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Re: Good News - American Section

Ramu
 

Best Policy on Diversity & Inclusion explained. 
 
"I want to reinforce that our focus on Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino executive representation builds on the ongoing and important work to create a powerfully diverse and broadly inclusive organization. Our passion and commitment to Asian talent in leadership roles remains steadfast, as does our work in all aspects of diversity. We look forward to advancing our efforts and sharing more on our progress."
 
https://www.bms.com/about-us/global-diversity-and-inclusion.html


Good News - American Section

M K Ramadoss
 

Several months ago when Covid19 shut down the normal operations at the American Section Headquarters, there was a furlough of hard working staff. Fortunately Government stepped in to help through a program called PPP giving a grant of 2-1/2 months' salary and operating expenses.
American Section too got the money. But was very secretive about it. Instead, there was a frantic call asking for donations.
When the PPP money was received, it leaked out on Facebook by a staff member. Next day it was taken down. No further information was available. But workers came back from furlough. We do not know if all of them were restored.
Now we know what happened.
On April 8, 2020, American Section received $254,900 protecting 43 salaried persons inclusive of top officials.
While donation solicitation is ongoing, we should thank the USA taxpayers helping American Section. And we should thank the transparency of the Government.
With help from Kern Foundation and Fetzer Trust and generosity of theosophists, looks like there is enough money to keep the operations.
But no one discusses the most critical problem facing American Section. It is lack of diversity especially afro american members. This is a very sensitive issue and can become a critical issue in the coming days.
Unless this issue is addressed quickly, future of Theosophy in America thru Theosophical Society looks grim.
Let us keep tuned.
Peace



COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE THROUGH AI?

Ramu
 

Did any of the prophets, adepts, saints, sages, divine incarnations, seers, spiritual gurus, religious leaders, philosophers, futurologist-scientists predict the possibility of 
 
COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE THROUGH AI?
 
AI can help pool all the unique capabilities of humanity in a single machine or single set of machines.
 
https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200513-how-ai-can-help-us-harness-our-collective-intelligence?ocid=fbwl
 
 


Re: BEBEFITS OF REALIZATION OF TRUTHS OF EXISTENCE.

Pavel Axentiev
 

This is marvellous. Thanks! ~~~


On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 9:54 PM Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:
BEBEFITS OF REALIZATION OF TRUTHS OF EXISTENCE. 
(PART OF 'NATURE OF EXISTENCE' SERIES.) 
 
As a living being, I have compulsive needs and many desires. These needs and desires form the motives for my actions. (or deliberate inaction which is also action.)The main need is self-preservation and the main desires are pleasure, comfort and security for myself and for those I am attached to. I am programmed to constantly strive to fulfill these needs and desires without endangering my existence or putting what I already have at big risk. 
 
(The so-called self-actualization and self-realization are not apart from these and may well be mythical goals set by the egotistic mind, being unable to be at peace with the realities and to accept harsh truths. And the 'higher self' is a false creation of the 'lower self' because the lower or lowly self does not like to be the low self. ("Most of us do not want to know what we are. We invent the higher self, the supreme self, and all the innumerable ideas, to escape from the reality of what we are". J Krishnamurti.) 
 
I come across opportunities and threats in the external environment for the fulfillment of those needs and desires. I am also programmed to strive to use such opportunities and to avoid or neutralise such threats to the best of my intellect.  Intellect is also shaped by the motives emanating from the needs and desires described above and at the best, only de-risks the fulfillment of those needs and desires.  
 
There is no freewill and self-efforts over and above these nor a self as a separate and distinct entity. The self is a notional center, a phantom, created by the mind for the above activities and of the related play of senses. 
 
The realization of the above truths and acting always rooted in these truths result in peaceful mental state and in the greatest virtue called humility, or at least absence of egotism (egotism is sense of self-importance, the basic cause of conflict) and these in turn help improve relationships - for nothing exists in isolation and life is interdependent and is a matter of relationships.


Ramu
 
 


Re: LIFE IS A PARADOX. AND SO, HOW DOES ONE DEAL WITH PARADOXES?

Pavel Axentiev
 

Yes, I've come to a similar conclusion recently.

Sometimes life presents us with paradoxes that are painfully obvious, too. Such as when both your action and inaction result in suffering, and you, not knowing the outcome, decide to refrain from action that will cause minimal amount of harm and realize only later that an immense amount of harm has been done. The result is accumulated karma. "Inaction in a deed of mercy" becomes an action in ... profound peace? Only fully developed bodhisattvas (Arhats?) can fully assess their actions with, perhaps, minimal error. Such beings, by definition, have fully realized their bodhicitta - desire to achieve full enlightenment for the benefit of all beings without exception.


