Each year, at the International TS Convention at Adyar, one of the events
delegates look to is the visit to the Museum. It is open only during the
convention. Museum has objects of great historical importance and many
delegates eagerly look for the visit.
The most important exhibit is the Turban that Mahatma M left with Olcott
after his visit in NY. This year, delegates were disappointed in not being
able to see it in the Museum.
I recall that during the conventions in 70s, when Sri Ram and John Coats
were Presidents, it and other objects relating to the early days were on
During the current convention, it is not on display. Inquiries at the
Enquiry Office at the Convention did not help. Nor there was any help from
the Enquiry Office as to whom to contact so that further efforts could be
made to see if the exhibits could be opened up. Some informal inquires
revealed that the exhibits were in a room in second floor of the east wing
of the HQ Building. The room was locked and had no sign on the door; but
there were indications that some had accessed it same day or the previous.
The issue is very simple. Where is the turban (and other objects of HPB
days) and why were they not displayed?
All the items of historical importance are the property of TS and their
whereabouts and access to dues paying members are of concern to many
In this context, there is a general feeling that in many cases, access to
items of historical value are restricted under the reasoning that they are
private in nature. Also there is a feeling that in some cases the items may
be transferred to the Esoteric Section and once done, TS has no more
control of their custody.
Transparency is a key issue that needs to be addressed in the issue of the
Turban (other important objects) as well as the policy of their display to
the delegates during conventions. Why is the secrecy about them and
decision to not to display them? Why was the change in policy since the
time of Sri Ram and John Coats. What purpose does it serve the TS in not
At a time when there is a continuing decline in membership world wide, the
above policy of not displaying and disappointing members does not help. As
a point, there were three people from USA traveled to the Convention - one
a long time member and two young men - with the great expectations to see
the famous Turban which was given to Olcott in NY. They all left greatly
disappointed, to say the least.
It is hoped that we all soon would learn what is going on relative to the
above issue. Members world-wide would be looking forward with interest to
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