Re: theos-talk Use of Internet by Theosophical leaders
Oct 01, 2011 06:10 AM
I am glad to see the response.
The feedback on the 4 volumes of Krotona is welcome. Availability of
theosophical books in pdf format which can be read in any computer and
transmitted world-wide with ease is an issue no one who is in key publishing
decision making chain seem to understand. The audience for theosophical
books is quite small. Many in the developing countries cannot afford to
purchase them of the high cost. By not making pdf files available, we are
missing a great opportunity to make material easily accessible to readers
The role of Internet in organizational issues and opinions was clearly
demonstrated in the 2008 election and the aftermath. But for Internet,
members world wide would have been in the dark and would have believed what
some self-serving leaders had told them. Even today, most of the Internet
forums are closed and controlled by the Sections. This is a very dangerous
environment and free transparent Internet is a built-in protection for all
spiritual organizations including TS.
Most leaders used to operate in environment in which they have total control
still do not know how to deal with open and free Internet environment which
no one is able to control. Internet is so integrated with daily life of the
developed world that it is not going away and we, theosophists need to find
innovative ways to use is to interact with others interested in theosophical
topics and is a very powerful cost effective tool of communication. At a
time of continuous decline of membership except in India, we have to try
every tool available to help stem the downward decline.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Ramanujachary
> Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 1:51 AM
> Subject: Re: Use of Internet by Theosophical leaders
> To: MKR <mkr777@sMEPGIawScY-IauFfxH2DRWmaJ894_1pp8pqMUJS6XfYa_0TRUydXOJpiwZNr_Uoe4abJ18pZhZJrHY.yahoo.invalid>
> I do not personally think that there is any 'boycott'. A serious student is
> all the time engaged in updating his knowledge with the material in print
> and the lot that is digitized.
> Incidentally, the 5th vol. of Krotona: Sri MKR was kind enough to send me
> the 4 vols. duly signed by the author. Much material has come out well
> documanted and in an authentic manner. Could the Indian section have a copy
> of the 5th vol.
> we do not expect any long essays on the theos-talk, but only brief answers
> to inquiries of information. Discussion on philosophical issues is more
> helpful than expressions of opinion on organizational matters.
> Dr Ramanujachary
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> > One of the puzzling questions that has faced many theosophists on
> > is the total absence of any of the leaders in theosophical forums. This
> > been going on for years and has been discussed time and again here. One
> > reach the conclusion that there is a boycott - whether deliberately
> > orchestrated or coincidental. This is a serious disconnect in todayÃââs
> > environment where Internet is irreversibly integrated into the activities
> > the modern society.
> > Recently some of us have seen some comments from leaders that seem to
> > indicate that it may have its origin in the ÃâËoccultÃââ ideas propounded
> > HPB. There seems to be overwhelming concern about what effects may
> > the unseen world due to activities and discussions and interactions on
> > Internet. There is also the concern that the Dark Powers may be using
> > Internet for their own destructive ends. (Some feel that it was the case
> > during and after last International Election.)
> > The early literature clearly puts great emphasis on Universal Brotherhood
> > and worldly activities based on it and targeted to improve the conditions
> > our fellow men and women. Not much emphasis on the results in the unseen
> > world. Those who had described the temper and the vocabulary of HPB and
> > being a meat eater seem to indicate that actions targeted on the basis of
> > Universal Brotherhood are more important than the later ideas of nuances
> > inner world and vegetarianism. Even HSO was not a vegetarian.
> > It looks like too much emphasis based on post-HPB ideas of inner
> > workings is acting as a misguiding stumbling block in using Internet as a
> > tool to interact with theosophists and spread theosophy to a world where
> > there is so much sorrow and suffering.
> > Internet is here to stay. Theosophy has to reach current generation
> > Internet. Just simply setting up passive websites is not going to cut it.
> > Earlier the leadership around the world recognize this fact and make use
> > it is better for theosophy and TS.
> > MKR
> > There is no religion higher than Truth
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