Agni Yoga in the Time of Chaos – II

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Let vision come and insight.
Let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail. Let all people love.

https://www.lucistrust.org/mantrams/the_mantram_unification

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Agni Yoga in the Time of Chaos

    • Profound attentiveness: revealing the inner (symbolic) meaning hidden in outer circumstances. VISION.
    • Serene expectancy: mitigating the anxiety associated with the uncertainty of unpredictability. CALMNESS.
    • Perfect adaptability: minimizing personal resistance in facing events beyond individual control. INTELLIGENCE. 

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SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

The New White Plague

[David Brooks NYT] The Moral Meaning of the Plague. The virus is a test. We have the freedom to respond.

Viktor Frankl, writing from the madness of the Holocaust, reminded us that we don’t get to choose our difficulties, but we do have the freedom to select our responses. Meaning, he argued, comes from three things: the work we offer in times of crisis, the love we give and our ability to display courage in the face of suffering. The menace may be subhuman or superhuman, but we all have the option of asserting our own dignity, even to the end.

I’d add one other source of meaning. It’s the story we tell about this moment. It’s the way we tie our moment of suffering to a larger narrative of redemption. It’s the way we then go out and stubbornly live out that story. The plague today is an invisible monster, but it gives birth to a better world.

This particular plague hits us at exactly the spots where we are weakest and exposes exactly those ills we had lazily come to tolerate. We’re already a divided nation, and the plague makes us distance from one another.

There’s a new introspection coming into the world, as well. Everybody I talk to these days seems eager to have deeper conversations and ask more fundamental questions:

Are you ready to die? If your lungs filled with fluid a week from Tuesday would you be content with the life you’ve lived?

What would you do if a loved one died? Do you know where your most trusted spiritual and relational resources lie?

What role do you play in this crisis? What is the specific way you are situated to serve?

We are all assigned the task of confronting our own fear.

Suffering can be redemptive. We learn more about ourselves in these hard periods. The differences between red and blue don’t seem as acute on the gurneys of the E.R., but the inequality in the world seems more obscene when the difference between rich and poor is life or death.

So, yes, this is a meaningful moment. And it is this very meaning that will inspire us and hold us together as things get worse. In situations like this, meaning is a vital medication for the soul.


The New White Plague

  • Like tuberculosis (the White Plague), the SARS-CoV-2 virus attacks the lungs (see video).
  • Will power, love-wisdom and intelligence comprise the three aspects of the human soul.  The lungs are associated with the will aspect.
  • The throat, corresponding to the third creative aspect or the body nature, the active intelligence of the soul.
  • The heart, the love-wisdom of the soul, the buddhi or Christ principle. [Page 166]
  • The lungs, the analogy for the breath of life, is the correspondence to spirit. -EH
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is a battle to break the will of humanity.
  • A worldwide war is being waged against the spirit of goodwill.  Demagogues all over the world are stoking the fires of selfishness against altruism, separativeness against compassion and nationalism against internationalism.
  • Only a higher fire, the fiery Will-to-Good, can counter these lower fires in order to redeem the Spirit of Goodwill (Easter).

 

Three Spiritual Festivals

EASTER FESTIVAL: ARIES

Easter is the festival of the risen living Christ, the expression of the love of God. It is determined by the date of the Spring full moon of Aries and is the great Western and Christian Festival.

The time of Easter is imbued with the initiating energy of Will powerfully flowing through the sign of Aries and bringing the spirit of Renewal into our lives. The Christ was first to anchor the divine principle of Love, an alchemical process that continues to impact the hearts and minds of people of all faiths and cultures and is leading humanity into an age characterised by Love.

WESAK FESTIVAL: TAURUS

The Wesak Festival is generally known as the Festival of the Buddha. In a legend, full of imagery, He is said to make an annual appearance in a secluded valley somewhere in the Himalayas at the exact time of the full moon of Taurus.

CHRIST’S FESTIVAL (of GOODWILL): GEMINI

Often referred to as the Festival of Humanity or the Festival of the Christ, this culminating Festival honours the Christ and celebrates humanity’s potential for duality to be resolved, and for goodwill to flourish.

 

The power of goodwill

EH 108: By the development of goodwill, which is the will of good intention and motive, will come the healing of diseases of the respiratory tract, lungs and throat, the stabilising of the cells of the brain, the cure of insanities and obsessions, and an attainment of equilibrium and of rhythm. Longevity will ensue, for death should be the recognition by the soul of work consummated and pralaya earned. It will only take place later at long and separated periods and will be controlled by the will of the man. He will cease to breathe when he has finished his work, and then will send the atoms of his body into pralaya. That is the sleep of the physical, the end of manifestation, and the occult significance of this is not yet comprehended.

The Rise of Goodwill
(music sheet by JB)

[EH] The Good. What is the good? Is it not the expression of the will-to-good? Does not and should not this will-to-good work out on the physical plane in what we call goodwill among men? Is it not possible that the soul, seeking constantly (on its own plane) to conform to the Plan which implements the divine will-to-good, endeavours to impel its threefold expression, the personality, to express goodwill-doing this at the right stage of evolutionary unfoldment and when it is active and functioning? Yet, because of the resistance of the form nature, as yet inadequate to the desired divine expression, friction immediately set up and disease eventuates. I think that even a brief consideration of the above questions will demonstrate to you how probable it is that the soul’s inclination to “the good” can bring about resistance upon the physical plane so that the turmoil thus engendered in the consciousness of man can and does produce disease. This type of disease is responsible for many of the difficulties of advanced people, aspirants and disciples. This “friction” produces then a secondary reaction and leads to those psychological conditions to which we give the name “depression, an inferiority complex, and the sense of failure.” This particular source of disease, “the Good,” is one that primarily affects the mental types.

