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Re: Theos-World Three Reasons to prefer Algeo over Burnier

Apr 29, 2008 11:47 PM
by Govert Schuller

Dear MKR,

I'm glad for Radha Burnier and the TS that she's fit and well, for the
moment. As I stated "I have not heard anyone of them [Radha's physicians]
addressing the advisability of her continuing in her office into her 90s." I
perceive this 'advisability' as more central than her present fitness.

She is 84 years old, did suffer a mild stroke, served 28 years as PTS, is
perceived by some, contrary to her physicians, as actually not fit, and she
deserves to retire.

I could construe, for the sake of argument, the silence of her physicians on
that imo more central topic of the advisability of staying in office for
another 7 years as conspicuous, especially now I am informing myself about
"TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)," which her physician Dr. P Thirumalai
stated that she suffered from. The American Heart Association (AHA) calls it
a "warning stroke." In a next e-mail I will post the AHA info on TIA, so
people can get a sense whether it would be desirable to have also a
professional opinion on the advisability issue.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "MKR" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 12:58 PM
Subject: Re: Theos-World Three Reasons to prefer Algeo over Burnier

> Thanks for your post.
> The key issue in the current election is Radha Burnier's physical and
> health.
> All the electioneering going on against her is based on her poor mental
> physical health.
> Even after taking the unusal step of getting examined by two physicians
> their giving a certificate of her current fit health, the leaders of the
> sections who have canvassed their members on the basis of poor health of
> Radha Burnier, have not had the courage of telling their members of the
> that two physicians have declared her fit. Also there was a third
> who is a General Secretary in Europe who also independently said she is in
> fit condition. So the nominators using Radha's health issue does not seem
> have any trust in the judgement of a brother Secretary who has medical
> credentials. Incredible!!!
> The Secretaries trying to steal the election (to use the political term
> normally used in the US) based on erroneous health information is the
> unfortunate situation for an organization which is supposed to hold
> ethical and moral values. All those who are supporting Algeo have been
> keeping silent hoping all this will go away.
> That would have been so in pre Internet days when the leaders
> controlled free flow of information to members. Fortunately, now with
> Internet, we are able to discuss them here without interference and I hope
> in the long run it will work out. I do not know what kind of Karma is in
> store for TS.
> If non-age issue was key, then the nominators and nominee should have been
> upfront from day one when "real" electioneering started, which I suspect
> about three years ago.
> I hope more members are accessing the maillist and keeping themselves
> informed.
> On 4/29/08, Govert Schuller <> wrote:
> >
> >   Carol Stream, April 29, 2008
> >
> > Dear Brothers and Sisters,
> >
> > Greetings to all, especially Ramadoss, Chuck, Daniel, Paul Johnson,
> > Katinka,
> > Anand, and also all those who were so kind to discuss recently my views
> > Krishnamurti and the Theosophical Movement. (BTW, I'm not Gerald J.
> > Schueler, Ph.D, as some of you might think)
> >
> > It has been a long time since I participated, but the upcoming PTS
> > election
> > is too important a subject to stay silent about. For starters, the
> > following
> > are my 3 reasons for preferring John Algeo over Radha Burnier:
> >
> > 1) My impression is that Adyar needs a long overdue technology upgrade.
> > I'm
> > sure Algeo, with his experience with the technology upgrades at Wheaton,
> > will get things moving into the right direction. His experience and
> > attitude
> > is quite different from Burnier. Many theosophists reported that Burnier
> > was
> > not enthusiastic about the Internet and I perceive the Adyar web site as
> > reflection of that.
> >
> > 2) Algeo is more neutral and balanced in his perception of Krishnamurti.
> > Radha sees K as the messiah and Algeo thinks there is a certain
> > of K going on in the TS with the risk of creating another kind of
> > sectarianism, which I would call Theosophical Krishnamurti-ism or
> > Krishnamurtianity.
> >
> > 3) As far as age and health are concerned I am, with many others,
> > skeptical
> > about Radha's fitness to take on another 7 years. She might be declared
> > fit
> > by her present physicians, but I have not heard anyone of them
> > the advisability of her continuing in her office into her 90s. And 28
> > years
> > of service is quite enough.
> >
> > All the best
> >
> > Govert W. Schuller
> >
> > P.S.: To Ramadoss 4/28: Yes, we have received our ballots in the USA.
> >
> > To Ramadoss 4/28: The forum started by Chris Richardson is
> > Posting is restricted to 'authors,' but comments are unrestricted, and
> > it's
> > mostly in the comments that the real meat is to be found. Chris is a
> > Theosophist who thinks for himself and his agenda is the improvement of
> > the
> > organizational culture and governance model at the TSA.
> >
> > The Theosophical Society: A forum for the discussion of institutional
> > issues.
> >
> >
> >
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