Blood Lust of the Compassionate
By Lee Penn
. . . An excerpt
The prophets of Theosophy and the New Age movement promise a glorious future very soon for all mankind. Since 1875, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Alice A. Bailey, David Spangler,1 Neale Donald Walsch,2 Robert Muller,3 Barbara Marx Hubbard, Nick Bunick, and other spiritual writers have said that we can overcome death, ascend to divinity, and build a heaven on earth--if we realize that we are gods, and that all of humanity is One.
This message--a modern restatement of the serpent's lies in Eden (Gen. 3:4-5)--has provided fame and fortune to its evangelists. From the fall of 1995 through the fall of 1999, 2.5 million people bought Walsch's books,4 which are a chatty, comforting restatement of the Theosophical gospel. Rabbi Michael Lerner, who formerly provided spiritual advice to Hillary Clinton, praises Walsch's books: "All three volumes of Conversations With God turn out to be a brilliant work of spiritual discourse, a powerful critique of spiritually dead versions of contemporary religion, and a challenge to those who imagine themselves secular to rethink the metaphysical foundations of their deepest beliefs."5 Nick Bunick, a prosperous Oregon businessman who claims to be the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul, has earned a $1 million publisher's advance for his "revelations."6
Powerful Friends of the New Age Movement
The avatars of the New Age have friends--and funding sources--in high places.7 Barbara Marx Hubbard is one of the directors of the World Future Society,8 along with author John Gardner (founder of Common Cause), Sol Linowitz (former ambassador to the Organization of American States), Robert McNamara (formerly the U.S. Secretary of Defense and president of the World Bank), Irving Shapiro (former chairman of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.), and Maurice Strong (secretary general of the UN Conference on Environment and Development).9 Laurance S. Rockefeller has financed the work of Matthew Fox10 and Barbara Marx Hubbard. In turn, Barbara Marx Hubbard describes Rockefeller as her "beloved patron,"11 and says that Rockefeller's "intuition about 'the Christ of the 21st Century' deeply inspired me."12 Rockefeller also funded the Lindisfarne Association, supporting the work of James Parks Morton (who was for many years the militantly avant-garde rector of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City), David Spangler, and other New Age luminaries.13 Robert Muller, who has been the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Chancellor of the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica, won the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1989 for his theosophical World Core Curriculum. 14
Many observers of the New Age movement dismiss its teachings in the same way that Newsweek magazine describes the writing of Walsch and James Van Praagh--as "religion without the hard parts. ... R. Laurence Moore, a professor of history at Cornell, says that this is a familiar theme in American spiritualism, going back at least to the transcendentalists. 'If you read enough of it,' he says, it all reads the same: goofy, repetitive, goes down easy.'"15 A reporter interviewing Nick Bunick for Willamette Week, a Portland, Oregon weekly newspaper, offers a similarly serene dismissal of Bunick's New Age teachings: "He's found in the Apostle Paul what seems to be the ideal messenger to reach aging boomers seeking a convenient theology; and he's offering them a liberal message that boils down to peace, love, and a toll-free line to your inner God."16
The Blood Lust of the Compassionate
On the contrary--New Age and theosophical teaching is not merely a collection of silly, comfortable bromides. In fact, this spiritual movement is far worse. New Age and theosophist gurus--Blavatsky, Bailey, Muller, Marx Hubbard, Walsch, Spangler, and others--firmly oppose Christian orthodoxy. They believe that the Fall was mankind's ascent into knowledge, assisted by Lucifer--whom they praise as the bearer of light and wisdom. They expect an imminent, apocalyptic upheaval that will lead humanity into a New Age. Afterward, there will be world government, and a new economic order to enforce "sharing." (See the article "New Age & Globalist Strategies: Unity, Collectivism, & Control," in Volume 23:4-24:1 of the Journal, for the details). Furthermore, many New Age leaders promote the libertine "do your own thing" morality that has wreaked havoc on Western society since the 1960s. Christians worship one God, the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In opposition, the New Age prophets propose an unholy trinity: human self-worship, Luciferian religion, and a collectivist earthly Utopia, a "spiritual" version of Communism.
