The Future? of the Adyar Theosophical Society
Will there be an
Adyar Free Future?
The primary issue in
International Presidential Elections, or absence of one, is control of the
Adyar headquarters and administration, and not, as many would hope, the
leadership of the Adyar based Theosophical Society. Many Theosophical Society
officials would rather hide under the table than confront this issue. Losing
control of the Adyar headquarters would be a disaster for the entire
Burnier/Sri Ram family. In fact this family and dynasty have controlled the
headquarters for over 50 years although Nilakanta Sri Ram never dished out jobs
to family members as blatantly and to the extent that Radha Burnier did.† There was also a notable number of
appointments on the ruling General Council by Radha Burnier and these are
non-removable except by resignation or lengthy complicated procedure. She also
encouraged the Adyar administration to retreat into itself by establishing a
tradition of telling some Theosophical Society members that they were not
welcome at Adyar.
The national section
leaderships have watched this domination and exclusion develop over decades but
have preferred to just stand there and watch without either addressing the
issue or informing their memberships of the situation. The imminent proposal
and appointment of another Burnier/Sri Ram family member as International
President, by a coalition of those with vested interests in Adyar, would simply
confirm that the Society has lost control of Adyar although there would be
considerable reluctance for national sections to inform the grass roots
membership whose remittances have kept the pantomime going.
recovering control of the Adyar headquarters may theoretically exist but it is
unlikely that after years of complacency and inactivity, national section
leaderships have the level of organisation and tenacity required to make any effective
use of them. There may yet be a battle over resources but many believe Adyar
itself is irrelevant and a lost cause with the future lying in the hands of
independent national societies. The break-up of the Adyar based Theosophical
Society is already underway but will put the Adyar controllers in the position
of having to rely almost exclusively for support on what is currently the
Indian section. The Indian section may be happy to provide stand alone support
for Adyar but this is yet to be tested and may be accompanied by demands for
far reaching change.
The progression over 130
years of the control of headquarters from leadership by Founder, to English
Toffs to Hereditaries has increasingly distanced the Adyar headquarters from
the people whose interests and aspirations that it is supposed to represent.
There may still be some affinity with Adyar within the Indian Section but this
may soon be tested and may reveal serious divisions. Elsewhere, loyalty to
Adyar has diminished to an elite element within the national leaderships who
generally regard Adyar politics as not for discussion with the likes of the
subscription paying members and lack of an election would alleviate the need
for some sections to reveal how few members they now have.
A possible alternative
to the continuation of the Sri Ram/Burnier dynasty may be the election or
appointment of an ineffective non family President who would be prepared to
accept a nominal role only exercising any power at the pleasure of the real
Adyar controllers. Anyone putting themselves forward as a presidential
candidate should certainly be asked about their strategy for dealing with
control of Adyar and the appointment of future Adyar officials.
Although many in the
higher Theosophical Society echelons may prefer to accept a Burnier/Sri Ram
dynasty appointment for the sake of a quiet life and to preserve their
aristocratic style international niches, this deception cannot last for long
and the break-up of the Society would erupt from within the lodges rather than
through the separation of national sections. ďNo Money to AdyarĒ and ďWho needs
Adyar anyway?Ē calls are already being heard in the Society and some sections
may already be making plans for an ďAdyar FreeĒ future.
Posted December 12th
Theosophy News Board
Contact Dave Marsland
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The Tekels Park
A family has been
evicted from their home at Tekels Park because
a Tekels Park
Estate Limited director wanted to live in their house.
The Future ? of
Adyar Theosophical Society
President of Nothing
Membership Decline:- The Elephant in the Room
Slightly International Convention
The True Status of the
Adyar Theosophical Society Members
The Voice of Stagnation
An Extra Box on the Ballot Paper
Tekels Park & Dead Animals
An Extra Box on the Ballot Paper
Suggestion for the 2014 Adyar Theosophical Society
International Presidential Election
Is the 2014 Adyar Presidential
Radha Burnier Employment
Radha Burnierís policy of allocating jobs to members of her own
family turned the
Adyar Headquarters into the family firm.
How many suitable
applicants were discounted so that
could give a job to a family member?
Donít Just Do Nothing
of decline and stagnation leading the
Theosophical Society to the verge of evaporation
disintegration, the leadership have so far shown no
sign of coming up
with a strategy for ensuring the
the Society as a unified body.
Adyar, the Sole Purpose of Adyar
Theyíll Knock Adyar Down?
Save Radhaís House
the Adyar eliteís stately home is under threat
land purchase and can be saved by convincing the
it is in fact an international headquarters (if true)
may have given
the Theosophical Society members a brilliant
get Adyar off their backs.
If not true then
it looks like blackmail
Ignore the Voters
and Get Elected
An overview of
the Adyar Theosophical Society
What an Insult to Members
to vote for candidates while withholding
information indicates an utter contempt by
for the general membership
Film of the Tekels Park Deer
Here is a link to
a short film of the Tekels Park Deer
posted by a
to the killing of the Tekels Park animals
will want to see
This is only an idea for consideration but if the
continue to treat the members with the current levels of
contempt for the duration of this election then the Adyar
Society will be an empty shell by the time it is
The secrecy with
which the Adyar Theosophical Society
conducts the Societyís affairs is legendary.
Is this secrecy
for its own sake or are some serious
suppressed and kept beyond discussion?
Banging the Drum for Theosophy
Looking forward to the post Adyar era
Burnier Town Hall
Family control of Adyar has reduced the members
of the General Council to the status of town hall
The Great Election
elected management cheats
the members out
of participating in the
running of their
International Headquarters at Adyar
It may not be
The International President
The General Council
An idea for
What is Behind the
Theosophical Society ruling elite denies
members the right
to be consulted on issues and the
ability to convey
their views directly to the leadership.
