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Re: Circling the Wagons

Feb 25, 1998 01:30 PM
by M K Ramadoss

I have no idea what is the current situation at Adyar. Many of us who are
members of TS in America, has for the last several years seen some of the
administrative actions taken by the administration at Olcott which has left
much to be desired. Specifically to some of us this relates to how the
changes to the bylaws were put through and in once instance how the members
who voted disenfranchised themselves -- those who voted could not vote in
the elections couple of months later.

May be it is time to take a "secret" opinion survey at Olcott about the
level of satisfaction among the resident workers. Since many of them may be
out of their jobs if they publicly vented their satisfaction level, if truth
has to be dug up, it can be done only under 100 anonymous survey. True
situation info will help avoid serious problems down in the future.


At 04:17 PM 2/25/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Re K. Paul Johnson's comments on Adyar's apparent air of defensiveness, it
>seems as though not much has changed since I was there seven years ago. A
>six-week stay was long enough to notice strong undercurrents of
>dissatisfaction among workers, TS visiting members, and even some
>administrative staff. There were rumors then among the visiting members that
>TS might move the motherhouse from Adyar to the US or England; perhaps that
>had something to do with the
>"circle the wagons" syndrome in 1991, but what about in 1998? Adyar is so
>beautiful and peaceful that it deserves to be a Mecca for TS. Surely there
>is no need for distrust and jockeying for position in a philosophical
>organization that celebrates the oneness of everything.
>Mary Anne Morel
>>Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 15:54:48 -0500 (EST)
>>From: "K. Paul Johnson" <>
>>Subject: Circling the wagons
>>Message-ID: <>
>>Bart's observation about Adyar "circling the wagons" is quite in
>>line with my own experience.  The atmosphere, from moment one
>>during my visit, was one of defensiveness, stagnation, mistrust
>>of members, perception of everything as a potential threat and
>>nothing as a potential opportunity.  Other member/authors who've
>>been there say the same.  My experience with the ARE headquarters
>>was 180 degrees different.
>>Now, whether our current president and board are trying to steer
>>a less reactionary course than Adyar's is open to debate.  I
>>can't say I have seen any evidence of that, alas.

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