UNCOVERING THE REAL INSPIRATION
BEHIND THE ALICE BAILEY BOOKS
“Perhaps you aren’t aware,” answered the Alice Bailey student condescendingly, “but HPB wrote that in the 20th century the Masters would give the psychological key to the Secret Doctrine through another disciple and that just as D.K., the Tibetan, dictated “The Secret Doctrine” to HPB, he would give out more through someone else. This is what the Alice Bailey books are. They are the psychological key that HPB promised from D.K.”
How does one begin to unravel such a tangled mass of absolute lies?
The false and entirely unsubstantiated assertions of Alice Bailey have led to many of her readers confidently repeating such statements as the above to those students of the teachings of H. P. Blavatsky who reject and discountenance the Alice Bailey teachings, and sincerely expecting the HPB students to believe and accept them, as if such an “explanation” answers everything.
Sadly, it answers nothing and only proves that HPB students have been right in asserting for the past 90 or so years that the Bailey students are severely lacking in direct familiarity and personal acquaintance with HPB’s work, teachings, and writings, and that they tend to blindly swallow and repeat whatever the Bailey books tell them, such is their unquestioning trust and confidence in this woman.
In her “Unfinished Autobiography” – unfinished because she passed away in 1949 whilst still in the process of writing it – Bailey informs her readers:
“In many ways today H.P.B.’s book The Secret Doctrine is out of date and its approach to the Ageless Wisdom has little or no appeal to the modern generation. But those of us who really studied it and arrived at some understanding of its inner significance have a basic appreciation of the truth that no other book seems to supply. H.P.B. said that the next interpretation of the Ageless Wisdom would be a psychological approach, and A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, which I published in 1925, is the psychological key to The Secret Doctrine. None of my books would have been possible had I not at one time made a very close study of The Secret Doctrine. . . .
“Another revolutionary thing that the Tibetan did was when He dictated the contents of A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. In this book He gave what H.P.B. prophesied He would give, the psychological key to cosmic creation. H.P.B. stated that in the 20th century a disciple would come who would give information concerning the three fires with which The Secret Doctrine deals: electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction.” (p. 214-215, 236)
In the Introduction to Bailey’s largest work “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire,” her husband Foster Bailey claims that “In A Treatise on Cosmic Fire the Tibetan has given us what H. P. Blavatsky prophesied he would give, namely the psychological key to the Cosmic Creation. H.P.B. stated that in the 20th century a disciple would come who would give the psychological key to her own monumental work The Secret Doctrine on which treatise the Tibetan worked with her; and Alice A. Bailey worked in complete recognition of her own task in this sequence.”
Such are some of the statements in the Bailey literature which give their students such a twisted view of things. It seems apt to begin by making the following points:
(1) If “In many ways today H.P.B.’s book The Secret Doctrine is out of date and its approach to the Ageless Wisdom has little or no appeal,” why was it that in the late 1880s the Master Koot Hoomi described “The Secret Doctrine” as “an epitome of occult truths that will make it a source of information and instruction for the earnest student for long years to come“? (“Letters from The Masters of the Wisdom” First Series, Letter 19, p. 51, bold added) Are we really to believe that the Masters and HPB would expend and sacrifice such an astounding amount of time, effort, preparation, and energy – on both physical and occult levels – in the production of “The Secret Doctrine” only for it to then be “in many ways . . . out of date” within just a few decades?
(2) “H.P.B. said that the next interpretation of the Ageless Wisdom would be a psychological approach . . . In this book [i.e. “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire”] He [i.e. the Tibetan] gave what H.P.B. prophesied He would give, the psychological key to cosmic creation. H.P.B. stated that in the 20th century a disciple would come who would give information concerning the three fires with which The Secret Doctrine deals: electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction. . . . H.P.B. stated that in the 20th century a disciple would come who would give the psychological key to her own monumental work The Secret Doctrine on which treatise the Tibetan worked with her . . .”
Why is no evidence whatsoever ever provided in the Bailey books and publications for such assertions? Why no quote from HPB, no book reference, article name or page number? We have previously asked Bailey students if they can show us – in light of the apparently great importance which it has in their eyes and which it should have in the eyes of all Theosophists, if true – where HPB made such statements and prophecies but none have been able to answer. They are unable to answer because HPB never said or wrote any such thing!
All these references and oft-repeated remarks about someone coming in the 20th century to provide “the psychological key” to “The Secret Doctrine” are entirely foreign to HPB students, including those who have spent their whole lives immersed in her writings. The basis for such ideas originates in Alice Bailey’s own mind and imagination and not at all with HPB. Yes, she did write the following on p. xxxviii of the Introductory to “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1 –
“In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed, and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a Science called Gupta-Vidya; and that, like the once-mysterious sources of the Nile, the source of all religions and philosophies now known to the world has been for many ages forgotten and lost to men, but is at last found.”
– but it is hard to see how anyone can interpret this to make it mean what is said in the passages quoted above from the Bailey books. There is no mention of this much lauded “psychological key” and the words are “may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom,” not “will be sent.” Besides which, on the very same page, HPB emphasises that “it will take centuries before much more is given from it” [i.e. from “the Secret Archaic Doctrine”] and that “The times are ripe for a more serious knowledge than hitherto permitted, though still very limited, so far.”
Plus, the passage refers to a disciple who would “give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a Science called Gupta-Vidya” and who would prove to the world that “the source of all religions and philosophies now known to the world has been for many ages forgotten and lost to men, but is at last found.” As far as we are aware, even the Bailey students are sensible enough not to claim that she accomplished such an astoundingly monumental task as this.
Anyone even remotely acquainted with the writings of HPB, William Q. Judge (her closest friend, colleague, and co-founder of the modern Theosophical Movement, who is never referred to even once in all the tens of thousands of pages of the Bailey literature), and the Masters (i.e. in their published Letters), is aware that under the very serious and real restrictions of Cyclic Law the Masters were only able and permitted to give out new teachings to the world between 1875-1900 and that no further or deeper information would or could be made available from the Esoteric Doctrine until the closing quarter of the following century – i.e. 1975-2000 – and that even the extent of that may not be great.
For relevant quotations and references in this regard, see the article Why Stick To The Original? and also The Closing Cycle.
Alice Bailey wrote her books – under supposed telepathic dictation – from 1919-1949, not between 1975 and 2000. Students of HPB’s and the Masters’ teachings are aware that the above quoted sentence from the “Introductory” refers to the closing quarter of “Century the Twentieth” and thus avoid being sucked in by self-promoting assertions.
Nor did HPB ever state that “a disciple would come who would give information concerning the three fires with which The Secret Doctrine deals: electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction.” Can a quote from HPB be provided for this? The nature, description, and functions of these Three Fires are so altered and reversed in “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire” from the way in which they are spoken of in “The Secret Doctrine” that such a statement, even if one could be found, would be no proof at all of Bailey’s legitimacy.
(3) So no word or prophecy from HPB about a 20th century revelation of the “psychological key” and also not the slightest mention from her about working with Djwhal Khul (D.K.) on “The Secret Doctrine.” Why? Because she didn’t!
The idea that Djwhal Khul, who is known to be a disciple of the Master Koot Hoomi, worked closely with HPB in her writings has no basis whatsoever in anything other than the unsubstantiated assertions of later writers, who began making such statements long after HPB had passed away. “The Secret Doctrine” was not inspired or dictated to her by D.K. The latter was only a chela (disciple) “of the first degree” according to both HPB and Damodar K. Mavalankar (an advanced Indian chela of the Master K.H., who was eventually called by the Masters to live personally with them) and thus not a Master. He did not even take his very first initiation until the 1880s (see “Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement” p. 202 and “The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett” p. 12). There is no record of him having dictated any books or writings of HPB or anyone else.
Repeating the earlier proclamations of C. W. Leadbeater, Bailey wrote that D.K. passed what she calls the 5th Initiation (following the Leadbeater teaching and enumeration of the initiations) in 1875 (the year the Theosophical Society was founded) and thereupon became a full Master and Adept.
This can hardly be reconciled with any of the known facts, especially when D.K. – sometimes referred to by the Masters and HPB in their letters as “The Disinherited” – was still so junior in the early to mid 1880s that we find HPB speaking of him in private letters as “the boy” and even as “that hardly weened infant,” (“The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett” p. 12, 203).
There is also no mention of him being a Tibetan for that matter. He may have been or he may not have been. Leadbeater was the first to declare him such and we find nothing in this regard from any earlier. We do know from the Masters’ own letters that the Master Morya was an Indian Rajput by birth and the Master Koot Hoomi a Kashmiri who often speaks of himself an Indian. The main centre and base of the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood is, as the name suggests, in the Trans-Himalayan region, which consists primarily of the areas surrounding Ladakh and Lahaul. It is somewhere there that the two Mahatmas most closely associated with HPB and the Theosophical Movement have their main homes. This is not Tibet although it borders Tibet. The Trans-Himalayan region does not belong to Tibet either geographically or politically and it has its own distinct ethnicities. There is thus just as much reason – if not more – to assume that D.K. was not Tibetan as to believe that he was.
Contrary to the claims by Bailey and her followers that “The Secret Doctrine” was essentially the work of D.K. via HPB, the Master K.H. certified that “The Secret Doctrine” was written by himself and the Master Morya, along with the one they called their “Direct Agent” and “Brother” HPB, who they also sometimes referred to as “Upasika,” a Buddhist term meaning “female disciple.” It was, as he put it, a “triple production.”
There are three main Mahatma Letters regarding this authorship and also a fourth, albeit largely unknown, in which it’s briefly mentioned.
The one we quote from first is from a letter from the Master K.H. to Col. Olcott (co-founder of the modern Theosophical Movement in 1875 with HPB and William Judge) which had suddenly materialised on the table in Olcott’s cabin while he was on board a ship headed for London during the period that “The Secret Doctrine” was being written. After saying various things about HPB, the Master says:
“I have also noted your thoughts about the ‘Secret Doctrine’. Be assured that what she has not annotated from scientific and other works, we have given or suggested to her. Every mistake or erroneous notion, corrected and explained by her from the works of other theosophists was corrected by me, or under my instruction. It is a more valuable work than its predecessor, an epitome of occult truths that will make it a source of information and instruction for the earnest student for long years to come.” (“Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom” First Series, Letter 19, p. 51)
Then the German Theosophist Dr Hubbe Schleiden, who was sceptical about “The Secret Doctrine” being written or inspired by the Masters themselves, received a letter from the Master K.H. which included a note from the Master Morya on the other side of the page:
“I wonder if this note of mine is worthy of occupying a select spot with the documents reproduced, and which of the peculiarities of the “Blavatskian” style of writing it will be found to most resemble? The present is simply to satisfy the Dr. that – “the more proof given the less believed”. Let him take my advice and not make these two documents public. It is for his own satisfaction that the undersigned is happy to assure him that The Secret Doctrine when ready, will be the triple production of M, Upasika and the Doctor’s most humble servant. – K.H.”
