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Blavatsky on the Christ

Sep 04, 2004 00:12 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell

Readers might compare what Mrs. Besant
proclaimed in the post titled:
"Annie Besant on the Lord and His Twelve Apostles"
with the following material written by
Madame Blavatsky.


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 
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.

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." 

H.P. Blavatsky wrote in December 1887:

I"n CARNALIZING the central figure of the New Testament, in imposing
the dogma of the Word MADE FLESH, the Latin Church sets up a doctrine
diametrically opposed to the tenets of Buddhist and Hindu Esotericism
and the Greek Gnosis. Therefore, there will always be an abyss
between the East and the West, as long as neither of these dogmas
yields. Almost 2,000 years of bloody persecution against HERETICS
and INFIDELS by the Church looms before the Oriental nations to
prevent them from renouncing their philosophic doctrines in favor of
that which degrades the CHRISTOS principle. [372-373]

...when one legend based upon these mysteries attempts to arrogate
exclusive rights to itself above all the rest; when it declares
itself an infallible dogma to force the popular faith into a dead
letter belief, to the detriment of the true metaphysical meaning,
such legend must be denounced, its veil torn away, and itself
displayed in its nakedness to the world! [374]. . .

Whether it be Krishna, Buddha, Sosiosh, Horus or Christos, it is a
universal PRINCIPLE. . .

...the Christians, by localizing and isolating this great Principle,
and denying it to any other man except Jesus of Nazareth (or the
Nazar), CARNALIZE the Christos of the Gnostics; that alone prevents
them having any point in common with the disciples of the Archaic
Wisdom. . . . [374]

. . . I have not the slightest intention of hurting the feelings of
those who believe in Jesus, the carnalized Christ, but I feel myself
compelled to emphasize our own belief. . . .

. . . It is in this ancient wisdom, and in the Christos of the
Gnostics under its various names, that the Theosophists, disciples of
the Mahatmas, believe. . . . [385]

. . . true Theosophists will never accept ...a Christ made
Flesh. . . .[390]

Quoted from H.P. Blavatsky's COLLECTED WRITINGS, Volume VIII.

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