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
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.
MODERN APOSTLES AND PSEUDO-MESSIAHS
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."
THE ESOTERIC CHARACTER OF THE GOSPELS
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! . . .
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. . . . 
. . . 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. . . . 
. . . true Theosophists will never accept ...a Christ made
Flesh. . . .
Quoted from H.P. Blavatsky's COLLECTED WRITINGS, Volume VIII.
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