“If this can be of any use or help to Dr. Hubbe Schleiden – though I doubt it – I, the humble undersigned Fakir certify that the “Secret Doctrine” is dictated to Upasika partly by myself and partly by my Brother K.H. – M.” (“Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom” Second Series, Letter 69, p. 126-127)
In his article “Authorship of The Secret Doctrine,” written and published in 1893, two years after HPB had passed away, William Q. Judge quoted the above message to Hubbe Schleiden and wrote “A year after this, certain doubts having arisen in the minds of individuals, another letter from one of the signers of the foregoing was sent and reads as follows. As the prophecy in it has come true, it is now the time to publish it for the benefit of those who know something of how to take and understand such letters. For the outsider it will all be so much nonsense.”
This “other letter” he referred to had been sent direct to him and in the article he quoted the part from K.H. but avoided publishing what the Master Morya had written at the end of the letter, as it related to Hubbe Schleiden, who at the time was still living:
“The certificate given last year saying that the Secret Doctrine would be when finished the triple production of Upasika, M and myself was and is correct, although some have doubted not only the facts given in it but also the authenticity of the message in which it was contained. Copy this and also keep the copy of the aforesaid certificate. You will find them both of use on the day when you shall, as will happen without your asking, receive from the hands of the very person to whom the certificate was given, the original for the purpose of allowing you to copy it; and then you can verify the correctness of this presently forwarded copy. And it may then be well to indicate to those wishing to know what portions in the Secret Doctrine have been copied by the pen of Upasika into its pages, though without quotation marks, from my own manuscript and perhaps from M, although the last is more difficult from the rarity of his known writing and greater ignorance of his style. All this and more will be found necessary as time goes on but for which you are well qualified to wait. – K.H.”
“The Dr. will be in the same rut for many years. Go on and fear nothing. I am beside you when you least expect it. No, this is not my personal style – the latter in a language you could not read – Yes right, the whole age transits – Particulars not given. M.”
And in a letter sent by the Master Morya to Mr Judge in either 1892 or early 1893 the phrase “As said by me in S.D.” appears, again indicating his direct role in the authorship of that book.
No mention of D.K. in any of this, nor in any of the eyewitness accounts of the mysterious phenomena involved in the writing of “The Secret Doctrine,” such as those related by Countess Wachtmeister and others in “Reminiscences of H. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine.”
Why did Alice Bailey never mention these letters? She must have known about them. Why did she keep these important facts about the true authorship of “The Secret Doctrine” hidden from and unknown to her readers and students? How could Bailey repeatedly claim that “The Secret Doctrine” was the work of D.K., never referring to the Master M. and K.H.’s direct part in it, when the latter two Adepts themselves had clearly said otherwise? These are serious questions which every Bailey student ought to think about and attempt to answer. No amount of sophistry or casual dismissal can evade this important issue or brush it aside.
It is suggested that Bailey claimed that “The Secret Doctrine” had been dictated to HPB by D.K. because, claiming him as her own inspirer, she would then have sufficient authority in the sight of her readers and students to be able to “correct” and “revise” (i.e. distort, misquote, mangle, and suppress) the teachings of “The Secret Doctrine” in her own books, purportedly on the say-so and under the “dictation” of the same Initiate.
Not being daring enough to claim her books as the work of the Masters Koot Hoomi or Morya, she settled for a safer and easier option instead, and attributed them to a member of the Brotherhood who had no known writings already in print.
We are not meaning to imply, however, that Bailey had no inspirer and wrote her many books entirely from her own mind and ability. On the contrary, we are convinced that she did have an unseen inspirer who provided much of the content and detail for her writings but that he was a member of the Black Lodge, the Dark Brotherhood, and a committed adherent and promoter of Christianity, probably a Christian priest of some description and quite possibly a Jesuit, a member of the Society of Jesus, for details of which see the article Theosophy, The Jesuits & The Roman Catholic Church.
There is nothing to suggest that the inspirer was Tibetan, Indian, or Eastern in any way but everything to suggest that he was a Westerner and someone wishing to replace the pure nontheistic Eastern Esotericism of genuine Theosophy with a strange quasi-monotheistic form of Christian “Esotericism” replete with the very concepts of a personal God and a personal Christ (along with emphasis on the supremacy and superiority of “the Lord Christ”) which HPB and the real Masters of the real Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood had sought so hard to attempt to eradicate and overthrow.
Consider some of the following few comparisons, which represent only a minute fraction of those that could be given but which give an adequate impression of the whole.
FROM ALICE BAILEY AND HER SO-CALLED “TIBETAN”:
* “Now right here let me go on record and say that I believed in conversion at that time and I believe in conversion today. I believed in the power of Christ to save then and I believe in it a thousandfold more today. I know that people can turn from the error of their ways and I have seen them again and again find that reality in themselves which St. Paul calls “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Upon that knowledge I stake my eternal salvation and the salvation of all mankind. I know that Christ lives and that we live in Him and I know that God is our Father and that, under God’s great Plan, all souls eventually find their way back to Him. I know that the Christ life in the human heart can lead all men from death to immortality. I know that because Christ lives we shall live also and that we are saved by His life. But I question our human techniques very often and I believe that God’s way is often the best and that He often leaves us to find our own way home, knowing that in all of us there is something of Himself which is divine, which never dies, and which comes to knowledge. I know that nothing in Heaven or hell can come between the love of God and His children. I know that He stays on guard watching “until the last weary pilgrim has found his way home.” I know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and this means that we do not love some far off, abstract Deity but that we love our fellowmen. Loving our fellowmen is evidence – undefined, maybe, but just as sure – that we love God.” (Alice Bailey, “The Unfinished Autobiography” p. 60-61)
* “Some time ago I gave out to the world – under instruction from the Christ – an Invocation that is destined to become of major usefulness in bringing about certain great events. These are:
“1. An outpouring of love and light upon mankind, from Shamballa.
“2. An invocatory appeal to the Christ, the Head of the Hierarchy, to reappear.
“3. The establishing on earth of the divine Plan, to be accomplished willingly by humanity itself.
“Incidentally, these three events are relatively near and will be brought about by a conscious working out of the immediate phase of the plan, which it is the divine intention to bring about to a certain extent, before the reappearance of the Christ. The establishing of right human relations is the immediate task and is that phase of the Plan of Love and Light to which humanity can most easily respond and for which they are already evidencing a sense of responsibility.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Rays and the Initiations” p. 755)
* “The wonder of that life, lived two thousand years ago, is still with us and has lost none of its freshness; it is an eternal inspiration, hope, encouragement and example. The love He demonstrated still holds the thinking world in thrall, even though relatively few have really attempted to demonstrate the same quality of love as He did – a love that leads unerringly to world service, to complete self-forgetfulness and to radiant, magnetic living. The words He spoke were few and simple and all men can understand them, but their significance has been largely lost in the intricate legalities and discussions of St. Paul, and in the lengthy disputation of theological commentators since Christ lived and left us – or apparently left us.
“Yet – today Christ is nearer to humanity than at any other time in human history; He is closer than the most aspiring and hopeful disciple knows, and can draw closer still if what is here written is understood and brought to the attention of men everywhere. For Christ belongs to humanity, to the world of men, and not alone to the churches and religious faiths throughout the world.
“Around Him – in that High Place on Earth where He has His abiding place – are gathered today all His great Disciples, the Masters of the Wisdom, and all Those liberated Sons of God Who, down the ages, have passed from darkness to Light, from the unreal to the Real, and from death to Immortality. They stand ready to carry out His bidding and to obey Him, the Master of all the Masters and the Teacher alike of Angels and of men. The Exponents and the Representatives of all the world faiths are there waiting, under His guidance, to reveal to all those who today struggle in the maelstrom of world affairs, and who seek to solve the world crisis, that they are not alone. God Transcendent is working through the Christ and the Spiritual Hierarchy to bring relief; God Immanent in all men is standing on the verge of certain stupendous Recognitions.
“The great Apostolic Succession of the Knowers of God is poised today for renewed activity – a succession of Those Who have lived on Earth, accepted the fact of God Transcendent, discovered the reality of God Immanent, portrayed in Their own lives the divine characteristics of the Christ life and (because They lived on Earth as He did and does) have “entered for us within the veil, leaving us an example that we too should follow His steps” and Theirs. We too belong eventually in that great succession.
“The Buddha Himself is standing behind the Christ in humble recognition of the divine task which He is on the verge of consummating, and because of the imminence of that spiritual accomplishment. Not only are all those who are functioning consciously in the Kingdom of God aware of His Plans, but those great spiritual Beings Who live and dwell in the “Father’s House,” in the “centre where the will of God is known,” are also mobilised and organised to assist His work. The spiritual line of succession from the throne of the Ancient of Days down to the humblest disciple (gathered with others at the feet of the Christ) is today focussed on the task of helping humanity.
“The great moment for which He has so patiently waited has almost arrived; the “end of the age” to which He referred when speaking to His small group of disciples: “Lo! I am with you all the days even unto the end of the age” has come. Today He stands and waits, knowing that the hour has come when He will “see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied.” (Is. LIII.11.)
“Right through the spiritual succession of the Sons of God, there is naught to be seen and felt but expectancy and preparation. “The Hierarchy waits.” It has done all that is possible from the angle of the present opportunity. The Christ stands in patient silence, attentive to the effort that will make His work materialise on Earth and enable Him to consummate the effort He made 2000 years ago in Palestine. The Buddha hovers over the planet, ready to play His part if the opportunity is offered to Him by mankind. Everything now depends upon the right action of the men of goodwill.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Reappearance Of The Christ” p. 36-39)
* “Christ has been for two thousand years a silent, passive Figure, hidden behind a multitude of words written by a multitude of men (commentators and preachers). The church has pointed us to the dying Christ upon the Cross and not to the living, working, active, present Christ Who has been with us in bodily Presence (according to His promise) for twenty centuries.
