The Future? of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
Who Owns Adyar?
It has always been assumed that the
Adyar Estate has been the property of the Theosophical Society, and therefore
of its members, but in the light of the manner in which Radha Burnier ran the
Estate, like a member of the British aristocracy, with the General Council
looking on, and the General Council's subsequent strange retreat into silence
after her death, perhaps the precise ownership of the Estate needs to be
re-confirmed. Is the General Council now having to make a stand against the
members because they failed to make one against Radha Burnier?
Radha Burnier was born on the Adyar
Estate and regarded it as the family's country seat. She did not know, and
probably could not imagine, a time when the Nilakanta family did not live there
and run it. Although the Estate was supposed to be owned by the members, she
adopted the role of feudal lord of the manor by banning some members from the
Estate, with others being kicked out. There was no internal arbitration process
involved in these exclusions and expulsions, even though as members, the
victims owned the Estate. The General Council never once intervened even though
they represent the interests of the members, who are the owners of the Adyar
Estate. To a casual observer, it would look like Radha Burnier owned the Adyar
Estate and the Theosophical Society members were only allowed to use it at her
It has recently emerged that Radha
Burnier expressed the view that she would have preferred to be followed by a
Westerner as international president in order to convince the authorities that
the Theosophical Society was an international organisation, to prevent them
from enforcing a compulsory land purchase order against the Adyar Estate.
Surely production of documents proving that the Adyar Estate was owned by an
international organisation of members, which is represented in over 60
countries, would have been enough to satisfy the authorities. Why on earth do
the authorities even doubt that the Adyar Estate is the headquarters of an
international organisation unless they know something that hasn't been
revealed? It is to be noted that the land purchase matter has hitherto been
kept from the members and does not appear to have been discussed by the General
If the Theosophical Society owns the
Adyar Estate, why wasnít the General Council involved in dealing with the
compulsory land purchase threat against the Estate? Did Radha Burnier feel that
it was not worth involving the General Council as they have no power or part to
play in the matter? The General Council, as a group coming from all over the
world, could have made representation to the authorities as the representatives
of the owners of Adyar on behalf of the Society, and governing body of an
international organisation. The absence of the General Council from any
participation in this affair raises questions about the precise relationship
between the Theosophical Society and the Adyar Estate.
Radha Burnier's appointment of family
members to positions of authority on the Estate appears never to have been
opposed or even discussed by the General Council. As representatives of the
owners of the Estate, they had a duty of care to ensure that the Estate itself
was administered by officials who were representative of the broader
Theosophical Society and not by one resident family. If the members are the
owners then regular reports on the running of the Adyar Estate and updates on
administrative appointments should have been made available to them. Despite
the current silence policy, as owners, the members are entitled to information
about the Adyar Estate on demand.
The General Council's compliance with
Radha Burnier's assumption of total control over the Adyar Estate suggests that
they recognised her as the owner of the Estate rather than elected custodian,
answerable to the elected representatives of the members. Rather, the General
Council appeared answerable to Radha Burnier and not the members, and now after
Radhaís death is answerable to nobody. The true extent of the General Council's
submission to Radha Burnier's dominance may be something that the explosion of
sycophantic adoration on her passing is concealing, and will leak out in the
Is it possible that during the last
thirty three years, the ownership of the Estate passed to Radha Burnier either
by transfer or default. The General Council is famous for its ineffectiveness
and compliance, and may have failed to oppose such a move. It is also possible
that elements within the General Council may have assisted such a move and the
possibility of this is illustrated by the following report.
Editor of the Theosophy Forward website;
Jan Nicolaas Kind comments on the behaviour of General Council members at a
meeting, in his article of March 17th 2012 entitled; ďAdyar, Where
do we go from here?Ē
ďSeveral GC members did
succeed in acting or voting according their inner conviction, vision, and
principles or following instructions given by the members they represent, and
that is how it should be.Ē
For full article
Not very encouraging is it? Some members
clearly stood up for their principles but what about the others? Were they too
frightened of the controlling power to make a stand? Or is the General Council
loaded with stooges? This extract suggests that General Council members who are
capable of representing their members effectively are the exception rather than
the norm. The ownership of Adyar does not appear to have been discussed on this
occasion but this quotation gives an indication of how useless the General
Council appears to have been when coping with pressure, and that doing what it
was told was standard procedure.
