The Future? of the Adyar Theosophical Society
The Preethi Muthiah Letters
Tell A Very Sad Tale
Here are the letters written by Preethi Muthiah (and one reply)
to the Adyar Theosophical hierarchy and others at the time
of her dismissal from employment and eviction from her home.
This posting relates to
24 may 2009
Dear Friends, fellow members, brothers and sisters of our little Theosophical
Almost a year to the date since the results of the controversial elections of
the TS were finalized mystery at various levels surrounds the whole episode. It
is my hope to bring to your attention certain facts. In my effort to do so, I
will be giving only my understanding of the situation and it is in no sense a
generalized opinion. I only place in front of all fellow brothers and seekers on
the Path as the TS gives it the facts as they are revealed to me.
1. A popular and well-respected President till the 2001 elections, Radha Burnier
faced a significant opposition in the recent elections of 2008 with her
principal co-officer and colleague (the then international Vice-President, Dr
John Algeo) retaliating against her legibility to stand for the elections for a
2. In the human body, what happens to it is the responsibility of the brain or
head because the brain is the principal or only decision-maker in the body.
Likewise, whatever is happening in the TS today is the principal and chief
responsibility of the President. It is responsibility she cannot blame on anyone
else, however hard she might try to do so.
3. What Dr Algeo and party did during the recent elections is a reaction to the
President’s “misrule” much as a vital body part or limb evinces symptoms of
disease when the brain feeds the body with wrong or poisonous food.
4. The major cause for Dr Algeo’s defeat during the last elections is, perhaps,
his ignorance of what I might term the “Indian mentality”. We are a
people-oriented people, which means that we tend to decide our loyalty by how
well we know the candidates in question. While Mrs Burnier is known to just
about every member in the Indian Section, we knew almost nothing about her
opponent, Dr Algeo. This knowing has got nothing to do with his academic
qualifications and accreditations, but rather with him as a person. Knowledge of
this attitude of Indians was known to Presidents like Annie Besant, for example,
who recommended GS Arundale to shift to India so he might interact with Indian
members before standing for the post of President, TS. To my knowledge, Dr Algeo
made no efforts to this end and received the result of a lack of effort on his
part to understand the people he had banked on receiving votes from.
5. The President in meting out the duties of her Office forgot and/or ignored a
major Law in the spiritual world, namely, that one is connected by closer bonds
to one’s co-workers in the spiritual work than to one’s blood relations. Thus
her prime and chief loyalty lies towards us who are her colleagues and
fellow-workers in the Cause rather than to blood relations who repeatedly
through their many moral and ethical inconsistencies proved their lack of
commitment to the work of the TS. Especially since the year 2000, her loyalty
has been evinced much more prominently towards her two blood relatives, Subha
and Uma Nilakanta, permitting the latter of these two relatives to outright
break the rules of the TS (please see Letters attached to this email) for her
convenience, and the former relative to insult and degrade the dignity of
fellow-workers, co-disciples and colleagues at the Editorial Office. Complaints
about the misbehaviour these two blood relatives engage in on a daily basis have
met with a wall of silence on the part of the President, who chooses to ignore
the complaint rather than to guide her blood relations aright or take other
action. In thus endorsing the misdeeds and misbehaviours of these two relatives,
she has been proving her disloyalty to Our Cause as stated in the Golden Stairs
given out by our Co-Founder, Madame H. P. Blavatsky, principally the step, ‘a
brotherliness for one’s co-disciple’. In choosing not to guide errant relatives
- here both spiritual or professional and familial, our President proves her
ineptitude and inability to follow the last step of the Golden Stairs, namely,
'a constant eye to the ideal of human progression and perfection which the
Secret Science depicts’.
6. Analysing the behaviour and actions of the President these past few years,
one comes to the understanding that she has forgotten that she is as much an
employee of the TS as I or any other worker-member of the TS is. She has taken
her functional leadership of the TS to mean that the TS is her property, and one
who works at Adyar especially is expected to give her the regard and rights
which are traditionally given to a “boss” of a privately owned company. But the
President of the Theosophical Society is only its functionary head, not its
boss. And we who work for the TS worldwide are her colleagues and co-workers,
rather than her employees. Thus, is our base equal, rather than hierarchical.
Being equal, our rights and duties are equal too; which means that we all have
an equal right to voice our thoughts, especially regarding the functioning and
future of the TS.
7. So, to clarify something for Dr John Algeo and party (as also those,
including myself, who voted for the President in the recent elections) the
reason Mrs Radha Burnier is unfit to fulfil the post of the President of the
Theosophical Society - a spiritual organization - is not that she is physically
or mentally unwell, but that she is morally inept, to put it mildly. Anyone with
even a little knowledge and experience of walking the Path would know that
having a strong and incorruptible character is essential to treading the Path. A
President who is blinded by her affection for her blood relatives and favourites
cannot be loyal to Truth, to Theosophy and everything the Theosophical Society
8. Owing to her repeated failures and ineptitudes to fulfil the role as head of
a spiritual organization and her unwillingness to be open to other ways of
looking at the same goal, Mrs Burnier has now walked so far away from the TS and
its Objects that in order to be loyal to the TS, its Three Objects, its founders
(both Inner and outer) and to everything Adyar and the TS stand for, one must of
a necessity be disloyal to Mrs Radha Burnier, the President of the Theosophical
9. In view of all the points stated above, I hereby resign my membership of the
ES till such time Mrs Burnier is its Head, chiefly because: (1) I find Mrs Radha
Burnier - whose feet are weak and whose character corruptible - unfit to guide
me to the Higher Life and (2) I am unwilling to allow Mrs Radha Burnier to put
obstacles on my Path. I have enough obstacles of my own creation from past lives
to deal with. The obstacles Mrs Burnier puts on my way as on the way of all who
pander to her wishes include: (a) The obstacle of knowing that a wrong is being
done and doing nothing at all about it, which the Bhagavadgita tells us is a
greater sin in the eyes of God. (b) The obstacle of listening to her and her
“faithful” speaking ill of my fellow brothers in the TS, which goes against the
First Object of the TS. (c) The obstacle of helplessly watching Ms Subha
Nilakanta raping the dignity of fellow-workers at Editorial Office with her
mouth, all because she is the President’s favoured blood relation. (d) The
obstacle of feeling “superior” to fellow members just because Mrs Burnier
chooses to fill our ears with her judgements (gossip) about them. The gossip she
initiates so willingly has kept us divided through these years and this
election, because when there was a need for understanding, insight, respect and
love on the part of the functionary Head of the TS, the Head was busy shoving
off blame and initiating and encouraging gossip.
