Dzyan Esoteric School, the U.L.T.'s Esoteric Group
Mar 20, 1999 04:50 PM
by David Green
The Dzyan Esoteric School is the official name of the esoteric section
or school of the United Lodge of Theosophists. According to an esoteric
paper of the D.E.S.---
"The active Agent of the School is known as the 'Secretary, D.E.S.' All
communications should be addressed to that agent, and all
communications, instructions and directions, to applicants and members
will be issued by that office and over the signature 'Secretary,
D.E.S.'. . ."
"Every application for entrance into this School must be sent to the
The office of the "Secretary, D.E.S." was first located in the
Headquarters of the United Lodge of Theosophists at 504 Metropolitan
Building, Los Angeles, California. This address was at the intersection
of Broadway at Fifth Steet. Later when the U.L.T. Headquarters was
moved to a new location & building at 245 West 33rd Street, the D.E.S.
office was also transferred to new location. This West 33rd Street
address is still the headquarters of the U.L.T. Los Angeles.
Members of the D.E.S. corresponded with the Secretary & received their
esoteric instructions and documents through the U.S. Mail.
At the West 33rd Street Headquarters of the U.L.T., an "Esoteric Room"
was reserved exclusively for meetings of D.E.S. members. This room
housed the two portraits of Masters Morya & Koot Hoomi. This was the
situation as of the late sixties & early seventies. Whether this setup
is still in existence is uncertain. One of my U.L.T. informants
promises to obtain more information about the setup & possibly a
photograph of the D.E.S. office.
Where did the name "Dzyan Esoteric" School or Section originate? In
"Theosophy" magazine, February 1915, p. 188, Mr Robert Crosbie
"...The actual name of the School of the Masters [is not] used by any of
the so-called esoteric sections of the now numerous Theosophical
One might infer from this statement that Mr Crosbie believed he *knew*
the actual name of the School. Mr Crosbie & his U.L.T. colleagues
derived the name of the D.E.S. from at least two sources. One source
was a "Charter of The Dzyan Esoteric Section of the Theosophical
Society" issued to the Boston Esoteric Lodge when Crosbie lived in
Boston. This was during the life of William Q Judge. All local
esoteric groups of the E.S.T. were issued *similar* charters during both
Mrs Blavatsky's and Mr Judge's lifetimes. A facsimile of one such
charter can be seen in Blavatsky's "The Original Programme of the
Theosophical Society," published by The Theosophical Publishing
House---Adyar, Madras, India. Edited by Mr C. Jinarajadasa.
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