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What is my point of view on Alice A. Bailey?

Jan 16, 2003 09:17 PM
by D. H. Caldwell " <>

Let me start off by saying that as a student of HPB's writings, I 
take to heart her statements on Pseudo-Theosophy. For example, she 
wrote about one brand of Pseudo-Theosophy:

". . . A close examination will assuredly reveal. . . materials 
largely stolen . . . from Theosophical writings. . . [and] distorted 
and falsified so as to be palmed off on the unwary as revelations of 
new and undreamed of truths. But many will neither have the time nor 
the opportunity for such a thorough investigation; and before they 
become aware of the imposture they may be led far from the 
Truth. . . . Nothing is more dangerous to Esoteric Truth than the 
garbled and distorted versions disfigured to suit the prejudices and 
tastes of men in general." 

Now about Alice A. Bailey.

Phillip, you asked me:

"Do you ask questions from the middle of the fence, or do you have a 
point of view on AAB? i.e. have you read and studied the works of DK 
in depth?"

What is my point of view on Alice A. Bailey?

Please understand that I do NOT question the sincerity of AAB or of 
her students


(1) from the "inner resonance and intuition" perspective, I am 
convinced that AAB's teachings are NOT derived from the real DK or 
KH. I perceive a very unique "vibration" in HPB's and the Mahatmas' 
writings but it is totally missing from AAB's writings. 

I am open to the possibility that my "intuitive sense" is somehow off 
but my intellectual study of both HPB's and AAB's writings only 
confirms my "intuition."

(2) From a "comparative study" perspective, I totally agree with 
Leon's assessment which reads:

"My 20 year comparative study of both the Secret Doctrine and the 
Treatise on White Magic have never shown any reasonable relationship 
between the two teachings. In fact the contradictions stand out in 
more places that I was ever be able to count."

(3) In addition, it is clear that much of Bailey's teachings derive 
from Leadbeater and Besant. 

Notice what Jerry Hejka-Ekins wrote recently here on Theos-Talk:

"I read it [Bailey's Initiation Human and Solar]some years ago, and 
found it very faithful to the ES teachings [of Leadbeater and Besant] 
as they were presented from 1910-1918."

Concerning the deviations of the Leadbeater-Besant teachings from 
HPB's original presentation, see:

(4) Phillip, you wrote of the Prophets and Ballards:

"All make a travesty of the Masters and distort."

I agree with you 200% about the Prophets and Ballards but to that 
list I would also have to include Alice A. Bailey.

(5) I would suggest that these words of KH apply not only to Laura C. 
Holloway but also to Alice A. Bailey:

"Your vivid creative fancy [imagination] evokes illusive Gurus and 
chelas, and puts into their mouths words coined the instant before in 
the mint of your mind, unknown to yourself." 

I conclude that KH's statement aptly describes AAB's writings.

Sorry if I sound negative about all of this but you wanted my honest 
opinion and now you have it.

Other relevant material can be found in the following essay:

Nothing above stated negates the important theme given in THE VOICE 

"Of teachers there are many; the MASTER-SOUL is one, Alaya, the 
Universal Soul. Live in that MASTER as ITS ray in thee. Live in thy 
fellows as they live in IT." 

"Thou shalt not separate thy being from BEING, and the rest, but 
merge the Ocean in the drop, the drop within the Ocean." 

"So shalt thou be in full accord with all that lives; bear love to 
men as though they were thy brother-pupils, disciples of one Teacher, 
the sons of one sweet mother." 

Daniel H. Caldwell

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