[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]

Re: Theos-World Membership and Transparency Issues in American Section

Feb 14, 2010 08:43 AM
by Drpsionic

I would think that the reason the bulk of the members of TS don't care  
about organizational transparancy is very simple.  They just do not  care.  
They are doing what interests them and the internal politics of the  
TS is a side show.
Chuck the Heretic  

In a message dated 2/14/2010 8:59:58 A.M. Central Standard Time, writes:

World-wide, lack of transparency seems to be a pervasive issue among all  
Sections. This seems to have developed after Annie Besant became  the
President. It appears that taking a cue from her, Sections found  it
convenient to follow less and less of transparency and keep the  members
informed of unimportant crumbs of key policy information and  decisions.

Members did not seem to care for transparency when the  leaders, due to 
past actions and commitment commanded unquestionable  trust of their
members. When in the minds of members, the trust level comes  down due to
actions and activities of leaders, as in recent days, the only  safeguard to
protect the interests of TS and theosophy is for members to  demand

It appears that there is also an assumption by  the leaders that they know 
all and there is no need to fully keep  members informed because in the past
most showed no interest in the policy  decisions taken behind the closed
doors and crumbs being disclosed to  members.

>From time to time, some members have also heard how prior to  national
business meetings, the leaders and their underlings collect large  number of
open proxies - giving the holder a free hand to vote as he  pleases on any
question that arises in the business meeting. Thus a handful  of
proxy-holders decide the questions, and an oligarchy rules instead  of
democracy. Many members feel that this open proxies are a fertile source  of
trouble for the TS and theosophical cause and this makes it easy for  the
current leaders have their way in almost everything. I suspect that  this
mindset is behind the daring ultra secret failed attempt by a handful  of
leaders to disenfranchise all of us and de-facto take over of  the
International Presidency. The proponents seems to have thought that  they
have an ace and no member would raise any concern.

Considering  the current shape of things_ in Sections outside India, 
lack of  transparency in Sections is going to make any meaningful revival of
the  fortunes of TS and the Cause a very difficult upward climb. [Internet
has  been throwing a lot of light on the matters relating to the TS and  
keeping current members and prospects fully informed.] Current leaders  seem
to be oblivious to this stark fact while they seem to be more  concerned 
who is âmowing the lawn in Adyarâ as a member succinctly  stated.


There is no religion higher than Truth.

On  Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 1:23 AM, preethi muthiah

_ ( _seeker_preethi@seeker_pr_ 
( _>wrote:

>  MKR,
> You keep pointing out to the issue of a lack of  transparency in the TS.
> Well, I do hope the President and her aides at  Adyar especially are
> listening to you. They do lack transparency, but  then how can you expect
> them to stand in the Light of Truth when they  have not been able to do 
> with themselves in the first  place?
> Fraternally
> Preethi
> --- On Sat,  13/2/10, MKR <_ ( 
_mkr777@gmail.mkr_ ( _ <mkr777%40gmail.mkr>>  wrote:
> From: MKR <_ ( _mkr777@gmail.mkr_ 
( _  <mkr777%40gmail.mkr>>
> Subject: Theos-World Membership  and Transparency Issues in American 
> To: "theos-talk"  <_ ( 
_theos-talk@yahoogrotheos-t_ ( <theos-talk%theos-talk%<WBthe>
>  >
> Date: Saturday, 13 February, 2010, 2:18  AM
> Recently, there was a cryptic  comment that the leaders from outside India
> seem to be more  interested in knowing who is mowing the lawn in Adyar. 
>  points to misplaced priority of the leaders whose job primary job is  to
> make
> sure theosophy flourishes in their Sections.  The sections are given full
> autonomy and also the National  Secretaries are given total immunity in 
> they cannot be  removed from the General Council for any reason. Diverting
> the  attention of the members to Adyar issues while the membership  
> in most countries is either frozen or on the decline  â hopefully we will
> not
> end with sometimes quoted  number of three theosophists. This diverting 
> attention of  the members is seen by many as self-serving and not unlike 
>  politicians divert attention of their constituents to unimportant  issues
> while fire is raging on critical  issues_.
> Two key issues at Section level are the sad situation  regarding 
> and the ultra secrecy with which Section  matters are handled, namely lack
> of
> real  transparency.
> While reviewing the maillist archives, I ran  into three messages touching
> on
> the membership and  secrecy issue in the American Section. I am sure you
>  will
> find them interesting to read. Here are the  links.
> <_ ( _http://groups._ (http://groups./) _ group/theos- talk/message/  22096>
> <_ ( _http://groups._ (http://groups./) _ group/theos- talk/message/  22079>
> <_ ( _http://groups._ (http://groups./) _ group/theos- talk/message/  52720>
> .
> [Non-text  portions of this message have been removed]
> The INTERNET now  has a personality. YOURS! See your Yahoo! Homepage.
> _ ( _ 
( _
> [Non-text  portions of this message have been removed]

[Non-text portions of this message have been  removed]

_ ( 

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

[Back to Top]

Theosophy World: Dedicated to the Theosophical Philosophy and its Practical Application