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Re: Virtual International TS Convention

Jayananda Hiranandani
 

Many thanks for your observations. Mr. Ramdoss.

I do not believe that working from different places in the world is a good idea. People in one place can communicate better.

I have in mind online classes in educational institutions. The students in a traditional class structure, i.e.in person classes, learn better, help each other and accomplish more. I have 36 years of teaching experience at College level.

We do not have night and day at the same moment everywhere in the world. The efficiency of human performance is good during the day. In my 16 years of working in automotive and electronics industries, I have heard that there are more mistakes in the night shift. In fact the night shift is called the grave yard shift. I have heard that some people in night shift drink, and then what happens:"A man takes a drink, the drink takes a drink, the drink takes the man."

Jayananda Hiranandani

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 08:11:57 PM PDT, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:


Virtual International TS Convention

Details are at Adyar Website

It is the first time Convention is held without physical gathering of members. Elected Leaders will miss enjoying a vacation at Adyar fully paid by theosophy money. Members, mostly from India, also do not have to spend money to travel to Adyar. Corona Virus should be thanked for saving so much money and simplifying the convention.

The precursor to virtual convention was TS getting part-time itinerant visiting International President. Virtual convention raises the question why TS needs the buildings and property in Adyar. Administrative functions can be handled by a small staff working from their homes anywhere in the world. Covid19 is indeed changing the way businesses are conducted. We can look forward to a great future with Internet and social forums playing a key role.

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Virtual International TS Convention

M K Ramadoss
 

Virtual International TS Convention

Details are at Adyar Website

It is the first time Convention is held without physical gathering of members. Elected Leaders will miss enjoying a vacation at Adyar fully paid by theosophy money. Members, mostly from India, also do not have to spend money to travel to Adyar. Corona Virus should be thanked for saving so much money and simplifying the convention.

The precursor to virtual convention was TS getting part-time itinerant visiting International President. Virtual convention raises the question why TS needs the buildings and property in Adyar. Administrative functions can be handled by a small staff working from their homes anywhere in the world. Covid19 is indeed changing the way businesses are conducted. We can look forward to a great future with Internet and social forums playing a key role.

Keep tuned


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Virtual International TS Convention

M K Ramadoss
 

Virtual International TS Convention

Details are at Adyar Website

It is the first time Convention is held without physical gathering of members. Elected Leaders will miss enjoying a vacation at Adyar fully paid by theosophy money. Members, mostly from India, also do not have to spend money to travel to Adyar. Corona Virus should be thanked for saving so much money and simplifying the convention.

The precursor to virtual convention was TS getting part-time itinerant visiting International President. Virtual convention raises the question why TS needs the buildings and property in Adyar. Administrative functions can be handled by a small staff working from their homes anywhere in the world. Covid19 is indeed changing the way businesses are conducted. We can look forward to a great future with Internet and social forums playing a key role.

Keep tuned


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SPACE & BRAHMAN

Ramu
 

SPACE
 
Isn't it true that by the truth of infinite or ever-expanding space, (or no finite or fixed space) space, as conceived by the human brain-mind, is nothing but the gap between two or more objects or reference points; and by the same token, there is no absolute space or fixed universe?
 
(If you say 'this much' is universe, or even multiverses, you have to tell me what is beyond that.)
 
And is that why Brahman (the infinite, all pervading, the 'anywhere and everywhere existence-knowledge-bliss or  Satchitananda) is indefinable.


STOP YOUR DELUSIONS & BE HUMBLE.

Ramu
 

STOP YOUR DELUSIONS & BE HUMBLE. 
 
Humans, stop deluding you are in control just because you think you have many choices; and be humble, for you don't even have the freedom animals and plants have. 
 
I heard a neurologist explain one of the fundamental differences between the human and the animal, which is that animals have lot more freedom and very little choices whereas humans have many choices but very little freedom. The neurologist attributed this fundamental difference between the human and the animal, to the difference in the structures of the human and animal brains. 
 
Isn't it true, that bound by the laws and rules of the governments, cultural demands, religious dictums, social norms, technologies driven compulsions, education-moulded thinking, and economies stipulated functioning, we have very little freedom? And animals have none of these and no doubt they have all the freedom (except when caged or restricted in any manner by the sick human). Humans do have many choices, often complex choices, and by that the human is deluded as if the choices translate into freedom and thereby is in control.

(Some say even choice is an illusion.)


AmericanTheosophists missed a great opportunity???

M K Ramadoss
 

American Theosophists missed a great opportunity???

When theosophy movement was launched in 1875 it tried to spread a simple message – Universal Brotherhood. Only two Eastern Adepts knew its long term potential to help suffering Humanity.

