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ALL ABOUT THE MENTAL SICKNESS CALLED 'BOREDOM'.

Ramu
 

ALL ABOUT THE MENTAL SICKNESS CALLED 'BOREDOM'. 
 
(Boredom is a sign of insensitivity. J Krishnamurti.)
 
(And certainly, and as a corollary, restlessness due to boredom is a sure sign of an unevolved mind, if not a frank sick mind.)
 
(A sensitive mind will never feel bored, even with no mental occupation and will not seek mental occupation as a remedy for boredom.)
 
'And without sensitivity, there is no joy'. J Krishnamurti.)
 
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201209-what-can-different-cultures-teach-about-boredom
 
 


Re: MATETIALISM & SPIRITUALITY

Pavel Axentiev
 

Also, romantic love is a kind of materialism.

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 7:33 PM Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:
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


Egyptian Rite --

M K Ramadoss
 

How many of you have heard of Egyptian Rite.
It is super secret rite within Theosophical Society.
Membership is by invitation only.
It's existence was kept very secret for a very long time.
First time this writer came to know about it was from Gregory Tillett's Book - Elder Brother.
Very very little info is available about it.
Tillett had accumulated a lot of material about it and was working on a publication.
Unfortunately he died before he could finish it.
Fortunately,  now there is a publication about it.
Keep tuned for more information.



Re: American Theosophy Now a Cult?

M K Ramadoss
 

Thanks Pavel
The issue of treatment of "blacks" in USA is a very sensitive and serious one. One has to live a long time in USA to understand it.
I have lived a very long time in USA and a recent theosophical incident opened my eyes to the lack of afro american members in theosophy in USA.
I have seen only 1-1/2 black theosophists during the last nearly fifty years.
The role of Thesophical Society is to spread theosophy to all.
A Great Adept commented:
"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."
The message is clear.

New York, Chicago, Houston have several thousands of black citizens. But rarely you will find theosophists. Theosophy has not reached them. Surely it is systematic since no theosophical leader in the last 50 years have discussed it.

In India, certain segment is called "untouchable". Theosophical Society has effectively reached them and treated them a equal to the top class "Brahmins". In the State of Karnataka, this was effectively done more than 100 years ago and today it has as many theosophists as entire USA has.
 
Apart from the failure of leaders - past and present - not taking steps to take theosophy to the blacks and other minorities, the issue has never been discussed.

When you visit any theosophical conference or meeting in USA, you will rarely see blacks.

Theosophical Society is not a private organization. It does not pay taxes. So public is indirectly subsidizing its nearly $3million annually. Hence, Public can question if it is not living upto its objective of Universal Brotherhood. Losing the tax free status will kill the Society in USA.
Only because this discussion list is independent and does not take any money from any organization, we are able to discuss it and it is a blessing from the High.
Peace

M K Ramadoss
Theosophy News Reporter
San Antonio , Texas, USA


On Sun, Dec 6, 2020 at 6:24 PM Pavel Axentiev <eternaldelight100@...> wrote:
It’s not up to the Society or the leaders that the society is not multiracial enough. It’s up to the people themselves to join or not to join. At least that is my basic, uninformed opinion. 

Also, the previous President (now the President of the Theosophical Society Adyar), Tim Boyd, was black, or so looked to me. What more do you want?



On Sun, Dec 6, 2020 at 5:39 AM M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:

    American Theosophy now a Cult???


  • Earmark stands out

  • Claims Universal Brotherhood

  • But lacks diversity after 145 years

  • Have you seen black theosophists?

  • Surely not accidental

  • Leaders past & present silent on diversity

  • Branches lack diversity

  • Lack due to clever orchestration?

  • Branches send their money to HQ forgetting local poor and needy

  • Leaders on salary like salaried Priests

  • Unnecessary secrecy on money matters

  • Leaders personally pledged to Head of Esoteric Section – Heart of theosophy

  • Any one joining Esoteric Section becomes silent – typical of cults

  • Daily shrinking of followers with million dollar annual funding

  • Secretly kicking out followers – some sixty year followers

  • Good name of Theosophy gets ruined

  • Should unselfish theosophists stay silent supporting status quo?

  • USA Public don’t support cults – soon tax preference will go away

  • Theosophists need to wake up soon


          Peace


Re: American Theosophy Now a Cult?

Pavel Axentiev
 

It’s not up to the Society or the leaders that the society is not multiracial enough. It’s up to the people themselves to join or not to join. At least that is my basic, uninformed opinion. 

Also, the previous President (now the President of the Theosophical Society Adyar), Tim Boyd, was black, or so looked to me. What more do you want?



On Sun, Dec 6, 2020 at 5:39 AM M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:

    American Theosophy now a Cult???


  • Earmark stands out

  • Claims Universal Brotherhood

  • But lacks diversity after 145 years

  • Have you seen black theosophists?

  • Surely not accidental

  • Leaders past & present silent on diversity

  • Branches lack diversity

  • Lack due to clever orchestration?

  • Branches send their money to HQ forgetting local poor and needy

  • Leaders on salary like salaried Priests

  • Unnecessary secrecy on money matters

  • Leaders personally pledged to Head of Esoteric Section – Heart of theosophy

  • Any one joining Esoteric Section becomes silent – typical of cults

  • Daily shrinking of followers with million dollar annual funding

  • Secretly kicking out followers – some sixty year followers

  • Good name of Theosophy gets ruined

  • Should unselfish theosophists stay silent supporting status quo?

  • USA Public don’t support cults – soon tax preference will go away

  • Theosophists need to wake up soon


          Peace


American Theosophy Now a Cult?

M K Ramadoss
 

    American Theosophy now a Cult???


  • Earmark stands out

  • Claims Universal Brotherhood

  • But lacks diversity after 145 years

  • Have you seen black theosophists?

  • Surely not accidental

  • Leaders past & present silent on diversity

  • Branches lack diversity

  • Lack due to clever orchestration?

  • Branches send their money to HQ forgetting local poor and needy

  • Leaders on salary like salaried Priests

  • Unnecessary secrecy on money matters

  • Leaders personally pledged to Head of Esoteric Section – Heart of theosophy

  • Any one joining Esoteric Section becomes silent – typical of cults

  • Daily shrinking of followers with million dollar annual funding

  • Secretly kicking out followers – some sixty year followers

  • Good name of Theosophy gets ruined

  • Should unselfish theosophists stay silent supporting status quo?

  • USA Public don’t support cults – soon tax preference will go away

  • Theosophists need to wake up soon


          Peace


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
 





Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



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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. 


Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



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Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584

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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'.

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