The Future? of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
Control Adyar or
You Control Nothing
Control of the Adyar Headquarters is a
non-negotiable requirement for elected leadership.
the self imposed isolation of the General Council effectively
mass resignation as they have found, after the death of
Burnier, that establishing control of Adyar is too difficult?
if it hasnít officially resigned, the current behaviour of
Council leaves the Adyar Theosophical Society without
effective elected governing body.
the elected leadership isnít doing any leading,
is wielding executive power in the Society?
The control of the Adyar
headquarters is paramount to the credibility of anyone who makes claim to
leadership of the Adyar Theosophical Society. It may be possible to dodge around
the issue with vagueness and convenient silence but the bottom line is; if you
donít control Adyar, you arenít the leadership, and therefore have no right to
the privileges and respect normally accorded the leadership. In fact you are
worthy of being laughed at if you display the affectations of leadership under
Although it is clear that the
General Council was once the executive decision making body of the Adyar
Theosophical Society, there are indications that this has not been true for
some years. It appears that Radha Burnier, backed by backed by those with a
vested interest in Adyar, had the power to veto any General Council decision
both on Adyar Estate and Society decisions. This has been a sensitive issue
within the General Council for many years and rather than address this
imbalance, it preferred to creep to Radha Burnier and keep silent about the
weakness of its position. But at least Radha Burnier had the legitimacy of
being elected, although she extended her power by appointing members of her
family to key positions on the Adyar Estate.
Radha Burnier was born on the
Adyar Estate and regarded it as the ancestral home in much the same manner as
members of the British aristocracy regard their stately homes. Her continuation
of the Sri Ram/Burnier dynasty reinforced this impression and although another
family member may not follow Radha, the family are unlikely to relinquish the
power at Adyar that they have become accustomed to over decades. Against this
background, the General Council needs to make certain public assertions about
the control of Adyar to regain the confidence of members and credibility as the
Adyar Theosophical Society leadership. Silence only serves to confirm that
something is wrong.
Before anything else is
asserted by the General Council, it needs to confirm publicly that the
Theosophical Society still owns the Adyar Estate. Without this confirmation,
confidence in the leadership can never be fully established and all other
statements are empty.
As a governing body, the
General Council cannot claim to run the Theosophical Society if their executive
decisions, regarding either the Adyar Estate or the Society, require approval
or ratification by any non-elected group or person. A lack of supreme executive
power may be reason why minutes of General Council meetings have been so hard
to come by in the past, and the poor national representation at these meetings.
Doubts could be cleared up by a statement to the effect that the General
Council has supreme executive authority over the administration of both the
Theosophical Society and the Adyar Estate, and that decisions are not subject
to approval but any unelected power. This statement would need to be backed up
by proper reporting of meetings. A further statement outlining the purposes for
which the Adyar Estate can be used would also be reassuring.
Unless the General Council
can establish control of the Adyar headquarters and be seen to be doing so, the
lack of credible leadership will disillusion the sections and the concept of a
centralised Theosophical Society with an Adyar headquarters will quite simply
be dumped. Why bother electing a council that canít do the job and allocates
much time and energy to covering up the fact that it canít do the job, or even
a council that can do the job but doesnít have the power.
One reason for the talk of
relocating the international headquarters in another country may be the result
of an inability by some elements in the elected leadership to face up to the
control of Adyar issue and therefore allow those with a vested interest in
Adyar to continue to run it as a private fiefdom.
The General Council no longer
has the option of creeping to Radha Burnier and perhaps Radha acted as an
intermediary between the General Council and the people who really hold power
at Adyar. This did at least give the impression that the Society was run by the
elected governing body. The General Council now comes face to face with the
real vested interest power that existed behind Radha Burnier, and their
response has been to retreat in on themselves into isolation and silence. If
this continues then they are effectively dissolving the Adyar Theosophical
Society as a unified body by failing to provide leadership. This was probably
inevitable as the centralised hierarchical system has been obsolete and
moribund for decades, and the current actions of the General Council are simply
Posted February 25th† 2014
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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
of compulsory 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
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 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 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
Keeping Quiet About
Are there plans to sell Adyar without
consulting the members?
Is There Hidden
shutdown combined with a total
suggests a serious hidden issue
and an intense
fear of revealing it.
Well Done! CVK Maithreya
Silence is Killing the Adyar
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
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 Tale
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
for the Break-Up
Profile of† Adyar
Adyar Family Appointment
A Job for Your Daughter
Family Power Appointment
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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