It was launched in United States as it was an evolving multi-cultural society and Universal Brotherhood can create a powerful new society that would set a standard for rest of the world.

What do you see today when you go to any gathering of theosophists in USA? Utter lack of diversity. It is the result of mistaken priorities chosen by well meaning dedicated leaders of past. Unfortunately, it continues today with no sign of open recognition of the problem and immediate plans to address the issue.

Already the theosophists in USA have shrunk 50% in four decades. Today’s Internet environment is speeding up societal changes. BLM is an example.

If status quo continues, present theosophical groups in USA will disappear in short time. Theosophists need to decide if they want to hitch their future to a failing structure.

There are still many dedicated, unselfish committed men and women who see the larger meaning of Brotherhood and how its practical application will solve many social problems we see today. It time for the ‘soldiers for a forlorn hope’ get into action.

One of the most effective tools in the hands of you and me is the access to Facebook and Twitter. We have to think of creative techniques to help spread Universal Brotherhood. Be prepared for vested interests to attack you because the status quo is threatened.


Peace


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SAMKALPA -THE ONLY CAUSE OF BONDAGE.

Ramu
 

SAMKALPA -THE ONLY CAUSE OF BONDAGE. 
 
In the Yoga-Vasista, Samkalpa is considered as the sole cause of all bondages (or 'binding karmic actions.') Samkalpa is loosely translated as 'Resolution' but it's full meaning is 'exercising self-will and choice so as to accomplish for oneself something one desires for one's own furthering'. (I will do this so that I will become that. This is similar to  personal ambition driven 'becoming' instead of 'being'.) Most of our  actions are driven by personal motives that determine 'what should be' as against 'what is' and the motive in turn is guided by our images of ourselves and from that image, ideas of what is personally desirable or undesirable. Thereby, a self-contradiction starts to  torment. The self-contradiction may be a result of Vikalpa, an intellectual process which leads to the formation of the self-image referred here and image of the objective experience through concepts, judgements, views, and opinions.


Re: THE BASIS OF SOME BASICS

Pavel Axentiev
 

The Mind?


On Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 10:04 AM Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:
THE BASIS OF SOME BASICS. 
 
What is the basis of interrelations between objects, experiencing of those objects, thoughts of those experiences and those objects; words and actions emenating from such thoughts and outcomes of those actions?


Theosophists in USA - Need for action to expand diversity

M K Ramadoss
 

Modern theosophy movement was launched in 1875 in New York. The object was to spread the idea of Universal Brotherhood. It was a far cry at a time when this was done. Thanks to the foresight and wisdom of the Rishis from Himalayas. The movement spread around the world. But more than 50% has always been in India. United States stood second. But during last four decades, the following has dropped 50%. The reason was very simple. No real effort to take the philosophy to the growing multi-cultural society, which USA is. The following in the USA does not mirror the diversity of the country. None of the leaders have openly acknowledged the lack of diversity and their plans to solve it.

BLM movement has made some students of theosophy see the problem very clearly. Any theosophical gathering would speak for lack of diversity. Extremely few from minorities - especially black and hispanic.

For theosophists outside USA, it may be very difficult to understand the situation. Here is a news item which can help them. The article highlights -
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"'They (blacks) can't march anymore or they can't bare their souls anymore to what they've lived with for hundreds of years.'

Carroll said the heart of the problem was that 'white guys came over from Europe' with a 'great idea' about democracy and freedom and equality for all, but it has never come to fruition.

'That's not what happened because we went down this other road here — follow the economics and rich white guys making money,' he said.

'And they put together a system of slavery.

'And we've never left it, really. It's never gone away.

'And the really amazing thing that I've learned is black people know the truth. They know exactly what's going on. It's white people that don't know.' "
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TN Comment: Hope American Theosophists are reading and understand the seriousness of the situation and should wake up and demand urgent action. If leaders continue to be silent and no committal in acknowledging the problem and announce steps to make theosophical followers mirror Universal Brotherhood, you and me have to take the lead in our hands. Today tools are there. Right steps will attract money needed, because it is the Natural Law and early pioneer selfless volunteers have proved it around the world.

Read and enjoy the article

<​https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8679985/Seattle-Seahawks-head-coach-Pete-Carroll-says-no-quiet-racism.html?ito=email_share_article-top>




ONE WAY OF SELF-DISCOVERY

Ramu
 

For a long time, I have been playing Peekaboo with my 2 year old grand-daughter; Peekaboo of a different kind- she trying to find me and but me trying to discover myself.

(Self-discovery is possible through all your actions.)

Ramu


THE BASIS OF SOME BASICS

Ramu
 

THE BASIS OF SOME BASICS. 
 
