Re: New York special case?
May 23, 1997 09:45 PM
by M K Ramadoss
Here is a correction:
At 12:35 AM 5/24/97 -0400, you wrote:
>At 12:02 AM 5/24/97 -0400, K. Paul Johnson wrote:
>>Dear Bart et al,
>>Maybe New York is an exception to the rule in this as in other
>>cases. I doubt that *anything* in Manhattan would conform to
>>my expectations of what things should cost. Which is why I've
>>never been there for more than a day at a time.
>>Pasadena people are so mum about money that you seem to know
>>more as a non-member than I do as a member of 17 years. Had
>>heard ULT was well-established but don't know any details.
>>Wheaton/Adyar has a larger budget and does more, which I think
>>is more relevant than the other groups having more endowment
>>income. (Don't think ULT or Pasadena have anything like the
>>If people up there are used to paying for public lectures then
>>maybe it's OK. Frankly I don't have the cojones to think that
>>any of the dozens of TS talks I've given in VA, MD, DC, or NC was
>>*worth* paying to hear, although I hope they were worth hearing
>>for free. I'd feel horrible addressing a roomful of people who
>>had paid to hear me. The whole idea just gives me the creeps.
>>Whereas talking for free is something I do all the time anyway.
>I agree with you Paul. I have been to many lectures in TS Lodges where the
>lectures, at least for me were so sub standard, that many times I felt that
>I should be paid to attend them rather than other way around.
>I have been to many lodges in the USA where they don't have much of assets -
>real estate and other liquid assets -- and they don't charge anything and
>they have always found ways to run the lodges without having to charge.
>Of course if any lodge wants to charge, you can always come up with a
>justification why there should be a charge.
>I am very fortunate in having listened to many lectures of every
>International President since C Jinarajadasa without paying a penny as an
>admission fee or the so called *suggested* *donation* or the traditional
>passing on of a collection basket or tray. I have also listened to other
>well known Theosophists and Jiddu Krishnamurti in the same manner. So when a
>third rate speaker comes along and there is a program where there is fee,
>usually I just attend it as a matter of principle.
This should read: I just *do* *not* attend it as a matter of principle.
>My 2 cents worth.
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