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worldserviceworld is for seekers after methods to world service by "everyday people" for everyday "livingry" application. This knowledge developed into wisdom is only to be read, absorbed and applied for the betterment of the world.
If you are seeking self-aggrandisement, CEASE NOW ! ! !
"Go to Prepare for the Time After the End." The call is for sane and normal men, women and children who can comprehend the situation, face what must be done, and then give their daily lives to expressing for the world the qualities of the citizens of the kingdom of Souls / Thinkers: love, knowledge to wisdom for the one human race, non-critical of another, non-separativeness and freedom from hatreds and partisan, creedal beliefs.
When such men can be gathered together in large numbers on the mental [/conscious thought] & astral [/desire/emotional] planes (and they are gathering/activating rapidly) we shall have the fulfilment of "On earth peace, good will toward men.
brother(s)/hood, son(s), he/him/himself/his, man, men etc. is a transmittive mental symbol in totoí is an inclusive spiritual term for FEMALE & MALE aspirants-on-up-to-the-highest-Chohan.
Race- the one human race, not the separative human sub-races based upon the false premise of COLOUR , geography, religious system, etc..
II. The Christ as the Forerunner of the Aquarian Age
People are very apt to overlook the fact that though the Christ recognised His function as Teacher and spiritual Leader of humanity during the age which is so rapidly drawing to a close, He also recognised the work which He would do when that age came to an end and the new astronomical cycle came into existence.
The average Christian is singularly unaware of the times and cycles through which our planet passes, under influence of solar progression. The, at present dubious, science of astrology has sidetracked the legitimate interest of humanity in the astronomical teaching and its spiritual interpretation of the passage of the Sun through the signs of the zodiac. Yet, in The New Testament, that recognition is clearly revealed and colours the presentation of the entire Gospel story. It is found also in The Old Testament. What was the sin of the Children of Israel in the desert but a reversion to the old Mithraic worship which distinguished the time when the sun was "in the sign of Taurus, the Bull," as it is technically called. They fell down and worshipped the golden calf and forgot the new teaching of the age of Aries, the Ram, into which they were entering, the teaching of the Scapegoat which colours Jewish history. We would like to pause here and make one point somewhat clearer in connection with the passage of human life around the zodiac. This progress or passage falls into three major divisions:
The passage or progress of humanity around and around the zodiac from Aries to Pisces, via Taurus, until in Virgo-Leo (for these two signs are regarded esoterically as inseparable) the mass movement releases the individual to a life of self-conscious progress and a changed mode of progression around the wheel of life. This lies far in the past.
The passage or progress of the individual man which runs counter to the mass advance; the individual at this stage proceeds clockwise from Aries to Taurus, via Pisces. His/Her life is then and for long ages predominantly anti-social in the spiritual sense; he/she is selfish and self-centred. His/Her efforts are for him/herself and for his/her own satisfaction and personality enterprises, and this becomes steadily stronger and stronger. This is the present situation for the masses.
The passage or progress of the re-oriented man from Aries to Pisces, via Taurus. In this final stage, he/she returns to the same directed method, rhythm and measure of the earlier mass movement but this time with changed and changing attitudes of selfless service, a personality dedicated to the service of humanity and with a voluntary re-orientation of his/her energies so that they are directed towards the production of synthesis and understanding. This will be the situation in the future for the masses.
The astrologer of the future will have to bear these three modes of progression carefully in mind. Such is Godís plan as we at present can sense it. In this plan Virgo, the Virgin, stands for the womb of time and passes the personality-soul (Leo-Virgo) through the three above stages or cycles. She stands also for the womb of form and for the nurturing mother, guarding the Christ principle within her own material substance until in "the fullness of time" she can give birth to the Christ child. There are three principal signs connected with the Christ principle in this world period:
Virgo._ Gestation_ governing nine signs from Virgo to Capricorn, including Virgo.
Capricorn._ Labour_ three signs from Capricorn to Pisces, until the third initiation, including Capricorn.
Pisces._ Birth_ appearance of the world Saviour
In the consideration of these points, another problem for astrology emerges upon which we have scarcely touched but which is determining in its results. There must be distinction made between the horoscope of the form and the horoscope of the inner, living Christ-principle. This will condition the new astrology but will be developed as astrologers work with the hypotheses which we have presented. Ponder on these facts connected with the Christ life; they are familiar to you theoretically but their implications and their esoteric meaning are abstruse and oft difficult to those who have been reared under the old order and with the old ideas and approaches to truth. They signify far more than has hitherto been grasped.
The fact that Christ was the Teacher of the new period into which the Sun was entering, the period of Pisces, is forgotten, but is clearly evidenced in the fish symbology which runs consistently through all four Gospels; the symbol of the Fish is the astrological symbol for the sign Pisces, and has been for untold ages. But the Christ also looked ahead to the work He would have to do in the Aquarian Age, in the next sign into which the sun would enter. Prior to His "disappearance," He referred to the symbol of the Aquarian Age and to the task He would then perform. With His twelve noos, He enacted a dramatic episode which epitomises the work which He would later undertake when the two thousand years of the Piscean era would have passed away. He told His noos to go into the city and that there they would meet a man, carrying a pitcher of water, that they should follow Him to the upper room and there make ready the communion feast in which He and they would share. (Luke XXII.10.) This they did and the Last Supper took place. The ancient symbol for the sign Aquarius (into which our Sun is now entering) is that of the Water-carrier, the man with a pitcher of water. This passing of the Sun into the sign Aquarius is an astronomical fact, as any one can ascertain by writing to any observatory; it is not an astrological prognostication. The great spiritual achievement and evolutionary event of that age will be the communion and human relations hips established among all peoples, enabling men everywhere to sit down together in the Presence of the Christ and share the bread and wine (symbols of nourishment). Preparations for that shared feast (symbolically speaking) are on their way, and those preparations are being made by the masses of men themselves, as they fight and struggle and legislate for the economic sustenance of their nations, and as the theme of food occupies the attention of legislators everywhere. This sharing Piscean era, the Christian era., beginning on the physical plane, will prove equally true of all human relations and this will be the great gift of the Aquarian Age to humanity. This the church has ignored and yet their ecclesiastics cannot explain away the fact that the Jews demonstrated their liking for the Taurian worship of the Bull in the golden calf, that the Jewish dispensation used the symbol of the scapegoat or ram in the age of Aries, the Ram, and that the Christian emphasises the fish in the Piscean era, the Christian era
The Christ came to bring to an end to the Jewish dispensation which should have climaxed and passed away as a religion with the movement of the sun out of Aries into Pisces. He, therefore, presented Himself to them as their Messiah, manifesting through the Jewish race.
The difficulty with the Jew is that he/she remains satisfied with the religion of nearly five thousand years ago and shows as yet little desire to change.
The coming in of the Aquarian Age, the Christ foresaw and reduced to pictorial form for us, thus preserving for us_ down the centuries_ a prophetic episode, the interpretation of which is possible of demonstration only in our time and age. Astronomically, we are not yet functioning fully within the influence of Aquarius; we are only just emerging from the Piscean influence, and the full impact of the energies which Aquarius will set loose has not yet been felt. Nevertheless, each year carries us closer to the centre of power, the major effect of which will be to induce recognition of manís essential unity, of the processes of sharing and of cooperation and of the emergence of that new world religion whose keynote will be universality and initiation. If the word "initiation" signifies the processes of "entering into," then it is indeed true today that humanity is undergoing a true initiation as it enters into the new age of Aquarius; it will then be subjected to those energies and forces which will break down the barriers of separation, and which will blend and fuse the consciousness of all men into that unity which is distinctive of the Christ consciousness.
In June, 1945, at the time of the full moon (so significant a day in the spiritual experience of the Christ), He definitely and consciously took over His duties and responsibilities as the Teacher and Leader during the Aquarian solar cycle. He is the first of the great world Teachers to cover two zodiacal cycles_ the Piscean and the Aquarian. This is a statement easily made and written down, but again it involves the three modes or techniques of appearance to which we have already referred. His outpouring love and spiritual vitality (augmented by the energies of the Spirit of Peace, the Avatar of Synthesis and the Buddha [as Illumination-Light-Wisdom-Intelligent ActivityÖ .wsw) were refocussed and channelled into a great stream, pulled through into expression (if we may word it so inadequately) by the words of the Invocation, "Let love stream forth into the hearts of menÖ. Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth."
In those three words_ light, love and power_ the energies of His three Associates(the great Triangle of Force which stands in power behind Him) are described:
At the centre of this Triangle the Christtook His stand; from that point His Aquarian work began, and it will continue for two thousand five hundred years. Thus He inaugurated the new era and, upon the inner spiritual planes, the new world religion began to take form. The word "religion" concerns relationship, and the era of right human relations and of a right relation to the Kingdom of God began. Such a statement as this is easily made but its implications are far-reaching and stupendous.
At that time also, the Christ assumed two new functions: one is connected with the second mode of His physical appearance and the other with the mode of over-shadowing. Over the masses, light, love and power are being poured forth and the growth of the Christ-consciousness is, therefore, being constantly stimulated. By His physical Presence, He will become the "Dispenser of the Water of Life"; through the over-shadowing of those sensitive to His impression and of His focussed Mind, He becomes what is technically known as the "Nourisher of the little ones."
As Dispenser of the Water of Life and as Nourisher of the Little Ones, He enters upon His duties in the Aquarian Age, whilst as the centre of the Triangle above mentioned, He influences, enlightens, and produces right relations in the masses of men. In the coming era, He will, therefore, be known as
These are descriptive of His threefold duties to mankind, and of the work which will be distinctive of His world service, throughout the Aquarian Age.
Let us look at these phases of His work and try to understand the significance of the responsibility which He has undertaken. Some understanding is necessary if the New Group of World Servers and the working noos in the world are to prepare mankind adequately for His appearing. Much can be done if men will apply themselves to comprehension and to the needed subsequent activity.
First, as the Point within the Triangle, the Christ becomes the awakener of the hearts of men, and the one who institutes right human relations by being simply what He is and by standing unmoved where He is. This He accomplishes by transmitting the energies from the three points of the surrounding Triangle to humanity. This blended, impersonal energy, triple in nature, will be spread abroad universally,
Just as, during the Piscean Age, there was unfolded in humanity a mass responsiveness to knowledge and to the principle of intelligence, so in the Aquarian Age, a mass response to right relations will equally be evoked, and goodwill (as its expression) will be distinctive of the mass consciousness. It may be difficult to realise and appreciate this possibility but it was equally difficult for the mass of men in the first centuries of the Christian or Piscean era to realise the future growth of the educational systems of the world and the spread of that knowledge which is distinctive of our present civilisation and culture. Past attainment is ever the guarantee of future possibility.
As Dispenser of the Water of Life, His work is most mysterious and not at all easy to comprehend. In His public work, two thousand years ago, He said: "I am come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." (John X.10.)
The Life Aspect_ from the angle of the vision of Christ_ expresses itself in three ways:
If we say that life is the livingness which enables, the words are relatively meaningless, are they not? If, however, the livingness is referred to the physical plane life, to the spiritual life of the noo and to the living purpose of God, then some faint concept may come of the wonder of the work undertaken by the Christ in the past, and foreseen by Him as His future responsibility. The Christ can draw upon the energies which are defined by the phrase "life more abundantly," because they will set loose (in the Aquarian Age) in a new and dynamic manner the new energies needed in order to bring about restoration and resurrection. This new energy is the "implementing force of universality"; it concerns the future. This inflow of Aquarian energy is one of the factors which will enable the Christ to complete His task as world Saviour and world Teacher. It was to the definite performance of His duties as Distributor, Nourisher and Dispenser that He pledged Himself in June, 1945, and entered upon His responsibilities as the Forerunner and the Teacher of the Aquarian Age.
As Nourisher of the Little Ones, we are dealing with an aspect of the Christís work which involves the stimulation of the consciousnesses of His noos as they prepare to undergo initiation or to enter into deeper phases of spiritual awareness. The result of His work in the Triangle with the masses of men will be the presentation of the first initiation_ the Birth of the Christ as Sacrifice-Love-Peace-Brother-Sisterhood in the cave of the Heart_ as the basic ceremony in the new world religion. By means of this ceremony, the masses of men in all lands will be enabled to register consciously the "birth of the Christ " in the heart, and the "being born again" to which He Himself referred (John III.3) when here on Earth before. This new birth is what esotericists mean when they speak of the first initiation. It will not, in the future, be the experience of the occasional noo but the general experience of countless thousands towards the close of the Aquarian Age. The purifying waters of the Baptism Initiation (the second initiation) will submerge hundreds of aspirants in many lands, and these two initiations (which are preparatory to true service, and the third initiation of the Transfiguration) will set the seal on Christís mission as the Agent of the great spiritual Triangle which He represents.
The major work of Christ, however, as far as the noos and the definitely spiritually-minded people of the world are concerned, plus the hundreds of thousands of advanced humanity, is so to "nourish" their spiritual consciousness and life that they will be enabled to take the third and fourth initiations_ those of the Transfiguration and the Renunciation (or Crucifixion).
As esotericists know, the term "little ones" refers to those noos who are "babes in Christ " (as The New Testament terms it) and who have taken the first two initiations of the Birth and the Baptism. They are aware of the spiritual aspiration which is indicative of the Christ life in their hearts, and they have subjected themselves to the processes of purification which culminate in the baptismal waters. The Christ must prepare these aspirants for the higher initiations and so nourish and aid them that they can stand before the One Initiator and become pillars in the Temple of God (i.e., agents of the spiritual Hierarchy and, therefore, active, working noos).
When He was in Palestine, centuries ago, He said, "no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John XIV.6.) This was a foretelling of the work which He would be called upon to do in the Aquarian era. In the first two initiations, aspirants (trained by senior noos) find their way to Christ, Who administers the first two initiations; but_ in these words_ He is referring to still higher states of unfoldment. Through these initiations, administered by the Christ, the noo becomes an agent of the love of God; the higher initiations enable him/her, however, to become, stage by stage, an agent of the will of God. The first group knows and understands the second stanza of the Invocation, "From the point of love within the heart of God, let love stream forth into the hearts of men"; the group which (in the Aquarian Age) the Christ Himself will "nourish" and prepare will know the meaning of the third stanza, "From the centre where the will of God is known, let purpose guide the little wills of men."
