The TOS International Centenary Gathering was held at Adyar on January 2nd & 3rd, 2008.
Dr. Radha Burnier, the International President, addressed the gathering. Mrs. Diana
Dunningham Chapotin gave a report of the activities of the TOS across the globe. Mr. B. L. Bhattacharya
added a word of welcome, on behalf of the Indian TOS, while Mr. P. S. Mital gave a brief report of the
activities of the TOS in India. Greetings were received from many parts of India and the world. A tribute to
TOS Founder, Dr. Annie Besant was delivered by Ms. Dorothy Bell.
The TOS in Chennai presented a DLP projector to the headquarters of The Theosophical Society.
It was funded by Mr. N. C. Raghava in memory of his grandfather, Mr. M. Krishnamacharyulu, a
very devoted Theosophist. The morning session concluded with a symposium with speakers drawn from key TOS workers
across the globe.
The film ‘Horizon of Hope’ which covers the relief and rehabilitation activities of the TOS, Chennai
was screened on the 2nd afternoon. Copies of Mr. Vicente Hao Chin’s presentation on ‘Root Causes and
Symptoms’ were distributed to various representatives of the TOS.
On the morning of 3rd January the delegates to the gathering visited the Besant Theosophical High School &
the Olcott Memorial High School. DLP projectors were gifted to both schools by the TOS-Chennai,
in order to form the core of digital libraries in these schools. Dr. Mohamed Rela’s family contributed the entire sum
required for the purchase of these projectors.
Delegates participated in a special celebratory lunch on 3rd afternoon. Prof. John Algeo gifted two
wheel-chairs on behalf of the TOS, for the use of physically challenged persons.
The concluding session of the gathering was a public function held by the TOS, Chennai Region. Excerpts were
read from Sir Edwin Arnold’s ‘Light of Asia’, Mr. W. Q. Judge’s pamphlet on the life of
Mme. H. P. Blavatsky and Dr. Annie Besant’s ‘The Theosophic Life’. The Chief
Electoral Officer of the State, Mrs. Naresh Gupta was the Chief Guest. The speakers included
Mr. Naresh Gupta, Dr. Radha Burnier, Mrs. Diana Dunningham Chapotin, and Mr. C.
V. K. Maithreya, who presided over the function. Lamps were lit by the speakers,
representative of the different faiths
and on behalf of the Government, the Press, NGOs, Industry and also office-bearers of the TS and the TOS. The function concluded
with a chant for peace by Mrs. Manju Sundaram, followed by a few moments of silence.
Preceding the International Gathering a free medical camp was held by the TOS, Chennai at the
Social Welfare Centre. A ‘jumble sale’ was simultaneously held by TOS volunteers along with members of the
International Order of the Round Table; this was for the benefit of the underprivileged and it also served to raise funds for
the activities of both organisations.
During the International Convention preceding the gathering members of one of the self-help groups established by the TOS
put up a stall of eco-friendly products, which were very popular among the delegates.