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Comment by M K Ramadoss on October 18, 2017 at 12:47am

"'Absolute' transparency will destroy any organisation." 

You may be right. On the other hand, unnecessary secrecy has killed many organizations and TS has been heading in that direction since the days of Annie Besant. Take a look at the famous 1900 KH Letter, key parts of which were kept secret for 87 years under the pretext they were matters of personal to Besant.

A lot of discussions has taken place over the years on theos-talk in Yahoo Groups, Theosophy News page on Facebook and Twitter. Any one interested can look into them.

Secrecy and lack of transparency in dealing with members is the order of the day. All know how there is ongoing en masse secret kicking out of life members and we all got to know because the victims have sought justice from the courts. In other cases, they are kept hidden under the ruse of protecting privacy. There are rumors that kicking out is going on in many other Sections and the standard response to inquiries would be due to member privacy we cannot talk. Try to ask the question to your Section General Secretary and see for yourself!

Even the ongoing litigation by victims would have been kept secret but for Facebook and Twitter.

Anyone is welcome to discuss this issue on Theosophy News in Facebook and Twitter or theos-talk.

Comment by Mitch_the_hermit on October 17, 2017 at 11:09pm

Hi John, yes I saw the letter. It was written in the spur of the moment, before cooling time. That was the mistake. Written from vexation, and righteous anger, at a friend being attacked. We are not privy to all the lead-up circumstances. "Christ turned over the tables in the temple".

The true morality of a person is based on their long-term intentions. Dara's core being is displayed by her decades of dedication to uplifting theosophy, and it's members. Dara is so much larger than a de-contextualised snap-shot.

On a related issue: 'Absolute' transparency will destroy any organisation. For example, 'dirt' can be found to vilify even the purest intentioned politician. What ought be visible is the major policies and decisions enacted, to ensure that they are both effective and ethical. Not the broadcasting of personality differences, and personal conflicts - which are an unavoidable part of every organisation. The latter is a sure way to devour an organisation from inside-out.

Comment by Mitch_the_hermit on October 17, 2017 at 10:05am

I have only just joined this forum and discovered this thread. Though I am late on the scene, I feel compelled to speak in defence of someone I so admire. I have been lucky enough to meet Dara on a few occasions, and her Heart of Hearts is as full and pure as I have ever experienced. A person who is morally pure will react with more shock, and outrage, when targeted by a manipulator - because it is something so far from a pure soul's experience, and thus comprehension. This is simply one instance, yet HPB had a choleric temperament. The email was rather tame compared to the descriptions of it, anyway. Theosophy is VERY lucky to have this tireless servant of The Divine. Hold on to her - tight.

Comment by John on February 20, 2017 at 1:56pm

The letter was removed because of legal threats.

Comment by james eric orchard on February 19, 2017 at 10:43pm

It will be a sad day for Theosophy if emails like the one posted by  Dr. Veeravalli Raghavan from Dara are removed from this site as its the only way we can ever get to see the persons true colours.

Remember the motto "There's no Religion higher than the Truth" 

Comment by Dr. Veeravalli Raghavan "Raghu" on February 18, 2017 at 1:55am

Please do not remove this post from this page,

I think it is the most valuable exchange on the raison d’être of the the international Theosophical Society headquartered in Adyar that I have seen in my years on the internet.

Dr. Veeravalli Raghavan a.k.a "Raghu" to Dave Marsland and friends all over the world.

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