Sunday talks & discussion meetings in the Library and online
Weekly Sunday meetings have resumed, in person and online
From the start of October to end of June every year, the Lodge holds talks and study meetings every Sunday. The October-December programme is now online here.
All our meetings can be attended in person at the Lodge (with the exception of the Thursday drop-in, which is online only) or joined online. For details of how to join online, please click here. If you’d like to join online for the first time, just email email@example.com after reading the Guide to Online Meetings.
We welcome you to Theosophical study and discussion, if you have any questions email or call 020 7723 0688 more than 60 minutes before the meetings start.
Sundays from 7 – 8:30 pm
with a Seminar on Saturday 11th December at 3 pm
Held at ULT, Robert Crosbie House,
62 Queen’s Gardens, London W2 3AH
Sun 3rd The Power of Speech (talk)
Speech is a great creative and destructive power which must be understood and used wisely.
Sun 10th Exploring Dreams and Visions (H. P. Blavatsky articles)
H. P. Blavatsky shares her esoteric insight first (in “An Astral Prophet”) on a historical case of a prophetic vision and in a second article (“Are Dreams But Idle Visions?”) on how the degree of spirituality of an individual determines the type of dreams they have. [“An Astral Prophet” is in “H. P. Blavatsky Theosophical Articles” Vol. 2, starting on p. 369, p. 899 of the PDF file here; “Are Dreams But Idle Visions?” is in ULT Pamphlet #11, starting on p. 181 of the PDF file here. It can also be found in “A Modern Panarion.”]
Sun 17th The Cathars and The Albigensians (talk)
The Cathars derived their influence from early Egypt, as the Templars did. The teachings of their “perfecti” spread from Italy and Southern France over much of Europe including Germany and helped bring about the Reformation. A wonderfully enlightened form of Christianity, believing in reincarnation, practising non-violence and vegetarianism, they were mercilessly put down at the instigation of the Church.
Sun 24th Ages and Aeons (from H. P. Blavatsky’s books & articles)
From Shakespeare’s “seven ages of a man’s life,” to the vast cycle of the four great ages or yugas, the Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Iron, all life and evolution is governed by ages, cycles, and aeons.
Sun 31st The Transmigration of Life Atoms (H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge articles)
Eastern religions teach that we can be reborn as animals, plants, or stones, as a Karmic consequence of misdeeds. Theosophy says the human soul can never so regress but adds that there is nonetheless an important element of truth concealed in this popular belief.
Sun 7th Plato’s Allegory of the Cave (talk)
The Greek philosopher’s famous allegory contains deep truths about the true nature of ourselves and the universe. We will correlate it with other ancient texts and teachings and interpret it from the perspective provided by Theosophy.
Sun 14th Freedom From The Bondage of the World (from “The Voice of The Silence” & Vivekachudamani by Adi Shankaracharya)
“The realisation of the truth is seen to depend on meditation on statements about what is good, not on bathing or donations or by hundreds of yogic breathing exercises.” (The Crest Jewel of Wisdom) “Think not that breaking bones, that rending flesh and muscle, unites thee to thy “silent self.” (The Voice of the Silence)
Wednesday 17th Special Meeting: Theosophical Movement 146th Anniversary (two talks) – for details, please see the Wednesday page here.
Sun 21st Revival of The Ancient Mysteries (talk)
Theosophy is declared by its custodians to be as old as thinking man; it has existed on this Earth since the time human beings became self-conscious choosers, over 18 million years ago.
Sun 28th The Life of The Astral Body (“Answers to Questions on The Ocean of Theosophy” by Robert Crosbie)
The astral body and prana (life energy, vital force, chi, qi, ki, etc.) are intricately connected. We would not be in embodiment without the connection of these with our physical “outer shell.” Theosophy first introduced these principles in a clear way to the West and can tell us much about them.
