly proved that we are unwilling
> to
> > listen to them and to pay heed to the warnings given out by Them. We
> prefer
> > rather to twist their words to suit our own conveniences. When faced with
> > honesty, we prefer the speaker of these to lie to us, to help us to
> maintain
> > our images of ourselves as the ones doing their best to save the Society.
> We
> > punish the honest, penalize the truthful, excommunicate the ones who dare
> to
> > stand up against our outer authority, tell the warning-alarm-ringer to
> shut
> > their mouth and keep quiet. We use our official positions and authority
> to
> > bend others to our will. Can the Masters truly help such a people as
> members
> > of the TS, who prefer grand words to doing something concrete to help the
> TS
> > in crisis? Members of the TS repeatedly prefer to pretend that the crisis
> > has nothing to do with them and their actions. In a Mahatma Letter the
> > Masters mention that the British TS (of those days) were only a bunch of
> > quietists and would suffer the results of their quietism which is based
> on
> > their selfishness. Is the situation any different today? Not at all.
> Eyeing
> > for positions of power and authority within the TS, members (whether
> > ordinary ones with no power as yet or General Council ones) will do
> nothing
> > when faced with the honest truth about the corruption rampant in Adyar
> > today, solely because the corruption is practised by the international
> > President.
> >
> > Today, as for several years now, Adyar is treated by the President as her
> > personal property. Thus those who stand up against her are asked to
> > immediately vacate the international Headquarters, even though these
> people
> > are working for the TS. If she doesn't like a member when they come and
> stay
> > at Adyar, she won't permit them to visit and stay on campus again. So,
> the
> > TS will eventually die out because there is a lack of openness to allow
> > people to explore the teachings. Adyar has as it is become a stranglehold
> of
> > the Nilakanta family, where Nandan Nilakanta will entertain his friends
> from
> > the higher diplomatic circles with drinks, the emptied bottles of which
> he
> > uses to fill and carry his water in and the emptied crates of which are
> > found in his backyard garbage bin; where Uma Nilakanta will send bananas,
> > bowls of soup and toilet paper to her kith and kin even though these
> > articles were bought with TS money for Leadbeater Chambers; where Subha
> > Nilakanta will work only when she feels like it, but expect on the other
> > hand the same treatment that is given to more committed members and
> workers.
> > But how did the President manage to secure all these rights over what
> > happens at the international Headquarters of the TS worldwide? We somehow
> > over the decades have given her so much power over our lives and
> livelihood
> > in the TS, that as of today she can abuse it all and yet get away with
> it.
> > There was a time when only those who had proved their dedication to the
> > Cause could stay on campus. But these days, several other employees stay
> on
> > campus as well. These employees contribute in no way to the growth of the
> > movement. The excuse given for them to be allowed to stay on campus is
> that
> > the physical walls of Adyar Estate need to be protected against
> sandalwood
> > thieves. But these employees blare their television sets, radio sets,
> have
> > countless relatives visiting them and staying with them on a monthly
> basis,
> > all of these taking away from the ashram-like atmosphere one could see in
> > the TS even during the early 1990's. The latest news is that residents on
> > the estate will now be allowed to have air-conditioners installed in
> their
> > homes; but what about the cost to the atmosphere and environment, Mrs
> > Burnier? As it is, there are more cars and motored vehicles plying on the
> > serene byways of Adyar. Add to it the air-conditioning and we have a
> typical
> > city scene within the campus as well. Rather than caring for Nature,
> > Theosophists of the future will indulge themselves and participate with
> the
> > consumeristic world by getting in more and more gadgets.
