There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding

There Are No “Ascended Masters” – Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding

 No! No masters, elder brothers and all this nonsense. All through the world you have these isms glorifying the little individual who started it. No, you can’t meet anyone in this world, not anyone, who potentially is greater than you are. – Neville Goddard

For those who at one time or another dived deeply into various “new thought” libraries and encountered the belief system of “Ascended Masters” which have artefacts of wondering and doubt left in your conscious or unconscious mind, the excerpts below by Neville Goddard might be of interest.

Background

“According to the Ascended Master Teachings, a “Master”, “Commoner”, “Shaman”, or “Spiritual Master” is a human being who has taken the Fifth Initiation and is thereby capable of dwelling on the 5th dimension. An “Ascended Master” is a human being who has taken the Sixth Initiation, also referred to as Ascension, and is thereby capable of dwelling on the 6th dimension.”

The term “Ascended Master” was used by Baird T. Spalding in 1924 in his series of books, “The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East”. Originally presented by Helena P. Blavatsky in the 1870s, the idea of the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom or Mahatmas was adopted by the Theosophical movement (C.W. Leadbeater and Alice A. Bailey) and later Great White Brotherhood  (Peter Deunov) and many others.

Neville Goddard’s Take on Ascended Masters

While reading Neville Goddard’s lecture, ” I AM in You”, he mentions in the question and answer section that there are no ascended masters. “No masters, elder brothers and all this nonsense.”

From the Neville Goddard Lecture: “I AM in You” (1968)

Q: Neville, are there masters?

A: No! No masters, elder brothers and all this nonsense. All through the world you have these isms glorifying the little individual who started it. No, you can’t meet anyone in this world, not anyone, who potentially is greater than you are. You can’t, because you are God. You can’t meet anyone that he loved more than he loves you because he chose you. That’s what I said tonight of Paul. He rubbed out completely anything between himself and God. It has been my misfortune…and yet in a way I learned from it…but I have had the dubious pleasure of meeting “masters” and “holy people.” Had I known then I’d have turned right around and started running. Don’t believe in them. Yet there are people who insist on believing in them and are willing to pay for it. If I would tell them I’m a master, yes—I have no credentials to prove it but I’m a master—then you could charge $1,000…he’s a master! My friend Abdullah once said to me that this elderly lady…he was an old, old gentleman and he was in Atlantic City…and someone told her that he could do something to a man in her neighborhood and destroy him. So she came and offered Ab $300. Ab said, “My dear, whoever advised you this way is silly. God is love, just love. First of all, if I had that power I wouldn’t use it, not in that direction, and secondly, it isn’t.” Well, he went all the way down in her estimation. She went right next door to a phony of phonies…but this one next door knew Ab, he was a neighbor, and she gave the $300 and he took it. She had to get rid of that $300 to have her neighbor destroyed and Ab was not the one to go to. So, she had to find someone who would take the $300, and she did. Why, there are phonies all over the world and you can’t stop them. They thrive like the weeds. Read any Saturday morning’s paper advertising their little isms. They come down from heaven on a white horse and they come down on all kinds of things, blowing trumpets. When you read it, and see my little ad which comes out once a month on that same page, I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed to see that my little ad is on the same page with this monstrous thing. But you can’t help it; you can’t choose where you’re going to put it. They put it on that page, so you’re stuck. There aren’t any masters. You will find yourself one day the recipient of his bounty and the whole thing unfolds in you…and there was no master.

He specifically mentions Baird Spalding:

“I know the book Masters of the Far East…I think he’s written five…he’s gone now. He never left America, Spalding never left this country, but he tells a beautiful story of how when I was in India and these masters and how the birds came and nested in his hair. His body was there, incapacitated for six months, just vegetating, when he, the spirit, returned to the body it was all cataleptic, and the birds had nested in the hair, and he simply moved back into the body and woke the body up. Spaulding was about that big, with a huge, big growth on his nose. I can see him now at my meetings at the Ebell. One day he simply stepped off the car and dropped…that was his exit. Maybe he has gone to India now… never saw India…but all these are the masters of the Far East. He wrote one just to boil the pot, as so many writers do. It caught on, so he wrote a second and a third. If he were still alive, he’d have a sixth now…he has five. I hope he is successful, because my publisher is his publisher.”

