The United Lodge of Theosophists (U.L.T.) was founded by Robert Crosbie and a few students of his in Los Angeles, California, on February 18, 1909 . It belongs to the Theosophical Movement as it is grounded on the very same esoteric teaching and observes the same target, that of service to humanity through the study, practice and dissemination of the Theosophical Idea. The bond between U.L.T. and the Theosophical Movement is their common conviction in Universal Brotherhood and its application through knowledge of the self and the universe.
A few years following H.P.Blavatsky's absence, the ULT founder, Robert Crosbie, having witnessed forgeries against the teaching owing to strife among the Theosophical Society members, decided that Theosophists ought to focus on the original teaching exactly as its was given by the founders of the Modern Theosophical Movement, H. P. Blavatsky and W. Q. Judge. That is how the United Lodge of Theosophists (U.L.T.) came to be started, an initiative that helped preserve both the original teaching and the Idea of the Movement.
It is an informal society comprising groups that are being active in 15 countries. The only formal document of the U.L.T. is the Declaration of the principles of the Movement mentioning, among others, that:
“...it is the basis for union among Theosophists whenever and wherever situated, the “similarity of aims, purpose and teaching”.
U.L.T. has no constitution, by-laws or officers, the only bond among its associates being the Declaration, itself.
The founder Robert Crosbie refused to adopt any formalities, authority or personality that would change and degrade the original tecahing. He stressed that ULT is a body of universal principles to be shared by the world. It is no legal consortium or organization of a conventional type. The founder is against the formation of large organizations.
Theosophy is the IDEA and every exoteric organization turns out to be carrier of the Idea only as long as there are no human weaknesses and imperfections.
That is the reason why Robert Crosbie insisted on its anonymity and impersonality so as to protect the work and the associates from all pride and ambition. He was, himself, the paradigm of humility and modesty.
The ULT Declaration turns the Theosophist away from phenomena and on to their principles providing him with a real ground for study and service.
It regards as Theosphists all those engaged in the service of Humanity, with no distinction as to race, creed, sex or organization.
“The true Theosophist belongs to no cult or sect, yet belongs to each and all.”
The student regards that final statement in the Declaration as the ideal attainable only through constant and untiring effort.
Open every Wednesday from early October through late May, except on holidays.
Lectures - Study on the Secret Doctrine - Meditation
The policy of this Lodge is independent devotion to the cause of Theosophy, without professing attachment to any Theosophical organization. It is loyal to the great Founders of the Theosophical movement, but does not concern itself with dissensions or differences of individual opinion.
The work it has on hand and the end it keeps in view are too absorbing and too lofty to leave it the time or inclination to take part in side issues.
That work and that end is the dissemination of the fundamental principles of the Philosphy of Theosophy, and the exemplification in practice of those principles, through a truer realization of the SELF; a profounder conviction of Universal Brotherhood.
It holds that the unassailable basis for union among Theosophists, wherever and however situated, is "similarity of aim, purpose and teaching", and therefore has neither Constitution, By-Laws nor Officers, the sole bond between its Associates being that basis. And it aims to disseminate this idea among Theosophists in the furtherance of Unity.
It regards as Theosophists all who are engaged in the true service of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, condition or organization, and It welcomes to its association all those who are in accord with its declared purposes and who desire to fit themselves, by study and otherwise, to be the better able to help and teach others.
"The true Theosophist belongs to no cult or sect, yet belongs to each and all."
Being in sympathy with the purposes of this Lodge, as set forth in its "Declaration," I hereby record my desire to be enrolled as an Associate, it being understood that such association calls for no obligation on my part, other than that which I, myself, determine.