The Future? of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
A New Model
The Adyar Theosophical
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.
sort of leadership deprives paying members of information
what is happening in their own organisation.
ďDonít discuss anything in front of the
servantsĒ might be something you would have expected to hear at the Bellona
Club in the 1920s or 30s from members of the British upper classes of the time.
Rather than being a curio from the past, this is just the attitude the Adyar
Theosophical Society elite are currently demonstrating towards the Societyís
The determination of the Adyar
Theosophical Society ruling elite to exclude the general membership from the
running of their own organisation clearly indicates that the Society is beyond
reform as a centralised body. The Society is run by those dedicated to
maintaining an aristocracy over peasant relationship with the members, to
preserve their right play at sitting at the top of the social pyramid. It is an
attitude that effectively makes the members invisible to management. They donít
see you and they donít hear you.
In the first half of the twentieth
century, the conventions of the time meant that people of the social status of
Annie Besant and George Arundale could rely on a level of deference when
conducting Theosophical Society affairs, although they were never above
criticism. It is incredible that anyone should expect the passivity of the
Annie Besant era in the twenty first century. The porter of Porterhouse and the
footman who sayís Sir and means it are long dead figures from a social order
now consigned to comedy and period drama, but which lives on in the mindset of
the Adyar Theosophical Society elite. The use of the term ďBALLASTĒ
to describe members represents may be common currency amongst the Adyar
Theosophical Society elite and the Society cannot survive if it continues to
support, and be run by, a cult of superiority.
A new organisational model for Theosophy
beckons if the encumbrance of the current self serving hierarchical system can
be dispensed with. Abolition of the post of International President and the
General Council would in itself give Theosophy back to the Society members. The
controllers of the Adyar headquarters will be able to make a case for support
from the members, as they should always have done. For the General Council,
Adyar has a sacred significance and is a symbol of its right to rule. For this
reason, the discontinuation of support for Adyar by the members, is not
currently for discussion.
Abolition of the hierarchy would clear
away any ranking of national sections such as the statuses of Regional
Association or Presidential Agency. Each would be able to adopt the best title
and constitution for its own needs rather than one prescribed by Adyar. Several
sections like Bolivia, Japan and Pakistan currently have no vote at either
regional or international level so the transition from central authority to
network of Theosophical groups would make little practical difference in many
In place of any obligation to a central
authority, each section could elect an official to liaise with other
Theosophical sections. This would be a purely administrative role which would
not form part of a decision making committee. With only 20 countries officially
represented at the 2013 Adyar Convention, it is clear that this is another
transition that would not be too great. The new International Liaison Officers
would be contactable by all members and could send out newsletters directly to
members in their own section and around the world, covering anything of
interest. News Board and Youtube briefings would make news available to all who
have access to the internet. Members would be exponentially better informed
than under the current system and local groups could communicate news of their
own through the network.
International events could still be held
and organised by this new network without the need for a central authority.
Speakers could still tour but this has become the expensive option compared to
distribution of talks via Youtube. New ideas for promoting the Theosophical
teachings could be freely relayed around the world by members that feel
ownership of their own organisation, as part of a greater network of
independent groups with no controlling body.
These are only very brief ideas for
consideration but Iím sure that many can already feel the energy of liberation
just by reading them.
Posted February 15th 2014
Theosophy News Board
Contact Dave Marsland
Theosophical Society Issues
The Tekels Park
A family has been evicted from their home at Tekels Park
a Tekels Park Estate Limited director wanted to live in
The Future ? of
Adyar Theosophical Society
Will there be an Adyar Free Future?
Adyarís Slightly International Convention
President of Nothing
Membership Decline Ė The
Elephant in the Room
The True Status of the
Adyar Theosophical Society Members
The Voice of Stagnation
Tekels Park & Dead Animals
An Extra Box on the Ballot Paper
Suggestion for the 2014 Adyar Theosophical Society
International Presidential Election
A Society Without Members
Is 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
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
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 officials.
Silence by elected management cheats
the members out of participating in
running of their own organisation
the International Headquarters at Adyar
It may not be that easy
The International President
The General Council
An idea for consideration
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
treat its members like this in the
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?
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
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.
Keeping Quiet About
Are there plans to sell Adyar without
consulting the members?
Is There Hidden
A leadership shutdown combined with a total
news blackout suggests a serious hidden issue
and an intense fear of revealing it.
Control Adyar or
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?
Well Done! CVK Maithreya
Silence is Killing the Adyar Theosophical
The presidential candidates are as much victims of
General Councilís silence rule as are the members.
The silence rule also seeks to establish General
control over the future president.
Make Way for
Have the Esoteric Section and the
General Council merged into one body?
for the Adyar
CVK Maithreya presented plans for the
defiance of General Council
Does suppression of discussion mean
Adyar Theosophical Society doesnít
have a future?
Leadership Urgently Required
Council has abused its power
by putting itself
A new leadership
is needed, and fast.
No replies to questions.
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
members now realise how the General Council regards
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
General Council Meeting
Making it a bit obvious arenít you?
The Australian Section made a formal complaint to
Radha Burnier about her victimisation of the Australian
General Secretary at the 2011 General Council
Treatment of an Adyar Employee
A woman sacked and evicted for
Given 13 days to get out of her home.
The Preethi Muthiah Letters
Tell A Very Sad
About General Council Meetings
Looks like there has been some attempt
by a General Council member to promote
reform within the Theosophical Society
2012 Meeting Minutes
Make Your Wife The Chairperson
that the General Council
Still The Headquarters?
Or why donít you do something
to recover Adyar for the members?
Good Campaign Pitch, Mr
Prepares for the Break-Up
Profile of† Adyar
Adyar Family Appointment
A Job for Your Daughter
For your Daughter
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
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
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
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?
arise over allocation of Wheaton
resources by a
two job president
The 2014 Election
Council was confronted with considerable
evidence that the
election was bent but just stood there
and let it go
A Leadership at War
with the Paying
of its Own
Links to other
The Future of the Adyar Theosophical Society
"There is no
religion higher than truth!"
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