10. Also, I owe a duty to the universe of which I am a citizen. The duty to keep
it clean, pure, righteous and healthy at all levels to the best of my ability
and understanding; the sacred duty not to add to the suffering of fellow
creatures, but rather to work for their upliftment. The Theosophical Society is
the organization through which I seek to fulfil this sacred duty to the
Universe. It is through my fellow-residents at Adyar, my co-workers and members
the world over that I intend to learn how to put the well-being of the world
above my own, to learn how to love every human being and consequently every
creature who inhabits this universe. Working the way Mrs Burnier will have us
work, I realize I must have to participate in divisive, hatred-oriented,
competitive attitudes and behaviour towards those very people I seek to
understand and love. Working her way, I realize I must endorse and participate
in the corruption - whether in thought, word or deed - of the spiritual
atmosphere Theosophists the world over associate with Adyar, the Masters’ Home.
It cost me a lot of suffering at the hands of my conscience to sign (for the
Month of March 2009) as Deputy Superintendent, Leadbeater Chambers, the Credit
Bill made out to Mrs Linda and Mr Pedro Oliveira knowing fully well that I was
being thus forced to participate in injustice and unfairness towards the my
spiritual family at Adyar, TS. I have walked away from that post today, and
believe me, Mrs Burnier, I feel much lighter and happier today knowing that I
don’t have to endorse my signature on a corrupt document at the behest of Mrs
Uma Nilakanta, your favoured niece-in-law and Superintendent, Leadbeater
11. In saying all of this, I can allow Mrs Radha Burnier only two excuses. One
that she is a younger soul and thus her moral and ethical footing is not yet
firm and strong enough to withstand the trials and tests of the spiritual Path.
The second that she is made of weaker inner stuff, and thus the TS is merely
used as a crutch on which to lean and “carve a niche” for herself and hold on to
the power she so craves. Seeing this aspect - could we call this the
evolutionary aspect or the spiritual one? - I feel sorry for her plight and hope
that in the future her mistakes thus far will prove to be stepping stones on the
Path she treads and/or hopes to lead others on.
12. There is also another, perhaps more important, excuse I can give for her.
Through the example of her divisive and corrupt policies, she has taught us what
a member of the TS must not be, especially the Head of a spiritual organization
like the Theosophical Society. This knowledge will hopefully help us in the
election of the next President of the TS. For this we all, I at least do, owe
her our (my) gratitude. Thank you dear teacher, Mrs Burnier, for showing us by
the example of your functionary headship the pitfalls that are set on our Path,
the errors we must take care not to fall into, if we would truly live up to our
Founders’ (both Inner and outer) expectations of us in founding the TS.
13. Just as a matter of interest, she has a counterpart in the Indian political
arena since India’s independence from British rule in 1947. That political
leader’s name is Indira Gandhi. Both are women; both Scorpions. Both were
influenced in their growing up years by J. Krishnamurti. Both, once they had
achieved their aim of Headship, promptly forgot the teachings of that venerable
Teacher. Both of them were/are not open to criticism of their governance, of
other ways of looking at things, of difference of thoughts and opinions. Both
ruled the bodies placed under them (whether India or the TS) using divisive
policies. The Punjab and Sri Lanka issues were the brainchild of Mrs Indira
Gandhi. Punjab cost her her own life. Sri Lanka the life of her son, Rajiv
Gandhi. Subha Nilakanta and Uma Nilakanta are examples of Mrs Radha Burnier’s
moral ineptitude. They both together caused Mrs Burnier the recent elections.
Striking similarities these!!!
14. Attachments: (1) Letter to Mrs Linda Oliveira dated 24 February 2009
reporting to a friend the corruption of Adyar; in response to which Mrs Oliveira
thanked me for my honesty and then told me that she could not help in the matter
because her role in the TS today is one of looking after international
relations, but that she would do something about it if the opportunity for doing
so presented itself to her; (2) Letter to the General Manager (cc: The
Treasurer) reporting a faulty meter at Gujarati Quarters (Up) dated
approximately one month later; this matter was (as the Letter will show) dealt
with immediately because it had to do with Mr Ravindran, Superintendent,
Maintenance Department; and (3) Letter to the General Manager bringing to his
attention malpractices followed by Mrs Uma Nilakanta, Superintendent, Leadbeater
Chambers. Unable to deal directly with Mrs Nilakanta, the General Manager
forwarded the Letter to the President, Mrs Radha Burnier, the same afternoon. I
have received no reply to that letter in over a month. I take it the complaint
is being ignored.