"Man's conquest of Nature, if the dreams of some scientific planners are realized, means the rule of a few hundreds of men over billions upon billions of men. There neither is nor can be any simple increase of power on Man's side. Each new power won by man is a power over man as well."
C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
In their pride, New Age teachers and their globalist allies seek a world-wide Utopia. The greater the pride that possesses a person or movement, the greater their rage when they encounter opposition, and the greater their despair they feel when their grandiose visions fail. Pride, rage, and despair are the spiritual roots of cruelty and murder. It might seem odd to accuse the Theosophist prophets of these things. After all, they and their followers are cultured, well-connected people; they say that their goal is the betterment of the human race and of the Earth. Nevertheless, these theosophist and New Age teachers believe that the two World Wars were necessary for human evolution, and that the birth pangs of the New Age began with the atomic destruction of two Japanese cities in 1945. They fear overpopulation--especially among the Third World nations. These theosophical writers advocate sending people who are unwilling to enter the New Age into another dimension, and reducing world population to 2 billion--or less. Such is the blood lust of the compassionate.
All of this flows from the Gnostic belief expressed by Alice Bailey: "To the Custodians of God's Plan and to Those Who are working out the new developments, the form side of life, the outer tangible expression, is of entirely secondary importance. Your vision is oft distorted by the pain and suffering to which the form is subjected (either your own or that of others, individually or en masse). ... Death is not a disaster to be feared; the work of the Destroyer is not really cruel or undesirable."17 ("The form" is New Age-speak for a person.) The New Age avatars have embraced a brutal version of spiritual Darwinism. As Barbara Marx Hubbard says, "'Evil' will appear to destroy--and indeed it will. It will destroy all those who cannot attune to the design at its coming stage, for life is future-oriented. Nature is less concerned about individual survival, than with the evolution of the whole to ever higher degrees of freedom, union, and consciousness of God."18 She assigns the devil a key role in evolution: "Evil--the devil--is evolution's selection process that constantly weeds out the weaker from the stronger."19
David Spangler's familiar spirit says that suffering is merely part of "a world of form" that "has little meaning;" the spirit is "concerned with that which is the eternal life of you, the Divine Presence which I nourish and embrace. If forms must be destroyed that this Presence be released, then so be it."20 On another occasion, Spangler's spook shrugged at "the death of millions of people": "On our level, we naturally do not identify life with the physical body, consequently, to us, the loss of your physical form is not a tragedy in the way that it might be for you. The death of millions of people in itself is not a tragedy for us, for it simply means their birth into our domains."21
Neale Donald Walsch's incubus thinks likewise. Hitler was doing his victims a favor by killing them; his deeds were "mistakes," not crimes: "The mistakes Hitler made did no harm or damage to those whose deaths he caused. Those souls were released from their earthly bondage, like butterflies emerging from a cocoon. ... Everything occurring in the universe is occurring perfectly. God hasn't made a mistake in a very long time. When you see the utter perfection in everything--not just those things with which you agree, but (and perhaps especially) those things with which you disagree--you achieve mastery."22 If achieving "mastery" means that we could see "utter perfection" in the Gulag or in Auschwitz, what decent person would ever want it?
New Age Immorality
Just as New Age teachers invert theology and devalue human life, they also invert morality.
