Answer to Bailey Critics, Part 2

Answer to Bailey Critics, Part 2
Distorted Attacks

I read some more Bailey critics today and it is indeed disgusting how those who claim to be under the Lordship of a Master such as the Christ can use such deception. It is ironic that the deception they use is a characteristic of the devil whom they claim to oppose.

Let us take a look at some of their distortions.

Distortion Number One:

The Great Invocation is evil.

The distortion of the Great Invocation is a prime example of this upside down religious world. I notice that this hit piece has made its way on a number of sites.

First of all let us quote the Invocation as it was given:

THE GREAT INVOCATION

From the point of Light within the Mind of God

Let light stream forth into the minds of men.

Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God

Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.

May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known

Let purpose guide the little wills of men—

The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the race of men

Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.

And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth

Beautiful prayer is it not? If we accept it the way it reads (an there is no reason why we should not) then all may be edified.

But no. These guys see a devil under every rock. Here is how the religious fanatics tell us to interpret this prayer. They say that to get the true meaning, the words of the Invocation need to be drastically redefined as follows:

  • Light = Luciferian Enlightenment

*    God = Satan

*    stream forth = overshadow

*    love = various forms of Scriptually defined evil or, generally hatred.

*    Christ = Antichrist

*    little wills of men = the claimed unintelligent, weak and inferior desires of individuals; especially those that follow conservative Judeo-Christian doctrine.

*    purpose = to prepare for the appearance of the Antichrist

*    Masters = demons or demon controlled individuals.

*    race of men = “humanity” as ruled by Lucifer

*    plan = complete domination in preparation for and after the appearance of the Antichrist.

*    seal the door where evil dwells = violent, if necessary, eradication of those that follow Judaism, conservative Christianity, some liberal Christianity, and other similar orthodox religions. [note: this is so because of the “separateness” of these religious views.

*    power = often hideous and actual destructive forces.

Amazing. With this type of twisted thinking the Gettysburg address could be made to sound like a speech right out of the jaws of hell.

Let us suppose the enemies of Jesus did this same type of warped redefinition with the Lord’s Prayer which reads as follows:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Now if these religious zealots were back in the days of Jesus here is what they would have done to this beautiful prayer. The words in parenthesis are similar distortions to what they have done to the Great invocation.

Our Father (Satan) which art in heaven (Hell), Hallowed be thy name (Beelzebub – name of the devil)

Thy kingdom (evil tyranny) come. Thy will (will to evil) be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Hell).

Give us this day our daily bread (food of death).

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (destroy the law of Moses)

And lead us not into temptation, (avoid good) but deliver us from evil (God): For thine (the devil) is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This was a very easy thing to do – to take something beautiful and destroy it through deceit. Those who claim to bear the name of Christ should wither and shrink in shame before real honesty, which is taught by the Master.

There is a lot of truth in the statement that it is easier to curse the darkness than to light a candle.

The Great Invocation is indeed a lighted candle, which is cursed by those in darkness.

Distortion Number Two:

Hitler embraced the Bailey Teachings.

It is true that Hitler and his group had an interest in some metaphysical and occult teachings while at the same time making some of them forbidden to the general population.

It is also true that Hitler claimed to be a Christian and a believer God and the Bible.

These facts do not make any particular metaphysical teaching evil, not does it make Christ into a devil.

Hitler, however, had no interest in the teachings of Alice A. Bailey because all the revelations from DK did nothing but condemn him. The Tibetan did all in his power to encourage an Allied victory and urged all disciples to meditate and visualize toward that end.

Here is just one of the many statements made about Hitler in the Bailey writings. Note that this was given out in April of 1940 when there were still many in America who thought Hitler was nothing to worry about.

“The totalitarian order must go because it is contrary to the spiritual vision. The world order, as visioned by Hitler, is based upon the subjection of the weak to the rule of a super-Germany; it is one in which the life of the little nations will be allowed to go on just in so far as they serve the need of Germany. The lesser Axis powers are permitted existence only because they benefit German aims—Italy, to give Germany scope in the Mediterranean; Japan, to handle the Asiatic problem which is too large for Germany to handle alone. It is an order whose intention is that the best of all industrial and agricultural products shall go to Germany and the unwanted residue to the little nations. It is an order in which the educational processes will be controlled by the dominant super-race. All departments of knowledge will be subordinated to the glorification of Germany. Germany will be portrayed as the seed of all world glory, and as the ruthless saviour of mankind; the beauties of war, of struggle and of physical strength will be emphasised, and these so-called admirable objectives of the human spirit will be developed to produce a race of men in whom the “effeminate” beauties of loving kindness and wise consideration for others will find no place.

“I would call your attention to the teaching now being given to the German youth. Might is right. The German belongs to the super-race, and all other races are inferior. Only a chosen aristocracy should be permitted the privilege of education and of rule. The masses of the people are no more than cattle and exist only to be slaves of the superior race. War is to men what childbirth is to women. War is a natural process and therefore eternally right. All sources of supply must be controlled by Germany, and consequently even those nations at present neutral must be brought under the German sphere of influence. The totalitarian powers will dominate the economic system of the world and control all imports and exports. The standard of living in both hemispheres will be lowered; everything will be related to the good of Germany, and no other nation will be considered. Christian teaching and Christian ethics must necessarily be eliminated, because Germany regards Christianity and its divine Founder as effeminate and weak, as emphasising the softer qualities of human nature, and as responsible for the decadence of all nations, except Germany. Christianity must also be overthrown because it is based on Jewish sources; the rule of Christ must come to an end, because only the rule of force is right.

“In the world order of the Axis powers, the individual has no rights; he has no freedom except in so far as he serves the state; there will be no liberty of thought or conscience, all issues will be decided by the state, and the private citizen will have no right to an opinion. Men will be drafted like slaves into the service of the state.

“Such is the picture of the order which the Axis powers are preparing to impose upon the world, and TO THIS THEIR OWN WORDS TESTIFY. Only insight into the true nature of this crisis, a determination to face the facts, and fearlessness will suffice to defeat Hitler. This conquering fearlessness must be based on a recognition of the spiritual values involved, on a belief in God, and on a commonsense which is determined to establish security, right human relations and liberty.” From Externalization of the Hierarchy Pages 187-189

Distortion Number Three:

The purpose of the Bailey writings is to lay the foundation for a one world tyrannical government headed up by the U.N.

It should be obvious just from reading the last quote that this idea is entirely untrue.

Skeptics say – “yes, this may sound good but evil ones will tell you a thousand truths to get you to believe one lie.”

This idea is just a cop-out so one can have license to condemn the good, the beautiful and the true in the name of squashing that hidden lie that lies beneath the surface somewhere. Such was the spirit of the inquisition that caused the death and suffering of thousands of innocent people. Such was also the spirit of those who persecuted the early Saints who started the New Testament Church.

When we examine the lives and teachings of people who proved themselves to be adversaries of mankind we see that this “thousand truths for one lie” idea was not a reliable compass in identifying them.