15. Finally, I take responsibility for every word in this email, which is being
cc’ed to several of my friends and brothers in our little Theosophical family,
solely with the view of bringing to their attention the corruption being
practised and endorsed by Mrs Radha Burnier, International President, The
Theosophical Society, some of whom like me voted for her solely with the faith
that she meant well for the TS and cared for the future of Adyar and the
Theosophical movement. It is my hope hereby that each of the recipients of this
email might be able, at their end, to do something to bring back a spiritual
atmosphere to the heart of the Theosophical movement, Adyar; for, if the heart
becomes impure and corrupt, eventually that corruption will spread to all the
limbs of the TS worldwide ... and that would indeed be a sad day not just for
the TS but also for the universe.
With concern over the future of the TS.
24 February 2009
Welcome to Adyar. Also, all the best. I look forward to working with you.
Without beating around the bush, this letter is to bring to your attention a
couple of points, which, I hope, once you settle down into your new role, you
will look into.
The first one concerns the Maintenance Department. At Gujarati Quarters (Up) -
which is where I live - the meter has been faulty almost since the time I moved
in as a result of which I have been grossly undercharged for electricity. I have
brought this to the attention of the various Heads of the Department and the
General Manager over the past three years to no avail. They are yet to install a
new meter; moreover, no one from that Department comes to take a Meter Reading
and the bill states 'Door Locked’ as a reason to not charge me the correct
The second one concerns Leadbeater Chambers. As per the rules, every member who
resides at Adyar is charged on a daily or monthly basis. When they are out
touring other cities, if they choose to retain their room during their absence,
they are still charged the full amount. This rule is followed for every member
(non-member and worker) except for Mr Colin Price and Ms Cornelia Crowther who
retain Room no. 28 throughout the year for no charges at all. Their personal
belongings are stored in the Room, so we do not let the room out to other
visitors who wish to stay at Chambers. Annual visitors generally pack their
belongings and leave them at the Office to be stored in the basement godown till
their next visit. Per the rule we follow for all members, they owe us quite a
lump-sum for the retention of the room to date (excluding the charges they pay
when resident at Chambers). This anomalous practice has been followed since July
2007 with the full consent of Mrs Uma Nilakanta, Superintendent, LBC.
I trust you will look into these matters when time permits you to do so.
29 March 2009
Mr S. Harihara Raghavan
The Theosophical Society
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
Dear Mr Raghavan,
This is to bring to your attention certain malpractices followed by the
Superintendent of Leadbeater Chambers, Mrs Uma Nilakanta, in the running of the
As per the rules, every member who resides at Chambers is charged on a daily or
monthly basis. When they are out touring other cities, if they choose to retain
their room during their absence, they are still charged the full amount. This
rule is followed for every member except Mr Colin Price and Ms Cornelia
Crowther, who retain Room No. 28, LBC, throughout the year at no charges at all.
Of course, they pay these charges when resident at Adyar. Their personal
belongings are stored in the Room rather than in the basement of LBC, which is
what other annual visitors to Adyar do leaving their belongings with us at the
Office to be stored in the basement until their next visit. This exceptional
practice has been followed for the couple since July 2007. The monthly sharing
rate at that time was Rs 5500/- per person and this rate was valid till March
2008, after which the monthly sharing rate was raised to Rs. 7000/- p.p. The
couple was resident at Adyar from December 2007 to February 2008 and again from
6/12/08 to 6/1/09.
I trust you can estimate for yourself the amount that the couple owes the TS for
retaining the room throughout the year, were we to charge them as we do other
members. I confess that I did not bring this to your attention earlier because
the anomaly of it did not strike me till quite recently, and since then I have
spent much time pondering over how best to broach this sensitive topic.
The second matter is a recent introduction by Mrs Nilakanta as regards Carrier
charges. She has decided to waive the carrier charges for Mrs Linda and Mr Pedro
Oliveira when they need to have a carrier for lunch. To my knowledge this rule
is not applicable to anyone else, who will be charged - as they have always been
- for a carrier when we make the Credit Bill for the month.
I inform you about these matters with much regret, because one does not like to
see corruption existing, practiced or encouraged in an organization, the
President-Founder of which was Col. H. S. Olcott, who rose to eminence and was
appreciated for his honesty and fight against corruption existent in the then US
I trust you will look into these matters. I am available for any clarifications
you may need in this regard.
Deputy Superintendent, Leadbeater Chambers
The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
29 March 2009
Mr S. Harihara Raghavan
The Theosophical Society
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
Dear Mr Raghavan,
Subject: Consistent failure to rectify a faulty meter
It is approximately one year now since I brought this to your attention last and
having waited thus far and found that nothing has been done to change the state
of affairs, I am again bringing this matter to your attention.
Last year, sometime around now, after your intervention in this matter, the
electricians from Maintenance Department came to Gujarati Quarters (Up) - which
is where I live - and checked the meter, found out that the meter was faulty,
and promising to replace it went away. At present (as for the past two years or
so), I am being charged a bi-monthly electricity payment of Rs. 10/-, which I am
sure you will agree, is approximately what would be the rate for 1 unit a day.
The faulty meter continues to function faultily; no electrician comes to check
the meter, even though I am at home almost every day between 12 noon and 2:30
I trust you will look into this matter again and do the needful to ensure that
from now onwards at least I pay the proper electricity charges, as do all
resident-workers on the Estate.
