Re: Blavatsky on the Christ
Sep 04, 2004 02:57 AM
by Katinka Hesselink
But Blavatsky didn't deny the eastern doctrine of an Avatar, did she?
As far as I'm concerned Besant merely meant that Krishnamurti was (or
would be) an avatar.
--- In email@example.com, "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
> 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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