Re: Theos-World: Essential Unity
Jan 19, 2003 11:41 AM
by James Davis
MNO> Hi James and all of you,
MNO> Thanks for your email.
MNO> My first remark is, why didn't you answer my questions in the earliere email
In my case, part of it was in this earlier post of mine:
MNO> a) The Bailey books are not a balanced multicultural presentation on
How is HPB's Theosophy balanced in a manner that contrasts with
ageless wisdom as expressed in the AAB books?
MNO> b) The Bailey books leans heavily towards a Chrisitan outlook
MNO> unto the world. The consequences of this will show up in the
MNO> present information society.
MNO> c) The Middle East is hardly mentioned in the books, but the Christian
MNO> religion gets a whole lot of coverage.
Its true the writings are not addressed to exoteric religions of the
East, and they are also not addressed to "Christians" or other
religions of the West.
Of course, the Bailey works are contrary to orthodox Christianity, and
just as in HPB's case, they were and are subject to heavy attacks by
churcheanity. They are strongly supportive of the essence of Christ
(love and brotherhood). Though much is addressed to a Western
audience and its problems, in essence, the writings are
inter-dominational and, like Theosophy, recognizes the essential unity
of all religions. Yes a key preeminence is given to "Christ," not the
Christ of chruchmen, but an avatar in the esoteric sense, and the
current central figure in the Hierarchy of Light.
"He has been for two thousand years the supreme Head of the Church
Invisible, the spiritual Hierarchy, composed of disciples of all
faiths. He recognizes and loves those who are not Christian but who
retain their allegiance to their Founders - the Buddha, Mohammed, and
others. He cares not what the faith is, if the objective is love of
God and of humanity. If men look for the Christ Who left His disciples
centuries ago they will fail to recognize the Christ Who is in
process of returning. The Christ has no religious barriers in His
consciousness. It matters not to Him of what faith a man may call
himself." Externalization of Hierarchy
MNO> e) Bailey groups are connected with work at The United Nations,
MNO> f) Because of that they are politically involved, and that on an
MNO> international level.
Bailey/D.K. makes many references to the importance of the United
Nations. There is no specific or explicit agenda or command as to
what readers should do with the information. What readers do (badly,
well, or in between) with great writings is their personal
responsibility. This may provide some perspective and clarification:
"An esoteric school is not founded upon authority or on the demand of
some teacher for recognition and obedience. It is not based on the
claims of some usually mediocre person to be an initiate and, because
of his status, authorized to speak with dogmatic emphasis. The only
authority recognized is that of truth itself, intuitively perceived
and then subjected to the mental analysis and interpretation of the
disciple. The disciple who (working under some one of, the Masters)
starts an esoteric school has absolutely no authority, except that of
a life lived as close to the truth as possible, plus the measure of
truth which he can present to his group. The obedience developed in
his group of students is that of recognizing joint responsibility,
united loyalty to group intention and purpose, as indicated by the
group leader (suggested by him and not presented as a command). The
presence of authoritative statements, emanating from the teacher of
the group, or any demand upon his part for recognition, or for the
unquestioning obedience and loyalty of his followers marks him out as
a beginner and as simply an aspirant - well-meaning and with good
intention. It indicates that he is not a disciple, charged with the
work of the Hierarchy." Alice Bailey - Autobiography
MNO> And James: Why is there no answer coming to these questions? Is
MNO> the truth a problem?
I answer what I have time for, which is why I suggested simplicity and
a thoughtful focus on one thing at a time.
MNO> Now I have one more time put my views pure and simple. I am not
MNO> talking about attack - but about a debate on, where are the
MNO> planet today, where are theosophy as such today on this plnaet,
MNO> and what is going on at The United Nations where theosophical or
MNO> pro-Bailey groups are involved! (I believe James answer was
MNO> something like: "I don't like the Catholic Church".
If you reduce my modest contribution to this thread to one
out-of-context paraphrase on the Catholic Church, I rather think we
have a communication problem that is unlikely to be surmounted in the
foreseeable future. But, since there are many ears here, thank you
for providing the opportunity to express myself on theme of essential
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