December 30, 2021
TS Adyar International
Indian Section Convention I – “Look Beyond Yourself”
The Indian Section has its Convention traditionally at the international Convention. All are welcome. In this first part we hear about the State of the Indian Section which is a report of the year 2020-21.
- Deepa PadhiVice-President of the Theosophical Society
Dr Deepa Padhi is a retired Professor of Philosophy from Bhubaneswar, Odisha, who has written a book on The Ethical Philosophy of the Bhagavadgita. Recently she edited and published a compilation of articles on women’s issues: Yes, She Can! She also writes articles on social, philosophical, theosophical, and spiritual issues for magazines and journals.
Dr Padhi joined the Theosophical Society (TS) in 1994 and is presently the Secretary of the Debapi Lodge, Bhubaneswar. She joined the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) in 2006 and became the Secretary of the Mahabharat Group, Odisha Region, its President in 2010, and in 2016 she became the President, TOS, Odisha. In 2013, she was invited to speak on Transformational Practices at the Summer National Convention of the TS in America. While there she attended the international conference of the TOS.
- Pradeep GohilPresident of the Indian Section
Pradeep was born in the erstwhile ruling Rajput family of Bhavnagar State in Gujarat. He was awarded American Field Service International Scholarship for study of one year in 12th grade at Redondo Union High School, California. He has a BE(Hons) & M.S. in Chemical Engineering, M.S. in Plastics, MBA (all three from U.S.) and L.L.B. degrees. Worked in the U.S. for 12 years before settling in India in 1983.
He joined the Theosophical Society in 1982, the Indian Section Council in 2011 and the Executive Committee in 2015. He became the G.S. in Jan. 2017, a member of the General Council later on in the same year and now is also the member of the International Executive Committee of T.S. He has addressed Annual Conferences of most Federation in India several times, introduced guests at the International Convention and addressed a conference at Naarden, The Netherlands.
He is a director in seven companies, including two in London and trustee of several organisations. He was Governor of Rotary International of Western India District 3060 and represented India at the Parliament of Rotary in 2013. He was also a consultant for UNICEF in 2016-17. He taught several management subjects at colleges for about 20 years. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors of a Government Engineering College and Secretary of a Trust managing college, High School and Primary School, Nursing School and hostels. He was also a sportsman having played cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis and Chess. He is married to Heena and the two of them have a daughter Pavitra who is settled in U.S.A. as an Architect and who has a daughter Kaira.
- Tim BoydInternational President
Mr Tim Boyd has been serving as international President of the Theosophical Society Adyar since April, 2014. He was born in New York City and lived there for seventeen years until he left to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. From there he moved to the University of Chicago, where he was an honors graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs.
He joined the Theosophical Society in America in 1974. Together with Bill Lawrence, a TS member and mentor, and others he founded a Theosophical spiritual community in Chicago’s inner city. The group held classes on the Ageless Wisdom, meditation, and healing. They worked with the at-risk and disadvantaged youth, transformed vacant lots into award-winning organic food gardens, and placed beehives on the roofs of local buildings. The group formed a business (Royal Associates) that initially focused on reclaiming and renovating deteriorating residential buildings in their area, creating housing for low- and middle-income families. Their work helped to stabilize neighborhoods through the training and employment of local youth and the creation of affordable homes for area residents.
In 1988 Tim became a national lecturer for the TS in America. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in hospice services as a volunteer in a team that involved doctors, social workers, and nurses. In 2007 he became President of the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) – USA, and in 2011 was elected President of the TS in America. Tim’s involvement with the Theosophical Order of Service and the Chushul orphanage in Tibet led to an audience with the Dalai Lama, which resulted in the TS in America sponsoring his visit to Chicago in July of 2011 — a two-day event attended by 10,000 people. The event raised $400,000, all of which was donated to educational projects aiding Tibetan communities worldwide.
In 2014 Tim was re-elected as the President of the TS in America for three years, until 2017, and he was also elected as International President of the Theosophical Society Adyar. He shares his time between the headquarters of the TS Adyar in Chennai, India, and travelling as the International President through different continents, and his home in Chicago, USA, where he lives with his wife Lily, and daughter Angelique.