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Re: Blavatsky on the Christ

Sep 04, 2004 02:57 AM
by Katinka Hesselink

Hi Daniel,

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, "Daniel H. Caldwell"
<danielhcaldwell@y...> wrote:
> 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.
> by H. P. Blavatsky
> m
> "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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