Do we not try to attain unity in the wrong way? What is unity? H.P.B. tells us in The Theosophical Glossary that brotherhood is a fact, physically and spiritually; but it must become so intellectually. Is this a hint as to how unity can be attained—unity of minds and of ideas?
Robert Crosbie applied this idea in the Declaration of the U.L.T. The only basis for union, he said, was "similarity of aim, purpose and teaching." Any one or two of these is not sufficient for real union; all three must be present. This lies at the root of the old teaching: "Come out from among them, and be ye separate." This means, not isolation, but union with those having the same aim, purpose and teaching.
Unity per se can never be worked for. It exists or it does not exist; it is an unseen inner bond, a magnetic similarity. What we have to do is to recognize it as such "intellectually." We may all have a common aim and purpose, but unless we agree as to the teachings, i.e., those ideas by which we live, we cannot in truth be magnetically united, however much we may pretend to be.
But among those who have the same aim, purpose and teaching there is often disunion as to the methods to be employed to further the aims, or as to the actual understanding of "purpose." The United Lodge of Theosophists pays no attention to differences of individual opinion. Why? Because, as W. Q. Judge and Robert Crosbie pointed out, anyone must be allowed, and even aided, if his purpose is right, to use methods which others do not agree with. All efforts made in the right spirit will bring good results, even though they be different results than those expected. There must be differences of opinion as to methods; but, as the Masters have declared, there cannot be among Them any differences as to Teachings. There cannot be two opinions on a Truth. There cannot be two opinions as to whether 2+2 equals 4, but there may be many ways of using this knowledge or of teaching it.
So long as the pure and unadulterated Teachings are taught, their understanding must be left to each student, for he will, as The Secret Doctrine states, always judge "from the standpoint of his own knowledge, experiences and consciousness, based on what he has already learnt." Unity grows as essentials are embodied. It does not have to be striven after; it is there when the right conditions prevail. What we need is to recognize it and increase its depth. The way is open to all to work for the conditions of unity.
This does not mean that the U.L.T. need change its established "tradition" for the carrying out of its policy and programme. When someone feels there ought to be a change in the Lines laid down, it were better he tried to accustom himself to these Lines, worked wholeheartedly adhering to them and watched the results. Otherwise chaos results and different opinions sow the seeds of disunity and discord among the students themselves, so that the real "centre" of activity is lost.
Modern science recognizes matter as "living" and "dead," "organic" and "inorganic." and "Life" as merely a phenomenon of matter. Occult science recognizes, "foremost of all, the postulate that there is no such thing in Nature as inorganic substances or bodies. Stones, minerals, rocks, and even chemical 'atoms' are simply organic units in profound lethargy. Their coma has an end, and their inertia becomes activity." (Secret Doctrine, Vol. I, p. 626 fn.) Occultism recognizes ONE UNIVERSAL, ALL-PERVADING LIFE. Modern science recognizes life as a special phenomenon of matter, a mere transient manifestation due to temporary conditions. Even logic and analogy ought to have taught us better, for the simple reason that so-called "inorganic" or "dead" matter constantly becomes organic and living, while matter from the organic plane is continually being reduced to the inorganic. How rational and justifiable, then, to suppose that the capacity or "potency" of life is latent in all matter!