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Re: theos-talk TS Founders' Travels

Jul 11, 2012 08:47 AM
by Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti

Dear Sri MKR,
This is a good point. There is no substitute for "personal contacts''.
The members should maintain 'affinity' (Aatmiyata).
Don't mistake me 'parochial' when I say that Indian Section of the TS sustains and progresses because of this factor. Personal contacts and inducing members for intensive study of theosophy makes the association stronger and potential.
Dr Ramanujachary

Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.

Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)

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From: MKR <>
Sent: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:38:26 
To: theos-talk <>
Subject: theos-talk TS Founders' Travels





      The TS was built by hard work of founders - HSO and HPB. It is well known

that they traveled very extensively in India at a time travel was not easy.

In the July 1882 issue of Theosophist Supplement, pg 2, there is an

interesting account of their travel during the period Feb 17, 1882 to June

24, 1882. Here are the details.

Railway - 5,637 miles

Ocean Steamship - 1,000

Gondola - 291

Palankeen - 110

Bullock Cart - 143

Carriage drawn (coolies) - 48

Carriage drawn (horses) - 117

Elephant - 6-1/2

Total - 7,352-1/2 miles

MKR Comments: In person contact is essential to build and sustain any

organization. Even in the age of modern communication and transportation,

politicians all over the world know there is no substitute to in person

visits and travel widely. The founders knew how critical is travel and they

were willing to do the hard work of traveling in India. It looks like

modern day leaders seem not to take seriously the need to personally travel

around and keep in touch with theosophists. No wonder there is a continuing

decline of membership around the world (except India). One wonders if in

theosophical leadership there is a mistaken belief that modern technology

is a substitute for in person travel. This is an issue we have not seen

discussed at the highest levels. (Are theosophical politicians listening?)

Hopefully things will turn around soon.


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