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Blavatsky and Bailey on the Christ: COMPARE & CONTRAST

Jan 18, 2003 01:44 PM
by D. H. Caldwell " <>

H. P. Blavatsky in her E.S. Instruction No. I., 1889 wrote:

". . . A new and rapidly growing danger. . . is threatening . . . the 
spread of the pure Esoteric Philosophy and knowledge. . . . I 
allude to those charlatanesque imitations of Occultism and 
Theosophy. . . . By pandering to the prejudices of people, and 
especially by adopting the FALSE IDEAS of a personal God and A 
PERSONAL, CARNALIZED SAVIOUR, as the groundwork of their teaching, 
the leaders of this 'swindle' (for such it is) are endeavoring to 
draw men to them and in particular to turn Theosophists from the true 
path." Caps added.

For some of H.P.B.'s views about the Christ, see, for example:

by H. P. Blavatsky

"Wherever [genuine] Theosophy spreads, there it is impossible for the 
deluded to mislead, or the deluded to follow. It opens a new path, a 
forgotten philosophy which has lived through the ages, a knowledge of 
the psychic nature of man, which reveals alike the true status of the 
Catholic saint, and the spiritualistic medium the Church condemns. It 
gathers reformers together, throws light on their way, and teaches 
them how to work towards a desirable end with most effect, but 
forbids any to assume a crown or sceptre, and no less delivers from a 
futile crown of thorns. Mesmerisms and astral influences fall back, 
and the sky grows clear enough for higher light. It hushes the "Lo 
here! and lo there!" and declares the Christ, like the kingdom of 
heaven, to be within. It guards and applies every aspiration and 
capacity to serve humanity in any man, and shows him how. It 
overthrows the giddy pedestal, and safely cares for the human being 
on solid ground. Hence, in this way, and in all other ways, it is the 
truest deliverer and saviour of our time." 

by H.P. Blavatsky

". . . "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. The "Son of Man" is no child of the bond-woman--flesh, 
but verily of the free-woman--Spirit, the child of man's own deeds, 
and the fruit of his own spiritual labour."

"Many and many a time the warning about the "false Christs" and 
prophets who shall lead people astray has been interpreted by 
charitable Christians, the worshippers of the dead-letter of their 
scripture, as applying to mystics generally, and Theosophists most 
especially. The recent work by Mr. Pember, "Earth's Earliest Ages," 
is a proof of it. Nevertheless, it seems very evident that the words 
in Matthew's Gospel and others can hardly apply to Theosophists. For 
these were never found saying that Christ is "Here" or "There," in 
wilderness or city, and least of all in the "inner chamber" behind 
the altar of any modern church. Whether Heathen or Christian by 
birth, they refuse to materialise and thus degrade that which is the 
purest and grandest ideal--the symbol of symbols--namely, the 
immortal Divine Spirit in man, whether it be called Horus, Krishna, 
Buddha, or Christ." 


See the following compilations:

The Christ

Reappearance of the Christ

Read especially:

His reappearance and His consequent work cannot be confined to one 
small locality or domain, unheard of by the great majority, as was 
the case when He was here before. The radio, the press, and the 
dissemination of news, will make His coming different to that of any 
previous Messenger; the swift modes of transportation will make Him 
available to countless millions, and by boat, rail and plane they can 
reach Him: through television, His face can be made familiar to all, 
and verily "every eye shall see Him". (8 - 16).
The Reappearance of the Christ - Chapter II - The World Today

They will prepare and work for conditions in the world in which 
Christ can move freely among men, in bodily Presence; He need not 
then remain in His present retreat in Central Asia. They can and will 
accept with ease the unity of all faiths, when the relationship of 
the Buddha and the Christ is correctly represented; then the picture 
of a Christ demanding a unique position, to the exclusion of all 
other sons of God, will fade out in the wonder of the true apostolic 
succession, in which many sons of God, on different rays, of 
differing nationalities and with varying missions, are to be seen 
historically leading humanity along the path of divine unfoldment and 
nearer to God, the Source. (13 - 589/90).


