|The ULT Letter, June 2011|
United Lodge of Theosophists
A VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION OF STUDENTS OF THEOSOPHY
245 WEST 33RD STREET, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90007, USA
June 25, 2011.
Dear Friends and Associates:
The current global cycle brings a complex mixture of strife, opportunity, and longing, as new forms of thought and old patterns of human behavior collide, and even the planet itself seems to enter a time of deep change and upheaval. To students of H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge, such juxtapositions neither startle nor dismay, but are living examples of why the work of the companions of Theosophy - those who have determined to align themselves with the deep need of “the Great Orphan, Humanity” - is necessary.
This work is both quite simple and quite profound: an antidote to despair, Theosophy needs to be kept alive for those who struggle to understand the greater meaning of the cycle, their own place within it, and who wonder how they may be of service to their fellow-sufferers. The United Lodge of Theosophists is in the world to support this work, and on June 25th, the anniversary of Robert Crosbie’s death, invites all fellow-workers “to reaffirm mutual ties, and to revitalize all that is embodied in the U.L.T.”
“Theosophical work is carried on under the assumption that all human beings are souls in evolution, that all are capable of making decisions for themselves, and that, sooner or later, they will come to a study of the great truths of Theosophy. The Lodge is a place for those who have decided to begin now.” (“The United Lodge of Theosophists: Its Mission and Its Future”, Theosophy Co., pp. 20-21.)
What then, constitutes such a Lodge? How might it operate? What would it do? In answer, Robert Crosbie described a Lodge as a place where similarity of aim, purpose, and teaching provides a “binding spiritual force of this principle of brotherhood,” and requires no other authority. As to Lodge activities, he foresaw:
“…Open meetings; public work, keeping Theosophy and Brotherhood prominent; intercommunication between Lodges, free and frequent; comparing methods of work of local Lodges; mutual assistance; furtherance of the Great Movement in all directions possible; the motto: ‘Be Theosophists: work for Theosophy’.” (“The Friendly Philosopher”, Robert Crosbie, Theosophy Co., p. 411)
The nature of this work is clear: in whatever part of the world, in whatever language, and under whatever circumstances, U.L.T. has maintained, since 1909, an in-depth study of the teachings of Theosophy. Operating under the principles set forth in the “United Lodge of Theosophists Declaration,” and working through the lens of the “Three Fundamental Propositions,” students themselves decide how to start, maintain, and strengthen this study. In lectures, panels, study classes, seminars, and workshops, questions are asked, and the meaning of the text considered by all.
The personal mind being what it is, worries surface: the texts are too difficult, or too simplistic, too old-fashioned or not relevant to personal need. Yet, as with the learning of a new language, or entering into any unknown land, this effort, consistently followed over time, allows the depth of the ideas themselves, rather than interpretation, to resonate in mind and heart. Understanding unfolds as students read, listen, examine, think, correlate, and experience together – not only to learn, but to be of benefit to each other. This collaborative effort liberates the soul, and keeps the writings alive, protected by our attention and our growing awareness of their depth, usefulness, and reality.
Such open-hearted investigation assumes that, as each mind is unique, it reflects different facets of the Teachings. Working together becomes a “living laboratory” of mutual service, with the only “teacher” being the Theosophical texts and one’s own intuition and will. As the bond between students is not organizational, but is based on mutual study and support, both independence and inter-dependence develop, and a “nucleus of universal Brotherhood” is formed.
This bond and nucleus sustains the inner connection, often invisible, between all who study Theosophy, due to choice or circumstance, away from the physical centers of work the “outer eye” designates as a “lodge.” Keeping this unseen, but real “lodge” in mind heartens those who are alone, while reminding those who study together of their responsibility to the greater whole. All students, “wherever and however situated” in time realize that the teachings themselves call out to us to set aside personal inclinations as we study, broaden our view, and grasp the whole rather than the comfortable parts.
Studying the writings of H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge - if continued over time and approached with patience and determination - provides a solvent to dissolve the temporary glamour of the world. The driving force behind this growth is neither an outside “guru” nor a predictable formula, but comes from the gift of human mind transforming itself into its true identity of spiritual mind. This serious inquiry, open to all, is the function and goal of the United Lodge of Theosophists.
With fraternal greetings,
THE UNITED LODGE OF THEOSOPHISTS.