The Future? of the Adyar Theosophical Society

Is Adyar


The Headquarters?


An idea for consideration


Dave Marsland



The Silence is becoming more and more deafening

Have the member elected General Councillors been told

ďShut 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 members.


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 this?


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 headquarters elsewhere.


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?


Great for these guys but a story of management threatening staff

with imprisonment warrants immediate investigation.



In an open email to the Adyar Administration, Preethi Muthiah 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.




Dave Marsland


Posted March 19th†† 2014



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Theosophical Society Issues




The Tekels Park Family Eviction

A family has been evicted from their home at Tekels Park because

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




The Future ? of

The 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



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

International Presidential Election



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?



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?



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?



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



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







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