Independent Inquiry into the TS Election
May 21, 2008 06:57 AM
"The very root idea of the Society is free and fearless
(H. P. Blavatsky, 'What are Theosophists?',
The Theosophist, October 1879)
Documentary evidence showed that a supporter of John Algeo, Elvira
Carbonell, who was working at the Secretary's Office at Adyar last
December, compromised and tainted the nomination process by writing
directly to General Council members, on 19 December 2007, to inform
them that John Algeo had decided to accept nominations. The current
election is taking place in 54 countries around the world.
At least in France and in the US, voting took place under massive
canvassing by the respective General Secretaries who blatantly
favoured John Algeo as a candidate and who depicted Radha Burnier,
President of the Theosophical Society, as being in a state nearing
mental decrepitude. There is no evidence whatsoever that either
General Secretary distributed to the members in their Sections copies
of the medical certificates issued by two doctors in India attesting
to the President's recovery.
Voting will close in most Sections at the end of this month or, at
the latest, in the beginning of June. I have been approached by a
leading member of the American Section to help in healing the present
divisions within the Society. After considering her letter carefully,
I have come to the conclusion that the only effective healing that
can take place now is for the General Council of the TS or the
international Executive Committee to conduct an independent inquiry
into the election process as a whole, which includes the nomination
process. The Theosophical Society has a number of senior, dedicated,
respected and capable members in many countries that could be part of
such an inquiry into the 2008 Presidential Election.
The conclusions of such an inquiry, I suggest, should be made
available on an independent website for all to see and they should be
considered, and if necessary acted upon, by the international
Executive Committee or the General Council of the TS.
As HPB taught, "the very root idea of the Society is free and
fearless investigation." The word 'investigation' comes from the
Latin vestigare, 'to track'.
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