If one studies Hitler’s writings and speeches before he came to power we see that he told the world what he was going to do and then went and did it. Historians today are amazed, on hindsight, how the people of his day ignored what he actually said. To them it should have been obvious that he would have been a tyrant because he made it clear that the “superior minds” should make decisions for the ignorant masses.

If you study the words and actions of Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Napoleon, Nero and other enemies of humankind we see that none of them were clever enough to only give out good and loving words of light to deceive the masses. Their words and actions given out before they came to power revealed quite accurately what they were like when they were in power. What gives these despots power over the people is that if they say one or two things that people want to hear that the unthinking will ignore the warning signs staring them in the face.

Throughout the 24 Alice A. Bailey books there is a consistent emphasis on honoring the free will of man and the elimination of tyranny. A true tyrant will reveal himself in one book, but there is no sign of such in the 24 Bailey books.

As far as the UN goes Bailey died shortly after its inception, but DK did make several comments on the young organization. He said it was far from perfect, but it was all humanity had at that time to work with and we should do all within our power to guide it in the right direction. He stated that a mistake made in its formation was to allow the totalitarian states full membership. He felt it would have a much better chance for success if it was initiated by the free world and then nations come into it as they recognize the rights of mankind.

What would DK say about the UN as it exists today? We can only guess as he has not spoken to the world for many years. I would guess he would give us some warnings and criticisms of it that may surprise some of his followers. On the other hand, he would probably say some good things also.

In their attempt to portray Bailey as supportive of the current U.N. and a one world conspiracy these Christians who claim in believing in honesty give this Bailey quote with their distortions in parenthesis:

“So the Hierarchy took its stand upon the side of the United Nations…. [The] men and leaders [of the UN] were carefully chosen and picked disciples were placed in positions of power and authority. The leaders of the United Nations and of their armies … are able to work — consciously or unconsciously — under the inspiration of the Hierarchy. On account of this decision of the Hierarchy, Christ [Maitreya] became automatically the Leader of these Forces.” (Alice Bailey, ‘The Externalization of the Hierarchy’ (Lucis Publishing Company, 1957) p. 476 7. Ibid., p. 603)

This is an extremely obvious attempt at deception. The above was written in April 1945 before the United Nations was even formed and World War II was not yet over. What DK was talking about was the nations united (the Allies) against Hitler (the Axis Powers).

To take an obvious statement by DK stating that the Hierarchy supported the nations united against Hitler and to alter it to make it sound like the words support a Hitler type of government is obscene and a symptom of spiritual disease.

I enjoy a good philosophical argument with people who are willing to tell the truth, but these “accusers of the brethren” can only argue with deception and need to take their own advice and “repent.”

Aug 21, 2001

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Answer to Bailey Critics Part I

Answer to Bailey Critics Part I
Distorted Attacks

On a fairly regular basis I receive or come across some type of attack on Alice A. Bailey.

One thing I find interesting about these is that many of them are mentioned by people associated with the LDS church. The reason I find this interesting is that the attacks on Alice A. Bailey correspond very closely with attacks against the Mormon founder Joseph Smith.

How is this?

Attacks on Joseph Smith often misrepresent and distort his teachings. The same is true of Alice A. Bailey.

Attacks on Joseph Smith present him as being deceived by Satan as an angel of light. This is also true of Alice A. Bailey.

Because Joseph Smith had a different slant on the doctrine of Christ he and his followers were proclaimed as not even being “Christian.” The same is true of Alice A. Bailey who taught a doctrine of Christ very similar to Joseph Smith.

Joseph Smith and current Mormons are seen as agents of the “Beast” by many orthodox Christians and the same is true for Alice A. Bailey and her followers.

They are both pronounced as guilty by association.

Joseph was a Master Mason so every evil perpetuated by them is thought to be endorsed by him. Alice A. Bailey had the same views toward the masons as Joseph and is pronounced guilty in the same way.

Every odd or erroneous statement made by Joseph’s successors and associates is used to condemn him.

The same is true of Alice A. Bailey. When criticizing her they vary rarely quote her actual words. They often use quotes from some fringe new age or theosophical person that is claimed to represent her teachings. One of the main sources of quotes used to condemn Alice A. Bailey are from Benjamin Crème. Crème does use some of the Bailey material, but mostly he uses his own revelations from a very uninspired Maitreya. Few serious Bailey students accept Crème, but to listen to Bailey critics you would think people like me accept him as a spokesman.

When you then compare Smith and Bailey and see the similarity of their teachings, and the enemies who oppose them, it is amazing that many followers of Joseph Smith get caught in the same trap (false condemnation) as do their own critics.

There are several lines of attack used against Alice A. Bailey. In addition to associating Crème and others with Alice A. Bailey a main line of attack is toward the Lucis Trust Publishing Company which publishes and promotes the writings.

One problem with this is that Alice A. Bailey has been dead for about 50 years and there has been no known teachings from a Master since that time. Therefore Lucis Trust and their supported organizations have been on their own in attempting to accomplish the suggestions that D K gave through Alice A. Bailey.

One must keep in mind the fact then that after an initiate leaves a group, those who follow him or her will often implement procedures and teachings that are not in harmony with the founder. Usually these followers have good intentions, but they often miss the mark with their innovations.

Take a look at the evolution of the Christian Church and note how far removed it has gotten from the teachings of Christ numerous times throughout history.

In more recent times one can read the teachings of Joseph Smith and compare them with the Mormon Church today and find many changes in direction that would probably startle him.

The founders of the U.S. Constitution would probably be turning over in their graves if they could see how their limitations on the power of government have been stripped away by do-gooders.

Even so, can we take it for granted that all the Lucis trust has done is not on the same path as Alice A. Bailey or DK would have followed.

Overall, then we must look upon the actions of the Lucis trust in the same light as we would the dozens of other organizations that use the writings of Alice A. Bailey as a base. They may or may not represent the true intentions of their founding teacher.

Taking this into consideration next we will examine the criticisms of Alice A. Bailey and Lucis trust and look at them in the light of day.

Aug 21, 2001

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The Mysteries of A Course in Miracles, Chapter 14

The Two Scripts

The idea of predestination is another belief on which Course students are divided. Some believe that every event and movement in life is already determined and others do not. The question then is why this split has occurred and what is the real teaching of the Course on the subject?

Predestination is a doctrine that has been around for many centuries and is usually associated with fundamentalist religion. The idea is that God knows everything so this would include every step you take and thought you think in life before it happens.

This is a frustrating doctrine for many as they think it robs them of free will. Why try if there is nothing you can do to change your destiny?

The question then is where do some students get the idea that every happening in life in this world is predetermined?