Gujarati Quarters (Up)
The Theosophical Society
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
Cc: The Treasurer
Response to Letter 4
1 April 2009
Response from the General Manager to the above Letter
The Maintenance Department
Please find enclosed a copy of the letter dt 29.3.09 received from Ms. Preethi
Muthiah. The complaint is genuine. The meter is faulty. Kindly substitute the
existing meter with a fresh meter which can be purchased. Please arrange to
check all the meters, if so required, by engaging a specialized person. We
cannot afford to allow faulty meters which will cause much complaint from
residents. In addition we may be caught unawares by the Tamilnadu Electricity
Board officials and may be penalized heavily, not to speak of the loss in
6 June 2009
Farewell and Gratitude, Mrs Radha Burnier
Dear Mrs Burnier,
1. First of all, I would like to thank you for giving me the privilege of
working at Adyar for these many years, even though our difference of motives has
been evident since 2001. It is ironical indeed that when I left in 2001, I went
out fighting for myself and today I am being asked to leave because I am
fighting for everything the TS stands for.
2. Secondly, I would like to thank you for giving me the privilege of watching
you at work making the mistakes you made. They say there are only two ways to
learn: one by making mistakes oneself; the other by watching others who make
mistakes. Your teaching of me has belonged largely to the latter category,
though there were some positive ones too. Like the dignity of bearing you so
evince in everything you do. Also, the way you work come well, come ill. In the
years before 2001, you were also my constant guide and teacher on what needed to
be matured in me. Your inspiring speeches, the way you deliver them. The
simplicity of your outer form. These are lifelong lessons I will carry with me.
3. Thirdly, thank you for being my friend in disguise. If there was one thing
you could do to ensure that my fellow brothers and sisters of the Theosophical
Society would know the truth in the allegations I have made against you in my
earlier email of 24/5/09, you have willy-nilly eased the process. To clarify, I
sincerely admire the alacrity with which you took action to ensure that I am no
longer a worker at Adyar, even though what I was demanding in the letter to the
General Manager has to do with the welfare of Adyar and the TS, while your
relative Mrs Uma Nilakanta continues to hold the post of Superintendent,
Leadbeater Chambers, two months after the original complaint against her was
made. Your alacrity (less than 24 hours!!!) in deciding to prevent me from
working at Adyar has proved that you no longer care for Adyar, but only for your
blood relatives, Subha and Uma Nilakanta, both of whom are even now installed in
their official positions at Adyar, despite their disloyalty to Adyar, the TS and
the Theosophical Cause; albeit they both are “loyal” to Radha Burnier, while I
am not because I intend to be loyal only to the TS, and to Col. Olcott like
whom, I am also fighting against corruption, and to HPB like whom I am also
fighting against gossip, favoritism and such other divisive policies of Mrs
Burnier, for it is from the example of Their lives that I found the courage to
take the stand I have taken thus far.
4. I would also like to set on record the Exit Interview conducted by the
General Manager, Mr S. Harihara Raghavan, for me on 25/5/09 at around 11:00 am,
in which he discussed the two matters addressed in the Complaint Letter against
Mrs Uma Nilakanta. To the matter of waiving carrier charges for Mrs Linda and Mr
Pedro Oliveira, he mentioned that there was some Rule that allowed such a
facility to the four principal international Officers of the TS, namely,
international President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. When I asked
him why it is that this rule was not mentioned at all for the one-and-a-half
months the complaints were pending at his/your desk, he said even he was not
aware that such a Rule book existed till the morning of 25 May 2009. As to Colin
and Cornelia having the privilege of keeping a room at LBC for no charges at
all, he said after all the room was empty: why can’t they keep their stuff
there. I would only say then that the same rule should be applied to everyone
who stays at LBC; or at least to those who are its annual visitors. So, just to
ensure equality of privileges and fair treatment to all members of the TS, for
example, Dusan Zagar need not rush on 31st December of any year to pack up his
stuff and leave it at the Office of LBC. Let him also, among others, have the
privilege of leaving his stuff for the rest of the year in the room he stayed
in. Likewise the same privilege ought to be extended to other annual visitors
like Ursel Geruschkat of Germany/Spain, Gerard Brennan of Australia,
Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu of France, Wies Kuiper and Els Rijneker of the Netherlands,
and several others. You will, I am sure, realize that were such a Rule to be
passed, eventually there will be no room free at LBC for non-annual visitors and
members. As to charging no fee at all for room retention at LBC to the English
couple, equality of privileges must be meted out here as well. So, Erica and
George Georgiadis of Greece need not pay for their room when they are out
visiting other cities during their stay. Ilona O’Bierne and Sergio Weigandt of
Germany, Gerard Brennan of Australia, Elene Watts of South Africa, Eduardo
Gramaglia of Argentina, Priscilla Murray, Om Kamra and Ella Rajni, Mary and
Richard Sharpe of Canada, Alexandre Rozenwald, Enide Borges de Resende, Fernando
Gramaccini and Antonio Carlos of Brazil, and many other visitors to Adyar who
stay at LBC and during their stay here, visit Thiruvannamalai and other such
cities retaining their room, but from whom all we have in the last year(s) taken
money for that retention. The validity of this claim is that they work as hard
for the Theosophical Cause as does the English couple. Why must these privileges
be accorded only to Mrs Nilakanta’s “friends”?
5. I know that in my fight against the corruption of Adyar and the TS you are so
good at effecting I have the support of all my Teachers, past and present. To my
brothers and sisters in the EST against whose freedom to think for themselves
you are soon going to be issuing a private circular, the final draft of which I
saw in my brother, Pedro Oliveira’s hands on Saturday, 23 May 2009, I have only
one thing to say: Try not to sell your soul to the Head of the EST. It would not
be worthwhile. Find the courage within you to fight against the coercive methods
the Head uses in order to ensure that you will never raise a voice against
whatever she does to Adyar and the TS worldwide, if you want to be a member of
the EST. No Head of the ES has the right to take away from members who join it
the freedom to think, to grow and to express their soul’s full potential, which,
however, for some strange reason, threatens the integrity and sense of security
of the Head. I am aware of the full implications of that draft, Mrs. Burnier,
and thus chose to take a stand against you, in my earlier email of 24 May 2009.
