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Re: Theos-World Re: World Congress in Rome

Feb 04, 2010 05:56 AM
by MKR

I concur with Sampsaâ comments.

I do not know about the objectives of the World Congress. I hope someone
clarifies it.

With current situation in TS, I hope the occasion is used to bring about
reconciliation and unity and if the occasion is missed, it would be sad.

This will happen only if the leaders are really keen on quickly bringing
about unity. If they take the myway or highway approach, nothing is going
happen until another crisis shows up, which is quite possible having seen
the silence we are witnessing.

As I mentioned earlier, most of those who attend would be from the region
and some from other countries who are wealthy enough to pay for the trip and
the tour that has been organized. Rest of those who attend would be leaders
from other sections whose travel expenses would be met from the TS funds and
it would be a good vacation paid for by TS.

Transparency is an issue with Sections as well as in GC. From what I have
seen in the USA, members are told crumbs of unimportant information and this
has been discussed on theos-talk in the past going back to a decade.

Lack of transparency makes it very easy to make decisions and leaders have
gotten used to it, it is going to be an uphill task to open up, unless an
enlightened leader shows up and goes for it. We need someone like Gorbachev
to do what he did to dismantle USSR.

On the question of aging leadership, again it is there in sections as well
as at Adyar. As an example, I mentioned Krotona, which was setup by Annie
Besant to be a dynamic community to help further the activities of American
Section, now looks more like a retirement community filled with aged members
of American Section and not a young dynamic one. Developing future leaders
is an art and unless we get off from the belief to equate grey hair from
wisdom, it is not going to happen soon.


On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 5:22 AM, sampsakuukasjarvi <> wrote:

> So far there has only been an announcement that at least Radha, Linda
> Oliveira and P.Krishna will be speakers in the World Congress. No other
> speakers have been confirmed.
> I think Radha should include her criticians, too, in the program. Otherwise
> the Congress will not unite members and will not increase co-operation.
> I don't believe at all that there will be any discussion about
> organisational matters. Those congresses are very formal. But in the
> free-time, of course, members will talk about them. By the way, in my
> understanding it is Radha and the Italian Section who order the program.
> MKR, what you write about problems in many Sections is true, but I wish you
> would be fair and would write on aged people and lack of transparency at
> Adyar, too. There are problems everywhere in the TS.
> Sampsa
> --- In <>, MKR
> <mkr777@...> wrote:
> >
> > The World Congress in Rome is scheduled in July. I am sure that many of
> the
> > General Secretaries and others from Europe would be attending. Of course,
> > due to the cost of travel and accommodation, the attendance from rest of
> the
> > world is not expected to be much. Rich members and others whose travel
> > expenses are met from TS Section treasury can be expected to attend.
> >
> > Has anyone seen the program schedule? I hope they would address the most
> > urgent issue - membership. Aging leadership and difficulty in attracting
> > younger members, if continued, we are looking for a downward trend in
> > membership and some sections would survive till their treasury runs out.
> It
> > is a very sad state of affairs.
> >
> > All the events starting with the election of the President and the
> cleavage
> > in the GC membership is slowly marring the good image the theosophy and
> TS
> > had in the world simply due to the dedication and unselfishness of past
> > leaders. When they also see the attempted secret disenfranchisement move
> to
> > seize the presidency by a handful of GC members, it presents a very poor
> > picture to prospects. All the participants involved in the past issues
> have
> > been silent and we have not seen any serious steps to bring about
> > cooperation which is urgently needed. We have no idea as to what is
> cooking
> > behind the scenes.
> >
> > I hope the World Congress addresses urgent serious issues and not a just
> a
> > vacation like gathering for those who can attend.
> >
> > MKR
> >
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >

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