International Fraternity of Theosophists

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The International Fraternity of Theosophists was an attempt to unite Theosophists who were disaffected, disenfranchised, or otherwise independent from the major organizations of the Theosophical Movement. It was the brainchild of Victor A. Endersby.

On November 17, 1955, the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Theosophical Society, twenty-three persons met to inaugurate The International Fraternity of Theosophists, with the intent "to bring together on an autonomous basis those in various groups who follow similar principles." In an letter to Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Victor confided that the Fraternity was a "modest experiment for pulling together homeless or discontented Theosophists..." To his friend George Cardinal LeGros, Victor wrote:

I think the success of the Fraternity will depend very largely upon how well its members avoid letting matters of the past of this sort affect their cooperative efforts. So far the order of the members is in order of numbers, ex-Pasadena, U.L.T., independent, and Adyar (only one of the last so far.) If that kind of team can pull together, something will have been done, even if on a small scale, that has never been accomplished since the original split. It should mean something.

Initially, the Fraternity attracted mostly former Point Loma members, but within six months, the Fraternity numbered ninety-two members, with backgrounds from all organizations.[1]

Additional resources


  1. Jerry Hejka-Ekins, "Victor A. Endersby, A Pioneering Independent Theosophist," Keeping the Link Unbroken (New York: Theosophical Research Monographs, 2004), 126-150.