“Let us, therefore, endeavour to get a truer picture of Christ’s activities and life and – consequently – of our future hope. Let us try and realise the ever-present yet divine Person, laying His plans for the future helping of humanity, assessing His resources, influencing His disciples and organising the details which will attend His reappearance. We need to awaken faith in the factual nature of divine revelation, and galvanise the church of Christ into a truer appreciation of Him and of His work. It is the living, acting, thinking Christ with whom we must deal, remembering always that the Gospel story is eternally true and only needs re-interpreting in the light of its place in the long succession of divine revelations. His Mission on earth two thousand years ago is a part of that continuity and is not an extraordinary story, having no relation to the past, emphasising a period of only 33 years and presenting no clear hope for the future.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Reappearance Of The Christ” p. 64)
* “The Christian concept of the return of a triumphant Christ, coming in the clouds of heaven to Jerusalem, there to reign for a thousand years, is true in one way and utterly false as to design, location and method. Christ will return; the Jerusalem referred to (literally “the place of peace”) is not the chief city of a small country called Palestine or the Holy Land; the word is simply symbolic of a peaceful world—a world which, through its own self-initiated efforts, has attained a general quietude and has acquired a certain measure of right human relations. His coming in the air might be interpreted literally to mean that at the right time He will come by plane from the place on earth where He has been for many generations, watching over the sons of men; the words “every eye shall see Him” might mean that, by the time He comes, television will have been perfected and He will then be seen, by its means, from even the most distant spot on earth. To the orthodox Christian, the above will sound like the rankest blasphemy, but the question immediately arises: Why should it be blasphemy for Him to use modern methods? Whilst on earth before, He conformed to the customs of His time. “Riding on the clouds of Heaven” may sound more picturesque and apparently require a greater expression of divinity, but why use such a means when a plane will equally well fulfil the purpose and carry the prophecy to completion? A great deal of reactionary stupidity will have to be eliminated before He can come, and it will be as the new generation assert their hold over human thinking. But it is not the event or the stage of Christ’s appearing with which we are now dealing, but with the preparatory stages and with the task of fitting the world (which means, in this case, preparing the human consciousness) for the presence in physical activity and manifestation of the Hierarchy – in full force and with its esoteric equipment.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 575-576)
* “For the first time in human history, the love of God was embodied in a man, and Christ inaugurated the era of love. That expression of divine love is still in the making; the world is not yet full of love and few there are that understand the true meaning of the word. But – speaking symbolically – when the United Nations has emerged into factual and actual power, the welfare of the world will then be assured. What is that welfare but love in action? What are right human relations but love among men, groups and nations? What is international cooperation but love on a world scale? Those are the things which the love of God in Christ expressed, and those are the things which we are working here today to bring into being. We are attempting to do it on a vast scale, and this in spite of opposition – an opposition which can only temporarily succeed, such is the potency of the awakened spirit of man. These are the things which the Hierarchy, in its already successful procedures, is aiding and will continue to aid.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 603)
* “However, until Christ came and lived a life of love and service and gave men the new command to love one another, there had been very little emphasis upon God as Love in any of the world Scriptures. After he had come as the Avatar of love, then God became known as love supernal, love as the goal and objective of creation, love as the basic principle of relationship and love as working throughout all manifestation towards a Plan motivated by love. This divine quality, Christ revealed and emphasized and thus altered all human living, goals and values.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Reappearance Of The Christ” p. 12)
* “Eventually, there will appear the Church Universal, and its definite outlines will appear towards the close of this century. In this connection, forget not the wise prophecy of H.P.B. as touching events at the close of this century. This Church will be nurtured into activity by the Christ and His disciples when the outpouring of the Christ principle, the true second Coming, has been accomplished. No date for the advent do I set, but the time will not be long.
“The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 510)
[NOTE: The supposed “Tibetan” could not be more vague, even if he tried, as to what “wise prophecy of H.P.B.” he is referring to. Again, why is no specific reference or quote provided? We defy anyone to produce a legitimate quote from HPB in which she prophesies or predicts anything even remotely resembling what “D.K.” is talking about in this paragraph and section.]
* “The prime work of the church is to teach, and teach ceaselessly, preserving the outer appearance in order to reach the many who are accustomed to church usages. Teachers must be trained; Bible knowledge must be spread; the sacraments must be mystically interpreted, and the power of the church to heal must be demonstrated. The three main channels through which the preparation for the new age is going on might be regarded as the Church, the Masonic Fraternity and the educational field.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 511)
* “At this particular time the Master M., the Master K. H. and the Master Jesus are interesting Themselves closely with the work of unifying, as far as may be, eastern and western thought, so that the great religions of the East, with the later development of the Christian faith in all its many branches, may mutually benefit each other. Thus eventually it is hoped one great universal Church may come into being.
“The Master Jesus, Who is the focal point of the energy that flows through the various Christian churches, is at present living in a Syrian body, and dwells in a certain part of the Holy Land. He travels much and passes considerable time in various parts of Europe. He works specially with masses more than with individuals, though He has gathered around Him quite a numerous body of pupils. He is upon the sixth Ray of Devotion, or Abstract Idealism, and His pupils are frequently distinguished by that fanaticism and devotion which manifested in earlier Christian times amongst the martyrs. He Himself is rather a martial figure, a disciplinarian, and a man of iron rule and will. He is tall and spare with rather a long thin face, black hair, pale complexion and piercing blue eyes. His work at this time is exceedingly responsible, for to Him is given the problem of steering the thought of the occident out of its present state of unrest into the peaceful waters of certitude and knowledge, and of preparing the way in Europe and America for the eventual coming of the World Teacher. He is well known in the Bible history, coming before us first as Joshua the Son of Nun, appearing again in the time of Ezra as Jeshua, taking the third initiation, as related in the book of Zechariah, as Joshua, and in the Gospel story He is known for two great sacrifices, that in which He handed over His body for the use of the Christ, and for the great renunciation which is the characteristic of the fourth initiation. As Appollonius of Tyana, He took the fifth initiation and became a Master of the Wisdom. From that time on He has stayed and worked with the Christian Church, fostering the germ of true spiritual life which is to be found amongst members of all sects and divisions, and neutralizing as far as possible the mistakes and errors of the churchmen and the theologians. He is distinctively the Great Leader, the General, and the wise Executive, and in Church matters He co-operates closely with the Christ, thus saving Him much and acting as His intermediary wherever possible. No one so wisely knows as He the problems of the West, no one is so closely in touch with the people who stand for all that is best in Christian teachings, and no one is so well aware of the need of the present moment. Certain great prelates of the Anglican and Catholic Churches are wise agents of His.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 511)
* This “Tibetan” is so undeniably Christian that he speaks not of “the New Testament” but of “our New Testament” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Light Of The Soul” p. 426). In her own “Introductory Remarks” to the same book, Bailey says that every esoteric student ought to continually study the New Testament and that “In the New Testament there is depicted for us the life of a Son of God in full manifestation, wherein, freed from every veil, the soul in its true nature walks the earth. It becomes apparent to us, as we study the life of Christ, what it means to develop the powers of the soul, to attain liberation, and become, in full glory, a God walking on earth.”
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In the Bailey books, the religious scripture referred to, quoted from, and expounded upon most often, is the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Her unseen inspirer also evinces some small degree of familiarity with the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali but none at all with anything Tibetan or Buddhist. Judging from his quotes and references, he prefers even the Old Testament to any Buddhist scripture and doesn’t even make the slightest mention of the existence of such a thing as the Dhammapada, the most popular, well known, and basic Buddhist scripture.
And yet this Christ-praising, God-believing, Gospel-recommending, Church-supporting, Bible-quoting “Tibetan” is implicitly believed by Bailey followers to be some sort of wise old Lama or Abbot at a Buddhist monastery somewhere in Tibet and a high ranking member of the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood! And why? Simply because Alice Bailey said so.
We cannot help but recall the words of one writer who, after studying and examining the Bailey teachings, found himself having to conclude that Alice Bailey was “a deluded Christian writing for deluded Christians.” That may not be quite fair for all her students but undoubtedly they must all be quasi-Christians when not complete Christians; otherwise how could they swallow, accept, and promote such overwhelmingly Christian stuff?
It is interesting to note that in the hundreds of letters by the Master Koot Hoomi and the Master Morya published in “The Mahatma Letters,” of the 15 different scriptures referred to or quoted from, 14 are Buddhist and 1 is Hindu. The Masters demonstrate a clear knowledge of and close familiarity with such texts as the Jnana Prasthana Shastra, the Avatamsaka Sutra, the Mahavagga, the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, and the Khuddaka Patha, the latter of which the Master M. calls “my family Bible.” Scriptures from various different forms of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. The Hindu scripture referred to is Atma Bodha, one of the major works of Adi Shankaracharya. The Bible and New Testament are mentioned only by means of criticism and disapproval.
This “Tibetan” is so distinctly un-Buddhist that he speaks and writes of Buddhists and Buddhism as if they are something outside of his own views, work, affiliations, and philosophy:
“We have spoken here of God in terms of Person, and we have used therefore the pronouns, He and His. . . . The Buddhist teaching recognises no God or Person. Is it, therefore, wrong from our point of view and approach, or is it right? Only an understanding of man as a divine expression in time and space can reveal this mystery. . . . In form and when in manifestation, the only way in which the human mind and brain can express its recognition of the conditioning divine life is to speak in terms of Person, of Individuality. Hence we speak of God as a Person, of His will, His nature and His form.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “Esoteric Psychology” Vol. 2, p. 229)
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FROM H. P. BLAVATSKY AND THE MASTERS K.H. AND M.:
* “Neither our philosophy nor ourselves believe in a God, least of all in one whose pronoun necessitates a capital H. . . . Our doctrine knows no compromises. It either affirms or denies, for it never teaches but that which it knows to be the truth. Therefore, we deny God both as philosophers and as Buddhists. We know there are planetary and other spiritual lives, and we know there is in our system no such thing as God, either personal or impersonal. Parabrahm is not a God, but absolute immutable law, and Iswar is the effect of Avidya and Maya, ignorance based upon the great delusion. The word “God” was invented to designate the unknown cause of those effects which man has either admired or dreaded without understanding them, and since we claim and that we are able to prove what we claim – i.e. the knowledge of that cause and causes we are in a position to maintain there is no God or Gods behind them.
“The idea of God is not an innate but an acquired notion, and we have but one thing in common with theologies – we reveal the infinite. . . . Our chief aim is to deliver humanity of this nightmare, to teach man virtue for its own sake, and to walk in life relying on himself instead of leaning on a theological crutch, that for countless ages was the direct cause of nearly all human misery. Pantheistic we may be called – agnostic NEVER. If people are willing to accept and to regard as “God” our ONE LIFE immutable and unconscious in its eternity they may do so and thus keep to one more gigantic misnomer. . . . If we ask the theist is your God vacuum, space or matter, they will reply no. And yet they hold that their God penetrates matter though he is not himself matter. When we speak of our One Life we also say that it penetrates, nay is the essence of every atom of matter; and that therefore it not only has correspondence with matter but has all its properties likewise, etc. – hence is material, is matter itself. . . .
“We are not Adwaitees, but our teaching respecting the one life is identical with that of the Adwaitee with regard to Parabrahm. . . .