Actually, you can’t blame them if they focus on certain references to the exclusion of others. Here is one that makes them think life events are all predetermined:

“The time is set already. It appears to be quite arbitrary. Yet there is no step along the road that anyone takes but by chance. It has already been taken by him, although he has not yet embarked on it. For time but seems to go in one direction. We but undertake a journey that is over. Yet it seems to have a future still unknown to us. Time is a trick, a sleight of hand, a vast illusion in which figures come and go as if by magic. Yet there is a plan behind appearances that does not change. The script is written. When experience will come to end your doubting has been set. For we but see the journey from the point at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we make it once again; reviewing mentally what has gone by.” W-pI.158.3-4

And here is another passage that seems to support the idea:

“What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good? Perhaps you have misunderstood His plan, for He would never offer pain to you. But your defenses did not let you see His loving blessing shine in every step you ever took. While you made plans for death, He led you gently to eternal life. … Without defenses, you become a light which Heaven gratefully acknowledges to be its own. And it will lead you on in ways appointed for your happiness according to the ancient plan, begun when time was born.” W-pI.135.18&20

From these and other passages many students have come to a conclusion that goes something like this:

The separation along with this world has already come and gone. We are not really here but in reality are living comfortably with God in heaven. Instead we are just under the illusion we are here. When it says “the script is written” it means that everything has already happened and we are just reliving it here. We are either like an audience watching a film that has already been made or actors in it. The whole movie is already been created and we have no control over the next frame that will be played. We seem to have free will like the characters in the film, but like those characters, the script is set and the next sequence is written in stone, impossible to change. We are not really here but mere actors reading our scripts.

They believe that all events in life “are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good.” as noted in the quote. Many thus figure that God wrote the script and we are following it line by line until we awaken in heaven.

There are quite a number of flaws in this belief which is out of harmony with numerous teachings in ACIM. To see them we have to look at the whole picture instead of just a part.

The first thing to understand is that there are two scripts. One is orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in connection with the Father and the other is written by ourselves, or the ego.

The above quote does not make it clear which script it is referring to but does include a hint. Here it is again: “Yet there is a plan behind appearances that does not change. The script is written.”

A plan “that does not change” indicates it is referring to eternal things or the script written by the Holy Spirit.”

Here is clear statement that there is a script written through with God’s approval:

“We merely take the part assigned long since, and fully recognized as perfectly fulfilled by Him Who wrote salvation’s script in His Creator’s Name, and in the Name of His Creator’s Son.” W-pI.169.9

When we then follow the script we follow higher will thorough the Holy Spirit as noted here:

“When you have learned how to decide with God, all decisions become as easy and as right as breathing. There is no effort, and you will be led as gently as if you were being carried down a quiet path in summer. Only your own volition seems to make deciding hard. The Holy Spirit will not delay in answering your every question what to do.” T-14.IV.6

The script of the Holy Spirit “are all but aspects of the plan to change your dreams of fear to happy dreams, from which you waken easily to knowledge.” T-18.V.1

Then there is another script written by your ego self:

“Fear is a judgment never justified. Its presence has no meaning but to show you wrote a fearful script, and are afraid accordingly. … Your dark dreams are but the senseless, isolated scripts you write in sleep.” T-30.VII.3&6.

“You add an element into the script you write for every minute in the day, and all that happens now means something else. You take away another element, and every meaning shifts accordingly. What do your scripts reflect except your plans for what the day should be? And thus you judge disaster and success, advance, retreat, and gain and loss.” T-30.VII.1-2

So then we have two scripts with a big difference. The script of the Holy Spirit is known, does not change and the end is sure. The Son will awaken and the fearful dream will be gone. There is a script to follow that will take us back home. We could agree here that the steps to awaken are preplanned, for the only thing subject to our will is the time we take to make the Journey. After all ACIM is a “required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary.” T-in.1

So that which is preplanned or predestined are the steps presented in A Course in Miracles. It is only a matter of time before each of us follows the same steps that will take us back home. That is the script that is written with God’s approval and it works as follows :

”Once you accept His plan as the one function that you would fulfill, there will be nothing else the Holy Spirit will not arrange for you without your effort. He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing you need will be denied you.” T-20.IV.8

The Course definitely tells us that God knows our true self and guides us without error when we yield to the Holy Spirit:

“Say to the Holy Spirit only, “Decide for me,” and it is done. For His decisions are reflections of what God knows about you, and in this light, error of any kind becomes impossible.  ” T-14.III.16

On the other hand, the script of the ego is changeable and unpredictable. Unlike the unchangeable script revealed to us by the Holy Spirit, the ego’s script, written in this dream state reveals that “all that happens now means something else. You take away another element, and every meaning shifts accordingly.” T-30.VII.1-2

Our script is so bad that God ignores it:

“It is not God you have imprisoned in your plan to lose your Self. He does not know about a plan so alien to His Will.” W-pI.166.10

So then God not only doesn’t write a predestined script concerning our mundane dream life that we plan and write a script for but “He does not know about a plan so alien to His Will.”

We are told to “value no plan of the ego before the plan of God. For you leave empty your place in His plan, which you must fill if you would join with me, by your decision to join in any plan but His.” T-15.IV.3

The idea that God would write a script for us covering every boring thing that occurs in this world runs contrary to the Course teaching that God did not create the dream world and does not even pay attention to it:

“Is it not strange that you believe to think you made the world you see is arrogance? God made it not. Of this you can be sure. What can He know of the ephemeral, the sinful and the guilty, the afraid, the suffering and lonely, and the mind that lives within a body that must die? You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seem to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world like this.” W-pI.152.6

Yes “What can He know of the ephemeral” or what can He know about any scripts that involve the details of the dream for the Course speaks of “God Himself, to Whom all conflict, triumph and attack of any kind are all unknown.” T-23.I.4

The script from God is written to awaken us, but has nothing to do with the ingredients of the dream itself. After all, from God’s view this world never even happened:

“The instant the idea of separation entered the mind of God’s Son, in that same instant was God’s Answer given. In time this happened very long ago. In reality it never happened at all.” M-2.2

“Everything you made has never been, and is invisible because the Holy Spirit does not see it.” T-12.VIII.6

This world does seem real to us but God and the Holy Spirit do not even “see it.” Instead, the Holy Spirit seeks to guide us with a divine script that will lead to our awakening.

If it were true that every act of our life here were predetermined then this would mean that we have no free will. If the supposed script says you are going to rise at 8 AM then there is no way you will be able to choose to sleep another 15 minutes. You have to get up at eight on the nose.

To the contrary the Course makes it clear that we have free will.

“Free will is the attribute of the mind.”     UR T(30) -30 T 1 B 37f

“Because your will is free you can accept what has already happened at any time you choose, and only then will you realize that it was always there.” M-2.3.

“the ego is the denial of free will. It is never God Who coerces you, because He shares His Will with you.” T-8.II.3

The Son’s “free will was made for his own joy in creating the perfect.” T 2 A 12

Because we were created free like the Father we had free will in heaven as well as here on earth. We are told that we mainly used our free will in heaven to create as regular decisions were obvious because we all saw the truth clearly. When the right path is clearly seen then the decision becomes obvious, almost as if there is no decision.

However, there was the time that the Son came up with the “mad idea” that involved creating and entering a world of illusion and limitation. Even though this ran contrary to the will of the Father and the Father could have prevented it he did not because of free will.

