The Theosophical Society (Adyar)

President Elections 2014
process

On Thursday 31 October 2013 the President of the Theosophical Society, Mrs. Radha Burnier, passed away. Because of the illness she struggled with over last five years she wasn't able to finish her fifth consecutive term in office, which would expire in 2015.

Because of that the position of the International President of the Theosophical Society Adyar became vacant. Therefore, the procedures for the election of the new President were launched according to the Rules and Regulations of the Theosophical Society.

In order to give the members of the TS Adyar the opportunity to follow the upcoming election process more easily, we hereby present some crucial information, which will be regularly updated during the proceedings.

Excerpts from the Rules and Regulations of the Theosophical Society concerning the Election of President
Meeting of the Executive Committee and the appointment of the Election Committee
Call for nominations
Nominations worksheet and matrix
Results of the nominations process and the election papers
First notice about the election results NEW!
A message by A. Victor Frank NEW!

Excerpts from the Rules and Regulations of the Theosophical Society concerning the Election of President

10. Election of President

The procedure for election to the office of President shall be as follows:

(a) Seven months before the expiration of a President's term of office, or within three days of the office becoming vacant, the Executive Committee shall appoint a special Committee consisting of three members of the Theosophical Society in good standing including the Secretary, but excluding any candidate for the office of President, to carry out the election procedure as hereinunder detailed.

This Committee shall be known as the Election Committee and shall be answerable only to the Executive Committee.

It shall be automatically dissolved on the declaration of the voting result.

(b) Immediately on its appointment, the Election Committee shall instruct the Secretary to send out to the members of the General Council a written call for nominations for the office of President.

The call for nominations shall be sent by airmail or other expeditious means if airmail be unavailable, followed one week later by a second (duplicate) call.

(c) Any member of the Society in good standing, having been a member for at least ten consecutive years immediately preceding his nomination, may be nominated.

Each member of the General Council who is a General Secretary shall be entitled to nominate up to three different persons and shall consult his Governing Body before making nominations.

The President shall be entitled to make three nominations likewise.

The Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and each Additional Member of the General Council shall be entitled to make one nomination.

The nominator shall be responsible for ensuring that his nomination(s) reaches the Secretary within ten weeks of the date of the call for nominations.

The nominee shall be responsible for notifying the Secretary, within the above-mentioned period of his acceptance of nomination. One written consent shall suffice for all nominations for that nominee.

(d) At the expiration of ten weeks, the Election Committee shall place all the nominations received, together with the relevant papers, before the Executive Committee at a meeting especially convened for the purpose.

At such meeting the Executive Committee shall examine the nominations.

The three nominees having the highest number of nominations shall alone be qualified to be on the voting list, but if two (or more) nominees qualify for the last place on the voting list, they shall both (or all) be included in the list.

No nominee shall be included in the voting list unless supported by at least twelve nominations.

The names of the nominees who thus qualify for inclusion shall be listed in alphabetical order.

This list, as finalized by the Executive Committee, shall be the voting list and shall not be subject to challenge.

However, in the event of a nominee dying or being so seriously incapacitated as to be unable to carry out the Presidential duties if elected, between the date of the call for nominations and the despatch of the voting list, the nomination procedure shall be repeated, commencing within seven days from the notification of the fact to the Secretary.

(e) The Secretary shall then immediately communicate in writing by airmail or other expeditious means (followed one week later by a second and duplicate communication) the voting list together with the names of the nominators of the respective candidates and biographical data of the candidates in accordance with Appendix A to these Rules, to the General Secretaries, Regional Secretaries, Organizing Secretaries, and Presidential Representatives and to the Lodges (Branches) and Fellows-at-large attached to Headquarters.

Each General Secretary, Regional Secretary, Organizing Secretary and Presidential Representative shall make known the names of the candidates and their nominators and candidates' biographical data to the members in his area and take the votes in accordance with the instructions in Appendix B to these Rules of the individual members who have reached the age of eighteen years on the rolls of his National Society or area of administration who have been members in good standing for twenty-four consecutive months immediately prior to the date of the call for nominations, and shall communicate the results to the Secretary in accordance with the instructions given in Appendix B to these Rules.