“(1) We deny the existence of a thinking conscious God, on the grounds that such a God must either be conditioned, limited and subject to change, therefore not infinite, or (2) if he is represented to us as an eternal unchangeable and independent being, with not a particle of matter in him, then we answer that it is no being but an immutable blind principle, a law. . . . Rejecting with contempt the theistic theory . . . I will point out the greatest, the chief cause of nearly two thirds of the evils that pursue humanity ever since that cause became a power. It is religion under whatever form and in whatsoever nation. It is the sacerdotal caste, the priesthood and the churches; it is in those illusions that man looks upon as sacred, that he has to search out the source of that multitude of evils which is the great curse of humanity and that almost overwhelms mankind. Ignorance created Gods and cunning took advantage of the opportunity. . . . Remember the sum of human misery will never be diminished unto that day when the better portion of humanity destroys in the name of Truth, morality, and universal charity, the altars of their false gods.
“If it is objected that we too have temples, we too have priests and that our lamas also live on charity . . . let them know that the objects above named have in common with their Western equivalents, but the name. Thus in our temples there is neither a god nor gods worshipped, only the thrice sacred memory of the greatest as the holiest man that ever lived. If our lamas to honour the fraternity of the Bhikkhus established by our blessed master himself, go out to be fed by the laity, the latter often to the number of 5 to 25,000 is fed and taken care of by the Samgha (the fraternity of lamaic monks) the lamassery providing for the wants of the poor, the sick, the afflicted. Our lamas accept food, never money, and it is in those temples that the origin of evil is preached and impressed upon the people. There they are taught the four noble truths – ariya sakka, and the chain of causation, (the 12 nidanas) gives them a solution of the problem of the origin and destruction of suffering.” (Master K.H., “The Mahatma Letters” #10, p. 52, 53, 54, 56, 57-58)
* “What have we, the disciples of the true Arhats, of esoteric Buddhism and of Sang-gyas [i.e. the Tibetan name for Buddha] to do with the Shasters and Orthodox Brahmanism? There are 100 of thousands of Fakirs, Sannyasis and Saddhus leading the most pure lives, and yet being as they are, on the path of error, never having had an opportunity to meet, see or even hear of us. Their forefathers have driven away the followers of the only true philosophy upon earth away from India and now, it is not for the latter to come to them but to them to come to us if they want us. Which of them is ready to become a Buddhist, a Nastika as they call us? None. Those who have believed and followed us have had their reward. . . . Not so with the magnetism and invisible results proceeding from erroneous and sincere beliefs. Faith in the Gods and God, and other superstitions attracts millions of foreign influences, living entities and powerful agents around them, with which we would have to use more than ordinary exercise of power to drive them away. . . . as all in this universe is contrast so the light of the Dhyan Chohans and their pure intelligence is contrasted by the “Ma-Mo Chohans” – and their destructive intelligence. These are the gods the Hindus and Christians and Mahomed and all others of bigoted religions and sects worship; and so long as their influence is upon their devotees we would no more think of associating with or counteracting them in their work than we do the Red-Caps on earth whose evil results we try to palliate but whose work we have no right to meddle with so long as they do not cross our path.” (Master M., “The Mahatma Letters” #CXXXIV, p. 462, 463)
* “It is to avoid such anthropomorphic conceptions that the Initiates never use the epithet “God” to designate the One and Secondless Principle in the Universe.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 2, p. 555)
* “The high Initiates and Adepts . . . believe in “gods” and know no “God,” but one Universal unrelated and unconditioned Deity.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. 295)
* “The idea of God and Devil would make any chela of six months smile in pity. Theosophists do not believe either in the one or in the other. They believe in the Great ALL, in Sat, i.e., absolute and infinite existence, unique and with nothing like unto it, which is neither a Being nor an anthropomorphic creature, which is, and can never not be.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Misconceptions” – article)
* “I do not protest at all as you seem to think against your theism, or a belief in an abstract ideal of some kind, but I cannot help asking you, how do you or how can you know that your God is all wise, omnipotent and love-ful, when everything in nature, physical and moral, proves such a being, if he does exist, to be quite the reverse of all you say of him? Strange delusion and one which seems to overpower your very intellect.” (Master K.H., “The Mahatma Letters” #XXII, p. 141)
* When the English Theosophist A.O. Hume was preparing to publish an article about the Masters having belief in God, the Master K.H. wrote:
“This is preposterously ridiculous: if he publishes what I read, I will have H.P.B. or Djual Khool deny the whole thing; as I cannot permit our sacred philosophy to be so disfigured. He says that people will not accept the whole truth; that unless we humour them with a hope that there may be a “loving Father and creator of all in heaven” our philosophy will be rejected a priori. In such a case the less such idiots hear of our doctrines the better for both. If they do not want the whole truth and nothing but the truth, they are welcome. But never will they find us – (at any rate) – compromising with, and pandering to public prejudices. . . . The truth is, my dear friend, that notwithstanding the great tidal wave of mysticism that is now sweeping over a portion of the intellectual classes of Europe, the Western people have as yet scarcely learned to recognise that which we term wisdom in its loftiest sense.” (“The Mahatma Letters” #LIV, p. 304-305, bold added)
* “True, “Koot Hoomi” mentions Buddha. But it is not because the brothers hold him in the light of God or even of “a God,” but simply because he is the Patron of the Thibetan Occultists, the greatest of the Illuminati and adepts, self-initiated by his own Divine Spirit or “God-self” unto all the mysteries of the invisible universe.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Madame Blavatsky on the Himalayan Brothers” – article)
* “When our great Buddha – the patron of all the adepts, the reformer and codifier of the occult system, reached first Nirvana on earth, he became a Planetary Spirit; i.e. – his spirit could at one and the same time rove the interstellar spaces in full consciousness, and continue at will on Earth in his original and individual body. For the divine Self had so completely disfranchised itself from matter that it could create at will an inner substitute for itself, and leaving it in the human form for days, weeks, sometimes years, affect in no wise by the change either the vital principle or the physical mind of its body. By the way, that is the highest form of adeptship man can hope for on our planet. But it is as rare as the Buddhas themselves, the last Khobilgan who reached it being Sang-Ko-Pa of Kokonor (XIV Century), the reformer of esoteric as well as of vulgar Lamaism [i.e. Tsong Kha-pa, founder of the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Secret School at Shigatse connected with the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood, but never mentioned or referred to even once in the Bailey books, despite the emphasis accorded to him by HPB and the Masters in their writings.].” (Master K.H., “The Mahatma Letters” #IX, p. 43-44)
* “Jesus taught the world nothing that had not been taught as earnestly before by other masters. He begins his sermon [i.e. on the Mount] with certain purely Buddhistic precepts that had found acceptance among the Essenes, and were generally practiced by the Orphikoi, and the Neo-platonists. There were the Philhellenes, who, like Apollonius, had devoted their lives to moral and physical purity, and who practiced asceticism. He tries to imbue the hearts of his audience with a scorn for worldly wealth; a fakir-like unconcern for the morrow; love for humanity, poverty, and chastity. He blesses the poor in spirit, the meek, the hungering and the thirsting after righteousness, the merciful and the peace-makers, and, Buddha-like, leaves but a poor chance for the proud castes to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Every word of his sermon is an echo of the essential principles of monastic Buddhism.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Isis Unveiled” Vol. 2, p. 552-553)
* “As a matter of fact, in spite of all the desperate research made during long centuries, if we set aside the testimony of the “Evangelists,” i.e., unknown men whose identity has never been established, and that of the Fathers of the Church, interested fanatics, neither history, nor profane tradition, neither official documents, nor the contemporaries of the soi-disant drama, are able to provide one single serious proof of the historical and real existence, not only of the Man-God but even of him called Jesus of Nazareth, from the year 1 to the year 33. All is darkness and silence. Philo Judaeus, born before the Christian Era, and dying quite some time after the year when, according to Renan, the hallucination of a hysterical woman, Mary of Magdala, gave a God to the world, made several journeys to Jerusalem during that interval of forty-odd years. He went there to write the history of the religious sects of his epoch in Palestine. No writer is more correct in his descriptions, more careful to omit nothing; no community, no fraternity, even the most insignificant, escaped him. Why then does he not speak of the Nazarites? Why does he not make the least allusion to the Apostles, to the divine Galilean, to the Crucifixion? The answer is easy. Because the biography of Jesus was invented after the first century, and no one in Jerusalem was better informed on the subject that Philo himself. We have but to read the quarrel of Irenaeus with the Gnostics in the 2nd century, to be certain of it.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Reply to the Mistaken Conceptions of the Abbe Roca concerning my Observations on Christian Esotericism”)
* “Let it not be imagined that we bring this reproach to any who revere Jesus as God. Whatever the faith, if the worshipper be but sincere, it should be respected in his presence. If we do not accept Jesus as God, we revere him as a man. Such a feeling honors him more than if we were to attribute to him the powers and personality of the Supreme, and credit him at the same time with having played a useless comedy with mankind, as, after all, his mission proves scarcely less than a complete failure.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “Isis Unveiled” Vol. 2, p. 530)
* “If both Church and priest could but pass out of the sight of the world as easily as their names do now from the eye of our reader, it would be a happy day for humanity.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Isis Unveiled” Vol. 2, p. 586)
* “Let these unfortunate deluded Christians know that the real Christ of every Christian is the Vach, the “mystical Voice,” while the man Jeshu was but a mortal like any of us, an adept more by his inherent purity and ignorance of real Evil, than by what he had learned with his initiated Rabbis and the already (at that period) fast degenerating Egyptian Hierophants and priests.” (Master K.H., “The Mahatma Letters” #LIX, p. 344)
* “Christos is neither the Christ of the Churches, nor yet the Jesus of the Gospels; it is only an impersonal Principle.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Kabalah and the Kabalists” – article)
* “Note well, “Christos” with the Gnostics meant the impersonal principal, the Atman of the Universe, and the Atma within every man’s soul – not Jesus.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. 132)
* “No true theosophist will accept any more a carnalised Christ . . . than an anthropomorphic God, and still less a ‘Pastor’ in the person of a Pope . . .” (H. P. Blavatsky, “On Pseudo-Theosophy” – article)
* “. . . “the coming of Christ,” means the presence of CHRISTOS in a regenerated world, and not at all the actual coming in body of “Christ” Jesus; this Christ is to be sought neither in the wilderness nor “in the inner chambers,” nor in the sanctuary of any temple or church built by man; for Christ – the true esoteric SAVIOUR – is no man, but the DIVINE PRINCIPLE in every human being. He who strives to resurrect the Spirit crucified in him by his own terrestrial passions, and buried deep in the “sepulchre” of his sinful flesh; he who has the strength to roll back the stone of matter from the door of his own inner sanctuary, he has the risen Christ in him.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Esoteric Character of the Gospels” – article)
* “The Christ of esoteric science is the Christos of Spirit – an impersonal principle entirely distinct from any carnalised Christ or Jesus.” (H. P. Blavatsky, Footnote in response to the Abbe Roca’s “Esotericism of Christian Dogma”)
* “Theosophy . . . hushes the “Lo here! and lo there!” and declares the Christ, like the kingdom of heaven, to be within. . . . With the advent of Theosophy, the Messiah-craze surely has had its day, and sees its doom.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Modern Apostles and Pseudo-Messiahs” – article)
* “It is not in the Kali yug, our present terrifically materialistic age of Darkness, the “Black Age,” that a new Saviour of Humanity can ever appear.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. 470)
* “I write in every letter that a divine Christ (or Christos) has never existed under a human form outside the imagination of blasphemers who have carnalized a universal and entirely impersonal principle.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Reply to the Mistaken Conceptions of the Abbe Roca concerning my Observations on Christian Esotericism”)
* “The present volumes have been written to small purpose if they have not shown, 1, that Jesus, the Christ-God, is a myth concocted two centuries after the real Hebrew Jesus died; 2, that, therefore, he never had any authority to give Peter, or any one else, plenary power; 3, that even if he had given such authority, the word Petra (rock) referred to the revealed truths of the Petroma, not to him who thrice denied him; and that besides, the apostolic succession is a gross and palpable fraud; 4, that the Gospel according to Matthew is a fabrication based upon a wholly different manuscript. The whole thing, therefore, is an imposition alike upon priest and penitent.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “Isis Unveiled” Vol. 2, p. 544)
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What, then, are we to conclude? We certainly cannot help but conclude that those Bailey supporters who insist that there are no differences or actual contradictions between the teachings of HPB and her self-styled successor are uttering fallacious absurdities. In almost every case they probably sincerely believe what they say but this only goes to further prove their unfamiliarity with HPB’s work and teachings. But then again, why would they feel much of a need to bother themselves with it if even “The Secret Doctrine” is now largely “out of date”?
