United Lodge of Theosophists
The United Lodge of Theosophists is an independent theosophical
organization founded in 1909 by Robert Crosbie
(1849–1919). Crosbie belonged to the theosophical community
created by Katherine Tingley at Point Loma, San Diego, California,
in the early 1900s. Before long he argued that the community
had lost its direction as originally established. He
moved to Los Angeles, opened the United Lodge, and founded
a publishing facility, the Theosophy Company. The first issue
of Theosophy Magazine appeared in 1912.
Among the people attracted to the United Lodge was B. P.
Wadia, an Indian who had held a high position in the Theosophical
Society. Wadia eventually succeeded Crosbie as head
of the lodge and is credited with turning it into an international
organization. More recently a leadership role was assumed by
Rhagavan N. Iyer, now a retired professor of political science
at the University of California, Santa Barbara. With his wife,
Nandini, Iyer heads the lodge’s Santa Barbara group and
founded Concord Press, which has developed an extensive
publishing program of theosophical and related materials.
The United Lodge of Theosophists has no formal membership
but there are some 11 lodges in the United States and 11
more in other countries. Along with the magazine Theosophy,
the group publishes the monthly, The Theosophical Movement,
and the bimonthly, Vidya. Address 245 W. 33rd St., Los Angeles,
CA 90007. Website httpwww.ult.org.
Sources
Crosbie, Robert. Answers to Questions on the Ocean of Theosophy.
Los Angeles Theosophy, 1937.
———. The Friendly Philosopher. Los Angeles Theosophy,
1934.
The Theosophical Movement, 1875–1950. Los Angeles Cunningham
Press, 1951.
United Lodge of Theosophists. httpwww.ult.org. March
8, 2000.
United Lodge of Theosophists Its Mission and Its Future. Los Angeles
Theosophy, n.d.

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