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Re: · MAHATMA PAINTINGS AT ADYAR – ACCESS TO ---

Ramu
 

Where the members are contemptuously called the 'BALLASTS' and where the General Body is rendered ineffective, nothing better can be expected and only corruption will prevail.

Ramu


REALISATION OF TRUTH

Ramu
 

REALISATION OF TRUTH

Realisation of the truth is not different, or a separate exercise, from renunciation of those that are false. Therefore, what is essentially needed is continuous awareness of the many notions, ideas, beliefs; and false perceptions or illusions that almost seem to engulf life. That is quite a challenge.
 
Almost everyone swears by his or her quest for truth which is easier, at least to set as a goal, than striving to become aware of the falsehoods and dropping them, which requires lot of introspection, courage,  determination and working on oneself.
 
Self-deception is easier than self-criticism.
 
Anyhow, quest for truth won't succeed unless that which are false are identified and are no longer blocking the way.


CORONA VIRUS - SOME COMFORTING NEWS

Ramu
 


CORONA VIRUS. IS THIS RIGHT?

Ramu
 

Is this right?
Copied and pasted from a friend,Ben Kelly.  Please pass it along.
 
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Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu?  Here it is in a nutshell.   I hope this helps.  Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand...   
 
It has to do with RNA sequencing....  I.e. genetics.
 
Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”.  The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system.  This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year...  you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.  
 
Novel viruses, come from animals....  the WHO ( World Health Org.) tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu).  But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans... then it’s a problem,  Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off. 
 
Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is  from an infected animal to a human before  it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human... once that happens..we have a new contagion phase.  And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..
 
H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu.    It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.  
 
Fast forward. 
 
Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people.  At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human.   Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”
 
This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket.  And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.
 
And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..
 
That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza....  this one is slippery AF.   And it’s a lung eater...And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L....which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.
 
We really have no tools in our shed, with this.  History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics.  Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu. 
 
Factoid:  Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation...
 
And let me end by saying....right now it’s hitting older folks harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.  
 
Be smart folks...  acting like you’re unafraid is so not sexy right now.  
 
#flattenthecurve.  Stay home folks...


ESSENTIAL BUDDHISM AND ITS ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE FROM VEDANTISM (OR VEDANTIC HINDUISM)

Ramu
 

ESSENTIAL BUDDHISM AND ITS ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE FROM VEDANTISM (OR VEDANTIC HINDUISM) 
 
Buddhism Essentials: 
 
"Kshanikam"  (Impermanence or momentariness);  "Dukkah" (Sorrow / grief) because of dissatisfaction which is in turn due to limitedness;  "Nonsubstantiality"  (Sunyata or voidness) are the characteristics of Existence.
 
 "Tanha" or "Trishna" (thirst or craving for life’s experiences) is the cause of Dukkah. 
No personal God as a creator but accepts higher beings, higher than human beings.
 
There is no God governing the Universe but a law or set of laws govern everything.
 
All Causes have consequences - Dhamma Wheel of causes and effects continue to rotate until you step out of it.  
 
No immutable, permanent, eternal, all-pervading substratum of life or existence, as claimed in Vedanta including the Bhagavad-Gita. No single source of all beings in Buddhism. But Vedanta insists that Brahman is the source of everything and everything ultimately merges into Brahman.

(Dukkah is wrongly translated as suffering. Dukkah is closer to grief & sorrow.)


Globalizing "Sacred Knowledge": South Asians and the Theosophical Society, 1879-1930

Jayananda Hiranandani
 

Globalizing Sacred Knowledge : South Asians and the Theosophical Society, Maria Moritz. Doctor of Philosophy in History

Globalizing "Sacred Knowledge": South Asians and the Theosophical Society, 1879-1930

pdf available in English available at the above website.
Jayananda Hiranandani


Re: Today's Tweets - 3/4/20

Ramu
 

The fundamental reason is the General Body of members has been illegally rendered ineffective by the ruling coterie. The law demands complete account books should be accessible and shown to any member at any time on demand  & annual accounts should be distributed to each member, routinely. Law stipulates that the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Executive Committee members should be directly elected by members but the coterie manipulates all these elections and appointments by itself (by nominations which is expressly prohibited by Courts), completely sidelining the General Body of members and trivialising the relevant Act. Law stipulates that Budgets and expenses should be approved by the General Body of memers but the ruling coterie treats the members as BALLASTS and would not want members to have any role in these areas. The transparent and simple way to address this is to publish the Balance Sheet, Income and Expenditure Accounts, Schedules and the Budget in the Society's website but that may require honesty on the part of the office-bearers or demand by members or law enforcement. These are just a few samples of the collosal violations of ethics and contraventions of the relevant Act.
 
Members should demand corrections to the above unethical practices before the coming election to save the Theosophical Society and help it flourish and function to its full potential to benefit humanity instead of being a tool in the hands of the self-serving ruling elite coterie through abuse of position and self-aggrandizement. Unless members and sympathisers act now to save the TS, these issues as you are raising in this platform will not go away just by writing about them. 
 
What you are writing in piecemeal are but symptoms of the deep-rooted diseases in Rules and Regulations; and administrative and election / appointments (mal) practices. 
 
The unprecedented personal attacks on me due to vengeance and by victimisation and the vindictive actions are due to my questioning the above and many other illegalities and irregularities.


DEATH, THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY.

Ramu
 

DEATH, THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY.
'To understand (the significance of) life, contemplate on death' goes a popular saying. (Or walk in the mid May noon sun in Chennai, to appreciate the cool shade of a tree.) To understand anything better, it helps to contemplate on the opposite. 
 
Have you considered how death is the most extraordinary? In one sharp stroke, like you tear a piece of thin paper, in a kshanam, (fraction of a second) all you have lived for and lived with, will be gone - your status in all relationships such as parent, son or daughter, sibling, spouse etc; your bank accounts, social security number, property, your hunger, thirst, your desire, fears, worries, pain, pleasure, urges, cravings, anxiety, notions, ideas, beliefs, identities, rights, liabilities, biases, prejudices, ideologies, nationaity, your obsessions, habits, or even the notions of I, me, mine, your pride, your shame, your thought mechanism, thoughts of life after death, hopes, despondency, enmity, friendship, grudges and those terrible memories - memories of pain; and memories of pleasure that urge you to seek more of it, - all will vanish in a flash. 
 
But if you (psychologically) die to all these while living, fear of death too may vanish. After all, fear of death is mostly due to losing the known and the familiar; the comfort zone and the notion of security they bring. One should ponder on the possibility of a total, complete, permanent and irrevocable disconnect brought about by death and the fictitious 'you' that was going around with lot of fuss and egotism, being reduced to its constituent elements and compounds, becoming dispersed parts of the biosphere. 
 
It is worth contemplating on the significance of death to be able to understand existence. 
 
With this understanding, the transformation that takes place in you and the way you respond to life's experiences too can become extraordinary.
 
(Not without some inspiration from J Krishnamurti.)

You may also read the Katha Upanishad.

Ramu


SUGGESTION FOR INCREASING MEMBERSHIP.

Ramu
 

SUGGESTION FOR INCREASING MEMBERSHIP.
 
In the post Rodney King police assault episode, billboards sprung up all over LA, mocking the LA Police, and reading "COME TO LA, YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE KING." To increase membership, TS Adyar can advertise "JOIN THE TS, ADYAR. YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE RAMU."
 
Visit
 
 
Theosophy News (@theosophynews) Tweeted:
https://t.co/LTMnKtCrL5 https://twitter.com/theosophynews/status/1234158034349416449?s=20 
 


REALISATION OF TRUTH

Ramu
 

REALISATION OF TRUTH

Realisation of the truth is not different, or a separate exercise, from renunciation of those that are false. Therefore, what is essentially needed is continuous awareness of the many notions, ideas, beliefs; and false perceptions or illusions that almost seem to engulf life. That is quite a challenge.
 
Almost everyone swears by his or her quest for truth which is easier, at least to set as a goal, than striving to become aware of the falsehoods and dropping them, which requires lot of introspection, courage,  determination and working on oneself.
 
Self-deception is easier than self-criticism.
 
Anyhow, quest for truth won't succeed unless that which are false are identified and are no longer blocking the way.


· MAHATMA PAINTINGS AT ADYAR – ACCESS TO ---

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · Just now ·

MAHATMA PAINTINGS AT ADYAR – ACCESS TO ---
You and me, who are dues paying members cannot see Mahatma Paintings at Adyar. There is mistaken belief that somehow they are property of the Esoteric Section and hence only its members can visit the Shrine Room and see them.
Common sense tells that controlling access to the paintings is akin to the controlled access to Idols in Hindu Temples. For a long time, the untouchables – the lowest caste were not allowed to enter Hindu Temples and some time ago, Indian Courts ruled that such controlled access is in violation of Indian Constitution.

