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Re: Theos-World TS Adyar President Election

Apr 16, 2008 07:28 PM
by MKR

You are on the right track. It is a simple attempt to influence those TS
members who are sympathetic to the masonic organization to support the
candidature or else why is it mentioned.

There is another more fundamental issue from a theosophist's point of view.
All one needs to join the TS is to be in sympathy with the First Object --
Brotherhood and you sign in an application and no further question is asked
except to check if you are a minor, in which case in many countries you need
parent's consent.

On the other hand there are other serious restrictions when one seeks
admission to masonry. Anyone can google and find out how the admission
process works in masonry and what the general restrictions are. So trying to
show off the high masonry degree to impress voters is something voters need
to very carefully look into, especially those who are committed to
theosophical Brotherhood in its widest sense.

I say this because I know there are  long standing members of theosophy who
have made immense contributions in their own low key way who will not be
admitted into masonry.


On 4/16/08, Cass Silva <> wrote:
>   Seems pointless, what is the advantage of being a 33 degree Mason when
> HPB provided the ancient truths which HPB stated Freemasonry had lost?
> Thanks for your response
> Cass
> <> wrote:
> Cass, John Algeo broke away from LeDroit Humaine and started his own
> masonic lodge. It was the only way that he could get the 33rd degree [that
> is my own opinion]. This is the reason for the masonic emphasis. Many people
> at the USA headquarters are members of this? masonic lodge. In fact, it is
> an international masonic lodge, with members from around the theosophical
> world, including India.
> Marie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cass Silva < <>>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 12:42 am
> Subject: Re: Theos-World TS Adyar President Election
> Still can't find Rhada's letter. Interesting that the Freemasonry badge is
> part of JA's site.
> Cass
> Jokela Petri < <>> wrote:
> We have traditional proverb which says:
> stupidity tighten ups in groups.
> Here is he new link. Seems that there was one dot too much in between.
> pj
> Cass Silva kirjoitti:
> >
> > The link didn't work Jokela, however, this 'power struggle' undermines
> > the three principles of theosophy and says more about the
> > 'personalities' of the candidates than they can imagine. The TS should
> > be run by a committee, a round table, although I am starting to think
> > that 10 theosophists in the same room would result in anarchy.
> >
> > Cass
> >
> >
> >
> > Jokela Petri < <>
> > < <>>> wrote:
> > Dear fellow Theosophist,
> >
> > I feel compelled to break the long standing prohibition against writing
> > political letters during an election. Since Radha Burnier herself has
> > now broken that tradition by sending out the letter given below to a
> > number of our ranks, I do not have any qualms in feeling justified to
> > respond to her blatant electioneering.
> >
> > I have always held Radha in great esteem and still honor her for her
> > tireless and capable work for the Society. However, I have seen with my
> > own eyes that her marvellous abilities are compromised to such an extent
> > that I consider her not to be the best choice for the president and
> > chief administrator of our organization. Her memory and clarity are
> > inconsistent, sometimes right on, and sometimes far afield---as is the
> > case for all of us
> > when aging, especially by stroke, takes its toll. Because she has been
> > such a wonderfully iron willed woman, she now apparently is mis-
> > applying that iron will by trying to cling to an administrative roll
> > that in my opinion is no longer best for the Society or best for her.
> >
> > I can see Radha maintaining a roll of leadership in the spiritual or
> > inner side of things as a wise counsellor, functioning well without
> > undue stress, but I view her continuation as the chief administrative
> > officer for the Theosophical Society as counter productive. We need
> > sharp clarity, consistency, and creative flexibility as we all work
> > together to keep Theosophy alive and vital in the 21st century. We need
> > strong leadership such as John Algeo could provide.
> >
> > As to her letter below, I will let it speak for itself, but I do have to
> > say that I think the reference to age is ironic. Furthermore, it is
> > presumptuous to indicate that John does not also have the capacity to
> > bring in younger workers. And it is presumptuous to define his motives
> > or to ascribe to him the intent to diminish the importance of Adyar as
> > our international center, an action he has clearly stated he is against.
> > If elected, John may not be able to spend all his time at Adyar, but I
> > have experienced him as an able administrator and delegator, and feel
> > assured that Adyar would flourish under his leadership.
> >
> > John has set up a web site
> > <> that you might want
> > to see in order to help you decide for yourself.
> > The upcoming election of international president of the Theosophical
> > Society for the next 7 years is a critical one. Please consider
> carefully.
> > With sincerity and all best wishes,
> >
> > Betty Bland, President
> > The Theosophical Society in America
> >
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