Neale Donald Walsch's celestial confidant told him, "There's no such thing as the Ten Commandments. ... God's Law is No Law."23 Walsch's spirit guide also said: "Understand that 'right' and 'wrong' are figments of your imagination."24 Walsch's familiar spirit opposes obedience to God's will: "Obedience is not growth, and growth is what I desire."25 Instead, the spectre proposes self-indulgence: "No kind of evolution ever took place through denial. If you are to evolve, it will not be because you've been able to successfully deny yourself things you know 'feel good,' but because you've granted yourself these pleasures--and found something even greater. For how can you know that something is 'greater' if you've never tasted the 'lesser'?"26
As a result, Walsch's god approves of sexual activity by children and teenagers, saying, "In enlightened societies offspring are never discouraged, reprimanded, or 'corrected' when they begin to find early delight in the nature of their very being. ... Sexual functions are also seen and treated as totally natural, totally wonderful, and totally okay."27 Walsch's goblin does not say whether the enlightened little ones are doing it solo, with their friends, with their siblings, or with adults. To ensure that the kids get the message, Walsch's god says schools should replace the current "facts-based curriculum" with a "values-based curriculum," including courses on such things as "Celebrating Self, Valuing Others, Joyous Sexual Expression, Fairness, Tolerance, Diversities And Similarities, Ethical Economics, Creative Consciousness And Mind Power."28 (How much of this curriculum is already taught in American public schools?) Barbara Marx Hubbard's spirit guide says that sexual identity confusion is a good thing; in the new age, "Your adolescence will be a joy. You will be androgynous."29
Walsch's imp approves of mixing sex acts with occult rituals: "Give yourself abundant pleasure, and you will have abundant pleasure to give others. The masters of Tantric sex knew this. That's why they encourage masturbation, which some of you actually call a sin."30 Walsch's ghostly guide also urges, "Mix what you call the sacred with the sacrilegious, for until you see your altars as the ultimate place for love, and your bedrooms as the ultimate place for worship, you see nothing at all."31 When Walsch speaks for himself, rather than quoting "God," he says, "I envision a world where we can make love to anyone, anyway [sic] we wish to, at anytime, anywhere. (Of course they have to be willing and consent.) ... Please understand, I am not talking about sex, and yet at the same time, I am."32
Matthew Fox says, "Lust is a blessing;" he only draws a line when "there is addiction" or "when sexuality is used ... in a sadistic way."33 Fox quotes Shiva, "creator and destroyer of things" and "lord of the dance," as saying: "The phallos is identical with me. It draws my faithful to me and therefore must be worshipped;" Fox then says, "This is Cosmic Christ language."34 Any more questions about the nature of the "Cosmic Christ"?
In the New Age, traditional families will disappear. Marriage will be a transient affair, and tribal elders will raise the children. Barbara Marx Hubbard says, "The break-up of the 20th century procreative family structure is a vital perturbation needed for the breakthrough of the 21st century cocreative family structure."35 Her familiar spirit says that in the new age, "Fidelity of the partners is to each other for the sake of their chosen act, whether it is to be a godly child or godly work in the universe. When the act is completed, the partnership is renewed if there is more to be done. It is lovingly ended if there is nothing more to be created by that particular couple. Each discovers the next partner, or partners, with no hint of sorrow, for nothing is separated among those totally connected with God."36 The ethics of the orgy becomes the ethics of the New Age. Walsch's god proposes that parents should turn the care of their children over to the "entire community": "Place the raising of children in the hands of your respected Old Ones. Parents see their children whenever they wish, live with them if they choose, but are not solely responsible for their care and upbringing. The physical, social, and spiritual needs of the children are met by the entire community, with education and values offered by the elders."37 In the New Age, "it takes a village ..."
For the sake of the Divine Self, Walsch's god denounces fidelity and marriage vows: "Betrayal of yourself in order not to betray another is Betrayal nonetheless. It is the Highest Betrayal."38 "Your marriage vows, as you presently construct them, have you making a very un-Godly statement."39 "If you forfeit freedom, you forfeit your Self. And that is not a sacrament, that is a blasphemy."40 (This may be a message that Walsch badly wanted to hear; he has a history of five marriages.41) Indeed, family members who won't move into the New Age should be left behind. Barbara Marx Hubbard says, "But if members of our family choose to remain where they are, we have no moral obligation to suppress our own potential on their behalf. In fact the suppression of potential is more 'immoral' than growing beyond our biological relationships."42