On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 10:34 PM Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:
LIFE IS A PARADOX. 
 
AND SO, HOW DOES ONE DEAL WITH PARADOXES?
 
The question itself is wrong. To think of dealing with paradoxes, not to speak of resolving them, is a fundamentally wrong approach. If it can be dealt with or resolved, then it is no longer a paradox.  Well, a paradox cannot even be understood and therefore when I claim understanding of life or existence, either I am deluding myself or lacking in much needed humility or at the best, I am being simplistic. 
 
Paradoxes deal with uncertainty and ambiguity. Life's paradoxes are the most so. There is no question of gaining familiarity, control, consistency, and the conclusion we often seek in understanding the aspects of life.  
 
People, who claim to be experts, have tried tricks like Polarity Mapping and Duality Mapping in the business management senarios to deal with conflicting pulls and pushes. But these exercises, or models based on them, have not worked in managing conflicting business goals with any element of certainty - not even short term goals.  
 
Paradoxical forces can not only be opposed, but also can cooperate with each other or complement each other and the best part is, they can change these positions. 
 
The Yin and Yang philosophy is based on the premise that everything in the world consists of two elements that can be potentially conflicting and as well as potentially complementary. I should qualify this with words like, 'unintended' 'unimagined', 'unanticipated', unannounced' or 'unexpectedly'. This and such other philosophies always leave you in a blissful suspended state. Blissful? Yes, if the mind is trained not to seek certainty, finiteness, conclusions and permanence. 
 
Nature's designs for existence seem to be made only of paradoxes. There cannot be any other way. I appear to exercise my freewill in my actions (or in my deliberate inaction which is also action) but I am actually forced to do so (so much for freewill!) and that too only to make some choices within limited options. And the outcomes and their impacts can be anybody's guess.  
 
Yes. Life is a paradox. Period. No further analysis.


LIFE IS A PARADOX. AND SO, HOW DOES ONE DEAL WITH PARADOXES?

Ramu
 

LIFE IS A PARADOX. 
 
AND SO, HOW DOES ONE DEAL WITH PARADOXES?
 
The question itself is wrong. To think of dealing with paradoxes, not to speak of resolving them, is a fundamentally wrong approach. If it can be dealt with or resolved, then it is no longer a paradox.  Well, a paradox cannot even be understood and therefore when I claim understanding of life or existence, either I am deluding myself or lacking in much needed humility or at the best, I am being simplistic. 
 
Paradoxes deal with uncertainty and ambiguity. Life's paradoxes are the most so. There is no question of gaining familiarity, control, consistency, and the conclusion we often seek in understanding the aspects of life.  
 
People, who claim to be experts, have tried tricks like Polarity Mapping and Duality Mapping in the business management senarios to deal with conflicting pulls and pushes. But these exercises, or models based on them, have not worked in managing conflicting business goals with any element of certainty - not even short term goals.  
 
Paradoxical forces can not only be opposed, but also can cooperate with each other or complement each other and the best part is, they can change these positions. 
 
The Yin and Yang philosophy is based on the premise that everything in the world consists of two elements that can be potentially conflicting and as well as potentially complementary. I should qualify this with words like, 'unintended' 'unimagined', 'unanticipated', unannounced' or 'unexpectedly'. This and such other philosophies always leave you in a blissful suspended state. Blissful? Yes, if the mind is trained not to seek certainty, finiteness, conclusions and permanence. 
 
Nature's designs for existence seem to be made only of paradoxes. There cannot be any other way. I appear to exercise my freewill in my actions (or in my deliberate inaction which is also action) but I am actually forced to do so (so much for freewill!) and that too only to make some choices within limited options. And the outcomes and their impacts can be anybody's guess.  
 
Yes. Life is a paradox. Period. No further analysis.


BEBEFITS OF REALIZATION OF TRUTHS OF EXISTENCE.

Ramu
 

BEBEFITS OF REALIZATION OF TRUTHS OF EXISTENCE. 
(PART OF 'NATURE OF EXISTENCE' SERIES.) 
 
As a living being, I have compulsive needs and many desires. These needs and desires form the motives for my actions. (or deliberate inaction which is also action.)The main need is self-preservation and the main desires are pleasure, comfort and security for myself and for those I am attached to. I am programmed to constantly strive to fulfill these needs and desires without endangering my existence or putting what I already have at big risk. 
 