Esoteric Healing Study Guide by JB


 

Esoteric Perspective on Tuberculosis

by the Master D.K.

[EH] As the ages passed away, humanity entered into the Atlantean stage of development. The conscious control of the physical body dropped below the threshold of consciousness; the etheric body became consequently more potent (a [Page 231] fact not oft considered), and the physical body reacted increasingly like an automaton to the impression and the direction of a steadily developing desire nature. Desire became something more than simply response to animal physical urges and to the primitive instincts, but was directed to objects and objectives extraneous to the body, towards material possessions and towards that which (when seen and coveted) could be appropriated. Just as the major sins of Lemurian times (if they could be called sins in any true sense, because of the low intelligence of the race) were through the misuse of sex, so the major sin of the Atlantean people was theft—widespread and general. The seeds of aggression and of personal acquisitiveness began to show themselves, culminating in the great war (as related in The Secret Doctrine) between the Lords of the Shining Countenance and the Lords of the Dark Face. To procure what they coveted and felt they needed, the most highly evolved of that race began to practice magic. It is not possible for me to outline to you the nature and practices of Atlantean magic with its control of elementals and of forms of life [JB: viruses?] which have now been driven back into retreat and are inaccessible to humanity; neither can I indicate to you the particular methods used to acquire what was desired, the Words of Power employed and the carefully planned rituals which were followed by those who sought to enrich themselves and to take what they wanted, no matter what the cost to others. This magical work was the misdirected travesty of the White Magic so openly used in those days, prior to the great war between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Evil. Magic of the right kind was very familiar to the Atlantean people, and was used by those Members of the Hierarchy Who were entrusted with the guidance of the race and Who were combating rampant evil in high places. That same evil is again upon the warpath and is being [Page 232] fought by the men of goodwill, under the direction of the Great White Lodge. Heights of luxury were reached in Atlantis of which we, with all our boasted civilisation, know nothing and have never achieved. Some faint traces of it have come to us from legends and from ancient Egypt, from archeological discovery and old fairy tales. There was a recurrence of pure Atlantean mischief and wickedness in the decadent days of the Roman Empire. Life became tainted by the miasma of unadulterated selfishness and the very springs of life itself became polluted. Men only lived and breathed in order to be in possession of the utmost luxury and of a very plethora of things and of material goods. They were smothered by desire and plagued by the dream of never dying but of living on and on, acquiring more and more of all that they desired.

Tuberculosis. <Pages 232,237>

It is in this situation that we find the origin of tuberculosis. It originated in the organs whereby men breathe and live, and was imposed—as a penalty—by the Great White Lodge; the Masters promulgated a new law for the Atlantean people when Lemurian vice and Atlantean cupidity were at their most ruthless height. This law can be translated into the following terms: “He who lives only for material goods, who sacrifices all virtue in order to gain that which cannot last, will die in life, will find breath failing him, and yet will refuse to think of death until the summons comes.”

It is difficult for us in these days to appreciate or to comprehend the Atlantean state of consciousness. There was no mental process whatsoever except among the leaders of the race; there was only rampant, ruthless, insatiable desire. This action of the Great White Lodge forced two issues and confronted the race with two hitherto unrealised [Page 233] problems. The first was that psychological attitudes and states of consciousness can and do bring about physiological conditions, these being both good and bad. Secondly, for the first time the people faced with recognition the phenomenon of death—death which they themselves brought about in a new way and not just by physical means. This had to be dramatised for them in some definitely objective manner, for as yet the masses did not respond to verbal teaching but only to visual events. When, therefore, they saw a particularly predatory and rapacious person begin to suffer from a dire disease which seemed to arise from within himself and—whilst suffering—hold on to his love of life (as tubercular people do today), they were faced with another aspect or form of the original law (imposed in Lemurian times) which said: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Death had hitherto been accepted without questioning as the fate of all living things, but now, for the first time, mental relationship between individual action and death was recognised—as yet in a dim and feeble way—and a great step forward was made in the human consciousness. Instinct failed to handle this situation.

Death, brother of mine, is a great and universal heritage; all forms die, for such is the law of life, to speak in paradoxes. The time had arrived when the race could be taught the lesson that death can either be the ending of a cycle and an automatic response to the great Law of Cycles which continually institutes the new and ends the old, or it can be brought about by the misuse of the physical body, by misapplied energy and by the deliberate action of the man himself. The man who deliberately sins, and who is psychologically wrong in his attitudes and consequent actions, commits suicide just as truly as the man who deliberately blows out his brains. This is seldom realised, but the truth will become increasingly apparent.[Page 234]

The Biblical injunction to remember that the sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children is a literal statement anent the human heritage of disease from Lemuria and Atlantis. Syphilis and tuberculosis have been extensively prevalent in the first half of the Aryan race, in which we now find ourselves, and today they not only affect the organs of generation or the lungs (as they did in the early stages of their appearance), but now have involved the blood stream and consequently the entire organism of the human body.

