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Re: TS Membership Trend

May 14, 2008 10:44 PM
by Anand


>  (a) Admission to membership may be obtained through the President of 
> a Lodge (Branch), the General Secretary of a National Society or, 
> through the Secretary; and a Diploma (Certificate) of membership 
> shall be issued to the Fellow

What happens to people where National Section itself is not allowed to
form. For example in Russia and by inference in many other countries
lodges don't exist because they are not allowed from Adyar. From
Konstantin you can get modus operandi of how it works. And by
inference one can guess that same happens in case of many other
There are around 220 countries in the world. Out of that, sections of
TS are formed only in 60 countries (and these also have negligible
presence) Do people in remaining 160 countries don't have souls which
require guidance in their evolution ?
 Does TS think that by following Krishnamurti's method people can
simply keep looking at their own stupid thoughths and attain salvation ?

In Russia becoming member of TS itself was almost impossible, forming
a lodge has not happened despite tens of thousands of books are being
read with interest by people.

>  (b) Admission to membership shall be at the discretion of the 
> National Society or the international Secretary, as the case may be."
> PO: As stated above, the President does not "control" membership. Her 
> signature is on the Diploma because she is the elected international 
> President of the TS.

Normally ES officers control lodges. And E.S. officers do what Outer
Head of ES tells them to do. That give ES head much control of almost
everything that happens in TS. 

>  Any seven Fellows may apply to be chartered as a Lodge (Branch). In 
> a country where no National Society exists the application must be 
> forwarded to the President of the Society through the Secretary."

Practically it does not happen so. For example in Russia anybody who
wanted to become member or had interest in forming the lodge, was
directed to Presidential Representative appointed by PTS. And this
Presidential Representative did what PTS wanted him/her to do. Result
is there are neither members nor lodges in Russia. Russia is one
example same procedure is most probably used in many other countries.
Anand Gholap M.B.A.

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