Through the coming work of Christ, the three divine aspects, recognised by all the world religions (including the Christian religion)_ Intelligence or the Universal Mind, Love and Will_ will be consciously developed in mankind; humanity, the spiritual Hierarchy and the "centre where the will of God is known" will be brought into a more open and general relationship.
The mystical approach to the Kingdom of God will gradually die out as the raceachieves increasing intelligence and a more scientific approach will be favoured; the rules for admission into that Kingdom will become objective; the laws governing the highest centre of the divine will will also be revealed to those who are members of the Kingdom of God and all this will come about under the supervision of the Christ after His reappearance among men. The keynote of His mission then will be to evoke from humanity a response to spiritual influence and an unfoldment (on a large scale) of intuitive perception_ a faculty which is, at present, rare indeed. When He came before, He evoked from humanity a gradual response to truth and mental understanding. That is why, at the end of the cycle which He inaugurated two thousand years ago, we have formulated doctrines and a widespread mental or intellectual development.
III. Christ as the Releaser of Energy
During the first three months of the period of crisis through which Christ and the Hierarchy passed and which was ended by His announced decision, certain great Energies, or fundamental streams of force were made available to the Christ and His noos.
Today, the fact that energy is the basic substance in the universe,
Where the undeveloped individual is concerned, he/she realises none of this and the energy which He/She manipulates is of relatively small importance. As evolution proceeds, and individual men achieve power and expression, their use of energy is frequently of major importance; they become dynamic centres of energy distribution and their words (spoken or written), plus their activities, produce wide effects and momentous results. The Hierarchy is a great energy centre and, through the Christ, its energy reaches humanity; this is the significance of His words "I am come that they might have life." Life and energy are synonymous terms.
During the war (1914-1945), the Christ and the Hierarchy looked on at a dying world; men and forms were dying on every hand; old ideals, organisations and groups were passing away and the spectre of death stalked on every hand. Destruction characterised the phenomenal world, as well as the subtler worlds of feeling and of thought; life was withdrawn and death resulted. The problem of the Christ and His noos was to see that the old and the undesirable were not revivified. Their task was not the resuscitation of the dead and the useless; the directed inflow of life, carrying the capacity to build anew and the energy which could produce a new world and a new civilisation_ there lay Their opportunity and Their responsibility.
The reactionary forces of the world_ political and religious_ desired the resurrection of the old and dead forms; they threw their weight and their influence (which is only another name for energy) against all that was new. This, they are still doing.
At the time of the Full Moon of April 1945, during the Easter season of that year and covering approximately a period of five weeks, the Forces of Restoration began their work, emerging first upon the subtler planes of human experience. This type of energy is peculiarly creative in nature and carries the "life which produces the birth of forms." It poured into the Hierarchy, via certain of the Masters and Their groups of noos, and was immediately transmitted by Them to humanity as a whole. This energy is a mass energy and is related to the stimulation of the mass intelligence; it is not the energy which we have earlier considered when dealing with the Christ consciousness in man. This is the energy which makes men
it produces neither bad nor good results but simply brings about the awakening of menís minds so that they take intelligent action. That action is necessarily dependent upon the type of mind of the man who responds to the forces of restoration, conditioned by his/her point in evolution, his/her racial and national background, his/her tradition and his/her religious and civilised reactions. These forces are active now in every land, frequently producing increased initial difficulties but leading eventually to a definite reorganisation of the national or planetary life
cities and villages will be rebuilt.
Their objective is the production of the new Earth and all the outer evidences of an inflowing new life.
Following this inflow, at the time of the Full Moon of the Buddha in May 1945, the forces of enlightenment became active, and light began to stream into the minds of men. These are, in reality, the energies which initiate the new world education. Those first to be affected by them are the great educational movements, the forums of the people in all lands and the values which are now unfolding through the radio and the moving picture industry
Others deeply affected are the press, the publishers of world literature, speakers, writers, radio commentators, newspaper men and social workers. These effects may not yet be apparent for little time has as yet elapsed, but all these movements and people are the recipients today of the energies of enlightenment if they are prompt to recognise new emerging ideas; they are the custodians of this energy and its distributing agents, channelling it and directing it so that the masses of the people everywhere come under its influence. Progressive and liberal churchmen in all the world religions are also responsive to this energy, but their usefulness is greatly handicapped, owing to the reactionary nature of the setting or field in which they have to work; they are confronted with a well-nigh impossible task.
These energies of enlightenment reach humanity, via the New Group of World Servers who are very susceptible to their impact, and who are in a position to distribute them, because they are to be found working in all the fields of activity mentioned above.
The forces of restoration are related to and emanate from the Mind of God and are connected with the intelligent principle in the divine nature; the intellect is that divine aspect which distinguishes man from all other forms in nature. The forces of enlightenment come from the Heart of God and are related to divine understanding and can, therefore, reach and strengthen all those who love and serve their fellowmen. This energy is related to the second aspect or principle of divinity, love-wisdom, of which the
It is mainly through Them and Their noos, or the Masters on the same line of divine expression, that these energies reach humanity, channelled by the New Group of World Servers.
The Christ and the Illumined One combined the Way of the Mind and the Way of the Heart in Their perfection, and towered above their fellowmen-w-c from the heights of Their achievement. They swayed hemispheres and centuries, whereas lesser Sons of God sway [a peoples/] countries and shorter periods of time. They still have some consummating work to carry through, though the indicated work lies not so much with the forms which embody Their enunciated divine principles_ light and love_ as with the souls who have evolved through the application of these principles.
In June 1945, Christ set in motion the forces of reconstruction which are related to the Will aspect of divinity and which remain as yet the least powerful of the three streams of energy, released during the three Full Moon Festivals in 1945. These forces of reconstruction are effective mainly in relation to those Entities which we call nations. The Hierarchy is at this time attempting to channel them into the Assembly of the United Nations; the use made of these impersonal energies is dependent upon the quality and the nature of the recipient nation, on its measure of true enlightenment and on its point in evolution. Nations are the expression today of the massed self-centredness of a people and of their instinct to self-preservation. These energies can, therefore, increase that aspect of their lives. They can, however, and in spite of this, increase the potency of the objective which the United Nations theoretically hold before the eyes of men everywhere. The main object of the Hierarchy is so to distribute these constructive, synthesising energies that the theory of unity may slowly be turned into practice, and the word "United" may come to have a true significance and meaning. It is with this type of energy that the Avatar of Synthesis is peculiarly allied. He will convey to humanity, with the aid of the Christ, something for which we have as yet no name. It is neither love nor will, as we understand them. Only a phrase of several words will bring to us something of the meaning.
This phrase is "the principle of directed Purpose." This principle involves three things:
Right Values. Right Aspiration.
Right Speech. Right Conduct.
Right Modes of Living. Right Effort.
Right Thinking. Right Rapture or Happiness.
[From the Ageless Wisdom.]
The significance of these divine principles will make little sense to us today; we are dealing with major mysteries. A mystery remains a mystery only when ignorance or unbelief exist. There is no mystery where there is knowledge and faith. All we know at this time is that the Christ will fuse and blend within Himself three principles of divinity; when He appears "the light that always has been will be seen; the love that never ceases will be realised, and the radiance, deep concealed, will break forth into Being." We shall then have a new world_ one which will express the light, the love and the knowledge of God in a crescendo of revelation.
The beauty of this synthesis which Christ / Brother-Sisterhood will manifest, and the wonder of the presented opportunity, must surely be apparent to all of us. Great Forces, under potent spiritual Leadership, are standing ready to precipitate themselves into this world of chaos, of confusion, of aspiration, of hope and of bewilderment. These groups of energies are ready for focussing and distribution by the Hierarchy and that Hierarchy, under its Great Leader, the Christ, is closer to mankind than ever before in human history. The New Group of World Servers are also standing attentive to direction in every country in the world,
The men of goodwill are also to be found everywhere, ready to be guided into constructive activity and to be the agents, gradually trained and educated, for the establishing of that which has never yet before truly existed_ right human relations .
Thus from the highest spiritual Being upon our planet, through the graded spiritual groups of enlightened and perfected men who work upon the inner side of life, on into the outer world of daily living where thinking, loving men serve, the tide of the new life sweeps. The Plan is
IV. Christ as the Unifier of East and West
This is a hard saying for the orthodox and narrow Christian churchman to accept; it means primarily that Christ will work in the closest cooperation with the Buddha until this fusion and reconstruction have truly taken place. The Buddha is closely allied with the Christ in this process of His reappearing, though He will not be involved or active during the entire period of the Christís coming, active work on earth. As you know, He, too, has not relinquished His contact and relationship with humanity, though He relinquished His physical body centuries ago. He did this in order to accomplish certain assigned work which had in it (besides many things unknown to humanity) activities connected with the work of the Christ, with the immediacy of His coming and with certain plans for the coming civilisation of the Aquarian Age. As many millions in the world know, each year (at the time of the Wesak Festival at the May Full Moon) He communicates with humanity, via the Christ and the assembled, attentive Hierarchy. He acts in this way as an agent bringing about relationship between the "centre where the will of God is known" and the "centre which we call the raceof men." These two descriptive phrases are used advisedly because all the work now being done by these two great Sons of God is concerned with the distribution of energy_ the energy of light and the energy of love. It is through the Triangle, earlier mentioned, that the energy of will eventually will be distributed and one of these divine distributors is the Buddha.
Actually the work of the Illumined One for humanity is nearly over, and His long alliance with the raceof man has nearly come to an end.
By the time this particular Master takes over His task, the intelligent principle or knowledge, which is the outstanding characteristic of humanity, will have been to a large extent transmuted into wisdom by the world intelligentsia, though not as yet by the masses of men. Wisdom is the predominant characteristic of the Buddha and the momentum of this wisdom energy will eventually be so strong that it will need no further distribution or control by the Buddha. He can then re-orient Himself to higher spheres of activity where His true work lies, and begin to work with an aspect of wisdom of which we know nothing but of which both knowledge and wisdom have been expressing themselves through the Christ and the Buddha; later, through the cooperation of theAvatar of Synthesis, the Christ will be able to blend within Himself both of these major divine energies, and thus be a pure expression of love and wisdom, of right relationship and intuitive understanding.
In order to make this possible and thus release His spiritual Brother-Sister from the arduous task of relating humanity to the "centre where the will of God is known" (Shamballa), Christ is subjecting Himself at this time to an unique process of training. Of this training, His thirty years of work in the carpenterís shop in Palestine has ever been the hitherto unrecognised symbol. The word "carpenter" is significant of building, of construction, and means (in its derivation) someone who is an artificer in timber or a builder of wooden houses. This is the true meaning of the Biblical story of the Christ being crucified upon the cross of wood or the tree. It is related in reality to the decision made by the Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane to take over the building or reconstruction work in Aquarius, and thus complete the task which He attempted to do in the Piscean Age. He and His noos and the New Group of World Servers are the pledged builders of the new civilisation, the new "house of humanity." The preparatory work He is now doing will fit Him to demonstrate in wisdom (and not only through love) the nature of
It is apparent, therefore, that this greatest of the Sons of God, the Christ Representative of humanity and of the second divine aspect, will demonstrate within Himself, during the Aquarian Age and after His reappearance, certain major fused and blended dualities.
It would profit us to study them and know which they are:
It is for this process of fusion and all that it entails that He now subjects Himself to training. When this is completed, He can become in a sense hitherto unknown to Him the focal point and the transmitting Agent for all these five divine energies:
The lines which His training follows are known only to Christ, to the Buddha and to the Avatar of Synthesis. All esoteric or spiritual training has to be self-applied; this is as true of the Christ as it is of the humblest aspirant. Into the processes of Christís thinking, reactions and planning, it is not possible for us to enter.
In Palestine, His
The tragedy of His appearance two thousand years ago has coloured the presentation of truth by the theologians and made them posit an unhappy story, producing a miserable and unhappy world. This tragedy was based on:
It is to the whole world that Christ comes and not just to the Christian world. He comes to the East and to the West, and has foreseen this "time of the end," with its planetary catastrophes, phenomenal disasters, despair and invocation_ arising from both the East and West. He knew that in the time of final crisis and tension, humanity itself would force His emergence. The New Testament story is true and correct; it is only the man-made interpretations which have misled humanity.
In the East there is an ancient legend which has an application today and which holds the clue to the relation of the Christ and of the Buddha; it concerns a service which, the legend says, the Illumined One will render the Christ. In symbolic form, the legend runs that when the Buddha reached enlightenment, and experience on Earth could teach Him no more, He looked ahead to the time when His Brother-Sister, the Christ, would be active in the Great Service_ as it is called. In order, therefore, to aid the Christ, He left behind Him (for His use) what are mysteriously called "His vestures." He bequeathed and left in some safe place the sum total of His emotional-intuitive nature, called by some the astral/emotional body and the sum total of His knowledge and His thought, called His mind or mental body. These, the legend says, will be assumed by the Coming One and prove of service, supplementing Christís Own emotional and mental equipment and providing Him with what He needs as the Teacher of the East as well as of the West. He can then with strength and success contemplate His future work and choose His workers. There is something of this same idea latent in the injunction given in The New Testament, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ." (Phil. II:5.)
Thus the Christ, with the fused energies of love and wisdom, with the aid of the Avatar of Synthesis and of the Buddha and under the influence of the Spirit of Peace and of Equilibrium, can implement and direct the energies which will produce the coming new civilisation. He will see, demonstrating before His eyes the true resurrection_ the emergence of mankind from the imprisoning cave of materialism. Thus He will "see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied." (Is. LIII.11.)
