Dr C V Agarwal - a well known theosophist passes away

Dr C.V. Agarwal
Dr Agarwal, the Presidential Representative
for Southeast Asia has recently passed to
higher service.
A retired professor of Technology at Benaras
Hindu University in Varanasi, Dr C.V. Agarwal
was a member of the Society from his
college days. He served as the General
Secretary of the Indian Section for very
many years. After his long stint at the Indian
Headquarters at Varanasi, he moved to
Adyar 15 years ago along with his wife
Gyanavati. He served in the Archives,
Museum, Editorial and other departments.
Recently he became the International
Secretary of the Society. His most significant
contribution is his work on Buddhism and the
Theosophical Society. With collaboration of
the Bauddha Society, he sold his book at a
nominal price, so that many could buy it,
which helped increase awareness about
Buddhism and Theosophy.
Dr Agarwal was undoubtedly one of the
most devoted animal rights activists in India.
Through the Beauty Without Cruelty
Movement, which has centres located in
the Theosophical Society campuses at
Varanasi and Adyar, he and his team
organised a great number of successful
campaigns against the exploitation and
abuse of our fellow creatures. As the
Presidential Representative for the South-
East Asian Region of the IPF, he worked
dedicatedly to support the theosophical
groups in the countries under his care.
Silent and sincere, Dr. Agarwal was fully
devoted to Theosophy. He maintained
connection with members from all over,
especially with the youth - the future of the
Society. He has one daughter, Manisha,
married to Mr. Rajiv Gupta. They have a
daughter Pragya and a son, Rishabh.

(Extracted from Indo Pacifi Fedn TS Newsletter - July 2009)

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Comment by clare pover on July 23, 2009 at 5:34am
I have just joined the Theosophical Network and link with my Face Book entry. Just read news of Dr. Agarwal. I have not seen this information. Thank you for the posting. Dr. Agarwal was and his wife kindly welcomed me when staying at Varanasi having travelled there from Adyar when on an extended stay. I planted in the grounds a tree to represent The Isle of Man. I hope the other trees are growing there still. Dr. Agarwal made of his work an offering and meeting with him, a happiness. clarep

Comment by M K Ramadoss on July 22, 2009 at 4:21pm
Dr. Agarwal passed away on June 19. He was in poor health for some time and he was 85 at the time of his passing. It appears some of the National Secretaries knew of his death through informal channels and it appears no one seemed to have either taken trouble to verify (a simple 2 minute phone call would have confirmed his death) or took the initiative to notify the members in their sections. International Secretary is one of the key officials at Adyar and hence keeping members informed is a good PR as well at a time when members are complaining that they are not kept informed of important info and news. Hopefully this would be fixed once and for all.

Comment by M K Ramadoss on July 19, 2009 at 8:17pm
It is a very good idea. The irony in this case is that I got from a casual mention in a message posted in theos-talk which complained about the cremation taking place at a public electric crematorium. Accidentally I ran into an obituary in the Indo Pacific Federation newsletter. Someone dropped the ball and did not put out even a single obituary. He was a general council member and I am sure the GC members were aware of it and none cared to even mention about his passing. I need to congratulate IPF to have taken the trouble to put in a writeup in their newsletter.
Comment by Susan Thomas on July 19, 2009 at 8:06pm
Thank you. I am a big fan of obituaries. I would like to archive some on this site when I get the time.

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