(The so-called self-actualization and self-realization are not apart from these and may well be mythical goals set by the egotistic mind, being unable to be at peace with the realities and to accept harsh truths. And the 'higher self' is a false creation of the 'lower self' because the lower or lowly self does not like to be the low self. ("Most of us do not want to know what we are. We invent the higher self, the supreme self, and all the innumerable ideas, to escape from the reality of what we are". J Krishnamurti.) 
 
I come across opportunities and threats in the external environment for the fulfillment of those needs and desires. I am also programmed to strive to use such opportunities and to avoid or neutralise such threats to the best of my intellect.  Intellect is also shaped by the motives emanating from the needs and desires described above and at the best, only de-risks the fulfillment of those needs and desires.  
 
There is no freewill and self-efforts over and above these nor a self as a separate and distinct entity. The self is a notional center, a phantom, created by the mind for the above activities and of the related play of senses. 
 
The realization of the above truths and acting always rooted in these truths result in peaceful mental state and in the greatest virtue called humility, or at least absence of egotism (egotism is sense of self-importance, the basic cause of conflict) and these in turn help improve relationships - for nothing exists in isolation and life is interdependent and is a matter of relationships.


Ramu
 


Chief work of the Theosophical Society is to work for Spiritual regeneration of Humanity at all levels of our existence.

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 





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Re: Future of Theosophical Society in America?

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

This is not only in America, world over the same situation prevails.
Perhaps rewriting the books in an understandable and easy style is needed.
Book-reading has gone down among the public  for the reason they're busy in making livelihood and a general trend that 'I know everything '.,even as soaked in butter ignorance. 


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From: "M K Ramadoss" <mkr777@...>
Sent: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 01:42:59 GMT+0530
To: theosophy@groups.io
Subject: [theosophy] Future of Theosophical Society in America?

Future of Theosophical Society in America?

• Membership shrinking daily
• Pumping money has not helped (Kern $1million)
• Desperate for more and more and more money
• Salaried professionals (like Priests) not helped
• Lecturing Brotherhood has not helped
• Avoiding minorities has not helped
• Inspiration from Ojai Esoteric School not helped
• Kicking out members has not helped
• Not practicing Universal Brotherhood
• Very very few blacks and minorities
• Silent followers is not helping
• Lack of black and minority members may be seen as discriminatory leading to loss of tax exemption
• Difficult to sell theosophy due to all of the above

Has anyone any ideas to turn around?
New ideas badly needed

Praying to Gods and Gurus may help

Peace





Future of Theosophical Society in America?

M K Ramadoss
 

Future of Theosophical Society in America?

• Membership shrinking daily
• Pumping money has not helped (Kern $1million)
• Desperate for more and more and more money
• Salaried professionals (like Priests) not helped
• Lecturing Brotherhood has not helped
• Avoiding minorities has not helped
• Inspiration from Ojai Esoteric School not helped
• Kicking out members has not helped
• Not practicing Universal Brotherhood
• Very very few blacks and minorities
• Silent followers is not helping
• Lack of black and minority members may be seen as discriminatory leading to loss of tax exemption
• Difficult to sell theosophy due to all of the above

Has anyone any ideas to turn around?
New ideas badly needed

Praying to Gods and Gurus may help

Peace




MATETIALISM & SPIRITUALITY

Ramu
 

MATETIALISM & SPIRITUALITY
 
Much of human miseries are attributable to 1. blind and ambitious materialistic pursuits and possessions; and 2. religious beliefs and superstitions.  
 
This is an attempt to deal with first one - materialism as the opposite of spirituality.
 
Materialism is not confined to wealth. It includes anything wherein undue importance is attached to anything made of matter ignoring the spirit behind the role of what is made of that material stuff. Take the mother as an example. Motherhood is the spirit. But a mother ignores this spirit of motherhood and instead is obsessed with herself as the physical mother with not only treating her child as her possession but also by thrusting her expectations and demands in the relationship. 
 
Thought is matter, as J Krishnamurti profoundly stated, because thought is a product of the brain which is matter. Hence attaching importance to one's thoughts and those thought-generated desires, fears, self-importance, opinions, ideas and notions are all as materialistic as any worst form of materialism can be. 
 
One can apply the above to any number of situations and relationships wherein importance is attached to their material aspects while remaining blind to the spirit behind them or the spiritual basis of them.
 