CHAPTER FIVE Ė THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHRIST
The Establishing of Right Human relations
The Law of Rebirth
Revelation of the Mystery of Initiation
The Dispelling of Glamour
It might be useful to make a few opening remarks upon the general subject of the teaching given (down the ages) by the Sons of God Who have come forth in the hour of humanityís need, in order to present to the consciousness of the men of Their time certain required ideas and concepts of truth. When They come, Their aim is to meet the immediate need in such a fashion that the ideas presented may become ideals to which eventually the life of mankind would later conform and bring about a better civilisation. There has been a great continuity of such teaching down the ages.
There is not the time to write or the time to read a complete analysis or statement as to the progressive revelation of ideas which great and illumined minds, authorised by the spiritual Hierarchy of the planet, have brought to humanity. All the cyclic Teachers (to differentiate Them from the many lesser Teachers)
have mastered life for Themselves in the three worlds of human evolution_ physical, emotional and mental_
have achieved control of the physical level of consciousness, of Their emotional-feeling nature, and
have attained mental understanding and finally enlightenment.
The problem of the Hierarchy has been (and still is)
to what extent absolute truth can be presented to their awakening minds;
They have to know, therefore, at what point on the ladder of evolution humanity stands at any given period. This in itself presents a field of research to Them.
The method hitherto followed has been to decide what is the major factor lacking in manís perception of reality (at any given time), and what recognised divine truth has in it the seeds of a living activity for a humanity in a particular condition, necessitating a certain type of help. They have also to determine how that help can best be presented, so that its results will be lasting, cultural and effective. Hitherto, the presented concepts have been formulated by the world Teachers of the period, and presented to a picked and chosen few whose task it has been to take the newly presented idea and promulgate it among those men who are enlightened enough to accept it, to spread it, to live it and to make it popular. This they have done for ages with more or less success.
It is also not possible here to give the relatively few truths which guided the development of humanity in old Atlantis; these, however, form the firm foundation of all later teaching. We can study (as a background to our consideration of the teachings which Christ will give after His reappearance) several of the minor concepts which today underlie the teaching of all the world religions, and which modern religious teachers should be presenting to the public mind.
The first such Teacher is of such ancient date that it is not possible to say when He truly lived; even His name is a modernised one, given to an ancient hero-teacher. His name is Hercules. He presented to the world, through the form of a pictorial and world drama (symbolic in nature) the concept of a great objective, only to be reached as the result of struggle and difficulty. He pointed to a goal toward which men must make their way, no matter what the obstacles; these obstacles He portrayed in the Twelve Labours of Hercules which were dramas and not factual occurrences. He thus pictured for those who had eyes to see and hearts to understand the nature of the problem to be solved upon the Path of Return to God; He depicted the Prodigal Sonís journey back to the Fatherís house, and the tests and trials which all noos, aspirants and initiates have to face and which all Those Who today compose the spiritual Hierarchy have already faced. When this statement is considered, it must include also the Christ, we are told, "was in all points tempted like as we are" (Heb. IV.15), but also passed triumphantly the tests and trials.
At some also unknown date Hermes came and, so the records say, was the first to proclaim Himself as "the Light of the World." Later the great Teacher, Vyasa, appeared. He gave one simple and needed message that death is not the end. From His time, the thinking of humanity about the possible immortality of the soul can be seen to stem. Vaguely and instinctively, men had hoped and sensed that the discarding of the physical vehicle was not the final consummation to all human struggle, loving and aspiration; in those early days, feeling dominated and instinct led; thought was not found among the masses of men as it is today. In this period of culmination in which we now live, the work of the spiritualistic movement, in its many forms, is in reality the emergence of that stream of thought-energy and of the idea which Vyasa, thousands of years ago, implanted in the human consciousness. The effort of the intellectuals to prove the scientific possibility of immortality is part also of this great stream, carried onto intellectual levels, thus salvaging Vyasaís work from the mists and glamours and the psychic dishonesty with which it is now surrounded.
they are, however, known and recognised as truths today by such countless millions and by so many intellectuals that_ unless mass hysteria and mass deception is posited_ their existence is already correctly surmised.
Buddha is the next Teacher to Whom we should refer, though there were many between His time and that of Vyasa. During those centuries wherein history is relatively dim and faint in its outlines, the intelligence of men had been rapidly growing, and the enquiring perception of mankind came into increasingly active use. The asking of questions, to which there seem no apparent or easy answers, focussed itself in a group of thinkers in India and they represented thinking men in every land. They asked the ancient questions as to why there is sorrow and misery in every land and in every life; they asked what caused these things and what must be done to change these circumstances of life; they demanded to know what was the integrating principle in man, and what was the soul and was there a self. The Buddha came forth to give the answer and to lay the foundation for a more enlightened approach to life, giving the teaching which would open the door to the work of the Christ Who would, He knew, follow in His steps.
It is interesting to remember that when the Buddha came, approximately five hundred years before Christ (for the exact date of Christís birth remains debatable), the first dim influences of the Piscean Age could be felt, impinging upon the powerful quality of the age of Aries, the Scapegoat or the Ram. It was the influence of this age_ persisting throughout the Jewish dispensation_ which led eventually to the distortion of the simple teaching of the Christ when He came.He was erroneously presented to the world as the living Scapegoat, bearing away the sins of the people, and thus originating the doctrine of the vicarious at-one-ment. It was St. Paul who was responsible for this emphasis. A paralleling instance of a similar distortion was also of Jewish origin and appeared in the early stages of the Cycle of Aries, the Ram. We are told that the Children of Israel fell down and worshipped the golden calf, the symbol of Taurus, the Bull; this was the preceding astronomical cycle. These are astronomical cycles and not a presented astrology. In the early stages of Aries, the teaching reverted to that of Taurus and in the early stages of Pisces, it reverted to that of Aries and thus set the seal of retrogression upon the teaching which now controls so many orthodox Christians.
Buddha answered the questions posited in His time by giving out the Four Noble Truths, which satisfactorily and eternally answer manís demand of why. These Truths can be summarised as follows:
Thus the fundamental truths upon which relation to God (and, therefore, relation to our fellowmen) is founded are always given out by the Son of God, Who_ in any particular world period_ is the teaching Head of the spiritual Hierarchy.
In due time, Christ came and gave out to the world (mainly through His noos) two major truths:
These greater things, humanity has already accomplished upon the physical plane and in its control of nature, as Christ knew men would, because He knew the workings of the Law of Evolution.
Thus the Christ taught, loved, and lived, carrying forward the great continuity of revelation and of hierarchical teaching; then He entered for us within the veil, leaving us an example that we should follow His steps (1 Pet. II.21)_ follow Him
The veil that hides that real church from us is now in process of disappearing and Christ is on the verge of reappearing.
In the light of the past, therefore, and of humanityís present need, which Christ and the Hierarchy must meet, what will be the teaching which He will this time give? Such is the question which His noos are now asking. The probability is that His teaching will fall into four parts; we would do well to consider each of them and do our best to understand and prepare the human mind for the reception of what He has to give.
The Establishing of Right Human relations
The phrase "right human relations " is one that is today being much discussed; it is being increasingly realised that it is a major human need, and the only hope of a peaceful and secure future. Wrong human relations have reached such a stage of difficulty that every phase of human life is in a state of chaotic turmoil; every aspect of daily living is involved_ family life, communal living, business relations, religious and political contacts, governmental action and the habitual life of all peoples, including the entire field of international relations. Everywhere there is hate, competition, mal-adjustment, strife between parties, the vilest kind of muck raking and scandal making, deep distrust between men and nations, between capital and labour and among the many sects, churches and religions. The difference between a sect and a church is, after all, only one of degree and historical inception; it is one of interpretation, of fanatical adherence to some pet truth and always_ exclusiveness, which is contrary to Christian teaching. Nowhere is there peace today or understanding; only a small minority in relation to the Earthís population are struggling for those conditions which will lead to peaceful and happy relationships.
The strength of this fighting minority, struggling for peace and right relations, consists in the fact that the work they are attempting to do is in line with divine intention and purpose. Into this chaos of conflicting, competitive and fighting interests, Christ plans to reappear. We would ask you to contemplate the very real horror of what He has to face, and the necessity for some measure of order to be brought about in the world, for certain basic principles to be enunciated and partially, at least, accepted, before He can usefully work amongst men.
The bulk of human beings are still too hungry, too devastated psychically, too bewildered and distressed, and too unsure of their future, their freedom and their security to be in any condition to listen to Him.
The history of the Christian nations and of the Christian church has been one of an aggressive militancy_ the last thing desired by the Christ when He sought to establish the church on earth.
When He came before He said (and the words have been sadly misread): "I come not to bring peace but a sword" (Matt. X.34). This will be true especially during the early days of His advent. The sword which He wields is the sword of the Spirit;
The cleaving sword of the spirit will_ without wounding_ bring revelation and indicate the first needed step towards human regeneration.
Standing as the focal point of the inner Triangle_
the consequent outpouring potency of the Christ will be so great that the distinction
The invocative prayer, "From the point of love within the heart of God, let love stream forth into the hearts of men" will meet with fulfilment. Christ will let loose into the world of men the potency and the distinctive energy of intuitive love. The results of the distribution of this energy of love will be twofold:
Countless men in every land will form themselves into groups for the promotion of goodwill and for the production of right human relations . So great will be their numbers that from being a small and relatively unimportant minority, they will be the largest and the most influential force in the world. Through them, the New Group of World Servers will be able to work successfully.
This active energy of loving understanding will mobilise a tremendous reaction against the potency of hate. To hate, to be separate, and to be exclusive will come to be regarded as the only sin, for it will be recognised that all the sins_ as listed and now regarded as wrong_ only stem from hate or from its product, the anti-social consciousness. Hate and its dependent consequences are the true sin against the Holy Ghost, about which commentators have so long debated, overlooking (in their silliness) the simplicity and the appropriateness of the true definition.
The power of the hierarchical spiritual impact, focussed through Christ and His working noos, will be so great that the usefulness, the practicality and the naturalness of right human relations will become so evident that world affairs will rapidly be adjusted and the new era of goodwill and of peace on earth will be inaugurated. The new culture and the new civilisation will then be possible.
This is the picture of no optimistic, mystical and impossible event. It is not based upon wishful thinking or upon a blind hope. Already today, the noos of the Christ are preaching the doctrine of right human relations ; men of goodwill are endeavouring to show that only through goodwill can true peace be brought about in the arena of international life. In the presentation of true "livingness" which the Buddha will demonstrate to the world of thinking men, there is necessarily no room for exclusiveness or for separativeness, because that "life more abundantly" (which He seeks to channel to us) is a free and flowing current, sweeping away obstructions and barriers, and establishing an unimpeded circulation of truth and life itself_ the essential quality of both being love.
All the world religions have posited the fact that God is Love essentially and that God is life essentially as well as intelligence. That life carries within itself the essential quality of the will of God, as well as the love of God. Both are equally important because that will is qualified by love. Hitherto, men have known nothing of the factual nature of the quality of livingness, energised by love and will, except through a vague theoretical conception. The reappearance of Christ [ will establish the fact of this divine livingness; the work which He will accomplish_ with the aid of His noos_ will demonstrate the love and the divine purpose which lie behind all phenomenal experience.
The establishing of right human relations is an aspect of the divine will for humanity and the next facet of the divine expression to manifest itself in human affairs _ individual, communal, national, and international. Nothing has ever finally impeded this divine expression, except the time factor, and that time factor is determined by humanity and is an expression of divine freewill. The intended, divine expression can move rapidly or slowly into manifestation, according as man decides; hitherto, man has decided upon a slow_ a very slow_ manifestation. It is here that the freedom of the human will shows itself. Because divinity is immanent or present in all forms and, therefore, in all human beings, that will must eventually be fulfilled; because of the tremendously material intention (esoterically speaking) of all forms at present, that Will has hitherto been retarded in its expression; it has not been the will of man to establish right human relations . Hence the discipline of war, the torture of the forms, and the misery in human living today.
These factors are bringing about a great and general transformation; the indications of this is easily to be seen by spiritually minded people. Such people are constantly saying (as Christdid in the Garden of Gethsemane), "Let the will of God be done." (Matt. XXVI.39.) They say it ignorantly and often hopelessly; nevertheless, it indicates a general process of spiritual re-orientation, of submission and of acquiescence. The Christ demonstrated this submission when He said, "I came not to do my own will but the will of Him Who sent me." (John VI.38.) He proved His acquiescence when He cried, "Father, not my will but Thine be done."
Both admit the fact of a divine over-shadowing will in the life of mankind today; both are preparatory to a recognition of Christís work in bringing about right human relations . At present, the submission of mankind to the divine will is a negative submission; the true submission is a positive attitude of spiritual expectancy, leading eventually to a positive acquiescence.
A spiritual expectancy is also to be seen; it is part of the work of the New Group of World Servers to intensify this. They have also to foster spiritual submission and intelligent acquiescence in the masses, who normally divide themselves into the two classes, expressing these two attitudes; these factors of submission, acquiescence and expectancy are latent in every man. It is these three divine potentialities which will enable men to respond to the message of the Christ and, therefore, the selfless sacrifice, the understanding compromise and the comprehension of the many and diverse points of view (necessary to the establishing of right human relations ) will be far easier to bring about.
We would all find it helpful to reflect upon what are the factors recognised in submission and acquiescence. In establishing right human relations , relinquishment, renunciation, submission to existent facts, and obedient acquiescence to divine law are all involved. These are the things which the Christ earlier demonstrated on Earth, and they are the things which He will help humanity to accept with enthusiasm and understanding. This will produce happiness. Happiness is a difficult lesson to learn; it is for mankind a totally new experience and the Christ will have to teach men how to handle happiness correctly, to overcome the ancient habits of misery, and thus to know the meaning of true joy. Christ, however, is not coming simply to teach men the need for right human relations ; He is coming to teach them how to establish it successfully themselves.
