The False Prophets and The New Age Movement
“Many religions today expect the coming of AVATAR or SAVIOR. The second coming of the Christ, as the world Teacher for the Age of Aquari...
“Many religions today expect the coming of AVATAR or SAVIOR. The second coming of the Christ, as the world Teacher for the Age of Aquarius, is presented in this book as an imminent event, logical and practical in the continuity of divine revelation throughout the ages. The Christ belongs to all mankind; he can be known and understood as ‘the same great Identity in all the world religions.’”
(From: Lucis Trust – The Reappearance of the Christ – By Alice Bailey)
Another blockbuster film has been released upon the hapless worldlings – most having absolutely no idea from whence this stream of deception derives. Gaia – Mother Earth – resounds throughout the film’s metaphors and symbolisms – but its title, AVATAR (“Hindu term for the manifestation or appearance of a deity” – Wikipedia), though strangely present is somehow lost amongst the astounding graphical presentations and the superficiality of the subscripts (which aren’t). Just what was this film attempting to accomplish and why is it poised for NINE Academy Award nominations?
Indeed, its design will detract from humanity’s rush to the internet … for it must be viewed on a wide screen with sound and fury … but what does it signify? James Cameron, director of the Titanic and its domination of past Academy Awards, resurfaces some 12 years later, to mesmerize the masses. Is this the most Neo-Con movie ever made depicting a pro-American, deeply conservative, message as Ann Marlowe suggests (The Most Neo-Con Movie Ever Made, Forbes.com, 12/13/09)?
Or, as my apocalyptic mind presumes – another broadside by the False Prophet in preparing the way for the First Beast? This present AVATAR hallucination more than substantiates our previous New Age assortment – which we intended to incorporate somewhere in this series - but now, the timing seems optimum! So let us reintroduce our list of superlatives and to nominate them for their outstanding performances by granting to them those tokens of our esteem - the renown World Academy of New Age Awards goes to:
Daniel 2:2; I Chron. 10:13; Deut. 18:13)—these are the charlatans known in worldly circles as channelers, psychics, trance mediums, spiritualists, pop psychologists, and pseudo New Age diviners who delve into séances, mediums and manifold quackery. By popular demand we’ve decided to borrow this amalgamation of deceit from our series on Antichrist – Reflections on the Desolator because of its pristine endeavor to expose the vanguard of the False Prophet’s “ministry” yet future…in other words, to exclude this repertoire of delectable distortions from inclusion into this exposé of incredulous conceit would be tantamount to leaving the frosting from the cake, or worse yet the cherry atop the masterpiece!
Yes, and to top it off, the recent incursions into mainline Protestantism, pop evangelicalism and mainline Catholicism relative to deviant, though extravagant, practices of pseudo-meditation techniques designed to mimic the aforesaid plethora of pernicious perdition – finding especial fertility in the soils of the so-called Emergent Church (Please see “Emerging Church – A Road to Interspirituality through Mysticism” on the superb website of Lighthouse Trails Research Project.) – proliferate on Christendom’s shores.
Innumerable titles surround their confusions: Neo-paganism, the Occult, Theosophy, Satanism—in sum, the result of the failure to provide “spirituality” in an increasingly “secular humanistic” world compounded by an apostate Christianity—both void of true spiritual depth and meaning. A generally helpful analysis of the most recent of the New Age Movement can be found at Religious Tolerance.org:
“New Age teachings became popular during the 1970's as a reaction against what some perceived as the failure of Christianity and the failure of Secular Humanism to provide spiritual and ethical guidance for the future. Its roots are traceable to many sources: Astrology, Channeling, Hinduism, Gnostic traditions, Spiritualism, Taoism, Theosophy, Wicca and other Neo-pagan traditions, etc.”
The “Neo-New Age Movement” (akin to dating the Neo-Babylonian 1000-539 BC period with King Nebuchadnezzar vs. the Ancient Babylonia period under Nimrod cir. 3500 to 2400 BC) started in England in the 1960s where fertile fields of Theosophy and Spiritualism (a la the Fox Sisters) flourished.
“Small groups, such as the Findhorn Community in Inverness and the Wrekin Trust formed. The movement quickly became international. Early New Age mileposts in North America were a ‘New Age Seminar’ run by the Association for Research and Enlightenment (Edgar Cayce), and the establishment of the East-West Journal in 1971. Actress Shirley MacLaine is perhaps their most famous current figure.”“During the 1980's and 90's, the movement came under criticism from a variety of groups. Channeling was ridiculed; seminar and group leaders were criticized for the fortunes that they made from New Agers. Their uncritical belief in the ‘scientific’ properties of crystals was exposed as groundless. But the movement has become established and become a stable, major force in North American religion during the past generation. As the millennium comes to a close, the New Age is expected to expand, promoted by the social backlash against logic and science.” (Ibid.)