 
Ramu


Mystery of No Black Theosophists in USA

M K Ramadoss
 

Dr. John Algeo, well known theosophical scholar and long time member and held the offices of International Vice President as well as National President of American Section lived in Athens, Georgia which has 27.5% Afro Americans.

John never spoke about lack of blacks in Theosophy. He did not talk about it even when he moved to Wheaton as National President. He was a very smart man who foresaw the organizational difficulties due to transparency that Internet brought about.

One wonders why he could not talk about the topic. One has to speculate that there was some organizational unwritten systemic (secret) policy which he dare not confront.

The silence of his successors raises the same issue. We know the lack of black members which is a fact.. It is a serious  situation because the masses in USA have been sensitized to the injustice faced by Blacks for many many years and public is in a mood to redress the injustice.

The Motto of Theosophy was stated by HPB -

For me and for every Theosophist there ought to be no distinction between
races, color, creed, ideas or anything

Theosophy has to go to blacks and minorities. Kern Foundation generously funds $1million annually and with that kind of money a lot of progress is possible.

Kern Foundation can also help in this objective. Kern setup the Foundation to spread theosophy to ALL which is line with the public policy applicable to all tax exempt organizations which benefit from taxpayer money.

Kern Trustee - The Northern Trust has a fiduciary duty to see the money is effectively spent to meet the Kern's objectives.


Peace



 





Kern Foundation – The Savior

M K Ramadoss
 

Kern Foundation – The Savior

Trustee of Kern Foundation – The Northern Trust has dual duty

Prime objective of Trust - to spread theosophy and compliance for its own Tax Exempt status

Implied that the money should be used with no discrimination or bias

90% of the grants go to American Section

Lack of minorities especially blacks in TS shows its policies have a problem

The Trustee has the fiduciary responsibility to require TS fix lack of diversity quickly by making grants conditional on meeting time targets

Kern Foundation may be the real savior of Theosophy in USA

Finally money working wonders

Peace





THE BIGGEST & THE MOST HUMBLING PARADOXICAL TRUTH

Ramu
 

THE BIGGEST & THE MOST HUMBLING PARADOXICAL TRUTH
 
There is no 'I' as an entity. There is no cell, tissue or organ as 'I' anywhere in the body. The brain, of which the mind is a product ('mind is an independent child of the brain', according to J Krishnamurti), creates a notional center, a phantom, a false sense of 'self'. The mind establishes the notional center, 'I', for its convenience, continuity and security which also becomes a convention*. So is the case with the 'me', 'mine' and a sense of separateness from the other notional 'you', 'he' or 'she'. 
 
Hence there is no self; only a false sense-of-self, an illusion. 
 
(That which animates the inanimate body with its brain and leaves them at death, may be the real self. But there is no demonstrable proof for that. It is only an inference. The notional sense of self cannot feel or even understand that self which may be behind the activities of the mind - a mind beyond the brain-mind.)
 
* p.s. When the formation of the mind with its strengthening of ego has not begun in a very young child, the child often refers to itself in third person, by name. This indicates that it is the growing and strengthening mind that creates and strengthens the (notional) 'I'.


SUCCESSION IN THE ESOTERIC SECTION OF TS ---

M K Ramadoss
 

SUCCESSION IN THE ESOTERIC SECTION OF TS ---
It is rather routine that matters of the ES is kept secret. Rarely you find any documents about ongoing matters.
When the succession of Radha Burnier came up, it was hush hush as usual and there was no announcement. It was a surprise to find an update with two documents on the succession. First is the formal appointment of successor by Taimni, Radha's predecessor and second is a circular Radha Burnier wrote to its members in 1978 on her succession. Students of theosophy would find the posting of interest. It can be accessed at -

<https://cwleadbeater.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/leadbeaters-successors-esoteric-section/>

We should all be thankful for the disclosure
 
Enjoy


Lack of diversity in American Section Accidental???

M K Ramadoss
 

Lack of diversity in American Section Accidental???

 

Section had several scholars and leaders such as Dora Kunz, Joy Mills, & John Algeo

They all knew of the Great Adept’s comment

 

The white race must be the first to stretch out the hand of fellowship to the dark nations, to call the poor despised “nigger” brother. This prospect may not smile for all, but he is no Theosophist who objects to this principle.”

 

American Section not taking theosophy to the minorities during their leadership needs explanation.