The Election Committee shall take the votes in accordance with the instructions given in Appendix B of these Rules of the members of the Lodges (Branches) and Fellows-at-large attached to Headquarters who have been members in good standing for two full years as on the date of the call for nominations.

The voting results must reach the Secretary within fifteen weeks of the date of issue of the voting list by him.

If only one name remains on the voting list the vote shall be taken on a 'For' or 'Against' ballot.

(f) At the expiration of fifteen weeks from the date of issue of the voting list by the Secretary, the voting results shall be totalled by the Election Committee and placed before the Executive Committee.

Within three days of the closing date of voting, the candidate who has received the largest number of votes shall be declared elected President and shall assume office not later than thirty days thereafter.

In the event of a tie, or of the rejection of a single candidate in a 'For' or 'Against' ballot, or of a candidate on the voting list dying or being so seriously incapacitated as to be unable to carry out the Presidential duties if elected, after the despatch of the voting list and before the final totalling of votes, the nomination and election procedure shall be repeated, commencing within seven days from the notification of the fact to the Secretary, and the President in office or the Vice-President if he is temporarily filling such office, shall continue therein until a new President assumes office.

Note: A member is in good standing if his dues have been paid for the last official year to his Section, Regional Association or Presidential Agency or in the case of Lodges (Branches) attached direct to Adyar and Fellows-at-large to the Secretary or Treasurer concerned.

APPENDIX

A. Biographical Data of Presidential Candidates

Each candidate shall submit to the Secretary biographical data not exceeding two hundred words.

The following information shall be included: (a) date and place of birth (b) education (c) past and present occupations (d) date of joining The Theosophical Society (e) work done for The Theosophical Society.

Other information may be included but must be factual and shall not contain statements of opinion or policy.

The biographical data for circulation shall be drawn up by the Election Committee on the basis of the information supplied by the candidates, and shall be approved by the Executive Committee (excluding any candidates for election) before being issued.

B. Voting Procedure for a Presidential Election

Note : Where the term ‘General Secretary' is used, it refers also to Regional Secretary, Organizing Secretary, and Presidential Representative. Where the term 'Section' is used, it refers also to National Society, Regional Association and Presidential Agency.

(a) The Section shall print the voting papers and biographical data with the names of the nominators as soon as the names of the nominees are announced.

Where practicable, in the view of the General Secretary, all the papers should be in the language(s) of the area.

It shall be the responsibility of the General Secretary to ensure that the voting papers together with the nominators' names and candidates' biographical data in full are sent to each member.

Other material concerning the candidates shall not be circulated.

(b) The voting papers shall consist of two parts: the voting slip, and the letter form which the member signs and addresses to the General Secretary.

Each member shall be given two envelopes, a small one in which he will place only the voting slip and seal it, and a larger one addressed to the General Secretary, in which he will enclose the small sealed envelope and the letter form signed by him.

(c) As the papers are received, the General Secretary, with the scrutineers appointed by the Executive Committee of the Section (preferably not members of that committee), shall open the larger envelopes addressed to him to ensure the validity of the votes by checking the eligibility of the voter who has signed the letter form.

He shall then put the small sealed envelopes containing the voting slips into a sealed box.

This box shall be opened on the appointed day by the scrutineers. Voting papers received after this day shall be treated as invalid and shall be destroyed unopened.

The scrutineers shall open the small envelopes and count the votes given to each candidate (or the number of 'For' or `Against' votes if there is but one candidate).

(d) The General Secretary shall record the result of the count on Form C which will be supplied from the Secretary's Office at the same time as the list to be voted upon.

He shall place Form C in the small envelope labelled `Voting Result ..... Section', seal the envelope and enclose it in the larger envelope addressed to the Secretary.

This must be sent by airmail, or other expeditious means to reach the Secretary within fifteen weeks from the date of issue of the voting list by him.

Provided further that Form C, duly signed by the General Secretary, may be sent by fax, within the time limit mentioned above.

(e) The small envelope containing the voting results of the Section shall be kept unopened in a sealed box by the Secretary until the close of voting.

