The Future? of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
No replies to questions.
Do the members
still have a Society?
this be a surprise?
Many members donít
trust the leadership and all
excluded from planning and information.
Things canít be
normal, can they?
Does the shutdown of communication
indicate that for all practical purposes, the Adyar Theosophical Society has
ceased to exist? A governing body that says nothing and stifles discussion is
clearly not an effective governing body. Does the General Council still have a
Society to govern, or are we looking at a management where the managed
organisation has inconveniently disintegrated under it, or circumstances make
it impossible to exercise control and governance over anything that does still
Secrecy reigns supreme and there is
widespread confusion over the conducting of the current election procedure and
doubts over the control and use of the Adyar Estate. Did the General Council
arrive at Adyar in December 2013 to find things that they would rather not have
found, but suspected during the many years of creeping to Radha Burnier? It was
always clear that Radha Burnierís aristocratic rule over her stately home put
her firmly in charge of Adyar with the General Council looking on and cringing
with sycophantic adoration. Those days are over.
It is possible that Radha Burnier
was able to maintain the Theosophical Societyís use of the Adyar Estate during
her lifetime but since her death the absolute right to use the Adyar Estate
without permission of the controllers has lapsed, and will have to be
re-negotiated with future use being limited. CVK Maithreya has put forward
proposals for the Adyar Estate but it should be noted that this was against the
express wishes of the General Council. Tim Boydís only election comment has
been regarding the retention of the Adyar Estate as a headquarters and this may
indicate a serious concern that Adyar may no longer be available as it has in
Secrecy has had
some high profile
history, often with a
vested interest in
It is obvious to members that CVK
Maithreyaís proposals for the Adyar Estate are all very well, but they consist
of reforms that should have been implemented decades ago. Radha Burnier may
have stood against change to protect her privilege and that of her family,
while the elected representatives of the Society abdicated responsibility, and
cultivated the impression to members that they actually held executive power.
There may have been an assumption, by the General Council, that after Radha
Burnierís death it would regain control of Adyar, in the asset management
sense, but has found itself irrelevant and powerless. If this is the situation
then it will be difficult for the General Council to admit it to members, and
to justify its continuation.
Many of the members outside India
are indifferent to the retention of Adyar as a headquarters and the matter is
simply a question of control of resources and credibility of the Theosophical
Society. However, even those who want to dispense with Adyar as a headquarters
will feel that this should happen on the Theosophical Societyís terms and not
by default. If the General Council does not have control of Adyar then the
problem will not be addressed by keeping quiet about it and pretending to be an
effective governing body?
The election procedure seems to be
shambling along amid confusion and silence. Some national sections are likely
not to want to reveal how few members they have and this may be the main reason
for stories about sections printing excessive numbers of ballot papers. Why not
claim to have 650 eligible members when you only have 180? Or are the dead
voting? Members donít trust the voting system, and the General Council are
determined to do nothing to improve confidence. Perhaps the situation of the
Theosophical Society is such that it doesnít matter.
Some national sections are now only
theoretical with some having no contact details at all. There will almost
certainly be some attempt to conceal the actual level of membership when the
election results are announced. This assumes that the winner wonít just be
announced without supporting figures.
In most organisations, the behaviour
of the elected representatives would warrant demands for their resignation but
as lines of communication with the General Council closed off, it now falls to
local groups to elect fresh representatives, in parallel to the General
Council, to regain control of their organisation such as it still exists.
Posted March 6th†† 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
picture to your nearest General Council member
for an immediate
Links to other
The Future of the Adyar Theosophical Society
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higher than truth!"
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