How do we make materials available to all souls, rich and poor, who may be able to use them and transform themselves and thus the world?
On the one hand, we have seen spiritual publications, nicely printed and bound to last for centuries and more, but literally costing an arm and a leg so that the poor theosophist in the developing world cannot afford them.
There was no solution to this dilemma 10 - 20 years ago. But today we have one which is inexpensive and efficient - Internet and digital publications. Are theosophists going to sit quiet and ignore the today’s opportunities? If HPB was alive today, she will be shouting from the roof top to move things.
There are also other issues surrounding status quo. We have seen libraries going up in smoke with all valuable material. There are also the issue of long term preservation of books and publications. We have many out of print books - mostly due to low demand and high cost of printing with traditional methods.
Spiritual organizations are or should be in the business of broadcasting information so everyone can benefit from it. While we cannot stuff info down the throat, at least we can take the horse to the water. Today we can do it cheap and efficiently.
The current state of status quo is not acceptable. Look at the early issues of Theosophist which have been scanned and uploaded here. It is the result of a few dedicated and committed volunteers and was done in weeks, not in years and with no outside financial support from any organization. Modern scanners can do wonders.
The mind set of organizations is still stuck in old ways and hence seems ignorant of the unlimited possibilities that modern communication and digital technology opens up. How do we wake them up so that they take a pro active steps to make all info available in digital format.