It shall then be opened by the Election Committee.

The larger envelope shall be kept separately and shall not be destroyed until after the voting results are announced, and under the authority of the Executive Committee.

(f) If the voting returns have not been received by the Secretary within twelve weeks of the date of issue of the voting list by him, he shall cable the General Secretary concerned, informing him of this fact.

The General Secretary shall immediately send to the Secretary by airmail or other expeditious means a second (duplicate) voting return in a sealed enveloped marked 'Duplicate'.

Cabled results will not be accepted.

Meeting of the Executive Committee and the appointment of the Election Committee

On November 1st 2013 the Executive Committee, consisted of:

Mr. M P Singhal (Ex-Officio as Vice-President),
Mr. Chittaranjan Satapathy (Ex-Officio as Secretary),
Mr. T.S. Jambunathan (Ex-Officio as Treasurer),
Ms. Keshwar Dastur (General Council Member),
Mr. Surendra Narayan (General Council Member),
Mr. Sriram Panchu (Member) (A lawyer),
Prof. C.A. Shinde (Member),
Mr. S. Harihara Raghavan (Member),
Mr. Narasimha Rao (Member),

held a meeting at which it appointed the Election Committee, consisted of:

Mr. Chittaranjan Satapathy,
Mr. T.S. Jambunathan,
Mr. S. Harihara Raghavan.

Call for nominations

On its appointment the Election Committee instructed the Secretary to send out to the members of the General Council a written call for nominations for the office of President. The following paper was then promptly sent out by the Secretary:

Circular No. 1

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL

Dear Colleague,

In accordance with Rule 10 of the Theosophical Society, I hereby send to all members of the General Council a call for nominations for the office of President. Any member of the Society having been a member in good standing for at least ten consecutive years immediately preceding his or her nomination, is eligible for nomination. This rule provides that each member of the General Council who is a General Secretary will be entitled to nominate up to three different persons after consultation with his or her Governing Body. The Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the Additional Members of the General Council shall be entitled to make one nomination each. Nominations should reach the Secretary within ten weeks, that is by 10 January 2014.

Please inform the person(s) nominated by you that, under Rule 10, the nominee is responsible for notifying the Secretary of his or her acceptance of nomination so as to reach the Secretary by 10 January 2014. One written consent shall suffice for all nominations for that nominee. Along with his or her acceptance of nomination, the nominee shall send the Secretary his or her biographical data, drawn up in accordance with Appendix A to the Rules and Regulations. If a nominee does not accept nomination, he or she should inform the Secretary accordingly by 10 January 2014.

As soon as practicable after 10 January 2014 I shall communicate to you the names of the nominees to be voted upon together with their biographical data and the names of those who have nominated them. Immediately thereafter those of you who are General Secretaries should set in motion the procedure of voting in your National Society/Section.

It would be therefore be advisable that you prepare an Electoral List of all members who have reached the age of 18 (eighteen) years on the rolls of your National Society/Section and who have been members of the Society in good standing for at least 24 consecutive months as of 1 November 2013. Members who have been transferred from another National Society/Section or area of administration are entitled to vote provided they are over 18 and have been members in good standing of the Theosophical Society for at least 24 consecutive months as of 1 November 2013. Care should be taken to see that members belonging to more than one Lodge (or more than one National Society/Section or area of administration) do not exercise more than one vote.

I enclose herewith a nomination form and a copy of Rule 10 and the Appendix to the rules which state the procedure governing the forthcoming Presidential Election.

Yours fraternally,
Dr. Chittaranjan Satapathy
International Secretary

Enclosures:

- Slip for acknowledgement of receipt
- Nomination Form
- Copy of Rule 10 and Appendix (A and B) to the Rules (from the International Rules and Regulations)

Nomination Form:

Dear Colleague,

As a member of the General Council of the Theosophical Society, and in accordance with Rule 10 of its Rules, I hereby make the following nomination(s) in connection with the forthcoming election of a President of the Theosophical Society:

………………………………………………

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(One/three nominations* may be made)

Yours fraternally,
Member of the General Council

* Only the General Secretaries may make three nominations
Note: A nomination is valid only if it reaches the Secretary by 10 January 2014 and if the written consent of the nominee accepting the nomination also reaches the Secretary by the same date.

