M K Ramadoss
THEOSOPHICAL ETHICS AT ADYAR --- SOME THOUGHTS
On this day, Foundation Day, this is a topic of great importance. Every theosophist knows why?
There is a saying that for an enlightened person there is no need for any rules. This is because such a person will always act most responsibly and transparently. Such was the case with Founders.
Now we are in Kali Yuga. Things have changed dramatically.
Do you know there are no guidelines of conduct for anyone involved at Adyar – Top down?
Australian Section has come up with ideas which are part of its rules. They look very good and should be applied to everyone at Adyar – Top Down.
Of course the best solution is full transparency so everyone can watch the actions of all persons of authority and responsibility including the President.
Here is the quote:
As a Society member, employee or committee member you are required to act honestly while involved in activities of the Society at all times.
Conflict of interest
A conflict of interest is where your financial or other interests or those of an associate are, or may reasonably be seen to be, in opposition to your interests as a member, employee and/or committee member of the Society. An associate is taken to be a spouse, parent, child, more distant relative or business associate. A conflict of interest may come in many forms and must be managed at the earliest possible opportunity. For example, becoming involved in decision making where you, a family member or a friend has a financial or personal interest in the outcome, such as making a decision about the recipient of business from the Society, is a conflict of interest. In this and other cases, you must disclose a conflict of interest or possible potential conflict of interest immediately and in writing to your Executive Committee and take whatever action they decide is necessary to avoid a conflict of interest. If you are unsure whether a situation is a potential conflict of interest, seek advice from the President.
Accepting gifts, benefits or favours
You should not accept gifts, benefits or favours where these may influence, or may reasonably be seen to influence, your decision making. For example, accepting gifts from a contractor would normally be perceived as inappropriate regardless of the cost of the gift.
Preventing nepotism and patronage
It is unacceptable to favour your relatives (nepotism) or people you know (patronage) in your decision making and provision of service. For example, if your relatives or friends are the subject in a committee or work matter for which you are a responsible decision maker you must ensure that you are not improperly involved.
What do you think?