THEOSOPHY, Vol. 22, No. 6, April, 1934
(Pages 241-243; Size: 9K)

[Compiler's Note: All 12 articles have the same name.]

THE FRIENDLY PHILOSOPHER(1)

[Part 6 of a 12-part series]

ORGANIZATIONAL Theosophists have the "successorship" idea in their minds, as has the world in general, simply because of the various claims made in that direction. This has to be cleared up in no uncertain way, but at the same time without the slightest intimation of intolerance or condemnation, by pointing out that one has to know Truth in order to detect its counterfeits. So we point to the Message and the Messengers as the Source upon which all should rely who desire to learn what pure Theosophy is and what it is not.

There are many things to be worked out in connection with the "U.L.T." If the movement is to spread, how are beginnings to be made in other places, and how are they to be started right and kept in line? It can only be done through close communication with some sure and solid point of help and guidance. As matters stand, anyone can take the name and consciously or unconsciously mix things up -- as has been done with Theosophy itself. What means, if any, should be taken to conserve the name "U.L.T." to the particular effort? It is for us to devise ways and means. There is time enough, but the field should grow in extent, so that the future has to be considered. Would not a magazine serve as guide and means of communication whereby the discrimination and judgment of all would grow? What all need is intelligent devotion to Masters' cause, which involves the subservience of the personal self. It is always personal divagations that throw students off the Philosophy and "the straight and narrow path." We have to go ahead, doing what seems right in ever varying circumstances, and that is where discrimination comes in. It is never what one would like to do in this or that condition -- but what should be done. We have much to do to fit ourselves for what may be in store. Can we do it? We can try.

If basic ideas are not taken in, nothing can be done. If we can do no more, as humble agents, than to keep these ideas alive in the world and among Theosophists, we should be content; but we are not through, and while our life lasts we will keep on doing all we can to give others a sound basis, a better understanding of what the great Ideas of Theosophy mean. Each of us must find his own expressions of the same great Truths.

This is an age of transition and our work is to hark back to first principles, promulgate and sustain them as best we can, so that they shall be ready for those who need them, drawing our inspiration from the Message and the Messengers. This constitutes the right work for all Arjunas. It is not the "personality," but what "it" represents to us that is the danger. In the case of some it might drag down the ideal; so, let the ideal exist, but let the visible focus be unknown except to those who have a right to know.

There must be "someone" to reply to questions; a magazine would do this without making anyone responsible for the opinions therein expressed. We must get one started, but we will need readers -- where will they be found? That also is for the future. We will have to advance boldly without, -- not in our own strength, but in the strength of that for which we speak. We have to be like Sir Galahad whose "strength was as a thousand men because his heart was pure." There will be then no terror of personal defeat, nor anxiety for personal success, but only Masters' work and our continued effort in it. If this spells failure, we will have the right to pronounce the word and understand its meaning; at the very worst, we will not have "failed" in vain. But we have no idea of failing, because the only real failure would be to stop working, and we will not do that.

We cannot and should not prevent others from using the Declaration of "U.L.T." -- but we should see that they get started right. If other centers are begun and those beginning them have the right spirit, they will want to be in close touch with the rest. We have not only the duty of promulgating, but of safeguarding as far as possible the spirit of our Declaration. "U.L.T." is avowedly a voluntary association; hence a Lodge that would not want association with the rest would be an anomaly. Is it possible that any group in sympathy with the Declaration would hold the opinion that unity is local only? They might; but Registration would help. If any did not wish to register, would they be in accord? Lodges, like Associates, should become so by the simple fact of registration.

Growth of the movement should be and will be slow, but it cannot be kept confined and still be growth. As new centres spring up, perhaps at great distance, they would easily be thrown into confusion without the help of trained Associates. What means should be taken to keep such centers in touch with older students? A magazine would help greatly if all the Associates took it -- but we have to remember that only a very small proportion did that in the old days. That may prove to be the case with us, yet we must try to lay firm foundations for all who will enter. This is our duty to them, to the Masters, and to ourselves whose aim is to serve the cause of Masters.

--ROBERT CROSBIE.

COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:

SOME ADMONITIONS

No Theosophist ought to be contented with an idle or frivolous life, doing no real good to himself and still less to others. He should work for the benefit of the few who need his help if he is unable to toil for Humanity, and thus work for the advancement of the Theosophical cause. No one is asked to give more than he can afford, whether in devotion, time, work or money. No working member should set too great value on his personal progress or proficiency in Theosophic studies; but must be prepared rather to do as much altruistic work as lies in his power. He should not leave the whole of the heavy burden and responsibility of the Theosophical movement on the shoulders of the few devoted workers. Each member ought to feel it his duty to take what share he can in the common work, and help it by every means in his power. No fellow has a right to remain idle, on the excuse that he knows too little to teach. For he may always be sure that he will find others who know still less than himself. And also it is not until a man begins to try to teach others, that he discovers his own ignorance and tries to remove it.--H.P.B.


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(1) [Note: The Index that I selected this series from said that the 12 articles were "Collated from Robert Crosbie". Researching this, I found the collation to be made up of 12 of his many letters. On another note, "U.L.T." refers to "The United Lodge of Theosophists".--Compiler.]
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