Then when the Son entered this world of separation and limitation he found he had many choices to make because the truth was not obvious any more. Instead of following a predictable frame by frame script he has found himself in a world of uncertainty where the exact future is not predictable. Students know for sure that we will one day awaken from the dream, but cannot exactly predict what will come next in the dream. The Course verifies this:

“The plans you make for safety all are laid within the future, where you cannot plan. No purpose has been given it as yet, and what will happen has as yet no cause. Who can predict effects without a cause?” T-26.VIII.5

So the future within the dream is something we “cannot plan.” The reason for this is that we cannot “predict effects without a cause.

The Course tells us that this world is a mere effect and can create no real cause. Cause comes from the eternal world. This means that events in this world with no real cause behind them cannot be accurately predicted.

“This world is causeless, as is every dream that anyone has dreamed within the world. No plans are possible, and no design exists that could be found and understood.” T-28.II.6

“Only what God creates is irreversible and unchangeable. What you made can always be changed because, when you do not think like God, you are not really thinking at all.” T-5.V.6

“everything in time can change with time.” T-22.II.3

We have free will within the unpredictable dream but the ultimate choice lies before us:

“It is not difficult to change a dream when once the dreamer has been recognized. Rest in the Holy Spirit, and allow His gentle dreams to take the place of those you dreamed in terror and in fear of death.” T-27.VII.14

“Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly.” W-pI.132.5

The Course tells us that only a fearful and unpredictable script written by the ego is available for this world. For a reliable and predictable script we must look beyond this world to the Holy Spirit. When we decide to follow His promptings then we are following a real script.

The Course tells us that neither God, the Son in his right mind or the Holy Spirit would concern themselves with a script dealing with the events of this world because such events are not recognized as real or even happening in reality. They only deal with reality or that which leads to it.

Think of this for a moment. If there were an accurate script, not written by the fallible ego, but by Divine Will, would not someone be able to read it? I have followed those who claim to see the future for numerous decades and haven’t found one yet that made a really good exact prediction that came true. I’d compare the accuracy of these various prophets to a stopped clock which is right twice a day, and this is being generous.

If there is some exact script written for this world then someone should be able to produce a paragraph or two from next month’s newspaper, produce a winning lottery number or the exact path of the next hurricane. The fact is no one can do this because the ego writes the script for this world and the ego is far from perfect. The ego would like us to think it has the future under its control but alas, it does not.

“Fantasies change reality. That is their purpose. They cannot do so in reality, but they can do so in the mind that would have reality be different.” T-17.I.1

Based on cycles and past history we can roughly predict some things, but the ability to predict exact frames from some script eludes us.

Wise students will leave the ego’s script behind and seek that of the Holy Spirit which provides sure and predetermined steps to lead us back home.

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Clarifying Blavatsky

Clarifying Blavatsky

A reader had been reading about Madame Blavatsky and expressed concern over comments she was supposed to have made.

He was concerned about quotes such as: “Satan is the grandest of ideals”, “Lucifer is the Holy Ghost”, “the Logos and Satan are one” and “God and Satan” (are) “identical”.

Did you find these quotes yourself or did you take them from some fundamentalist Christian site? I would be surprised if you found them through your own reading of H. P. Blavatsky for if you did you should be aware that the way you have presented them distorts that which Blavatsky was trying to portray.

Let us go through them one by one.

(1) Satan is the grandest of ideals.

This is indeed a distortion and is a fabricated quote. Here is what she really said.

“Yes, indeed; it is this grandest of ideals, this ever-living symbol — nay apotheosis — of self-sacrifice for the intellectual independence of humanity; this ever active Energy protesting against Static Inertia — the principle to which Self-assertion is a crime, and Thought and the Light of Knowledge odious.” Secret Doctrine, Vol 2, Page 507

Before making this statement she quoted several authors commenting on the fallen spirits (which she identifies as present humanity and earth as hell) and states that it is a grand ideal leave static inertia and assert our free will in order to progress.

Is such freedom a true principle to which we aspire?

Indeed, yes.

(2) Lucifer is the Holy Ghost

Again, let us look at the original quote.

“Lucifer is divine and terrestrial light, the ‘Holy Ghost’ and ‘Satan,’ at one and the same time, visible Space being truly filled with the differentiated Breath invisibly.” Secret Doctrine, Vol 2, Page 513

Here she is giving a fairly esoteric interpretation quite different from orthodoxy. She calls terrestrial light the Holy Ghost and the space that holds that light Satan.

The question is why would she call space Satan and the light within that space Lucifer?

To understand why she says this one must study her teachings on the subject.

As I’ve said many times there are a number of different interpretations that can be applied to the scriptures or inspired words. There are also numerous cycles where history is repeated. The fall, the rebellious spirits, Satan and Lucifer all have a number of correspondences that can apply in various circumstances.

We have falls and rebellions periodically here on our physical earth. We are told by DK that there was a rebellion in the Council chamber of Sanat Kumara in the early history of the planet. There have been many other rebellions up the ladder until we get to original creation and this is where we have to look to understand Blavatsky’s application of Satan here.

Her interpretation goes something like this. Creation itself involved a rebellion against living in worlds of pure changeless spirit. We are the rebellious angels (or prodigal sons) who descended into matter to experience and explore. This is made possible by creation through the interplay of light (Lucifer) and Satan (space).

If you look at the principles that she is attempting to teach you see no evil, but if we react to catch phrases then evil can be seen where there is none.

(3) The Logos and Satan are one” and “God and Satan” (are) “identical

Again one has to look at the context. She is not writing from the Christian viewpoint. If she were this would be an alarming statement. She is writing from one of several esoteric views which is this.

She is saying that the originating God is pure spirit and all lives great and small that enter into creation are, in a sense, rebels against the static life of that pure spirit. Therefore, all beings who have anything to do with entering into creation are Satan and his angels. Therefore any being who is called God and can be contacted by man, such as Jehovah, is satanic and part of the original rebellion. But she maintains that it was a good thing that we had creation and that we came to this earth.

This does not negate the standard (and separate) Christian interpretation that there are rebellions within creation itself and there are good and evil spirits and light and dark from which we may chose.

DK expands on this by teaching of a brotherhood of light and dark which have evolved from the human kingdom.

The reader then recounted popular conspiracy theories that involve Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey as part of a plot to take over the world with a one world dictatorship.

Most of those who are a danger to freedom on the earth know nothing of Blavatsky or Alice A. Bailey. Just as many in the past have committed evil in the name of Christ so some can commit evil in the name of any teacher. This does not mean that Christ or any other teacher is evil. Both Hitler and Einstein had H. P. Blavatsky’s works in their library. I’m sure they both also had bibles.

We are headed toward a one world government. This is a natural course of evolution for the planet. The choice isn’t whether or not we will eventually have universal government, but instead what kind we shall have. It is the eternal struggle of those who value liberty to work toward good government that allows maximum freedom. Unfortunately many of the best and brightest are sitting back and letting the lesser lights decide the course of world affairs.

