The aim of the Theosophy Restoration Project was to take a stand, in a small way, against the ongoing dilution of Theosophy in the Theosophical Society. Of course it is not Theosophy that is diluted but rather the amount of it on our programmes. The aim was to join forces with others keen to take back the platform, show the world that such a thing as Theosophy exists, and provide a venue in which we may be inspired to ascend towards it by studying and assimilating its eternal verities. Not only is this aim not prioritized in many Lodges/Branches around the world, in some cases it would struggle to find a place at all. There is however no way of restoring Theosophy to our Lodge or Branch other than we do it ourselves. We can’t leave it to that mythical beast, the Someone.
So the TRP blog, and now perhaps the Facebook group, is meant to gather together a group of people interested in exploring different ways of bringing this about. One of the issues previously raised is that on the whole the TS has had no handover to ensure that the link is kept unbroken, no plan for actually encouraging the study and assimilation of the teachings, no plan for realising the aims of the Society. Sections have expected their component Lodges/Branches to come up with ways of attending to the core business; and the General Council has expected the component Sections to come up with ways of achieving the Society’s aims. I think it is fair to say that this model has not worked. There needs to be some kind of a handover from one generation to the next.
Most likely every other organization and association teaches its officers and key personnel the basic message, aims and methods. Why do we not do the same? My wish for the Theosophy Restoration Project would be that together we formulate something of a handover package, including suggested content (with actual programmes included), suggested methods of study, suggested definitions and insights, and perhaps much more. Our method in the TS involves a process of learning and teaching whereby we do not proceed by dogmatic assertions, but this does not mean that we have no content to bring to public attention. Whether or not this model is taken up by any Section or the TS internationally we would each of us have something substantial to run with at our own Lodge or Branch, so our work would not be wasted. We could make it freely available throughout the TS, for any individual or Section to run with; the TS equivalent of freeware.
I do not underestimate the difficulty of a group of people around the world coming to the necessary sufficient agreement on key terms and teachings. Unless we or Someone Else can do so however the TS could not have anything to hand on from one generation to the next. Pointing to an entire library, or the collected writings of H.P. Blavatsky does not constitute a handover. Were it sufficient to point to a library we would have no problem at all. But there is much more to it than that. Without a proper reading books are a dead letter. The words in the books are nothing but a door. The key is in the soul, or the mind, or the heart, or the seeing, which may in fact be synonymous terms. So we also need to give due emphasis to the art of study.
In order to come to a shared understanding we may need to pare things back to abstract principles on which we can each agree. But that, I believe, is the only way in which it could be said that Theosophy is the essence of all Religion. Regardless of the outcome, there is much to be said for the journey itself: a serious international enquiry into the heart of Theosophy and the work of the Theosophical Society. I look forward to hearing your views.