As Bailey says regarding her initial encounter with “The Secret Doctrine”: “I had just made the acquaintance of her great book “The Secret Doctrine.” I was intrigued by it but completely bewildered. I couldn’t make head or tail of it. It is a difficult book for beginners for it is badly put together and lacks continuity. H. P. B. starts with one subject, wanders off to another, takes up a third at length and – if you search – you will find her returning to her original theme sixty or seventy pages further on.”
“I sat up in bed reading “The Secret Doctrine” at night and began to neglect reading my Bible, which I had been in the habit of doing,” she complains. “I liked the book and, at the same time, I disliked it cordially. I thought it was very badly written, incorrect and incoherent but I could not get away from it.” (Alice Bailey, “The Unfinished Autobiography” p. 137)
Unfortunately for her and for her readers, she did get away from it. The versions of HPB’s books that she used and referred to were not the original editions but the “revised” and “improved” editions published by Annie Besant, which were so full of deliberate alterations, deletions, and distortions, that even “The Theosophical Society – Adyar” which once published them has long since allowed them to go out of print. On many occasions when HPB is quoted by Bailey, she is misquoted, with Bailey removing and adding words and terms so as to sometimes change even the whole meaning, but without informing the reader.
We can only assume, in light of her uncharitable remarks, that she thought the Masters’ various letters affirming that “The Secret Doctrine” was their own approved work were somehow not genuine Mahatma Letters and that she also had no conception of how the real Masters really teach.
If all the facts, details, and information on something are presented to you at once in neat and tidy lists – as is often the style in the Bailey books – then where is the reason and motivation for real study and application of the spiritual intuition? There is a method to HPB’s apparent madness in the seemingly disorganised, disconnected, and chaotic way in which everything is put together in “The Secret Doctrine.” As B. P. Wadia wrote in “Studies in The Secret Doctrine,” “It is evident that as an Occultist taught by Occultists her way of teaching is closely related to the manner in and by which she herself learnt. The deeper layer of the human mind has to be brought into use if The Secret Doctrine is to be comprehended to any appreciable extent.”
Wadia himself is criticised in Bailey’s autobiography for leaving the Adyar Society to join forces with the United Lodge of Theosophists which had been founded in 1909 by Robert Crosbie and whose expressed mission statement “To spread broadcast the Teachings of Theosophy as recorded in the writings of H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge” was most distasteful to her.
The polished, tidy, clean-cut, complete body of Knowledge we are lazily looking for has been purposely disjointed and scattered about – seemingly at random but not so in reality – over thousands of pages in “The Secret Doctrine.” The object of this is to make us apply individual effort, energy, and thought, in slowly digging out the Truth and gradually assembling it together for ourselves. Any other approach is ultimately of little value in the whole scheme of things. HPB knew exactly what she was doing and merely followed the method of the Masters in presenting her teachings in this way.
To be able to brush aside or do away with some of the most glaring contradictions or discrepancies between HPB’s teachings and her own, Bailey and her inspirer explain that HPB’s statements and teachings were largely just “blinds,” i.e. deliberate veils to conceal truths that were not yet permitted to be properly or accurately explained but which the “Tibetan” was now able to explain fully and clearly through his aide.
As for the unequivocal words from “The Mahatma Letters,” particularly regarding the subject of God, these Letters tend to be viewed in a rather peculiar way by Bailey students. They hold to the belief that the letters are only partly genuine and partly reliable. Those portions which agree with the teachings and concepts presented in the Bailey books – and this is a very minimal portion indeed! – are considered by them to be genuine and legitimately from the Masters. The rest are dismissed as being ignorant and/or fraudulent interpolations by HPB or others. Perhaps the strangest thing is that they do not realise the profound depths of their own sophistry.
If the Masters ever allowed or permitted HPB to insert “one single fraudulent line” or interpolation of her own into even one of the numerous letters she transmitted from them and on their behalf, then those Masters are not to be trusted and their sense of honesty, integrity, and decency is to be severely doubted and questioned. If she ever did such a thing, then we should expect the Masters to have said so and to have made it clear in some way that she was not being entirely proper or reliable in her duties and that some of the letters issued under their names and signatures should be viewed as questionable.
But do we ever find anywhere even the slightest hint of this, from any of the Masters? No . . . nowhere . . . never. On the contrary, they speak of her as their “Direct Agent,” say that there is no chance of them finding a better one and that Theosophists should always remember this, call her their “Brother,” urge her colleagues not to doubt or mistrust her, and certify her teachings – including the entirety of “The Secret Doctrine” – as their own.
Theosophists and Bailey students therefore have only two real options: (1) to view the whole thing about Masters as a fraud and a sham concocted by HPB, or (2) to take the Masters at their word. There is no middle ground in a situation like this.
Those who like to cast aspersions against “The Mahatma Letters” and against HPB are invariably those whose personal religious sensibilities happen to have been offended or challenged by them and who are so astoundingly conceited that they literally can’t – or don’t want to – accept that the Masters could possibly hold to any views so contrary to their own.
It is perfectly understandable that the original Theosophical teachings may not appeal very much in some aspects to some people but to then change, rewrite, alter, criticise, and redefine those teachings in order to make them more appealing and more “comfortable” is nothing short of disgraceful. Those who have done this over the decades have made themselves Karmically responsible for misleading the world as to what Theosophy actually is and what it actually teaches. They would have been better off pursuing some other form of spirituality and leaving Theosophy and the Theosophical Movement well alone.
“Yes but the Masters don’t always agree about everything,” we were once informed by a Bailey student. “Even in the Trans-Himalayan School the various Masters have different doctrines and philosophies. This is why some of them might sometimes say there is no God and others say that there is a God of Love and Wisdom, the Solar Logos who is the Grand Man of the Heavens.”
Really? There is no evidence whatsoever for such an assertion but we do find the following:
* “Well; if in the different spheres contradictory doctrines are propounded, these doctrines cannot contain the Truth, for Truth is One, and cannot admit of diametrically opposite views.” (Master K.H., “The Mahatma Letters” #IX, p. 49)
* “Our doctrine knows no compromises.” (Master K.H., “The Mahatma Letters” #X, p. 52)
* “We have no two beliefs or hypotheses on the same subject.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Key to Theosophy” p. 87)
* “Occult Science has its changeless traditions from prehistoric times.” (H. P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. 516)
* “You do not realize that when speaking of, or as from us, she dares not mix up her own personal opinions with those she tells you are ours. None of us would dare do so, for we have a code that is not to be transgressed.” (Master K.H., “Letters from The Masters of the Wisdom” First Series, Letter 31, p. 74-75)
The attempted Christianisation of Theosophists and the Theosophical Movement was certainly not Bailey’s own initiative. It had already begun, primarily under the instigation and influence of C. W. Leadbeater, some years before she had even joined the Theosophical Society.
Purposely suppressing, criticising, altering, depreciating and distorting the teachings and work of HPB after her death, Annie Besant (who had previously been married to a Church of England minister) and Charles Webster Leadbeater (who had previously been a Church of England priest) deliberately turned the attention and focus of the Adyar Theosophical Society away from the Eastern esoteric philosophy which had originally characterised it and towards a peculiar form of psychically inspired Christianity.
Happily allowing HPB’s books such as “The Key to Theosophy,” “Isis Unveiled,” and even her major work “The Secret Doctrine” to go out of print, they instead began publishing such tomes as Leadbeater’s weighty work “The Science of the Sacraments,” “The Christian Creed” and “The Hidden Side of Christian Festivals” and Besant’s “Esoteric Christianity” and “The Coming Christ.”
Just like the later books that were to be published by Bailey (who, not insignificantly, had previously been an evangelical Christian missionary), the dominant and central theme was the impending reappearance on the world scene of the “Lord Christ.” The concept and proclamation that the so-called “Lord Christ-Maitreya” is the “World Teacher” for humanity and is preparing for his “return” or “reappearance” on the world scene, is a Leadbeater invention. He originated this teaching in 1909. Bailey’s initial exposure to Theosophy was to the Adyar version of Theosophy, based almost exclusively on the self-proclaimed discoveries and revelations of Leadbeater.
She somehow chose to turn a blind eye to the many sexual scandals and complaints and accusations of paedophilia that always followed Leadbeater throughout much of his life and Theosophical career (he had been forced out of the Society in shame and disgrace in 1906 after admitting under oath at a “theosophical trial” to having been sexually intimate with young boys in his care but was later invited back and readmitted by Annie Besant, much to the disgust of many other Theosophists) and accepted most of his teachings and statements as genuine and important. She incorporated them into her own work and teachings, so that almost everything in the Bailey books – at least all the foundational material, concepts, definitions and use of terminology – is derived from the writings of C. W. Leadbeater and most definitely not from HPB, of whose teachings Leadbeater’s were the very antithesis.
In her article titled “On Pseudo-Theosophy,” HPB said that “ignorance emboldens.”
Just so; there are those amongst the Bailey supporters who are bold enough to say, “AAB taught these things first. If there was any copying or borrowing of teachings, it was CWL who did the borrowing from her.”
When shown that the exact reverse of this is the case and that all the defining features of the Bailey teachings appeared in print in Leadbeater’s own books years before Bailey began to write hers and even in some cases years before she had even heard of Theosophy or joined the Theosophical Society, they then typically say something to the effect of, “Well, both AAB and CWL were working closely with D.K. so no wonder there are lots of similarities. What does it matter anyway, seeing as they’re the Masters’ Teachings?”