What is the basis of interrelations between objects, experiencing of those objects, thoughts of those experiences and those objects; words and actions emenating from such thoughts and outcomes of those actions?


Re: Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

Short fall in membership is a universal matter. Apart from this , non following of the Original Program is responsible for all issues. Theosophy needs to be brought to every doorstep by precept and practice.



Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584

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From: "M K Ramadoss" <mkr777@...>
Sent: Sun, 30 Aug 2020 03:12:06 GMT+0530
To: Theosophy@groups.io
Subject: Re: [theosophy] Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

Thanks for sharing your observations. As everyone knows all the activities are concentrated and all money spent at National level (Kern foundation grants $1million+/yr) and reduction in branch level grass roots activities and also branches sending off lion’s share of money to National HQ (Cleveland lodge sent $50,000 to Wheaton and donated $11k for local charities.) Future members can only come from branches. There is no indication as yet of the leadership seeing the need to come with plans to increase branch level activities essential for future survival of TS in USA. Looks like leaders tend to think all wisdom lies with them and comments or critique are not welcome - either ignored or the commentator may have to pay a price for not keeping quiet! Let us keep tuned.


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On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 3:03 PM Jerry Hejka-Ekins <jjhe7@...> wrote:
Your point regarding the lack of representation of racial diversity, in the TS in this country is well taken and quite evident. As I look through the National Convention group pictures taken over the years, I see a  blur of white faces with a very occasional minority one. The cause is another question. I submit that the racist laden ideas that began to appear in the so called “neo-theosophical” literature in the early 20th century contributed to this problem and thus did harm to the Movement. Though these remarks were quietly removed by the  60s, the harm was already done. It would follow that to the extent our current TS representatives recognize and positively respond to the wisdom among our minority voices, we ought to be seeing a revitalization that would transform and strengthen the TS into a more relevant and influential factor for the betterment of humanity. 



On Aug 29, 2020, at 7:34 AM, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:

Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

Students of theosophy need to wake up and shake up the leadership which has been silent on this issue

Preaching, teaching meditation concentration and other tricks do not help

What is needed is action to reachout to minorities

Note:

Membership has dropped from 8,000 to less than 4,000 in 40 yrs

this in spite of spending a lot of money!


Reason is simple

Lack of active involvement with local population in Lodges

As growing multi-cultural country, the minorities - black and hispanic and others are nearly 50%

Need to work hard to take theosophy to them!


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Re: Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

M K Ramadoss
 

Thanks for sharing your observations. As everyone knows all the activities are concentrated and all money spent at National level (Kern foundation grants $1million+/yr) and reduction in branch level grass roots activities and also branches sending off lion’s share of money to National HQ (Cleveland lodge sent $50,000 to Wheaton and donated $11k for local charities.) Future members can only come from branches. There is no indication as yet of the leadership seeing the need to come with plans to increase branch level activities essential for future survival of TS in USA. Looks like leaders tend to think all wisdom lies with them and comments or critique are not welcome - either ignored or the commentator may have to pay a price for not keeping quiet! Let us keep tuned.


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On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 3:03 PM Jerry Hejka-Ekins <jjhe7@...> wrote:
Your point regarding the lack of representation of racial diversity, in the TS in this country is well taken and quite evident. As I look through the National Convention group pictures taken over the years, I see a  blur of white faces with a very occasional minority one. The cause is another question. I submit that the racist laden ideas that began to appear in the so called “neo-theosophical” literature in the early 20th century contributed to this problem and thus did harm to the Movement. Though these remarks were quietly removed by the  60s, the harm was already done. It would follow that to the extent our current TS representatives recognize and positively respond to the wisdom among our minority voices, we ought to be seeing a revitalization that would transform and strengthen the TS into a more relevant and influential factor for the betterment of humanity. 



On Aug 29, 2020, at 7:34 AM, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:

Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

Students of theosophy need to wake up and shake up the leadership which has been silent on this issue

Preaching, teaching meditation concentration and other tricks do not help

What is needed is action to reachout to minorities

Note:

Membership has dropped from 8,000 to less than 4,000 in 40 yrs

this in spite of spending a lot of money!


Reason is simple

Lack of active involvement with local population in Lodges

As growing multi-cultural country, the minorities - black and hispanic and others are nearly 50%

Need to work hard to take theosophy to them!


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THOUGHT, MIND & CREATIVITY

Ramu
 

You become creative when the mind stops 'creating'.

(For, Mind and thoughts are projections of the past?)