Next the reader criticized the United States for its lack of freedom

No government on the earth is perfect, but I cannot think of one that has more respect for freedom than the United States. Outside of having to pay more taxes than I want my life has not been effected by any dictates coming down by authorities that have effected me adversely for years. It takes a stretch of the imagination to see myself as being dictated to in some Stalinist fashion as you infer.

This is indeed a lot better situation than one where a citizen must watch his every word. I haven’t had to be careful with my words since I left orthodox religion. On the other hand, if you were to stand on a street corner in France with a sign saying “I support Bush” someone would probably throw rocks at you.

All are free to run for president here. We even have a presidential candidate as a member of the Keys.

(Note from 2021: Unfortunately the country has drifted away from freedom since this post was written. Now we do have to watch what we say or we could be attacked and thrown off social media and lose our voices.)

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

May 15,  2004

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Discernment 1.2

Discernment 1.2

People are divided into three categories.

(1) Those who have the mark of the beast.

(2) Those who have escaped the mark and have the “name of the Father in their foreheads.”

(3) Those who are making the transition away from the outward authority of the beast to the Father (God) within. These people will sense the inward authority but not always have the courage to follow it.

Those who have the mark of the beast follow an outward authority that substitutes for God, takes the attention away from the Spirit within and places it on an idol without. This can be a righteous person, an evil person or even a work of scripture.

Paul tells us before Christ can come the man of sin must be revealed “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” II Thess 2:4

One of the meanings of this scripture is this.

The coming of Christ here is represented by the disciple obtaining soul contact, or union with the Christ principle. In other words, one interpretation of the coming of Christ is the shifting of the attention away from the outward beast of authority to the God within.

The man of sin is revealed when the disciple realizes that the God he has been following is not the God that speaks to him from within, but a substitute for God that barks orders and doctrine from without.

This prophet, priest or king who speaks for God and takes the place of God “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

How does this outward authority take the place of God by “sitting in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God?”

Our bodies are a symbol of a physical temple and the representative of the beast resides in a physical body like you or me. He presents himself in this temple of God claiming to speak for God expecting you to worship him as God because “God is in his temple.”

If you disagree with him you are this going against God.

When this acceptance is complete the devotee has the mark of the beast in his forehead (thinks as he is told to think) and in his right hand (acts as he is told to act) and thus this man of sin extends his reach to the temple (body) of the student obtaining complete control over it.

To become as the Gods as promised in Genesis the disciple must cast out the “man of sin” and become as one of the wise virgins and rely on the oil (spirit) that burns within so the power of Christ can be seen. This leads the disciple to become one with God and thus become as God, knowing good from evil.

Earlier in this treatise I asked what the effect would be if you discovered that a cherished belief that perhaps is the foundation of much of that which you hold dear is discovered to be not true.

For example what if you discovered that Jesus was a mythical character? This would be devastating indeed for a strong believer.

One of the reasons I asked this startling question is that such a jolt in the undoing of certain beliefs will happen when one switches attention away from the God without to the God within.

The discovery will not be that Christ is not real, but it may be other things just as startling.

Instead of Christ or God not being real the seeker will find that what is not real is where he placed his attention. The person, book or oracle who was speaking for God is that which is found to be illusion and must be put in its correct place.

God is found to be more real than ever, but just in a different place than was imagined. God is discovered to reside within the temple of the seeker’s own self. Now he only listens to words of voices without that speak the same words as revealed by the “Father within the forehead” and the Mother God within the heart.

When one communes with God within he learns to discern the true good from the true evil and will indeed discover that many cherished icons are not what they were believed to be. But when this happens is any truth previously registered undone?

No. Truth is never undone and truth is never not true.

Suppose that tomorrow you discovered that I was a con man, just out to deceive you so I could relieve you of all your money. Would this mean that a truth you received by reading my words is no longer true?

Verily no.

If you read the words of the worst scoundrel on the earth and your soul verifies that a principle within the words is true then nothing can take that from you. 2+2=4 even if Hitler teaches it to you.

It is thus a mistake for anyone to take the words of Alice A. Bailey or any other teacher and reject the whole thing because you come across a point or two that does not sound right. No teacher is all right or all wrong, but the guidance you receive from the God within will never lead you astray.

If you therefore read my teachings or that of another and find words that strike the cord of truth within, trust that truth for in doing so you are trusting God and are on the path to knowing good from evil.

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” Milan Kundera

May 14,  2004

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Discernment 1.1

Discernment 1.1

First Question: The scripture says: “And the Lord God said, Behold, the MAN IS TO BECOME AS ONE OF US, to know good from evil.” Gen 3:22

How do we become as one of the gods and obtain the power to discern good from evil? How can we read the words of a teacher and come away knowing we have discerned that which is good and that which is evil?

In other words, what is the principle behind the discernment of good and evil?

Second Question: Let us suppose you discovered three things as definite truth.

(1) That Jesus was a fictional character.

(2) That Alice A. Bailey made up the character of Djwhal Khul and wrote all the books using her own wisdom.

(3) That I was in cahoots with the devil.

If you discovered these three things to be true how would it change that which you have valued as true coming from the New Testament, the Writings of Alice A. Bailey and my teachings to you?

These two assignments may seem quite different but they are actually quite closely related in what they reveal.

Notice the scripture tells us that man will become as “one of us” (the Gods, Elohyim) and the key to this achievement is to learn “to know” or discern good from evil.

It is interesting to note that the Bible tells us that God called prophets to warn the people during times when it was written the peopled called “evil good, and good evil; they put darkness for light, and light for darkness; and put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” (Isa 5:20) The scriptures further say: “There is none that doeth good, no not one.” (Psalms 14:3)

In other words, the seeing of that which is truly good or evil is so subtle that there have been times that the whole population of the world was deceived about it.

Why is it that people are so deceived about good and evil? The answer is quite simple. They do not use the Second Key of judgment and instead seek to place that which is good under strict black and white guidelines and that which is evil under another set.

For instance, many today say that war of any type is evil and pacifism is good with no exceptions. Putting good and evil in a little box like this removes all power of thought, judgment and soul contact from the equation and sets the person up to be one of those who can no longer see, or know, good and evil.

Was it good to go to war and defeat Hitler? Would it be good to go to war to prevent another Hitler? Yes, of course. There is a time and place for all things. If we take an action and condemn it as always evil it will only be a matter of time before the action enters the “season” where it will be good. At that time this non thinker will find himself supporting the evil and opposing that which is good.

Now let us go back to the days of Jesus. What were some of the black and white criteria to determine the good?

One of the main ones was obedience to the Sabbath. Moses said do no work on the Sabbath and by damn no work means no work. When Jesus and his disciples strolled through a wheat field and they grabbed a few handfuls to eat that was seen as work – therefore Jesus was evil.

Jesus also worked on the Sabbath to heal and this verified again (to many) that he was evil.