Why does the
leadership of an organisation
treat its members
like this in the modern era?
Towards a New Model for
Theosophical Society Leadership
itself within a cult of superiority
while the Society
evaporates around it.
Society can survive but not
in the current
Choose a Stooge
When the Issues
Is this what is
on offer to the Adyar Theosophical
members from a ruling elite
that has a
different agenda from that of the Society?
SHUT UP & VOTE
This election is
really inconvenient for the
leadership, isnít it?
Why are the
members being hustled into blind
What are the
leadershipís post-election plans?
Members No Longer Members
of their Own Society
in the presidency, during which
discussed, is the only course of action
with a chance of
saving the Adyar Theosophical
Society as a
Now Hereís Something Worth
Keeping Quiet About
Are there plans
to sell Adyar without
Is There Hidden
shutdown combined with a total
suggests a serious hidden issue
and an intense
fear of revealing it.
You Control Nothing
Is the self
imposed isolation of the General Council effectively
resignation as they have found, after the death of
that establishing control of Adyar is too difficult?
Well Done! CVK Maithreya
Killing the Adyar Theosophical Society.
candidates are as much victims of the
silence rule as are the members.
The silence rule
also seeks to establish General Council
control over the
Make Way for the Messiahs
Have the Esoteric
Section and the
merged into one body?
Does Silence Mean
for the Adyar Theosophical Society?
presented plans for the future, in
General Council instructions.
Does suppression of
discussion mean that the
Theosophical Society doesnít have a future?
Accountable Leadership Urgently
Council has abused its power
by putting itself
A new leadership
is needed, and fast.
No replies to
Do the members
still have a Society?
Those who have
kept the Society time warped
in the 1930s now
have the task of introducing
reform and they
obviously donít want to do it.
Beggars at the Door
Left sitting out
in the cold and starved of information,
realise how the General Council regards them
Why not include
this picture in any information request to General Council
officers as an
indication of how members feel they are being treated.
Or just send the
From The Top Down
Theosophical Society is decades
out of date and
desperately in need of reform
getting rid of a leadership that
refuses to be
accountable to the members.
Who Owns Adyar?
The Royal Court of Radha Burnier
General Council Meeting 2013 Minutes
Making it a bit obvious arenít you?
Section made a formal complaint to
about her victimisation of the Australian
at the 2011 General Council meeting.
Disgraceful Treatment of an Adyar Employee
A woman sacked
and evicted for complaining.
Given 13 days to
get out of her home.
The Preethi Muthiah Letters
Tell A Very Sad Tale
About General Council Meetings
Looks like there
has been some attempt
by a General
Council member to promote
reform within the
2012 Meeting Minutes
Make Your Wife
Adyar Internal Problems
that the General Council
Is Adyar Still The Headquarters?
Or why donít you
to recover Adyar
for the members?
Good Campaign Pitch, Mr Singhal
Adyar Prepares for the Break-Up
Profile of Adyar
From a Victim
Adyar Family Appointment
A Job for Your Daughter
Another Family Power Appointment
For your Daughter
By Singapore Lodge
Triumph of the Weak
Donít expect the
to do anything if
the election is bent
Adyar Job News
You donít need a
You donít need a
If your nameís
Itís job number
No Stand For Democracy
An appraisal of
the General Councilís commitment
the Adyar Theosophical Society
as a democratic
But Vote Anyway
A Society Without Leadership
Nobody sees it,
Nobody hears from it
Is it hiding
somewhere? Does it exist?
Who will Believe It?
Even if the presidential
election is correct and above board,
the confidence in
the General Council has fallen so low
wonít believe it.
been cheated for long enough?
Long Tradition of
has highlighted an endemic problem at Adyar,
which the General
Council has ignored for many years.
There are still
no plans implement a grievance procedure and
policy at Adyar.
Of lady over 70 from her job at Adyar
True Purpose of the
What the paying
members want has little to do with
this election, as
the silence and lack of information show.
The real purpose
of this election is for the General Council
to deliver the
candidate that the Adyar ruling elite wants.
What Makes this Election Invalid?
Was Your Vote Counted?
Was your vote
forwarded to Adyar?
Was the election
background of silence, a court case and
irregularities, these are fair questions.
Not Being at Adyar
Well, itís much
easier than being a real president
Democracy in the Adyar Theosophical Society
Is That All?
No Right To Complain
Well, what can
you expect in an organisation where
regards the membership as ballast
Doubts about the
integrity of the election
unresolved, rendering the result invalid.
A Private Function
now know their true status
While the President Creeps into Office
Itís Silence as Usual
By the Adyar
Theosophical Society ruling elite.
No hurry to prove
the election result
But a real hurry
to get the president installed
Who Can Support
Shut Up & Pay Up
Theosophical Society has become
Doubts about the
election result will
Presidentís job impossible.
Adyar & the
US each have
Half a President
The White Lotus Hi-Jack
White Lotus Day
as a personal
What was the
Ask Me Anything
Thatís the clear
message from the
President to the members.
Is this the
Great Wheaton Rip-Off?
arise over allocation of Wheaton
resources by a
two job president
Master of the Small Event
Launches New Presidency
The Adyar Payments Scam
The 2014 Election
Council was confronted with considerable
evidence that the
election was bent but just stood there
and let it go
The Great Giveaway
What right did
the General Council have to give away
control of the
Adyar Theosophical Society?
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