Ramu


Re: Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

Jerry Hejka-Ekins
 

Your point regarding the lack of representation of racial diversity, in the TS in this country is well taken and quite evident. As I look through the National Convention group pictures taken over the years, I see a  blur of white faces with a very occasional minority one. The cause is another question. I submit that the racist laden ideas that began to appear in the so called “neo-theosophical” literature in the early 20th century contributed to this problem and thus did harm to the Movement. Though these remarks were quietly removed by the  60s, the harm was already done. It would follow that to the extent our current TS representatives recognize and positively respond to the wisdom among our minority voices, we ought to be seeing a revitalization that would transform and strengthen the TS into a more relevant and influential factor for the betterment of humanity. 



On Aug 29, 2020, at 7:34 AM, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:

Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

Students of theosophy need to wake up and shake up the leadership which has been silent on this issue

Preaching, teaching meditation concentration and other tricks do not help

What is needed is action to reachout to minorities

Note:

Membership has dropped from 8,000 to less than 4,000 in 40 yrs

this in spite of spending a lot of money!


Reason is simple

Lack of active involvement with local population in Lodges

As growing multi-cultural country, the minorities - black and hispanic and others are nearly 50%

Need to work hard to take theosophy to them!


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

M K Ramadoss
 

Lack of Diversity is Existential threat to American Theosophy

Students of theosophy need to wake up and shake up the leadership which has been silent on this issue

Preaching, teaching meditation concentration and other tricks do not help

What is needed is action to reachout to minorities

Note:

Membership has dropped from 8,000 to less than 4,000 in 40 yrs

this in spite of spending a lot of money!

Reason is simple

Lack of active involvement with local population in Lodges

As growing multi-cultural country, the minorities - black and hispanic and others are nearly 50%

Need to work hard to take theosophy to them!


Virus-free. www.avg.com


How Internet Social Forums affect Human Psyche ---

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · 16 hrs ·

How Internet Social Forums affect Human Psyche ---
Psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious.

Impact of Internet on humans is an issue of interest to students of theosophy. Social Forums brought instant communication around the world and moved the power of communication to the common man and woman. This brought transparency to acts of organizations and leaders.

Today, the good, bad and ugly of actions of organizations and leaders are broadcast around the world. They are aware that someone is watching over their shoulders and they have to answer their bad decisions. This fear makes them sensitive to the ethics of their actions. The bottom line is - this is good for Humanity and tries to prevent hurtful decisions.

When the common man or woman points out hurtful or foolish or selfish actions of organizations or leaders, retaliation is the normal response. Theosophical organizations are no exception. Kick out the member in a hurry!

Unfortunately, world becomes aware of retaliation world passes its judgment. The retaliator looks foolish needing pity!

Students of theosophy may benefit from the wise advise Olcott got from his Guru. Olcott gave prime of his life and all he had to spread Universal Brotherhood. So it is not just two words for him. He knew its deeper meaning because Brotherhood is fact in Nature. When he faced a problem member and was in a dilemma what to do, he sought advise of his Guru. The advise he received was that even the problem member needs our kindness. This advise is Golden and we can use it in our daily lives. You apply it and will see its practical wisdom.

Peace

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THE CONCEPT OF SURRENDERING TO THE WILL OF GOD.

Ramu
 

THE CONCEPT OF SURRENDERING TO THE WILL OF GOD. 
 
"What is the difference between the human concept of surrendering to the will of God and the acceptance of what is ?
 
Surely there is a vast difference, is there not? Surrendering to the will of God implies that you already know the will of God. You are not surrendering to something you do not know. If you know reality, you cannot surrender to it; you cease to exist; there is no surrendering to a higher will. If you are surrendering to a higher will, then that higher will is the projection of yourself". (J. Krishnamurti).
 
http://jiddu-krishnamurti.net/en/the-first-and-last-freedom/1953-00-00-jiddu-krishnamurti-the-first-and-last-freedom-surrender-to-what-is


Election of International President

M K Ramadoss
 

Soon the election process would start.
We all witnessed the last election with many allegations and TS ended up with an itinerant part time President.
A clean election is essential for the integrity of TS and credibility of the candidate.
It is hoped that next election is a clean one that theosophists can be proud of.
The first step is to appoint an outside expert to oversee the election.
India has many election experts and easy to find an unpaid volunteer and does not need anyone from the West.
Appointing an expert is the first step.
Let us see what the leaders decide.

Without a clean election, future of TS is bleak.


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DEGENERATION OF SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATIONS

Ramu
 

DEGENERATION OF SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATIONS 

Organizations that are supposed to be based on the search for truth, founded for the search of the real, become the propagandists' instruments, and so they cease to be of any significance; not only this particular organization (TS) in question but all spiritual organizations, become means of exploitation. They acquire property and property becomes awfully important'. J Krishnamurti 

(Not to speak of exploitation for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of the office-bearers.)

Ramu

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