II. Christ Will Teach the Law of Rebirth
This Law is the major corollary of the Law of Evolution. It has never been grasped or properly understood in the West and, in the East, where it is acknowledged as a governing principle of life, it has not proved useful because it has been soporific in its effect, and a detriment to progress. The Eastern student regards it as giving him/her plenty of time; this has negated the driving effort to achieve a goal. The average Christian confuses the Law of Rebirth with what he/she calls "the transmigration of souls" and frequently believes that the Law of Rebirth signifies the passing of human beings into the bodies of animals or of lower forms of life. Such is by no means the case. As the life of God progresses onwards through form after form, that life in the subhuman kingdoms of nature proceeds progressively from mineral forms into vegetable forms, and from these vegetable forms into animal forms; from the animal form stage, the life of God passes into the human kingdom, and becomes subject to the Law of Rebirth and not the law of Transmigration. To those who know something of the Law of Rebirth or of Reincarnation, the mistake seems ridiculous.
The doctrine or theory of reincarnation strikes the orthodox Christian with horror; yet if one asks him/her the question which the noos asked Christ, "Master, did this man sin or his Fathers that he was born blind?" (John IX.2), they refuse the implications; or they express amusement or dismay as the case may be. The presentation to the world of the thought by the average psyientific or theosophical exponent has been, on the whole, deplorable. It has been deplorable because it has been so unintelligently presented. The best that can be said is that they have familiarised the general public with the theory; had it, however, been more intelligently presented, it might have been more generally accepted in the West.
If the goal of right human relations will be taught universally by the Christ, the emphasis of His teaching must be laid upon the Law of Rebirth. This is inevitably so, because in the recognition of this law will be found the solution of all the problems of humanity, and the answer to much of human questioning.
This doctrine will be one of the keynotes of the new world religion, as well as the clarifying agent for a better understanding of world affairs. When Christ was here, in person, before, He emphasised the fact of the soul and the value of the individual. He told men that they could be saved by the life of the soul, and of the Christ within the human heart. He said also that "except a man be born again, He cannot see the Kingdom of God." (John III.3.) Only souls can function as citizens of that kingdom, and it was this privileged functioning that He held, for the first time, before humanity, thus giving men a vision of a divine possibility and an unalterable conclusion to experience. He told them to "Be ye, therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." (Matt. V.48.)
This time, He will teach men the method whereby this possibility can become accomplished fact_ through the constant return of the incarnating soul to the school of life on Earth, there to undergo the perfecting process of which He was the outstanding example. That is the meaning and teaching of reincarnation. Dane Rudhyar, in his book New Mansions for New Men, page 123, gives a satisfying definition of this mysterious cosmic and human process. He says that "The individual structure of the new manifestation is necessarily conditioned by the unfulfillment of the past; by the remains, the failures of the past_ preserved in the records of nature in the memory of universal substance." The whole story_ yours and ourselvesand that of everyone_ is covered in those few words.
It should be remembered that practically all the psyientific groups and writings have foolishly laid the emphasis upon past incarnations and upon their recovery; this recovery is incapable of any reasonable checking_ anyone can say and claim anything they like; the teaching has been laid upon imaginary rules, supposed to govern the time equation and the interval between lives, forgetting that time is a faculty of the brain-consciousness and that, divorced from the brain, time is non-existent; the emphasis has always been laid upon a fictional presentation of relationships. The teaching (hitherto given out on reincarnation) has done more harm than good. Only one factor remains of value: the existence of a Law of Rebirth is now discussed by many and accepted by thousands.
Beyond the fact that there is such a law, we know little and those who know from experience the factual nature of this return reject earnestly the foolish and improbable details, given out as fact by the theosophical and psyientific bodies. The Law exists; of the details of its working we know as yet nothing. Only a few things can be said with accuracy about it and these few warrant no contradiction:
The Law of Rebirth is a great natural law upon our planet.
It is a process, instituted and carried forward under the Law of Evolution.
It is closely related to and conditioned by the Law of Cause and Effect.
It is a process of progressive development, enabling men to move forward from the grossest forms of unthinking materialism to a spiritual perfection and an intelligent perception which will enable a men to become a member of the Kingdom of God.
It accounts for the differences among men and_ in connection with the Law of Cause and Effect (called the Law of karma in the East)_ it accounts for differences in circumstances and attitudes to life.
It is the expression of the will aspect of the soul and is not the result of any form decision; it is the soul in all forms which reincarnates, choosing and building suitable physical, emotional and mental vehicles through which to learn the next needed lessons.
The Law of Rebirth (as far as humanity is concerned) comes into activity upon the soul plane. Incarnation is motivated and directed from the soul level, upon the mental plane.
8. Souls incarnate in groups, cyclically, under law and in order to achieve right relations with God and with their fellowmen.
9. Progressive unfoldment, under the Law of Rebirth, is largely conditioned by the mental principle for "as a man thinketh in his [/her] heart, so is he[/she]." These few brief words need most careful consideration.
10. Under the Law of Rebirth, man slowly develops mind, then mind begins to control the feeling, emotional nature, and finally reveals the soul and its nature and environment to man.
11. At that point in his/her development, the man begins to tread the Path of Return, and orients him/herself gradually (after many lives) to the Kingdom of God.
12. When_ through a developed mentality, wisdom, practical service and understanding_ a man has learnt to ask nothing for the separated self, he/she then renounces desire for life in the three worlds and is freed from the Law of Rebirth.
He/ She is now group conscious, is aware of his/her soul group and of the soul in all forms and has attained_ as Christ had requested_ a stage of Christ like perfection reaching unto the "Measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ ." (Eph. IV.13.)
Beyond this generalisation, no intelligent person will attempt to go. When Christ reappears, our knowledge will become more true and realistic; we shall know that we are eternally related to the souls of all men, and that we have a definite relationship to those who reincarnate with us, who are learning with us the same lessons and who are experiencing and experimenting with us. This proven and accepted knowledge will regenerate the very sources of our human living. We shall know that all our difficulties and all our problems are caused by our failure to recognise this fundamental Law, with its responsibilities and obligations; we shall then gradually learn to govern our activities by its just and restraining power. The Law of Rebirth embodies the practical knowledge which men need today to conduct rightly and correctly their
III. Revelation of the Mysteries of Initiation
Much that is here written and which is conveyed in these pages is in reality concerned with the appearance of the Kingdom of God_ an appearance which can now take place because of three factors:
These facts have been widely given out, during the past two years, as the result of the cleansing of the Earth through the medium of the world war (1914-1945) and through the suffering to which humanity has been subjected (with an equally potent purifying effect, which will demonstrate later). It will then be possible for the Hierarchy, the Church of Christ
This will indicate a return to the situation which existed in Atlantean days when (to use Biblical symbology, Genesis Chaps. 2 and 3)
Now, in the immediate future, and on a higher turn of the spiral of life, this will again happen.
These ancient Mysteries were originally given to humanity by the Hierarchy and contain the entire clue to the evolutionary process, hidden in numbers, in ritual, in words and in symbology;
Any true Mason who understands, even if only to a slight degree, the significance of the three degrees of the Blue Lodge, and the implications of that in which he participates, will recognise the above three phrases for what they are, and will recognise the significance of the three degrees. We mention it here with Masonic purpose because it is closely related to the restoration of the Mysteries and has held the clue (down the ages) to that long awaited restoration, to the platform upon which the required teaching can be based and the structure which can express (when freed of its Jewish names and nomenclature, which are long out of date, though right three thousand years ago) the history of manís moving forward upon the Path of Return.
It is these Mysteries which Christ will restore upon His reappearance, thus reviving the churches in a new form, and restoring the hidden Mystery which they long have lost through their materialism. Masonry has also lost the true livingness it once possessed but, in its forms and rituals, the truth is preserved and can be recovered. This the Christ will do. He will also revive these Mysteries in other ways; not all will seek the church or Masonry for the revitalising of their spiritual life. The true Mysteries will also reveal themselves through science and the incentive to search for them there will be given by the Christ. The Mysteries contain, within their formulas and teachings, the key to the science which will unlock the mystery of electricity_ the greatest spiritual science and area of divine knowledge in the world, the fringes of which have only just been touched. Only when the Hierarchy is present visibly on Earth and the Mysteries of which the noos of the Christ are the Custodians are given openly to the world, will the true secret and nature of electrical phenomena be revealed.
The Mysteries are, in the last analysis, the true source of revelation; it can only be when the mind and the will-to-good are closely fused and blended and are thus conditioning human behaviour that the extent of the coming revelation can be safely grasped. There are planetary energies and forces which men as yet cannot and do not control; they know nothing of them and yet upon them the life of the planet is dependent; they are also closely related to the despised psychic powers (today so stupidly approached and ignorantly used), yet these powers (when correctly assessed and used) will prove of enormous usefulness in the sciences which the Mysteries will reveal.
The Mystery of the Ages is, through the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One, on the verge of revelation. Through the revelation of the soul that Mystery (which soul knowledge veils) will stand revealed. The Scriptures of the world have ever prophesied that, at the end of the age, we shall see the revelation of that which is secret and the emergence of that which has hitherto been concealed, into the light of day. As we know, our present cycle marks the end of the Piscean age;
The ground is being prepared at this time for the great restoration which the Christ will engineer. The world religions (including Christianity) and Masonry are today before the judgment seat of humanityís critical mind; the word has gone forth almost unanimously that both of them have failed in their divinely assigned tasks. It is realised everywhere that new life must be poured in, but this will take a new vision and a new approach to living conditions and this only the appearance of the Christ can teach and help us bring about. As an ancient Scripture says:
"That which has been a mystery shall no longer be so, and that which has been veiled will now be revealed;
that which has been withdrawn will emerge into the light and will then enhance that light and all men will see and together will rejoice. The time will come when destruction will have wrought its beneficent work; then men, through suffering, will seek that which they have discarded. In vain pursuit, they sought that which was near at hand and easy of attainment. Possessed, they found that it proved an agency of death. Yet all the time, they sought for life, not death."
And the Christ will bring them life and life abundantly.
There is much talk these days concerning the mysteries of initiation. Every country is full of spurious teachers, teaching the so-called Mysteries, offering spurious initiations (usually at a cost and with a diploma) and misleading the people. Christ Himself taught that just before He came, this state of affairs would be found and that everywhere the false and the spurious would be proclaiming themselves. All this is, however, but indicative of His coming. The counterfeit ever guarantees the true. The talk, the discussions, the silly claim-making, the pseudo-psyientism and the futile efforts to "take an initiation" (that undistinguished phrase which ignorant theosophical teachers have coined to express a deep spiritual experience) have been distinctive of the esoteric teaching ever since its modern inception in 1875. Then [---] brought to the attention of the Western world the fact that great noos and Masters of the Wisdom were present on the Earth, obedient to the guidance of the Christ. Later she deeply regretted doing this, as some of her papers, issued to her Esoteric Section, proclaimed. Yet what she did was all a part of the great plan and was no mistake. The interpretations and the excited reactions of the theosophists of her time were the mistake_ a mistake which they have not yet acknowledged. This stupid reaction was aided and helped by the inquisitive nature of humanity itself, as well as by its aspiration which was undoubtedly aroused thereby. Men also, full of cupidity and commercial greed, exploited the theme and are still doing so.
The total effect of all these stupidities and errors of presentation has nevertheless been good. In all lands, men today are aware of the existence of the Masters and of the possibility offered andthe opportunity presented to make scientific spiritual progress and thus become members of the Kingdom of God. This the churches had ignored and had_ in the Victorian age particularly_ looked upon science as an arch enemy.
All this flood of information about the mysteries of initiation_ some of it indicative of a hidden truth, some of it the fabrications of an aspirational imagination and some commercially instigated_ has definitely prepared humanity for the teaching it is believed Christ will give when again here with us in physical Presence.
Little as the orthodox Christian may care to admit it, the entire Gospel story in its four forms or presentations, contains little else except symbolic details about the Mysteries which are (as far as humanity is concerned) five in all. These Mysteries indicate, in reality, five important points in the spiritual history of an aspirant; they indicate also five important stages in the progress of human consciousness. This advance will become definite and clear in a manner not understood today, at some point during the Aquarian Age. Humanity, the world noo (through its various groups all at various stages of unfoldment) will "enter into" new states of awareness and into new realms or spheres of mental and spiritual consciousness, during the next two thousand years.
Each age has left a reflection of a modern fivefold development upon it. Four ages have just passed away, astronomically speaking: Gemini, Taurus, Aries, and Pisces. Today Aquarius, the fifth age, is coming into power.
In the era which lies ahead, after the reappearance of the Christ, hundreds of thousands of men everywhere will pass through some one or other of the great expansions of consciousness, but the mass reflection will be that of the renunciation (though this does not mean that the masses will by any means take the fourth initiation);they will renounce the materialistic standards which today control in every layer of the human family. One of the lessons to be learnt by humanity at the present time (a time which is the ante-chamber to the new age) is how few material things are really necessary to life and happiness. The lesson is not yet learnt. It is, however, essentially one of the values to be extracted out of this period of appalling deprivations through which men are every day passing. The real tragedy is that the Western Hemisphere, particularly the U[----]d S[----]s, will not share in this definite spiritual and vitalising process; they are at present too selfish to permit it to happen. [circa 1949]
You can see, therefore, that initiation
Through this expanding area of registration or, if you prefer it, through the development of a finer recording instrument or responsive apparatus, the mind is enabled to become the transmitter of higher values and of spiritual understanding.
Thus the individual becomes aware of
When the searchlight of the mind is penetrating slowly into hitherto unrecognised aspects of the divine mind, when the magnetic qualities of the heart are awakening and becoming sensitively responsive to both the other aspects, then the man becomes able to function in the new unfolding realms of light, love and service. He/She is initiate.
These are the mysteries with which the Christ will deal;
The culmination of a civilisation, with its special note, quality and gifts to posterity, is significant
The production of the culture of any given period is simply the reflection of the creative ability and the precise consciousness of the initiates of the time_ those who knew they were initiate and were also conscious of admittance into direct relation with the Hierarchy.
