Alice A. Bailey

Right human relationships is the theme throughout the writings of Alice A. Bailey, one of the women who was influential in establishing Eastern philosophies in the West. In her twenties, Bailey (1880-1949) spent a number of years in India working as a Christian missionary. There is no indication in her autobiography that she came in contact with or studied Eastern philosophy at that time.

In The Unfinished Autobiography, (1951) she recorded that she was a youthful "rabid, orthodox Christian worker" and "a theologically minded Bible student." She added that she was "a very class-conscious English woman" and "an exceedingly narrow-minded Christian" (p. 1). She continued with, "I was an unhappy, exceedingly disagreeable, little girl, a society girl in the gay nineties (which I didn't find so gay) and then an evangelist of the 'Billy Sunday' type and a social worker" (Ibid., p. 2). About her life in later years, Mrs. Bailey states, "I am a flippant and humourous person and almost painfully ready to see the funny side of things" (Ibid., p. 7). This attitude is exemplified by the statement that she was "exceedingly introspective (which sounds better than self-centered)" (Ibid, p. 21).

The information contained in 19 of her twenty four books covering the Ageless Wisdom was received telepathically from a Tibetan Master who is known as Djwhal Khul and is referred to as DK. The remaining books were written without telepathic input from DK.

In the writings, DK states that during November 1919 he contacted Mrs. Bailey was contacted telepathically and asked to do some writing and publish some books. She refused because she did not believe in the so-called occult literature being published. Shortly thereafter and following another telepathic contact, she changed her mind and between 1919 and 1949 she recorded the Ageless Wisdom in her 24 books. These books provide an interpretation of energy or ray flow. She interpreted all aggregates of atoms, including stars, planets, and solar systems, as living entities.

Bailey makes it clear that she gained much insight from the studies of Helena P. Blavatsky's writings, as well as many other Eastern teachings. This orientation, no doubt, aided in her understanding of cosmology as well as her work with the Tibetan. However theoretical, symbolic or scientific her writings may appear, she always understood the love of humanity as being the basis of both Eastern and Western evolution. Thus, she was constantly striving to help the less fortunate as well as the more advanced thinkers of her time. Because of her defense of the oppressed, she was put on Hitler's "blacklist" for her defense of the Jews during lectures she gave in Western Europe (Ibid., p. 119).

Each of the Bailey books opens with an extract of a statement made by the Tibetan. In part, it states:
"If the teachings conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of the worker in the world, and brings a flashing forth of [the] intuition, then let that teaching be accepted. But not otherwise. If the statements meet with eventual corroboration, or are deemed true under the Law of Correspondence, then that is well and good. But should this not be so, let not the student accept what is said."