Short Biographical Information:
Bayard Spaulding was born in
North Cohocton, New York in October 3, 1872 as one six children to
Stephen T Spaulding and Mary Hartwell. Bayard had two brothers - Hiram and George and three sisters
- Nettie, Hattie and Mary. In 1911 Bayard married Stella M Stiles in Oakland. In the early 20's Bayard wrote
Volume 1 of
Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
The wife to the builder of the Oakland Municipal Railways then asked Mr. Spalding for the permission to let the
California Press in San Francisco print one thousand copies using an inexpensive paperbinding, because she
wanted to give them away to her friends. Six days after they had been printed and given away, more then
20 000 orders was recieved for copies of that book (1924)!
Mr. Spalding was astonished at the interest in his discoveries and experiences so he wrote Volume 2
(1927) and in 1935 Spalding wrote Volume 3 and had a thirty days tour
and visited 30 cities during that time.
The last part of his life until he left his physical form in 1953, he spent as a world traveller and worked as a
research mining enginner. Volume 4 (1948)
and Volume 5 (1955) was compelied from his question and answer material.
Volume 6 (1996) contains historical reference to Spalding and his articles for the Mind Magazine 1935-37.
Where did the spiritual content of the books come from?
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 groups 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.
Examples of Baird T. Spaldings Teaching:
Q: How is it possible to bring about a great change under our present condition in which people are drinking,
gambling, smoking and doing everything that is bad?
A: The very expression you have used allow those conditions to go on today. We use such thoughtless
words that we allow those conditions to continue. It is better to say that nothing but good and perfect can
be. See absolute perfection for all.
Q: What is the proper medium for the awakening?
A: The individual awakening. As it is with the individual, it is with the group; as it is with group, it is with the
nation, as it is with the nation, it is with the world.
Q: Is it necesarry to overcome all flesh?
A: It is not necessary to overcome all flesh, but to put a better conception upon it by the resurrection of this body
from a material to a spiritual condition. If we come into true spirit, this flesh is immortalizes always. Why overcome
flesh? It is perfectly beautiful and pure, if we overcome the idea that has held it out of that condition."
Q: What about healing?
A: There is no healing. Healing is a name for a condition that comes about. You can not keep perfection away
if you allow it to come to you.
"Truth is the same regardless of the book that presents it or the teacher who proclaims it."
"If we would find Truth, we must rise above our own weakness and dare to face the Truth wherever it may be
found or whatever its discovery may do to the narrow confines of our own beliefs and speculations."
"Everything is accomplished under a defintive law. Every individual works with that law if they accomplish
anything, even to walking or breathing. There is no doubt about that."
"You can not accomplish a thing unless you stand one with it."
About negative and positive thoughts:
"Greater civilization than ours have lived by it. But they begun to see dual. Then what happened? Duality
began to take energy from their bodies to keep duality in existence, and immediately that energy was flowing
from their bodies to their own thoughts, building up the psychic condition.
At times we get beyond the hypnotic stage, and then a flash of the real comes trough. Then we do not hesitate
to accept it. Each experience of this kind makes us stronger in acceptance. Then we are "about our Father's
"Negative thoughts begets a hypnotic influence. Negative thinking takes energy from the body, whereas
positive thinking adds and creates energy."
"Humanity is going to see that is far better to be in positive influences at all times. Then we are going to take
the great step forward."
"We have forgotten our birthright; we are hypnotized into a condition in we do not believe."
"Without belief there can be no creative power"
"You have been told often that if one endeavors to accomplish and succeeds, all can. The power has
always existed and always will exist. Why is it kept away? It is because we put up the barriers of disbelief."
The Ideal of Christ:
"There is but one Christ of all mankind. If we stand one with Christ, we are that very thing.
Jesus presented the Christ to the world, which all men may present if they will."
"Always, man's divinity is man's higher attitude. It can be proved in every instance."
"You are perfectly free to make the ascension at any instant, and you are always living to a higher level
because you are presenting that ideal."
How to look on children:
"'I see the Christ in every face and in every form. When the first child was born, the Christ was born.'
If we let the child alone, we never submerge him. The influence surrounding him would keep him completely.
All we need to do is to see the Christ in that child. The moment we present that child as the Christ, we bind
ourselves together with that child in the greatest enlightenment."