Peace

 


Theosophy in America

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophy in America

Theosophy News (which does not accept money from any organization) is the first to highlight the lack of black members in USA.

It is a systemic problem no one talks about even though it is obviously a denial of Universal Brotherhood which is the foundation of theosophy movement.

Anyone can see. No need to look to Secret Doctrine for guidance.

American Section cannot be silent

Need to acknowledge, apologize and present plans to take theosophy to the minorities especially afro americans

USA Taxpayers subsidize $2.5 million budget

American Section has explaining to do

It’s an urgent issue for future survival of Theosophy in USA

Peace


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Re: Theosophists Should Rejoice

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

It is good news and adoptable by other members of the TSA.



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From: "M K Ramadoss" <mkr777@...>
Sent: Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:58:54 GMT+0530
To: theosophy@groups.io
Subject: [theosophy] Theosophists Should Rejoice

Theosophists Should Rejoice

Amy Coney Barrett newest Supreme Court Judge in USA is a practical “Theosophist”

She belongs to a religious group with the Motto “serve one another and the community as a whole in all needs: spiritual, material, financial”

Is this not true practical Theosophy?

Just talking about Universal Brotherhood is just an intellectual concept.

Serving our fellow men and women is a start.

Charity starts at home.

She has five kids of her own. She also has adopted two black children from Haiti

How many American Theosophists have adopted black children?

This puts American Theosophists to shame!

Peace




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Theosophists Should Rejoice

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophists Should Rejoice

Amy Coney Barrett newest Supreme Court Judge in USA is a practical “Theosophist”

She belongs to a religious group with the Motto “serve one another and the community as a whole in all needs: spiritual, material, financial”

Is this not true practical Theosophy?

Just talking about Universal Brotherhood is just an intellectual concept.

Serving our fellow men and women is a start.

Charity starts at home.

She has five kids of her own. She also has adopted two black children from Haiti

How many American Theosophists have adopted black children?

This puts American Theosophists to shame!

Peace




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TheosophicalSociety in America at a Critical Juncture ---

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophical Society in America at a Critical Juncture ---

In recent days, Theosophy News posted several messages on Internet Forums trying to alert theosophists about the critical juncture faced by the American Section. Explanation is needed why Theosophy News feels the urgency. Discussed below is the background info. It is hoped that the reader will see the facts and come to their own conclusions.

Executive Summary

The American Section has the largest membership second to India. During the last four decades, it is losing membership non stop. Today it is less than 50% of what it was four decades ago.

While every spiritually oriented group which has come to USA from the East has continuously grown, only Theosophical Society in America has been losing membership. So far no one has identified the root cause.

Killing of George Floyd, woke up USA to the injustice endured by Afro Americans. It led to self examination of all segments to see what can be done to redress the injustice faced by Afro Americans and other minorities.

Certain event took place in the American Section which led the writer, a theosophist for over sixty years, to inquire the reasons why membership continues to drop in spite of heavy infusion of money from Kern Foundation ($1 million annually) and other sources. This led to the discovery of the root cause of the continued drop in membership which has baffled many theosophists and its leaders.

The root cause is very simple and stares in your face. Theosophy in America did not reach the minorities especially Afro Americans. United States is a melting pot of immigrants. Early immigrants were from Europe and they later brought slaves from Africa. Today’s immigrants are from every country in the world. In a few years, the descendants of immigrants from non-European Countries will become the majority.

Anyone visiting a theosophical conference or meeting in USA will see for themselves total lack of minorities especially blacks. The writer, who has lived long in Texas has seen just ONE black member in the last four decades. Even he was a student from Africa.

The Great Guru who was behind the launch of modern theosophy movement made it clear that theosophy is not for elites alone and has to reach alpha and omega of Humanity. Theosophical Society in America has failed to reach Afro Americans.

Great places of pilgrimage attract large crowds due to the presence of Initiates. Analogically the spiritual backing of the Initiates is essential for any movement to succeed. Failure of American Section to take theosophy to the minorities seems to have resulted in the loss of spiritual support of Initiates. Continued depletion of members is a clear evidence of this.

If the situation is not turned around quickly and American members get active in projects to take theosophy to the growing minorities, the theosophical movement in USA cannot flourish. Public is now sensitized to the issue of treatment of minorities. So when it sees a group which is de facto practicing exclusivity, natural forces would shut it down.

Early Days of Theosophy in USA

HPB and Olcott, a White woman and a White man, launched theosophy movement in 1875, whose foundation is Brotherhood. Inspiration came from two Eastern Gurus. They sacrificed everything they had – prime of life and all the money to spread theosophy to the world and they succeeded.