But are they the Masters’ Teachings? Can they be considered, in any legitimate way, to be representative of the actual teachings of the Mahatmas? That is for each one to decide for themselves, after closely examining all the relevant evidence and facts. Sadly many will not make such an examination, as they place their personal preferences higher than their love for Truth, and thus choose to shy away, turn away, and try to make themselves forget that they ever came across such an article as this.
When Leadbeater along with James Wedgwood effectively appointed themselves as “Bishop” Leadbeater (later humbly conferring upon himself the even more grandiose title of “Archbishop”) and “Bishop” Wedgwood and established the Liberal Catholic Church as a so-called “Theosophical” church, Leadbeater’s teachings took on an even more distinctly Christian and Catholic tone, purportedly under the authority of the Masters and of Christ “himself”!
HPB’s assertion in “Isis Unveiled” that apostolic succession is “a gross and palpable fraud” was not satisfactory to the Bishop. “My clairvoyant investigation into those early periods absolutely confirms the contention of the Roman Church,” he wrote. “They know that there has been no break in apostolic succession.” (C. W. Leadbeater, “Science of the Sacraments” p. 286) More than that, the Liberal Catholic Church encouraged confession of sins to its bishops and priests who, according to Leadbeater and Wedgwood, had priestly power to absolve the penitents of the effects of their wrongdoing. So much for the Law of Karma!
To cut a long and tragic story short, it was in the midst of all this madness that Bailey first encountered the “Tibetan,” who she believed to be the same “Master Djwhal Khul” with whom Leadbeater claimed to be personally acquainted. Her “Tibetan” said of Leadbeater that “of his sincerity and of his point of attainment there is no question,” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “Esoteric Psychology” Vol. 2, p. 302-303) which seems rather odd, considering that research and investigation after his death into Leadbeater’s life and work proves him to have been a thoroughly insincere man; a chronic liar, conscious fraud, black magician, and unrepentant sex criminal.
He undoubtedly did have some form of psychic perception and clairvoyance but as this was forced and initially awakened deliberately through auto-erotic sexual magic practices – as shown in the book “The Elder Brother: A Biography of Charles Webster Leadbeater” by Gregory Tillett – it was of a very misleading and delusional type and of a low grade. Either the “Tibetan” was unaware of the real facts, which doesn’t say much for his own “point of attainment,” or had a very twisted view of things in general. The latter is probably the case, as will be seen shortly.
From p. 162-164 of her autobiography, Bailey says:
“It was in November 1919 that I made my first contact with The Tibetan. I had sent the children off to school and thought I would snatch a few minutes to myself and went out on to the hill close to the house. I sat down and began thinking and then suddenly I sat startled and attentive. I heard what I thought was a clear note of music which sounded from the sky, through the hill and in me. Then I heard a voice which said, “There are some books which it is desired should be written for the public. You can write them. Will you do so?” Without a moment’s notice I said, “Certainly not. I’m not a darned psychic and I don’t want to be drawn into anything like that.” I was startled to hear myself speaking out loud. The voice went on to say that wise people did not make snap judgments, that I had a peculiar gift for the higher telepathy and that what I was being asked to do embodied no aspect of the lower psychism. I replied that I didn’t care, that I wasn’t interested in any work of a psychic nature at all. The unseen person who was speaking so clearly and directly to me then said that he would give me time for consideration; that he would not take my answer then and that he would come back in three weeks’ time exactly, to find out what I intended to do.
“I then shook myself as if I was awakening from a dream and went home and entirely forgot all about the matter. I never gave it another thought and did not even tell Foster about it. During the interval I never remembered it but, sure enough, at the end of three weeks I was spoken to again one evening as I sat in my sitting-room after the children had gone to bed. Again I refused, but the speaker begged me to reconsider and for a couple of weeks, at least, see what I could do. By this time I was getting curious but not in the least convinced. I would try for a couple of weeks or a month and then decide what I felt about it. It was during these few weeks that I got the first chapters of “Initiation, Human and Solar.”
“I would like to make it quite clear that the work I do is in no way related to automatic writing. Automatic writing, except in the rarest cases (and, unfortunately, most people think their case is the rare exception) is very dangerous. The aspirant or disciple is never supposed to be an automaton. He is never supposed to let any part of his equipment out of his conscious control. When he does, he enters into a state of dangerous negativity. The material normally then received is mediocre. There is nothing new in it, and it frequently deteriorates as time goes on. Many a time, the subject’s negativity permits the entrance of a second force which, for some peculiar reason, is never of as high a standard as the first. Then there comes danger of obsession. We have had to handle many cases of obsession as the result of automatic writing.
“In the work that I do there is no negativity but I assume an attitude of intense, positive attention. I remain in full control of all my senses of perception and there is nothing automatic in what I do. I simply listen and take down the words that I hear and register the thoughts which are dropped one by one into my brain. I make no changes in what I give out to the public from that which has been given to me except that I will smooth the English or replace an unusual word with one that is clearer, taking care, always, to preserve the sense as given. I have never changed anything that the Tibetan has ever given me. If I once did so He would never dictate to me again. I want to make that entirely clear. I do not always understand what is given. I do not always agree. But I record it all honestly and then discover it does make sense and evokes intuitive response.”
Bailey’s publishing of messages from the “Tibetan” was not to the liking of Besant and Leadbeater, who disliked the idea that an ordinary member of the Society could be serving as the mouthpiece for the same Adepts for whom they claimed to be the direct representatives in the world of men. Although she remained a member of “The Theosophical Society – Adyar” until shortly before her death, she ceased active involvement with it soon after her amanuensis work began, mainly due to the opposition and pressure encountered from many other members, and in 1922 founded the Lucis Trust as the organisation for the dissemination of her writings.
It would not be fitting to close an article such as this without bringing to the attention of our readers a few of the more disturbing or alarming statements that can be found in the tens of thousands of pages of Bailey’s 24 books. These are exact quotations, which anyone can verify for themselves. How can Bailey students genuinely believe that we are “missing out,” “losing out on so much,” or even “hindering the work of the Masters in the world” by our refusal to accept the Bailey teachings when they contain such sinister content as some of the following?
* “The long divorce between religion and politics must be ended and this can now come about because of the high level of the human mass intelligence and the fact that science has made all men so close that what happens in some remote area of the earth’s surface is a matter of general interest within a few minutes. This makes it uniquely possible for Him to work in the future.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Reappearance Of The Christ” p. 18-19)
[NOTE: In “Theosophical Notes” for September 1963, the independent Theosophist Victor Endersby quoted the above paragraph and remarked, “To end the divorce between religion and politics – which “divorce”, engineered by the Founders of our Republic, was the first great liberation of the human soul from religious tyranny since the Buddha – is precisely what the Catholic Hierarchy continuously strives for. As to what happens whenever the divorce is cancelled or non-existent, let us look at Latin America and Spain; and at South Vietnam, where a Buddhist priest found it necessary to burn himself to death to call the attention of the world to the oppression of eight million Buddhists by two million Catholics.”]
* “I would like at this time to touch upon the greatest spiritual event which has taken place since the fourth kingdom of nature, the human kingdom, appeared. I refer to the release of atomic energy, as related in the newspapers this week, August 6, 1945, in connection with the bombing of Japan.
“Some years ago I told you that the new era would be ushered in by the scientists of the world and that the inauguration of the kingdom of God on Earth would be heralded by means of successful scientific investigation. By this first step in the releasing of the energy of the atom this has been accomplished, and my prophecy has been justified during this momentous year of our Lord 1945.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 491)
* “None of the men involved in the direction of the Axis effort in Europe is today normal psychologically; they are all suffering from some form of physical deterioration, and this has been a real factor in their defeat, though one that may be difficult for you to realise. It is not so in the case of the Japanese, whose psychological make-up is totally different, as are their nervous systems, which are of fourth root race quality. They will be and are being defeated by physical war measures and by the destruction physically of their war potential and the death of the form aspect. This destruction and the consequent release of their imprisoned souls, is a necessary happening; it is the justification of the use of the atomic bomb upon the Japanese population.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 495)
* “That atomic bomb (though used only twice destructively) ended the resistance of the powers of evil because its potency is predominantly etheric. . . . As the forerunner of that release of energy which will change the mode of human living and inaugurate the new age wherein we shall not have civilisations and their emerging cultures but a world culture and an emerging civilisation, thus demonstrating the true synthesis which underlies humanity. The atomic bomb emerged from a first ray Ashram, working in conjunction with a fifth ray group; from the long range point of view, its intent was and is purely beneficent.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 548)
* “That which will offset the sense of frustration and futility and provide likewise the needed incentive towards the re-building of the new world will be the belief in the essential divinity of humanity, in the evolutionary proof (which a little study quickly provides) that mankind has steadily moved onward in wisdom and knowledge, and a wide inclusiveness, plus the development of that state of mind which will base itself upon belief in the veracity of the historical records which bear witness to the many advents at crucial times in human affairs, and to the many world Saviours – of Whom the Christ was the greatest. A right and constructive attitude must also be based on an innate recognition of the existence of the Christ and of His Presence with us at all times; it must be grounded in the knowledge that the war – with all its unspeakable horrors, its cruelties and its cataclysmic disasters – was but the broom of the Father of all, sweeping away all obstructions in the path of His returning Son. It would have been well-nigh impossible to prepare for the coming in the face of the pre-war conditions.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Reappearance Of The Christ” p. 165)
* “Symbolically, the Jews represent (from the point of view of the Hierarchy) that from which all Masters of the Wisdom and Lords of Compassion emerge: materialism, cruelty and a spiritual conservatism, so that today they live in Old Testament times and are under the domination of the separative, selfish, lower concrete mind.
“But their opportunity will come again, and they may change all this when the fires of suffering at last succeed in purifying them and burning away their ancient crystallisation, thus liberating them to the extent that they can recognise their Messiah, Who will not, however, be the world Messiah. The Jews need humility more than any other nation. By humility they may learn something of value as well as a needed sense of proportion. They are dear to the heart of the Christ for – in the performance of His greatest work – He chose a Jewish body, but their materialism and their repudiation of spiritual opportunity has negated His use of their racial type again. It would provide too great a handicap. The probability is that the Master Jesus will assume (under instruction from the Christ) the part of the Messiah.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Rays and The Initiations” p. 705-706)
[NOTE: It should be understood that in the Bailey teachings, Jesus and the Christ are two distinct individuals. They say that “Christ” is another name for the Great Master known in Buddhism as the Bodhisattva Maitreya and that he overshadowed, taught, and worked through, the “Master Jesus” 2,000 years ago. Although Jesus is described as a Master of Wisdom, Christ is said to be his Master and the Master of all the other Masters, who the Bailey books refer to as “the Disciples of Christ.” Needless to say, all of these ideas and concepts are initially Leadbeater’s and merely accepted and borrowed by Bailey for her own use, without ever stating who it was who first said these things. Earlier quotes in this article will show how they stand as entirely contrary to the teachings of H. P. Blavatsky and the Mahatmas, although some Bailey students have naively assumed that it was HPB herself who began this teaching about the Second Coming of the Christ-Maitreya.]
