The Future? of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
idea for consideration
Silence is becoming more and more deafening
the member elected General Councillors been told
up or Weíll Throw You out of AdyarĒ?
The Adyar Theosophical
Society still uses the word Adyar in its title but in reality Adyar has long
since been ceased to be the domain of the Society.
Yes, there is nominally a
complex of buildings on land known as the Adyar Estate which styles itself as
the headquarters of the Theosophical Society but this Estate is effectively no
longer under the jurisdiction of the directly member elected section of
governing body of the Theosophical Society, and this has been the situation for
at least thirty years.
The ownership of the Adyar
Estate has now become a highly speculative area and even if the Theosophical
Society technically owns it, the idea that the Society controls it, is
nonsense. Many members would welcome proof that the Society still owns Adyar.
If the Society still does own Adyar then a programme for regaining control of
it should be presented by both presidential candidates for consideration by the
Thirty years of grovelling
and trembling by the General Council, when confronted by the bullying of Radha
Burnier, has handed the Estate over to families who appoint their members to
governing positions to control it, and who pursue their own agenda.
It has reached the stage
where the General Council and members can only use Adyar with permission of the
controllers and this is something that they donít want to reveal or discuss
with the members. Appointments to managerial and governing positions on the
Estate are at the pleasure of the controllers and the General Council doesnít
get a say.
The duration of the silence of
the General Council does however suggest more than not wanting to discuss
inconvenient facts with members, and exposing its uselessness. Was it a case of
ďShut up or Weíll Throw You out of AdyarĒ?
What is the evidence for
The items below clearly
indicate the General Councilís compliance with Radha Burnierís bullying and its
failure to assert any authority over Adyar after her death.
Hardly anyone from the
General Council attends the General Council meetings and the minutes were
usually released at the pleasure of Radha Burnier, some months later. The 2012
& 2013 minutes were not supposed to be released and it may have become
policy to withhold them, and this was continued after Radhaís death probably on
the instruction of the new Adyar controllers.
Radha Burnier left the Esoteric Section
without an Outer Head even though she had plenty of time to nominate someone.
Was this so that it could be claimed that the ES was not therefore a properly
constituted outfit, and any claim it had on the use of Adyar could be disputed?
The ability to boot the Esoteric Section out of Adyar would be major power coup
for the Adyar controllers. Putting the rest of the Society out in the cold
would be a doddle compared to this.
The election to the General
Council of an official by less than 50% of eligible voters present. This was
bullied throí by Radha Burnier and is a clear demonstration of her disregard of
the General Council.
The public humiliation of
General Council member, Dara Tatray. The other members of the General Council
stood there in fear and watched this happen. The Australian section did
complain but Radha Burnier was dismissive of the incident.
Navin B Shahís attempt to put
reform on the agenda was brushed aside while the General Council did nothing. What
power did Radha Burnier really have to block discussion or did she own Adyar?
Has this power moved to others?
A leading Society official
appointed his wife to a committee at Adyar after Radha Burnierís death. This
was not challenged by the General Council and may reveal that it still has the
inability to act on any matter regarding the governance of Adyar.
The term ďBALLASTĒ to describe the general membership was used by International
Vice-President Mr M P Singhal who was prepared to appoint his wife to a
governing committee at Adyar without reference to the General Council. This
clearly indicates that the unaccountable ruling elite is strengthening its
position after Radha Burnierís death and that members are regarded only as a
source of income.
Mr M P Singhal assumed power
over the Estate on Radha Burnier's death. He didn't waste any time and, without
reference to the General Council, he appointed his wife to a position of power
within days of Radha Burnier's death. As International Vice-President Mr
Singhal may have been tempted to assume that the presidentís job was already
his, and he seemed only too keen to step into Radha Burnierís shoes and
replicate her style of management. There may be a power struggle going on
within the ruling elite for supremacy at Adyar with the General Council not
even in the game, or even fully aware that it is going on. This could be a
problem which the new president will inherit, and it may have already been
decided that Adyar is lost to the Society, and it is easier to move the
It is clear that members who
got on the wrong side of Radha Burnier were banned from the Estate. Arenít the
members supposed to own the Estate? As representative body shouldnít the
General council have intervened? Or were they too weak, too frightened, or does
the Theosophical society not own Adyar anymore?
for these guys but a story of management threatening staff
imprisonment warrants immediate investigation.
In an open email to the Adyar
accuses the Adyar controllers of ďThreatening people with imprisonment so that they will not
speak the truth and be dishonestĒ. This allegation is very disturbing and suggests that a climate of
fear pervades the Adyar headquarters. There is also an indication that Adyar
employees are being coerced into committing, or remaining silent, about illegal
acts. The General Council has never initiated the full enquiry which this
allegation clearly warrants. It would have been expected that the owners of the
Adyar Estate would take full responsibility for it, and address this worrying
issue. Theosophists throughout the world will be appalled at this allegation
and the inaction of the General Council gives a very clear sign that the
Theosophical Society doesnít own or has lost control of the Adyar Estate.
The case of Preethi Muthiah also
warrants urgent investigation. It appears that she was bullied out of her job
and home on the Adyar Estate, while the General Council did nothing. Many
Indian companies now have staff grievance procedures and anti-bullying
policies, but implementation of such essential safeguards appear to be beyond
the capability of the General Council. Doesnít it have any control over such
matters, or is it just keeping things in the 1930s.
Whatever that failures during
Radha Burnierís reign, the General Council could have set in motion a programme
of reform to re-establish control over Adyar under elected and accountable
governance. The reality, on the other hand, has been a retreat into silence
while the Adyar controllers get on with consolidating their hold.
A General Council apologist
says that when the time is right, the General Council will introduce reform but
everyone will have to wait. Against a history of eighty years of stagnation and
the last thirty years of cringing, a statement like this is a joke. The General
Council were terrified of Radha Burnier and are now terrified of whoever holds
power at Adyar. Whether or not the Theosophical Society still owns Adyar, the
paying members should be given proper information.
Posted March 19th†† 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
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
Revealing that 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
Towards a New Model for Theosophy
Theosophical Society Leadership
itself within a cult of superiority
while the Society
evaporates around it.
A Theosophical 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.
Control Adyar or
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
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 the Messiahs
Have the Esoteric
Section and the
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
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
General Council Meeting
Making it a bit obvious arenít you?
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
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 from the
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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