RE: Theos-World RE: THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT 1975-1950
Mar 09, 1999 05:28 AM
by W. Dallas TenBroeck
Mar 9th 1999
In my experience I note that the ULT is always conducted as a
forum for the discussion of the original message of Theosophy.
It regards H. P. Blavatsky and Wm. Q. Judge as those whose
writings embody the original message from the Masters of Wisdom
that all human beings can profit from, as they were "agents" of
those Masters of Wisdom. The publications that are used for
study, are chiefly, reprints of the books and articles in which
that "original message" was published.
The ULT is an association of students. It has as its sole
"document" the DECLARATION. Its purpose is educational and is
expressed simply: "To spread broadcast the teachings of
Theosophy as recorded in the writings of H.P.Blavatsky and
William Q. Judge." It regards this aim as the sole bond between
its Associates, and it aims to disseminate this idea among
Theosophists of various "traditions" in furtherance of unity.
This would be expressed in practice as 'similarity of aim,
purpose and teaching.'
I have also noticed that in the conduct of its work of
promulgation, and in line with this DECLARATION no individual
associate can "speak" for the ULT which has no constitution,
by-laws nor officers. So, what I write here has to be taken as my
opinion of what is the work and purpose of the ULT. It regards
as Theosophists all who are engaged in the true service of
Humanity, and it holds that "the true Theosophist belongs to no
cult or sect yet belongs to each and all."
To further conduct its work of promulgation of the "original
message of Theosophy" it offers lectures, study-classes, and
publications. All these embody its principles and its aim stated
above. It respects all statements that are strictly "in-line"
with the "fundamental Principles of the Philosophy of Philosophy.
Essentially it deals with Principles and Ideas and not with
persons or their opinions if they diverge from the "original
message." As a body "it is loyal to the great Founders of the
Theosophical Movement, but does not concern itself with
dissentions or differences of individual opinion."
These ideas, culled from the ULT Declaration, have to be applied
to your questions and if the various "traditions" that have grown
up in the "Theosophical world" comply with accuracy to the
"original teachings" they are considered. If they do not, they
are, as expressed in the Declaration, "side issues." Associates
are always free to conduct whatever line of study they choose.
The meetings of the Lodge are forums where those can be discussed
and compared with the "original teachings."
I hope that his answers your questions and that this expression
is to be understood as entirely my own opinion and statement of
what I perceive to be the aim and purpose of theosophical work as
conducted under the ULT Declaration.
Best wishes as always,
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