The Future? of the Adyar Theosophical Society

Does Silence Mean

Game Over

For The

Adyar Theosophical Society?


CVK Maithreya presented plans for the future, in

defiance of General Council instructions.

Does suppression of discussion mean that the

Adyar Theosophical Society doesnít have a future?



Dave Marsland



Less spectacular than the Titanic and with no band, the Adyar

Theosophical Society may be winding down for closure.



In the business world, good news is usually shouted from the roof tops while bad news is carefully suppressed and sneaked out at a time, and in a way, that will cause least damage. In many instances, it proves impossible to bury bad news. Silence and lack of information usually indicate serious problems within an organisation, and sometimes the first piece of real news is the collapse of the concern, with the management making the transformation from silent to invisible.


The Adyar Theosophical Societyís General Council has led the Society to a point where hardly anybody has heard of the Society, and within the Society, the General Council deliberately keeps the dwindling number of members deprived of information about the managementís activities and the Societyís affairs. Already, some national sections have deteriorated to consisting of contact details with no actual activity, and a some sections have adopted a position of semi-independence in anticipation of fundamental change.The General Council still expects the members to pay up anyway despite the indifference and contempt with which it treats them, and more and more are refusing to pay up.


The next phase in this mistrusted management strategy may be to render the Society defunct with the objective of protecting the interests of the ruling elite, and planned closure may be the reason for the General Councilís silence policy. Are things now so bad that the General Council cannot reveal the true situation and its strategy for dealing with it?



An open communicative leadership should

have nothing to fear from the members.



In a couple of months, a new president will emerge from the silence, although the silence will probably continue with the President being just as much a victim of it as the members. There will be so much resentment against the leadership and the election process that the new President will have no credibility or authority and will be President of a much reduced Society. Unhappy national sections may refuse to recognise the new President causing new Theosophical Societies to emerge.


None of this inspires confidence in a management that only acts to protect its own interests, and dismisses the interests of the Theosophical Society and its members as unimportant. A blockbuster piece of bad news is clearly indicated by the General Councilís silence and we may soon learn from outside sources that something disastrous has happened, or that somebody has done something that the General Council wants to keep quiet.


There was a noticeable lack of international representation at the 2013 Adyar convention and this may have been a result of national leaders wishing to distance themselves from real reason behind the General Councilís policy of silence. The non-attending General Council members are maintaining group loyalty by adhering to the silence rule along with the attendees. The General Council may in fact consider it to be easier to hide in the bunker and allow the Society to collapse than to present the bad news to the members.


The General council is clearly not fulfilling its purpose as it adopts a policy of concealing information from those it represents, and an election conducted under these conditions is invalid. Requesting a postponement of the electoral process, on the grounds that the voters cannot make an informed decision without adequate information, would be a reasonable request, and a simple one for national sections or Lodges to make. Direct communication with the General Council from Lodges and individuals seems to be the only course of action left to a disempowered membership, and this would be most effective if presented in the form of well publicised open letters.


Questions on the precise status of the Adyar Headquarters, and the control that a part convened General Council still has over the Estate, are now relevant questions. Does the Adyar Headquarters play any part in future plans and if it is to be discarded then what or where is the alternative? The game may be up for Adyar as a headquarters but if a presidential candidate wants to move HQ to another location then this should be made clear to all members before the election. If a future president presents a previously unrevealed plan to move the headquarters after being elected then the members will be right to demand another election.


Lists of highly appropriate questions have been publicly put to candidates on a regular basis since the nominations, and the General Council have made it clear that they will not be answered. By their continuing silence, it is clear that the General Council doesn't want to do the job of representing the interests of either the Society or members, and should stand aside and allow others to see what can be salvaged. The reality is that the General Council regards itself as beyond accountability, and will cling to power to protect its interests.


Even if the Society can continue, the silence of the General Council indicates stagnation by a leadership that cannot admit that it is capable of nothing more that presiding over the Societyís continued decline. Creation of alternative management structures within the Society, to generate new strategies and obtain information, will reintroduce the opportunity for the remaining members to participate in their own organisation. Exclusion from participation by the General Council now means that paying members are no longer really members of the Adyar Theosophical Society, and electing new officials with new roles will help them get their Society back. For those who wish to stay in the Society, this can be the only response to a leadership which has taken the Theosophical Society from its members and appears to be winding it down for closure.


Dave Marsland


Posted March 4th†† 2014


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Theosophical Society Issues




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a Tekels Park Estate Limited director wanted to live in their house.




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Adyarís Slightly International Convention



President of Nothing

Membership Decline Ė The Elephant in the Room




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Adyar Theosophical Society Members



Open Election?

How Inconvenient




The Voice of Stagnation



Tekels Park & Dead Animals



An Extra Box on the Ballot Paper

Suggestion for the 2014 Adyar Theosophical Society

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A Society Without Members



Is the 2014 Adyar Presidential Election Invalid?



Radha Burnier Employment Services

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

Radha Burnier could give a job to a family member?



