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Re: THEOS-L digest 932 RUKMINI

Feb 27, 1997 05:23 AM
by ramadoss

At 03:04 AM 2/27/97 -0500, you wrote:
>On Wed, 26 Feb 1997 wrote:
>> In a message dated 97-02-25 09:53:40 EST, you write:
>> >On Tue, 25 Feb 1997, m.k. ramadoss wrote:
>>  Why on earth would Rukmini call herself an arhat,if it were patently
>> untrue?
>> >>
>> Because she was either an idiot or crazy or both.
>> Or maybe, like her husband, a congenital liar.
>> Chuck the Heretic
>Chuck: I am being mis-quoted. That was not mine.
>Bellville, 27.2.1997
>I have known Srimati Rukmini Devi for many years and was associated
>with her between 1975 and 1984. During that period I visited
>Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts in Tiruvanmiyur near Adyar
>during half a year and did educational research work. I have
>appreciated her great commitment towards the cause of education in
>India. As you might know she and Dr. Arundale made it possible for
>Maria Montessori to introduce her system of pre-primary education to
>South Asia. She also founded Kalakshetra, which was in those days one
>of the most reknown institutions for the Bharatanatyan style of
>dancing and did a lot in animal welfare work and travelled untill her
>death round the world to promote Theosophy.
>I came to know her as a down to earth person.
>I know that there were controversies around her person but would
>appreciate if these would be dealt with in an impartial and
>historically contextualized way. Remarks like reproduced in the above
>mentioned quote do not bring us anywhere.
>With kind regards
>Jos Koetsier
>Member of the TS in Cape Town South Africa

Hi, Jos: As I had stated in a post, I was misquoted and Chuck has responded
he mistyped.

Even though I did not know her personally, while I was a member and an
officer of the TS Lodge in Bangalore, India there were several occassions
when I had the opportunity to invite her to come and speak at the lodge.
Most of the time she was visiting on Kalashetra or Animal Welfare business,
and every time she was invited she always squeezed in to come and deliver a
lecture. All the lectures were very practically oriented and were much

Anyone who has an opportunity to visit Madras has just to go and see
Kalashetra and then one can appreciate what she did for art and Indian
dance. Some time ago it was made a National University. All this was
accomplished by her single handedly.

I wanted to add my 2 cents worth, as they say in the USA.



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