At present, we use neither of these two words, civilisation and culture, in their rightful sense or with their true meaning.
is esoterically related to those within any era of civilisation who specifically, precisely and in full waking consciousness, through self-initiated effort, penetrate into those inner realms of thought activity which we call the creative world. These are the realms which are responsible for the outer civilisation.
the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One is indicative of a closer relation between the outer and the inner worlds of thought. The world of meaning and the world of experience will be obviously blended through the stimulation of the advent of the Hierarchy and of its Head, the Christ. A tremendous growth of understanding and of relationships will be the major result.
IV. The Dispelling of Glamour
The word "glamour," the outstanding characteristic of the astral/emotional plane, has never been correctly employed and it is a pity that it was ever used in the early days of the esoteric teachings. The so-called "astral/emotional plane"
is simply the name given to that sum total
Eighty per cent of the teaching given about the astral/emotional plane is a part itself of the great delusion and a part also of that unreal world to which we refer when we pray the ancient prayer: "Lead us from the unreal to the Real." What is said about it has little basis in fact; it has, however, served a useful purpose as a field of experience in which we can learn to differentiate between the true and the untrue; it is an area also in which the aspirant can use the discriminating faculty of the mind_ the great discloser of error and the eventual revealer of truth.
Once that "mind is in us which is also in Christ" (Phil. II.5), we shall find that the control of this emotional nature and this sentient area of consciousness (the astral/emotional plane, if you prefer the term!) becomes complete. Then this past sentient control and its entire area of influence no longer exists. It has no reality, except as a field of service and a realm in which men wander in despair and bewilderment.
The greatest service a man can render his/her fellowmen is to free him/her self from the control of that plane by him/her self directing its energies through the power of the Christ within.
He/She will then find that the self-centred forces and the energies of personal desire and of emotional love will be superseded by a living energy which can be sensed in a large way, though it cannot as yet be appropriated in its pure essence; this energy, we call the "love of God."
It is that free-flowing, outgoing, magnetically attractive force which leads each pilgrim back to the Fatherís House.
It is that force which stirs in the heart of humanity and finds expression through the medium of such great Avatars as the Christ; which guides the mystical yearning found in each human being, and works through all movements that have for their objective the welfare of humanity, through philanthropic and educational tendencies of all kinds and through the instinctual motherhood found everywhere. But it is essentially a group sentiency, and only in the Aquarian Age, and as a result of the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One, will its true nature reach correct understanding and the love of God be spread abroad in every human heart.
Of this world of glamour and illusion, Christ knew much, and in Himself demonstrated that true love could control it. Part of the three great temptations of the Christ in the wilderness was based upon the three aspects of world glamour:
the maze of earthly circumstances.
These all threatened to bewilder Him; He met each of them in turn with the enunciation of a clear-cut principle and not with the wordy arguments of an analytical mind; from that field of threefold experience He went forth to love, to teach and to heal.
The possibility of such a dispelling and dissipation is therefore definitely centred in the two Avatars, the Buddha and the Christ.
One of the essential things at this time is to bring home to humanity and to the nations of the world the nature of the work undertaken by the Buddha and the Christ, and to re-emphasise the truths projected by Them into the arena of world thought. The work of the Buddha and of the Christ must be presented anew to a needy world. In this connection, it might be said that some nations need to grasp the teaching of the Buddha which He enunciated in the Four Noble Truths; they must be brought to the realisation that the cause of all sorrow and woe is the misuse of desire_ desire for that which is material and transitory. The United Nations need to learn to apply the Law of Love Ė Wisdom as enunciated in the life of Christ and to express the vitality of the truth that "no man liveth unto himself" (Rom. XIV.7) and no nation either; the goal of all human effort is loving understanding, prompted by a programme of love and right human relations for all mankind.
If the lives of these two great Teachers can be comprehended and Their teachings be wrought out in the lives of men anew today, in the world of human affairs , in the realm of human thinking and in the arena of political and economic intercourse, the present world order (which is so largely disorder) can be so modified and changed that a new world order and a new raceof men can gradually come into being. World glamour will be dissipated and world illusion be dispelled.
Within the world of glamour_ the world of the astral/emotional plane and of the emotions_ appeared, centuries ago, a point of light; the Buddha, the Lord of Light-Wisdom, undertook to focus in Himself the illumination which would eventually make possible the dissipation of glamour.
Within the world of illusion, the world of the mental plane, appeared the Christ, the Christ Himself. He undertook to dispel illusion by drawing to Himself (by the attractive potency of love) the hearts of all men, and stated this determination in the words, "I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Me." (John XII.32.)
The combined work of these two great Sons of God, concentrated
through Their initiates must and will inevitably shatter illusion and dispel glamour_
the other by the pouring in of the light of the reason.
Those two developments have been brought about by the incoming new ideas, focussed through the world intuitives and released to the general public by the world thinkers.
All that we can foresee or foretell anent that revelation is that some potent and far-reaching results will be achieved by the merging of light and love, and by the reaction of "lighted substance" to "the attractive power of love." We have here given a clue to the true understanding of the work of these Avatars_ a thing hitherto quite unrealised. It might be added that when an appreciation of the meaning of the words "transfiguration of a human being" is gained, the realisation will come that when "the body is full of light" (Luke XI.36) then "in Thy light shall we see light." (Ps. XXXVI.9.) This means that when the personality has reached a point
This is what the Christproved and demonstrated.
When the work of the Buddha (or of the embodied wisdom principle) is consummated in the aspiring noo and his/her integrated personality, then the full expression of the work of the Christ the embodied principle of love) can also be consummated then both of these potencies_ Light and Love_ will find radiant expression in the transfigured noo . What is true, therefore, of the individual is true also of humanity as a whole;
This is necessarily no rapid process; it is an ordered and regulated procedure, sure in its eventual success but relatively slow also in its establishment and sequential process. This process was initiated upon the astral/emotional plane by the Buddha, and on the mental plane when Christ manifested on Earth. It indicated the approaching maturity of humanity. The process has been slowly gathering momentum as these two great Beings have gathered around Them Their noos and initiates, during the past two thousand years. It has reached a point of intensive usefulness as the channel of communication between
"the Centre where the Will of God is known,"and the
Hierarchy where the Love of God demonstrates has been opened and enlarged, and the contact between these two great centres and humanity has been more firmly established.
Thus thousands of intelligent men will be enabled to free themselves from all delusion and emotional control. The moment that the hearts of men are active, that moment sees the termination of emotional, solar plexus activity. That is a statement of fact; it is the hearts of men which respond to the call of Christ and it is those hearts which are becoming invocative today. The agonising emotional cycle through which humanity has passed during the past one hundred years, and the emotional tension in which men today live are also playing their part in fitting humanity to emerge into the realm of clear thought; this will mark a significant turning point in human history and will be one of the results of Christís future scientific work (if we may use this term) with the hearts of men, bringing them into rapport with the Heart of God.
Because of the magnitude of this theme and the wide extent of the psychological area in which the mass of men now live, we cannot further enlarge. This field of experience and of trial is well known to all aspirants and is the battlefield of millions. The Christ within, as the Controller of the individual life, can bring that battle to an end; the aspirant can emerge clear sighted and unafraid. The appearance of the Christ among men will do the same thing for humanity as a whole, not in any vicarious sense but through the livingness of His Presence, stimulating the Christ principle in every human heart.
CHAPTER SIX Ė THE NEW WORLD RELIGION
The world today is more spiritually inclined than ever before. This is said with a full realisation of the generally accepted idea that the world of men is on the rocks spiritually, and that at no time has the spiritual life of the racebeen at such a low ebb. This idea is largely due to the fact that humanity is not excessively interested in the orthodox presentation of truth, and that our churches are relatively empty and are under public indictment as having failed to teach humanity to live rightly. These affirmations are distressingly true, but the fact still remains that human beings everywhere are searching for spiritual release and truth, and that the truly religious spirit is more fundamentally alive than at any previous time. This is especially true of those countries which have suffered the most in the late world war (1914-1945). Countries, such as the U[----]d S[----]s and the neutral countries show, as yet, no sign of any real spiritual revival. The other countries are spiritually alive_ not along orthodox lines but in a true search and a vital demand for light.
The religious spirit of humanity is today more definitely focussed upon Reality than has ever before been the case. The orthodox world religions are rapidly falling into the background of menís minds even whilst we are undoubtedly approaching nearer to the central spiritual Reality. The theologies now taught by the ecclesiastical organisation (both in the East and in the West) are crystallised and of relatively little use. Priests and churchmen, orthodox instructors and fundamentalists (fanatical though sincere) are seeking to perpetuate that which is old and which sufficed in the past to satisfy the enquirer, but which now fails to do so.
Sincere but unenlightened religious men are deploring the revolt of youth from doctrinal attitudes. At the same time, along with all seekers,
they are demanding a new revelation.
It is interesting here to note that the answers to these questions come (and will increasingly come), from two sources:
Some of these questions can be expressed as follows:
Many answers can be given. The most important one is that the presentation of divine truth, as given by the churches in the West and by the teachers in the East, has not kept pace with the unfolding intellect of the human spirit . The same old forms of words and of ideas are still handed out to the enquirer and they do not satisfy his/her mind nor do they meet his/her practical need in a most difficult world.
The same old formulas, the same old theologies and the same old interpretations are deemed adequate to meet manís modern needs and enquiries. They are not.
The church today is the tomb of the Christ and the stone of theology has been rolled to the door of the sepulchre.
There is, however, no point in attacking Christianity. Christianity cannot be attacked; it is an expression_ in essence, if not yet entirely factual_ of the love of God, immanent in His created universe. Churchianity has, however, laid itself wide open to attack, and the mass of thinking people are aware of this; unfortunately, these thinking people are still a small minority. Nevertheless, it is this thinking minority which (when it is a majority
and it is today a rapidly growing one) will spell the doom of the churches and endorse the spread of the true teaching of the Christ.
Men have travelled far from the simplicity of thought and from the simple, spiritual life which the early Christians lived. Is it not possible that
contrary to all that He Himself held and believed when He said, "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold." (John X.16.)
It is not the evil rampant in the world today which is hindering the revelation and hindering the unfoldment of the spiritual life.
That evil is the result
Theologians have fought (and with sincerity of intention) for forms of words which they believed were the only true and correct formulation of the divine idea,
Godís children everywhere went hungry and unclothed and so lost their belief in divine love.
How can the need of humanity for spiritual guidance be met
The question arises whether Christ would be at home in the churches if He walked again among men.The rituals and the ceremonies, the pomp and the vestments, the candles and the gold and silver, the graded order of popes, cardinals, archbishops, canons and ordinary rectors, pastors and clergy would seemingly have small interest for the simple Son of God, Who_ when on Earth_ had not where to lay His head.
The presentation of religious truth in the past
In the meantime, men have
Today everywhere people are ready for the light;
We are surely not in error if we conclude that this spiritual dismay and this spiritual demand have assumed a paramount place in the consciousness of the Christ. When He reappears and when His Church, hitherto invisible, appears with Him, what can They do to meet this demanding cry and this intensified attitude of spiritual perception with which They will be greeted.
The demands of humanity are rising to Their ears and the Christ and His noos have no sectarian scruples, of that we may be sure. It is impossible to believe that They are interested in the views of the Fundamentalists or in the theories of the theologians upon the Virgin Birth, the Vicarious Atonement or the Infallibility of the Pope. Humanity is in desperate need and that need must be met; only great and fundamental principles of living, covering the past and the present and providing a platform for the future, will really meet that human invocation. The Christ and the spiritual Hierarchy will not come to destroy all that humanity has hitherto found "necessary to salvation," and all that has met its spiritual demand. When the Christ reappears,
That new world religion must be based upon those truths which have stood the test of ages and which have brought assurance and comfort to men everywhere. These surely are:
The Fact of God.
First and foremost, there must be recognition of the fact of God. That central Reality can be called by any name that man may choose according to his/her mental or emotional bent, racial tradition and heritage, for it cannot be defined or conditioned by names. Human beings perforce always use names in order to express that which they sense, feel and know, both of the phenomenal and also of the intangible. Consciously or unconsciously, all men recognise God Transcendent and God Immanent. They sense God to be the Creator and the Inspiration of all that is.
Manís Relationship toGod.
The second truth to which all give allegiance_ no matter what the faith_ is that of manís essential relationship to God. Inherent in the human consciousness_ inchoate often and undefined_ is a sense of divinity.
"We are all the children of God" (Gal. III.26);
"One is our Father, even God," says the Christ and so say all the world Teachers and Avatars down the ages.
"As He is, so are we in this world" (1 John IV.17) is another Biblical statement.
"Closer is He than breathing, nearer than hands and feet," chants the Hindu. "Christ in us, the hope of glory" is the triumphant affirmation of St. Paul.
The Fact of Immortality and of Eternal Persistence.
With that inner conviction, we face death and we know that we shall live again,
We know that we have set ourselves a goal and that the goal is "Life more abundantly"_ somewhere, here, there, and eventually everywhere.
The spirit in man is undying; it forever endures, progressing from point to point and stage to stage upon the Path of Evolution, unfolding steadily and sequentially the divine attributes and aspects. This truth involves necessarily the recognition of two great natural laws; the Law of Rebirth and the Law of Cause and Effect.
The churches in the West have refused officially to recognise the Law of Rebirth and have thereby wandered into a theological impasse and into a cul-de-sac from which there is no possible exit.
The churches in the East have over-emphasised these laws so that a negative, acquiescent attitude to life and its processes, based on continuously renewed opportunity, controls the people.
Christianity has emphasised immortality but has made eternal happiness dependent upon the acceptance of a theological dogma:
Be a true professing Christian and live in a somewhat fatuous heaven or refuse to be an accepting Christian, or
a negative professional Christian, and go to an impossible hell_ a hell growing out of the theology of The Old Testament and its presentation of a God, full of hate and jealousy.
Both concepts are today repudiated by all sane, sincere, thinking people.
No one of any true reasoning power or with any true belief in a God of love accepts the heaven of the churchmen or has any desire to go there.
