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Apr 24, 2009 10:20 AM
by MKR


Most members world-wide have High School education or less, not degree
holders, not PhDs, not scholars. Hence this is an attempt to present the
current critical situation in TS in very simple language so that everyone
can clearly understand it.


International President Election and Aftermath

Who are the candidates: Radha Burnier & John Algeo

How did they become candidates?

Members of General Council nominated them.

Who elects the President?

Members world-wide.

When and how the members knew about the candidates?

Only when they received their ballots.

Was there any information about the fitness of the candidates?

Yes. Members in several countries received letters from their leaders that
Radha Burnier is both mentally and physically sick.

Why was this information sent to members?

To influence members to defeat Radha Burnier.

Was this health information true?

No. It was not.

How do you know that?

Three independent medical doctors from two continents certified that she is
fit, both mentally and physically. One of the doctors is the head of TS in a
European Country and a long time dedicated theosophist.

Did the leaders who distributed the early incorrect information to members,
distribute the above objective correct information to members to correct the
erroneous information?



All they wanted was to defeat Radha Burnier.

Why is correct information important?

Prime object of TS is Brotherhood. Motto of TS is - There is No Religion
Higher than Truth.

Brothers and sisters should not be mislead by other brothers, especially the

How does this affect TS and theosophy?

Many members now have a very low level of trust in their leaders, especially
outside India. This makes them impossible to effectively function as

Who was elected in the election?

Radha Burnier, with a wide margin.

After the election did everyone acclaim her win and join her in working to
help TS to broadcast theosophy?

Not that we have seen.


There were allegations that Indian Section did not conduct the voting

How did the Indian Section respond to this?

The section questioned the allegations and wanted proof.

What was the reply?

Silence from allegers.

Did this end all election related issues?


Why do you say this?

Soon after the election, four members of the General Council made an attempt
for GC to seize control of the election of the president.

Tell me more about it. It gets interesting.

An agenda item was sent to the GC to disenfranchise all the members
world-wide and the president to be elected (appointed) by GC members. It was
to be considered in December meeting, approved and quickly implemented. GC
members now have the monopoly to nominate president candidates and this
would have made them appoint the president, thus control the president.

Looks like a very clever and smart move.

How did members find out about it?

Through Internet.

Why through Internet?

The move was super secret. It was so secret that even long-time members and
workers at Olcott and other National and International Headquarters did not
know about it. They all learnt about it from Internet. When this was
discovered, it was publicized on Internet since Internet is outside the
control of TS.

What was the reaction of members?

Shock and dismay. They could not believe what their leaders are upto.

Why do they do it?

Just to seize power through backdoor after their candidate was badly
defeated in the election.

Was this disenfranchisement approved in the GC meeting?

No. It did not come up.

How often GC meet?

Once a year.

How open are the GC meeting agenda and its proceedings?

Super secret.

Is TS a secret society?


Why then is the secrecy?

No body knows. Needs to ask our elected leaders.

Does the secrecy help?

Yes, surely. It helps the GC members to keep secret from the membership, the
issues, deliberations, views and voting of individual GC members.

Has any attempt been made by GC members to make the agenda and proceedings

Not that we know of.

Were any important matters transacted in the last meeting?

Nothing other than appointment of VP and GC members.

Anything significant about these appointments?

Yes. There was a significant block of GC members who opposed all the
appointments even though all the nominees are experienced, exceptional, long
term dedicated, very knowledgeable highly regarded members.

Do you know who were the members of this block?

No. It should be the same members who wanted to defeat Radha Burnier.

Is this kind of deep division in the GC voting normal?

Not at all. Usually voting is unanimous.

Why is the deep division important?

It shows a determined group trying to oppose every nomination and possibly
obstruct the administration.

How does it affect TS and theosophy?

This division can only hurt the work of TS and theosophy.


Anything on Internet is like Akashic records. It is archived for ever.
Anyone can search for them.

How does the archived information affect TS and theosophy?

Anyone newly interested theosophy and TS will find all the past info and
would be confused and wonder what kind of things go on in the TS. Do leaders
practice what they preach or there is a serious disconnect between the
object of TS and the motto of TS and what they practice?

Has any of the present, past leaders and scholars, theosophical writers,
lecturers, aspiring chelas who have witnessed all of the above, have come
out openly to improve the above situation?

No. Almost all of them are standing silent in the sidelines.


A $64,000 question. May be the fear of being marginalised by the elected

If the present condition continues, what is likely to happen?

Membership in India will continue to grow as it has been in the past.
Membership outside India will be going down like it has happened in the
past. We may even see Sections disappearing.

What can an ordinary member do to help?

Talk to other members and your leaders. Tell them about the serious
situation. If need be, get new leaders who are committed to theosophy and TS
and interested in unification.

Is this document copyrighted?

No. You can freely copy and distribute to anyone in any medium. When
interests of TS and theosophy are involved, copyrighting is simply silly and

M K Ramadoss

There is No Religion Higher Than Truth

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