United States was a young growing country and the Eastern Seers foresaw its great future. Today, rest of the world looks to USA for all social and political leadership.

As a growing civilization, it was seen as the seat of future Religion of the world. The Great Adept stated “the Theosophical Society was chosen as the cornerstone, the foundation of the future religion of humanity. To achieve the proposed object, a greater, wiser, and especially a more benevolent intermingling of the high and low, of the alpha and the omega of society, was determined upon. The white race must be the first to stretch out the hand of fellowship to the dark nations, to call the poor despised “nigger” brothers.”

In the first half century, many unselfish white men and women helped the growth of theosophical society in the United States. However, no effort was made to take theosophy to the emancipated slaves and other minorities. So the membership and leadership became exclusively white immigrants and their descendants. This continued and no theosophical leader recognized the critical need to take theosophy for the blacks and other minorities.

Failure of the Esoteric Section –

Esoteric Section is called the Heart of Theosophical Society. Theosophical leaders look to inspiration from it and its Head. Every International President and National Leader is a member. In Theosophical Society one cannot move up the leadership ladder unless one is a member.

Since 1980s Radha Burnier was its Head, in addition to holding the position of International President. She lived in Adyar and infrequently visited USA. So she did not have first hand knowledge of criticality of the failure of spreading theosophy to the minorities especially the blacks.

Her successor lives in Australia and visits USA infrequently. She too does not have first hand knowledge of critical need to take theosophy to the minorities in USA. One has to live a long time in the USA to understand the critical role minorities are playing and how theosophy can immensely benefit them. So the Esoteric Section also missed this critical fact.

American Section outsources the training of future leaders to Krotona where Esoteric Section has its American headquarters. Obviously the trainers have no clue to the critical need to take theosophy to the minorities especially Afro Americans.

Failure of leadership identify right priorities

American Section has had several excellent leaders. All of them are able, scholarly and dedicated theosophists. However, they did not pay attention to growth of branches. Growth of American Section depends on the growth of membership in branches. While it is the responsibility of the branches to develop programs, elected leaders have a responsibility to act as coaches to help branches to grow with right priorities.

In addition, money from the branches seems to have been siphoned off by National Center to support its activities. An example was discovered in the Cleveland, Ohio branch. Cleveland has a significant Afro American population. Yet the branch, which is 70 yrs old has almost no Afro American member. It is also an affluent branch and most of its income is sent to National Center and very small amount spent in local activities. No one has asked the simple question why the branch has not grown and has no diversity. Similar situation may be pervasive in other branches.

Even after the Black Lives Matter – issue came to the focus of American Public, to-date theosophical leaders in USA are silent on lack of black members. Neither have they recognized the critical failure nor have they publicly announced the steps being taken to take theosophy to the minorities. Continued status quo would only kill Theosophical Society in America. Government can step in and decide American Section is operating as an exclusive club and cancel its tax exempt status.

Missed opportunity to take theosophy to minorities

Three decades ago, theosophists in USA had an opportunity to bring theosophy to the minorities. Bing Escudero, a well known theosophist from Philippines emigrated to USA. He worked full time for the American Section and widely toured theosophical branches and lectured. He formerly led the Philippines Section and had a lot of organizing experience. When he ran for the elected office of the National President in USA, he was defeated. Many theosophists believe he lost because he was not a native born theosophist with right national lineage. Had he succeeded, branches would have expanded and theosophy would have spread around the country and reached minorities and we would not be in today’s critical predicament.

Duty of theosophists in America

All the leaders in USA are now salaried employees like preachers in churches. Every successful great social movement was led by unselfish volunteers. HPB and Olcott did not negotiate salaries when they accepted the task of spreading theosophy to the world. So we have low expectation of quick action from salaried leaders.

Today, everyone of us have access to very powerful communication tools of communication for free through Internet Social Forums. You can disseminate your ideas to the world at very little cost. Even if you do not have a computer, you can always go to the local library and get on Internet and speak up.

Too long, members have been silent on issues critical to the well being of theosophy. Today, American Section is in a critical juncture. Unless theosophists wake up and get active, Theosophical Society in America may get shut down due to natural causes. So whatever you can do, better hurry up. All good acts have the blessings of the Higher Powers looking for unselfish volunteers to spread Universal Brotherhood.

Let us all TRY anything we think would help.

Peace


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