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Here is the full text:

Q: Why do they call Jesus Christ “master”?

A: First of all, the story is an acted parable. Don’t take it as history. They called him master, called him rabbi, called him Lord…in telling a story you put some name on it. It is a title of respect. But certainly not master in the sense the gentleman meant it. I know the book Masters of the Far East…I think he’s written five…he’s gone now. He never left America, Spalding never left this country, but he tells a beautiful story of how when I was in India and these masters and how the birds came and nested in his hair. His body was there, incapacitated for six months, just vegetating, when he, the spirit, returned to the body it was all cataleptic, and the birds had nested in the hair, and he simply moved back into the body and woke the body up. Spaulding was about that big, with a huge, big growth on his nose. I can see him now at my meetings at the Ebell. One day he simply stepped off the car and dropped…that was his exit. Maybe he has gone to India now… never saw India…but all these are the masters of the Far East. He wrote one just to boil the pot, as so many writers do. It caught on, so he wrote a second and a third. If he were still alive, he’d have a sixth now…he has five. I hope he is successful, because my publisher is his publisher. I don’t want my publisher to lose anything on the new printing. He has just taken over these publications. It’s amusing to pick them up and read them as you would a novel, but they are not given as a novel. They are given as fact.

Q: It must have come out of his Imagination, then isn’t it real?

A: In that sense yes. Where else could it come from? But he wrote it as fact, as actual historical fact. Would you like to buy a book where this is now stated to be true, the experiences of the author, and then to learn after he is gone from this world that he never left America? Do you know one thing in this world that really hurts people more than anything else is to be taken over, to be beguiled. I go back east and my family who are 100 percent GOP, always have been, and when it came to Goldwater, they went out and campaigned for Johnson against Goldwater. They gave their time and their money. All I have to do now when I go to the home to dinner if I want to start an argument is just “I didn’t vote for him” meaning Johnson. “I didn’t vote for him” and that starts the argument, because they know exactly what they did. They were beguiled, and they’re all college graduates. They thought they were way beyond that…they can judge people! And they’re pulling the same line today…not my family…but the same line: “This man gets in and he’ll escalate.” That’s what they said of Goldwater. They have this little line back east, you may have heard it out here, they say, “If I voted for him then we would have escalation.” I voted for him and we have…but he hadn’t the power to escalate. It was the other one that they voted for who escalated. Pulled the same line! But no one wants to be beguiled. Someone comes and through flattery gets from you something, and then you realize after they’ve gone through the door you’ll never see it again. If you give it to him, it’s perfectly all right…but not to be beguiled. So buy a book where it states in the front this is history, factual, to learn afterwards it isn’t. So maybe now where he is he’s in India with birds in his head. All this nonsense! “Set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the unveiling of Christ in you.”

Baird L. Spalding and Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East

To verify if this were true, we find the following:

1. From Paul Brunton’s Notebooks (Category 16: The Sensitives)

“An American, Baird T. Spalding, wrote three volumes on his visits to Tibet and about the lives and teachings of the “Masters of the Far East” before he had ever left the American continent. (He added two further volumes after he had gone to India and returned.) He attached himself, with a party of fourteen disciples, to me for a couple of weeks when he discovered that I was in India at the time. I pointed out to him that his descriptions of the Masters did not tally with the facts as some of us knew them. He finally admitted that the books dealt with visits made in his astral body, not in his physical body as readers were led to believe. A similar situation arose more recently over the book The Third Eye, written by “Lobsang Rampa,” an alleged Tibetan who turned out to be an Irish plumber writing under the dictation of an alleged Tibetan “astral body”!”

Paul Bruton is not to be confused with David Bruton who wrote a biography on Spalding “Baird T. Spalding As I Knew Him”

2. From the blog post, “The Many Names of Baird T Spalding” and the FAQ

Many readers are disappointed when they learn that Spalding did not go to India in 1894, and there was no research expedition as described in Life and Teaching. Spalding was only 22 years old in 1894, and he spent most of the 1890’s in the Yukon mining for gold. Spalding’s first visit to India was in 1935 at the behest of his publisher, after the release of Life and Teaching Volume 3.

