Re: Theos-World ...to discredit HPB and WQJ...
Mar 13, 2007 06:44 PM
Thank you for your comments and further clarifying your position with respect
to HPB, WQJ, and ULT.
Be assured that in my letters answering your questions about ULT, in no way
was there any intent to accuse you of any anything... And, although I was
peeved by your prosecutional and implicative method of interrogation, my response
was in direct answer to your questions. Sorry if I may have misconstrued them
as questioning the credibility of ULT. Actually, the only matter of my
concern was simply clarifying the semantics of the word "organization" in the
context I used it.
So, to further clarify what I meant by saying that ULT was not an
"organization" in the ordinary sense.... While an association may be "organized" in a
manner that enables it to carry out it's internal operations in an orderly
fashion -- ULT, as an "independent" Association of equally independent students,
is not "organized" in the same sense that a hierarchically administrated and
constitutionally governed membership corporation might be... That is similar to
the way the various Theosophical Society's are "organized."
The facts that each Associate of ULT is independent, and has no obligation to
the "Association" other than what they each voluntarily determine for
themselves, and that the ULT branches are themselves, independent and not legally
linked to any overall corporate structure or authority -- sets them apart from
other theosophical organizations ostensibly offering group study services, such
as libraries, classrooms, lecture halls, and other school facilities to
theosophical students. Also, ULT makes no distinction between those that have
signed their membership form or not -- since all the facilities of the Lodge are
free and open to anyone.
Thus, to speak of ULT's Association as being an "organization" is not the
same as speaking of the TS organizations -- which are NOT a free "association of
independent students of theosophy." The difference is obvious when you
compare their dissimilar methods and structures of management and administration,
as well as their methods of funding their operations. One centralized and the
other not, one dues paying and the other not, one selling books, badges and
trinkets for profit and the other not, one charging admission to lectures and the
other not, etc., etc.
And, as I said -- since all management of each ULT branch and maintenance of
their Lodge buildings and facilities, as well as any improvements, are carried
out solely by voluntary contribution -- any information about the inner
workings or operations of each independent ULT branch can only be known to whoever
has volunteered to carry them out. Thus, no one in any ULT branch can speak
for any other branch, including the similarly independent "parent Lodge" in
LA, or for the Theosophy Company -- which is an independent printer and
publisher of theosophical literature distributed through ULT and sold commercially
through normal distribution channels. Therefore, the actual business and
organization of the Theosophy Company is no concern of ULT, or anyone else, other
than the Directors of that company. So, whatever money that company has
accumulate from the sale of their publications, or otherwise, has nothing to do with
Hope this clarifies these matters once and for all.
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