Still less do they accept the "lake that burneth with fire and brimstone" (Rev. XIX.20) or the everlasting torture to which a God of love is supposed to condemn all who do not believe in the theological interpretations of the Middle Ages, of the modern fundamentalists or of the unreasoning churchmen who seek_ through doctrine, fear and threat_ to keep people in line with the obsolete old teaching.
The essential truth lies elsewhere. "Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he/she also reap" (Gal. VI.7) is a truth which needs re-emphasising. In these words, St. Paul phrases for us the ancient and true teaching of the Law of Cause and Effect, called in the Orient the Law of karma.
The immortality of the human soul, and the innate ability of the spiritual, inner man to work out his/her own salvation under the Law of Rebirth, in response to the Law of Cause and Effect, are the underlying factors governing all human conduct and all human aspiration. These two laws no man can evade. They condition him/her at all times until he/she has achieved the desired and the designed perfection and can manifest on earth as a rightly functioning Son of God.
The Continuity of Revelation and the Divine Approaches.
Some of these Approaches have been of a major nature, affecting humanity as a whole and some of them are of less importance, affecting only a relatively small part of mankind_ a nation or a group. Those Who come as the Revealers of the love of God come from that spiritual centre to which the Christ gave the name "the Kingdom of God" (Matt. VI.33). Here dwell the "spirits of just men made perfect" (Heb. XII.23); here the spiritual Guides of the raceare to be found and here the spiritual Executives of Godís plan live and work and oversee human and planetary affairs. It is called by many names by many people. It is spoken of as the Spiritual Hierarchy, as the Abode of Light, as the Centre where the Masters of the Wisdom are to be found, as the Great Light Lodge. From it come those who act as Messengers of the Wisdom of God, Custodians of the truth as it is in the Christ, and Those Whose task is to save the world, to impart the next revelation, and to demonstrate divinity. All the world Scriptures bear witness to the existence of this centre of spiritual energy. This spiritual Hierarchy has been steadily drawing nearer to humanity as men have become more conscious of divinity and more fitted for contact with the divine.
Another GREAT APPROACH of divinity and another spiritual revelation are now possible. A new revelation is hovering over mankind and the One Who will bring it and implement it is drawing steadily nearer to us. What this GREAT APPROACH will bring to man kind, we do not yet know. It will surely bring us as definite results as did all the earlier revelations and the missions of Those Who came in response to humanityís earlier demands. The World War has purified mankind. A new heaven and a new earth are on their way. What does the orthodox theologian and churchman mean when he/she uses the words "a new heaven"?
Each of the three present concepts of divinity_ of the Trinity_ were entirely new when first sequentially presented to the mind or consciousness of man.
For some years now the spiritual Hierarchy of our planet has been drawing nearer to humanity and its approach is responsible for the great concepts of freedom which are so close to the hearts of men everywhere. The dream of
is becoming clearer in our minds. We are also visioning a new and vital world religion, a universal faith which will have its roots in the past, but which will make clear the new dawning beauty and the coming vital revelation.
Of one thing we can be sure, this approach will, in some way_ deeply spiritual, yet wholly factual_ prove the truth of the immanence of God. The churches have emphasised and exploited the extra-territoriality of Deity and have posited the presence of a God Who is creating, sustaining and creatively active, but at the same time outside His Creation_ an inscrutable onlooker. This type of transcendent Creator must be shown to be false and this doctrine must be countered by the manifestation of God in man, the hope of glory. It is this surely that the expected Approach will demonstrate; it will prove also the close relationship between God Transcendent and that in "Him we live and move and have our being," because, "having pervaded this entire Universe with a fragment of Himself, He remains."
God is immanent in the forms of all created things; the glory which shall be revealed is the expression of that innate divinity in all its attributes and aspects, its qualities and powers, through the medium of humanity.
These are the foundational truths upon which the world religion of the future will rest. Its keynote will be Divine Approach. "Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you" (James IV.8) is the great injunction, emanating in new and clear tones from Christ and the spiritual Hierarchy at this time.
The great theme of the new world religion will be the recognition of the many divine Approaches and the continuity of revelation which each of them conveyed; the task ahead of the spiritually minded people of the world today is to prepare humanity for the imminent and (perhaps) the greatest of all the Approaches. The method employed will be the scientific and intelligent use of Invocation and Evocation and the recognition of their tremendous potency.
Man-Woman-Child invokes divine Approach in various ways:
The science of invocation and evocation will take the place of what we now call "prayer" and "worship." Be not disturbed by the use of the word "science." It is not the cold and heartless intellectual thing so oft depicted. It is in reality the intelligent organisation of spiritual energy and of the forces of love, and these, when effective, will evoke the response of spiritual Beings Who can again walk openly among men, and thus establish a close relation and a constant communication between humanity and the spiritual Hierarchy.
In order to clarify, it might be said that Invocation is of three kinds: there is, as stated above,
Then there is
All these three groups are, consciously or unconsciously, swinging into activity at this time and their united effort guarantees a resultant evocation.
This new invocative work will be the keynote of the coming world religion and will fall into two parts.
They will increasingly use certain great formulas of words which will later be given to the race, just as the Lordís Prayer was given by the Christ, and as the New Invocation has been given out for use at this time by the Hierarchy.
This new religious science for which prayer, IDtation and ritual have prepared humanity, will train its people to present_ at stated periods throughout the year_ the voiced demand of the people of the world for relationship with God and for a closer spiritual relation to each other. This work, when rightly carried forward, will evoke response from the waiting Hierarchy and from its Head, the Christ. Through this response, the belief of the masses will gradually be changed into the conviction of the knowers. In this way, the mass of men will be transformed and spiritualised, and the two great divine centres of energy or groups_ the Hierarchy and Humanity itself_ will begin to work in complete at-one-ment and unity. Then the Kingdom of God will indeed and in truth be functioning on earth.
It will be apparent to you that it is only possible to indicate the broad general outlines of the new world religion. The expansion of the human consciousness which will take place as a result of the coming GREAT APPROACH will enable humanity
Astronomical and astrological investigation has demonstrated this relationship and the influences exerted but there is still speculation and much foolish claiming and interpretation. Yet the churches have ever recognized this and the Bible has testified to it. "The stars in their courses fought against Sisera" (Judges V.20). "Who can withstand the sweet influences of the Pleiades?"(Job XXXVIII.31). Many other passages bear out this contention of the Knowers. Many church festivals are fixed by reference to the moon or a zodiacal constellation. Investigation will prove this to be the case and when the ritual of the new world religion is universally established, this will be one of the important factors considered.
The establishing of certain major festivals in relation to the Moon and in a lesser degree to the zodiac will bring about a strengthening of the spirit of invocation and the resultant inflow of evoked influences. The truth lying behind all invocation is based upon the power of thought, particularly in its telepathic nature, rapport and aspect. The unified, invocative thought of the masses and the focussed, directed thought of the New Group of World Servers constitute an outgoing stream of energy. This will reach telepathically those spiritual Beings Who are sensitive and responsive to such impacts. Their evoked response, sent out as spiritual energy, will in turn reach humanity after having been stepped down into thought energy and in that form will make its due impact upon the minds of men, convincing them and carrying inspiration and revelation.Thus has it ever been in the history of the spiritual unfoldment of the world and the procedure followed in writing the world Scriptures.
Secondly, the establishing of a certain uniformity in the world religious rituals will aid men everywhere to strengthen each otherís work and enhance powerfully the thought currents directed to the waiting spiritual Lives. At present, the Christian religion has its great festivals, the Buddhist keeps his/her different set spiritual events, and the Hindu has still another list of holy days. In the future world, when organised, all men of spiritual inclination and intention everywhere will keep the same holy days. This will bring about a pooling of spiritual resources, and a united spiritual effort, plus a simultaneous spiritual invocation. The potency of this will be apparent.
Let us indicate the possibilities of such spiritual events, and attempt to prophesy the nature of the coming worldwide Festivals. There will be three such major Festivals each year, concentrated in three consecutive months and leading, therefore, to a prolonged annual spiritual effort which will affect the remainder of the year.
These will be:
These three Festivals are already being kept throughout the world, though they are not as yet related to each other and are a part of the unified spiritual Approach of humanity. The time is coming when all three Festivals will be kept throughout the world and by their means a great spiritual unity will be achieved and the effects of the GREAT APPROACH, so close to us at this time, will be stabilised by the united invocation of humanity throughout the planet.
The remaining full moons will constitute lesser festivals but will be recognised to be also of vital importance. They will establish the divine attributes in the consciousness of man-woman-child, just as the major festivals establish the three divine aspects.
These aspects and qualities will be arrived at and determined by a close study of the nature of a particular constellation or constellations influencing those months. For instance, Capricorn will call attention to the first initiation, the birth of the Christin the cave of the heart, and indicate the training needed to bring about that great spiritual event in the life of the individual man-woman-child. We give this one instance to you in order to indicate the possibilities for spiritual unfoldment that could be given through an understanding of these influences and in order to revivify the ancient faiths by expanding them into their larger undying relationships.
Thus, the twelve annual festivals will constitute a revelation of divinity. They will present a means of bringing about relationship, first of all, during three months with the three great spiritual Centres, the three expressions of the divine Trinity. The minor festivals will emphasise the interrelation of the Whole, thus lifting the divine presentation out of the individual and the personal, into that of the universal divine Purpose; the relationship of the Whole to the part and of the part to that Whole will be thereby fully expressed.
Humanity will, therefore, invoke the spiritual power of the Kingdom of God, the Hierarchy; the Hierarchy will respond, and Godís plans will then be worked out on earth. The Hierarchy, on a higher turn of the spiral will invoke the "Centre where the Will of God is known," thus invoking the Purpose of God. Thus will the Will of God be implemented by Love and manifested intelligently; for this mankind is ready, and for this the Earth waits.
To sum up therefore: on the basis of the fundamental truth already recognised the new world religion will be built.
The definition of religion which will in the future prove of greater accuracy than any yet formulated by the theologians might be expressed as follows:
Religion is the name given to the invocative appeal of humanity and the evocative response of the greater Life to that cry.
It is, in fact, the recognition by the part of its relationship to the Whole, plus a constantly growing demand for increased awareness of that relation; it draws forth the recognition of the Whole that the demand has been made. It is the impact of the vibration of humanity_ oriented specifically to the Great Life of which it feels itself a part_ upon that Life and the responsive impact of that "All-surrounding Love" upon the lesser vibration. It is only now that the impact of the human vibration can dimly be sensed in Shamballa; hitherto its most potent activity has only reached the Hierarchy.
Christ came to end the cycle of this emotional approach which had existed since Atlantean days; He demonstrated in Himself the visioned perfection and then presented to humanity an example_ in full manifestation_ of every possibility latent in man up to that time. The achieving of the perfection of the Christ consciousness became the emphasised goal of humanity.
Today, slowly, the concept of a world religion and the need for its emergence are widely desired and worked for. The fusion of faiths is now a field for discussion. Workers in the field of religion will formulate the universal platform of the new world religion. It is a work of loving synthesis and will emphasise the unity and the fellowship of the spirit. This group is, in a pronounced sense, a channel for the activities of the Christ, the world Teacher. The platform of the new world religion will be built by many groups, working under the inspiration of the Christ.
Churchmen need to remember that the human spirit is greater than all the churches and greater than their teaching.In the long run, that human spirit will defeat them and proceed triumphantly into the Kingdom of God, leaving them far behind unless they enter as a humble part of the mass of men. Nothing under heaven can arrest the progress of the human soul on its long pilgrimage
If the great organised religious groups of churches in every land, and composing all faiths do not offer spiritual guidance and help, humanity will find another way. Nothing can keep the spirit of man from God.
CHAPTER SEVEN Ė PREPARATION FOR the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One
The Needed Preparation
The Work of the New Group of World Servers
If the general premise and theme of all that has been here written is accepted, the question necessarily arises:
The opportunity is so great and the need for definite and explicit spiritual help is so demanding that_ whether we like it or not_ we are faced with a challenge.
What we decide, however, in this time and period, will definitely affect the remainder of our life activity, for
Herein lies our challenge. It will take all that we have of a sense of values and all that we can give to a specialised intuitive research to meet it. We may then realise that this promised reappearance is in line with general religious belief and the major hope left in the minds of men which can bring true relief to suffering humanity.
To those who accept the possibility of His reappearance and who are willing to admit that history can again repeat itself, there are three questions which can be asked_ the answers to which are strictly individual. These are:
What is written here and in the following pages is essentially for those who accept the fact of Christ, recognise the continuity of revelation and are willing to admit the possibility of His return.
The complexities and the difficulties of this post-war period are very great. The closer a man may be to the source of spiritual light and power, the more difficult is his/her problem, for human affairs at this time seem so far away from this divine possibility. He/She will need all that he/she has of patience, understanding and goodwill. At the same time, the clearer will be his/her recognition of the facts. There are inner and outer problems which must be solved; there are inner and outer possibilities which can be made factual.
As the spiritually-minded man faces both these inner and outer possibilities and events, it is easy to register a sense of complete frustration;
These are natural and wholesome reactions.
Numerically, they are adequate to the task and need only reassurance and wise coordination to prepare them for the service required, before the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One becomes possible. The problems confronting us should be faced with courage, with truth and understanding; as well as with the willingness to speak factually, with simplicity and with love in the effort to expose the truth and clarify the problems which must be solved. The opposing forces of entrenched evil must be routed before He for Whom all men wait, the Christ, can come.
The knowledge that He is ready and anxious publicly to appear to His loved Humanity only adds to the sense of general frustration, and another very vital question arises: For what period of time must we endure, struggle and fight? The reply comes with clarity: He will come unfailingly when a measure of peace has been restored, when the principle of sharing is at least in process of controlling economic affairs, and when churches and political groups have begun to clean house. Then He can and will come; then the Kingdom of God will be publicly recognised and will no longer be a thing of dreams and of wishful thinking and orthodox hope.