Much has been done in the last fifty years to bring the great Atlantean disease of tuberculosis under control by simplicity of living, pure and ample food and good air. Much is being done to control, finally, the syphilitic diseases, and both will eventually be stamped out, not only by sound treatment and the discoveries of medical science, but because the race—as it becomes more mentally polarised—will itself deal with the problem from the angle of commonsense, will decide that the physical sins exact too heavy a penalty and that the possession of that which you have not earned or needed, and which consequently is not rightfully yours, is not worth while.

It is around these basic ideas that the world war (1914-1945) was fought. We call the unlawful possession of other people’s land, territories, goods and chattels, aggression; but this is the same thing in principle as stealing, theft and rape. Today these evils are not only individual sins and faults, but can be national characteristics; the world war has brought the whole problem to the surface of the human consciousness and the ancient Atlantean struggle is being bitterly waged, with the probability that this time the Great White Lodge will triumph. That was not the case in the earlier conflict. Then the war was ended by the intervention of the planetary Logos Himself, and that [Page 235] ancient civilisation went down into the deeps and was engulfed in water—the symbol of purity, sanitation and universality, and therefore appropriate as an ending for what one of the Masters has called “a tubercularly oriented race.” Death by drowning and death by obscure physical means which I am not at liberty to describe have both been tried in the effort to salvage humanity. Today, death by fire is the applied technique, and it promises to be successful. In contradistinction to the great Lemurian and Atlantean crises, humanity is now far more mentally alert, the causes of the trouble are recognised, motives are seen more clearly, and the will-to-good and to change past evil conditions is stronger than ever before. What is beginning to manifest now in the public consciousness is something utterly good and new.

The subjective reasons given to account for the appearance of these two most ancient racial diseases may well appear to the non-esotericist as possible but not probable and as fanciful and too general in nature. This cannot be helped. These two groups of diseases are of such exceedingly ancient origin that I have called them inherent in the planetary life itself and the heritage of all humanity, for in all, the breaking of certain laws will bring about these diseases. If I cared to do so, I could take you still further back into the realm of cosmic evil as it prevails in our solar system and affects the planetary Logos, Who is still numbered among “the imperfect Gods.” The outer form of the planet through which He expresses Himself is impregnated to a certain depth with the seeds and germs of these two diseases; as immunity is built up, however, as methods of cure are developed, as preventive medicine comes into its own, and as man himself arrives at increasing mental and soul control of the animal and desire natures, these forms of human suffering will disappear, and (no matter what statistics [Page 236] may say) they are disappearing among the more controlled areas of the human family. As the life of God (expressing itself as individual divinity and universal divinity) pulsates more powerfully through the kingdoms of nature, these two penalties of evil-doing will inevitably no longer be required and will disappear for three reasons:

  1. The orientation of humanity towards the light is steadily changing and “light dispels all evil.” The light of knowledge and the recognition of causes will bring about those carefully planned conditions which will make the syphilitic diseases and tuberculosis things of the past.
  2. The centres below the diaphragm will be subjected to a cleansing, lifting process; the life of the sacral centre will be controlled and the energy usually focussed there will be expended in creative living, through the medium of the throat centre; the solar plexus centre will have its energy lifted to the heart, and the trend of human selfishness will then die out.
  3. Complete cures, implemented by science, will bring about a gradual fading out of contagion.

Another reason which will bring about the cessation of those practises and modes of living and desiring which account for these diseases is one little recognised as yet; it was referred to by the Christ when He spoke of the time when nothing secret would remain hidden and when all secrets would be shouted aloud from the housetops. The growth of telepathic registration and of the psychic powers such as clairvoyance and clairaudience will eventually tend to strip humanity of the privacy in which to sin. The powers whereby the Masters and the higher initiates can ascertain the psychic state and physical condition of humanity, its quality and consciousness, are already beginning to show [Page 237] themselves in advanced humanity. People will sin, commit evil deeds and satisfy inordinate desire, but they will be known to their fellowmen and nothing that they do will be carried out in secret. Some one or some group will be aware of the tendencies in the life of a man, and even of the incidents in which he satisfies some demand of his lower nature, and the fact of this possibility will act as a great deterrent—a far greater deterrent than you can imagine. Man is indeed his brother’s keeper, and the keeping will take the form of knowledge and of “boycott and sanctions”—as it is called today in reference to the penalising of nations. I would have you ponder on these two modes of treating wrong doing. They will be practically automatically applied as a matter of good taste, right feeling and helpful intention by individuals and groups to other individuals and groups, and in this way crime and the tendency to evil doing will gradually be stamped out. It will be realised that all crime is founded upon some form of disease, or upon a glandular lack or overstimulation, based in turn upon the development or the underdevelopment of some one or other of the centres. An enlightened public opinion—informed as to man’s constitution and aware of the great Law of Cause and Effect—will deal with the criminal through medical means, right environmental conditions, and the penalties of boycott and sanctions. I have no time to enlarge upon these matters, but these suggestions will give you food for thought.

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[EH] You see, therefore, how medical science must eventually seek solution in a simplification of methods and a return from a complexity of drugs and operations to an understanding of the right use of the energies which pour through from the inner man, via the etheric body, to the physical.

