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ON SITUATIONAL REALITY (Edited)

Ramu
 

ON SITUATIONAL REALITY (Edited)
 
"Misery only doth exist, none miserable,
No doer is there; naught save the deed is found.
Nirvana is, but not the man who seeks it.
The Path exists, but not the traveler on it."
- -The Visuddhimagga
 
This probably stems from the core Buddhist doctrine of anatman or no-self i.e. there is no unchanging, permanent self or soul. The self is an outcome of events, situations and circumstances*. When these are conducive, a self gets made; and turn of events, changes in situations and circumstances also bring about the disintegration of that (impermanent) self. 
 
* Accordingly, it is incorrect to say I was born to my parents or my parents had me as their son and the truth is the parents had a sexual intercourse which resulted in pregnancy that became the 'me-self' and further interactive experiences and events have been constantly changing that 'me' for what it is today and what it will not be after death except for its constituent elements or compounds.


Ramu


Re: ER - Congrats to Theosophy Leaders

Ramu
 

A coterie emerges around every power center. Every coterie has its mix of scoundrels and supermen. Its only once you have a coterie that you over time realize who is good for what and who is good for nothing.  

Ramu


Re: ER - Congrats to Theosophy Leaders

Ramu
 

DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE COURAGE IN KEEEPING THE ER & ES AND THEIR ACTIVITIES SO  SECRETIVE, YET REGISTERING THEM AS SOCIETIES UNDER THE INDIAN AND TAMIL NADU SOCIETIES REGISTRATION ACTS, WHICH REQUIRE TRANSPARENCY. 


Ramu


ER - Congrats to Theosophy Leaders

M K Ramadoss
 

I learnt about Egyptian Rite from Dr. Tillett's book - Elder Brother (CWL Bio). When I inquired with a long time ES member, was confirmed with one word YES. Subsequently, Tillett covered it in a paper presented at Theosophy History conference in 1992. It was updated and made available on Internet in 2013. Tillett covered it also in his 1986 PhD thesis which was later available on line.

Ross recently published three volumes on ER which confirmed that all the info published by Tillett to be correct. The surprising fact disclosed by Ross is that even many ES members did not know about the existence of ER perhaps because admission is by invitation only while membership in ES is a pre-requisite. It was kept so secret that the Leaders need to be congratulated.

Sri Ram who headed ER in addition to TS and ES, confirmed when a lodge inquired. He stated correctly that it is ceremonial group like Masonic. If so why was the secrecy? To enhance it's greatness by super secrecy. Every one knows about Masonic groups. What is secret is their ceremonial rituals.

Bottom line it is supposed to help theosophy. Did all the secrecy help spread theosophy? Probably not.
While Theosophy is founded on Universal Brotherhood, in effect this interlocking structure has created a Class system in TS -

Highest - ER
Next     - ES
Lowest - Ordinary dues paying members who are not in ES and ER
(One TS leader correctly referred the lowest as "Ballast:)

Today's environment is for more transparency and growing young don't accept cult like secrecy with pledge of loyalty to a man or woman, many times you do not even know!

With dwindling membership and serious problems like lack of afro american members in USA, unless some radical change in direction takes place, theosophy will be a laughing stock.

Can you and me keep silent bystanders? No No.
We have in our hands most potent tools - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email groups to spread the gems of  Theosophy
All that is needed is creative ideas and our time

Peace




Gmail Problems

M K Ramadoss
 

Gmail is having problems. Expected to get fixed by 7.00pm

MKR


Test

M K Ramadoss
 

No need to respond
Only a Test


Future of Theosophy is Great

M K Ramadoss
 

Future of Theosophy is Great

There are many unselfish honest theosophists who are imbued with the spirit of Universal Brotherhood & practice it every day and are happy from the satisfaction of helping their brothers and sisters Most of them you will find in India today.

Internet demands transparency. Today’s young reject secret cults and groups demanding implicit obedience to a man or woman. Nor any secret groups and secret rituals are accepted as pathway to personal salvation.

Situation in USA is serious. Where are the black members after 145 yrs? Unless American Theosophists take theosophy to blacks and minorities, the future is bleak. Public opinion will see theosophy as discriminatory & shut down theosophy organizations because taxpayer money is subsidizing them.

Internet social forums is the salvation of theosophy. You and me are going to lead the revolution to take theosophy to the masses and our honest transparent approach will resonate with them

Get ready?

Peace


Esoteric Within Exoteric - Dr Tillett's comments

M K Ramadoss
 

In 2013 there was a post on theos-talk regarding the Esoteric within Exoteric paper by Dr. Tillett of CWL Bio fame. I am reposting it.

Dr. Tillett's comments on the feedback he got from 'theosophists' is very interesting. The feedbackers are supposed to practice Universal Brotherhood!