Nominations worksheet and matrix

A correspondent sent me an interesting material, created with the intent to help the nominators to make their decisions on the basis of some objective parameters instead of notions.

 

Quality / Character

Knowledge

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(Please type names of front-runners and rate on a scale of 1 to 10 in the next columns across names. 1 is lowest and 10 is highest.)

(Person of Integrity, Sincerity, Honesty, Selflessness, Credibility and Trustworthiness; with adaptability and empathy; is physically and mentally fit and stable; and of humble, harmonious and peaceful disposition)

(Insightful understanding of the relevant teachings and practices)

(Proven ability to mobilize, deploy and inspire human resources and to build viable teams, for the fulfilment of the mission of the organization)

(Well-versed in language/s that is/are commonly used by target members and skills to communicate with clarity across audiences of diverse backgrounds and different levels)

(With ability to think and plan realistically, from time to time, a mission for the organization with imagination and wisdom, driven by the core objects of the Organization)

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Download the worksheet here: ....

Model Matrix

 

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Write names of potential candidates under Column "Name". Rank each of them for Selflessness and Competence on a scale of 1 to 10. (10 most selfless and most competent; and 1 least selfless and least competent. Plot the name in the approriate cell for the ranking. You can also rank yourself fo the purpose of self-evaluation, hopefully in an unbiased manner.

Download the model matrix here: ....

Results of the nominations process and the election papers

Circular No. 2 / 11 January 2014

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: 2014
TO ALL GENERAL SECRETARIES, ORGANIZING/REGIONAL SECRETARIES,
PRESIDENTIAL REPRESENTATIVES AND PRESIDENTS OF
LODGES ATTACHED TO ADYAR

Dear Colleague,

The Election Committee placed before the Executive Committee on 11 January 2014 all the nominations received from members of the General Council up to and including 10 th January 2014, together with the relevant papers. The Executive Committee examined and counted the valid nominations and found Mr. C V K Maithreya and Mr. Tim Boyd to have qualified to be on the voting list, having received 14 and 15 nominations respectively. In accordance with the revised Rules, the names of the candidates, their biographical data and also the names of their respective nominators are required to be circulated to all voters.

I have already given you details of the procedure to be followed and trust that you have everything in readiness to carry out the election in your area of administration. Please refer in particular to the copy of the relevant Rules enclosed with Circular 1/1A. I am now enclosing the following papers:

Enclosure 1: A sample voting slip (with the names of the candidates and their nominators), along with a form addressed to you. Please add a small envelope to contain the member's voting slip and a larger envelope addressed to you.

Enclosure 2: The biographical data of the candidates.

Please have Enclosures 1 and 2 printed or photocopied (and translated if necessary) and sent to each of your members who is entitled to vote according to the electoral list which you have drawn up in accordance with the instructions in Circular 1/1-A of 2 November 2013.

Enclosure 3: A form addressed to me on which you are requested to enter the results of the voting in your area of administration.

Enclosure 3 should be filled in by you and placed in the small envelope enclosed herewith and marked ‘Voting Results: …. Section, Organizing/Regional Association, Presidential Agency or Lodge attached to Adyar', which should then be completed with the name of your area of administration, sealed and sent to me in the larger envelope also enclosed with this circular.

Enclosure 3 must reach me not later than 26 April 2014, if necessary by courier, or scanned e-mail attachment. If your voting results have not been received here by 5 April 2014, I shall e-mail you informing you of the fact and requesting you to expedite matters.

Within three days after 26 April 2014, the candidate who has received the largest number of votes shall be declared elected and I shall e-mail you the results accordingly. If you have any questions with regard to the election procedure, please do not hesitate to communicate with me and I shall reply as promptly as possible. Please immediately acknowledge receipt of this circular by e-mail or using the Acknowledgement Form at the foot of this letter.

