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On the Alleged Tibetan Source of Alice Bailey’s Writings by David Reigle, Fohat , vol. 1, no. 1, 1997 A new magazine called Fohat is now launched to promote the search for truth. Meanwhile, my Book of Dzyan research proceeds in the search for fohat . The term fohat has so far not been located in Tibetan Buddhist texts where H. P. Blavatsky’s statements about it lead us to believe it should be found. I must therefore postpone any statements about fohat for a future occasion. My research in the Tibetan Buddhist texts, however, has allowed me to make some observations regarding the alleged Tibetan source of Alice Bailey’s writings which may be of interest to readers of a magazine described by its editor as, “dedicated to promoting a vigilant attitude among its reader- ship through a love of Truth.” To get an accurate picture of what is being investigated, it must be evaluated in terms of overall wholes; that is, in terms of what characterizes it throughout, rather than in terms of isolated facts, as the latter may lead to false conclusions. Alice Bailey’s writings include eighteen books said by her to have been received through mental telepathy from a Tibetan teacher. What characterizes these writings from the first volume to the last is the teaching of service to humanity. This, of course, does agree with the Bodhisattva ideal of dedicating one’s life to benefiting others rather than seeking one’s own liberation, which characterizes Tibetan Buddhist writings from beginning to end. This teaching, however, also characterizes Theosophy. Thus it could have been taken by Bailey from Theosophy, or it could in fact have come from the alleged Tibetan author of the Bailey writings.
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2 On the Alleged Tibetan Source of Alice Bailey’s Writings There is a peculiar stylistic feature which characterizes the Bailey writings, something one does not usually see in English language writings. This is the habitual presentation of teachings within an outline structure using general topics, then divided into sub-topics, then subdivided into sub-sub-topics, etc., etc.; e.g.: “We will as usual divide our subject into three heads.” 1 This is a well-known characteristic feature of Tibetan writings. In fact, this feature is so characteristic of Tibetan writings that respected Buddhologist Prof. Ernst Steinkellner of the University of Vienna used it as the criterion to determine whether certain books were written by Indians or by Tibetans. “Steinkellner observes that these two treatises display the analytical system used by Tibetans of all epochs to structure their texts, the “divisions” or “sections” ( sa bcad ), a technique he has not been able to find in treatises of Indian origin; . . .” 2 Certainly this stylistic evidence is as compel- ling as is the handwriting analysis evidence given by Dr. Vernon Harrison in his 1986 article on the infamous “Hodgson Report” to show that the Mahatmas, and not Blavatsky, wrote the Mahatma Letters. 3
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