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Re: Theos-World problems with the Narada Lodge

Nov 16, 2005 05:03 AM
by M K Ramadoss

It is a sorry state of affairs in that property/funds that are meant to be
used to further interests of theosophy being expended on attoneys. Anytime
one gets into litigation, both parties loose.


On 11/15/05, Eldon B Tucker <> wrote:
> I got a copy of the following message about problems at the Narada Lodge
> of
> the Adyar Theosophical Society (in Tacoma, Washington). After reading
> their
> web page describing the situation, at
> I wrote them to clarify what they said, and following is what I understand
> to be the situation.
> The branch was chartered in 1890, obtained a charted from the Point Loma
> Society in 1895, and got another from the Adyar Society in 1899. It
> preexists the Theosophical Society in America (in Wheaton, Illinois); its
> bylaws have never conformed; and it voted in 1989 not to change the bylaws
> to conform with Wheaton. It was asked again in October 2004 to change its
> bylaws, but declined, after which its current problems started.
> From what I heard, Wheaton declared four people who were not lodge members
> to now belong to the lodge, after which the four (along with a former
> lodge
> member) held a special meeting, electing their own officers for the lodge
> and claiming they now were in charge of the lodge and in control of its
> property. Their claim is being backed up with a lawsuit that presumes they
> now represent the lodge and are suing on its behalf the lodge leadership
> they say they voted out of office.
> Say I were a president of a theosophical lodge and found out one day that
> the national section had added new members to my lodge. These members have
> a
> meeting without inviting current lodge members, hold an election, and vote
> me out of office. They now sue me, in the name of the lodge, to turn over
> control of its assets to them. If that were to happen, I certain wouldn't
> feel very happy about the situation. I'd especially feel bad if my lodge
> was
> a separate legal entity from the national section and was chartered before
> the national section was created as a legal entity.
> Perhaps there's another side to the story that we've not heard yet, with
> further information that better explains what is happening and why it
> might
> be considered a good idea. On first hearing about it, though, I have
> trouble
> seeing how someone could see this as a good thing to be doing.
> Eldon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Narada Theosophical Society []
> Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 6:58 PM
> To:;;;
> Subject: narada suit
> Wheaton sues officers of Tacoma Lodge on behalf of Wheaton's appointees.
> Please look at our web page,<>
> We at Narada Theosophical Society are only interested in one thing, that
> is
> the study of theosophy as presented by the Masters and early founders of
> the
> Theosophical Movement. We have offered to work with Wheaton, but not under
> them. We have been autonomous since we chartered with William Q. Judge on
> April 28/29, 1895 as The Theosophical Society in America. We rechartered
> with the American Section, Adyar again Jan. 1899, with a clause in our
> Constitution giving us legal Autonomy, which they recognized. We were
> members of both Societies at the same time. We have been asked many times
> in our past to change our bylaws by Wheaton, but have declined, so as to
> not
> lose our grandfathered in charters in the societies.
> John
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