"Did Leadbeater plagiarize the books of the Tibetan?"
Sep 03, 2007 08:26 AM
"Did Leadbeater plagiarize
the books of the Tibetan?"
The Tibetan writes (The Rays and the Initiations, pp. 250-251):
There are certain phases of teaching and knowledge which I have given
to the world which are relatively new - new to the modern esotericist
and occult student though not new to disciples and initiates. It
might be useful here if I mentioned one or two of these new aspects
of the fundamental Truth which have been given by me to the public.
If these new phases of the teaching have been later given to the
public by other occult groups, it will have been because the
information was gained by those who have read the books put out by
A.A.B. for me or who are directly and consciously in touch with my
An instance of this is that book by C. W. Leadbeater on "The Masters
and the Path" which was published later than my book, Initiation,
Human and Solar. If the dates of any given teaching are compared with
that given by me, it will appear to be of a later date than mine. I
say this with no possible interest in any controversy among occult
groups or the interested public, but as a simple statement of fact
and as a protection to this particular work of the Hierarchy. I would
remind you that the instructions given by me as, for instance, those
in A Treatise on White Magic and A Treatise on the Seven Rays were
given sequentially over a period of years, antedating the publishing
of the books. The same time-factor prevailed in the publishing of the
earlier books. All my books were written over a long period of years,
prior to publishing. All that appears of the same type of information
over other signatures harks back to these books. Even if denied by
their writers, a comparison of the dates of publishing with the
original dates of issuing the instructions (in the form of monthly
sets for reading and study in the Arcane School) or with the books
published before the formation in 1925 of the Disciples  Degree
of the Arcane School will prove this conclusively. Bear in mind this
factor of timing. A.A.B. takes down to my dictation an average of
seven to twelve pages of typing (single-spaced) each time she writes
for me; but owing to the exigencies of my work I cannot dictate to
her every day, though I have found that she would gladly take my
dictation daily if I so desired; weeks sometimes elapse between one
dictation and another. I write the above paragraphs for the
protection of the hierarchical work in years to come and not for the
protection of A.A.B. or myself...
Now COMPARE AND CONTRAST the above with what Jerry Hejka-Ekins has
"From my earlier perusal of AAB's writings, I found that many of her
teachings were drawn directly from Besant and Leadbeater's E.S.
writings, which to this day, are not publicly available...."
"...The Maitreya teaching was originally tied to Krishnamurti, the
supposed vehicle for the Maitreya/Christ return. Besant, in an ES
talk in 1909 or 10, presented the earliest (that I'm aware of) full
description of what later became credited as the Bailey hierarchy?
Maitreya and all. This was published in The Link (a London ES
journal) and in the American EST Bulletin in 1910, I think, but no
later than this. Also in January 1912, CWL and AB were called by the
Maitreya to prepare Krishnamurti and Jinarajadasa for their second
initiation. The boys were taken to Taormina in Sicily for the
training. Much of the material in Masters and the Path comes from
these early events. The account of this 1912 initiation begins on pg.
298 in my 2nd edition (1927)."
"According to her Autobiography, (If my memory serves me correctly)
Bailey's first contact with Theosophy was through the Pacific Grove
Lodge around 1912. She moved to Krotona Hollywood a year or two
thereafter where she joined the ES, and gained access to the material
concerning the inner government and initiations, which was only
circulated through the ES at that time. However, you will find hints
of it in the Theosophist. Bailey states in her Autobiography that she
began taking psychic dictation from "the Tibetan" around 1917 or 18
and left Krotona shortly afterwards (I'm recalling from her
Autobiography that I read years ago, so my memory may not exactly
match her dates, but they should be close). Initiation Human and
Solar was published in 1922 ? her first book ? I think. I read it
some years ago, and found it very faithful to the ES teachings [of
Leadbeater/Besant] as they were presented from 1910-1918."
Collated from two of Jerry's postings which can be found at:
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