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Sep 11, 1995 11:47 PM
Eldon: I know one long-time student of Bailey and HPB, who later gave up his belief in the Bailey materials. One key point that he mentioned to me was the stress on a sense of an occult hierarchy as world government, ruling what goes on in the world. Patrick: The phrases of "occult hierarchy" and "world government" are certainly used throughout the books but what is emphasized most strongly is that there is never any coercion in any spiritual work and all people are always free to follow their own conscience. A spiritual government or "rule by the enlightened" is a way of describing the vast responsibilities in relation to planetary evolution that are incurred as one evolves toward the next kingdom or the hierarchy (which is a way of expressing the organization of activity in spiritual realms -- all done in complete freedom). AAB writes specifically that humanity is not ready for a world government as it cannot yet produce sufficient unselfish people who would be able to do such. The emphasis is on local control with the U.N. being a place for the protection of human rights on a global scale and the prevention of wars. There is also a specific statement that the U.N. made a serious mistake in allowing a dictatorship (USSR) to be a member and that the organization should only be made up of relatively free nations who should use economic means to free people from dictatorships. Freedom, kindness, honesty and the other qualities of right human relationships flow throughout AAB's writings. Eldon: This might be an example of where the Bailey materials diverges from the source writings, and I would tend to disagree with the idea. Patrick: I read both and have not found such divergence on any topic. As the Bailey writings are also source I suggest a careful perusal before concluding that there is such. Eldon: Assuming that there are such differences, Patrick: Happily, there are only agreements. Eldon: can we acknowledge and explore them without having to denounce anyone nor go to extreme lengths to try to show that Blavatsky somehow supported the idea? Patrick: Impersonal discussions are best and both HPB and AAB supported the same principles and rules of the path.