Comments?: Blavatsky versus Bailey on "Christ"
- I am somewhat surprised that there have been so few comments from
Bailey students on what Blavatsky said about "Christ" as compared to
what Bailey wrote about "Christ".
Alice Bailey's version is what I would consider a "CRUDE literalism."
What HPB characterizes as "a dead letter belief."
Consider the following two passages from Bailey:
"They will prepare and work for conditions in the world in which
Christ can move freely among men, in bodily Presence; He need not
then remain in His present retreat in Central Asia."
"His reappearance and His consequent work cannot be confined to one
small locality or domain, unheard of by the great majority, as was
the case when He was here before. The radio, the press, and the
dissemination of news, will make His coming different to that of any
previous Messenger; the swift modes of transportation will make Him
available to countless millions, and by boat, rail and plane they can
reach Him: through television, His face can be made familiar to all,
and verily 'every eye shall see Him."
This is the kind of literalism that I often encountered when I used
to study such religious movements as the Worldwide Church of God
(founded by Herbert W. Armstrong). The second passage by Bailey is
very similar to what Garner Ted Armstrong (Herbert's son) used to say
on his slick TV program the "World Tomorrow."
Compare the above with H.P. Blavatsky's comments below.
HPB's words point toward a true mystical Christianity, a universal
religion. . . .
"It hushes the 'Lo here! and lo there!' and declares the Christ, like
the kingdom of heaven, to be within."
". . . '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; . . . for Christ--the true esoteric SAVIOUR--
is no man, but the DIVINE PRINCIPLE in every human being."
"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. . . true Theosophists will never accept ...a
Christ made Flesh. . . ."
"So what kind of Theosophist was Bailey?" one might ask.
For more comparisions, see:
". . . true Theosophists will never accept ...a Christ made
Flesh. . . "
Blavatsky and Bailey on the Christ: COMPARE & CONTRAST
Daniel H. Caldwell
- DHCibc> I am somewhat surprised that there have been so few comments from
DHCibc> Bailey students on what Blavatsky said about "Christ" as compared to
DHCibc> what Bailey wrote about "Christ".
DHCibc> Alice Bailey's version is what I would consider a "CRUDE literalism."
DHCibc> What HPB characterizes as "a dead letter belief."
The dead and the living are not only in the world, in the eye of the
I offer below some quotations that add more more perspective than the
ones you selected.
"As I have earlier pointed out, the return of Christ will be
expressed, in the first place, by an upsurging of the Christ
consciousness in the hearts of men everywhere; its first expression
will be goodwill."
"In the second place, disciples everywhere will find themselves
increasingly sensitive to his quality, his voice and his teaching;
they will be "over-shadowed" by him in many cases, just as before, he
over-shadowed his disciple Jesus; through this over-shadowing of
disciples in all lands, he will duplicate himself repeatedly. The
effectiveness and the potency of the over-shadowed disciple will be
"Christ will, therefore, surely come in three ways. He will come as
men recognize that He is truly here as He has been ever since He
apparently left the earth; He will come in the sense also that He
will over-shadow, inspire and directly guide and personally confer
with His advanced disciples as they labor in the field of the world,
in the effort to establish right human relations and as they become
known as the directing Agents of  God's will; He will come also
in the hearts of men everywhere, manifesting as the indwelling
Christ, struggling towards the light and influencing the lives of men
towards conscious recognition of divinity. Men on a large scale will
then pass through the Bethlehem experience, the Christ in them will
come to the birth and they will become 'new men'."
1. By His over-shadowing of all initiates and disciples who are
today, or will be at the time of His arrival, active in the three
worlds of human evolution. This involves His influencing their
minds telepathically. This over-shadowing or influencing will be
His primary work upon the mental plane. This will constitute one
of His most effective methods in His proposed spiritual
interference in world affairs. Through the medium of these members
or affiliates of the Hierarchy, He will have outposts of His
consciousness in every nation. Through them He can work.
2. By the pouring out of the Christ life or consciousness upon the
masses everywhere and in every nation. This spiritual inflow will
bring about the reorienting of human desire and will evoke the
emotional reaction to His Presence. This therefore brings the
astral plane within the active sphere of His influence; this
involves the release of the energy of goodwill into the hearts of
men, predisposing them towards right human relations. It is this
establishing of right relations which is the major objective of
His coming triple activity. The masses everywhere will be
responsive to the work and the message of the Christ, as it is
 implemented from the mental plane by the disciples and
initiates, over-shadowed by the mind of Christ.
3. By His physical appearance among men. Through His Own immediate
appearance, He can establish a potent focal point of hierarchical
energy upon Earth in a manner not hitherto possible. He has never
deserted humanity and has always kept His promise to stay with us
all the days, even unto the end of the age. Men in all lands will
know where He can be found. The locale of this focal point of His
threefold spiritual activity cannot here be disclosed, for it is
contingent upon the results of the sequential processes of
over-shadowing and outpouring.