> >
> > So the Adyar of today is threatened not so much by the politicians who
> seek
> > to build a flyover just across the Adyar beach, as it is threatened by
> all
> > the corruption, materialism and consumerism that are being allowed into
> the
> > campus by the President herself. The future of the Theosophical Society
> is
> > threatened by the lack of care members feel towards the world in which we
> > live, because `Theosophists' prefer to indulge themselves in luxuries
> rather
> > than face a bit of discomfort by opting for environmentally-friendly and
> > viable options that ensure the longevity of the earth and the universe,
> > starting locally from what they like to call their home, Adyar. The
> Masters
> > behoved us to be co-workers with Nature, but `Theosophists' have now
> become
> > Her enemies. Amazing isn't it, that we still expect the Masters to save
> us
> > from this situation. Krishnaji often spoke against the human tendency of
> > taking things for granted. Have we as members of the TS and those who
> love
> > calling themselves Theosophists begun to take the TS, Theosophy and the
> > Masters of the Wisdom for granted? The current administrative head of the
> TS
> > has set up all those uncommitted employees of Adyar to protect the
> physical
> > walls of the Estate, but has forgotten or omitted to see that the inner
> > walls of the TS are filled with cracks and are crumbling today. What
> remains
> > of Adyar today is merely a faÃade, while the inner essence has been
> hollowed
> > out; slowly but steadily it is being sucked out of all its health and
> > spirituality.
> >
> > My fight for the future of the Theosophical Society, especially of Adyar
> as
> > its international Headquarters and against the corrupt ways and
> partialities
> > of Mrs Radha Burnier is now 4 months old. Mrs Burnier kept silent through
> > the entire fight, choosing not to do anything about the nature of the
> > complaints. At the moment, Adyar is run by Mrs Linda and Mr Pedro
> Oliveira,
> > who seek to maintain the older order, whether or not it has proved to be
> > viable. Since 24 May 2009 I have not met the President, Mrs Radha
> Burnier,
> > even once.
> >
> > She chose to ignore the initial letter to the General Manager of the
> Estate
> > stating the instances of corruption followed by her relative and
> > Superintendent of Leadbeater Chambers, Mrs Uma Nilakanta. She chose to
> > contest for the post of the international President, even though she is
> > frail and of that age when she ought to retire and take life easy, and
> allow
> > those younger than her to find their footing before she has passed on to
> > other planes of existence. Perhaps like many other people the world over,
> > she believes that if she ignored a problem, the problem will solve itself
> > out. But those with more wisdom would know that ignoring a problem does
> not
> > solve the problem. It is dealing with a problem that solves it. Accepting
> > that a problem exists within the TS even today is ensuring that the
> problem
> > will not continue in the future. That is what it means to become
> responsible
> > - to accept one's part in this whole mess we call the Theosophical
> Society.
> >
> > But Mrs Burnier continues to twist the truth, the facts to suit her own
> > images. That is what her followers also do. Take, for instance, the
> letter
> > Prof. RC Tampi sent me when I resigned from the ES in May 2009, stating
> as
> > my main reason Mrs Burnier's moral ineptitude and consequently her
> inability
> > to lead me or the movement to a Higher state. In his email to me he
> stated
> > that he expels me from the ES totally ignoring the fact that I resigned
> from
> > it much before he sent me an expulsion email. Who do Mrs Burnier and
> Prof.
> > Tampi think they are cheating by such twisting of facts and events that
> > happen everyday in the TS? Yet this cheating goes on; facts and events
> are
> > twisted to suit the conveniences of the international President. During
> the
> > international Convention, visiting delegates and members were told that
> > Sushama Sreenath (who is now Sushama Webber) was responsible for the
> > quitting of Mr G. Naganathan from the Editorial Office. Subha Nilakanta's
> > name was totally omitted from the incident; yet Subha played a key role
> in
> > agreeing with Sushama's version and blamed Mr Naganathan for doing
> something
> > he had not done. Subha Nilakanta has been responsible for the mess the
> > Editorial Office was in when Pedro Oliveira took charge of the Department
> in
> > March 2009, but no one in the Radha Burnier administration will address
> this
> > issue and look at it to sort it out. One would assume that the
> Theosophical
> > Society was founded with the purpose of giving honest, caring, sensitive,
> > and evolving people a forum where they could express their evolving
> > intuitions and states of being. One would assume that the TS, which was
> > founded towards the close of the nineteenth century, would serve as a
> > vehicle for those who would lead humanity forward during the Kali Yuga.