The following suggestions may help:

1. By the development of goodwill, which is the will of good intention and motive, will come the healing of diseases of the respiratory tract, lungs and throat, the stabilising of the cells of the brain, the cure of insanities and obsessions, and an attainment of equilibrium and of rhythm. Longevity will ensue, for death should be the recognition by the soul of work consummated and pralaya earned. It will only take place later at long and separated periods, and will be controlled by the will of the man. He will cease to breathe when he has finished his work, and then will send the atoms of his body into pralaya. That is the sleep of the physical, the end of manifestation, and the occult significance of this is not yet comprehended.

2. By a comprehension of the laws of vitality—and in this phrase are comprehended the laws governing prana, radiation and magnetism—will come the healing of the diseases in the blood, of the arteries and veins, of certain nervous complaints, lack of vitality, senile decay, poor circulation and similar ills. This too will result in the [Page 109] prolongation of life. The laws of electrical energy will also be better understood in this connection.

3. By the understanding of right methods of assimilation and elimination will come the healing of diseases connected with the bodily tissues, the stomach and bowels and the male and female organs of generation. It will some day be understood that these latter are only another system of assimilation and elimination, centred this time in the feminine aspect or woman, for again remember that this is the second or love system.

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[EH] When the majority of the inhabitants of the earth are being rapidly oriented towards good, towards righteousness, as the Bible expresses it, and when the bulk of human beings are inclined towards goodwill (the second major expression of soul contact and influence in the individual’s life and in the life of mankind—the first being the sense of responsibility), then ill health will persistently, even if only gradually, disappear and die out and finally be nonexistent. Slowly, very slowly, this is already happening—not yet in the disappearance of disease, but in the bringing about of a more correct orientation. What this really means is that the channel of contact between the individual and his soul and the soul of humanity is becoming more direct and unimpeded. Alignment is being brought about. You can see again, therefore, why the emphasis in the life of the healer must be laid upon contact and alignment, and why so few succeed. There is little if any contact to be found among healers today, and little direct consciousness of the necessity, [Page 546] and no real understanding of the techniques to be followed. It is wise to grasp this important point, for it will negate disappointment. Disease is not going to disappear miraculously and suddenly from a world in the immediate period, heralding the New Age. If it did, the implications would be that the Law of Karma no longer controlled, and this is not the case.

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[EH] So great has been the progress of man during the past two hundred years that the Council Chamber at Shamballa was forced to take notice. As a result of this attention by the Great Lives around Sanat Kumara and Their interest in the affairs of men, two things happened:

  1. The will aspect of divinity made its first definite and direct contact with the human mind. The impact was direct and not deflected-as had hitherto been the case-to the Hierarchy and from thence to humanity. According to the type of man or group who responded or reacted to this contact, so were the results; they were very good or exceedingly bad. Great and good men appeared and enunciated the truths needed for the New Age, and of these Lincoln, Roosevelt, Browning, Briand and a host of lesser men could be cited. Evil and pernicious men also emerged, such as Hitler and the group he gathered around him, bringing much evil upon the Earth.
  2. At the same time, the will-to-good from Shamballa evoked the latent goodwill in man, so that today and increasingly over the past one hundred years, goodness of heart, kindness in action, consideration for others and mass action to promote human welfare have spread over the Earth.

The emergence of imperfection and the planned effort of evil have been paralleled by the appearance of the New Group of World Servers and by the preparation which the Hierarchy is making towards its externalisation upon the [Page 668] physical plane. The Hierarchy is at this time exceedingly powerful; its Ashrams are full of initiates and disciples, and its periphery or magnetic field is drawing countless thousands of aspirants towards it. The war struck a mortal blow to material evil, and its hold on humanity is greatly weakened.

Confound not evil with the activities of the gangster or the criminal. Criminals and gangsters are the result of the emerging massed imperfections: they are the victims of ignorance, mishandling when children and misunderstanding down the ages of right human relations; the Law of Rebirth will eventually lead them on the way to good. Those men are truly evil who seek to enforce a return to the bad old ways, who endeavour to keep their fellowmen in slavery of some kind or another, who block the expression of one or all of the Four Freedoms, who gain material riches at the expense of the exploited, or who seek to hold for themselves and for gain the produce of the earth, and thus make the cost of life’s necessities prohibitive to those not richly endowed. Those who thus work, think and plan are to be found in every nation, and are usually of prominence because of their riches and influence; however, they sin against light and not through ignorance; their goals are material and not spiritual. They are relatively few compared to the countless millions of men, but are exceedingly powerful; they are highly intelligent but unscrupulous, and it is through them that the Forces of Evil work, holding back progress, promoting poverty, breeding hatred and class distinctions, fostering racial differences for their own ends, and keeping ignorance in power. Their sin is great and it is hard for them to change, because power and the will-to-power (as it militates against the will-to-good) is a dominant all-controlling factor in their lives; these men are today working against the unity of the United Nations, [Page 669] through their greed, their determination to own the resources of the earth (such as oil, mineral wealth and food) and thus keep the people weak and with inadequate food. These men, who are found in every nation, thoroughly understand each other and are working together in great combines to exploit the riches of the earth at the expense of humanity.

Russia is today singularly free of such men, so I refer not here to that vast country, as many of her enemies might surmise. Russia is making great mistakes, but they are the mistakes of a fanatical ideologist or of a gangster who sins because of ignorance, through immaturity or in fury at the evil things with which he is surrounded. This is something totally different to the evil with which I have been dealing, and it will not last, because Russia will learn; these others do not learn.

