Alice A. Bailey: A Visual Biography of her Life and Teachings

 

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9 thoughts on “Alice A. Bailey: A Visual Biography of her Life and Teachings

  1. “He (the Master) did not offer any solutions for any of my problems and did not tell me what to do…:)

    Have you heard of Alice Ortiz before? I haven´t. God, what a grand lady she seems to have been…

  2. In my late 20´s, due to the music of Alexander Scriabin which I am fond to this very day – I was frantically inquiring on Theosophy. Read both Isis Unveiled – imagine that – as well as The Secret Doctrine. I found there stuff which really resonated deeply with me. I read some works of Sinnet, Leadbeater…Can you believe that I even went to British museum in ´92in London to see those inspired pages which were said to be “written” by Master KH…

    I don´t know what to say about the whole thing…Were these masters – like Theosophy in general – a hoax? – a fabric of these people´s deluded minds?…Both yes and no…Yet Kandinsky whose art I adore, was inspired by some drawing of Leadbeater. From there he developed his abstract work. Scriabin´s music – is indirectly is the best proof that Theosophy isn´t just some foolish fraud. Roberto Assagioli was also around. Not to say that Krishnamurti emerged from this very movement.

    But speaking pragmatically: what has given me all these books by Sinnet, Blavatsky and co about Masters and this ancient wisdom? A sense of wonder yes…but apart from that, tones of confusion.
    Tones of impossible questions. And a lot of anguish too and a terrible sense of alienation.

    What do you think? If these teaching and masters are real, how come the world is such a hollow place? If they exist, why don´t they “condense” their presence again?…

    • “I don´t know what to say about the whole thing…Were these masters – like Theosophy in general – a hoax? – a fabric of these people´s deluded minds?…Both yes and no…”

      I think your “yes and no” is right on the mark though I think that outright “delusion” while existent, is not the norm. Rather we are dealing with various degrees of inspiration or proximity to the higher consciousness on the part of different disciples or “mediators” as they are called.

      In the AAB/DK book “The Rays and Initations, ” the Master DK criticizes the “The Mahatma Letters” as follows:

      “This is one of the new factors in hierarchical methods and techniques which I have had the responsibility of bringing to public attention, and so correcting the erroneous teaching of those trained under orthodox (so called) schools of occultism. The Master K.H., in one of the few (the very few) paragraphs in The Mahatma Letters which are genuine and not simply the work of H.P.B., gave a hint to aspirants of that time when He said that so many of them were so “spiritually selfish.” This spiritual selfishness has led the average esoteric student to appropriate initiation and to make it personal and individual. Yet one of the prime prerequisites for initiation is a clear and concise recognition of one’s own group, not through a process of wishful thinking, but through factual cooperation and work upon the physical plane. I said group, my brother, and not organisation, for they are two very different things.”

      So according to the above, much of the “Mahatma Letters” is actually HPB yet some of it is actually “genuine.” That said, a key understanding in the disciple/master relation is that, the further along one is, the less separation there is between the Masters’s consciousness and that of the disciple. So, to say that something is from HPB is also to say that it is nevertheless in partly “from” an intermediary region where HPB is in the aura of the Master and reflecting to some degree that higher consciousness. So while one can have “genuine” communications from the Masters (read that as more direct and more near perfect) yet there are many shades of inspiration and overshadowing that occur so it is “yes and no” when it comes to attributing sources.

      Despite this critique, in his book “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire,” DK actually quotes and cites the “Mahatma Letters” in five or six places which shows a respect for the work whether we think of it as “Mahatma” or HPB or something in between.

      “…Roberto Assagioli was also around. Not to say that Krishnamurti emerged from this very movement.”

      The deeper and hidden side of Assagioli’s life in connection with DK is illuminated here:
      http://two.not2.org/psychosynthesis/articles/mankoff.pdf

      About Krishnamurti and the Masters:

      “Krishnamurti was a young boy when his first book At the Feet of the Master was published in 1910. In the foreword to that little book he stated: “These are not my words; they are the words of the Master who taught me.” Through most of his later adult life, however, Krishnamurti publicly refrained from any mention of Masters or Adepts and often seemed to deride the very notion of Masters with scathing attacks on the tendency of people to follow authorities in the psychological-spiritual field. But Aryel Sanat, the author of The Inner Life of Krishnamurti, says that Krishnamurti apparently had almost daily communion until the end of his life with the Masters who were thought to have been responsible for the founding of the Theosophical Society. The speaker attempts to reconcile this apparent contradiction by offering a variety of evidence such as written statements found in Krishnamurti’s personal journals, anecdotal stories from his closest friends, rare and documented public statements supporting or implying the existence of Masters, and, finally, an extraordinary deathbed statement recorded in 1986 a few days before he died, in which he emphatically stated that for some 70 years he had been an “instrument” for a supreme Intelligence. In this program, Aryel Sanat tells the story of how Krishnamurti was discovered by the clairvoyant C. W. Leadbeater, how the young boy was then educated in England, further describing his meditative practices during the 1920s as well as some of the strange and weird phenomena that accompanied his initiatory experiences during the 1920s and 30s.”