Theosophists who adhere more closely to the older teachings of Blavatsky and Bailey disagree with Walsch, Fox, and Hubbard about sexuality. Benjamin Crème, the spokesman for "Maitreya," a false Christ, says, "The family is the basic unit which provides the best conditions and karmic situation for correct evolution. It cannot, with impunity, be replaced."43 Crème also says that "Homosexuality is not seen by the Hierarchy as normal." 44 Spangler repeatedly criticizes New Age believers' destruction of marriages due to pursuit of "self-development."45
With the New Age libertines' apotheosis of free love comes a "spiritual" justification for use of mind-altering drugs--as if the casualties of the 1960s drug craze were not still strewn about our streets and our hospitals. Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions (a standard comparative religion textbook) now openly supports "entheogens." Smith has just published Cleansing The Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants & Chemicals. He says that drug use in religious rites can bring people closer to God, and covers the history of this practice--from the Eleusinian mysteries of ancient Greece and India's sacred soma to the modern supporters of better religion through chemistry: Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Gordon Wasson (an enthusiastic researcher into magic mushrooms),46 and Albert Hoffmann (the discoverer of LSD).47 Smith's interest in religious drugs dates back to his friendship with the aforementioned celebrities in the early 1960s.48 In 1997, he had praised a collection of essays titled Entheogens and the Future of Religion, saying that the essays "constitute the best single inquiry into the religious significance of chemically occasioned mystical experiences that has yet appeared."49
Barbara Marx Hubbard put "mind-expanding substances" on a par with the civil rights movement as a way to foster social change: "The environmental movement, the antiwar movement, the Apollo space program, the women's movement, the civil rights and human rights movements, new music, transcendental meditation, yoga, and mind-expanding substances all encouraged a young generation to act as instruments of social transformation -- striving to birth the still-invisible social butterfly."50 (Traditional theosophists disagree. David Spangler says: "taking drugs does not represent a path into the culture and world of the New Age."51 Benjamin Crème describes proposals for legalizing drugs as "tantamount to legalized murder," 52 and says, "Do not take drugs, hallucinogenic or any other type of drug."53)
Supporters of entheogens have an audience among the powerful. Huston Smith attended the Gorbachev Foundation's State of the World Forum in 1995.54 Of the 12 authors of Entheogens and the Future of Religion, four attended or spoke at State of the World Forum events in 1996 and 199755 (Ann and Alexander Shulgin and Robert Jesse in 1996; Jack Kornfield and Robert Jesse in 1997). The proponents of entheogens also network with the Wiccans. The PantheaCon witches' convention is held each February at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco; the most recent gathering attracted 1,200 neo-pagans, double the number that attended in 1999.56 At the February 2000 PantheaCon, Dale Pendell, one of the 12 authors of Entheogens and the Future of Religion, spoke on "Eros: The Muse and Other Poisons;" he said hat he is "currently finishing Pharmako/Gnosis, the second volume of his trilogy on plant powers, herbcraft, and the Poison Path."57 At the 1999 PantheaCon, Pendell spoke about "The Poison Path and Quantum Tantra."58
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Once our bodies, minds, and souls are drained dry by free sex, mind-bending drugs, and trafficking with the spirit world, we can--and ought to--choose to die. As Barbara Marx Hubbard says, "Those who have more to create choose to live on until they are finished with their work. When we feel that our creativity has run its course, we gracefully choose to die. In fact, it seems unethical and foolish to live on. ... When we are old and tired of life and do not want to live on, we learn to die by choice, as some native people do."59 She plans to act on her beliefs when her time comes to die: "It is my preference that, when I feel complete with this life, I call in my beloveds [sic], my family, my friends. In a momentous celebration I will prepare to enter the mystery of the next phase of life and seek the blessings of those I love. I choose to make my transition gracefully."60 Neale Donald Walsch likewise favors euthanasia: "It is insane to think that endless suffering is what God requires, and that a quick, humane end to the suffering is 'wrong'."61 (Benjamin Crème's spirit masters disagree, saying that euthanasia and suicide "interfere with soul purpose." 62)
Teilhard de Chardin advanced a hard-line, Darwinian justification for euthanasia. He said that "the strong" needed to consider new ways to handle "life's rejects" in the hospitals: "How should we judge the efforts we lavish in all kinds of hospitals on saving what is so often no more than one of life's rejects? Something profoundly true and beautiful (I mean faith in the irreplaceable value and unpredictable resources contained in each personal unit) is evidently concealed in persistent sacrifice to save a human existence. But should not this solicitude of man for his individual neighbour be balanced by a higher passion, born of the faith in that other higher personality that is to be expected ... from the world-wide achievements of our evolution? To what extent should not the development of the strong (to the extent that we can define this quality) take precedence over the preservation of the weak? How can we reconcile, in a state of maximum efficiency, the care lavished on the wounded with the more urgent necessities of battle?"63 (Did you know that each of us is a "personal unit"? So much for the notion that we are all created in the image of God). Teilhard's beliefs are consistent with Alice Bailey's teaching that that "it is the Life, its purpose and its directed intentional destiny that is of importance; ... when a form proves inadequate, or too diseased, or too crippled for the expression of that purpose, it is--from the point of view of the Hierarchy--no disaster when that form has to go."64