Donít Just Do Nothing

Stand There

Despite decades of decline and stagnation leading the

Adyar Theosophical Society to the verge of evaporation

or disintegration, the leadership have so far shown no

sign of coming up with a strategy for ensuring the

continuation of the Society as a unified body.



Adyar, the Sole Purpose of Adyar



Western President


Theyíll Knock Adyar Down?



Save Radhaís House

Revealing that the Adyar eliteís stately home is under threat

of compulsory land purchase and can be saved by convincing the

authorities that it is in fact an international headquarters (if true)

may have given the Theosophical Society members a brilliant

opportunity to 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

Presidential Election System



What an Insult to Members

Expecting members to vote for candidates while withholding

highly relevant information indicates an utter contempt by

the leadership for the general membership



Film 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

The secrecy with which the Adyar Theosophical Society

leadership conducts the Societyís affairs is legendary.

Is this secrecy for its own sake or are some serious

issues being 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.



The Great Election


Silence by elected management cheats

the members out of participating in the

running of their own organisation



Keeping the International Headquarters at Adyar

It may not be that easy





The International President


The General Council

An idea for consideration



What is Behind the


of the

Theosophical Elite?

The Adyar 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

The Adyar Theosophical Society Leadership

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.



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?




This election is really inconvenient for the leadership, isnít it?

Why are the members being hustled into blind voting?

What are the leadershipís post-election plans?



Members No Longer Members

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.



Now Hereís Something Worth

Keeping Quiet About

Are there plans to sell Adyar without

consulting the members?



Is There Hidden

Bad News?

A leadership shutdown combined with a total

news blackout 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

Radha Burnier, that establishing control of Adyar is too difficult?



A Manifesto

Well Done! CVK Maithreya



Elected Representation

Not Representing

Silence is Killing the Adyar Theosophical Society.

The presidential candidates are as much victims of the

General Councilís silence rule as are the members.

The silence rule also seeks to establish General Council

control over the future president.



Make Way for the Messiahs

Have the Esoteric Section and the

General Council merged into one body?



Accountable Leadership Urgently Required

The General Council has abused its power

by putting itself beyond accountability.

A new leadership is needed, and fast.



Anybody There?

No Information,

Discussion forbidden,

No replies to questions.

Do the members still have a Society?



Canít Change

Wonít Change

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,

members now 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 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 Radha Burnier



General Council Meeting 2013 Minutes




Theosophical Society

International Rules



Something Wrong?

Making it a bit obvious arenít you?



Publicly Denounced

The Australian Section made a formal complaint to

Radha Burnier about her victimisation of the Australian

General Secretary 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



Concerns Raised

About General Council Meetings

Looks like there has been some attempt

by a General Council member to promote

reform within the Theosophical Society



General Council

2012 Meeting Minutes



New Committee?

Make Your Wife The Chairperson



Adyar Internal Problems

that the General Council

Should Investigate



Is Adyar Still The Headquarters?



Creep On!

General Council

Or why donít you do something

to recover Adyar for the members?



Good Campaign Pitch, Mr Singhal



Adyar Prepares for the Break-Up



Profile ofAdyar

From a Victim



Adyar Family Appointment

A Job for Your Daughter



Another Family Power Appointment

For your Daughter





Another Family Power Appointment

For your Daughter



Bold Initiative

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 plan

You donít need a degree

If your nameís Raghavan

Itís job number three



No Stand For Democracy

An appraisal of the General Councilís commitment

to maintaining the Adyar Theosophical Society

as a democratic body



Bent election?

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

that members wonít believe it.



Supporting Adyar?

Havenít members been cheated for long enough?





Long Tradition of


at Adyar

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

Anti-bullying policy at Adyar.



Summary Dismissal

Of lady over 70 from her job at Adyar



True Purpose of the

2014 Election

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?




After the Election



Was Your Vote Counted?

Was your vote forwarded to Adyar?

Was the election actually held?

Against a 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




11,432 Votes

Is That All?



No Right To Complain

Well, what can you expect in an organisation where

the leadership regards the membership as ballast


Doubts about the integrity of the election

are left unresolved, rendering the result invalid.




Presidentís Inauguration

A Private Function

Elite Welcome

The Ballast now know their true status



Pray Silence

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

The Leadership Now?



Shut Up & Pay Up

The Adyar Theosophical Society has become

a multi-level marketing operation





Doubts about the election result will

make the Presidentís job impossible.



Adyar & the US each have

Half a President



The White Lotus Hi-Jack

President uses White Lotus Day

as a personal platform.

What was the inauguration for?



Donít Anybody

Ask Me Anything

Thatís the clear message from the

International President to the members.




Is this the

Great Wheaton Rip-Off?

Questions now arise over allocation of Wheaton

resources by a two job president



Why Did

The 2014 Election

Go Ahead?

The General Council was confronted with considerable

evidence that the election was bent but just stood there

and let it go ahead.



Should Members Recognise

Tim Boyd

as International President?



A Leadership at War

with the Paying Members

of its Own Organisation



Send this picture to your nearest General Council member

for an immediate no-response.







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