I have used the above illustration so as to make my theme somewhat clearer. The whole problem of evil is, however, too vast to contemplate here, nor is it advisable or wise to discuss the source of evil (not of imperfection), the Black Lodge. Energy follows thought, and the spoken word can be potently evocative: therefore, until one is a member of the Great White Lodge, it is the part of wisdom to avoid consideration of forces potent enough intelligently to use the latent imperfection in humanity and to impose the vast evil of war, with all its results and far-reaching effects, upon humanity. The Black Lodge is the problem of the White Lodge, and not the problem of humanity. For aeons the Hierarchy has handled this problem, and is now in process of solving it. It is essentially, however, the main consideration and problem of Shamballa, for it is connected with the will aspect, and only the will-to-good will suffice to blot out and annihilate the will-to-evil. Goodwill will not suffice, though the united and invocative appeal of the [Page 670] men of goodwill throughout the world-increasingly voiced through the Great Invocation-will serve “to seal the door where evil dwells.”

WORLD INVOCATION DAY

World Invocation Day is a world day of prayer when men and women of every spiritual path join in a universal appeal to divinity and use the Great Invocation.

It is behind that door and in dealing with the forces there concealed (and mobilised) that the Hierarchy is effective; the methods and modes whereby They protect humanity from mobilised evil, and are gradually driving the evil back, would not be understood by you who have not yet passed through the door which leads to the Way of the Higher Evolution.

What shall I say concerning harmlessness? It is not easy for me to show or prove to you the effectiveness of the higher aspect, spiral or phase of harmlessness as employed by the Hierarchy, under the direction of the Perfect One, the Christ. The harmlessness with which I have earlier dealt has relation to the imperfections with which humanity is wrestling, and is difficult for you to apply in and under all circumstances, as well you know. The harmlessness to which I refer in connection with you is not negative, or sweet or kindly activity, as so many believe; it is a state of mind and one which in no way negates firm or even drastic action; it concerns motive and involves the determination that the motive behind all activity is goodwill. That motive might lead to positive and sometimes disagreeable action or speech, but as harmlessness and goodwill condition the mental approach, nothing can eventuate but good.

On a higher turn of the spiral, the Hierarchy also employs harmlessness, but it is related to the will-to-good and involves the use of dynamic, electric energy under intuitive direction; this type of energy is never brought into activity by man; it is energy which he cannot yet handle. This type of harmlessness is based on complete self-sacrifice, wherein the will-to-sacrifice, the will-to-good and the will-to-power (three phases of the will aspect, as expressed through the [Page 671] Spiritual Triad) are all fused into one dynamic energy of a deeply spiritual nature. This energy is the epitome of complete or perfect harmlessness, where humanity and the subsidiary kingdoms in nature are concerned, but it is expulsive in its effect and dynamic in its annihilating impact, where the Forces of Evil are concerned.

A close but esoteric study of the three temptations of the Christ will reveal three major occasions when the Perfect One, expressing this higher harmlessness, forced the exponent of evil to retreat. This triple episode is symbolically related, but is factual in nature. Little thought has ever been given to what would have been the worldwide effect down the centuries if the Christ had not reacted as He did; speculation is of little use, but it might be stated that the entire course of history and of the evolutionary progress of humanity would have been altered, and in a dire and awful manner. But the dynamic harmlessness, the expression of the will-to-good and the demonstration of the will-to-power (forcing evil to leave Him) marked a most important crisis in the life of the Christ. The Gospel story (with its resume of the five initiations) concerns the progress and triumph of the Master Jesus; the story of the three temptations indicated the taking of a still higher initiation, the sixth, by the Christ; this conferred on Him complete mastery over evil, and not mastery over imperfection; it was because He was the “Perfect One” that He could take this initiation.

I have given you much for mature consideration and thrown some light upon an initiation of which little, naturally, can be known. I would call your attention also to the three fundamental requirements for a successful approach to this initiation: perfect poise, a completed point of view and divine understanding. You would find it of interest to see how these three qualities work out in relation to the [Page 672] three temptations; in so doing much light would be thrown on the life, nature and character of the Christ.

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Agni Yoga in the Time of Chaos

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Let vision come and insight.
Let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail. Let all people love.

https://www.lucistrust.org/mantrams/the_mantram_unification

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Agni Yoga in the Time of Chaos

    • Profound attentiveness: revealing the inner (symbolic) meaning hidden in outer circumstances. VISION.
    • Serene expectancy: mitigating the anxiety associated with the uncertainty of unpredictability. CALMNESS.
    • Perfect adaptability: minimizing personal resistance in facing events beyond individual control. INTELLIGENCE. 

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SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