* “This situation is one which the Christ is seeking to alter; it has been in preparation for His instituting a new and more correct presentation of divine truth that I have sought – with love and understanding – to point out the faults of the world religions, with their obsolete theologies and their lack of love, and to indicate the evils of Judaism. The present world faiths must return to their early simplicity, and orthodox Judaism, with its deep-seated hate, must slowly disappear; all must be changed in preparation for the revelation which Christ will bring.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 543)
* “Curiously enough, the Jews have never been a fighting race since the time of the sorry story of the conquest of the early tribes in Palestine; they have been persecuted and repudiated down the centuries, but have retaliated simply by moving on – the wandering Jew seeking a home, wandering humanity, saying always, “I must arise and go to my Father.” The motive given to the Prodigal Son in the Gospel story is a strictly material one, and we have here an outstanding instance of the prophetic knowledge of the Christ.
“The Jewish people have not only repudiated the Messiah (which their race produced), but they have forgotten their unique relation to humanity; they forget that millions in the world today have suffered as they have suffered and that – for instance – there are eighty per cent of other people in the concentration camps of Europe and only twenty per cent Jews. The Jew, however, fought only for himself, and largely ignored the sufferings of his fellowmen in the concentration camps.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Rays and The Initiations” p. 635)
* “On the subject of intermarriage, the best and soundest thinkers in both the white and black races at this time deplore mixed marriages. They mean no happiness for either party. When considering this subject it should be remembered, however, that intermarriage between the white peoples and the yellow races (the Chinese and the Japanese) is equally unfortunate and – with the rarest exception – seldom proves successful and is never satisfactory where the children of such unions are concerned.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “Problems of Humanity” p. 113-114)
* “Therefore, we have isolated (if I may use such a word) three activities to which the Christ is at this time dedicated:
“1. The reorganisation of the world religions – if in any way possible – so that their out-of-date theologies, their narrow-minded emphasis and their ridiculous belief that they know what is in the Mind of God may be offset, in order that the churches may eventually be the recipients of spiritual inspiration.
“2. The gradual dissolution – again if in any way possible – of the orthodox Jewish faith, with its obsolete teaching, its separative emphasis, its hatred of the Gentiles and its failure to recognise the Christ. In saying this I do not fail to recognise those Jews throughout the world who acknowledge the evils and who are not orthodox in their thinking; they belong to the aristocracy of spiritual belief to which the Hierarchy itself belongs.
“3. Preparation for a revelation which will inaugurate the new era and set the note for the new world religion.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 544-545)
* “The Christ and the spiritual Hierarchy will not come to destroy all that humanity has hitherto found “necessary to salvation,” and all that has met its spiritual demand. When the Christ reappears, the non-essentials will surely disappear; the fundamentals of faith will remain, upon which He can build that new world religion for which all men wait. That new world religion must be based upon those truths which have stood the test of ages and which have brought assurance and comfort to men everywhere. These surely are:
“1. The Fact of God. . . .
“2. Man’s Relationship to God. . . .
“3. The Fact of Immortality and of Eternal Persistence. . . .
“4. The Continuity of Revelation and the Divine Approaches. . . .
“. . . From it come those who act as Messengers of the Wisdom of God, Custodians of the truth as it is in Christ, and Those Whose task is to save the world, to impart the next revelation, and to demonstrate divinity.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Reappearance Of The Christ” p. 144-148, excerpts)
* “The teaching (hitherto given out on reincarnation) has done more harm than good. Only one factor remains of value: the existence of a Law of Rebirth is now discussed by many and accepted by thousands.
“Beyond the fact that there is such a law, we know little and those who know from experience the factual nature of this return reject earnestly the foolish and improbable details, given out as fact by the theosophical and occult bodies. The Law exists; of the details of its working we know as yet nothing.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Reappearance Of The Christ” p. 117-118)
[NOTE: The central Theosophical teachings of Karma and Reincarnation, repeatedly emphasised by HPB as being of such vital importance to humanity, receive hardly any attention or mention in the Bailey teachings. Bailey students are advised not to concern themselves too much with promulgating such ideas and are informed, as above, that the Masters actually know very little about reincarnation and that they are totally ignorant as to how it works. In such books as “The Mahatma Letters” and elsewhere, we can see that the real Masters behind real Theosophy do not claim to “know little” or to “know as yet nothing” about it but just the opposite.]
* ” The economic situation will make it necessary that certain physical restrictions should be imposed, because it is now evident that beyond a certain point the planet cannot support humanity. This is more fundamental in its implications than you can imagine.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “Education in the New Age” p. 134)
* “The Lord of Pain has descended from His throne and is treading the ways of earth today, bringing distress, agony and terror to those who cannot interpret His ends.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 116)
This will suffice. The article would become even lengthier if we were to start going into “D.K.”‘s statements about the New World Religion (which will be Christocentric of course), the New World Order, Ceremonial Magic, Freemasonry, and the United Nations.
The U.N. receives much praise and promotion in the Bailey books and the world headquarters of the Lucis Trust was for many years based within the world headquarters of the United Nations at United Nations Plaza in New York. The Lucis Trust is today a member of the Economic and Social Council of the U.N. with which it has a “consultative status.” They also created and maintain the United Nations Meditation Room at the U.N. world headquarters. It has been commented upon that the exact nature of the relation and involvement between the two has never been clearly explained or satisfactorily defined by either party.
Much earlier in this article we said:
“We are not meaning to imply, however, that Bailey had no inspirer and wrote her many books entirely from her own mind and ability. On the contrary, we are convinced that she did have an unseen inspirer who provided much of the content and detail for her writings but that he was a member of the Black Lodge, the Dark Brotherhood, and a committed adherent and promoter of Christianity, probably a Christian priest of some description and quite possibly a Jesuit, a member of the Society of Jesus, for details of which see the article Theosophy, The Jesuits & The Roman Catholic Church.”
There is a marked difference in quality, nature, and depth, between Alice Bailey’s own books and those which she attributed to her inspirer. In comparison with the latter, her own are quite simple, basic, uninteresting, and give no sign or impression of great knowledge or esoteric complexities. Those which are said to be Djwhal Khul’s dictations are often far lengthier, far deeper and more complex, and bursting at the seams with long lists, charts, diagrams, tables, and masses of information which seems to say so much but which really says so little. Although Alice Bailey was no doubt an intelligent woman, we do not believe her to have been able to produce books such as “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire” or “Esoteric Astrology,” for example, without the assistance and input of a much more knowledgeable and highly developed mind. This is the main reason why we do not dismiss her claims of telepathic inspiration as fraudulent.
It is important to read that article linked to above in order to see the way in which the Jesuits (i.e. the members of the Order within the Roman Catholic Church called The Society of Jesus) are written about and warned about by HPB and the Masters, not just once but repeatedly and emphatically. Were we to start reproducing the quotes from that article in this one, it would become still longer and since this is undesirable we encourage those who are interested to read that article next, in order to possibly gain a clearer perspective. The only quote we will include here is this, from HPB’s posthumously published article “The Trial of the Sun Initiate”:
“The Jesuits . . . To give one instance of their success in throwing dust into the eyes of ordinary individuals to prevent their seeing the truths of Occultism, we will point out what they did in what is now called Freemasonry. This Brotherhood does possess a considerable portion of the symbolism, formulae, and ritual of Occultism, handed down from time immemorial from the primeval Initiations. To render this Brotherhood a mere harmless negation, the Jesuits sent some of their most able emissaries into the Order, who first made the simple brethren believe that the true secret was lost with Hiram Abiff; and then induced them to put this belief into their formularies. They then invented specious but spurious higher degrees, pretending to give further light upon this lost secret, to lead the candidate on and amuse him with forms borrowed from the real thing but containing no substance, and all artfully contrived to lead the aspiring Neophyte to nowhere. And yet men of good sense and abilities, in other respects, will meet at intervals, and with solemn face, zeal and earnestness, go through the mockery of revealing “substituted secrets” instead of the real thing.”
Over the years, many students of Theosophy have observed a great parallel and similarity between what is here described regarding the Jesuits’ infiltration of Freemasonry and the destruction from within of “The Theosophical Society – Adyar,” primarily through C. W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant, the latter of whom was much of the time under the complete psychological control and domination of Leadbeater, as Alice Bailey herself opined in her autobiography. The Jesuits, having achieved their aims to some extent through Leadbeater, who may well have been a conscious agent of the Jesuits or even a member of their Society, continued their destructive endeavours through Alice Bailey in a way that would hook in and appeal to the more intelligent and intellectual amongst the Theosophists and the Theosophically oriented.
On that note, we must clarify that there are four entirely distinct and independent branches or streams of the Theosophical Movement. The Adyar Society amounts to only ¼ of the modern Theosophical Movement at large, yet it is the most well known and most influential.
Today, quite a large number of students of the Leadbeater/Besant teachings are also students of the Bailey teachings, as the basis, framework, definitions, and terminology are so much the same that they can understand and relate to them quite easily. Bailey students presently outnumber both Leadbeater/Besant students and students of the original Blavatsky/Judge teachings. The Bailey books, teachings, and concepts are increasingly popular in the world of 21st century spirituality, a fact which will probably be a cause of alarm for most people who have read this far into the article.
Bailey has her own self-appointed occult successor in the form of London based Benjamin Crème, founder of Share International, although the Lucis Trust considers his work to be “lower astral” and not very reliable. According to Crème, “Maitreya the Christ” has already travelled by plane from the Himalayas to London, just as the “Tibetan” said he would, and has been living in London since 1977. Those who remain more faithful to the exact wording of the Bailey books, however, are not expecting the “Second Coming” until 2025 or after. In the meantime, they seek to spread the “Great Invocation” prayer all around the world to as many people as possible, so that all can daily recite the magical mantra about God and Christ that is said to help prepare the way and make things easier on unseen levels for the great event.
We have never yet known or heard of a student of original Theosophy, the genuine thing, giving it up in favour of the Bailey teachings but we have known of numerous cases of the opposite. Ex-students of the Bailey teachings often become some of the most critical opponents of this mass of lies, misinformation, and blatant Christian propaganda which attempts to pass itself off as “The Ageless Wisdom,” Bailey’s preferred moniker for her teachings.