Now we may think that if we had been alive in 1938 we would have seen that it was good to stop Hitler or had we lived in the days of Jesus we would have surely not been one of the many who condemned him.

Good and evil is much easier to see on hindsight than when we are actually facing it.

Why?

Because the vast majority of mankind have their criteria for what is good and what is evil written in stone allowing no room for personal judgment on the matter.

Here are some examples where people will reject the whole of a teaching or belief as being evil.

“He doesn’t accept the real Jesus, therefore, he is in league with Satan.”

Of course, for this person the real Jesus is Jesus according to his interpretation – or one that was taught him.

“Anyone who believes in a ‘new world order’ is on the side of evil.”

It is interesting that many reject the Alice A. Bailey writings because DK uses this term. On the other hand, does not the Bible itself tell us a new world order is coming? A new world order can be good or evil. The phrase is neither.

“He doesn’t follow the literal constitution and is one of those who is destroying our country.”

The U.S. Constitution is a great document and the principles are sound, but there are also many good ideas that one may miss if he is too strongly fixated on it.

“Talk radio is hate radio so I will reject all that comes from it.”

Talk radio has both good and bad ideas. We do not want to miss the good ones because we think we have put evil in a box.

“Anyone who supports cutting down trees in our pristine forest is evil.”

This narrow attitude may cause one to miss the good that can come through wise logging in our public forests. Patrick Moore, a founder of Greenpeace, currently teaches common sense forest management for maximum health that includes intelligent logging. Like many initiates, he is rejected by those who replaced him.

There are those who come across my writings and see some things that conform to their idea of good and then think “this JJ: is on the side of Christ so I will believe all he says.”

But then they may come across a phrase, a teaching or a sign that fits in their criteria of evil and will instantly turn around and reject every word I write because I am now “evil.”

The point to these examples is this. If we put good and evil in a black and white box then eventually there will come a time that we will find ourselves supporting the evil and fighting the good. What we must do instead is to understand the principle behind good and evil and follow the principle instead of judging by a piece of data or catch phrase.

In the past we have quoted DK and stated that the principle of good and evil is this. Good is that which takes us forward in evolution/progress and evil is that which attempts to pull us backwards.

By this principle then the terrorists who want to take us back to the seventh century are evil for this would strip humanity of much of the positive progress they have made.

But seeing this principle takes judgment because if our generation is corrupt then the past may represent a higher point in evolution than the present.

This just illustrates to us that tunnel vision cannot consistently see the good.

How then do we discover the power of the gods and truly discern good and evil? And once we obtain this power can our appreciation for the good be shaken even if we discover that one of our cherished beliefs is turned upside down?

To be continued…

“Committee–a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.” Fred Allen (1894 – 1956)

May 12,  2004

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Discernment 1.0

Discernment 1.0

A critic lumps Alice A. Bailey and H. P. Blavatsky writings together under one banner. Like many others, he assumes that if H. P. Blavatsky makes a statement or quote of a doctrine that Bailey follows right along in the same belief.

Such is not the case.

To understand either Blavatsky or Bailey and to be fair to both one must examine their writings as separate units and judge them accordingly.

The big difference in their writings is this.

Blavatsky wrote in her own words and her books were not dictated by a Master. She used an amazing number of quotes from writers ancient and modern (to her). The main assistance she received from the masters was the supplying her with documents from which many of her quotes were derived. It is said she would look at what apparently was a blank wall and see an original document from which she would quote.

The main point of her writings (which is missed by many) was to show the world that the ancients were not so backward as many at the time believed and to illustrate to the world what the beliefs of these ancients were.

Her work stimulated the world for good. Because of her there is much more interest today in the knowledge to be gleamed from ancient history which has not been covered by orthodoxy, or even HPB, such as:

(1) Pyramids as a whole, especially the Great Pyramid.

(2) Ancient teachings outside orthodox Christianity and Judaism such as Gnosticism, Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient American Indians such as Hopis and Mayans etc.

(3) The Kaballa

(4) Stonehenge

(5) Goddess philosophies

(6) Ancient technologies

Much of what has been investigated was not mentioned in depth by her, but inspired by her. In other words, she directed the attention of humanity to look into our past and discover what is hidden there which has been covered up or overlooked by the authorities of the day.

Because she relied so heavily on quotes and often without commenting on whether they fit in her own belief system it is difficult to take a few paragraphs from her writings and exclaim “See. This is what she believed and Alice A. Bailey must have believed the same thing.”

To do this is to lay the foundation for much illusion for often Blavatsky would quote from one source at one time and then from another later that would contradict the first.

Her main works “The Secret Doctrine” and “Isis Unveiled” were meant to stimulate thought more than to establish a black and white dogma.

To understand Blavatsky one must contemplate her favorite quote which was this:

“There is no religion higher than truth.”

She sought truth no matter where it led and quoted presentations of truth from writers of the past no matter how controversial they may have been.

This does not mean that all her quotes and personal thoughts are true. One must read her by the light of the soul just as we must any other author.

When we similarly examine the writings of Alice A. Bailey we cannot therefore, start with the premise that all the writings of Blavatsky are part of her foundation. While it is true that Bailey often quoted Blavatsky her work must be judged on it’s own. One of the reasons for this is the great difference of direction between the two.

Blavatsky concentrated on the past, shedding light on the intelligence buried in history.

Alice A. Bailey concentrated on the present and gave teachings that would elevate our current consciousness. A keynote of her work is expressed in this mantra from DK:

“Let pain bring due reward of light and love. Let the soul control the outer form,

And life, and all events,

And bring to light the Love

That underlies the happenings of the time.”

Her basic work was not from her own thoughts and writings as was the case with H. P. Blavatsky but dictations directly from the mind of a Master of Wisdom often directed at understanding “the Love that underlies the happenings of the time.”

Many unjust criticisms have been directed toward her work and was answered by me in a previous treatise

The next revelation concerns the future as the main point of attention. That is, these writings will deal with principles, ideas and restoration of mysteries which will lay the foundation for the coming age.

There will be several teachers involved in this revelation. One of my main missions is to present new principles and simplify old ones with clarity so they can be registered by the souls of men and lay the foundation for the dispelling of illusion which has so plagued the work in the past.

Once a principle has been understood and registered by the soul, the seeker can no longer be deceived by false teachers on the matter and is one step closer to being ready to learn at the feet of the Master, the Christ.

That said let us consider the best way to respond to our critic’s concern that H. P. Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey are agents of evil rather than the light. He and others who make such assumptions have usually come across a quote or two they attribute to the dark side and then advocate a complete rejection of all they wrote.

Should we instead search for words of light that are 100% true so we can relax, and then find works of darkness that must be also completely rejected?

The problem is that there is no such thing as any work of light that can be trusted 100% nor is the a work of darkness that is to be totally rejected.

“How about the words of Jesus?” you say?

Well, how about them? Consider this quote:

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” Matt 10:34-38

If Jesus actually said this and realized how much these words would be misused that he may not have said them. This quote was mouthed by those who have instigated dozens of wars resulting in untold suffering during the last 2000 years.