Radha Burnier also made numerous
appointments to the General Council during her reign. Did these appointments
create a Burnier Party in the decision making process with a Burnier block
vote? To what extent does this Burnier block vote still exist and what
influence does it still have? Radha Burnier appointees to the General Council
has been a banned subject for discussion for decades, as it indicates the
extent to which General Council meetings were the Royal Court of Radha Burnier.
It is clear that the General Council
could not act without the approval of Radha Burnier and perhaps she had more
control over decisions than is generally admitted. Radha Burnier's autocratic
rule over the Adyar Estate was legendary, and it is difficult to see her
relinquishing power over it if had she lost the presidency during her lifetime.
How often did the General Council agree to what Radha demanded and then hid
under the table? Are they hiding under the table now?
If a transfer of ownership did take
place then the big question will be; who owns Adyar now? This may be the
underlying reason for the current silence.
I am sure that as this posting
circulates that the General Council will respond by bombarding members with a
ton of documentation providing irrefutable proof that the Theosophical Society
is still the sole and outright owner of the Adyar Estate.
Posted March 11th†† 2014
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Theosophical Society Issues
The Tekels Park
A family has been evicted from their home at Tekels Park
a Tekels Park Estate Limited director wanted to live in
The Future ? of
Adyar Theosophical Society
Will there be an Adyar Free Future?
Adyarís Slightly International Convention
President of Nothing
Membership Decline Ė The
Elephant in the Room
The True Status of the
Adyar Theosophical Society Members
The Voice of Stagnation
Tekels Park & Dead Animals
An Extra Box on the Ballot Paper
Suggestion for the 2014 Adyar Theosophical Society
International Presidential Election
A Society Without Members
Is the 2014 Adyar Presidential Election Invalid?
Radha Burnier Employment
Radha Burnierís policy of allocating jobs to members of her own
family turned the
Adyar Headquarters into the family firm.
How many suitable
applicants were discounted so that
could give a job to a family member?
Donít Just Do Nothing
of decline and stagnation leading the
Society to the verge of evaporation
disintegration, the leadership have so far shown no
sign of coming up
with a strategy for ensuring the
the Society as a unified body.
Adyar, the Sole Purpose of Adyar
Theyíll Knock Adyar Down?
Save Radhaís House
the Adyar eliteís stately home is under threat
land purchase and can be saved by convincing the
it is in fact an international headquarters (if true)
may have given
the Theosophical Society members a brilliant
get Adyar off their backs.
If not true then
it looks like blackmail
Ignore the Voters
and Get Elected
An overview of
the Adyar Theosophical Society
What an Insult to Members
to vote for candidates while withholding
information indicates an utter contempt by
for the general membership
of the Tekels Park Deer
Here is a link to a short film of the
Tekels Park Deer
posted by a Camberley resident.
Everyone opposed to the killing of
the Tekels Park animals
will want to see this.
International Election Protocol
This is only an
idea for consideration but if the Theosophical elite
continue to treat
the members with the current levels of indifference and
contempt for the
duration of this election then the Adyar Theosophical
Society will be
an empty shell by the time it is completed.
The secrecy with
which the Adyar Theosophical Society
conducts the Societyís affairs is legendary.
Is this secrecy
for its own sake or are some serious
suppressed and kept beyond discussion?
Banging the Drum for Theosophy
Looking forward to the post Adyar era
Burnier Town Hall
Family control of
Adyar has reduced the members
of the General
Council to the status of town hall officials.
Silence by elected management cheats
the members out of participating in
running of their own organisation
the International Headquarters at Adyar
It may not be that easy
The International President
The General Council
An idea for consideration
is Behind the
Theosophical Society ruling elite denies
members the right to be consulted on
issues and the
ability to convey their views
directly to the leadership.
Why does the leadership of an
treat its members like this in the
Towards a New Model for Theosophy
Theosophical Society Leadership
itself within a cult of superiority
while the Society
evaporates around it.
Society can survive but not
in the current
Choose a Stooge
When the Issues are Huge
Is this what is on offer to the Adyar Theosophical
Society's paying members from a ruling elite
that has a different agenda from that of the Society?
SHUT UP & VOTE
This election is
really inconvenient for the
leadership, isnít it?
Why are the
members being hustled into blind
What are the
leadershipís post-election plans?
Members No Longer Members
of their Own Society
in the presidency, during which
discussed, is the only course of action
with a chance of
saving the Adyar Theosophical
Society as a
Keeping Quiet About
Are there plans to sell Adyar without
consulting the members?