Speaking of the millennium of the New Age—an ultimate tenet of this “movement”—is not all love and oneness; and, hardly is it the altruistic paradise soon to be ushered in as the Age of Aquarius—full of “happiness and understanding.”
“Dr. Carl Raschke, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver describes New Age practices as the spiritual version of AIDS; it destroys the ability of people to cope and function. He describes it as ‘essentially, the marketing end of the political packaging of occultism...a breeding ground for a new American form of fascism.’” (Ibid. Religious Tolerance.org)
Evolution—and its many deviant expressions . . . social evolution, reincarnation, survival of the fittest . . . ultimately, some are simply more equal than others; thence, Dr. Raschke’s prophetic announcement: “A breeding ground for a new American form of fascism” (with all its ugly racial pejoratives and exclusivities—though most of those embracing the tenets of the New Age would be loathe to admit such a conclusion to their search for “spirituality” and “equality.”
What identifies this amorphous movement—this hodgepodge of provocateurs and charmers—can be categorized (believe it or not) into an awareness and conscious striving for the following utopian concepts and consternation's:
SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP
Under the “aura” of New Age one is encouraged to “shop” their beliefs and practices—whatever makes you “feel good” is what this spree is all about—including:
- Monism – there is but one single source of divine energy in the universe.
- Pantheism – “God” is all and exists in all – thence, we are all divine – thus, “God” is not found in Holy Writ – but within us all and we are in “God”
- Reincarnation – Hinduism’s transmigration of the soul—where after physical death, the soul returns into another physical frame; endless repetition of this perfects the soul.
- Karma – Linked to reincarnation – if your good deeds outweigh your bad deeds then you will be rewarded (or forbid “punished”) by ascending or descending into a “painful or good new life.”
- Aura – An invisible “energy field” which surrounds and radiates out from the body; however, some “adepts” can materially discern this multi-colored rainbow and thereby diagnose one’s mental, spiritual and physical state of health.
- Personal Transformation – Once one plunges into the depths of the New Age, marvelous and mystical experiences will pursue – props like hallucinogenic drugs can enhance one’s transformation; guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation—all “unlock” one’s innate potential wherein pure psychic powers, radically new understandings and healings of body, soul and mind are actualized. This transformation, when achieved by vast numbers of humans will result in world-wide spiritual, physical, and psychological revolution, transforming world culture to the better.
- Ecological Responsibility – We must join forces to preserve Mother Earth (Gaia) which, like ourselves, is a living and breathing entity.
- Universal Religion – If all be “God” – then all religious “paths” (i.e., “sadhanas”) lead to this ultimate reality. Eventually, a new universal religion will evolve and dissolve all differences: The Age of Aquarius will have arrived—leading to a New World Order.
- New World Order – Age of Aquarius – New Age - Utopia—through reincarnation, transformation, metaphysical practices will usher in the New Age. One world government will abolish all wars, poverty, disease, hunger, pollution. Love and oneness between genders, races, religions—all discrimination will be ended . . . all nationalities will be subsumed by world awareness.
Indeed, channeling, “spirit guides” and mediums, crystals (possessing “healing energy”); mantras and special chanting and incantations; new-age music (an actual genre); divination (fortune telling, Ching, Pendulum movements, Runes, Scrying, Tarot Cards); astrology (planet alignment and birth signs, etc.); the practice of “holistic health principals” (healing through acupuncture, crystals, iridology, massage techniques, polarity therapy, psychic healing, therapeutic touch, reflexology, etc.); and the consumptive “human potential movement” (individual and group mental and physical techniques are employed; including Esalen, EST, Gestalt Therapy, Primal Scream, Transcendental Meditation, Transactional Analysis and Yoga) – whatever it takes to bring in the New Age for you and the masses is available on the open market. And, with a little practice makes perfect—even you can achieve your ultimate potential, discover the “God” within you is the same “God” within me—ad nausea, ad infinitum!
The ancient pagans, the aforementioned modern-day neo-pagans, and their pop New Age associates—all find themselves in a mixed bag of “spiritual workaholics” determined to bring in the New World Order. It is this New Age, New World Order, Millennium, Age of Aquarius which interests us at this juncture; and, in particular, the emphasis upon the “Messianic Figure” who will be the final catalyst in this quest – signaling the time has come for Blavatsky’s “Manifestation of the Hierarchy.” Even so, the film AVATAR, finds the final conflict and attack upon the Tree of Life, led by the forces of iniquity headed up by blatant militarism and corporate greed - yet defeated by the Avatar himself whose death and resurrection belie the true Savior’s accomplishment. How cleverly packaged is this counterfeit and techno-graphical subterfuge!