The New Age teachers teach a "do your own thing" ethic, and billionaire currency speculator George Soros is financing efforts to make public policy conform to the New Immorality. Soros has funded "Project on Death in America," which aims at "transforming the culture and experience of dying in America."65 Most of the grants promote hospice care and improved pain management for the dying. However, one of the grant recipients--for $35,000--is Choice in Dying,66--the latest incarnation of the Euthanasia Society of America, founded in 1938. Choice in Dying favors legalizing physician-assisted suicide67--as does Soros himself.68 Soros also has funded needle exchange programs for drug addicts,69 campaigns for legalization of marijuana for medical purposes,70 and groups that will "protect women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion"71--including Catholics for a Free Choice, the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (to "defend against 'partial birth' abortion legislation"), the Council on Foreign Relations (to "consider how international women's human rights issues affect U.S. security and economic interests"), the National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood, the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US.72 Neale Donald Walsch praises Soros' work: "Ted Turner and George Soros have given away millions of dollars. They've empowered the dreams of humanity with the rewards of their own dreams, lived."73 No mention, however, of the unlived dreams of the victims of abortion.
New Age Pride
Pride--self-esteem to the nth degree--is the hallmark of New Age leaders. (How else could they plan a global utopia and discard traditional moral codes that most of mankind has accepted for millennia?) George Soros says, "It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out."74 Barbara Marx Hubbard now claims divinity for herself, saying, "the inner voice, the guide, the 'Beloved' higher self that has been signaling me from afar for thirty-five years, is incarnating as me."75 Robert Muller says, "If I should ever be proclaimed a saint by the Catholic religion or by the United Religions Organization, I would like to be named or known as: Saint Robert of Mount Rasur."76
Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong, the originators of the Earth Charter--a radical environmental treaty that will be proposed to the UN for adoption in 200277--seem to view themselves as supreme lawgivers, legitimate successors to Moses and Jesus. Gorbachev says, "We also need a new international environmental legal code rooted in an Earth charter--a covenant similar to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights. ... My hope is that this charter will be a kind of Ten Commandments, a 'Sermon on the Mount,' that provides a guide for human behavior toward the environment in the next century and beyond."78 Maurice Strong says: "The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."79 With such hubris on the part of the authors of the Earth Charter, it should be little surprise that Gorbachev's global environmental organization, Green Cross International, proposes that all human values should be subordinated to the stated goal of the Earth Charter: "The protection of the Biosphere, as the Common Interest of Humanity, must not be subservient to the rules of state sovereigntydemands of the free market or individual rights."80
The Cruelty of Paganism
Several of these New Age leaders take spiritual inspiration from pagan civilizations that engaged in large-scale human sacrifice.81 Muller extols the linguistics and philosophy of the "indigenous peoples," especially "the remarkable cosmologies of the Mayas [sic], Aztecs, Inkas [sic] and others;" there should be "a global spiritual Department to study the indigenous spiritualities and rituals derived from their intimate relation with nature and Creation."82 Barbara Marx Hubbard hopes for a "planetary birth party" by 2012; she chose the date based on the Mayan calendar.83 The "spiritualities and rituals" of the Mayans, the Aztecs, and the Incas incorporated human sacrifice. URI Executive Director Charles Gibbs has said that "indigenous religions" would be included in the URI "the same way everyone else would be involved. ... I was just in Oxford and ... the indigenous religion there is the Druid faith."84 Modern-day Druids participate in the URI; 85 the ancient Druids sacrificed people to the gods.86
Just as the ancient gods drank human blood, so does the theosophical Hierarchy. Benjamin Crème said, "it was a deliberate act of Hierarchy to prolong the First World War to 1918. The destruction of the animal bodies of man allowed the blood of man--representing animal life--to be poured into the earth. This was a great initiatory experience for the animal kingdom, including the animal nature of man."87
