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May 21, 2010 09:17 AM
by MKR


When Krotona was established in Ojai, CA, Annie Besant envisoned a vibrant
very active center with dedicated young theosophists working to support the
American Section. Anyone interested in learning more details can find them
in some of the books on Krotona.

Recently a friend who visited Krotona gave the impression that it looks more
like a retirement community where most residents are really, really old.

In addition, I recently learnt that the resident head, who I believe is in
her mid eighties, is running the place from an assisted living place,
recovering from some falls. All our thoughts and good wishes for a speedy
recovery goes to her.

While we all appreciate the dedication and sacrifice of the Krotona
residents for theosophy and TSA, the old age of the residents does not bode
well for a vibrant future. Historically, all upcoming and growing
organizations are led by middle aged or younger men and women and when we
see younger leadership, one can be confident that there is a bright future
in store.

Aged leadership world-wide in theosophy has been discussed in this forum and
elsewhere. While there is much talk about the esoteric and unseen world, I
am not sure the leadership around the world is keenly aware of the age
problem and we are yet to see a concerted effort to identify and groom
promising young leaders.

Aged leadership has also contributed to lack of recognition of the leading
edge communication tools currently available because of the growth of use of
Internet.  Since the majority of the consumers of the modern tools are
younger generation, the Internet technology has to be tapped quickly so that
theosophy can reach younger generation.


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