Much of the content of Life and Teaching was inspired by the New Thought movement. Spalding was a member of a New Thought group in San Francisco during the early 1920’s when he wrote Life and Teaching Volume One and the first chapters of the book were published in the group’s magazine. His wife Stella Spalding was an intelligent, University-educated woman who helped Spalding greatly when writing the books. Spalding’s publisher Doug DeVorss was raised in the Unity Church, a New Thought group, and it is likely he had input on the later volumes of Life and Teaching.

“We do know the state of Spalding’s affairs at the end of his life in 1953. If you find an original 1954 copy of David Bruton’s biography on Spalding (Baird T. Spalding As I Knew Him) there is an entire chapter of the disposition of Spalding’s estate and the many claims of his wealth. It’s very clear that Spalding was penniless when he died, that royalties from DeVorss for his books were his main source of income and the rights to his books were the only items in the estate (which were fought over by Bruton and DeVorss). Note that this entire chapter on Spalding’s estate has been edited out of all later editions of the biography released by DeVorss.”

3. From “The Secret of Cayce”

“Although the waking Cayce apparently familiarized himself with Spalding’s books. he makes clear in a 1938 letter that he does not approve of Spalding’s views: “Yes, know Mr. Spaulding all to well.–glad you were not taken with his lectures.” The sleeping Cayce mentions “Spaulding” just once. long enough to describe him as “not authentic” (2067-4), at least with respect to the archaic Gobi civilization.”

Miscellaneous Info for Further Research in Spalding

From a comment on “The Many Names of Baird T Spalding

“Stella typed manuscripts for Churchward (February 27, 1851-January 4, 1936) of Atlantis fame who was a personal friend. In the MU-books, Churchward claimed to have been in the Tibet region “with a group of young scholars” in the 1890’s. He also states in his books that he returned to America with the majority of the group, but that a few stayed behind to study further with the Masters. The information in his books he claims to have learned from these Masters. Would it be possible that Churchward asked Stella (Spalding’s wife) to write/translate “ Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East.” and Baird decided to spread the story via his new-though movement magazines?”

From Denouement of the Prophets’ Cult: The Church Universal and Triumphant in Decline by Joseph P. Szimhart

“Beyond Theosophy, New Thought, and the Silver Shirts a fourth significant influence came from Guy Ballard’s personal contact with Baird T. Spalding, who wrote Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East. This was a series of six volumes, the first published in 1924. Spalding lived with the Ballards briefly in 1929.  In his series he recounts his claimed adventures from 1894-98 in India and the Tibetan region where he and his party of eleven met superhuman “masters” with magical powers who initiated them into mysteries of the great I AM. Despite his claim to the contrary in volume one, Spalding had not been to the Far East until after his third volume was published in 1935. (23)  Both Spalding and Ballard wrote their adventures in the magical autobiography genre, a euphemism for writing from the imagination. Church Universal and Triumphant [CUT] promoted the Spalding series in their bookstore at conferences I attended in 1979-80 and members I knew believed the stories literally. ”

“Spalding, Baird T. (1924, 1964) Life and teachings of the Masters of the Far East. Spalding’s recent publisher, DeVorss & Co., acknowledges that there are no corresponding evidence, photographs or maps to support Spalding’s claims in a forward to the sereis. More damaging to Spalding is the testimony of Paul Brunton: “An American, Baird T. Spalding, wrote 3 volumes on his visits to Tibet and about the lives and teachings of the “Masters of the Far East” before he had ever left the American continent. He attached himself, with a party of 14 disciples, to me for a couple of weeks when I was in India at the time [after 1935 to 1940 as the third volume came out in 1935]….He finally admitted that the books dealt with visits made in his astral body, not in his physical body as readers were led to believe.” (from The Sensitives, Vol. Eleven, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton, 1987, p.252). Although there is no reason to disbelieve Brunton as Spalding’s volumes read like western occult fantasies unrelated to any Tibetan religions, Brunton himself has been exposed as a charlatan, most notably by Jeffrey M. Masson (Masson (1993) My Father’s Guru: A Journey through Spirituality and Disillusion ). Masson’s autobiographical book describes growing with Brunton often living in his household as a guest of his parents who were Brunton’s disciples.