Some may protest about the Jesuit theory in light of the fact that the “Tibetan” was at times most critical of the current state of the Roman Catholic Church and even on occasion spoke about it in quite condemnatory tones. Yet there are places where his words display great affinity with and positivity towards the Catholic Church. For example:
* “Curiously enough, the intention of the dictating agents, in both the Catholic Church and in Russia, is basically good.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Rays and The Initiations” p. 622)
* “The Master K.H. works also with the prelates of the great Catholic Churches – Greek, Roman and Anglican – with the leaders of the Protestant communions, with the foremost workers in the field of education, and also through, and with, the dominant demagogues and organisers of the people.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” p. 506)
* “The Master Jesus will take a physical vehicle, and with certain of His chelas effect a re-spiritualisation of the Catholic churches, breaking down the barrier separating the Episcopal and Greek churches from the Roman. This may be looked for, should plans progress as hoped, about the year 1980.” (“D.K.” via Alice Bailey, “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire” p. 759)
In the pseudo-Tibetan’s view, the Roman Catholic Church is the church favoured by Jesus himself, as will become undeniably clear in just a moment. The mass of quotations and references already provided surely indicates that Bailey’s inspirer was undoubtedly a devoted Christian. If he was a purely non-denominational Christian, he would undoubtedly not imply favouritism on the part of Jesus and Christ for the Catholic Church, let alone what is not implied but clearly stated in our final quote.
There are such things as Jesuit Masters, the Dark Adepts of Jesuitism, as the Master K.H. mentions in regard to a Spiritualist who fell under undesirable influences: “Fern was a most remarkable psychic subject, naturally – very spiritually inclined, but corrupted by Jesuit masters, and with his sixth and seventh Principles completely dormant and paralysed within him.” (“The Mahatma Letters” #LVII, p. 330)
But Jesuit Masters, like any Dugpas or Black Magicians, can only work with and through those with whom they have a natural affinity. Hence, whether Alice Bailey was consciously aware of who and what her inspirer really was or not, she – or rather, that soul – is as much to blame for this travesty against Theosophy, against the Masters, and against Humanity, as is the inspirer. Let it be clearly understood that we take no pleasure in saying such things but that we do so only because it is high time that they be clearly said.
Bailey student David Reigle’s article “On the Alleged Tibetan Source of Alice Bailey’s Writings” is so weak and flawed in its arguments that it proves nothing to anyone except himself and others like him, “who prefer to believe what is pleasant rather than what is true.” Many Bailey students are enthusiastic about the “Tibetan Source” article and believe that it constitutes proof or at least quasi-proof of the genuineness of the claims of authorship of the Bailey books. But when read through properly, attentively, and with detachment, one can readily see that it provides no proof of any kind whatsoever, but merely one man’s speculation and opinion. Such an article could never stand up in a court of law but would be dismissed as meaningless and lacking in anything resembling any sense of definiteness.
Reigle writes that “There is a peculiar stylistic feature which characterizes the Bailey writings, something one does not usually see in English language writings. This is the habitual presentation of teachings within an outline structure using general topics, then divided into sub-topics, then subdivided into sub-sub-topics, etc., etc.; e.g.: “We will as usual divide our subject into three heads.” This is a well-known characteristic feature of Tibetan writings.”
He fails to mention that it is also a well-known characteristic feature of Jesuit writings. There is far more reason to believe that Bailey’s unseen inspirer was a Jesuit or someone connected with the Jesuits than a Tibetan. Who, having read through all this article, could say otherwise? Strangely, Bailey and her “Tibetan” keep silent about the Jesuits, as did “Bishop” Leadbeater. Quite a strange change from HPB and her Teachers, who say they have no hesitation in describing the Jesuits as “the enemies of the human race.” But that too is no proof. Nevertheless, we believe our argument and theory to be far more cogent than that presented by the Bailey supporters.
One might assume that there has been an unseen fight or battle going on on inner planes between good and honest Adepts of Buddhistic Occultism and cunning and dishonest Adepts or Christian Occultists, the latter of whom are willing to pose as the former in order to achieve their aims.
It is only fair that the “Tibetan Master” be allowed to have the last word in an article which has been so devoted to him, whoever and wherever he may be. Here his whole spiritual worldview, hopes, and intentions for the future, are clearly revealed and expressed. Here is what Theosophists, spiritual seekers, and even the world at large, have been told are the words and aims of a high ranking Tibetan Initiate of the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood. Here the real evil at the heart of the Alice Bailey movement, the Lucis Trust, the Arcane School, World Goodwill, and all the rest, is unmistakably exposed in that “Tibetan’s” own words:
“Upon the spiritual side, as I told you in an earlier book, the whole field of religion will be re-inspired and re-orientated from Rome because the Master Jesus will again take hold of the Christian Church in an effort to re-spiritualise it and to re-organise it. From the chair of the Pope of Rome, the Master Jesus will attempt to swing that great branch of the religious beliefs of the world again into a position of spiritual power.” (“The Destiny of the Nations” p. 59)
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Good article. Learned a lot. I was involved with AAB teachings for a few years in the 90’s. Bought 18 of her books. Went to meetings that were held at an older Theosophist’s house. Was also going to Theosophist meetings at her house, and reading Theosophical literature. I had not read Isis Unveiled at that time, so wasn’t aware of the critical Christian view that existed in Theosophical philosophy. Only found out about that many years later.
I was also reading anything and everything metaphysical, mystical and occult at the time, so my discriminating faculty was probably not sharp enough to spot the differences between AABs material and Theosophical material. It seemed related at the time. But my mind was filled with so many ideas and concepts from so many areas, that I was floating in a mystical sea, and just flowing wherever my spirit wanted to flow.
Regarding a disciple coming forward with a psychological key in the XXth century, a name came to mind: Raghavan Iyer. I’m very impressed with his articles in Hermes from the late XXth century – which are online. I feel more enlightened just about every time I read one of his articles.
Thank you for your comment. We remember exchanging a few interesting emails with you several months ago in which you shared some of your experiences and thoughts regarding the Bailey material.
As this article shows, it was Bailey herself who originated the idea of “a disciple coming forward with a psychological key in the XXth century.” Despite her repeatedly unsubstantiated assertions and persistently unreferenced claims to the contrary, HPB never said or prophesied any such thing. She did state that another disciple or agent of the Masters would be expected to work within the Theosophical Movement and expand her work within the set cyclic period of 1975-2000. What we are denying is that she ever said such a teacher would give the “psychological key” and also the idea that such teachers can come and do such work at any time whatsoever within a century.
Nevertheless, your words about Raghavan Iyer are interesting. He was certainly a special soul with a special mission, who worked very actively within the United Lodge of Theosophists and the world at large – particularly from 1975 onwards but also from his youth – and each person must make up their own mind about him. The article “What Happened In The 1975-2000 Cycle?” at https://blavatskytheosophy.com/what-happened-in-the-1975-2000-cycle/ may be informative to many.
Hi, having read a large amount of the Bailey Teachings, please can you explain how a Promoter of Christiantiy be considered as being part of a Black Lodge? There is a lot to be said about any & every teaching of Religion & it’s misinterpretation & abuse for specific control purposes, but can you explain Black Lodge/Brotherhood & Christianity. The “Tibetan” Teachings are full of phrases of Loving Compassion, where is the Black/Evil there? I would be grateful for some understanding in that. I wouldn’t think of myself with the ” highest” “Intelligence” but a lot of what the “Tibetan” teachings to make sense to me, not everything single thing, but I have so many markers saved on the pages because they seem to me to be highly enlightening to me, Although Anna Kingsford does Christ is not any “Person” but a Principle to be attained by All of us. it would be great to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks
Thank you for your comment Philip.
Being a promoter of Christianity does not necessarily or automatically make one part of the Black Lodge or Dark Brotherhood or whatever one may call those Adepts who work in opposition to the Adepts and Masters who were behind H.P. Blavatsky and the founding of the Theosophical Movement.
The main reason the article suggests that Alice Bailey’s unseen inspirer may well have been part of the Black Lodge is not because of his Christianity and blatant pro-Christian biases but rather because he presented these to the world under the name, identity, and self-asserted authority of the WHITE Lodge and claimed to be one of THOSE Adepts and working with and for Them whereas, as the article shows at great length, there is nothing whatsoever to support such preposterous assertions but plenty to suggest their falsity and the conscious and wilful deception and cunning behind them.
If you have the time and willingness, perhaps you might consider reading the full article again, with this in mind, and see what you think.
You said: “The “Tibetan” Teachings are full of phrases of Loving Compassion, where is the Black/Evil there?”
True, there are many good and nice-sounding things in the Bailey books but there would obviously have to be in order to make them appealing and attractive to anyone. However, there are alarming and disturbing statements and phrases too, some of which we quoted towards the end of the article, such as the callous, malicious, and even downright bizarre statements about the explosion of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, the fate of the Japanese, the Jews, and so on. One can find many more through research but we felt that quite enough had been provided in this article to prove the point sufficiently.
Besides which, the Bailey teachings – i.e. the so-called “Tibetan’s” teachings – contradict HPB’s in an astoundingly antithetical way, as has also been proven above.
In regard to Anna Kingsford, you may find it interesting to take a look at the article “Anna Kingsford – In the Words of The Masters” at https://blavatskytheosophy.com/anna-kingsford-in-the-words-of-the-masters/.
If you are interested in knowing what the ACTUAL Masters of Wisdom ACTUALLY teach, it’s best to stick with the work and voluminous writings of H.P. Blavatsky and her most trusted colleague and fellow Initiate, William Q. Judge. For the reasons why, see “Why Stick To The Original?” at https://blavatskytheosophy.com/why-stick-to-the-original/.
Please feel free to respond further if you would like to.
Well, this article is the response of doubts and questions that I had with Bailey so called ‘teachings’. So I am most grateful to you dear writer, for the detailed information backing it up with quotes and references, After reading years ago very painfully Bailey unfinished autobiography, full of christians analogies, my questions began regarding her teachings. I totally agree the nefarious jesuits were and are behind Bailey teachings and movement. They created religions, the protestant and muslims are the best examples, all this for the glory of their satanic (saturnian) catholic church. Your information about Leadbeater is most illuminating. Another jesuit tool indeed.
Thank you Arturo. Your comment is a positive and heartening contrast from the lengthy messages of abuse and insult which we sometimes receive from Bailey students, who are seemingly not willing to read articles like this in anything like an objective manner.
Regarding the Bailey’s students, nobody wants to acknowledge that he/she bought a lemon! Took me some time to realize I was wasting my time with Bailey’s books. My past and present Theosophical experience and knowledge, allowed me finally to see the light, so to speak. Your article about it was the last proof. I am truly grateful to have found your web site full of amazing theosophical material.
Thank you for your informative, intelligent, and above all TRUTHFUL articles. On this metaphysical journey I have found that more often than not when I discover the truth, it is not ever what I initially wanted to hear or learn, but it is necessary. I am often uncomfortable and unsettled, unlike the warm and fuzzy love that comes from “religious” and/or “new age” sources who are less interested in the truth and more interested in telling people what they want to hear.
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