The Future? of the Adyar Theosophical Society

Will there be an

Adyar Free Future?


Dave Marsland




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.


Mechanisms for 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.



Dave Marsland


Posted December 12th 2013


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Theosophical Society Issues




The Tekels Park Family Eviction

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

The Adyar Theosophical Society



President of Nothing

Membership Decline:- The Elephant in the Room



Adyarís Slightly International Convention




The True Status of the

Adyar Theosophical Society Members



Open Election?

How Inconvenient




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 Election Invalid?



Radha Burnier Employment Services

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

Radha Burnier could give a job to a family member?



Donít Just Do Nothing

Stand There

Despite decades of decline and stagnation leading the

Adyar Theosophical Society to the verge of evaporation

or disintegration, the leadership have so far shown no

sign of coming up with a strategy for ensuring the

continuation of the Society as a unified body.



Adyar, the Sole Purpose of Adyar



Western President


Theyíll Knock Adyar Down?



Save Radhaís House

Revealing that the Adyar eliteís stately home is under threat

of compulsory land purchase and can be saved by convincing the

authorities that it is in fact an international headquarters (if true)

may have given the Theosophical Society members a brilliant

opportunity to 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

Presidential Election System



What an Insult to Members

Expecting members to vote for candidates while withholding

highly relevant information indicates an utter contempt by

the leadership 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 Camberley resident.

Everyone opposed to the killing of the Tekels Park animals

will want to see this.



International Election Protocol

This is only an idea for consideration but if the Theosophical elite

continue to treat the members with the current levels of indifference and

contempt for the duration of this election then the Adyar Theosophical

Society will be an empty shell by the time it is completed.



The Secrecy

The secrecy with which the Adyar Theosophical Society

leadership conducts the Societyís affairs is legendary.

Is this secrecy for its own sake or are some serious

issues being 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 officials.



The Great Election


Silence by elected management cheats

the members out of participating in the

running of their own organisation



Keeping the International Headquarters at Adyar

It may not be that easy





The International President


The General Council

An idea for consideration



What is Behind the


of the

Theosophical Elite?

The Adyar 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 Theosophy

The Adyar Theosophical Society Leadership

now isolates itself within a cult of superiority

while the Society evaporates around it.

A Theosophical Society can survive but not

in the current format.



Choose a Stooge

When the Issues are Huge

Is this what is on offer to the Adyar Theosophical

Society's paying members from a ruling elite

that has a different agenda from that of the Society?




This election is really inconvenient for the leadership, isnít it?

Why are the members being hustled into blind voting?

What are the leadershipís post-election plans?



Members No Longer Members

of their Own Society

An inter-regnum in the presidency, during which

matters are discussed, is the only course of action

with a chance of saving the Adyar Theosophical

Society as a unified body.



Now Hereís Something Worth

Keeping Quiet About

Are there plans to sell Adyar without

consulting the members?



Is There Hidden

Bad News?

A leadership shutdown combined with a total

news blackout suggests a serious hidden issue

and an intense fear of revealing it.



Control Adyar or

You Control Nothing

Is the self imposed isolation of the General Council effectively

a mass resignation as they have found, after the death of

Radha Burnier, that establishing control of Adyar is too difficult?



A Manifesto

Well Done! CVK Maithreya



Elected Representation

Not Representing

Silence is Killing the Adyar Theosophical Society.

The presidential candidates are as much victims of the

General Councilís silence rule as are the members.

The silence rule also seeks to establish General Council

control over the future president.



Make Way for the Messiahs

Have the Esoteric Section and the

General Council merged into one body?



Does Silence Mean

Game Over

for the Adyar Theosophical Society?

CVK Maithreya presented plans for the future, in

defiance of General Council instructions.

Does suppression of discussion mean that the

Adyar Theosophical Society doesnít have a future?



Accountable Leadership Urgently Required

The General Council has abused its power

by putting itself beyond accountability.

A new leadership is needed, and fast.



Anybody There?

No Information,

Discussion forbidden,

No replies to questions.

Do the members still have a Society?



Canít Change

Wonít Change

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,

members now 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 picture anyway.



From The Top Down

The Adyar Theosophical Society is decades

out of date and desperately in need of reform

starting with 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




Theosophical Society

International Rules



Something Wrong?

Making it a bit obvious arenít you?



Publicly Denounced

The Australian Section made a formal complaint to

Radha Burnier about her victimisation of the Australian

General Secretary 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



Concerns Raised

About General Council Meetings

Looks like there has been some attempt

by a General Council member to promote

reform within the Theosophical Society



General Council

2012 Meeting Minutes



New Committee?

Make Your Wife The Chairperson



Adyar Internal Problems

that the General Council

Should Investigate



Is Adyar Still The Headquarters?



Creep On!

General Council

Or why donít you do something

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



Bold Initiative

By Singapore Lodge





Triumph of the Weak

Donít expect the General Council

to do anything if the election is bent



Adyar Job News

You donít need a plan

You donít need a degree

If your nameís Raghavan

Itís job number three




No Stand For Democracy

An appraisal of the General Councilís commitment

to maintaining the Adyar Theosophical Society

as a democratic body



Bent election?

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

that members wonít believe it.



Supporting Adyar?

Havenít members been cheated for long enough?






Long Tradition of


at Adyar

Preethi Muthiah 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

Anti-bullying policy at Adyar.



Summary Dismissal

Of lady over 70 from her job at Adyar



True Purpose of the

2014 Election

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?




After the Election



Was Your Vote Counted?

Was your vote forwarded to Adyar?

Was the election actually held?

Against a background of silence, a court case and

allegations of irregularities, these are fair questions.



Not Being at Adyar

Well, itís much easier than being a real president



Democracy in the Adyar Theosophical Society




11,432 Votes

Is That All?



No Right To Complain

Well, what can you expect in an organisation where

the leadership regards the membership as ballast

Doubts about the integrity of the election

are left unresolved, rendering the result invalid.





Presidentís Inauguration

A Private Function

Elite Welcome

The Ballast now know their true status



Pray Silence

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

The Leadership Now?



Shut Up & Pay Up

The Adyar Theosophical Society has become

a multi-level marketing operation





Doubts about the election result will

make the Presidentís job impossible.



Adyar & the US each have

Half a President



The White Lotus Hi-Jack

President uses White Lotus Day

as a personal platform.

What was the inauguration for?



Donít Anybody

Ask Me Anything

Thatís the clear message from the

International President to the members.






Is this the

Great Wheaton Rip-Off?

Questions now arise over allocation of Wheaton

resources by a two job president



Master of the Small Event

Launches New Presidency





The Adyar Payments Scam



Why Did

The 2014 Election

Go Ahead?

The General Council was confronted with considerable

evidence that the election was bent but just stood there

and let it go ahead.



The Great Giveaway

What right did the General Council have to give away

control of the Adyar Theosophical Society?






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