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Re: Dynasty subverting Democracy (through FEAR)

Jul 16, 2008 10:32 AM
by Anand

Hi Paul,
--- In, "kpauljohnson" <kpauljohnson@...>
> Hi Anand,
> Of course the caution about addressing Radha has something to do with 
> her position.  I joined the TS in the last year of John Coats's life, 
> so don't have much experience to base this on, but he did not seem to 
> have any such effect on members.  Perhaps because he was not OH...

I observed many spiritual organizations. Ordinary members generally
have respect cum fear when talking with the head of their
organization. It is natural. In any organization or a company
generally ordinary members have some fear while talking with the head. 

> I don't know what definition of organizational corruption would NOT 
> cover this conflict of interest.  Creation of the ES was effectively 
> destruction of the TS in terms of the original program(me).  

When you have same head for ES and TS, there is little democracy
because ES members are supposed to support their ES head. This
election was interesting because it appears that many ES members voted
against their head Radha.

> Even within the US there are differences in friendliness and 
> approachability.  "Old time" native Californians had a reputation for 
> a breezy affability and the ones I knew as Theosophists fit the 
> bill.  Grace Knoche and Emmett Small were enemies by most definitions 
> of the word, but both treated me like kinfolks on my visits out 
> there.

They could easily recognize that you are American, so their behavior
was with you was more friendly. They won't give such treatment to
foreigners. Whenever a person goes to other country or different
society, he/she remains reserved for some time, because she does not
know how people react and what is appropriate in that culture.
Another thing is man like me can go anywhere and make friends, say
hello, shake hands etc. But such behavior can not be expected from a
woman. Generally women don't smile or shake hand unless she is already
introduced to another man. Indian society is more conservative.
Society expects that women would remain less talkative.
Interestingly St. Paul has written that women should not speak in the
assembly of believers, if she has any questions she should ask man
after going home.

Anand Gholap

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