  • The esoteric community carries the responsibility to lead others to the light and to do its part in reducing the pandemic’s harm. Being mindful of the risks to themselves, and to others, should rank very high in their priorities. Mindfulness — an essential element of Agni Yoga — is, after all, the new Fiery Yoga of Synthesis to be practiced by the New Group of World Servers (NGWS).
  • The esoteric community also carries the responsibility to lead others in the use of the Technique of Light to dissipate the glamor of fear, and the Technique of Indifference to devitalize the maya of “worry and irritation.” This latter, we are told, “lowers the vitality of the man to such a point that he becomes susceptible to disease.  The scourge of influenza has its roots in fear and worry… They are so highly infectious from the astral point of view that they lower in a peculiar manner the astral atmosphere, and thus make it hard for people—in the astral sense—to breathe freely. Because the astral conditions of fear, worry and irritation are so widespread today that they might be regarded as epidemic, in a planetary sense.” (see AAB-DK quotes, below) 
  • DISCERNMENT is of the essence at this crucial juncture. There is a war going on. First and foremost, it is a war against the TRUTH. The COVID-19 epidemic is but a physical expression of this underlying cause. The One Humanity needs to redeem the Good, the Beautiful and the True. And there is a Way of Life and Truth to lead us forth. “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life,” we have been told. It is time to heed His words. It is time to BE these words.  To truly know is to be.
  • Stephen Hawking has coined the phrase: “intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Yes, indeed! But this rational intelligence is blind, as blind as a computer  groping for answers. Artificial (rational) intelligence is unable to DISCERN which is the right question.  Powerful computers can emulate this intelligence but can never enact the intuitive sense.
  • Rational intelligence is necessary, but not sufficient, to successfully wage and win this war. The Light of the INTUITION must guide us too. The conscious members of the New Group of World Servers must lead the way in the skillful use of  this nascent sense of VISION, here and now.  Like the mind to the brain, the NGWS is the link between the spiritual Hierarchy and rational Humanity. Let us apply ourselves to the task:
    • Listen. Touch. See. Apply. Know.
    • Know. Express. Reveal. Destroy. Resurrect.

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Artificial Intelligence

Summit was commissioned by the US Department of Energy in 2014 for the purpose it’s serving now — solving the world’s problems.

The world’s fastest supercomputer (Summit) identified chemicals that could stop coronavirus from spreading, a crucial step toward a vaccine

The most powerful computers on the planet

Summit and Sierra, supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, are now ranked the #1 and #2 fastest computers. They are helping us model supernovas, pioneer new materials and explore cancer, genetics and the environment — using technologies available to all businesses.

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Natural Intelligence

The Mind was commissioned by the Lords of the Flame, 18 millions ago, for the purpose of implementing the Will of God on Earth, the Purpose which the Masters know and serve.

Technique of the Presence (Agni Yoga)

A. Three preliminary steps. Fire is the symbol of the mind and these are the first three stages of the Agni Yoga discipline or of the yoga of fire for which Raja Yoga has prepared the student.

  1. PROFOUND ATTENTIVENESS, the evocation of the stage of spiritual “tension.”
  2. ADAPTABILITY of the Soul-infused Personality (Natural Intelligence).
  3. SERENE EXPECTANCY.

B. Next stages in the Technique  [these must be thoroughly understood and form the basis of prolonged brooding and intelligent reflection, carried on whilst the daily avocations and duties are being performed and not carried out at certain set times. The trained intuitive or disciple lives ever the dual life of mundane activity and of intense and simultaneous spiritual reflection…This is a suggestive formula for a more advanced meditation attitude, not form].

  1. [4] The (Monadic) Presence. Definite and sustained effort to sense the (Monadic) Presence throughout the Universe in all forms and in all presentations of truth.This could be expressed in the words: “the effort to isolate the germ or seed of divinity which has brought all forms into being”… the effort primarily to see in the light which the Angel radiates the point of light behind all phenomenal appearances. 
  2. [5] Intuiting the Purpose. Having sensed the (Monadic) Presence – not theoretically but in vibrating response to its Existence – next comes the stage of the ascertaining of the Purpose, the effort to achieve an understanding of that which through the medium of form is seeking to embody the high purpose at any particular point in the evolutionary cycle.
  3. [6] The triple light of the intuition. To carry some world problem, some design which has evolved in the mind or the heart of the disciple for the helping of humanity, into what is esoterically called “the triple light of the intuition.” This light is formed by the blending of the light of the personal self, focused in the mind, the light of the soul, focused in the Angel, and the universal light which the Presence emits.

https://www.ngsm.org/agni-yoga/IHF-TP.htm

AAB-DK quotes on epidemics

EP II 547: Contagious diseases (epidemic or endemic) which are of group origin and involve the man as a part of his group karma, but are quite frequently unrelated to his personal karma.

EH 18: Infections coming to a man from outside and not as the result of his own peculiar blood condition.  Such infections are the various so-called infectious and contagious diseases, and prevalent epidemics.  These may come to a man in the line of duty, through his daily contacts, or through a widespread condition of disease in his environment.

EH 25: It might be stated as a basic generalisation that personal physical trouble has its seat at present in the emotional body, and that that vehicle of expression is the one predominant predisposing agent in the ill health of the individual, just as group ills and the sweep of epidemics of any kind through the masses are founded in some condition in the etheric substance of the planet.  Those diseases which are general, national, racial and planetary find their way to an individual via his etheric body, but are not so personal in their implications.

EH: Worry and Irritation are dangerous because:

  1. They lower the vitality of the man to such a point that he becomes susceptible to disease. The scourge of influenza has its roots in fear and worry, and once the world settles down to freedom from the present “fearful” condition, we shall see the disease die out.
  2. They are so highly infectious from the astral point of view that they lower in a peculiar manner the astral atmosphere, and thus make it hard for people—in the astral sense—to breathe freely.
  3. Because the astral conditions of fear, worry and irritation are so widespread today that they might be regarded as epidemic, in a planetary sense.
  4. Because irritation (I speak not here of worry) is inflammatory in its effects—and inflammation is hard to bear—and leads to much difficulty. It is interesting to note that certain forms of eye trouble are caused by this.[Page 71]
  5. Because worry and irritation prevent true vision. They shut out the view. The man who is the victim of these conditions sees nothing but the cause of his complaints and is so submerged through self-pity, self-consideration, or in a focussed negative condition, that his vision is narrowed, and his group hindered.  Remember that there is group selfishness as well as individual selfishness.

