Writing on the Wall for theosophists
Mar 16, 2012 05:43 PM
Writing on the Wall
In a recent news item that appeared in The Hindu, there was a projection
that young people will be in the majority in India and perhaps in other
countries as well.
In the public lecture Professor Menon delivered at the last TS
International Convention at Adyar, he mentioned that his audience was 50+
and this is the first time he is addressing such an older audience. He is a
college professor and used to deal with young men and women. His comment is
telling about the current age group of thesophists.
Future is not with the aging members even though many of them may be
believing they have all the wisdom as a result of theosophical studies.
Even in the last International Election, the two candidates were both
octogenarians and while much ado was made of the age of the sitting
president, the challenger has not been seen in any theosophical venues, and
one has to assume he is incapacitated.
Theosophical movement launched in 1875 was not for the elite. It is for
everyone everywhere. So it is our duty to see the writing on the wall about
the younger generation and planning should be done in a hurry so that we
can offer theosophical philosophy for them.
Today, in the digital age, Internet and digital medium are indispensable
both for the functioning of Governments world-wide and commerce and social
interaction. Just think what would be the consequences of Internet shutdown
for a couple of days. It is similar to shut down of electric utility.
So if we want to present theosophy for the current young generation
world-wide, Internet and digital medium are the indispensable tools. It is
obvious that current theosophical leadership world-wide is either blind to
this fact or confused about how it can be used to further the interests of
thesosophy. This is obvious from two facts. We have seen any of the elected
leaders in Internet forums discussing and interacting with theosophical
enthusiasts. Secondly, the continued publication of pricey theosophical
publications very few can afford when digital pdf files can be generated at
no cost and made available to any student world-wide for free.
Failing to see the clear writing on the wall can only doom the growth of
theosophical movement in the years to come. Failing to use the invaluable
opportunity provided by Internet and digital medium cannot but be great
failure of the duty of those whose job is to plan and expand theosophical
movement. Hope they will soon wake up.
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