I never thought you could step to the low level of resorting to Blackmail using
your Headship of the EST to get away with whatever you have done to Adyar and
the TS movement in 29 years of Presidency, on the one hand, and to reinstate
your unquestioned authority over the TS, on the other.
6. To use an analogy, the methods you use - namely, gossip, intrigue,
corruption, favoritism, blackmail, manipulation of others’ weaknesses - to run
the Theosophical Society, are the methods Lord Voldemort uses in the Harry
Potter Series to enslave Death-eaters, rather than the love-, respect- and
understanding-filled ones Prof. Dumbledore uses to run Hogwarts, the School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry.
7. With all your defensive words now onwards you may succeed in cheating some of
my friends and brothers, but the final analysis is that Mrs Radha Burnier can
never cheat Life.
8. As Harry Potter tells Voldemort in the last book, Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows, I am here asking you, Mrs. Burnier, “Try for some remorse.” It
might just save you even now. Mr. Harihara Raghavan told me during the Exit
Interview to have compassion for your age of 85 years. When the Mahabharata war
was fought, Bhishma Pitamah was a hundred years old. Mrs Burnier still has 15
years to get there. Anyway, I am trying my best Mrs Burnier to be compassionate
to you and asking you to feel remorse … You owe the TS and all its members an
apology. We were all yours till a few years back. What did you do or fail to do
to lead us today to take the step to rise up against you? And what Mr Harihara
Raghavan does not see is that in my acts of criticism I am being compassionate
to you. I am giving you a chance to do something differently to save your name,
your soul, its evolution. I am today asking you the questions Life will ask you
in your final moments, but then it will be too late for you to do anything about
them. The ones who are not being compassionate here are Mr Harihara Raghavan and
the entire staff at Adyar, who are willing to bow down to your demands rather
than point out the right way to do things to you - an unkindness and
unrighteousness for which they, as did the 1000 Kauravas and the “wise” Drona
and Bhishma in the Mahabharata, will meet their just desserts.
9. To Mr Harihara Raghavan who threatened to leak out the portion about the
comparison I made between Indira Gandhi and Mrs Burnier in my last email
(24/5/09) to the current political party ruling India and Chennai, I have some
things to say: First, were I to care for my temporal body as much as he does,
there would have been no email in the first place for him to threaten me with.
Second, isn’t my main fault in this whole episode that I care for the welfare
and continuance of Adyar and the TS more than I care for myself or any post that
the international President may accord me? Today, Mr H. Raghavan is trumpeting
for Mrs Burnier perhaps because he has his eye on the post of International
Secretary which she has promised to give him. Third, if it is written that Mr H.
Raghavan has to have the horrible karma of getting Preethi Muthiah behind bars
for speaking the Truth, Preethi Muthiah is willing to comply with his wishes. It
might be, Mr Harihara Raghavan, that the “criminals” behind those bars will be
more open to the Theosophical message than the literate eggheads pretending to
be Theosophists resident in Adyar today, caring for nothing except posts, power
and authority and using every form of gossip, slander, games, manipulation,
corruption, etc. all in order for them to “secure” their position at Adyar.
10. Lastly, you are entitled to know that you have not the privilege of stopping
Preethi from working For Adyar and For the TS. You can only stop me from working
in Adyar. Adyar is Preethi’s soul; the TS my blood and being. Wherever I go in
the future, the essence of Adyar and the TS will go with me enshrined in my
heart, my being, and my soul and spirit and blood and body. It is something you
cannot rob from me, Mrs Burnier.
11. Warmest regards once again for being that friend in disguise who through her
immediate dismissal of Preethi Muthiah from the workers of Adyar has proved that
Radha Burnier cares more for her corrupt relatives - Uma and Subha Nilakanta -
whom she even today retains on campus at Adyar, than she does for the health,
continuity, purity, sanctity and spirituality of Adyar, the TS and the Cause of
the Masters of the Wisdom. You have proved that you are so blinded by your need
to have authority that you are willing to misuse and abuse the Headship of EST
and to blackmail its members and aspirants into bowing down to your abuse of the
TS unquestioned once they have signed that “Form of Fealty” to you. Of course,
you might end up never sending that Letter to individual members of the EST
after the receipt of this email, which, Mrs Burnier will be a blessing in
disguise for eyes like yours that do not see yet past your ambitions and needs
to the inner implications of your crime against your own soul and its evolution.
Remember, Mrs Burnier, you and your kin cannot cheat Life.
12. Mrs Burnier, you remind me of a story I read sometimes as a child - might
have been from the Panchatantra. In this story, a king surrounded himself with
his worst enemies because he did not have the openness to accept criticism and a
difference of opinions from his own. Eventually, all the well-wishers who would
point out the king’s mistakes were asked to leave the kingdom, and the king was
left with all his trumpeters and yes-ministers. None of these ministers would
raise a voice against the king, because each of them had a stake in the kingdom.
Some were power hungry, some were too feeble, some had not the courage to raise
their voice against the corruption they knew was seeping into the kingdom and
face the consequences of the courageous act. Then a king from the neighbouring
country sought to attack the kingdom of this foolish king and none of the king’s
band of ministers cared or dared to warn him, knowing either that they would
lose the king’s favour or, on the other hand, be banished from their temporal
possessions in the kingdom. In the story, the king loses the war and is beheaded
by the enemy king. I am waiting to see what happens to you, Mrs Burnier, for the
last voice that would raise herself against you and have the courage to
criticize your ways is leaving Adyar soon. Are you going to give a different
ending to that fable, seeing as you are surrounded by your worst enemies today.
