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of the Gods
Christ born at a time when there was a gap
in the market for a new religion?
P Blavatsky suggests that existing religions
of the day were already in decline.
below is from H P Blavatskyís key to Theosophy which is in the form of a
discourse with an enquirer. In this part† of the discourse HPB explains that the
differences between Buddhism and Christianity are primarily a result of the differences
in circumstances under which Gautama Siddartha and Christ were preaching.
has to say about the circumstances in which Christianity arose suggest that
Christ was alive at a particularly opportune time to conduct his ministry
Key to Theosophy
history and think over it. At the time the events narrated in the Gospels are
alleged to have happened, there was a similar intellectual
fermentation taking place in the whole civilized world,
only with opposite results in the East and the West. The old gods were dying
out. While the
civilized classes drifted in the train of the
unbelieving Sadducees into materialistic negations and mere dead-letter Mosaic
the time for a spiritual reform had arrived. The cruel, anthropomorphic and
jealous God of the Jews, with his sanguinary laws of "an eye for eye and
tooth for tooth," of the
shedding of blood and animal sacrifice, had to be
relegated to a secondary place and replaced by the merciful "Father in
Secret." The latter had to be shown, not as an extra-Cosmic God, but as a
divine Savior of the man of flesh, enshrined in
his own heart and soul, in the poor as in the
here than in India, could the secrets of initiation be divulged, lest by giving
that which is holy to the dogs, and casting pearls before swine, both the
Revealer and the things revealed should be trodden under foot. Thus, the
reticence of both Buddha and Jesus-whether the latter lived out the historic
period allotted to him or not, and who equally abstained from revealing plainly
the Mysteries of Life and Death-led in the one case to the blank negations of
Southern Buddhism, and in
the other, to the three clashing forms of the
Christian Church and the 300 sects in Protestant
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