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Re: Organizational Evolution

Sep 29, 1996 05:59 PM
by m.k. ramadoss

Dear Liesel:

The TS, when inaugurated in 1875, was designed on the basis of a formal
pyramidal organizational structure with Sections, Lodges, Federations
etc. They have helped a lot of Theosophists.

Now we have Internet and we have seen an example of a large formal
organization  having been shut down because the interested members have
found that  Internet has changed the environment and the needs are no
longer met by a formal organization.

So from the needs of Theosophists, I am wondering whether the TS is going
to be a overtaken by Internet based communication and interaction between
interested Theosophists so what will linger on is the organization with
its assets which will provide livelyhood for some people and funds for
travel etc.

The serious inquiring and independent thinking Theosophists may not be
looking to the formal TS to meet their needs. We can expect to see a lot
of them in the coming years.

Theos-l is pioneering in this direction and has already helped a lot of
us to discuss various items in a world wide forum, and all this has been
made possible by one person who saw the need -- John E Mead. My salute to
him. I forsee theos-l participating to mushroom in the years to come.

I hope I have made myself clear.

MK Ramadoss

On Sun, 29 Sep 1996, liesel f. deutsch wrote:

> DEar Doss,
> I'm not sure I understand what you're getting at. What kind of an evolution
> do you see?
> I thought that theos-l was mostly theosophists talking to each other, and
> that an occasional new person popped up who needed an answer to a question.
> I thought we'd evolved very favorably lately. We've had some really good
> discussions, and very little hair pulling.
> What is your impression?
> Liesel

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