Re: Theos-World Re: Adyar membership
- Theosophy engenders self-responsibility. This is not a very popular
concept among humanity today. Witness no end of examples
around the world. But theosophy is fairly new, in historical terms.
Give it time. It will catch on.
On 5 Feb 02, at 16:26, bri_mue wrote:
> In 1928 World population was at 2 milliard people, the TS at 45.000.
> In 1980 world population was at 4.5 milliard people, TS at 34.391
> according to Gregory Tillet?s figures.
> That is a loss in compairance of 66% of TS membership during this
> period of time.
> If membership since 1980 went up according to the rise in world
> population since then wich has again been considerable, the the ?66%
> would remain stable, if membership did not sufficiently go up, the the
> 66% would have become more since 1980.
> I also attempted to figure out how much of the total world population
> Theosophists made up, but I came up with only a fraction of (much
> less then) 1% of the world population that after 150 years are
> Theosophists.Wich is rather remarkable if one considers that theirs is
> the religion of all religions, why after 150 years and a library full
> of books that have been written on it with at least one or the other
> translated in about all languages of the world, did hardly anybody
> catched on to the claimed facts ?
> PS I also aquired some figures from the UK but these are even more
> deppressive if taken for itself so I left them out because according
> to these it would be much worser then 66%, namely in just 7 years
> time from 1928, 5,170 members in 1935 there where only 3,520, and has
> since dropped much more dramatic, checking it with world population
> in 1928 versus 1980.
> --- In theos-talk@y..., <gregory@z...> wrote:
> > In researching the influence of Leadbeater on the Adyar TS, I
> > large amounts of membrship statistics and included an appendix on
> > membership figures in my PhD thesis. The following is a brief
> summary of
> > the figures. For all sorts of methodological reasons (e.g.
> > "official" sources sometimes give different figures) they cannot be
> > regarded as definitive, and are drawn from a range of sources (e.g.
> > Annual Reports). I have figures for every year from 1907-1983, but
> > give sample years below. No accurate records exist for 1875-1906.
> > Josphine Ransom estimate 10000 as the memebrship in 1900.
> > Year
> > 1907 14863
> > 1910 20356
> > 1915 25696
> > 1920 36350
> > 1925 41645
> > 1928 45098
> > 1930 39311
> > 1935 30317
> > 1940 23644
> > 1945 29327
> > 1950 32564
> > 1955 32902
> > 1960 33875
> > 1965 31424
> > 1970 31721
> > 1975 34357
> > 1980 34391
> > During what might be called the Great Krishnamurti Decade (1923-
> 1932) the
> > membership rose and fell, but the above figures don't really tell
> > full story: between 1923 and 1932, 47,800 members joined the Adyar
> > but 54,000 left it - a much more interesting statistic than the
> > change in the overall number of members, especially since those who
> > included many members of long-standing.
> > Where state census statistics exist, these provide interesting
> > information. In 1916 the American Section of Adyar claimed 6648
> > the US Bureau of Census figure for the same year was 5097. In 1911
> > Australia Section of Adyar claimed 1004 members, but the national
> > reported 781; in 1921 Adyar claimed 2168, but the census reported
> > Dr Gregory Tillett
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