On Saturday November 2nd 2013 , a commemorative meeting took place in the Besant Hall of the International Theosophical Centre (ITC) in Naarden on the occasion of the passing away of Radha Burnier, 7th President of the Theosophical Society.
The Besant Hall was decorated with her portraits, lighted by candles, and there was a table with the books she wrote. When all members were sitting in silence, a large white candle was lighted by the Chairman of the ITC, the Corresponding Secretary of the EST, and the General Secretary of the Dutch section. After the Universal Mantra of Annie Besant O Hidden Life, and the sentence May our love and gratitude accompany Radha Burnier’s soul on its further journey, there was a moment of silence to commemorate her.
The General Secretary, Els Rijneker, then read messages of condolence, amongst others from the Chairman of the European Federation of the TS, Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu:
A long life of service is interrupted but the spirit of service, which never ends, has inspired and will continue to inspire more mature souls to join and tread the same path. This inspiration will no doubt lead serious individuals towards wisdom which alone can alleviate suffering by bringing understanding… To all brothers and sisters without any distinction – who are in service of the TS objects or who are in tune with its ideals – I wish that the sadness of Radhaji’s physical disappearance would not make us forget her soul’s liberation from earthly limitations.
Then the Chairman of the ITC, Arend Heijbroek; the Corresponding Secretary of the EST; the Representative of the President in the ITC- Council, Elisabeth Raven; Sabine van Osta as the Representative of the Belgian Board (the General Secretary Jan Jelle Keppler himself being in Adyar); some residents of the ITC and a member shared their memories. Thus many aspects of the rich life of Radha Burnier were memorized. Pictures of the President from different stages in her life were shown.
The meeting was ended with the text of H.P. Blavatsky There is a Road, Steep and Thorny and a moment of silence. It was striking that one of the candles, being lit at the beginning of the meeting, at that moment ended burning: the candle went down, probably because the morning has broken…
Afterwards many participants indicated that they highly appreciated the meeting, which was organised at short notice.