      Introduction to Krishnamurti on the Masters (CD) by Aryel Sanat
      http://www.questbooks.net/title.cfm?bookid=1173

      “But speaking pragmatically: what has given me all these books by Sinnet, Blavatsky and co about Masters and this ancient wisdom? A sense of wonder yes…but apart from that, tones of confusion. Tones of impossible questions. And a lot of anguish too and a terrible sense of alienation.”

      I share your sense of wonder.

      “What do you think? If these teaching and masters are real, how come the world is such a hollow place? If they exist, why don´t they “condense” their presence again?…”

      The world is “hollow” to the extent that its not filled by that which is beyond it. The world is far less “hollow” than it would be, were the Masters not active in it. They have done some “condensing” which is the subject of Bailey’s book, “The Externalization of the Hierarchy.” The most recent “condensing” following upon Bailey herself was the teachings that came via Lucile Cedercrans in connection with the Master R. The advent of this new work was mentioned in “The Externalization of Hierarchy” in a letter dated 1946. Lucile Cedercrans work covered a period from 1948 through the 1970s and somewhat beyond depending on how you count it.

      I think the work of the Masters condenses in different ways for different people and not always along expected lines. Keep in mind also, that we generally do not know about things that may be occurring right next door to us, never mind on the other side of the planet. The world is large and multidimensional and our personal worlds do not reflect the larger picture of what is actually taking place.

      A few collected notes of interest:

      Two passages from –Tracings of Eternal Light, by Ida Hagen, 1939

      “In the street on, Broadway…my mind a whirl of questioning–people surged as great billow of humanity. I seemed caught in that rhythm–just surging along. Toward me came a man of great dignity and beauty. Exquisitely clothed, His face like warm, white marble, Long blond beard–eyes that were as great blazing pools of light. As He approached our eyes met. His eyes narrowed in recognition. He walked on. I stood breathless–voiceless! Speechless–voiceless–in tears–I stood there on Broadway, marking the high tide of emotion ecstasy.

      New York, the great human hive of life. The human heart-beat throbbed as did the silent prairie of Aum. It is the Aum beating its life course in the objective mechanism of man. The Aum had identified itself again to me in the vast heart-throb of millions of people in one. The Aum beat as one throughout every created thing that is, and is to be.”

      “Winter nights, when the snow blanketed the air, were as dark as a pall. On one such night I rode, I knew not where. The velvety darkness was smooth in its enfolding. Suddenly a light blazed before my horse, A man reached for the horse’s mane. I called to him: “Who are you to be out on a night like this?” not realizing that I, a little girl, might be out of place on such a night. Laughter rang out. The figure, light and all, faded. The wind swept the place where he had stood. Not a sign of him remained, but my horse was turned about. Deep snow compelled me to dismount to help the floundering horse; then I was homeward bound.

      One summer night a tent of light formed over my horse and me. In vain did I gallop to clear it. All this was but an echo of the sky–of the silence of the open spaces. It could have no significance. Thus I reasoned.”

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      From Alice Bailey’s biography:

      “This work of the Tibetan has greatly intrigued people and psychologists everywhere. They dispute as to what is the cause of the phenomenon, and argue that what I write probably comes from my subconscious. I have been told that Jung takes the position that the Tibetan is my personified higher self and Alice A. Bailey is the lower self. Some of these days (if I ever have the pleasure of meeting him) I will ask him how my personified higher self can send me parcels all the way from India, for that is what He has done.”

  3. ly.

    There is a lot to be said about this…

    Truth is that I´ve always felt that I am a part of this outlandish “ancient” fellowship.

    Over the years I have felt how I have been guided. Even protected. There was always a hidden purpose. It made sense. Despite all sorts of tribulations, I could see the golden thread.

    Since 1999 though – I was 36 then -, and onwards, this tacit feeling of being “in touch” has gradually withered. To such an extent that I have felt many times irrevocably abandoned. Totally prey to blind and malevolent human and inhuman forces. Stuck in a horrible fool´s tale. Being relentlessly made checkmate by Fate.

    Whatever I have undertaken in the last years, hopelessly failed. Nothing worked. Serious health problems due to the uselessness of all my endeavours.

    How come that despite indescribable sacrifices, perseverance, good-will, intense hard work and spiritual honesty, “they” have left me in the lurch?…

    For what purpose have I been endowed with all these talents, just to be incessantly obstructed, denied, harshly invalidated?

    What´s the point of it, anyway?

    Everybody has had his share of hardships, but also a great amount of benevolent support. Alice Bailey – like others – is a vivid example of how she wisely was backed and inspired in order to deliver her lifework.

    I felt urged to talk to you as you may understand my hard-to-get predicament. I am not expecting you to give me a practical answer to this, it´s just amazingly perplexing to witness how the Godhead gives and invests Itself – me! – with such talent, passion and love, and at the same time, is doing everything to annul itself.

