Does the United Lodge of Theosophists
Exclude "The Mahatma Letters"?

by David Green

Dr James Santucci in his article on "The United Lodge of Theosophists" writes----

"In 1909, Crosbie, with these same interested acquaintances who shared his views that only the Source Theosophy of Blavatsky and Judge should be studied, formed the United Lodge of Theosophists in Los Angeles. What set this group apart from other theosophical societies was (and continues to be) its stress only on Source Theosophy (excluding even the letters of the masters K.H. and M written between 1880 and 1884 to . . . A.P. Sinnett). . . ."  The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects and New Religions, Prometheus Press, page 503.

This latter statement really surprises me. Why would the U.L.T. exclude the Mahatma Letters from Source Theosophy? Is this statement by Dr. Santucci correct? And if it is true, why does the United Lodge of Theosophists exclude the Mahatma Letters? The more I study this group, the more I am taken aback by many of their beliefs and "head in the sand" attitudes. They seem to be "true believers" who are extremely resistant to any questioning and discussion about their organization, their founder and their beliefs.  Again this somewhat baffles me since in the writings of Madame Blavatsky and the Masters the "atmosphere" is totally different.

Yesterday after the above had been written, Mr. Greg Hansen informed me that there is an article by Mr. Daniel Caldwell in a back issue of Theosophy World on the U.L.T.'s attitude toward The Mahatma Letters.  This article is published on the WWW at the following URL: