Re: Going down ...
Jul 26, 1997 06:34 AM
At 08:53 AM 7/26/97 -0400, A. Safron wrote:
>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
>> Subject: Re: Going down ...
>> Date: Wednesday, July 23, 1997 10:52 PM
>> At 08:49 PM 7/23/97 -0400, Dr. A.M.Bain wrote on ti-l:
>> >I heard today that the total membership of the TS in England is now
>> >below 1,000. Last year it was 1,313.
>> >This is a minimum drop of 24% on the year.
>> >In other words, do we think that the study of the occult or the
>> >theosophical has within it nothing intrinsically at fault, but that the
>> >attempt to organise and calssify it *has* - especially when the
>> >organisation appears to have a 'hidden agenda'? Even though this can be
>> >argued to be an appearance only, and not necessarily a fact?
>My husgand and were talking last night about the TS IRC, which we
>was on Sunday morning, perhaps when
>everyone is sleeping in or going to church(!). The TS rigagmorole
>is really based on a very high and occult intelligence. In the many
>lists and newsgroups I've been on, probably 0.1% are interested in
>Theosophy. Let's face it, most people want to chat and talk about
>the last political thing, the weather, their family and their soap
>operas, personal and televised.
>I realized the intellegencia is going to skewer me and others will
>say "humanity (sigh) just has to catch up with us Theosophists).
>Balderdash! If they are dropping like flies now, there won't be
>any members by 2025. They will be a party of 12 sitting in
>a coffee shop wondering where it all went.
>Is there any way that everyday life with its problems can be
>combined with the Divine Wisdom? Is it possible that the
>ivory towers types can walk down to earth and the earthy
>types can use all that intelligence to solve their everyday
You have raised some real concerns that we all share.
Even in the days of the Founders, when all the classical writings were
produced, they kept their feet firmly on the ground. Even when Annie Besant
took over the leadership, she also kept her feet firmly on the ground.
What is missing is IMHO the lack of involvment in practical physical level
activities in the communities members live. Failing to maintain this
connection, inevitably leads to deterioration in the physical level. May be
we are all guilty of it and may be we are all doing tremendous work at
higher levels. I dont know.
If the current trend continues, the next century may be the last one for the
current incarnation of Theosophical Society as we know it even though the
work will continue via other organizations or non-organizations.
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