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Re: theos-talk Update on Orlando TS Lodge Matter

Oct 12, 2011 02:10 PM
by M. Sufilight

How to resolve a conflict........

The Golden Rule
"The Golden Rule is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights, in which each individual has a right to just treatment, and a reciprocal responsibility to ensure justice for others.[4] A key element of the Golden Rule is that a person attempting to live by this rule treats all people with consideration, not just members of his or her in-group. The Golden Rule has its roots in a wide range of world cultures, and is a standard different cultures use to resolve conflicts.[2][5]"
"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
    -Udanavarga 5:18"
"Matthew 7:12"
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
"One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one's own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires.
    -Brihaspati, Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8)[43]"

M. Sufilight

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: MKR 
  To: theos-talk 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:33 PM
  Subject: theos-talk Update on Orlando TS Lodge Matter

  We have discussed the attempt by TS in America to close the Orlando Lodge
  and seize its valuable properties. Just published is the official resolution
  of the Board of Directors, which is as follows:

  Resolution # 1 by email I March 2, 2011

  Whereas the National Board of Directors has responded to the
  petition of the Florida Federation Board to close the Orlando
  Theosophical Lodge; and

  Whereas the National Board has determined their case to be
  valid and closed the lodge; and

  Whereas legal avenues were undercut due to the International
  President's decision to affiliate the Orlando Lodge directly with
  Adyar, in contradiction to the National Board's several petitions;

  Be it therefore resolved to dismiss without prejudice the Theosophical
  Society in America's legal case against the Theosophical
  Society in Orlando.

  MKR Comments:

  There are several points that are relevant to the above resolution. Firstly,
  it is one of the last board resolutions adopted/approved under the
  leadership of the previous President, who is known world-over in the ultra
  secret disenfranchisement attempt in 2008. Also it was adopted by email,
  which is rather unusual.

  It is strange that Florida Federation got into the act of trying to close
  the lodge. We do not know what is the real story behind. Federations should
  not interfere in lodge matters and this sets a bad precedent because
  Federations can be used to instigate closing of lodges. Also to this day
  members do not know of specific violations of the lodge serious enough to
  close the lodge.

  International rules permit lodges to appeal decisions of Sections to the
  International President. International President takes these decisions very
  seriously and if the Section is unable to convince the International
  President, obviously the case to close the 75 year old lodge seems weak.
  Also the legality of decision of the International President has not been
  questioned as is obvious from the decision to dismiss the law suit filed to
  recover the property of the lodge.

  If there is a a strong case to close the lodge, transparency helps. Why not
  let the facts and allegations which are the basis for the decision to close
  the lodge come out openly and members are intelligent enough to understand
  why the Section chose to close the lodge. Unnecessary secrecy only raises
  doubts about the basis of the decision of the Board.

  Now that there is a new administration in place, let us hope the President
  and the District Director make a personal trip to Orlando and meet with the
  lodge officers and members and discuss the issues of concern to the Section
  and find a way to resolve the real or apparent issues. Complex problems are
  amenable to solution only with personal one on one involvement. We cannot
  afford to lose a single lodge or single member in TS.


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