Similarly, many cite the act of Jesus casting the money changers out of the temple as justification to lose their temper and mistreat their fellow men.

The point is there are no safe teachings out there that can be infallibly understood and applied. Therefore, instead of answering the critic with a black and white counter I will answer with a principle. If we understand the principle of discerning good and evil then it matters not where the writer is coming from. One can examined the teachings in relation to his own soul and be guided by this and not a black and white rejection or acceptance.

Question: The scripture says:

“And the Lord God said, Behold, the MAN IS TO BECOME AS ONE OF US, to know good from evil.” Gen 3:22

How do we become as one of the gods and obtain the power to discern good from evil? How can we read the words of a teacher and come away knowing we have discerned that which is good and that which is evil?

In other words, what is the principle behind the discernment of good and evil?

Please, this is not the time to discuss whether or not good and evil exist or how to escape duality.

Let me throw in another question to stimulate interest in discerning topic.

Let us suppose you discovered three things as definite truth.

(1) That Jesus was a fictional character.

(2) That Alice A. Bailey made up the character of Djwhal Khul and wrote all the books using her own wisdom.

(3) That I was in cahoots with the devil.

If you discovered these three things to be true how would it change that which you have valued as true coming from the New Testament, the Writings of Alice A. Bailey and my teachings to you?

“May I fulfill my part in the one Work through self-forgetfulness, harmlessness and right speech.” DK

May 9,  2004

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Capitalism/Socialism 1.3

Capitalism/Socialism 1.3

We have been talking about a controversial statement made by DK that seems to go against the grain of many seekers and libertarians.

Here was his prediction of the coming age:

“National material assets and the needed commodities will all be provided for under an entirely new system. – Private enterprise will still exist, but will be regulated; the great public utilities, the major material resources and the sources of planetary wealth – iron, steel, oil and wheat, for instance – will be owned in the first place by a governing, controlling international group; they will, however, be prepared for international consumption by national groups chosen by the people and under international direction.” Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Page 581

The scary thing here that concerns students of economics and history is that commodities such as “iron, steel, oil and wheat” will be under a “controlling international group,” that will apparently regulate distribution to the nations and peoples of the world.

This conjures up images of the failed Soviet Union that micromanaged distribution and went bankrupt in doing so.

Does this mean that DK was just out of his mind on this point?

There are a couple points that are overlooked here by students and the main one is this. DK here is not presenting his ideas on ideal economics and government nor is he endorsing this system he is writing about.

What is he doing then?

The answer is he is predicting the future. He is telling us where the economic systems of the world are headed in the coming age. He doesn’t tell us whether or not he thinks this coming system is in agreement with what he would come up with if he were in charge or if he thinks it will be completely benevolent. What he does state that he agrees with is people will come to a greater understanding of the principle of sharing, but this will not be a cure-all:

He says, “The world will still be full of selfish and self-seeking people, but public opinion will be such that certain fundamental ideals will motivate business, being forced upon business by public opinion; the fact that the new general ideas will in many cases be governed by the expediency of interplay will not basically matter. It is the sharing that is of importance.”

When will this controlled distribution system manifest? He gives several clues. It will be in a time in which:

(1) The principle of barter and exchange will control economics

(2) He indicates that atomic energy would give us unlimited power changing our attitude toward money.

(3) The attitude of sharing and aiding the less fortunate will be a keynote.

This tells us that the fulfillment of his words are still some time in the future. However, it is interesting to note that the developed nations share much more now than they did in the first half of the last century when DK did his writing.

After World War II the United States gave away many billions in rebuilding Europe and Japan. After the fall of the Berlin wall West Germany took East Germany under its wing and helped it back to prosperity. Whenever there is a disaster the wealthy nations immediately step forward to help, even if the assisted nation views them as the enemy. Two examples: Iran (in 2004) with the recent quake or North Korea in dealing with the great train wreck.

There is more sharing between business and labor. Ordinary workers are given generous vacations, sick leave, insurance benefits and stock as well as stock options.

So, according to DK this application of the sharing principle will only increase and will lead to many changes.

He tells us that we are headed toward a centralized control of the earth’s resources and I must admit that for good or bad the peoples and nations of the earth have been headed in this direction with no end in sight. Unless there is some shift in momentum it does indeed look as if his prediction will come true.

The problem with independent souls looking ahead is that if past efforts at central control, are any sign then we should be wary indeed of a giant world-wide one manifesting in the future.

But consider this correspondence. The nations of the world are at a point in relationship quite similar to that of the thirteen colonies in America before a central government was established. In that age the states did not trust each other and there were often conflicts, border disputes, religious, economic and ethnic warring. There was a constant fear that one state may make war against another and trust was low.

If a master teacher would have made a prediction to them of a future controlling central government that would regulate the states so war between them would be improbable they would have been appalled and an image of a dictator would have loomed in their minds.

While it may be true that some of their fears may have been justified there are many benefits of the current system that would have not been foreseen by them.

Are most people happy we have a United States instead of many little conflicting countries? Most are.

Even so, if we can create a united world of cooperating nations we will, in several hundred years, look at what we have and be happy with the progress and not want to return to the past.

This will be our fate if freedom, light and love prevail. If the world allows those who do not love freedom and seek to control the minds of men to obtain power then the fate of the world will be gloomy indeed.

But do not forget. There is an eternal law called “the Law of Dominating Good” that manipulates circumstances so in the end a good result is obtained through the guiding intelligence of the human race.

Conclusion:

DK was making a prediction, not necessarily a statement of how he thinks things should be. It is indeed a very probable prediction. The job of the lights of the earth is to also to examine the trends of evolution and instead of letting others with selfish intent jump ahead and lead the parade, the servants of the race must guide the current of human events so good will dominate and the freedom that seeks expression in the human breast always has place to expand and move.

Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)

May 8,  2004

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Capitalism/Socialism 1.2

Capitalism/Socialism 1.2

In relation to DK a reader says:

“In my view either DK is lacking common sense in this particular area or there are a lot of missing pieces I have not read or he has left out.”

JJ: I believe the statement below is one of concern to you:

“National material assets and the needed commodities will all be provided for under an entirely new system. – Private enterprise will still exist, but will be regulated; the great public utilities, the major material resources and the sources of planetary wealth – iron, steel, oil and wheat, for instance – will be owned in the first place by a governing, controlling international group; they will, however, be prepared for international consumption by national groups chosen by the people and under international direction.”

I personally think that DK’s wisdom and light he presents in the Bailey books is unsurpassed, but even though he is an earned authority when it comes down to principles I do not accept him carte blanche on all matters, especially in matters of government.

I think the reader is correct on both points here. Let me cover the second one first concerning the possibility of missing pieces.

Yes, there are missing pieces. No one can give an entire philosophy in a paragraph. If you read this with a socialist filters one would think he supports the old style Soviet central control. I have carefully studied all his writings and this is just not the case. Also, he wrote during an important part of history approx 1920-1949 and during this time period made numerous comments on current events and endeavors. This is particularly important to examine to get an idea of how such a teacher reacts to proven dangers of the time. Such an examination gives us a clearer idea than any talk of theory about the true sensibilities of the man.