Sun 5th Confucius (talk)
The great Chinese sage who lived from 551 to 479 BC. Although serving as Minister of Justice in Shandong state, his life’s work was to draw together the teachings of ancient Chinese philosophers, amplifying and living them so as to teach a practical moral life. He was a follower of Lao Tsu and aligned himself with the Wisdom tradition, saying “I only hand on: I cannot create new things. I believe in the ancients and therefore I love them.”
Saturday 11th Seminar: The Bible and The Torah, looking behind the veil (3 talks)
Many Jews and Christians instinctively recognise that their scriptures cannot be taken literally. Yet this is no reason to entirely discard them; Theosophy unveils some of the universal sacred knowledge concealed within the ideas, symbols, and allegories, of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible or “Old” Testament) and the Christian New Testament.
Sun 12th Universal Application of The Ageless Wisdom (William Q. Judge articles)
Hermetic philosophy held that man is a copy of the greater universe; that any law that affects man must govern every portion of the universe in which he lives and breathes.
Sun 19th The Science of The Soul (talk)
On the nature of the soul and its central role in our life and evolution.
Sun 26th The Sidereal Year (from the writings of H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge)
The sidereal year is the period taken for the precession of the equinox to cause the Sun to traverse through a complete revolution of the Zodiac. It began 7,975 BCE and will have its 10,000th year in 2025, lasting 25,868 years in total. The Ocean of Theosophy states “the completion of this grand period brings the earth into newer spaces of the cosmos” and will cause great changes to the earth and its nations.
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handouts from all past events here
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The Skype / phone call will be made 5 to 10 minutes before, please be ready to join on time, we start the meetings punctually. Give yourself time to prepare before the meeting by downloading and reading the texts, they are usually there a day or more beforehand.
If you’re not currently in the Sunday Skype group and want to join, please contact us by email at least 24 hours beforehand. There is no ticketing but we’ll need to add you to the group’s list.
All are welcome to participate in the meetings, you do not need to have prior knowledge of the philosophy.
The Sunday meetings provide access to Theosophy through a programme of talks and the reading, study, and discussion of original articles.
The meetings are suitable for all, whether new to the philosophy or those familiar with it. Some Sanskrit words and other terms are used to describe metaphysical concepts, but these are comparatively few, most are in the Glossary.
The Sunday meetings are from 7 to 8:30 pm and the Skype call will be made 5-10 minutes before, so please be ready to join on time as we start the meetings punctually. For those attending in person, the Lodge is open from 6.30 pm, please do arrive on time. To join by Skype or phone, read the Guide to Online Meetings and then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more details, call 020 7723 0688 or 07753 619 953. Or email us using the contact form.
Theosophy and the ULT
The Lodge programme takes up the writings of two of the original and most active founders of the Theosophical Society, H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge, along with those of Robert Crosbie, the founder of the ULT.
The influence of the Theosophical movement has popularised the Eastern ideas of karma and reincarnation and introduced to the West practices such as meditation and the concepts of the inter-connectedness of all life and non-violence. Its scholarly and fact-based philosophy has given rise to research and study of reincarnation and man’s consciousness, both being important subjects in their own right as some of the keys to man’s well-being and our social and psychological progress.
The true and wonderful nature of the mind – the soul, as it was previously called – and its many degrees of consciousness has become better understood over the past 100 years and an appreciation of it along metaphysical and therefore spiritual lines is creating wider and serious interest in scholarly and academic circles due to the spread of these ideas.
Robert Crosbie, who was a close pupil of both of the Movement’s two founders, started the ULT in 1909 in order to see their work continued along their lines and holding to their ideals. The programme of the ULT aims to remain true to these original pioneers whose writings are the most reliable and trusted sources of this Perennial Wisdom.
To find out more about this life-enhancing and sustainable system of thought, please get in touch and study with us in our meetings (online or physical), or use the free resources on this site, including the book and audio libraries, as well as the Correspondence Course.
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