Newly elected International Theosophical Society (ITS) president Tim Boyd has several ideas up his sleeve to infuse new vigour into the movement. Boyd, who was president of the Theosophical Society in America, was elected to head the International TS, headquartered in Adyar here, after the death of Radha Burnier. She was president of the society from 1980 until her passing away on October 31, 2013.
The Society’s website shows that it has over 25,000 members spread over 70 countries. In Chennai, it has 1,009 members.
Boyd, who has been a member of the TS since 1974, defeated CVK Maithreya, a fifth-generation Theosophist. At an interaction with press persons here on Thursday, Boyd detailed his plans to build an online portal for the society. “The world has changed since 1875, but what we offer does not suit the moment. Today, the place where you meet people is on a screen,” he pointed out.
He said that steps would be taken to maintain the ecology of the campus, as the number of birds visiting the campus had dwindled over the years due to pollution of the Adyar river.
Boyd said he hoped to rope in more youth for voluntary services. While the vocational training centre will be expanded to include more programmes, workshops and lectures will be conducted to promote religious harmony and universal brotherhood.
Later, in his first public lecture, he recalled the creation of the organisation in 1875 by Madame Blavatsky and Henry Olcott to encourage the universal brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or colour.
Boyd, who lives in Wheaton, Illinois, US with his wife, Lily, will soon be shifting to the city.