Revolution, War and Atomic Bombs: Engines of Human Evolution
Communist and fascist leaders--from Lenin onward--have wantonly destroyed human life and liberty in pursuit of collectivist Utopias. They have said, "To make an omelet, you have to break eggs"--and according to the Black Book of Communism, approximately 20 million were killed under Soviet Communism, and 65 million were slain by the Chinese Communists.88
The Theosophists approve of these deeds; no bloodshed is too great if it advances their version of human evolution. In September 1939, 89 Alice Bailey hailed "Hitler who lifted a distressed people upon his shoulders; Lenin, the idealist, Stalin and Franco" as "great and outstanding personalities who were peculiarly sensitive to the will-to-power," all were "expressions of the Shamballa force" and "emphasised increasingly the wider human values."90 Foster Bailey, who carried on Alice Bailey's work after her death, wrote that the Russian Revolution had been "an outstanding hierarchical success."91 Foster Bailey's spiritual "hierarchy" of ascended masters claimed the Chinese Cultural Revolution as "an hierarchical project. Amazing changes have been achieved in that short period."92 Benjamin Crème praises Mao Tse-Tung as a "great initiate ... Nobody who was not imbued with the will-aspect of God could bring 500 million people from nothing to a great nation."93
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From the start of World War II until her death in 1949, Alice Bailey wrote that the war had been necessary for the New Age to come. She believed that the New Age would be preceded by "A destructive cycle, wherein the old order passes away and that which has been created--human civilization with its accompanying institutions--is destroyed."94 Bailey gave credit to the "Hierarchy" of ascended spiritual masters for "Their decision, taken early in this century, which precipitated--in the centre which we call 'the race of men'--those potencies and stimulating energies which produced that major destructive agency, the world war (1914-1945)."95 In April 1943, Bailey said, "One of the purposes lying behind the present holocaust (World War II) has been the necessity for the destruction of inadequate forms. ... the Law of destruction was permitted to work through humanity itself, and men are now destroying the forms through which many masses of men are functioning."96 ("Destroying forms" does not mean shredding IRS paperwork; it is the Theosophist code phrase for killing.) After the war, Bailey wrote that "the Custodians of God's Plan" viewed World War II as a "major surgical operation" that had been "largely successful" in removing "a violent streptococcic germ and infection" that had "menaced the life of humanity."97 Therefore, "an operation was made in order to prolong opportunity and save life, not to save the form. The operation was largely successful." 98 Nevertheless, she warned that the two World Wars would be only the beginning of sorrows: "The germ, to be sure, is not eradicated and makes its presence felt in infected areas of the body of humanity. Another surgical operation may be necessary."99
Like Alice Bailey and Benjamin Crème, Teilhard de Chardin hailed the World Wars as occasions for human unity and progress. In March 1945, he wrote of World War II as "a crisis of birth" for a new humanity--anticipating the words that Barbara Marx Hubbard uses to describe humanity's current situation: "Finally, the present war; a war which for the first time in history is as widespread as the earth itself; a conflict in which human masses as great as continents clash together; a catastrophe in which we seem to be swept off our feet as individuals--what aspect can it wear to our awakened eyes except that of a crisis of birth, almost disproportionately small in relation to the vastness of what it is destined to bring forth?"100 In December 1945, Teilhard described World War II as "this new stirring of the human dough;" it--along with World War I--fostered human unity: "Brutal and harsh though the circumstances have been, who can fail to perceive the inevitable consequences of this new stirring of the human dough? ... during these six years, despite the unleashing of so much hatred, the human block has not disintegrated. On the contrary ... it has increased its vice-like grip upon us all. First 1914-1918 then 1939-1945--two successive turns of the screw. Every new war, embarked upon by the nations for the purpose of detaching themselves from one another, merely results in their being bound and mingled together in a more inextricable knot. The more we seek to thrust each other away, the more do we interpenetrate."101
Modern-day Theosophists Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson make a general case for war as an agent of change: "if peace is maintained at any price in order to continue vast injustices and materialistic, wasteful life-styles, then spiritual death may be the result. Physical death is only of the body, the form nature, which according to the Ageless Wisdom will be reborn again in another form. We must be cautious about a stubborn idealism that loves the ideal of peace more than it loves humanity's evolution. We can become so enamored of peace that it leads to inertia, stagnation, and above all else, an attachment to material comfort. Peace and war are not true opposites; peace and change are."102 This is the creed of fascism, brought up to date.
