The Future? of the Adyar Theosophical Society

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.

 

By

Dave Marsland

 

 

 

 

 

You are probably reading this and other independent sites because you are looking for information about the Adyar Theosophical Society presidential election, and the General council is failing to provide any as a matter of policy. CVK Maithreya has boldly discarded the spuriously imposed silence rule, and the wisdom of retaining the current General Council now comes into question. The General Council is exceeding its authority by imposing a silence rule during the electoral process and rendering it undemocratic. The reasons for this outrageous abuse of power remain hidden.

 

The incoming president cannot be expected to run things hindered by a group which only acts in its own interest and functions as a separate organisation, unaccountable to members. It should be noted that by imposing a silence rule on the presidential candidates, the General Council is establishing the principle of control over the president. Will the president in future be confronted by a wall of silence by a closed group with something to hide? The members have experienced the silence stunt worked on them, and it is almost certain that the General Council will work this stunt on the President when it suits them.

 

The attempt to cheat the members out of their right to vote in 2008 was an attempt to appoint a compliant, controllable president to serve the interests of the General Council. The 2014 imposition of silence is an attempt to establish a gate keeping and monitoring system which will be used to control both the president and the members. The interests of the Theosophical Society are only secondary to preserving what power the General Council still has, and increasing it while dispensing with accountability to the electorate. It cannot be assumed that the silence policy will end after the election and it is probably here to stay.

 

Despite being in theory a governing body, the General Council has clearly lost control of the Adyar Headquarters to unelected vested interests and now seeks to conceal the extent of this loss of control by attempting to stifle discussion. It is possible that the new president will have so little power that he will only be allowed to set foot on the Adyar Estate at the pleasure of unelected controllers. Reform of the Adyar Estate may prove an impossible objective.

 

Silence is killing the Society although it is obvious to most that the organisational structure is on its last legs anyway, and the General Council lost credibility even before the news blackout began. A much reduced shadow of the current centralised Adyar Society will no doubt continue but we are on the verge of seeing a number of new independent Theosophical organisations emerge from the ruins of a once great organisation. The General council may come eventually out of retreat to find that the society they abandoned no longer exists.

 

Silence by the leadership indicates that it is not only afraid of conflict but also canít manage agreement. In fact, it may be the case that such issues have arisen in the Society that it will be impossible to obtain any agreement by members on dealing with the arising situation, when the facts come to light. And make no mistake, any uncomfortable facts will come to light and it is better for the General Council to come clean now rather than hide in its bunker waiting for the end. A future president may be able to sort this out providing the General Council donít strip him of his power by closing ranks to control him.

 

The Society cannot address what does not get acknowledged and brought out into the open and suppression of information only serves to generate anger and resentment amongst those cheated out of proper information. A growing proportion of the members no longer trust the General Council either as a governing body, or to provide honest reliable information.The General Council is supposed to be an elected representative body and it is simply not representing those who elected it.

 

Members did not elect the leadership to adopt a policy of telling them nothing and although there may not be a blanket procedure for dismissing the General Council as not fit for purpose, each section with direct representation is justified in calling its respective General Council member to account. In cases where the General Council member is non-contactable, sections could dismiss the representative in their absence as an emergency measure, and elect a new representative with a one point agenda of obtaining full information about the Societyís affairs and in particular, the precise status of the Adyar Headquarters.

 

Another option would be for sections to elect an information officer with a remit of obtaining information from the General Council. This would be a particularly suitable course of action for any section with no direct representation on the General Council. Even lodges could elect their own information officer as a response to their alienation from leadership. The response of the General Council to approaches by these newly elected officials would in itself reveal a great deal about its true attitude to the general membership.

 

 

 

Electing group representatives, with the remit

to obtain information, may not elicit much or any

response from the General Council but it will provide

the basis for an alternative management structure

as the existing structure fails.

 

 

The General Council will no doubt claim that any newly elected representatives, at this time, are unacceptable because their election and/or role does not conform to procedure. In response it should be stated that the members of the Theosophical Society do not now have any representation at executive decision making level, and have no alternative but to create a new structure which enables them either to be represented directly, or to call their existing representatives to account.

 

 

Dave Marsland

 

Posted February 28th2014

 

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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

 

 

Ballast

The True Status of the

Adyar Theosophical Society Members

 

 

Open Election?

How Inconvenient

 

 

Adyar

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

Or

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fkfw8amMps

 

 

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

Rip-Off

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

 

 

 

ABOLISH

The International President

ABOLISH

The General Council

An idea for consideration

 

 

What is Behind the

Attitude

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?

 

 

SHUT UP & VOTE

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

 

 

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

 

 

Adyar

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

 

 

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

Bullying

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?

 

 

Trouble

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

R.I.P.

 

 

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

 

 

President?

Really?

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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