Saga of Olcott Free School at Adyar

M K Ramadoss
 

Saga of Olcott Free School at Adyar ---
In 1894, Olcott started a free school for the poor kids from the neighboring fishermens’ village. He used his own personal funds (he jealously guarded theosophy money to the extent that when his sister in NY was in dire financial condition he would not help and his Guru - one of the Theosophical Mahatmas - took pity and sent her help).

The school at the highest enrolment had more than 800 students. Today it is less than 400. Why?

There is a great need for free school for the poor in Chennai and when every school in town has grown by leaps and bounds, Olcott school has been shrinking.

No theosophist at Adyar seems concerned about it. One gets the feeling that everyone is praying for its natural demise by neglect so no one can be blamed.

While this is going on, there is a concerted effort using theosophy money to start a theosophical school at Adyar which only the rich can afford.

According to published info “ATA’s (school's) vision is to educate and raise children to become competent, well-balanced, emotionally mature, socially responsible, morally upright, and spiritually sensitive individuals.”

One wonders if the proposed scheme is so effective, why not start with the poor kids in Olcott School?

Or is the secret aim of the school is to produce future adepts meeting the imagination of current leaders.

Was Olcott a fool to start a school for poor kids and not a school to produce “well-balanced, emotionally mature, socially responsible, morally upright, and spiritually sensitive individuals.”

You be the judge.

Peace


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