Another happening about the same time carried conviction to me of 
another world of events. It is something which - at the time it 
occurred - I could not have imagined, having no indication that such 
a happening was possible. Twice I had a dream in full waking 
consciousness. I called it a dream because I could not imagine at 
that time what else it could possibly be. Now I know that I 
participated in something that really took place. At the time of this 
dual occurrence this knowledge lay outside my field of ordinary 
recognition. Herein lies the value of the happening. There was no 
opportunity for autosuggestion, wishful thinking or an over-vivid 

I twice (whilst living and working in Great Britain) took part in an 
extraordinary ceremony and it was nearly two [39] decades after my 
participation that I discovered what it was all about. The ceremony 
in which I took part, I eventually found out, actually takes place 
every year at the time of the "Full Moon of May." It is the full moon 
of the Hindu calendar month of Vaisakha (Taurus) under its ancient 
name. This month is of vital importance to all Buddhists and the 
first day of this month is the national holiday known as the Hindu 
New Year's Day. This tremendous event takes place each year in the 
Himalayas. It is held in a valley and is not a mythical, subconscious 
happening but a real, physical plane occurrence. I found myself 
(whilst wide awake) in this valley and forming part of a vast, 
orderly crowd - mostly oriental but with a large sprinkling of 
occidental people. I knew exactly where I stood in that crowd and 
realized that it was my correct place and indicated my spiritual 

The valley was large and oval shaped, rocky and with high mountains 
on either side. The people, crowded in the valley, faced towards the 
East and towards a narrow, bottlenecked passage at the end. Just 
before this funnel shaped passage there stood an immense rock, rising 
out of the floor of the valley like a great table, and on the top of 
the rock was a crystal bowl which looked as if it was three feet 
across. This bowl was full of water. Standing ahead of the crowd and 
in front of the rock were three Figures. They formed a triangle and, 
to my surprise, the one at the apex of the triangle seemed to me to 
be the Christ. The waiting crowd appeared to be in constant movement, 
and as they moved they formed great and familiar symbols - the Cross 
in its various forms, the circle with the point in the center, the 
five-pointed star and various interlaced triangles. It was almost 
like a solemn, rhythmic dance, very slow and dignified but quite 
soundless. Suddenly, the three Figures before the rock stretched out 
Their arms towards the heavens. The [40] crowd froze into immobility. 
At the far end of the bottleneck a Figure was seen in the sky, 
hovering over the passage and slowly approaching the rock. I knew in 
some subjective and certain fashion that it was the Buddha. I had a 
sense of recognition. I knew at the same time that in no way was our 
Christ belittled. I got a glimpse of the unity and of the Plan to 
which the Christ, the Buddha and all the Masters are eternally 
dedicated. I realized for the first time, though in a dim and 
uncertain manner, the unity of all manifestation and that all 
existence - the material world, the spiritual realm, the aspiring 
disciple, the evolving animal and the beauty of the vegetable and 
mineral kingdoms - constituted one divine and living whole which was 
moving on to the demonstration of the glory of the Lord. I grasped - 
faintly - that human beings needed the Christ and the Buddha and all 
the Members of the planetary Hierarchy, and that there were 
happenings and events of far greater moment to the progress of the 
race than those recorded in history. I was left bewildered, because 
to me (at that time) the heathen were still heathen and I was a 
Christian. Deep and fundamental doubts were left in my mind. My life 
was henceforth colored (and is today) by the knowledge that there 
were Masters and subjective events upon the inner spiritual planes 
and in the world of meaning which were a part of life itself, perhaps 
the most important part. How could I fit these things into my limited 
theology and my daily life. I did not know.
It is said that one's deepest and most intimate spiritual experiences 
should never be discussed or related. This is fundamentally true and 
no true "experiencer" is the least interested in such discussions. 
The deeper and more vital the experience, the less temptation is 
there to tell it. Only beginners with a theoretical, imaginative 
event in their [41] consciousness claim such experiences. But with 
deliberation I have related the two above subjective events (or was 
the first subjective?) because it is time that people of standing and 
who are recognized as sane and intelligent should add their testimony 
to that of the frequently discredited mystic and occultist. I have a 
good standing as an intelligent, normal woman, an effective executive 
and creative writer and I choose to add my certain knowledge and 
conviction to the witness of many others down the ages.

Daniel H. Caldwell

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