The Future? of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
The Voice of
As a vehicle for
promoting Theosophy, it has been clear
for decades that the
Adyar Theosophical Society in its
current form is not
fit for purpose.
Fall of Adyar
says nothing to us ordinary folk
the members as if theyíre a joke
everything secret and says not a word
a self importance that is frankly absurd
plenty of international swanning about
mutual appreciation while timeís running out
will be astounded to learn one sunny day
the last of their members has just walked away
So the race is on, although many of the
members have still to hear who the candidates are and will only be informed at
the pleasure of the national leaderships. The real issue in the election is not
of course the leadership of the Theosophical Society but the control of the
Adyar Headquarters and its administration which operates against a background
of secrecy, unaccountability and anonymity. This issue has been simmering for
decades but has been kept quiet by an Adyar inner circle who protect their
position and collaborators in the national section leaderships who creep to
them. Even within the Indian Section itself, concerns over the control of the
Adyar Headquarters are now being raised.
Have the elite nominated candidates of
the elite for the elite? It may not matter as the current form of the Adyar
Theosophical Society may be finished anyway as members continue to walk out.
The two presidential candidates are little known outside the international
Theosophical elite and their own countries, and if either has raised the
subject of declining membership or communication with the membership then it
has only been within the elite inner circle. The leadership has always appeared
to regard any concept of membership involvement as subversive and a threat to
its power, and genteel self image. The recent reference to the membership as BALLAST confirms not only the leadershipís indifference but
also indicates, as the statement comes so close to the presidential candidate
announcement, that those candidates may well have been chosen because they
believe in keeping the members in their place. In this case, they will of
course be a bit more diplomatic about it than calling the members ballast.
than ignoring a decline in membership that will eventually prove fatal, the
could have thrown open the subject to members for debate and suggestions.
ruling elite would rather let the Theosophical Society die out than
A Theosophical Society with a remote,
secretive and self referential leadership combined with a falling membership
fails to meet the challenge of the modern era and Theosophy will soon be moving
forward without it. This leadership election, with its secrecy and stodgy
procedure, simply highlights 80 years of stagnation and it is yet to be seen if
there is a radical agenda for change or even an agenda for change.
If any change was on the way from the
top then we would probably have heard about it long before now and there may
therefore be nothing better on offer than further stagnation leading to
Certainly the need for the Adyar
Headquarters or even any international headquarters is being questioned. But
need it stop there? Can the Society dispense with not only an international
headquarters but also with an international hierarchy. After all, only
representatives of twenty out of about sixty countries bothered to show up at
the 2013 Adyar International Convention, so the winding down process must
already be well under way with sections allocating resources elsewhere. It is
now fair to ask just many sections outside India remain in the Adyar supporters
majority of members worldwide have access to the internet.
and National Sections could relay Adyar news on a regular basis
those who donít. The Adyar elite feel that the concept of communicating
with members is threatening and would open up areas of
that they want to keep closed.
Alternative organisational models may have
to be considered soon anyway as membership falls and the Adyar Theosophical
Society stares extinction in the face. The existing leadership would have done
something to reverse the decline if they had the will to do so. Rather than
creating a thriving inclusive global society they have preferred to create an
exclusive club, resisting new ideas, riddled with nepotism and a hereditary
tradition, and able to promote only their own interests rather than Theosophy.
There is no point in looking to a leadership that has failed to act since the
1930s and sections must look to themselves to remedy the situation at local
Local initiative must by implication
involve the general membership as the top down Adyar model never has. Energy
would be directed where it is most needed by people on the spot and not drained
by a moribund centralised hierarchical system that has never taken the
membership seriously. This need not preclude international events but these
would take place on a co-operation basis between alliances of independent
Theosophical groups. Having dispensed with a central authority and
international hierarchy, members would feel ownership of the organisation which
was really theirs in the first place.
While the Society still exists as a
single entity, it may yet salvage something from nothing with this election.
For those not happy to vote for the status quo by voting for either candidate,
it would not be too much trouble to add another option to the ballot paper in
the form of a question relating to the separation of their own section from
Adyar. This need not affect the election of one of the candidates but it would
encourage both candidates to present realistic proposals for reforming and
reviving the Adyar Theosophical Society.
Posted January 14th 2014
Theosophy News Board
Contact Dave Marsland
Theosophical Society Issues
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
be an Adyar Free Future?
Slightly International Convention
President of Nothing
Membership Decline Ė The
Elephant in the Room
The True Status of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
Voice of Stagnation
Tekels Park & Dead Animals
An Extra Box on the Ballot Paper
Suggestion for the 2014 Adyar Theosophical Society
International Presidential Election
Society Without Members
the 2014 Adyar Presidential Election Invalid?
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
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
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 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
Silence by elected management cheats
the members out of participating in
running of their own organisation
Keeping the International Headquarters at
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 Theosophy
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
An inter-regnum 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.
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
that establishing control of Adyar is too difficult?
Well Done! CVK Maithreya
Silence is 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.
of discussion mean that the
Theosophical Society doesnít have a future?
Accountable Leadership Urgently Required
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
Radha Burnier 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 Raghavan
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.
Havenít members 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
The Ballast 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
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
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
Links to other
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