In his forward to the first (1924) volume of the Far East series Spalding unequivocally states: “In presenting The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East I wish to state that I was one of a research party of eleven persons that visited the Far East in 1894.” It is not a stretch to see why Ballard felt he could do likewise in claiming his adventures with Saint Germain without mentioning that these were wholly imaginary in his “astral body.”

Here is a photo with Spalding, Devoors and most likely Churchward

There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding
There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding
Baird T. Spalding
There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding
Baird (Bayard) Spalding
There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding
James Churchward (27 February 1851 – 4 January 1936) was a British occult writer, inventor, engineer, and fisherman.
There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding

From the comments section of “The Many Names of Baird Spaulding”

“Who was aware that there was a map in this French edition of “The Life of the Masters”, just in back of the introduction page? Moreover, as can be seen, this latter contains the well known erroneous data about Spalding’s life. Take note that no other illustration is included in the book. Obviously, this is the map from Churchward, showing, among other things, his lost paradise of Mu.

More Out of This World Stuff For Your Entertainment

From an article by John Chambers in Atlantis Rising Magazine, there is this wild article, The Priest and the Time Machine: Fraud? Or Was Entrenched Authority Out to Hide the Truth? there is more mention of DeVorss and Spalding. I’ll type out the entire article here because it is just so very entertaining.

There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding

On September 24, 1953, Douglas K. DeVorss, founder of the DeVorss Publishing Co., was shot to death at point-blank range while working in his office in downtown Los Angeles.

The murderer, who fled and was soon apprehended, claimed DeVorss had been having an affair with his wife. The wife vehemently denied this. Because of this apparent crime of passion, the husband was convicted of second-degree murder and sent to serve out a mandatory five-year-to-life sentence at Chino State Prison.

Was there more to the case than this?

Douglas K. DeVorss was the only person in the world who knew the full story about Baird T. Spalding, author of the four volumes of Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East which DeVorss had published over the preceding two decades. Spalding, a self- proclaimed millionaire and world traveler, had died just six months before DeVorss. He had claimed to be 95 at the time of his death, and to have journeyed with a party of twelve in 1894-1897 through India, Tibet, China and Persia (now Iran). Spalding claimed that the material for his Life and Teaching—two more volumes of which were published posthumously— came from the teachings of the numerous Himalayan ‘elder brothers,’ said to assist in and guide the destiny of mankind, whom he had met during the expedition.

Spalding also claimed to have invented, at the end of the nineteenth century, with famed engineer-inventor Charles Steinmetz, a Camera of Past Events, which could peer back into time and even photograph Christ giving the Sermon on the Mount.

Shortly after Spalding’s death, it was reported that he had died penniless and that he had done none of the things he claimed he had done. But, if this were so, how did Spalding come upon the numerous remarkable insights which have fascinated generations of ‘New Age’ readers of Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East?

The only person who knew the answer to this question was Douglas K. DeVorss.

On April 8, 1994, Father Pellegrino Mario Ernetti died, according to at least one account in his tiny cell at the Benedictine Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy., some six months before his seventieth birthday.

There is no doubt that Father Ernetti, who, as well as a priest, was a world-class scholar of pre-tenth century A.D. music and a physicist, died of a form of cancer. But, during the last ten years of his life, this brilliant and highly respected monk was strangely silent on a subject which had occupied his conversation at least as much as had archaic music and electro-acoustics: the time machine he claimed to have built, called the Chronovisor.

Father Ernetti said that—with the help of a team of eminent scientists including Enrico Fermi—he had in the 1950s melded quantum physics with ancient astral lore to create his time-traveling device. He said it had enabled him to see back in time and watch Christ dying on the cross. The Chronovisor had also permitted him to peer back to ancient Rome in 169 B.C. and watch the performance of a drama, now lost, Thyestes, by “father of Latin poetry,” Quintus Ennius.

Father Ernetti exhibited a photograph of Christ on the cross which he claimed to have taken from the chronovisor, and a partial text of Thyestes which he claimed to have reconstructed from the performance he witnessed. But he never showed anyone the chronovisor, nor provided more than teasing hints at its construction (it’s now said to be dismantled and hidden on San Giorgio Maggiore island). Many have disputed the authenticity of the photo of Christ and the Thyestes text.

