Otfried Weise, August 24, 2019
The age of Pisces now coming to an end was characterized by the energies of the sixth ray of devotion and idealism (according to Alice Bailey). This devotion was expressed through the request and willingness of the people to make sacrifices. While in the ages before, the physical sacrifice of things, animals and humans stood in the foreground, now the sacrifice in the sense of discarding ”negative” qualities – so-called sins – was intensified and self-sacrifice for fellow human beings – selfless service – was propagated. Alice Bailey even postulates a ”law of service” (Esoteric Psychology, p. 118ff). Unconditional love was demanded, it is regarded as the highest ideal in whose realization man deserves heaven. In addition, new so-called saviors were presented, who were to redeem the people from their sins. The figure of Jesus from the Christian tradition is the best known example of this. He is said to have sacrificed himself for humanity and redeemed it from its sins by his sacrificial death on the cross.
Also the occult/esoteric literature knows this tendency and has – especially with Alice A. Bailey – strongly developed and propagated the ”law of sacrifice” (Eso. Psych. p. 67ff), although these books were written only at the end of the Piscean age. Blavatsky mentions the subject of sacrifice only rather casually, there is no talk of a corresponding law. In general, after Blavatsky Theosophy has made a remarkable turn away from pure Gnosticism into a doctrine that is increasingly colored and mixed with religious, ecclesiastical, Christian beliefs. This begins with the figure of the world teacher/redeemer Maitreya on the occasion of the ”Reappearance of Christ” in Leadbeater`s books; this trend is massively reinforced by Alice A. Bailey and culminates in Rudolf Steiner‘s Anthroposophy, which in many respects has catholic-religious contents – whereby one wonders whether Anthroposophy can still be counted as gnostic.