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Topic: Gohil's Gulag at Varanasi
Gohil's Gulag is the name given to the notorious Theosophical Convention in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India from December 2019 to January 2020. The Convention was held in a large tent in freezing temperatures. Some of those who attended were in their eighties. Pradeep H Gohil was the organiser and nobody can tell him anything. He is the leader of the Adyar Theosophical Society in India but he has increased his power by pushing the useless International President Tim Boyd aside and now runs the organisation himself.

The convention at Varanasi was a thoroughly unpleasant experience for all who attended and some were made ill.

A poem about this convention has appeared on social media.

The Ballad of Gohil’s Gulag

Theosophy talks can be very pleasing
But not much fun if you’re sitting there freezing
It’s better to meet in a warm location
Where you don’t have to worry about your circulation
Sitting in comfort and wearing light clothes
Without numb fingers and still feeling your toes
Varanasi in winter is a really cold place
So meeting in a tent, no-one should face
Five days at Gohil’s Gulag was a bitter ordeal
A threat to health and a very raw deal

by No more Gulag's please Mr Gohil Mon Jan 13 12:58:59 UTC 2020

Pradeep H Gohil is now the de-facto leader of the Theosophical Society based in Adyar. He acts like he knows everything and the recent Varanasi Convention shows he doesn't. Anyone who argues with him gets thrown out of the Society.

by Ex-Adyar Theosophical Society member (one of many) Mon Jan 13 16:10:44 UTC 2020

Varanasi is always bitterly cold in winter and Pradeep H Gohil must have known this. Some people at this convention were in their 70s and 80s and could have been killed by sitting in the cold for a long period. Pradeep H Gohil is too irresponsible and negligent to be put in charge of anything. Can't the Theosophical Society find a competent leader who values the lives and welfare of its members?

by Gohil should Go Tue Jan 14 15:39:57 UTC 2020

Why has the leadership of the Theosophical Society been given to someone who puts the lives of its members at risk and them kicks them out if they complain about it? Members must now see Pradeep H Gohil for the arrogant incompetent that he is and do something about him.

by Gohil should Go Tue Jan 14 15:45:00 UTC 2020

Lives were put at risk at the Varanasi Convention. Pradeep H Gohil sounds dangerous as well as incompetent.

by guest Tue Jan 14 18:38:32 UTC 2020

I've seen this Theosophical Society convention on youtube and it's a sad affair. There might be one or two under 60 but it's mostly old people freezing and from their faces it's obvious they don't want to be there.

by Staying warm at home Wed Jan 15 00:43:16 UTC 2020

I've seen the Day 1 of this convention on YouTube and it begins with a load of senior citizens on a stage who look they are on a railroad station platform in Siberia in winter and have been waiting for a train for three hours. These are the leaders setting an example.

There's a big audience for Day 1 but for other days hardly any there. Probably about 100 mostly elderly people well wrapped up with grim faces not enjoying themselves. Some are likely to be ill after this.

If this is what being a Theosophist means then not many will want to join the Theosophical Society unless they don't mind how they are treated.

by Mike Wed Jan 15 12:11:46 UTC 2020

The Theosophical Society is run by Brahmins. Tim Boyd was never more than a figure head and it was only a matter of time before he was pushed out. The previous leader Radha Burnier was a Brahmin and exerted total and absolute control over the Theosophical Society.

by guest Thu Jan 16 12:39:03 UTC 2020

So the Theosophical Society management is based on caste. That's a bit much nowadays.

by Frank Thu Jan 16 12:53:18 UTC 2020

Tim Boyd is still technically head of the Adyar based Theosophical Society. He hasn't been deposed just sidelined and Pradeep H Gohil is now in charge. Tim Boyd is useless so this was bound to happen anyway. It's true that the Theosophical Society is run by Brahmins.

by Gohil should Go Thu Jan 16 13:10:43 UTC 2020

Tim Boyd is there on YouTube sitting freezing on the stage with all the other mugs like he's waiting for a Siberian train. He's supposed to be in charge but his body language and posture show he's defeated and given up.

by Frank Fri Jan 17 00:15:31 UTC 2020

Tim Boyd never wanted to be Theosophical Society leader but he enjoys jetting round the world with VIP status. He is rarely at the Society's headquarters in Adyar, India because he knows they don't want him there. Gohil is now the man in charge.

by guest Fri Jan 17 13:19:22 UTC 2020

I watched the opening of this convention on youtube with all the elderly people freezing & getting hypothermia. Pradheep H Gohil laughed it off and made a joke about their suffering by saying they wouldn't be cold with so many warm hearts at the convention. Normal people would have booed him off stage. Theosophical Society members obviously don't stand up for themselves and allow themselves to be treated so badly that they put their health or in some cases their lives at risk.
Some of the old people on the stage were clearly suffering from exposure.

by Warmth is good Mon Jan 20 15:23:49 UTC 2020

A business corporation would sack the organizer of a convention held in these conditions. Only an incompetent could have organized a winter event in a tent especially a most of the participants are elderly.
Pradheep H Gohil must have known how cold Varanasi is in winter and that meeting in a tent risked the lives of elderly people. He is too irresponsible to be trusted with anything in the future.

by Protect the Old Mon Jan 20 18:09:02 UTC 2020

Is Gohil going to apologize to the Theosophical Society members for what he did at Varanasi? Some were made ill and are still unwell 2 weeks later

by guest Mon Jan 20 18:13:00 UTC 2020

Some are still unwell 2 weeks later. Is Pradeep H Gohil still making jokes about the cold? A man who puts lives at risk and makes a joke of it is dangerous. The Theosophical Society should now take note of his behaviour.

by Protect the Old Tue Jan 21 11:12:59 UTC 2020

Is Pradeep H Gohil sending get well cards to the people he made ill at his incredibly badly thought out convention.

by guest Thu Jan 23 12:18:24 UTC 2020

The ruling council members of the Adyar based Theosophical Society don't live in India so don't know what winter in Varanasi is like. They trusted Pradeep H Gohil who makes out that he knows everything and they will think twice about trusting him with anything again

by guest Thu Feb 06 00:49:09 UTC 2020

It's Tim Boyd who is supposed to be leader but he let Pradeep H Gohil run riot. Tim Boyd doesn't look like leader (see youtube Varanasi postings) and he doesn't act like a leader. Many have resigned from the Theosophical Society because of Boyd's poor leadership.

by The Tim Boyd Out Campaign Fri Feb 07 15:35:02 UTC 2020

A winter convention in a tent. I thought it was a joke until I saw it on youtube. The Theosophical Society has turned itself into a laughing stock. Why didn't the members just walk out and demand a proper venue?

by guest Fri Mar 06 16:17:48 UTC 2020

They didn't walk out because the Theosophical Society is made up of very nice people who don't stand up for themselves and so don't complain when they are obviously being cheated. Who else would sit there in freezing cold in a tent while the incompetent organiser makes jokes about it?

by Big Fan of Jinarajadasa Sun Mar 22 12:46:40 UTC 2020

I've had a look at this on youtube and Pradeep H Gohil really put the Theosophical Society people through some hardship while they just sat there and took it. Are the Theosophical Society members like the Branch Davidians at Waco with Pradeep H Gohil having a David Koresh type control over them.

by Is Pradeep H Gohil a David Koresh? Thu Jun 11 02:03:03 UTC 2020

It is obvious when you watch this on youtube that the members are frightened to speak out. People do not normally put up with this sort of treatment.

by guest Thu Jun 11 12:13:47 UTC 2020
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