Theosophist writers have also found reason to stop worrying and to love the Bomb.
In an essay titled "The Release of Atomic Energy," written on August 9, 1945, Bailey hailed "the release of atomic energy ... [on] August 6, 1945, in connection with the bombing of Japan" as "the greatest spiritual event which has taken place since the fourth kingdom of nature, the human kingdom, appeared."103 She said of the atomic bomb: "This 'saving force' is the energy which science has released into the world for the destruction, first of all, of those who continue (if they do) to defy the Forces of Light working through the United Nations. Then--as time goes on--this liberated energy will usher in the new civilisation, the new and better world and the finer, more spiritual conditions."104 Bailey viewed the "first use of this energy" in the atomic incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as "inevitable and desirable; old forms (obstructing the good) have had to be destroyed; the wrecking and disappearance of that which is bad and undesirable must ever precede the building of the good and desirable and the longed-for emergence of that which is new and better."105 (It is an interesting coincidence that Bailey hated Christianity--and Nagasaki was the oldest Christian community in Japan.106) In her view, "the atomic bomb emerged from a first ray Ashram, working in conjunction with a fifth ray group; from the long range point of view, its intent was and is purely beneficent."107 Bailey said that the "beneficent" Bomb belongs to the United Nations for "use (or let us hope, simply for threatened use) when aggressive action on the part of any nation rears its ugly head. It does not essentially matter whether that aggression is the gesture of any particular nation or group of nations or whether it is generated by the political groups of any powerful religious organization, such as the Church of Rome, who are as yet unable to leave politics alone."108
Barbara Marx Hubbard saw the nuclear explosions of 1945 as a turning point for humanity, "the beginning of our collective labor pains. It was the signal that the Cosmic Child, humanity, could either kill itself by remaining in self-centered consciousness in the womb of Earth, or instead emancipate itself for universal consciousness and action."109 In her newest book, Conscious Evolution, Marx Hubbard emphasizes the point: "An irreversible shift toward conscious evolution began in 1945 when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With this dreadful release of power we penetrated one of the invisible technologies of nature--the atom--and gained the power that we once attributed to the gods."110 Like Bailey, Marx Hubbard writes with glowing optimism of mankind's destiny once we have learned to use our new god-like powers.
David Spangler likewise hailed the discovery of atomic energy. He said that "the explosion of the first atomic bomb" in 1945, "plus subsequent research into nuclear energy," was a sign that "man was beginning to discover, through his exoteric science, the reality of the etheric plane."111 A spirit that spoke to Spangler in "the transmissions of limitless love and truth" said, "Should nuclear devices be used, the energies will be the revelation of me. All that will remain is of what I am and all that is not of me shall disappear, to follow another law and another destiny."112 (Perhaps the earth-plane manifestation of Spangler's spirit guide was Dr. Strangelove.) Spangler still praises Alice Bailey's cruel teachings; he says, "her works are distinguished by their lack of sensationalism and emotionalism, by their emphasis on group work and planetary service, and by their focus on intellectual discipline blended with a spirit of goodwill and love."113 Given Bailey's description of the two world wars and the bombing of Hiroshima as "destruction of inadequate forms," Spangler seems to have a unique definition of the terms "goodwill and love."
Soon after the bomb fell on Hiroshima, Teilhard exulted, "In our recent mastery of the Atomic we have reached the primordial sources of the Energy of Evolution."114 In September 1946, after the US nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean, Teilhard closed a paean to the Bomb by saying, "For all their military trappings, the recent explosions at Bikini herald the birth into the world of a Mankind both inwardly and outwardly pacified. They proclaim the coming of the Spirit of the Earth."115 (Teilhard's proclamation of the spiritus mundi foreshadows Bishop Swing's announcement at the 1997 summit meeting of the United Religions Initiative (URI) that "a spirit of colossal energy is being born in the loins of earth."116)
Setting the Date for the New Age Apocalypse
For the New Age soothsayers, the "end times" are now. Alice Bailey, Barbara Marx Hubbard, David Spangler, Neale Donald Walsch, and others have predicted that the leap into the New Age would happen between 2000 and 2015.