(1) The most important thing he did was encourage resistance toward Hitler at any cost from the beginning.

(2) He supported the Atlantic Charter and Four Freedoms espoused during World War II. The text is at the end of this post.

(3) He was against pacifism when freedom was at stake.

(4) He supported nuclear energy for the generation of power.

(5) He was against the Soviet style state control.

(6) He was supportive of the U.N. but against the inclusion of tyrannical and abusive governments.

(7) He foresaw that the establishment of Israel would create much tension and many problems in the Middle East.

During the 30 years he communicated with Alice A. Bailey he did not seem to make one call in relation to current events that ran contrary to the principle of freedom or common sense.

Here is what he said about Democracy:

Government by a true democracy. This again will be made possible through a right use of the systems of education and by a steady training of the people to recognise the finer values, the more correct point of view, the higher idealism, and the spirit of synthesis and of cooperative unity. Cooperative unity differs from an enforced unity in that the subjective spirit and the objective form are functioning towards one recognised end. Today, such a thing as a true democracy is unknown, and the mass of the people in the democratic countries are as much at the mercy of the politicians and of the financial forces as are the people under the rule of dictatorships, enlightened or unenlightened. These latter might be regarded as selfish idealists. But I would have you here note the word ‘idealist’! When, however, the world has in it more truly awakened people and more thinking men and women, we shall see a purification of the political field taking place, and a cleansing of our processes of representation instituted, as well as a more exacting accounting required from the people of those whom they have chosen to put in authority. There must eventually be a closer tie-up between the educational system, the legal system and the government, but it will all be directed to an effort to work out the best ideals of the thinkers of the day. This period does not lie so far ahead as you might imagine, particularly if the first move in this direction is made by the New Group of World Servers.”

Externalization of the Hierarchy, Pg 52-53

A particularly encouraging statement is: “When, however, the world has in it more truly awakened people and more thinking men and women, we shall see a purification of the political field taking place, and a cleansing of our processes of representation instituted, as well as a more exacting accounting required from the people of those whom they have chosen to put in authority.”

It is interesting that he supports “a more exacting accounting” of those who shall lead us.

In speaking of dictatorships he says that the “animating principle is not one of the new age ideals.”

If we then put together a complete picture of DK’s endorsement we get a picture of a teacher who exercises wisdom and supports free will and freedom.

That said, what about the reader’s other point – that DK seems to be lacking common sense in his views of an international group controlling and regulating distribution of resources?

I think he may have a point here despite the fact that DK has an excellent track record and is a Master of Wisdom.

First, just because he is a master does not mean he is perfect. All of us, great or small, develop excellence in those areas where we focus attention and may have lack in areas where our attention is not.

Secondly, DK indicates that he prefers the Eastern world and has had only a few incarnations in the West and was not that enamored with western ways. This fact may have caused him to have an ingrained bias against western private enterprise and to lean toward a more strongly centralized system.

Whatever the case, the student will always get in trouble, even with the words of Christ himself, if he interprets in a black and white manner without attempting to understand for himself the principles at play.

This is what we will do next in this series – that is, we will examine DK’s controversial quote and look at the principle behind it.

We’ll end this post by including the Atlantic Charter and the Four Freedoms endorsed by DK.

THE EIGHT POINTS OF THE ATLANTIC CHARTER

August 14, 1941

The President of the United States of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing his Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.

First, their countries seek no aggrandizement, territorial or other;

Second, they desire to see no territorial changes that do not accord with the freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned;

Third, they respect the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wish to see sovereign rights and self-government restored to those who have been forcibly deprived of them;

Fourth, they will endeavour, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;

Fifth, they desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labour standards, economic advancement and social security.

Sixth, after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all the lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want;

Seventh, such a peace should enable all men to traverse the high seas and oceans without hindrance;

Eighth, they believe that all the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons, must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential. They will likewise aid and encourage all other practicable measures which will lighten for peace-loving peoples the crushing burden of armaments.

THE FOUR FREEDOMS

January 6, 1941

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression-everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want-which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear-which, translated into world terms, means a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbour-anywhere in the world.

“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.” Anatole France (1844 – 1924)

May 7,  2004

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Capitalism/Socialism 1.1

Capitalism/Socialism 1.1

Good comments from the group on capitalism and socialism.

It is indeed true that they both have their advantages and disadvantages. If I had to pick one at present I would pick capitalism because it works in a society, as a whole, where the individual good is valued over the group good and works in an atmosphere of freedom. Where the consciousness of the society has not evolved to the group good social programs and especially communism, need to be administered by force and are presently breeding grounds for tyranny.

Keep in mind that evil is often a misplaced good. The principle of sharing is, of course good, but when undue force is used in making people do the right thing a greater evil is created than that administered by the crime lords of the world.

On the other hand, the principle of sharing, including socialism could avoid the present evils associated with them if the following occurred.

(1) The consciousness of society rises to group consciousness where the majority of the individuals therein seek the good of the group above the individual. This would involve the political parties seeking the good of the whole above the good of the party. Unfortunately, we area long ways from this.

(2) The freedom of the group and individual are given maximum possible latitude.

(3) Individual initiative is honored, encouraged and rewarded. This will be essential for a long time to come as civilization is a long way away from service without the incentive of individual reward.

(4) Waste and inefficiency must be reduced to match those found in capitalism and free enterprise.

Inefficiency is indeed a major problem in social programs. It often costs two, three or even four dollars in administration for every dollar that is given away. In addition, even when there is no apparent profit motive the cost associated with the end result is often several times more than with free enterprise taking a profit.

When I was in the hospital in 1958 my hospital room was $8 a day which is less than $100 in today’s money. Basically medical bills were low enough that one could say we had universal health care back then, as most everyone could a for health care. But then the government stepped in to help with social engineering and today a room costs around $3000 or so a day.

This is completely unacceptable and is a major reason why socialism has always failed to improve the economy of the nations. This is one of the reasons the Soviet Union collapsed.

(5) The majority of the population should approve of the programs and be satisfied that their monetary contribution is well spent with fairness.

This is a big gripe many, including myself, with current social programs. I don’t like my taxes being wasted, neither do I like them going to people who take advantage of the system and will not help themselves. I especially do not like making a contribution when I get little or nothing in return.

To solve these problems I wrote the Treatise entitled The Molecular Business. It works through each of these problems as follows:

(1) It works with the consciousness of people as they are today and is not dependent on an ideal consciousness to succeed.

(2) It works with the freedom of the individual. If you are not happy you can withdraw.

(3) Even though all are paid the same wage other monetary and management incentives are offered.

(4) There would be greater efficiency than found in capitalistic businesses today.

(5) The will of the majority is honored.

If you have not read this treatise yet you can find it by going to the archives at: LINK

“Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.” Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914)

May 6,  2004

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