Course Guidance and Welcome
Shiva, “the Lord of Dance”
[Courtesy Musée Guimet, Paris]
Congratulations on taking the Correspondence Course on the original writings of H. P. Blavatsky and William Q Judge.
You are invited to read carefully these notes and guidance on the course. They will show you how to complete the topics, answer the questions at the end of them and start undertaking your own research.
If there are any questions please get in touch, in the mean time we wish you all success in your studies,
The United Lodge of Theosophists
“Satyât Nâsti paro dharmah”
[There Is No Religion Higher Than Truth]
“We take nothing on faith, and we go beyond and higher than any dogmatic religion
or materialistic physical science, since that is our motto.”
H. P. Blavatsky
The ancient foundations of hidden knowledge
A true knowledge of nature has been sought by many of the great minds of the past and they have discovered and recorded the means to open our spiritual insight, the faculties of Buddhi and Manas, which raise our consciousness and enlarge our perceptions and sympathies.
The study of Theosophy trains our reason along philosophical lines and stimulates intuition and mental perceptions, changing our present ways of automatic thinking for better, more conscious ones. To discover this knowledge and to put it to good use, becoming its responsible custodians, is a natural part of man’s evolution.
Hints on the method of study
As much of the course is to read and make notes on the topic material, these are a few words on methods which have worked for many. One of the best ways is to read the topic straight through quickly to get an overview of it, not being too concerned if the details are unclear.
Have a look at the first set questions at the end of the topic and as you start the second reading look out for what is said about them, and make notes in the margins and take up any linked references on the ideas which spark your interest or which feel are unclear.
It requires a little time to be put aside, and try to keep to times when you won’t be disturbed. Have patience with yourself and the system being presented, your perseverance will be rewarded as many students have been who have gone before you.
To set aside a regular time each day is best, even if it’s only 15-20 minutes. A good time is before sleeping as it helps us retain what has been read, but if that’s not possible be flexible in establishing your patterns of study.
Printing the topics
It may be helpful to print the topic material and keep it with your answers in a course file like the one pictured at the bottom.
Completing the topics and answers
You are asked to provide brief answers to the questions at the end of the topic. For those who may not be used to that, don’t be put off as it is only short answers that are needed, they are not marked. If you are new to Theosophy you may prefer to only answer the first set of questions and you can leave any questions you are unsure of, going as far as you feel able to.
If your written English is not good enough, you may keep the answers to a few lines or skip them altogether and request the next topic when you are ready. However if you do this it will help to make notes on the questions in the margins.
A little background reading of the references provided or to other theosophical writings is also well recommended.
To collate several quotations on one aspect that show the balanced aspects of the subject is one of the best methods of learning.
These two books, The Key and The Ocean , are recommended as they were written after years of work among theosophists and give simple and clear statements of the philosophy and how it can be applied and lived.
Sending in your answers
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: The Theosophy Correspondence Course
62 Queen’s Gardens, London W2 3AH, United Kingdom
By fax: +44 (0)8445 834 714
Phone: 020 7723 0688 or 07753 619 953
Book ordering and payment by email
PDFs are available on the links below, or hard copies can be purchased from the ULT (details on the ‘Library’ page.) Payment made by a credit or debit card link we will email to you, please email when you want to order.
The Indian paperback editions are under £3 and good value, the American hardbacks are harder wearing, at around £8.
A 20 part Index for filing your notes under the the topic headings is available and well recommended to file your topics, notes and answers in for future reference, the details are here.