«It is to the Teachings that attention has to be called – not to ourselves who are only handing them on as best we can..» Robert Crosbie
Ult is an association of Theosophy students. There are no “leaders” or “members” in it and definitely no pitfalls typical of organizations. It was started in 1909 by Robert Crosbie, himself, a student of H.P. Blavatsky’s and William Judge’s. ULT aims at having the association student focused on studying and researching the authentic writings of both writers and co-founders of the Theosophical Movement.
Every associate or student is free, independent and personally responsible for his own schedule, study method and relationship.
What counts is the student’s inner effort and contribution to the dissemination of the Theosophical teaching.
ULT focuses on individual study and impersonal work, considering both as the safest path for a real Theosophist. It provides accurate and explicit texts, either copies of the authentic ones or photocopies of them. Work and discussions are based exclusively on the original texts which are meant to help the study and practice of Theosophy.
Any one who intends to work for Theosophy discovers that before becoming able to teach, he must first learn. “No higher knowledge is needed but sheer devotion to mankind, faith in the Masters, the Higher Self, understanding of the fundamental Theosophical truth and a little, just a little effort to help present to the world these truths it is so desperately in need of.”
The development of the student’s latent possibilities depends on him alone, on his individual effort and the results show up when the Theosophical aim is understood and practised on all levels of personal life. ULT work is beyond all proselytism.
ULT is an association of Theosophy students set up thanks to the decisiveness of a few Theosophists to accomplish the purpose of the Theosophical Movement without organizational distractions and formalities. We owe the idea of ULT (United Lodge of Theosophists), as a vehicle of Theosophical work, mainly to the experience and perspicasity of Robert Crosbie, a man who, having had a long-term relationship with the original Theosophical Society, had witnessed the schisms and dissentions brought about in the Movement due to organizational claims, disputes over “authority” and antagomism among certain leaders.
In 1909, with the support of a few who shared his conviction on the unity of Theosophy, Mr. Crosbie founded the United Lodge of Theosophists – a body defined under a simple statement of policy and intentions – and began to work for the reinstatement of the Theosophical teaching writings that were available to the general public and for the application of a program of practical Theosophical education. Ever since, there has never been the slightest change to the statement of the purpose of the ULT, called “Declaration”, and very few changes (none in principle) to the method of work as set forth by Mr. Crsobie during his lifetime.
Even though the study and understanding of Theosophy is considered by its supporters and students as a process going on throughout people’ s lives, a general review of this philosophy is indispensable for the understanding of ULT.
Apart from the exclusive study of the authentic writings of Modern Theosophy, the purpose of the Association is to make known some of the principal Thesophical ideas to those who care to join it, to welcome those who might wish to learn more about it and make their study as easier as possible.
Those who wish to become associates are kindly requested to read carefully the ULT Declaration and to fill in the participation form undersigning it and adding their address. No financial obligation is required, no expenses, no fees. Each member decides on how he or she will be in touch with ULT, arranges his or her life by conscience and determines his or her obligations to the others as well as to his Group Associates.
The text of H. P. Blavatsky- principal founder of the Theosophical Movement - being an excerpt from the epilogue of her “Key to Theosophy”, is the most suitable one to render the vision of the future of the Theosophical Movement.
“Its future will depend, almost entirely, upon the degree of selflessness, earnestness, devotion, and last, but not least, upon the amount of knowledge and wisdom possessed by those members, on whom it will fall to carry on the work, and to direct the work after the death of the Founders".
I do not refer to technical knowledge of the Esoteric Doctrine, though that is most important; I spoke rather of the great need which our successors in the guidance of the Society will have of unbiased and clear judgement. Every such attempt as the Theosophical Society has hitherto ended in failure, because, sooner or later, it has degenerated into a sect, set up hard-and-fast dogmas of its own, and so lost by imperceptible degrees that vitality which living truth alone can impart…
Then the Society will live on into and through the twentieth century. It will gradually leaven and permeate the great mass of thinking and intelligent people with its large-minded and noble ideas of Religion, Duty, and Philanthropy. Slowly but surely it will burst asunder the iron fetters of creeds and dogmas, of social and caste prejudices; it will break down racial and national antipathies and barriers, and will open the way to the practical realisation of the Brotherhood of all men. Through its teaching, through the philosophy which it has rendered accessible and intelligible to the modern mind, the West will learn to understand and appreciate the East at its true value. Further, the development of the psychic powers and faculties, the premonitory symptoms of which are already visible in America, will proceed healthily and normally. Mankind will be saved from the terrible dangers, both mental and bodily, which are inevitable when that unfolding takes place, as it threatens to do, in a hot-bed of selfishness and all evil passions. Man's mental and psychic growth will proceed in harmony with his moral improvement, while his material surroundings will reflect the peace and fraternal good-will which will reign in his mind, instead of the discord and strife which is everywhere apparent around us today.
If the present attempt, in the form of our Society, succeeds better than its predecessors have done, then it will be in existence as an organized, living and healthy body when the time comes for the effort of the XXth century. The general condition of men's minds and hearts will have been improved and purified by the spread of its teachings, and, as I have said, their prejudices and dogmatic illusions will have been, to some extent at least, removed. Not only so, but besides a large and accessible literature ready to men's hands, the next impulse will find a numerous and united body of people ready to welcome the new torch-bearer of Truth. It will find the minds of men prepared for his message, a language ready for it in which to clothe the new truths it brings, an organization awaiting its arrival, which will remove the merely mechanical, material obstacles and difficulties from its path. Think how much one, to whom such an opportunity is given, could accomplish. Measure it by comparison with what the Theosophical Society actually has achieved in the last fourteen years, without any of these advantages and surrounded by hosts of hindrances which would not hamper the new leader. Consider all this, and then tell me whether I am too sanguine when I say that if the Theosophical Society survives and lives true to its mission, to its original impulses through the next hundred years -- tell me, I say, if I go too far in asserting that earth will be a heaven in the twenty-first century in comparison with what it is now!”
(The Key to Theosophy, p. 307)