With warm greetings from Adyar,
Yours fraternally,
Dr. Chittaranjan Satapathy
International Secretary

Enclosures:

1. Sample voting slip with names of candidates and nominators and form to be filled in and returned to you
2. Biographical data of candidates

to be sent to all members qualified to vote


3. Voting Results Form, addressed to Secretary
4. Small envelope labelled ‘Voting Results…Section etc.

to be returned to this office

•  Larger envelope addressed to the Secretary, Adyar
p.s. May I request the Presidents of the Lodges attached directly to Adyar to send me the list of their members having the right to vote.

Acknowledgement of Receipt

Name of Section/ Region/ Presidential agency/ Lodge …………………………………...

I herewith acknowledge receipt of Circular No.2 regarding Presidential Election 2014

Date: ………… Signature: ………………… …….. Name in block capitals:…………………

Enclosure 1

ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, 2014
VOTING SLIP

Instructions: Please read carefully

•  Mark an ‘X' in the box after the name of the candidate of your choice.
•  Tear along the dotted line below, enclose this Voting Slip in the small envelope attached herewith, and seal the envelope.
•  Sign the letter printed below, detach it from the Voting Slip and put it, together with the small sealed envelope containing your vote, in a larger envelope addressed to your General Secretary, Organizing/Regional Secretary, Presidential Representative or Lodge President, to reach him or her by ... (date given by General Secretary etc.)

Names of Candidates and their nominators Vote

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Mr. C V K Maithreya, nominated by Bhupendra Vora, Keshwar Dastur and the General Secretaries of the Theosophical Society in East and Central Africa, South Africa, West Africa, Argentina, Cuba, England, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and Sweden.

Mr. Tim Boyd, nominated by Joy Mills, Keith Fisher and the General Secretaries of the Theosophical Society in East and Central Africa, Australia, Brazil, Cuba, England, Finland, France, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United States of America. 

To the General or Organizing/Regional Secretary or Presidential Representative of the Theosophical Society in …………………… (country) or President of ……………… Lodge attached to Adyar:

Dear Brother, please find enclosed a sealed envelope containing my vote in the presidential election.

Signature: …………………………………………………

Name of Member (in block capitals)……………………………………

Name of Lodge (block capitals): ………………………………………. OR: Unattached Member

Address: ………………………………………………………………………….

Date:…………………………

Enclosure: Small envelope for voting slip

Enclosure 2

Bio-Data of Candidates

Mr. C V K Maithreya

He is a fifth-generation member of The Theosophical Society and is 55 years old. He joined The Theosophical Society in 1968, 45 years ago. He is a graduate in English Language and Literature and has a Post-graduation with Honours in Personnel Management, Organisation Development, Labour Relations, Welfare & Law. He has further qualified in Training & Development. He has worked in industry and has been the owner of a Human Resource Management consulting company with international clients.

At different times, he has been the President of the Vasanta Youth Lodge, Adyar Lodge, Madras Theosophical Federation and Theosophical Order of Service, Chennai Region. He was a member of the Indian Section Council and he is on the National Board of the TOS, India. He has been involved with Co-Freemasonry and was the Chief Knight of the Round Table, India and Knight Counsellor on its International Senior Council.

He has been a writer of articles and a speaker on Theosophy who has toured India, the USA, East & Central Africa, Europe, Israel, Singapore, New Zealand & Australia. He has authored the books Theosophy, The Theosophical Society & The Founders and The Vision of Sanjaya (an esoteric interpretation of the Mahabharata).

Mr. Tim Boyd

Born: October 22, 1953 in New York City, USA
Education: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; University of Chicago BA
Partner in Royal Associates (Real Estate Development)
Joined TS in 1974

Currently serves as President of the Theosophical Society in America and Editor in Chief for Quest magazine TSA. He has served as President and on the board of directors for the Theosophical Order of Service; Theosophical Book Gift Institute; Theosophical Society in America; has lectured and conducted workshops in the U.S, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand; his articles have been published in theosophical journals around the world.