Keep in mind, that this supreme figure is the ultimate expression of human ingenuity and endeavor—for “God Manifest” is in this one and through this one—for there is no need for “God” in the first place! This oxymoronic statement is duly noted in the convoluted writings of the one, Annie Besant:
“No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.” (Brainy Quote, Annie Besant)
MAITREYA – THE NEW AGE MESSIAH
The ultimate Ascended Master will be the final Messiah – the Supreme AVATAR—the Uber-Maitreya, according to the teachings of the New Agers who shall usher in the New World Order—this is the one who is the finality of all messianic types—those who have ascended into that spiritual state of perfection, to bring the earth and its inhabitants into that marvelous state of peace, love, and bliss. Here, all tension, all condemnation and conviction of sin is eliminated because the Nirvana so embraced is void of all negativity and disgrace – utopia pervades all. There is therefore now no condemnation to them who have ascended – there is no need for forgiveness or deliverance, for the path to true enlightenment and higher consciousness restricts all such barbaric religiosities. Who will be the “Chosen One” to effect such a global transformation?
Oh, yes, the “Christian symbolism” and overtures in this effort of the coming New Age Messiah are legion and legendary—for they are many and “profound” to those who are “into” the mysteries—especially susceptible are “the very elect” (actually believers in the real Jesus Christ of the Gospels)—although they most assuredly think otherwise!
“It is not for us yet to know the date or hour of the reappearance of the Christ. His coming is dependent upon the appeal (the often voiceless appeal) of all who stand with massed intent; it is dependent also upon the better establishment of right human relations & upon certain work being done at this time by senior Members of the Kingdom of God, the Church Invisible, the spiritual Hierarchy of our planet; it is dependent also upon the steadfastness of the Christ's disciples in the world at this time and His initiate-workers---all working in the many groups: religious, political & economic.”
“To the above must be added what Christians like to call ‘the inscrutable Will of God,’ that unrecognized purpose of the Lord of the World, the Ancient of Days (as He is called in the Old Testament) Who ‘knows His own Mind, radiates the highest quality of love & focuses His Will in His Own high Place within the center where the Will of God is known.’” (The Reappearance of the Christ Djwhal Khul, by Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Company)
The gobbledygook is endless—as Alice A. Bailey’s Ascended Master, The Tibetan, was positioned to be the Christ of Love (Jesus the Christ—Occidental) and Christ of Light (Buddha—Oriental) personified into the ultimate Christ-Messiah of Love and Light! Where EAST meets WEST—proving that Rudyard Kipling’s “never the twain shall meet” was wrong!
“By the pouring out of the Christ life or consciousness upon the masses everywhere, and in every nation. This spiritual inflow will bring about the reorienting of human desire, and will evoke the emotional response to His Presence. This therefore brings the astral plane within the active sphere of His influence; this involves the release of the energy of goodwill into the hearts of men, predisposing them towards right human relations. It is this establishing of right relations which is the major objective of His coming triple activity. The masses everywhere will be responsive to the work and the message of Christ, as it is implemented from the mental plane by the disciples and initiates, overshadowed by the mind of Christ.” (Ibid. Alice A. Bailey).
Indeed, this “Christ” comes in many “shapes and sizes” – all are of God and in God – but the final revelation of THE Ascended Master will fulfill all until God is “all in all.”
“The work and the teaching of the Christ will be hard for the Christian world to accept, though easier of assimilation in the East. Nevertheless, some hard blow or some difficult presentation of the truth is badly needed if the Christian world is to be awakened, and if Christian people are to recognize their place within a worldwide divine revelation and see the Christ as representing all the faiths and taking His rightful place as World Teacher. He is the World Teacher and not a Christian teacher. He Himself told us that He had other folds and to them He has meant as much as He has meant to the orthodox Christian. They may not call Him Christ, but they have their own name for Him and follow Him as truly and faithfully as their Western brethren.” (Ibid. Alice A. Bailey)
THE SOURCE & CESSPOOL OF THE ASCENDED MASTERS – INTRODUCING THE WEST TO THE EAST
“Theosophy is a fragment of the ancient, once universal, wisdom teaching. The masters of Theosophy, located in Tibet and around the world, preserve and extend this ancient wisdom. Periodically they send forth one of their own - or a messenger - to help spread this teaching to all of humanity. (My Comments: Hollywood’s fascination for the Dalai Lama knows no end…and now you know why!)
“In the 1800’s they had been searching for a century for the next messenger and finally settled upon Helena Blavatsky, born to a noble Russian family. She saw the master who would be her teacher in her dreams as a child. She met him in Hyde Park in London when she was 20. She managed to enter Tibet and was trained by those masters in Tibet from 1868 to 1870. From 1875 through her death in 1891 she spread that message around the world.
