The Friendly Philosopher – Robert Crosbie
The book contains letters written to colleagues and fellow Theosophists and talks given at Theosophical meetings. “The Friendly Philosopher” reveals the kind and open-hearted wisdom of Robert Crosbie, the man responsible for the founding of the United Lodge of Theosophists.
These writings are useful to Theosophists as they show a clear way out of the twin difficulties of pseudo-Theosophy and the absence of the guidance from the original Founders. This collection of letters – over 400 pages – shows his understanding and compassion while at the same time a faithful adherence to the original and true work that he saw and experienced first hand when working with William Q Judge and H.P. Blavatsky.
It is full of practical, strengthening wisdom and is some of the best and most perceptive theosophical writing from the last 100 years.
Here one finds insights into Crosbie’s powers of discrimination that helped him formulate the essential principles on which the ULT’s work could be effective and helpful, then as much as today.
They inspire the reader by showing how he applied the principles esoteric philosophy to form the nascent ULT in 1909 in Los Angeles. By the time of his passing in 1919 the ULT had become a well-managed centre that had re-established the perennial lines that are so vital to meaningful study and practice of the ancient Path of love for Wisdom.
His tact and insight in answering questions, allaying fears and bringing hope to those who worked with him to build what became a band of devoted co-workers and into whose safe hands he cheerfully trusted the future of the ULT on his passing.
The collection is mainly from the early years of the ULT but also includes letters when he was an active member of the Theosophical Society during and after William Judge’s time.
Over the years, the book has become a proven and tested source of advice, inspiration and encouragement for many on the Path whose difficulties and challenges change little in their essence.
The Friendly Philosopher is currently being studied in the Wednesday 8:30 pm meeting.