He  is a founding member of a spiritual community which was active in Chicago for more than 25 years. The group worked with troubled youth, taught meditation and healing methods, and established organic food gardens on vacant lots. His involvement with the TOS and the Chushul orphanage in Tibet led to an audience with the Dalai Lama which resulted in the TSA sponsoring his visit to Chicago in July of 2011 for a two day event attended by ten-thousand people. The event raised more than $400,000, all of which was donated to educational projects aiding Tibetan communities worldwide.

Enclosure 3 - Form C

THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY 
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2014

To The International Secretary
The Theosophical Society
Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India

RETURN SUBMITTED BY THE GENERAL OR ORGANIZING/REGIONAL SECRETARY OR PRESIDENTIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY IN ………..………………………. OR PRESIDENT OF .......................... LODGE IN .............................. ATTACHED TO ADYAR

•  Number of members eligible to vote: ……………………………………

2. Number of votes received: ………………………………………………

1. C V K Maithreya: …………………….

3. Number of votes for:

2. Tim Boyd: …………………..

4. Number of invalid or blank votes: …………………………….

5. Remarks, if any: ………………..……………………………………………….

Date: ……………………………

Place: …………………………..

…………………………………………

Signature of General or Organizing/Regional Secretary,
Presidential Representative or Lodge President

Note: In no case should this form be returned without the signature of the General or Regional/Organizing Secretary, Presidential Representative or Lodge President. It must reach the International Secretary by 26 April 2014.

First notice about the election results

On April 27 the International Secretary published the following notice:

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
2013-14

Under the authority of the Executive Committee of the Theosophical Society, I hereby certify that, in accordance with Rule 10 of the Rules and Regulations of the said Society, the Election Committee appointed by the Executive Committee counted the results of the voting communicated to the International Secretary by the General Secretaries of National Societies and Sections, Regional and Organizing Secretaries, Presidential Representatives and the votes of Lodges and Fellows-at-Large attached to Headquarters. The Executive Committee checked them and declared the results as follows:

Mr. C. V. K. Maithreya: 4242 votes
Mr. Tim Boyd: 7190 votes

(Dr. Chittaranjan Satapathy
International Secretary
27 April 2014

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In accordance with the requirements of Rule 10 of the Rules and Regulations of the Theosophical Society and the results of the voting shown above, which have been checked by the Election Committee and the Executive Committee, Mr. Tim Boyd is hereby declared elected President of the Theosophical Society for a term of office of 7 years from the date of assuming office.

(Dr. Chittaranjan Satapathy)
International Secretary
27 April 2014

A message by A. Victor Frank

THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY (ADYAR) – PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

The foundation of The Theosophical Society is based on the noble philosophy of “Universal Brotherhood”. Is it not better that the top-most functionary of The Theosophical Society, the President, is always selected by consensus? The procedure followed in the selection of Pope, the Head of 1.2 billion members of the Roman Catholic Church, may serve as a reference.

In the absence of such a consensus, despite sincere efforts to build, there is nothing wrong in inviting the ‘democratic' way of election. But the problem here is concerning the election scenario ‘before and after'. The so-called democratic procedure, of course, decides “winners and losers” through ballot papers. This kind of lively game show to determine who is ‘up' and who is ‘down' may be suitable for politicians wishing to grab power by fair or foul means. Should the enlightened members the Theosophical Society also follow such ‘political' way in electing their President which might result in spreading divisions and group-isms among them?

A SUGGESTION WITH REGARD TO “TS-PRESIDENT ELECTION (2014)”:-

There are only two contestants in the present election (2014) for the post of the President. Hence, on the basis of the votes polled, the No.1 and No.2 are listed without mentioning the total number of votes received by them. THE NO.1 IS DECLARED AS THE PRESIDENT AND THE NO.2 AS THE VICE-PRESIDENT. Both the newly elected President and the Vice-President take the pledge of promoting “Universal Brotherhood” among members in letter and spirit.

Can any right-thinking person deny that the troubled world of today desperately needs the feeling of ‘universal brotherhood', a cherished philosophy of The Theosophical Society, in solving its problems peacefully and make it a better place to live in for human race?

A.Victor Frank
Life Member of The Theosophical Society,
Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
April 1, 2014
To whom so ever it may concern.

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