There is a mistaken belief that the paintings are owned by the Esoteric Section and hence it controls access. Lo and behold, this is not true.

Just came across the Last Will and Testament of Olcott. It says ---

“Mahatma M told me to place the ‘rose’ ring (made in phenomena by HPN) on Mrs. Russak’s fingers. I asked him what it meant & he said as a bond between HPB myself & her as she would be so loyal to our memories so I allow Mrs. Russak to wear it during her life to be given at her death to the curios of the Theosophical Headquarters to be placed in the Adyar Library together with all the other curios coming from HPB & myself also the Masters pictures and all other pictures in the Shrine Room. They to stay always in the Shrine Room as part of the Library. The curios also of the pickle fork sugar tongues & the Rosecrution jewel and the Master M’s portrait (painted by Mrs. Gebhart) now loaned to Annie Besant are to be returned to the curios at Headquarters after her death…”

From the above, it is clear that the Shrine Room and its contents are part of the Library.

It is time that every member who wishes to see the pictures of Mahatmas should be allowed access. Olcott’s will clarifies that the pictures are part of the curios which are part of the Library.

Today, with the help of Internet we are able to research and know the truth. Continued access control cannot last too long. We have the history of access to Hindu Temples which are now open to any Hindu.

Every member should bring up the issue by contacting their elected leaders. Hopefully the leaders will see the writing on the wall and open up access to Mahatma Paintings.

Peace

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Re: Today's Tweets - 3/5/20

Ramu
 

Everything is hush-hush in the hush-hush Society. Transparency and truth are always seen as threats by illegal beneficiaries. 


Ramu


Today's Tweets - 3/5/20

M K Ramadoss
 

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Today's Tweets - 3/4/20

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CONTRACT PAYMENT TO BOYD BY AMERICAN SECTION --- Tweets ---

M K Ramadoss
 

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CONTRACT PAYMENT TO BOYD BY AMERICAN SECTION --- Tweets ---
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Why does Hebert need PAID consultancy from Boyd? Is she not competent and confident to take decisions by herself? This is the first time TSA paid a former National President for consultations. Looks very very fishy. Contract need to be made public without delay. Truth never hurts
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Lectures are something that senior Theosophical Society officials do anyway & consultancy is a term that can mean anything. Isn't this just a way of staying on the gravy train? https://twitter.com/theosophynews/status/1234851692342104070
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Fuzzy reasoning for getting paid. Does not add up. Disclosing the contract is the only way to clear up. When it took six days to respond, made me wonder. Still wondering. Putting out the contract will help both Boyd and Hebert.
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Lectures are something that senior Theosophical Society officials do anyway & consultancy is a term that can mean anything. Isn't this just a way of staying on the gravy train? https://twitter.com/theosophynews/status/1234851692342104070
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Full transparency of Boyd's deal is needed. No justification for keeping it secret. Secrecy will hurt all involved.
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Who gets paid for lectures, how much & why? How is the payment decision arrived at? Status or quality? Must those not offered payment for lectures conclude they are not of adequate status or their lectures are deemed to be inferior by the Adyar Theosophical Society ruling elite. https://twitter.com/theosophynews/

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Re: Today's Tweets - 2/29/20

Pavel Axentiev
 

Only capitalists can do it with no salary.

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Today's Tweets - 2/29/20

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Payment to officials for lecturing ---

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophy News
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ARE THEOSOPHICAL LEADERS GETTING PAID FOR THEIR LECTURES? IS THERE A NEW UNDISCLOSED DE FACTO POLICY? TRANSPARENCY IS NEEDED URGENTLY ---
Now theosophists world-wide know International President gets paid by American Section for his lecturing and 'consulting'. Theosophy spread world-wide due to sacrifices of leaders such as HPB and Olcott who did not collect money for their theosophical work. Full transparency on money matters is needed so the world can see the policy of Theosophical Society. Disclosure cannot hurt ---


Re: HELEN ZAHARA EPISODE ---

M K Ramadoss
 

You may one of the few members left who has met Helen.

Most of today's leaders are totally ignorant of theosophical history and unaware of the sacrifices of many members in the past. If they are aware of the past, then they would not have kicked out dedicated life members.