M K Ramadoss
Theosophy News Reporter


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Dr Santucci’s response is, as far as I know, entirely accurate. I know of no evidence to suggest that my paper was not published by him for any reason other than my failure to complete it to an appropriate academic standard (despite requests from him). I must acknowledge that the fault was entirely mine!

I agreed to the request to publish the draft paper because I cannot, at present, foresee being able to revise, update and complete the paper to the standard I would expect for a scholarly publication. I very much regret that other demands on my time have limited my ability to undertake scholarly writing in the field of Theosophical history for many years (despite my accumulation of ever increasing amounts of material).

Dr Santucci has sought to maintain the essential standards of scholarly research and publication for “Theosophical History” – an unusual approach, indeed, in this field! And one for which those of us interested in the area owe him an extraordinary debt of gratitude. The cost to him, in time and money, cannot be underestimated.

I have long been aware of the hostile correspondence which followed the 1992 conference. I have also long been subjected to hostile, threatening and insulting communications from those who claim a commitment to “brotherly love”, in relation to my biography of Leadbeater, the 1992 conference and (now) as a result of the publication of “The Esoteric Within The Esoteric”. I am sufficiently professionally experienced in dealing with the malevolent, the psychiatrically dysfunctional and “bully boys” to be amused rather than impressed, let alone disturbed, by such pathological outbursts!

There are some for whom “There is no religion higher than truth” has been reframed to “There is no religion higher than a carefully edited and selectively adjusted version of truth”.

Dr Gregory Tillett


File /ESOTERICWITHINEXOTERIC TILLETT.pdf uploaded #file-notice

Theosophy@groups.io Notification <noreply@...>
 

The following files have been uploaded to the Files area of the Theosophy@groups.io group.

By: M K Ramadoss

Description:
Dr. Tillett, author of famous C W Leadbeater bio, had prepared an interesting paper long time ago dealing with secret groups within theosophical organizations. It was discussed on theos-talk and made available on Internet. Recent publication of three volume history of Egyptian Rite - ultra secret ceremonial (theosophical) confirms the details Tillett presented in 1992. This file contains the updated material which should interest students of theosophy. You can download it from the file section of theosophy group at groups.io Read and enjoy


Re: UltraSecret ER – Cat is out of the bag

Ramu
 

The list of members, list of office bearers, bylaws, assets and liabilities, annual accounts, minutes of meetings of the following societies and any changes in them must be filed with the Registrar of Societies. List of Societies with their registration number and year of registration are given below. It is illegal for these societies to operate and function from the premises of the TS in Adyar using TS resources without express permission of the General Body of the TS and the occupying societies and the Registrar and without registered Agreements between them. (I am not sure about # 7.) 
 
  1. THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY. Society No. 2 / 1905

  2. OLCOTT WELFARE SOCIETY. Society No. 46 / 1976

  3. OLCOTT EDUCATION SOCIETY. Society No. 8 / 1905

  4. THE EASTERN FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL CO-FREEMASONRY. Society No. 62 / 1975

  5. EGYPTIAN RITE OF THE ANCIENT MYSTERIES. Society No. 20 / 1934

  6. THE ESOTERIC SCHOOL OF THEOSOPHY. Society No. 10 / 1945

  7. BESANT EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL SOCIETY, Society No. 78 / 1979

  8. THE BESANT CENTNARY TRUST. Society No. 22 / 1946

    Ramu


UltraSecret ER – Cat is out of the bag

M K Ramadoss
 

Ultra Secret ER – Cat is out of the bag

Anyone who is attracted to the first object – Universal Brotherhood and joins the Theosophical Society is unaware of the cross membership in ES, Co-Masonic, and ER.

Legally they are independent entities. But without membership in them, you cannot climb the organizational ladder. One makes personal pledges of secrecy and there is a camaraderie and elitistness driven by the powerful belief of accelerated spiritual progress towards chelaship of an Adept. It keeps all silent. That is a reason for lack of members’ participation in social media. Good standing in the Theosophical Society is a pre-requisite. So losing the membership results in automatic termination from these organizations (except Co-Masonic). Termination is psychologically traumatic event like you being prevented from entering your Church or Temple. It is a great leverage on members.

Sri Ram and Radha Burnier headed all the organizations and members’ personal pledges consolidated their power.

Gregory Tillett, author of CWL bio was the first one to reveal secret ER. He was working on a publication on ER. Unfortunately, he died before he completed it. Fortunately, Joseph Ross, author of Krotona History, has released a publication which reveals cross linkages of these organizations. It is not yet available for sale. It has very valuable unpublished information that would delight any student of history of Theosophical Society.

Any one who wants to join the Theosophical Society should read it so they know what they are getting into.

Due to the independence of Theosophy News we are able to bring you the great news


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
 
 

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