Yet Pellegrino Maria Ernetti was a world-class musicologist and a proficient scientist as well as a Benedictine priest, whose views on religious, scientific and other matters were sought out from all over Europe by those as eminent as French President François Mitterand. Why should a man of such accomplishment and recognition feel compelled to confabulate a story about a time machine?

Why did Father Ernetti, in the last ten years of his life, become increasingly silent about the chronovisor? Was the Vatican gradually suppressing this brilliant man? Were yet more powerful forces suppressing his astonishing invention?

Until recently, traveling through time—in particular, backward in time— had been considered impossible. Today, eminent scientists are beginning to debate the conditions under which it could occur. University of Oxford physicist, David Deutsch, says relativity theory suggests that space-time can become so distorted that bits of it can break off to form closed space-time loops. Such ‘world-lines would be ‘timelike’ all the way around,” says Deutsch; if we followed part of such a closed timeline curve (or CTC) “we could return to the past and participate in events there.”

Writing in Scientific American for March, 1994, Deutsch and Oxford philosopher Michael Lockwood cite physicist Stephen Hawking as stating that “quantum-mechanical effects would either prevent CTCs from forming or would destroy any would-be time traveler approaching one,” making time travel to the past impossible. On a more commonsensical level, Hawking has argued that, if time travel were possible we would be flooded with waves of tourists from the future—and we’re not.

coming at us from outer space and frequenting our atmosphere. Since, according to relativity theory, it’s impossible to travel faster than light, then “ interstellar travel to earth can only come, theoretically, from a handful of nearby star-systems,” he says. Yet the thousands of varied sightings in our time and earlier seem to suggest far vaster activity than that.

Meckelburg concludes that many ET races must have solved the problem of crossing interstellar distances by achieving the total nullification of time (or, more accurately, spacetime)—by trav- eling, that is, “via a higher-dimensional hyperspace, in which time is only a sub-dimension—a ‘space’ without any time at all.” Time travel, then, has been achieved by many alien species—and can be achieved by our own.

Ernst Meckelburg’s works, along with those of many other researchers into time travel, chronicle many instances where, if not an actual physical device, then some form of mental or “astral” time travel may have been involved.

Meckelburg has written at length in Time Tunnel on the astonishing “Doddleston” incident in which, in the tiny village of Doddleston, England, in 1984-1986, an entity claiming to be from the year 1545 of Henry VIII’s reign seems to have dreamed his way up into our present era. The entity, calling itself Thomas Harden, left 250 messages in flawless pre-Shakespearean English on the computer screens of researchers, in particular Ken Webster and Debbie Oaks. When “Harden” finally departed, his place was taken by an even more mysterious group of entities, calling themselves the “2109” and claiming to be from that year.

For almost a century now, writers on paranormal phenomena have told the story of two English schoolmistresses who believed they traveled back in time and witnessed Marie Antoinette somberly facing her future in the tumultuous days of 1789 that saw the start of the French Revolution.

The visitation took place while Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain were exploring the gardens of the Petit Trianon, at Versailles, in August, 1901; the two were to describe it in 1911 in their bestselling An Adventure (Ernst Meckelburg has reported that Anne Moberly recanted the story on her deathbed, declaring it to be an invention). In An Experiment in Time (1927), J.W. Dunne told of how, systemically dreaming his way weeks and months into the future, he may have witnessed a day in advance the devastating eruption of Mont Pelée on Martinique in 1902 (Dunne foresaw the number of dead as 4,000; it turned out to be 40,000).

In our own times, past- life regressionist and author Dr. Chet Snow has described, in Mass Dreams of the Future (1989), how he and Dr. Emily Wambaugh “future-life progressed” thousands of volunteers ostensibly into the future. Remarkably, those regressees who returned with memories of an encounter with the future described one of only four different futures—a statistically significant figure given that hundreds of volunteers “ returned” with such memories. And, in 2000, dentist, hypnotherapist and author Dr. Bruce Goldberg published the controversial Time-Travelers from the Future: A Fifth Dimension Odyessey (2000), which purports to detail his many encounters, while in a hypnotic trance, with the earth of the future, up to the year 3500, and its many time travelers.