EH 274: … the condition of the etheric body predisposes the subject to disease or protects it from disease, making man resistant to the impact of deteriorating or epidemic factors, or failing to do so because of inherent etheric weakness.

EH 301:  THE SEVEN RAY CAUSES OF KARMA. The Seven Ray Causes of Inharmony and Disease.

Ray IV. “The Great One fought and entered into combat.  All that He met appeared to Him a subject for display of power.  Within the fourth He found a field of battle and settled down to fight.  He saw the right and knew the wrong and vibrated between the two, fighting first one and then the other, but missing all the time that midway point where battle is not known.  There harmony, ease, rest and peaceful silence will be found.  He weakened all the forms which used His strength and power.  Yet all the time He sought for beauty; searched for loveliness; and yearned for peace.  Despair overtook Him in His courses, and with despair the will-to-live could not survive.  Yet all the time the loveliness was there.”

Here we have a strong indication as to the reason why humanity (the fourth kingdom in nature) succumbs with such rapidity and such ease to disease.  The conflicts to which humanity is so constantly summoned, both in group form and as individuals, lead—until understood and used as a means to triumph and progress—to a condition of constant devitalisation.  Where this is present, resistance to disease fades out and practically all forms of ill health and bodily ills become possible.  Diffusion of energy leads to a constant lessening of this resistance.  As a result you have debility, quick and bad reaction to the disease indigenous in the planet itself, and a rapid taking on of infections and of contagious diseases.  It is this energy which lies behind what we call epidemics, and influenza is one of its main expressions.

EH: The Fundamental Laws of Healing.

Law V. There is naught but energy, for God is Life. Two energies meet in man, but other five are present.  For each is to be found a central point of contact.  The conflict of these energies with forces and of forces twixt themselves produce the bodily ills of man.  The conflict of the first and second persists for ages until the mountaintop is reached—the first great mountain top.  The fight between the forces produces all disease, all ills and bodily pain which seek release in death.  The two, the five and thus the seven, plus that which they produce, possess the secret.  This is the fifth law of healing within the world of form.

There is also a secret meaning here which relates to the seven rays as they express themselves in the human kingdom; the knowledge of this secret enables a Master to control epidemics and widespread diseases; with this you are not at this time concerned.  Incidentally, the relative freedom from the plagues and epidemics which usually follow in the wake of war has been partly due to the use of this sevenfold knowledge by the Hierarchy, plus the scientific knowledge of humanity itself.

In this connection also (and I mention it simply from the angle of its interest) there are two hierarchical officials—[Page 599] the Mahachohan and His Representative upon the seventh ray—Who are today in possession of this secret in its entirety, and They are aided by five other Masters in applying the gained knowledge.  These five Masters are working primarily with the deva evolution, and this is, as you know, connected with form, and in this particular case with the healing devas.  These seven Members of the Hierarchy are aided in Their turn by one of the Buddhas of Activity, and also by the representative of the Spirit of the Earth.  This again makes the two, the five, and then the seven—a different enumeration, and one which when brought together equals nine, which is the number of initiation.  This numerical relationship brings man to the point where he is “initiated into the realm of perfection and knows no further aches or pains, and his mind is thus deflected from that which is below to that which is above.”

I have mentioned this phase of mankind’s relation to the subject of health so as to show you how subtle and esoteric are the matters with which we are dealing, and so give to the individual patient a sense of proportion, where his bodily ills or even his death are concerned.

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Certain healers—few and far between—who have set up a relation with the spirit of the earth, the Ruler of all the lunar lords.  Under certain formulas and given a certain amount of practice, these healers can invoke his aid and—in fact—command it.  I do not advise any interested student to ponder overmuch along this line or to endeavour to set up a contact or to invoke his aid.  Only initiates of high degree can deal safely with this powerful involutionary Elemental; they do so [Page 647] only in connection with epidemics and international catastrophes such as the world war, in which thousands and thousands of bodies were involved.  An individual not highly developed who endeavoured to establish rapport would probably only succeed in stimulating the lunar lords of his own little system to such an extent that his lower nature would be unduly energised—sometimes even to the point of death.

R&I: One of the purposes lying behind the present holocaust (World War II) has been the necessity for the [Page 76] destruction of inadequate forms.  This destruction could have been brought about by an act of God, such as a great natural catastrophe or a universal epidemic, and such had been the original intention.  Humanity was, however, swept by forces that carried in themselves the seeds of destruction, and there was that in humanity which responded to those forces.  Therefore, the Law of destruction was permitted to work through humanity itself, and men are now destroying the forms through which many masses of men are functioning.  This is both a good and a bad thing, viewed from the evolutionary angle.  It is nevertheless a fact which cannot be gainsaid, and the problem, therefore, confronting the Custodians of the Will, working through the Custodians of the Plan, is to bring good out of the evil which man has wrought, and thus gear events to the larger issues.

