Alice A. Bailey Quotes from her Autobiography

From the earliest possible time we were taught to care about the poor and the sick and to realize that fortunate circumstances entailed responsibility. Several times a week when it was time to go for a walk we had to go to the housekeeper’s room for jellies and soup for some sick person on the property, for baby cloths for the new baby at one of the lodges, for books for someone who was confined to the house to read. This may be an instance of the paternalism and the feudalism of Great Britain but it had its good points. It may be a good thing that it has disappeared – personally I believe it is – but we could do with that trained sense of responsibility and of duty to others among the wealthy of this land. We were taught that money and position entailed certain obligations and that these obligations must be met. (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey, p. 27)

“The claim of discipleship is ever permissible; it gives nothing away and only carries weight if backed by a life of service. The claim that one is an initiate of a certain status is never permissible, except among those of the same rating and then it is not necessary. The world is full of disciples. Let them acknowledge it. Let them stand together in the bonds of discipleship and make it easier for others to do the same. Thus will the existence of the Masters be proved and proved in the right way – through the lives and testimonies of those They train. ” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey, p. 38)

“Today, I can laugh and today I am quite sure that I do not have all the answers. I find myself left with few if any doctrines and dogmas. I am very sure of the existence of Christ and of the Masters who are His disciples. I am sure that there is a plan which They are attempting to work out on earth and I believe that They, in Themselves, are the answer and the guarantee of man’s ultimate achievement and that as They are, so shall we all be some day. I can no longer say with assurance and aplomb what people ought to do. I seldom, therefore, give advice. I certainly do not pretend to interpret God’s mind and to say what God wants as do the theologians of the world. ” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey, p. 49)

“I believed in the power of Christ to save then and I believe in it a thousandfold more today. I know that people can turn from the error of their ways and I have seen them again and again find that reality in themselves which St. Paul calls “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Upon that knowledge I stake my eternal salvation and the salvation of mankind. I know that Christ lives and that we live in Him and I know that God is our Father and that, under God’s great Plan, all souls eventually find their way back to Him. I know that the Christ life in the human heart can lead all men from death to immortality. I know that because Christ lives we shall live also and that we are saved by His life. But I question our human techniques very often and I believe that God’s way is often the best and that He often leaves us to find our own way home, knowing that in all of us there is something of Himself which is divine, which never dies, and which comes to knowledge. I know that nothing in Heaven or hell can come between the love of God and His children. I know that He stays on guard watching “until the last weary pilgrim has found his way home.” I know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and this means that we do not love some far off, abstract Deity but that we love our fellowmen. Loving our fellowmen is evidence – undefined, maybe, but just as sure – that we love God. ” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey, pp. 60, 61)

“I was, as you may have gathered, a consummate prig, even if well-intentioned. I was almost too good to live and certainly holy enough to be hated.” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,p. 66)

“I proved to myself, with much surprise, that understanding and love will work with individuals when condemnation and accusations will fail. ” This after telling a funny story about how she got a bunch of soldiers to behave – through taking them on a picknick… (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,pp. 73, 74)

“One hot night in Lucknow I could not sleep. I walked up and down my room and felt entirely desolate. I went out on to the broad verandah shrouded in flowering bougainvilaea but found nothing there but mosquitoes. I returned to my room and stood by my dressing table for a minute. Suddenly a broad shaft of brilliant light struck my room and the voice of the Master Who had come to me when I was fifteen spoke to me. I did not see Him this time but I stood in the middle of the room and listened to what He had to say. He told me not to be unduly troubled; that I had been under observation and was doing what He wanted me to do. He told me that things were planned and that the life work which He had earlier outlined to me would start, but in a way which I would not recognize. He offered me no solution for any of my problems and He did not tell me what to do. The Masters never do. They never tell a disciple what to do or where to go, or how to handle a situation, in spite of all the bunk talked by nice, well meaning devotees. The Master is a busy executive and His job is world direction. He never runs around talking sweet platitudes to perfectly mediocre people whose influence is nil and whose power to serve is undeveloped.
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We learn to be Masters by mastering our own problems, by putting right our own mistakes, by lifting some of humanity’s burdens and forgetting ourselves. The Master did not comfort me that night, He offered me no compliments or nice platitudes. He said, in effect, the work must go on. Don’t forget. Be prepared to work. Don’t be deceived by circumstances. ” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,pp. 88-89)

“All good things come to those who live harmlessly, who are kind and considerate as well. But harmlessness is the key and I leave you to find out for yourselves how difficult it is to be harmless in word and deed and thought.” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,p. 152)

“I have always held the theory that the deepest and most esoteric truths could be shouted from the housetops to the general public and unless there was an inner mechanism of spiritual recognition no harm could possibly be done. Therefore pledges to secrecy became meaningless. There are no secrets. There is only the presentation of truth and its understanding.” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,p. 121)

“The world has to be salvaged by those with both intelligence and love; aspiration and good intention are not enough.” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,p. 229)

“If a person is highly developed they will begin to rule their stars. They will do the unpredictable and their horoscopes will prove inaccurate and have no meaning at all. If a person is undeveloped then the probability is that their stars completely condition them and their horoscopes will therefore be entirely accurate from the predictional angle. When this is so and the person accepts the dictum of their horoscope their free will is completely stultified, they work entirely within the limits of their horoscope and the result of this is that they fail to make any personal effort to free themselves from the possible determining factors.” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,p. 231)

“Let me repeat what I have oft said before. The Hierarchy and all its members, including myself, love humanity but they will not endorse evil, aggression, cruelty and the imprisoning of the human soul. They stand for liberty, for opportunity for all to move forward along the way of light, for human welfare without discrimination, for kindness and the right of every man to think for himself, to speak and to work. Necessarily they cannot, therefore, endorse the nations or the people in any nation who are against human freedom and happiness. (…) the entire force of the Hierarchy is thrown on the side of the nations struggling to free humanity, and on the side of those in any nation who thus work.” (The Unfinished Autobiography of Alice Bailey,p. 252, Appendix: My Work, by The Tibetan)

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