Helena Blavatsky said, "In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed, and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that ... the source of all religions and philosophies now known to the world ... is at last found."117 Alice Bailey applied this prophecy to herself and her followers,118 and expected the "Church Universal" to appear "towards the close of this century"119--in other words, now. Bailey said, "I write for the generation which will come into active thought expression at the end of this century; they will inaugurate the framework, structure and fabric of the New Age."120 She said that "the problem before the Hierarchy" is to ensure that "the Plan can be rightly materialised" so that "the close of this century and the beginning of the next see the purposes of God for the planet and for humanity assume right direction and proportion."121
Barbara Marx Hubbard says, "We are at the threshold of a quantum shift in consciousness and action. We need just one more degree of connectedness to light up and link up the new world emerging in our midst."122 In 1998, she expressed hope that the New Age would begin by 2008: "I do believe that within the next 10 years ... we will have had a global awakening and will begin consciously and ethically to use our vast collective powers for the evolution of our species."123 Since then, Marx Hubbard has extended the deadline for the arrival of the New Age. She now hopes for a "planetary pentecost" by 2012, an apocalyptic year according to the Mayan calendar.124
Neale Donald Walsch says that between 2000 and 2015, we will see "the emergence of a New Spirituality on a worldwide scale; a spiritual movement that embraces the highest thoughts ever held by human beings ... and produces a larger experience in our daily lives of Who We Really Are as Beings of Divine Heritage."125 His god has said, "Yours is a race awakening. Your time of fulfillment is at hand."126 Walsch says, "I'll tell you about the future that I envision. First of all, we will no longer have any fear of God. That will be the greatest evolutionary breakthrough in the history of the human race. The day we stop fearing God will be the day that life on earth changes forever. On that day we will stop fearing death."127 Walsch envisions a utopia in which we renounce the fear of God, which the Bible describes as "the beginning of wisdom" (Ps. 111:10) and "a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death" (Pr. 14:27). In the kingdom that Walsch desires, we accept death rather than avoid its snares. By contrast, the promises of the one, true, living God are greater and more merciful that those of Walsch's god. In the Kingdom of Heaven, "death shall be no more" (Rev. 21:4).
Gordon Davidson, the Theosophist author of Spiritual Politics who praised the URI as an example of the emergence of the "Avatar of Synthesis,"128 says that in the year 2000 humanity faces "the impending descent of the Shamballa energy."129 This "descent" would not be a joyful event; Davidson's mentor, Alice Bailey, had said that the European dictators of the 1930s were "all expressions of the Shamballa force."130
David Spangler also has received messages from the ether, proclaiming the imminence of the New Age. "John," the spirit with which Spangler communicated for 20 years,131 said that the "process of resolution" leading to the New Age "will last until the first decade of the next century"--about 2010.132 "John" also told Spangler that "the Christ" will "not take physical form" as "a specific individual before the turn of the century."133 When "the Christ" appears--and Spangler's spirit guide refers to Christ as "it"134--"The work of the Christ principle is planetary, directing much of its impact to the level of social and international affairs."135
There's no reason for Christians to accept New Age writings as true prophecies. Nevertheless, New Age fortune-tellers whose writings span the last 60 years agree upon the imminent, apocalyptic arrival of the New Age. We can expect New Age devotees to be busy with spiritual mischief, doing their utmost to fulfil their own prophecies. . . .Continued in the printed SCP Journal and available online.
Lee Penn, a convert out of atheistic Marxism, is a graduate of Harvard university where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1974 and graduated cum laude 1976. He moved to California in 1983 to get an MBA and an MPH from UC Berkeley; earned those degrees in 1986. He has worked since in health care information systems and financial analysis, mostly as a consultant (either self-employed or as a firm member).
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