Unique Opportunity in the 10th World Congress - A view
In ten days, the 10th World Congress is scheduled at Rome. Many leaders
from the West will be attending it. In the aftermath of the
International Election and the follow-up cleavage displayed by the
theosophical leaders, the future growth of TS in the West is going to
depend on the level of reconciliation that takes place among the
leaders. Unity is strength.
In countries outside India (including the USA which has second largest
membership), the membership is shrinking as well as showing a very low
retention rate - members come and go, which is indicative of some
fundamental problems with the leaders and their policies in the
Sections. This is not new. This trend has been there for past decades
indicative of some serious underlying problems which are yet to be
identified. Since it is taking place in most countries outside India, it
should be systemic problems which should be identified and such
identification itself would yield ideas to address and fix them.
A prerequisite to address the problems and issues is a whole hearted
passion to put theosophy first and personal ambitions and aggrandisement
last and this would be the beginning of building up reconciliation and
unity within the TS.
Leaving aside all the scholarly discussions scheduled for the congress,
since the congress provides an opportunity for many theosophical Section
leaders to be present, it is a unique chance for them to informally get
together and see how reconciliation and unity can be built. It is in
such informal gatherings that great ideas and decisions are taken.
Members would be keenly watching what goes on in the congress, both
formally and informally and what radical and dramatic constructive
decisions are taken by the leaders. With the help of Internet, the
progress would be disseminated world-wide. This is an opportunity that
the leaders should not miss since the next such opportunity is several
years away and who knows what serious problems that the sections are
likely to face in the meanwhile.
Let us keep tuned with the optimistic hope that most hard core
theosophist are naturally born with.