Is There Hidden
shutdown combined with a total
suggests a serious hidden issue
and an intense
fear of revealing it.
Control Adyar or
You Control Nothing
Is the self
imposed isolation of the General Council effectively
resignation as they have found, after the death of
that establishing control of Adyar is too difficult?
Well Done! CVK Maithreya
Silence is Killing the Adyar
The presidential candidates are as much victims of
General Councilís silence rule as are the members.
The silence rule also seeks to establish General
control over the future president.
Make Way for the Messiahs
Have the Esoteric
Section and the
merged into one body?
for the Adyar
CVK Maithreya presented plans for the
defiance of General Council
Does suppression of discussion mean
Adyar Theosophical Society doesnít
have a future?
Leadership Urgently Required
Council has abused its power
by putting itself
A new leadership
is needed, and fast.
No replies to questions.
Do the members still have a Society?
Those who have
kept the Society time warped
in the 1930s now
have the task of introducing
reform and they
obviously donít want to do it.
Beggars at the Door
Left sitting out in the cold and starved of
members now realise how the General Council regards
Why not include this picture in any information
request to General Council
officers as an indication of how members feel they
are being treated.
Or just send the picture anyway.
From The Top Down
Theosophical Society is decades
out of date and
desperately in need of reform
getting rid of a leadership that
refuses to be
accountable to the members.
The Royal Court of
General Council Meeting
Making it a bit obvious arenít you?
The Australian Section made a formal complaint to
Radha Burnier about her victimisation of the
General Secretary at the 2011 General Council
Treatment of an Adyar Employee
A woman sacked and evicted for
Given 13 days to get out of her home.
The Preethi Muthiah Letters
Tell A Very Sad Tale
About General Council Meetings
Looks like there has been some attempt
by a General Council member to promote
reform within the Theosophical Society
2012 Meeting Minutes
Make Your Wife The Chairperson
that the General Council
Still The Headquarters?
Or why donít you do something
to recover Adyar for the members?
Good Campaign Pitch, Mr
Prepares for the Break-Up
Profile of† Adyar
Adyar Family Appointment
A Job for Your Daughter
Family Power Appointment
For your Daughter
By Singapore Lodge
Triumph of the Weak
Donít expect the General Council
to do anything if the election is bent
Adyar Job News
You donít need a
You donít need a degree
If your nameís
Itís job number
No Stand For Democracy
An appraisal of
the General Councilís commitment
the Adyar Theosophical Society
as a democratic
But Vote Anyway
A Society Without Leadership
Nobody sees it, Nobody
hears from it
Is it hiding
somewhere? Does it exist?
Who will Believe It?
Even if the
presidential election is correct and above board,
the confidence in
the General Council has fallen so low
wonít believe it.
been cheated for long enough?
Long Tradition of
has highlighted an endemic problem at Adyar,
which the General
Council has ignored for many years.
There are still
no plans implement a grievance procedure and
policy at Adyar.
Of lady over 70 from her job at Adyar
True Purpose of the
What the paying
members want has little to do with
this election, as
the silence and lack of information show.
The real purpose
of this election is for the General Council
to deliver the
candidate that the Adyar ruling elite wants.
What Makes this Election Invalid?
Was Your Vote Counted?
Was your vote
forwarded to Adyar?
Was the election
background of silence, a court case and
irregularities, these are fair questions.
Not Being at Adyar
Well, itís much easier
than being a real president
Democracy in the Adyar Theosophical Society
Is That All?
No Right To Complain
Well, what can
you expect in an organisation where
regards the membership as ballast
Doubts about the
integrity of the election
unresolved, rendering the result invalid.
A Private Function
The Ballast now know
their true status
While the President Creeps into Office
Itís Silence as Usual
By the Adyar
Theosophical Society ruling elite.
No hurry to prove
the election result
But a real hurry
to get the president installed
Who Can Support
Shut Up & Pay Up
Theosophical Society has become
Doubts about the
election result will
Presidentís job impossible.
Adyar & the
US each have
Half a President
The White Lotus Hi-Jack
White Lotus Day
as a personal
What was the
Ask Me Anything
Thatís the clear message
President to the members.
Is this the
Great Wheaton Rip-Off?
Questions now arise
over allocation of Wheaton
resources by a
two job president
The 2014 Election
Council was confronted with considerable
evidence that the
election was bent but just stood there
and let it go
A Leadership at War
with the Paying
of its Own
Links to other
The Future of the Adyar Theosophical Society
"There is no
religion higher than truth!"
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