> But
> > the Burnier administration disproves both these assumptions and
> everything
> > that is part of the degenerating Kali Yuga is encouraged by Mrs Burnier,
> > whether that degeneration be loss of value systems, lack of morality,
> greed
> > for more and more material wealth and status, greed for power, or lack of
> > care for the future of humanity and the universe.
> >
> > So what might be the purpose of the `continuation' of the Theosophical
> > Society? Are we capable of learning from the mistakes that have led to
> the
> > present situation and the degeneration of the very vehicle that was meant
> to
> > serve as a driving moral and spiritual force for the future humanity? The
> > rest of this article will concentrate on providing some suggestions which
> > are based on an analysis of the crisis recurrent in the TS today.
> >
> > There was a time when the President of the TS was a person who knew and
> > understood the Laws governing the universe, a person who placed his/her
> > priorities in the good of the TS and of humankind and in the common good.
> > But our current international President is not of that ilk. She has
> > repeatedly over the years shown her inability to be fair, to judge with
> > wisdom, to lead us forward into the next century. By her (mis)conduct,
> she
> > has proved that she prefers gossip to directness, lies to honesty,
> > partiality to fairness and justice. It was alright back then to have a
> > President for life, but now the times are changing and we must, as
> > Theosophists, learn to change with the changing times. The practice of
> > continuing to have a President for life has proved to be a big mistake
> with
> > the example of Mrs Radha Burnier. In our Kali Yuga, would it be possible
> for
> > us to change the Rules of the Constitution of the TS and elect a
> President
> > for one term of seven years? Additionally, for the next election neither
> the
> > President nor any of his/her nominees can stand for the post. Doing this
> > will ensure that there will be fairness in the election of a President of
> > the TS. Additionally, it will provide the opportunity for more members to
> > participate in building a future for the TS.
> >
> > While a member is President of the TS, his/her relatives shall hold no
> > posts of importance in the TS, especially at Adyar. We have seen from the
> > example of both Subha and Uma Nilakanta that their kinship with the
> > President allows them both to misbehave with members and visitors, and,
> on
> > the other hand, to practise corruption in various forms. Relatives of the
> > President might help out with the work of the TS but hold no posts of
> > authority, power and recognition. This will prohibit the misuse of power
> and
> > authority by relatives of the President and additionally ensure that
> there
> > can be no scope for any partiality to be practised.
> >
> > As Adyar is the international Headquarters, the say of all the members of
> > the General Council ought to be valid and made necessary in its
> > administration. This will ensure that what happened to countless
> > worker-residents at Adyar at the mouth of Ms Subha Nilakanta does not
> recur.
> > Also, what happened to Elvira and Preethi does not happen either. In
> other
> > words, the power and authority which lie solely in the hands of the
> > international President ought to be shared and distributed among all the
> > members of the Council. A member-worker-resident at Adyar ought to be
> able
> > to approach any member of the General Council, Executive Committee of the
> > Estate and/or the international President with problems and issues
> regarding
> > the benefit and future of the TS. The international Headquarters of the
> TS
> > was never meant to be the sole property of the international President,
> but
> > that is how it has become over the years, and especially under the
> > dictatorship of Mrs Radha Burnier.
> >
> > It is time for us to learn from our mistakes. It is time for us to make a
> > change for the better. It is time for us to ensure that the work of our
> > Founders (both physical and superphysical) is not wasted because of our
> own
> > inner inertia and resistance to what Krishnaji would have called the
> > `urgency of change'. We have dallied for over 80 years, postponing the
> > moment for change to happen; but change can happen only in the present,
> in
> > the now. Were we to tarry longer, Life will give us no choice but to
> perish
> > as Theosophists, as a Society. The crisis of over 80 years is now at its
> > head and it is up to each of us, as members of the TS, to head it off and
> > away from irreparable and irrevocable doom.
> >
> > Fraternally
> >
> > Preethi
> >
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> >
> >
> >
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