Look around you, Mrs Burnier, and see how you have managed over the years to
surround yourself with: (a) those that seek power of being “someone” in a small
community as the TS; (b) those that are feeble and have nowhere else to go and
so will never raise their voice against you; (c) those that have become immune
to your misuse and abuse of Adyar such that they don’t even see that a wrong is
being committed and the future of Adyar and the TS is at stake; (d) and those
who have much to say against you behind your back but don’t have the courage to
face the penalty for the courageous act of openly and honestly criticizing you.
None of these will come to your aid when “your ship finally sinks”. None of
these will raise their voice against you to criticize you or guide you or point
out your mistake, but these will also be those who will do nothing when your
Presidency is threatened. In fact, one can expect Nandan, Subha and Uma
Nilakanta to push you down if that pushing will help them save their necks.
Ironical, isn’t it that the ones who could save you are the ones you have
estranged from yourself and the ones who will drag you down are the ones you
have surrounded yourself with?
13. In ending, I would like to bring to the attention of my fellow members and
brothers and sisters of the TS worldwide, that in Adyar today, two TS’s exist.
One HPB’s and HSO’s TS whose motto is “There is No Religion Higher than Truth”
and another RSB’s TS, whose motto is “There is No Religion Higher than Radha
Burnier”. Preethi Muthiah is leaving RSB’s TS, and walking into HPB and HSO’s
TS, for which she will work all her life. RSB’s TS is currently on the brink. I
hope to see some or all of you in a future TS that will be imbued with the
spirit of fraternity and oneness - two things sorely lacking in the current one,
which is TS only in name and where brotherhood - as the Masters of the Wisdom
defined it - has ceased to exist.
Warm and fraternal greetings to one and all,
June 16 2009
Dear Mrs Burnier, it occurs to me that ...
Dear Mrs Burnier,
I have left your Adyar to you, moved out at a day's notice from Gujarati
Quarters (Up), and moved out at a week or so's notice from the Estate you cling
to ... now in my quiet retreat insights pour in ... thought I would share them
with you ...
It occurs to me that had you the detachment I have had towards Adyar, there
would be no fear in the TS today ... there would have been no need for the games
you play to ensure your authority is unquestioned ... You would have loved Adyar
as a trust given to you by Life. Isn't it your attachment that is at the root of
all the problems you have had to face in the past 9 years especially; the 9
years filled with countless tears of humiliation from Subha Nilakanta's many
victims; from Uma Nilakanta's many malpractices against her Office at Adyar?
I wonder if you have started to feel remorse for your misdeeds, whether done
directly or through your favorite - sorry to use the term, but there is no word
for them - watchdogs, Uma and Subha Nilakanta.
It occurs to me that someone like you who has never said "sorry" and has used
her authority as President to get away from her hurtful words and deeds would
perhaps not know what remorse means ...
Try, Mrs Burnier, to put yourself in the shoes of Mr G. Naganathan whom you
blamed based solely on the words of Sushama Sreenath (now Sushama Webber) and
Subha Nilakanta without even considering it necessary to give him the chance to
defend himself - a privilege that every court of law gives to even the deadliest
criminal. How do you think Mr Naganathan felt at that moment when you were busy
blaming him for no fault of his? And do you know Mrs Burnier, that was the day
you set the course for the end of the Editorial Office - a fully functional,
productive Editorial Office of 2000 is now an Office where virtually no
publication takes place, except The Theosophist (the major work for which has
been taken care of by workers from other departments for now 7 years). You ought
to read the Panchatantra once again for guidance during this time in your life.
And the Panchatantra would clearly tell you that where honest, diligent,
committed, loyal workers are degraded and the dishonest, disloyal, uncommitted
workers are encouraged, that organization is set on the path to doom; where the
abusive are put on top, while the gentle and meek are trodden upon, no good can
come of that organization. But in your Editorial Office, abusive Subha Nilakanta
has ruled the roost for almost 10 years now, while every committed worker who
had the misfortune of working "with" her has moved on, been asked to leave,
blamed, or undergone severe stress and hurt at the inhuman way in which they
have been treated by Subha.
Again, try Mrs Burnier to feel the pain that my sisters, Juliana Cesano, Ayelet
Haschachar, Idarmis Rodriguez, Leonie O'Rourke, Lusia S., Geetha Jaikumar,
Jayendran, Meera Naik, Meena, and Sushama Sreenath (yes, the very same one who
came back to work for the Editorial Office in 2005 and then promptly fell sick
and was perhaps the only worker who took so much of sick leave in three years
because of stress and indignity at Subha's mouth - I also understand that at the
time of her leaving she and Subha were "good friends") must have felt when they
were treated like "dirt" so that Subha Nilakanta could feel "superior" and
Try, Mrs Burnier, to feel the pain my grandfather (for he called me his
granddaughter - naati), Dr C. V. Agarwal, must have felt being trodden right,
left and centre by Subha. He has a heart condition you know? And he is old,
committed and has been loyal to you and is loyal to you even today? Is this what
Mrs Burnier has to give to people who are loyal to her? But, Mrs Burnier,
loyalty, like everything else, is a two-way process. We give you our loyalty;
you need to return the same to us in equal measure. We give you our trust; you
When you can feel the pain of each of these and countless other not-mentioned
brothers and sisters who for the first time realized that the President of the
Theosophical Society, Mrs Radha Burnier, initiates gossip about them, when you
can feel their pain, the hurt, the betrayal of the trust they placed in you,
when you can feel with your whole being the piercing cry of your conscience as
it awakens to the knowledge of your ruthlessness, then Mrs Burnier, you will
know what remorse means ...