    Grateful for whatever words coming to your mind about this.

    Julie

    • Like you I have felt part of a deeper fellowship, a hidden purpose, and a sense of protection. I also experienced guidance, mystical vision, and inspiration from the higher side of things.

      But I never experienced the sense of being abandoned. I have felt, largely but not entirely, left alone to work out my troubles and triumphs without intervention from above, so to speak. I do think such interventions occur but are more rare and perhaps not to be expected. I have had periods when I had so much to contend with in the external world that I had my back to the light as it were but the tether to higher things was always there in the background of consciousness.

      I suppose that what you describe here…

      “…I have felt many times irrevocably abandoned. Totally prey to blind and malevolent human and inhuman forces. Stuck in a horrible fool´s tale. Being relentlessly made checkmate by Fate. Whatever I have undertaken in the last years, hopelessly failed. Nothing worked. Serious health problems due to the uselessness of all my endeavours.”

      …is the result of your having taken on a lot of heavier karma all at once, the quicker to be rid of it.

      “How come that despite indescribable sacrifices, perseverance, good-will, intense hard work and spiritual honesty, “they” have left me in the lurch?…”

      You may recall that, in Theosophical teachings, it is said that in the early days of human evolution, the Hierarchy was externalized and “Gods walked among men.” Humans were more closely guided, the Hierarchy functioning more in a paternal role. Then, they made the strategic decision to withdraw, allowing humanity to learn and stumble forward somewhat unaided, at least so far as most external measures are concerned. The pain, the suffering of humanity in general resulted in more rapid evolution and that is still proceeding today.

      Now, we are at a turning point where Hierarchy will approach closer again. This is slowing happening.

      Given that more Macrocosmic history, now think of the individual correspondence. Your Master and mine must usually watch from a distance, so to speak while we struggle through on our on.

      And I think the first ray Masters most often employ this method, even when a disciple is spiritually close to them, they are left at the “far end of the field” so to speak to work out life and troubles for themselves. (Still, I affirm that spiritual miracles do occasionally happen.)

      I think the protection you sensed is very real, though not always possible. I recommend to evoke it. If it can be given, it will be. Otherwise, we will just have to fight our way through to the light at the end of the tunnel.

      I have a long passage to share on your questions and it would be best to do so by direct email. So perhaps we can continue our exchange that way. My direct mail is here: http://en.gravatar.com/mystic1muse

      “For what purpose have I been endowed with all these talents, just to be incessantly obstructed, denied, harshly invalidated?

      What´s the point of it, anyway?”

      Good questions.

      Well, of course our talents are for service and creation and that, in so far as may be, regardless of conditions. And we know the axiom that has been given in various forms, e.g. “The stones on the path are but the steps of ascent. Blessed are the obstacles, for by them we grow.”

      And surely, the point, or key part of it is to learn the point. Now we can and should understand what we can of that “point” with the mind. But it is the center, the point within the circle, the heart that we must most understand. And this is not about any acquisition of facts or facility with them. Rather it is about that true knowing which is an “…opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape.”

      “…invests Itself – me! – with such talent, passion and love, and at the same time, is doing everything to annul itself.”

      I think it’s partly related to what DK’s themes on Ray 4.

      • I found this text by Donald Kalsched. His point is quite interesting and enlightening:

        “What was intended to be a defense against further trauma becomes a major resistance to all unguarded spontaneous expressions of self in the world. The person survives but cannot live creatively.
        This incipient tragedy results from the fact that the Protector/Persecutor is not educable. The primitive defense does not learn anything about realistic danger as the child grows up. It functions on the magical level of consciousness with the same level of awareness it had when the original trauma or traumas occurred. Each new life opportunity is mistakenly seen as a dangerous threat of re-traumatization and is therefore attacked. In this way, the archaic defenses become anti-life forces which Freud understandably thought of as part of the death instinct.
        The diabolical inner figure is often far more sadistic and brutal than any outer perpetrator, indicating that we are dealing here with a psychological factor set loose in the inner world by trauma — an archetypal traumatogenic agency within the psyche itself. The traumatized psyche is self-traumatizing.
        Trauma doesn’t end with the cessation of outer violation, but continues unabated in the inner world of the trauma victim, whose dreams are often haunted by persecutory inner figures. The second finding is the seemingly perverse fact that the victim of psychological trauma continually finds himself or herself in life situations where he or she is retraumatized.
        As much as he or she wants to change, as hard as he or she tries to improve life or relationships, something more powerful than the ego continually undermines progress and destroys hope. It is as though the persecutory inner world somehow finds its outer mirror in repeated self-defeating “re-enactments” — almost as if the individual were possessed by some diabolical power or pursued by a malignant fate.”

      • It´s there one would need help…a Master to counterbalance and wipe out the diabolical power of a malignant fate.

        So the question is if we can be exempt from bad Karma – as Karma is Fate…

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