Baird T. Spalding was kind and simple man who lived a simple life. He was always moving and could
travel 1000 miles to do a favour for a friend. He spent most time of his life as an research mining engineering.
His writings seems to have made him rich, becuse he was always willing to give away money if somebody needed.
One thing Mr. Spalding didn't need much for himself was - sleep, only three-four hours each night.
Early, Douglas DeVorss
(the founder of DeVorss & Company, Publisher P.O. Box 550
Marina del Rey, CA 90294) and Baird T. Spalding agreed that Mr. Spalding never was to be introduced as an
Master, but only as an author, but never the less Mr. Spalding made some extraordinary doings.
One very remarkable thing happened in New York (USA) when he was visting a friend. Spalding
was to lecturing in Montreal (Canada) the same afternoon. At 5.00 his friend asked him if it was not time for him
to leave. -"No, Its not until 7:30, and I have plenty of time." It was not until 6.00 he said goodbye and left.
His friend was very nervous, because she new that he hardly have time to get ready and go to the airport,
much less Montreal! She waited until just before the time for his leacture and then phoned Montreal. -
"Please tell me." she said "has Baird Spalding arrived yet? The woman who answered said,
"Why, he's walking up on the platform right now."
Baird T. Spalding's teaching was a mixture of
early hinduism, buddhism and christianity.
He believed that the teaching of life was very simply and therefore, he was an opponent to Mysticism and
Theosophy and those Christian Sects who denied that man was Divine.
He said that the people he knew in Eastern said, it was a heresy to accept man less than Divine.
"The person seeing perfection is the Master." - Baird T. Spalding
Listen to: Dr. Christopher Holmes: Life and Teachings Of the Masters Of The Far East" January 15, 2006
People who Spalding was in contact with:
Cecil B. DeMille
Sri Ramana Maharshi
H. P. Blavatsky
- Cleargyman from New York, who had a small church in Nova Scotia and made a visit to
Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York. 109 E 50th St New York, NY 10022
In less than five months, it was overcrowded so Dr. Norwood had to put out loudspeakers outside the church!
F. L. Rawson was a brother to a great engineer in England - Sir. Rawson-Rawson.
F. L. Rawson took 100 men into world war one. They all returned without a scratch on any of them.
"There is nothing but God." was his statement to that miracle.
A letter dated December 2, 1935 tells that:
"....Baird T. Spalding is now carrying on with his research work in Calcutta University. We have met some of his
former teachers, Professors Ghose, Physics Department, Jesse Bose, Nag, Roy, Das etc., of Trancendental
Physics, Physcology, Chemistry, Metaphyscics and philosophy, all of the Science College..."
Baird T. Spalding made some sensational claims during his later years about different
kinds of inventions that like the camera to past events,
until now his claims has sounded like Science Fiction.
He stated that things could travel faster than Light and of course it sounded impossible to those who
believed in Einsteins theory. But now it has come to pass with
Faster than Light communication!
Baird T. Spalding's suggested the following books:
Henry Drummond - Love, the Greatest Thing in the World.
Dr. Carrel - Man the unknown (People healed from uncureable conditions)
The author Colonel James Churchward is
probably the man standing between Douglas DeVorss and Baird T. Spalding on the
S.S President Hoover before leaving
San Francisco for India to visit the Masters known as Siddhas.
David Bruton who became friend with
Baird T. Spalding in his last three years, wrote a book entitled Baird T. Spalding as I knew him (1954).
Burton observed that Spalding had a photograpic memory: "There was no end to Spalding's ready knowledge.
I heard him repeatedly come up with the right answer on almost any topic, any place or any time." but Spalding
also "seemed to be unusually malleable and open" and that "everyone had a tendency to take Spalding over".
One of Bruton's friends who practiced "clairvoyant vision" and had know Spalding for many years.
Told Bruton in an interview that: "Baird was under the control of three astral beings." his grandfather
Baird Spalding, an old miner and a little child. This could explain why he could be both an excellent writer and
make contradictions at the same time. (like living with Jesus for about 2 1/2 years in the mid 90's and then invent
the camera to past events and had difficult to find Jesus. When Jesus was giving the Sermont of the Mount,
because he didn't know that Jesus was 6'2" tall.)
"Spalding, didn't know when his words were being
dictated by an control and when they weren't."
When Baird T. Spalding died he had only $126.72,
no property and no fixed address.
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