Some people on "your" campus of Adyar told me that after leaving Adyar I must
forget everything that has happened. Sure, that would be easy. But what they do
not realize is that Adyar is dying today ... of corruption and old age ... and I
have no intention of letting the Cause of the Masters of the Wisdom to be
murdered by Mrs Radha Burnier, the only corrupt President of the Theosophical
Society. I trust you and the readers of this email can understand what happens
to the body when the heart becomes sick and dies, and this young member of the
TS feels concern today for the future of the movement which she thinks ought to
survive into the coming centuries.
Some say my words to you are very strong. Yes, they are. And they are so because
they are intended to shake you out of your slumber and the path you have chosen
for the TS today, which is at variance with the Path the founders (inner and
outer) chose for the TS. They are strong today because when they were gentle,
you paid no heed. When they were given out by every single person who has
suffered at the mouths of your two "watchdogs", you paid no heed. So, today,
Life has no choice but to give out strong words through this, Her disciple whom
you know as Preethi Muthiah.
I will keep in touch, wherever I might be, as long as I am on the physical
25 June 2009
Mahabharata Replayed in the TS
One would never imagine that in a place where the motto is: "There is no
Religion Higher than Truth", there would be a Mahabharata taking place, but the
fact is that we do have a Mahabharata situation happening in the TS at the
Draupadi: Adyar and the TS.
Duryodhana: Mrs Uma Nilakanta (the malpractitioner).
Dusshasana: Ms Subha Nilakanta (the chief verbal rapist).
Dhritarashtra: Mrs Radha Burnier (here the blind queen).
Bhishma Pitamah: Mrs Linda Oliveira (who knows that a wrong is being committed
but does nothing to stop it, going in her own complacent way).
Shakuni Mama: Mrs Helen Jamieson (chief spy of RSB, always trying to find out
which way the air blows and will give you just that much information about Subha
Nilakanta and family as to incite you to gossip, so she can later fill up the
Dronacharya: Dr CV Agarwal, Dr A. Kannan, Mr N. Muthuswamy (have much to teach
everybody, but too complacent to do anything at all when a wrong is being done.
They generally remain silent.)
Sanjaya: Mr Pedro Oliveira, Mr S. M. Umakant Rao and Mr Shailendra Agrawal (both
of whom are at the moment the chief email receivers and thus serve as Mrs RSB’s
Arjuna: Preethi Muthiah (who could see nothing but the wrong and aimed her arrow
at the centre of the storm, the blind queen, Mrs RSB) and has been carrying on
this war against corruption and inhumanity since 24 May 2009.
Mr Harihara Raghavan, one of the many brothers of Duryodhana and Dusshasana who
is under the impression that he is important and does not see that he is being
manipulated and controlled by RSB. He uses threats with Preethi in order to be
loyal to RSB, but forgets that he has chosen the losing side, the wrong side,
for in being loyal to temporal unrealities like RSB he has forgotten that he is
being disloyal to the Truth and such other eternal verities.
What happens Now in the TS, especially Adyar is that Mrs RSB has surrounded
herself with her worst enemies - people who are either incapable of speaking the
truth, correcting her or, on the other hand, who might have the courage to do so
but for the fact that they are unwilling to pay the penalty for their honesty.
So the next time, Mrs RSB commits a blunder, there will be no one to point out
the wrong and injustice to her. What happens to such an RSB? Isn’t she doomed
rightly as Karma takes over and settles some old scores? The TS of RSB and Adyar
of RSB are sinking. This ship is all set to sink, because everyone with the
wisdom to see has been shifted out of Adyar today. And what of all those who
kept quiet or chose to take the wrong side (RSB’s side)? They have to pay their
own penalties, too. As we know from reading the Mahabharata and especially the
Bhagavadgita, the Lords of Karma spare no one the justice they deserve. The
First Chapter in the Bhagavadgita in fact tells us about the Yoga of the
Attachment to Inaction, the same inaction which members worldwide and General
Secretaries and Federation Secretaries have been engaged in for the past one
month now since 24 May 2009.
So contrary to Mrs Burnier’s words to my mother, Mrs Radha Muthiah, on 25 May
2009, it is not Preethi who is going to face the repercussions for her Action,
but RSB who is going to face the repercussions for her many injustices,
incidents of torture, endorsements of corruption and psychosocial rape,
involvements in power politics and blackmail, manipulation and
All the Best, Mrs Radha Burnier and co.,
15 July 2009
Dear Friends [Please ensure you show this email to Mrs Radha Burnier],
I am now truly homeless and trying to find my feet in the world. As I go on my
journey, I look back to my 16 years at Adyar. The journey has been fraught with
pain, humiliation and debasement of many kinds; a journey which has seen many
ups and downs, but I realize today as I stand in my new position that I truly
thank my lucky stars I am not Mrs Radha Burnier's blood relative. How sad indeed
for Subha and Uma Nilakanta that they make mistakes and Mrs Burnier does not
correct them, thus robbing them of their opportunity to evolve, to grow into the
human beings they are born as ...