People are prone to ask the question as to why the Christ does not come_ in the pomp and ceremony which the churches ascribe to the event_ and, by His coming, demonstrate His divine power, prove convincingly the authority and the potency of God, and thus end the cycle of agony and distress. The answers to this are many. It must be remembered that the main objective of the Christ will not be to demonstrate power but to make public the already existent Kingdom of God. Again, when He came before He was unrecognised, and is there any guarantee that this time it would be different? You may ask why would He not be recognised?
Because menís eyes are blinded with the tears of self-pity and not of contrition;
These aspects of human behaviour indicate
Therefore, another answer to the question posited is that Christ and the spiritual Hierarchy never_ no matter how great the need or important the incentive_ infringe upon the divine right of men
When true freedom covers the earth, we shall see the end of tyranny_ politically, religiously and economically.
We are not here referring to modern democracy as a condition which meets the need, for democracy is at present a philosophy of wishful thinking and an unachieved ideal.
We refer to that period which will surely come in which an enlightened people will rule;
When the people are told the truth and when they can freely judge and decide for themselves, we shall then see a much better world.
It is not essential or necessary that all these desirable objectives should be accomplished facts upon Earth before Christ again moves amongst us. It is, however, necessary that this attitude to religion and politics is generally regarded as desirable and that steps have been successfully taken in the direction of right human relations . It is along these lines that the New Group of World Servers and all men of goodwill are working, and their first effort must be to offset the widespread sense of frustration and individual futility.
That which will offset the sense of frustration and futility and provide likewise the needed incentive towards the re-building of the new world will be the belief
a wide inclusiveness, plus
It would have been well-nigh impossible to prepare for the coming in the face of the pre-war conditions.
Upon these facts the New Group of World Servers must, today, take their stand.
There are two major factors which condition the present opportunity; these can be regarded as so completely hindering that unless they are removed, there will be a long delay before Christ can return. They are:
We will keep these themes simple and down on the level at which most people work and think today. Let us be intensely practical and force ourselves to look at conditions as they are, thus arriving at a better knowledge of ourselves and of our motives.
The Inertia of the Average Spiritually-Minded Man.
The average spiritually-minded person, man-woman-child of goodwill, or noo is constantly aware of the challenge of the times and the opportunity which spiritual events may offer. The desire to do good and to accomplish spiritual ends are ceaselessly gnawing away within his/her consciousness.
He/She is frequently afraid to mention to his/her nearest and his/her dearest;
Circumstances and environment offer no true obstacle to the spiritual life. Perhaps
This is particularly the case with people who have reached their fiftieth year or over. It is an alibi which it is hard not to use, for many feel tired and ailing and this, as the years go by, is apt to get worse.
The only cure for this creeping inertia is to ignore the body and take your joy in the livingness of service. We speak here not of definite disease or of serious physical liabilities; to these right care and attention must be duly given; we speak to the thousands of ailing men who are preoccupied with taking care of themselves, and so waste hours of the time which could be given to the service of humanity. Those who are seeking to tread the Path of Nooship / Discipleship should release those many hours spent in needless self-care into the service of the Hierarchy.
Still another alibi, leading to inertia, is the fear people have of speaking about the things of the Kingdom of God to others; they are
This is essentially a form of spiritual cowardice but is so widespread that it is responsible for the loss of millions of hours of world service.
There are other alibis, but those above noted are the most common; the release of the majority of people from these hindering conditions would bring to the service of the Christ so many hours and so much overtime endeavour that the task of those who admit no alibis would be greatly lightened and the coming of the Christ would be much nearer than it is today. To the rhythm of life under which the Christ and the spiritual Hierarchy operate, and which vibrates in harmony with human need and spiritual response, we are not called. We are, however, called to demonstrate the quality of spiritual activity and to refuse to hide behind alibis.
There is no possible coercion or undue pressure exerted in the service of the Hierarchy. The situation is clear and simple.
There are, at the present time, three great activities going on:
The solution is to be found in the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One.
It is surely needless here to deal with the theme of the preparation which the individual should make within him/her self as he/she prepares for the work to be done. Men have had the principles of right spiritual conduct presented to them for centuries, though largely because good conduct will lead them to a good heaven, the aim has been basically selfish. The little prayer which says, "Lord God Almighty! Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with us," sums up all the requirements for those who seek to work in preparation for the coming of the Christ, if to it is added
But today the motive shifts from the concept of personal salvation (which is assumed or taken for granted), and
There we have a motive which is not self-centred but which ranges each individual worker and humanitarian on the side of the spiritual Hierarchy, putting him/her in touch with all men of goodwill. We come now to the second of the major hindrances: the lack of financial support for the workers of the Christ.
Lack of Financial Support for the Work of the Christ.
This is perhaps the major difficulty, and it appears to many at times to be an insuperable one. It involves the problem of true financial trusteeship and the deflection of adequate sums of money into channels which will definitely aid in the work of preparation for the return of the Christ. It is closely tied up with the problem of right human relations.
The problem is, therefore, a peculiarly hard one, for
This presents them with a most impressively difficult task. The impasse which at present exists is not based only upon the novelty of raising funds in preparation for the return of the Christ, but it is based also upon the trained selfishness of the majority who own the worldís wealth and who_ even if they do give_ do so because it fosters prestige and indicates financial success. Necessarily, there are exceptions to this but they are relatively few.
Generalising, therefore, and over-simplifying the subject,
we can assume that money finds its way into four main channels of expenditure:
All of this has been exceedingly good and greatly needed and the debt of the world to the public-spirited men and women who have made these institutions possible is great indeed. All of this has been a step in the right direction and an expression of the divine will-to-good. It is, however, frequently money misused and misdirected and the values developed have been largely institutional and concrete. They have been limited by the separative tenets of the donors, or the religious prejudices of those who control the disbursement of the funds. In the quarrelling over ideas, religious theories and ideologies, the true assistance of the One Humanity is overlooked.
The fact remains that had the directing agencies (through whose hands the money of the world is channelled) any true vision of the spiritual realities, of the one humanity and the one world, and had their objective been the stimulation of right human relations, the mass of men everywhere would be responding to a future possibility very different from the present one; we would not be faced as we are today with the expenditures_ running into countless billions_
centres responsible for the reorganisation of human living.
Equally, it can be said that if the spiritual values and the spiritual responsibilities attached to money (in large quantities or in small) had been properly appreciated and taught in homes and schools, we would not have had the appalling statistics of the money spent, prior to the war in every country in the world (and spent today in the Western Hemisphere) on
These statistics run into hundreds of millions of dollars every year. A fraction of this money, necessitating the minimum of sacrifice, would enable the noos of the Christ and the New Group of World Servers to prepare the way for His coming and to educate the minds and hearts of men in every land in right human relations.
Money_ as with all else in human living_ has been tainted by selfishness and grabbed for selfish individual or national ends. Of this, the World War (1914-1945) is the proof, for, although there was much talk of
The years which have elapsed since the war have proved this to be so. The United Nations is unfortunately perforce occupied with rapacious demands from all sides,
Yet all the time, the one humanity_
The time has now come when money must be revaluated and its usefulness channelled into new directions.
The voice of the people must prevail, but it must be a people educated in the true values, in the significances of a right culture and in the need for right human relations. It is, therefore,
Who can give this training?
R[----]a would gladly train the world in the ideals of c[-------]m, and would gather all the money in the world into the coffers of the proletariat, eventually producing the greatest capitalistic system the world has ever seen;
G[---]t B[-----]n would gladly train the world in the B[-----]h concepts of justice and fair play and world trade, and would do it more correctly than any other nation because of vast experience but always too with an eye to profit.
The U[----]d S[----]s would also gladly undertake to force the A[------]n brand of democracy upon the world, using her vast capital and resources in so doing, and gathering into her banks the financial results of her widespread financial dealings, preserving them safely by the threat of the atomic bomb and the shaking of the mailed fist over the rest of the world.
F[----]e will keep E[----]e in a state of unrest as she seeks to regain her lost prestige and garner all she can from the victory of the other allied nations.
Thus the story goes_ each nation fighting for itself, and all rating each other in terms of resources and finance. In the meantime,
Until these things are in process of being righted, the return of the Christ is not possible.
In the face of this disturbing financial situation_ what is the answer to the problem? There are men to be found in every land, every government, every church and religion, and every educational foundation who have the answer.
What hope is there for them and for the work with which they have been entrusted?
There are two groups who can do much:
Men-women-children of goodwill and of spiritual inclination must reject the thought of their relative uselessness, insignificance and futility, and realise that now (in the critical and crucial moment that has come) they can work potently. The Forces of Evil are defeated, though not yet "sealed" behind the door where humanity can put them and which The New Testament foretold would happen. Evil is seeking every avenue available for a new approach but_ and this we can say with confidence and insistence_
A great campaign to raise money is not demanded, but the selfless work of thousands of apparently unimportant people is required. We would say that the most needed quality is courage;
Therefore, we say that the first prerequisite is Courage.
The second requirement for the workers of the Christ is
there must not be simply a trained ability to present the subject, but each worker must practise what he/she preaches. If, for instance, the millions of people who love the Christ and seek to serve His cause gave at least a tiny sum of money each year, there would be adequate funds for His work; the needed trusts and spiritually-minded trustees would then automatically appear. The difficulty is not with the organising of the money and work; it lies with the seeming inability of people to give. For one reason or another, they give little or nothing, even when interested in such a cause as that of the
return of Christ;
Therefore, the second prerequisite is for everyone to give as they can.
Thirdly, the metaphysical schools and the esoteric groups have given much thought to this business of directing money into channels which appeal to them. The question is often asked: Why do the Unity School of thought, the Christian Science Church, and many New Thought movements always manage to accumulate the required funds whilst other groups, and particularly the esoteric groups, do not? Why do truly spiritual workers seem unable to materialise what they need? The answer is a simple one.
In the new age which is upon us, prior to the return of the Christ,
Not many such organisations exist today, but the few now functioning can set an example which will be rapidly followed, as the desire for the return of Christ.
Therefore the third prerequisite is the service of the one humanity.
The fourth prerequisite must be the careful presentation of the cause for which the financial support is required.
People may have the courage to speak, but an intelligent presentation is of equal importance. The major point to be emphasised in the preparatory work for the return of Christ is the establishing of right human relations . This has already been started by men of goodwill all over the world, under their many names.
We come now to thefifth prerequisite: a vital and sure belief in humanity as a whole.
There must be no pessimism as to the future of mankind or distress over the disappearance of the old order. "The good, the true and the beautiful" is on its way, and for it mankind is responsible, and not some outer divine intervention. Humanity is sound and rapidly awakening. We are passing through the stage where everything is being proclaimed from the housetops_ as Christ stated would be the case_ and as we listen to or read of the flood of filth, crime, and sensual pleasure or luxury buying, we are apt to be discouraged; it is wise to remember that it is wholesome for all this to come to the surface and for us all to know about it. It is like the psychological cleansing of the subconscious to which individuals submit themselves; it presages the inauguration of a new and better day.
There is work to do and the men of goodwill, of spiritual instinct, and of truly Christian training must do it.
Invocation is the highest type of prayer there is, and a new form of divine appeal which a knowledge of IDtation has now made possible.
There is naught to add in the way of an appeal for funds, courage or understanding. If the courage of the Christ, as He faces return to this physical, outer world, if the need of humanity for right human relations and the sacrificing work of the noos of the Christ are not enough to fire you and to energise you and those whom you can reach, there is nothing that can be said which will be of any use.
We have considered the need of preparation for the coming of the Christ and some of the basic requirements which will arise as people brace themselves for the needed activity, including the raising of the necessary finances to carry forward the preparatory work. The individual worker has, first of all, to decide if his/her incentive and spiritual expectancy is adequate to the task ahead. Only that is of importance which provides a needed momentum for action, and only that worker will be equal to the task who has a vision of sufficient clarity to enable him/her to work with understanding and sincerity. He/She must discover that it is possible for him/her to play his/her part in the furthering of the divine Plan. The fact of Christ and the genuine possibility of His reappearance must become important motivating factors in his/her consciousness. He/She looks around for those with whom he/she may work, and who have the same spiritual objectives as he/she has. In this way and in due time, he/she finds that there exists on Earth a well organised and integrated group to which can be given the name of the New Group of World Servers. He/She finds that they are everywhere, and are functioning in every country and in all the organised religious groups and all other groups, dedicated to the well-being of humanity and to preparing the way for the return of the Christ.
This is primarily a group which, while working on the outer plane of daily, physical living, yet
The New Group of World Servers provides essentially a training ground and a field of experience for those who hope to grow in spiritual stature and to fit themselves to be the active, directed noos of the Christ.
The appearance of this group on Earth at this time is one of the indications of the success of the evolutionary process, as applied to humanity. This method of work_ the use of human beings as agents to carry forward th work of salvation and of world uplift_ was initiated by the Christ Himself; He worked with men very frequently through others, reaching humanity through the medium of His twelve Apostles, regarding Paul as substituting for Judas Iscariot. The Buddha tried the same system but the relation of His group was, in the first instance, to Him and not so much to the world of men. The Christ sent His Apostles out into the world to feed the sheep, to seek, to guide and to become "fishers of men." The relation of the noos of the Christ was only secondarily to their Master but primarily to a demanding world; that attitude still controls the Hierarchy, yet with no loss of devotion to the Christ. What the Buddha had instituted symbolically and in embryo became factual and existent under the demands of the Piscean Age.
In the age into which we are now emerging, the Aquarian Age, this mode of group work will reach a very high point of development, and the world will be saved and reconstructed by groups far more than by individuals. In the past we have had world saviours_ Sons of God Who have given to men a message which brought an increase of light to the people. Now, in the fullness of time, and through the processes of evolution, there is emerging a group who will bring salvation to the world and who (embodying group ideas and emphasising the true meaning of the Church of Christ will so stimulate and energise the minds and souls of men that the new age will be ushered in by an outpouring of the Love, Knowledge and Harmony of God Himself, as well as by the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One in Whom all these three faculties of divinity will be embodied.
Religions in the past have been founded by a great soul, by an Avatar and by an outstanding spiritual personality. The stamp of their lives and words and teaching has been set upon the raceand has persisted for many centuries.