Kicking out Ramu who worked in Adyar - the Masters Home -- says it all. Actions in Adyar stands for what theosophy is - Universal Brotherhood.

Historically, even during Besant's time she had to deal with members at Adyar with problems. In such situations, she took them off the job and allowed them to stay and get their subsistence allowances and roof over the head and did not kick them out of either TS or Adyar as has happened to Ramu.

Also if the current leaders are aware of incidents like Helen Zahara, they would not be looking for salaried positions trying to enjoy theosophy money. TS needs self sacrificing theosophists not salaried priests.

When I saw Boyd having a contract with payment with American Section for lecturing and sharing his wisdom, I could not believe my eyes. It took six long days to disclose and in today's environment it is too long a time. President Trump - who is very busy running the country - would have responded with a tweet in one day.

The contract and payment were kept secret from members and discovered because it could not be kept secret due the laws of United States.

If the contract was such a good one, American Section should publish it. Hiding it under some excuse only raises more questions as to what is going on. Why all the secrecy if there is nothing to hide? You can see thru the logic presented.

Status quo can only kill TS as we know it. No world-wide movement or organization can succeed with part time itinerant leadership. Especially no spiritual organization with a salaried leader has succeeded. All had men and women who sacrificed everything.

Let us keep tuned.

Thanks for all the support.


On Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 8:43 PM Jayananda Hiranandani via Groups.Io <professorjaya=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I saw Helen Zahara in 1950 and 1963 at the Conventions in India.  In 1950, i also saw her father.

Here is something about her. Her first name Helen was after Madam Blavatsky and her middle name was Vasanta, which is the Indianised name of Dr. Besant.

Jayananda Hiranandani

On Thursday, 27 February, 2020, 06:20:25 am GMT-8, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:


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HELEN ZAHARA EPISODE ---

There is little know episode which shows how theosophical workers are only paid minimal subsistence stipend. And most workers in the past sacrificed and worked unpaid volunteers. In Besant days, there were 50 volunteers from outside India working at Adyar and most of them spent their own funds and did not get a salary from TS. It is the sacrifice of many souls that spread theosophy to the world.

During the Presidency of C Jinarajadasa (who did not draw a salary from TS), Helen Zahara, a well known theosophical worker from Australia wanted to work full time at Adyar. She was Chartered (Certified) accountant. CJ told her that TS can only pay barely subsistence stipend and suggested that she continues her profession and save enough money and then come to work for TS. She took his advise and after retirement from profession came to work with TS full time. Unfortunately, she passed away soon.

What this shows is that if you are a theosophist and want to work for it, be prepared to be unpaid volunteer and not expect to draw salary to enjoy luxury life style. If you have the skills and talent, go into business world and make a lot of money and come back and be a volunteer. There is an inherent power when you are financially independent and do not touch theosophy money which is sacred. Volunteers are ten times more productive than a salaried employee.

Peace

 


Re: HELEN ZAHARA EPISODE ---

Jayananda Hiranandani
 

I saw Helen Zahara in 1950 and 1963 at the Conventions in India.  In 1950, i also saw her father.

Here is something about her. Her first name Helen was after Madam Blavatsky and her middle name was Vasanta, which is the Indianised name of Dr. Besant.

Jayananda Hiranandani

On Thursday, 27 February, 2020, 06:20:25 am GMT-8, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:


Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · Just now ·

HELEN ZAHARA EPISODE ---

There is little know episode which shows how theosophical workers are only paid minimal subsistence stipend. And most workers in the past sacrificed and worked unpaid volunteers. In Besant days, there were 50 volunteers from outside India working at Adyar and most of them spent their own funds and did not get a salary from TS. It is the sacrifice of many souls that spread theosophy to the world.

During the Presidency of C Jinarajadasa (who did not draw a salary from TS), Helen Zahara, a well known theosophical worker from Australia wanted to work full time at Adyar. She was Chartered (Certified) accountant. CJ told her that TS can only pay barely subsistence stipend and suggested that she continues her profession and save enough money and then come to work for TS. She took his advise and after retirement from profession came to work with TS full time. Unfortunately, she passed away soon.

What this shows is that if you are a theosophist and want to work for it, be prepared to be unpaid volunteer and not expect to draw salary to enjoy luxury life style. If you have the skills and talent, go into business world and make a lot of money and come back and be a volunteer. There is an inherent power when you are financially independent and do not touch theosophy money which is sacred. Volunteers are ten times more productive than a salaried employee.

Peace

 

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