I was at Adyar for one week and that being Mrs Burnier's personal property, I
was allowed to visit with my mother for one week only. And that too on a warrant
of silence, such that I was forbidden from communicating with my friends for the
entire period I would be on campus. So thank you Mrs Burnier for giving me the
freedom. After 16 years, Preethi can express herself freely. And you know what,
Mrs Burnier, my skin has started to heal of its own accord ... because now I
have the freedom to express myself without any fear of rejection that I went
through at your hands and at the hands of your pets, Sushama Sreenath, Subha
Nilakanta, Uma Nilakanta, Juliana Cesano and Pablo Sender. There is no one now
to tell Preethi what a horrible girl she is, that she is a threat to Sushama and
must not express herself. There is no one now to make Preethi feel that she must
not live in this world with a smile on her face and love in her heart ...
You always had a problem with my expressions, didn't you, Mrs Burnier? It was
always Preethi who did wrong. I agree it was my karma partly that needed to be
balanced, but since 2006, that karmic opportunity was abused by you. And since
then They trained me for this day, for 24 May 2009. Today wherever I am at, I
feel Their Presence strongly in my life, guiding me, protecting me ... and
showing me what to do.
Are you aware Mrs Burnier you lost? You have been defeated, not by Preethi, but
by Life. You could not corrupt Preethi, you could not make out of her the
game-playing youngsters that pepper the TS today ... you could not make out of
her a dishonest, gossip-monger who would bring you itsy-bitsy details of other
people's lives ... you could not make her immature, competitive, cut-throat ...
All your politics, the torture, the pain, the humiliation, they only served to
make me stronger in my faith in Life, in the Divine.
Have you seen the July issue of the Theosophist Mrs Burnier? It is filled with
errors, your niece Subha Nilakanta who claims to be a copy-editor did not catch.
I hope Mr Ramu showed you all the corrections I made on it ... all the errors I
caught. Now I hope you understand why Subha has a problem with everybody who has
been to that dept to work - being inefficient she cannot take having efficient
people around ... but you appreciate inefficiency don't you mrs Burnier?
So you failed Mrs Burnier. You could not convert me to your ways ... Life has
won over you.
18 July 2009
I forgot to mention ...
Dear Mrs Burnier,
Trust you have started to feel regret, remorse and all those growth-oriented
feelings. Some things I forgot to mention in my last email to you:
Did you see the latest issue of Wake Up India? The contents page has a big
blunder on it. Your name is mentioned for the Editorial Article while the
article was written by Mr Surendra Narayan. Of course, the article has his name
on it as does the 'About the Author' section, but how could your Editor, Dr
Geetha Jaikumar miss such an obvious error? I now know why Dr A. Kannan thought
that I had written irrelevant things in my initial emails to you.
Actually, do you know there are common definitions for everything you do? For
example: Putting your name on someone else's hard work is called Plagiarism.
Geetha Jaikumar and Subha Nilakanta have been putting their name on Preethi's
hard work. Of course, you endorse their plagiarism, don't you?
Threatening people with imprisonment so that they will not speak the truth and
be dishonest is called Hooliganism or in Hindi, Goondagardi. That is the usual
language spoken by Mr S. Harihara Raghavan, General Manager, TS.
Using fear to rule people is called Dictatorship. That is the behaviour you
follow with Federation Secretaries, General Secretaries worldwide.
Following one rule for Pedro Oliveira, one for Uma Nilakanta, and one for
everyone else is called favouritism.
And in the July 2009 issue of the Theosophist you have also lied openly Mrs
Burnier. In Theosophical Work around the World, you mention that Mrs Linda
Oliveira attended the 2008 Convention as international Vice-President. That is a
lie, Mrs Burnier, because Mrs Oliveira did not attend the 2008 international
Convention. She was admitted in Isabelle Hospital along with her husband, Mr
Pedro Oliveira with a bad case of Chikungunia during the entire period of the
international Convention. They did not get back from hospital till 5 January
2009, much after the Convention period is over. Remember, Mrs Burnier, your pets
Pedro and Linda did not even get to address the convention gathering, even
though their speeches were ready and waiting at the Editorial Office.
In fact, when you illegally appointed Mrs Linda Oliveira early in November 2008
as IVP, the machines at the Editorial Office put up a strong fight. The Nova
Sheet printer converted itself into a house for thousands of ants. It was an
issue filled with breaks, gaps, problems and obstacles of every kind.
And now see how, Mrs Burnier, "Theosophists" can no longer have the privilege of
having their bodies exhumed on campus of Adyar. Dr Agarwal had his final rites
not on campus at Adyar, as past deceased Theosophists have had, but outside the
campus at Besant Nagar Electrical Crematorium, and C. Malathi's father at
Thiruvanmiyur Electrical Crematorium.
Why I am bringing all of this to your and other members' attention is because
you can kick out Preethi from her home Adyar, but you cannot fight the Forces of
Adyar, the Forces of Nature and the Force of Life, who are all stronger than you
or all your cronies put together will ever be.
It is time for you to step down from your post Mrs Burnier and to allow younger
blood and younger generations to lead the TS, someone more spiritual than you
are; someone more Theosophical, united than you are.
I was shocked to read your Watch-Tower Notes in the July 2009 issue of the
Theosophist, where you stress so much on Brahminism as being the criterion for a
person to be accepted as a chela. So finally in your declining years, shall we
say you have come back to your element and now are intending to practise
casteism in the form of offering chelaship to brahmins by birth? And who would
be your most preferred candidate - Subha Nilakanta or Harihara Raghavan?
This is, indeed, shocking from someone who claims to be a 3rd-generation
Theosophist. Shocking not only because of the casteist-flavour of your
statements in the Theosophist, but also because one would expect that the head
of the EST would know that chelaship or being a vehicle for the Masters of the
Wisdom has got nothing to do with birth but more to do with the quality of the
Recipients to this email/message, welcome to the Brahmanical Society of Mrs
Radha Burnier, who fraudulently addresses herself as the President of the
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