Such a body now exists, with its members in every land. Relatively they are few and far between, but steadily their numbers are increasing, and increasingly their message will be felt. In them is vested a spirit of construction;
For the last ten years, this New Group of World Servers has been reorganised and revitalised; the knowledge of its existence is spreading all over the world.
It is today a group of men of every nation and race and of all religious organisations and humanitarian movements who are fundamentally oriented towards the Kingdom of God or who are in process of thus orienting themselves.
The first group is in touch with the spiritual Hierarchy to some extent and to a large extent where true noos are concerned; its members work under spiritual inspiration. The second group is in closer touch with the masses of men; it works more definitely under the inspiration of ideas. The first group is occupied with the Plan of the Christ as far as its members can grasp its essentiality, whilst the second group works with the new concepts and hopes which are emerging in the consciousness of mankind, as men beg in subjectively and often unconsciously to respond to the preparations for the coming of the Christ. Steadily and as a result of the work of the New Group of World Servers, humanity is awakening to the possibilities ahead.
The awakening of the intelligentsia in all countries to the recognition of humanity is a prelude to the establishment of brother-sisterhood. The unity of the human family is recognised by man-woman-child but before that unity can take form in constructive measures, it is essential that more and more of the thinking men throughout the world should break down the mental barriers existing between races, nations and types; it is essential that the New Group of World Servers should itself repeat in the outer world that type of activity which the Hierarchy expressed when it developed and materialised the New Group of World Servers. Through the impression and expression of certain great ideas, men everywhere must be brought to the understanding of the fundamental ideals which will govern the new age. This is the major task of the New Group of World Servers.
As we study and learn to recognise the New Group of World Servers in all its branches and spheres of activity_ scattered all over the world and embracing true and earnest workers and humanitarian people in every nation, every religion and every organisation of humanitarian intent_ we shall awaken to the realisation that there is on Earth today a body of men whose numbers and range of activities are entirely adequate to bring about the changes which will enable the Christ to walk again amongst us.
This makes a planetary alignment of great potency. Should the needed work be accomplished, the needed adjustments in the world can be made. The success or failure lies largely in the hands of those scattered but spiritually aligned men and women whom we call the New Group of World Servers.
The success of the work of the New Group of World Servers is inevitable; they have made much headway during the past ten years the inner integration of that part of the group which works in close touch with Christ and the spiritual Hierarchy is such that the outer success is guaranteed. They provide a channel through which the light, love and power of the Kingdom of God can reach the
Therefore, let us realise that
Let us emphatically here state that the major method with which we can concern ourselves and the most potent instrument in the hands of the spiritual Hierarchy is the spreading of goodwill and its fusion into a united and working potency. We prefer that expression to the words "the organisation of goodwill." Goodwill is today a dream, a theory, a negative force. It should be developed into a fact, a functioning ideal, and a positive energy. This is our work and again we are called to cooperate.
The task before the New Group of World Servers is great, but it is not an impossible task. It is engrossing, but as it constitutes an imposed life pattern, it can be worked out in every aspect of a manís normal, daily life. Yet at the same time, we are called
The call for preparation for the reappearance of the Liberator/Avatar/Coming One has gone out; the call to world salvage has sounded forth, and today spiritually-minded men everywhere and noos of the Christ are assembling all over the world. It is not an assembling upon the physical plane but a profound subjective and spiritual happening. Even those with only a faint glimmer of understanding as to what the call truly signifies are responding, and asking for the opportunity to help, and for guidance as to what they may do.
Today, therefore, we wait for the new Appearing. The Christ is universally expected, and in this spirit of expectancy comes the antidote to the spirit of fear and horror which has descended upon our unhappy planet. Humanity today looks in two directions: towards the devastated Earth and the agonised hearts of men; it also looks towards the Place from whence the Christ will come, which they symbolically call "heaven." Where there is the same expectancy, where there is uniformity of testimony and of prediction, and where all the indications of "the time of the end" are with us, is it not reasonable to believe that a great event is in process of taking place? If, in the midst of death and destruction, there is to be found a living faith (and there is such a faith everywhere) and a burning zeal which pierces through the darkness to the centre of light, does that not warrant the assumption that this faith and this zeal are founded on a deep intuitive knowledge. May it not be a divine fact that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen?" (Hebrews XI.1.)
Humanity in all lands today awaits the Coming One_ no matter by what name they may call Him. The Christ is sensed as on His way. The second coming is imminent and, from the lips of noos, mystics, aspirants, spiritually-minded people and enlightened men and women, the cry goes up, "Let light and love and power and death fulfil the purpose of the Coming One." These words are a demand, a consecration, a sacrifice, a statement of belief and a challenge to the Avatar, the Christ, Who waits in His high place until the demand is adequate and the cry clear enough to warrant His appearance.
One thing it is most necessary to have in mind. It is not for us to set the date for the appearing of the Christ or to expect any spectacular aid or curious phenomena. If our work is rightly done, He will come at the set and appointed time. How, where or when He will come is none of our concern. Our work is to do our utmost and on as large a scale as possible to bring about right human relations , for His coming depends upon our work.
All of us can do something to bring the present terrible world situation to an end and to better conditions: the least of us can play our part in inaugurating the new era of goodwill and understanding.
It must be realised, however, that it is no millennium for which we work but that our main objective is, at this time, twofold:
This will require
THE RELINQUISHING OF GAINÖ
is the basic theme of The Bhagavad Gita. In that treatise on the soul and its unfoldment, we are taught to "perform action without attachment," and thereby lay the foundation for later relinquishings which can be effected without pain and the sense of loss, because we have acquired the power, latent ever within ourselves, to detach ourselves from achieved possessions.
This law works out in many ways, and it is not possible to do more than indicate a few of those general significances which embody the major lessons of every noo .
First, the soul must relinquish the personality. For ages, the soul has identified itself with the lower personal self, and through the agency of that lower self has gained experience and acquired much knowledge. The time has to come when that agency is "no longer dear" to the soul, and their respective positions are reversed. No longer is the soul identified with the personality but the personality becomes identified with the soul and loses its separate quality and position. All that has been acquired through age-long struggle and strife, through pain and pleasure, through disaster and satisfied desire, and all that the wheel of life, which has turned ceaselessly, has brought into the possession of the soul_ All has to be relinquished. Life, for the noo, becomes then a series of detaching processes, until he/she has learnt the lesson of renunciation.
The sequence is, first
"Having pervaded the worlds with a fraction of Myself, I remain." Such is the theme of the soulís endeavor, and such is the spirit which must underlie all creative work. In this thought lies the clue to the symbol of the Law of Sacrifice_ a rosy cross with a bird flying over it. This is the loved cross (rose being the colour of affection), with the bird (symbol of the soul) flying free in time and space.
Secondly, the soul has also to
They may care little for themselves and may have learnt much personal detachment. Little may they cherish the gain of contact with the lower personal self. They are learning to transcend all that, and may have transcended to a great degree, but
They rise above the personal, and find again_ after felt loss and suffering_those whom now they love as souls. Then they realise that there has been gain and not loss, and that only that which was illusory, ephemeral and untrue has disappeared. The real Man has been gained and can never be lost again.
This is most frequently the problem of parents who are upon the Path of Nooship, and it is through their children that the lesson is learnt which can release them for initiation. They hold their children to them, and this, being counter to the law of nature, works out disastrously. It is the height of selfishness. And yet, did they but know and see aright, they would realise that to hold, one must detach, and to keep, one must release. Such is the law.
The soul has also to learn
This we will deal with later.
In the fourth place,
So many earnest servers hold on to their fellow workers, and do not relinquish their hold upon them or upon their activities upon the outer plane. This is a subtle error, for it masks itself behind a sense of righteous responsibility, an adherence to principles as they appear to the individual, and the accumulated experience of the noo,_ which is necessarily incomplete experience.
The relation between noos is egoic and not personal.
And answer there will be. Does this itself sound of the nature of separation and aloneness? It does, as far as outer activities are concerned. Only as servers cooperate from the standpoint of an inner subjective linking can a united world be carried forward.
At this time in the history of the world and its periodical salvaging from conditions which are wrecking the current civilisation, it is necessary that aspirants grasp the fact that that salvaging process must be carried on under the Law of Sacrifice, and that only a relative outer unity can be at this time achieved. Not as yet is
and for this all noos must struggle and strive.
On the outer plane, owing to the separative mind during this age and time, a complete accord on detail, on method, and on interpretation of principles is not possible. But_ the inner relationships and cooperation Must be established and developed, in spite of the outer divergences of opinion. When the inner link is held in love, and when noos relinquish the sense of authority over each other and of responsibility for each others activities, and at the same time stand shoulder to shoulder in the One Work, then the differences, the divergences, and the points of disagreement will automatically be overcome.
There are three rules which are important to noos at this time.
The ways and means are many; the points of view vary with every personality. The principle of work is love for all men and service to the race, preserving at the same time a deeper inner love for those with whom you are destined to work. Each soul grows into the way of light through service rendered, through experience gained, through mistakes made, and through lessons learnt. That necessarily must be personal and individual. But the work itself is one. The Path is one. The love is one. The goal is one. These are the points that matter.
Thirdly, preserve ever in work the attitude of mind which must grow out of the two rules above, faithfully followed. Your point of view and consciousness are your own, and therefore, are for you, right. Not necessarily is that which seems so clear to you and of such vital importance to you, of the same value or importance to your brothers/sisters. Your important principle may be realised by an abler mind than yours and by a more advanced noo as embodying an aspect of a greater principle, an interpretation of a principle, correct and proper at a certain time, but capable of a different application at another time, and by another mind. Under the Law of Sacrifice these three rules might be interpreted thus:
These are hard sayings, but they are the rules by which the Teachers on the inner side, guide Their actions and Their thoughts, when working with each other and with Their noos. The inner integrity is necessarily a proven fact to Them. To the noo it is not. But to the inner Teachers, the outer differences are abhorrent. They leave each other free to serve the Plan. They train Their noos (no matter what their degree) to serve that Plan with freedom, for in freedom and in the sense of joy and in the strength of inner cooperative love is the best work done.
Little as one may realise it, the many techniques and methods and ways are secondary to the major world need. There are many ways and many points of view, and many experiments and many efforts_ abortive or successful, and all of them come and go. But humanity remains. All of them are in evidence of the multiplicity of minds, and of experiences, but the goal remains. Difference is ever of the personality.
When this Law of Sacrifice governs the mind, it will inevitably lead all noos to relinquish the personal in favor of the universal and of the soul, that knows no separation, no difference. Then
As the work goes forward in the establishing of right human relations (which is the basic world need) and as the method of so doing_ goodwill_ is developed, the Christ and His noos will steadily approach closer to mankind. If the initial premise is accepted that He is on His way, then all spiritually oriented people and the noos and aspirants of the world will inevitably work_ but the premise must be accepted if the incentive is to prove adequate. It is with this thought that we look into the future. The fiat of the Lord has gone forth; the Christ stands attentive to the demand of humanity. That demand is rising and mounting every day and "in such an hour as you think not, He will come."
The Sons of men are one, and I am one with them.
I seek to love, not hate;
I seek to serve and not exact due service;
I seek to heal, not hurt.
Let pain bring due reward of light and love.
Let the soul control the outer form,
And life, and all events,
And bring to light the Love
That underlies the happenings of the time.
Let vision come and insight.
Let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail.
Let all men love.
In moments of extreme urgency or crisis, the story of the Christ brings to our attention the fact that He then came in touch with His Fatherransmittor in Heaven. God spoke to Him in terms of recognition; God testified to the fact that He knew Him for His beloved Son. To these basic facts of the historical record, we must add the realisation that "as He is, so are we in this world" and the assurance of Christ Himself that God is also our Father. Then the door of possibility opens. We can come then to the realisation that in times of intense human urgency, stress and crisis and when the soul of manis adequately aroused to the needed point of spiritual receptivity (as was ever the case with Christ then there can likewise come a divine recognition from the highest possible source which will suffice to bring release and liberation and to give power_
Let us here point out that where this is a group activity upon the physical plane there is_ under the Law of Balance and of Action and Reaction_ a paralleling spiritual activity. The entire world of men is today engaged in an intense activity in the material world_ marching armies, factories working in shifts twenty-four hours a day, seething migrations and deportations of people, intense air activity and the organising and planned work of the hundreds of relief agencies in every country_ to mention only a few of the myriad activities. The personalities of men everywhere are engaged and mentally, emotionally and physically they are all working at high pressure. The impact of circumstance and events has never been so potent. Alongside of this material activity of humanity is to be found
There are therefore, (speaking in terms of spiritual endeavour) the following groups whose massed intent is to bring about the liberation of humanity and who are to be found everywhere in the world:
The problem is how to fuse and blend the first five groups so that the spiritual appeal can express a group integrated and united demand. Only such a united demand, focussing the "massed intent" of mankind will suffice to evoke an extra-planetary response.
Much of this task of unification lies in the hands of two groups: the planetary Hierarchy and the New Group of World Servers. With the work of the first group, mankind has little to do, for They can be depended upon to fulfil Their task and to shoulder Their responsibility to the full. With the work of the New Group of World Servers all of you have much to do and it is about this work that we write at this time.
We shall not waste time in defining the personnel of this group. Suffice it to say that all who truly love their fellowmen and who serve them with sacrifice and selfless understanding constitute this group. Along with the affiliated body of men of goodwill, the members of the New Group of World Servers must now prepare themselves for a great act of service at the time of the May and June Full Moons and throughout the weeks preceding those times.
The statements which we are now going to make, we will put as briefly as possible, leaving you to ponder upon them and trusting you to understand them. What we have now to say will fall into three parts:
It is necessary for you to understand the immediate spiritual possibilities which confront humanity if those of you who have vision and love humanity are to measure up to the immediate opportunity. It is necessary that you should
We do not intend to plead with you, as in the past, or ask you for cooperation either to serve or sacrifice. We only seek to give you information, leaving you to make due application under the urge of your own souls.