It’s in regard to the cases where actual physical time machines may be involved that there may be another reason why time travel from the future, or elsewhere, may be happening, and we don’t know about it. According to journalist Miguel Jones, translator of Peter Krassa’s Father Ernetti’s Chronovisor: The Creation and Disappearance of the World’s First Time Machine (New Paradigm Books, 2000), its presence might be suppressed by one or another government in the same way as, according to Philip Corso in The Day After Ros- well, the U.S. government suppressed news of the retrieval and back-engineering of UFOs downed in New Mexico in 1947, even while clandestinely introducing alien technology (such as lasers) into our society.

The Flagstaff, AZ-based Jones said that Father Ernetti repeatedly reaffirmed that “anyone building a time machine would have to keep it a complete secret. If word got out, the government, or evil people, would steal or appropriate the machine.” The ability to time travel confers enormous power, remarks Jones. “You could murder someone and change the present in a way that suited you.

You could travel into the future and bring back knowledge which would enable you to assume absolute control in the present.”

The journalist/ translator noted this was the principal reason Ernetti gave for not divulging details of the chronovisor: “He was afraid villains would steal it and use it to control the world.” Jones quoted Father Ernetti as saying that for a year-and-a-half he couldn’t leave the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore unless he was accompanied by two bodyguards because “ the American and Russian intelligence agencies had taken an interest in him and had sent spies to shadow his every move.”

Helena R. Olmo, a Spanish journalist who spent three months in Italy in 2000 researching Father Ernetti for a forthcoming book, says that, according to her sources, both the Vatican Secret Service and the Italian Secret Service detained someone in 1965 who they thought had sold information to the Russians on work being done on the chronovisor in Venice by Father Ernetti. “The incident was mentioned in the Russian press,” says Olmo, who lives in Madrid.

Has the U.S. government—perhaps in some future form—suppressed time travelers? “ I don’t know,” ponders Ernst Meckelburg, “but if you look at the bizarre 2000 American presidential elections, to cite just one example, you can see that anything is possible.”

Meckelburg has long wondered if the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany “might have been arranged from our very future.”

George Andrews, well-known author of such works as Extra-Terrestrial Friends and Foes (Illuminet Press, 1993), notes that Father Ernetti was at the peak of his activities at about the same time the CIA’s MK-ULTRA project meant to explore the possibility of time travel and much else, was itself in full swing. Andrews reserve his own sanity.” Herein, suggests Andrews, may lie the key to the maddening ambiguity and ambivalence which dogged the Venetian priest’s references to the chronovisor during the latter part of his life.

Conflicting stories continue to emerge about Ernetti, even regarding the accounts of his death. Father Ernetti’s Chronovisor contains a chapter the editors believe was sent to them by a distant relative of Ernetti in which the priest, while on his deathbed, repudiates to a degree his experience with the chronovisor. Helena Olmo says she interviewed Ernetti’s 80-year-old sister, who gave a somewhat different account of Ernetti’s last hours. “We had very solid reason to believe that the version we received was absolutely authentic,” muses Jones. “Now, we’re wondering if disinformation was not involved.”

The Vatican steadfastly refuses to either affirm or deny Ernetti’s claims, according to the translator/ journalist. “You can explain this by saying they were embarrassed by this nut who wouldn’t
ridiculous things,” he says. “Or you can believe that Father Ernetti was onto something, and that the Vatican suppressed it. After all, the chronovisor would have shown whether there were flaws in the Church’s teachings on the life of Christ.”

Jones says a cover-up may well have been a part of the Baird T. Spalding story (also told in detail in Father Ernetti’s Chronovisor ). “For sure, a great deal of what Spalding said about himself during his lifetime was absolutely untrue. So was a whole lot of what Doug DeVorss said about Spalding. But DeVorss was in touch with Spalding on a daily basis for years, and often traveled with him. He must have known the truth.

“But despite all these untruths, Baird T. Spalding was incredibly knowledgeable in many areas of esoteric learning. How did he acquire that knowledge? Doug DeVorss was murdered at just about the time people were beginning to ask questions. Now we’ll never know.”

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There Are No "Ascended Masters" - Neville Goddard on Baird T. Spalding
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"No! No masters, elder brothers and all this nonsense. All through the world you have these isms glorifying the little individual who started it. No, you can’t meet anyone in this world, not anyone, who potentially is greater than you are."