World Congress - Update July 11
Jul 12, 2010 05:45 AM
Live streaming of the proceedings of the World Congress now in progress in
Rome has helped many around the world to watch them online. Yesterday I
watched the short presentations of Colin Price and Pedro Oliveira.
While all the lectures by various lecturers have so far dealt with usual
intellectual topics theosophists discuss, so far only Pedro touched upon the
recent critical crisis that TS faced during the last International Election
and its aftermath.
He quoted extensively from Mahatma Letters how the process of probation for
an individual works and by analogy it applies to TS and theosophical leaders
as well. Especially I liked the Buddha tale of the nice hungry stranger who
was liked by everyone and became a part of the household and who, one day
killed everyone in the household was quite appropriate. This is the first
time I heard about the tale.
Since the congress is taking place in Rome, there are quite a few
participants from the European countries. We all know the lack of growth of
membership outside India and this is a problem no one has so far touched. A
very hot potato!
Congress is a unique opportunity to leaders from the West to discuss this
and find some ideas that can be tried in various sections. I hope, it is
discussed before end of the congress, either formally or informally as
growth of TS in the West is a very important issue.
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