“Theosophy is the name Blavatsky gave to that portion of knowledge that she brought from the masters to the world. It comes from the term ‘Theosophia’ used by the Neoplatonists to mean literally ‘knowledge of the divine.’” (Blavatsky.Net Theosophy)
A further backgrounder would be helpful on Blavatsky:
“Helena Petrovna Blavatsky ( H. P. Blavatsky ) was born on August 12, 1831, at Dnepropetrovsk (Ekaterinoslav), Russian Ukraine, daughter of Colonel Peter Alexeyevich von Hahn and novelist Helena Andreyevna (née de Fadeyev). In 1849, at the age of 16, she married the much older N. V. Blavatsky, and some months later began more than 20 years of extensive travel, bringing her into contact with mystic traditions the world over. The travels provided a basis for Madame Blavatsky's claim to have studied for seven years under Hindu mahatmas (masters) in the East. She also claimed to have several times entered Tibet, which at that time was practically inaccessible to foreigners.
“In 1873 Madame Blavatsky arrived in New York. In July 1875 she was urged ‘to establish a philosophico-religious society,’ and in the fall of the same year she became the principal founder, along with Col. Henry Steel Olcott and William Quan Judge, of The Theosophical Society. She devoted the rest of her life to its humanitarian and educational objectives.” (age-of-the-sage.org, H P Blavatsky)
They and their adherents see in sundry events—such as the founding of the United Nations—the alignment of those forces bringing about the coming of the New Age Messiah:
“May Christ return to Earth. This return must not be understood in its usual connotation and its well-known mystical Christian sense. Christ has never left the Earth. What is referred to is the externalization of the Hierarchy and its exoteric appearance on Earth. The Hierarchy will eventually, under its Head, the Christ, function openly and visibly on Earth. This will happen when the purpose of the divine Will, and the plan which will implement it, are better understood and the period of adjustment, of world enlightenment and of reconstruction has made real headway.
“This period begins at the San Francisco (United Nations) Conference (hence its major importance), and will move very slowly at first. It will take time, but the Hierarchy thinks not in terms of years and of brief cycles (though long to humanity), but in terms of events and the expansion of consciousness.
“Therefore, we have at the meridian point of June 1945, within the mid range of the occult 100 year cycle of the constellations Leo, Capricorn and Pisces with emerging Aquarian energy, a definitive timeframe for the commencement of the externalization of hierarchy measured in events and expansions of consciousness of humanity.
Externalization of Hierarchy, Manifestation, Withdrawal and Externalization, Jeremy Condick, April 2006)
Blavatsky, Bailey, and Besant were all enamored with Tibetan Buddhism—for here on earth’s highest plateau is where the “secret doctrine” evolved and, I hasten to add, continues to enrapture the planet’s Aquarian disciples:
In Why is the externalization of the Christ important? by “His Holiness Buddha Maitreya”—and as in most of “their writings” the mystical overtones and elaborate nomenclatures are relentless . . . but eventually they get to where all this is going:
“It’s like Tulkus – their process of externalization has never been big for them – for Tibet yes, but not for the world. Second ray people are not interested in groups or individuals but helping all. Christ is second ray and so to move from the sixth ray to the second ray there needs to be an externalization of Christ.
"So all these Tulkus that I’m coming to find are emanations of me that I’ve set up for 500 years and they’re me actually…and I’m my best student…So when I go out and deal with the Tulkus, I’m actually talking to myself, dealing with myself, cooperating with a great big reality and that’s what happens within the Hierarchy of the Christ Principle is that the Christ Principle is in a relationship of establishing an individual relationship with people – the Second Coming of Christ. It’s a collective messiahship. It works with the relationship of people being able to respond to the Christ AND being a disciple, not just being a follower. But what it means to be a disciple.” (What is the Difference Between a Second Coming and An Incarnation? By “His Holiness Buddha Maitreya” The Tibetan Foundation, July 13, 2003)
Just about this time, one wonders where are the conspiratorial Masons when you need them—don’t worry, Alice Bailey knows this secret as well:
“The Masonic Movement ... will meet the need of those who can, and should, wield power. It is the custodian of the law; it is the home of the Mysteries and the seat of initiation.
“It holds in its symbolism the ritual of Deity, and the way of salvation is pictorially preserved in its work. The methods of Deity are demonstrated in its Temples and under the All-seeing Eye the work can go forward.
“It is a far more occult organization than can be realized and is intended to be the training school for the coming advanced occultists ... in Masonry you have the three paths leading to initiation. As yet they are not used, and one of the things that will eventuate -- when the new universal religion has sway and the nature of esotericism is understood -- will be the utilization of the banded esoteric organism, the Masonic organism and the Church organism as initiating centers.
“These three groups converge as their inner sanctuaries are approached. There is no dissociation between the One Universal Church, the sacred inner Lodge of all true Masons, and the inner-most circles of the esoteric societies.” (Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, Pages 14, 511, 513 found in: The Seventh Trumpet, Jeffrey Brackeen’s E-Mail News Letter)