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Comforter League of Light – your help needed

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

It’s a little known fact that before Spalding published Life and Teachings as a book in 1924, it was published in periodical form in 1922 by a San Francisco based New Thought group called Comforter League of Light.

I managed to find a single copy of the Comforter magazine from 1922 and there is a chapter of Life and Teachings included, and it refers to Spalding as a member of the group. I have also researched the founder of the group Florence Gloria Crawford who wrote several books, and spoke frequently in San Francisco during this time according to newspaper archives.

Unfortunately I have been unable to locate any other copies of The Comforter from those years, which would be very interesting in terms of comparing how Spalding’s manuscript changed over time. If anyone does find copies of The Comforter or other information about this group, please contact me!


Translations added to the Baird T Spalding blog

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

I’ve added an automatic translator to the Baird T Spalding blog for our international visitors. Click on the ‘Translate’ button above and select the desired language to see an automated Google translation of each post. Please let me know if you would like any other languages or if you have any problems with it.

My Spalding research continues, albeit slowly, and I plan to have new postings soon. I also have a number of new photographs received from Spalding’s family which I hope to post shortly.

Thank you for your continued comments, encouragement and patience.


Up next – Two hours with Baird T Spalding

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Last week I was fortunate enough to meet with Bob Cowles in San Francisco. Bob met Baird T Spalding in Los Angeles during the early 1950’s, and related some of Spalding’s tall tales to me. I’ll be publishing a brief article on Bob and Spalding’s meeting soon.


The Baird T Spalding FAQ

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

I’ve received a large number of emails from readers with questions about Spalding, often relating to the 1894 research expedition to India featured in Life and Teaching Volume 1. Now the blog has grown larger, answers are not  easy to find and some are buried in the comments.

To assist new visitors I’ve added a Frequently Asked Questions page that addresses most of the information published here to date. Please let me know if you have suggestions for the Baird T Spalding FAQ.


State Department releases Spalding passport records

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Baird T Spalding's 1935 passport photo

Baird T Spalding's 1935 passport photo

As regular readers are aware, my research into the fascinating story of Baird T Spalding has been delayed for several months while the Department of State searched their archives for his 1935 passport application.

The wait came to an end today, with the release of Spalding’s passport records, including an affidavit of his birth. The revelations include an alternate spelling of Spalding’s name and confirm much of the research posted here on the blog, including Spalding’s date of birth in 1872. Indeed, the passport records turned out to be critical for piercing the mystery of Spalding’s life. I’ll be posting more details over the next week, including for the first time an accurate account of Spalding’s full family history.


Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong – A Vietnamese prelude to Spalding’s Life and Teachings?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

A recent comment on the blog by commenter Jean Luc highlighted that there is a Vietnamese book that claims to be a previously unknown prelude to Spalding’s Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East.

Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong is listed in Google Books, and can be found in libraries via Worldcat.  Jean Luc reports it was translated in Vietnamese in 1975 from a 1924 Indian book titled Journey to the East. The first publication date shown online is 1987, with Spalding listed as author and Nguyên Phong as the translator into Vietnamese. According to Google Books, Nguyên Phong has translated similar books in the mystic and occult genre, including works by Lobsang Rampa, Myodo Satomi and Mika Waltari.



Welcome to the Baird T Spalding discussion site

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Baird T Spalding was an American author and mystic who wrote a popular series of books The Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East. Since their first printing in 1924, Spalding’s books have sold millions of copies, but Spalding’s life story remains shrouded in mystery.

Over the coming months this site will be discussing Spalding’s life and his books, and the mystery surrounding this popular author. Topics will include the religious movements that inspired Spalding, his personal life story, and the truth about his trips to India.

More than fifty years after his death, Spalding remains an important influence on New Age and occult thought. The intent of this site is to reveal the man behind the mystery and encourage a broad, factual discussion of his work.

Commentary and written contributions are welcome from those who have read and been influenced by Spalding.