United Lodge of Theosophists, London, UK

Thursday Meetups

The wheel of religion (Dharma), representing life’s duties.
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The first and third Thursdays each month, 7 to 8 pm

All year around excluding August

Starting from 7th January 2021, this is a discussion and exploration meeting on Skype where students can ask questions on any subjects in the philosophy of Theosophy, including those from the Correspondence Course.

Discussions are welcomed along any lines linked to the philosophy and these meetings are for those new to the subject as well as experienced students who may have specific questions.

The meeting is a drop-in one on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; to join, please email meetup@theosophy-ult.org.uk, at least one hour beforehand but earlier if you can, so that we can get connected with you on Skype.

The objective is to build a fellowship and friendship between members of the Lodge and develop a sense of unity and brotherliness and sisterhood in an informal setting whilst still helping to aid and assist in answering any questions and queries relating to the study and interest in Theosophy.

Subjects covered recently
  • On the nature of ‘egregores’

Connected with practice of creating thought-forms using one’s self-consciousness (Theosophical Glossary); in popular New Age thought also connected to the aura organisations create.

  • keys to reading the Bible’s Book of Genesis.

Start by using the Index at the back of the Secret Doctrine Vol 2 (eg Genesis i 70, 73, ii, 60, 81…) and selecting any quotations that answer the queries, eg who wrote Genesis (to see if there’s anything said on it); what are the keys to understanding Genesis, ie what ‘light’ represents and the various meanings attached to ‘darkness’ in the metaphysics of the Absolute (SD 1:70). There are many such important keys scattered through out the SD.

  • the power of making collations from H. P. Blavatsky’s and William Judge’s writings.

In the example above, collating three or four references on ‘light and darkness’ may be found to be illuminating! It is an aspect of Yoga and the power to concentrate, which brings together disparate references and can give a theme or story much greater depth and breadth.

  • using searches to ascertain the difference between the exoteric, the semi-esoteric, and the esoteric, and why it matters.

For instance: look up an entry in an encyclopedia or online in Wikipedia (exoteric) and compare it to what’s given in the Glossary or SD (often the exo- and esoteric), and try to understand why the difference matters and what are its implications and dimensions.

Benefits of doing your own online research

In finding one’s way through the labyrinth of online information (a little of which is reliable, while much is either indeterminate or quite misleading if not factually untrue) research techniques such as one the ones above are essential skills.

When learned and practiced they can make the study of philosophy very rewarding, as it will help orientate and enable one to discern truth from its much more frequent cousins, the great family of partial truths and simple errors.

But to fathom complex or deliberate errors then other yardsticks are needed (such as whether power, money or sex are involved); that’s a subject for another time.

As the whole philosophy of the problem of evil hangs upon the correct comprehension of the constitution of the inner being of nature and man, of the divine within the animal, and hence also the correctness of the whole system as given in these pages, with regard to the crown piece of evolution—MAN—we cannot take sufficient precautions against theological subterfuges.

The Secret Doctrine 2:476 by H. P. Blavatsky

You may also be interested in these activities

Sunday talks and study meetings on Skype.

Tuesday study class on TheDhammapada & The Key to Theosophy, essential texts for understanding the head and heart of the perennial wisdom.

Wednesday study class on The Secret Doctrine, H. P. Blavatsky’s best known work, covers more advanced topics.

Correspondence Course, for an in-depth exploration of Theosophy.

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