The power of goodwill

EH 108: By the development of goodwill, which is the will of good intention and motive, will come the healing of diseases of the respiratory tract, lungs and throat, the stabilising of the cells of the brain, the cure of insanities and obsessions, and an attainment of equilibrium and of rhythm.  Longevity will ensue, for death should be the recognition by the soul of work consummated and pralaya earned.  It will only take place later at long and separated periods, and will be controlled by the will of the man.  He will cease to breathe when he has finished his work, and then will send the atoms of his body into pralaya.  That is the sleep of the physical, the end of manifestation, and the occult significance of this is not yet comprehended.


The Three Techniques to Dispel Illusion,
Dissipate Glamour and Devitalize Maya

GWP 172: We shall in this section deal with techniques, and these might be summarised as follows:

  1. The Technique of the Presence. By means of this technique, the soul assumes control of the integrated personality and of its relations, horizontal and vertical. This technique involves the unfolding of the flower of the intuition, dispelling illusion, revealing the Angel, indicating the Presence, and opening up to the disciple the world of ideas and the door of the higher initiations. Through the disciple’s grasp and application of these divine ideas or seed thoughts, he becomes initiate and the third initiation becomes possible as an immediate goal. The intuition is the applied power of transfiguration. This technique is related to the little known yoga called Agni Yoga or the yoga of fire.
  2. The Technique of Light. By means of this technique, the illumined mind assumes control over the astral or emotional body and dissipates glamour. When light pours in, glamour fades out. Illumination dominates and the vision [Page 172] of reality can be seen. This technique is related to Raja Yoga and its goal is the second initiation; it produces ability to tread the Path of Discipleship, and enables the man to “live a life, enlightened by divinity.” Illumination is the applied power of transformation.
  3. The Technique of Indifference. By means of this technique, maya is ended; for the control of the purified astral vehicle is consciously and technically brought into activity, producing the freeing of the energies of the etheric body from the control of matter or force-substance, and bringing men in large numbers on to the Probationary Path. Where there is “divine indifference” to the call or pull of matter, then inspiration becomes possible. This technique is related to Karma Yoga in its most practical form and the use of matter with complete impersonality. The goal of this technique is the first initiation, which enables man to “live a life, inspired by God.” Inspiration is the applied power of transmission.

 


 

Saturn-Pluto Synodic Cycle

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[JB] Preparedness planning is essential to mitigate the impact of any chaotic contingency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The importance of planning is underscored in the Second Hint given by the Master D.K. as part of His Teachings on Initiation in the book Discipleship in the New Age (volume II).

[DINA II, 302 (Hint #2)] That human planning and thinking, as the future is faced, are the first indications in the history of mankind of the emergence of the will aspect. Can you answer the question: Why is this indicated? … A hint ever evokes a question, and it is in the answering of these questions that the disciples learn and eventually become Masters.

[DINA II, 350]  Evidence of the growth of the human intellect along the needed receptive lines can be seen in the “planning” of the various nations, and in the efforts of the United Nations to formulate a world plan which will eventuate in peace, security and right human relations.

Seven Hints

  1. The great changes being brought about in the Hierarchy, and in order to make the work of the New Age adequate and to establish a closer rapport with Shamballa, have been the result of the work done by the working disciples of the world.
  2. Human planning and thinking, as the future is faced, are the first indications in the history of mankind of the emergence of the will aspect.
  3. Disciples in all Ashrams have the task of “modifying, qualifying, and adapting the divine plan.”
  4. The initiate knows because he works.
  5. A key to the correct interpretation of a hint lies in its association with the idea of direction in time and space.
  6. The disciple must recognise the hint which is related to his point in consciousness.

You now have six hints which can be summed up for you in the form of questions, addressed personally to you and to no one else; they require your personal application, understanding and reply:

  1. How have I, as a disciple of D.K., contributed to the work of inducing the Hierarchy to make certain needed changes where the task of influencing humanity is concerned? This would involve a high-powered livingness.
  1. Is the Will aspect in my life beginning to create situations which are related to the hierarchical Plan which I—as a disciple—must follow? This would involve a careful construction of the antahkarana.
  1. In what way have I cooperated with the Plan in order to have “modified, qualified and adapted it” to meet the need I see? This would involve careful soul-personality cooperation.
  1. As I work, do I see an increasing vision of divine intention, and do I know practically more than I did? This would involve occult obedience in its true sense.
  1. Do I work with an inner programme, and are my thoughts and activities rightly directed? This would involve the dual life of the disciple and correct orientation.[Page 343]
  1. Do I recognise in the life-training which I am receiving preparatory steps for initiation, and the possibility of impending revelation? This would involve constant ashramic contact.

These hints are therefore intended for the guidance of the disciple in training.

Seventh hint: One of the marks of readiness for initiation is the ability to see the expanding and inclusive Whole, and to note the law which is transcended when the part becomes the Whole. (387-388)



Rules on Group Initiation

Listen…Know.      [To listen is to OBEY, thus we KNOW]

Touch….Express.   [To touch is to SENSE, thus we EXPRESS]

See……Reveal.    [To see is to ENLIGHTEN, thus we REVEAL]

Apply….Destroy.   [To apply is to RENT, thus we DESTROY (the veils of Maya)]

Know…..Resurrect. [To know is to BE, thus we RESURRECT: transfigured and transformed]

[R&I 280] To the initiate, therefore, the two words, Transfiguration and Transformation, mean something quite different than they mean to a disciple, whilst Transmutation is now meaningless to him, for there is nothing within him which requires transmuting.  It might consequently be stated that:

Transmutation concerns the expression of the life force upon the three lower planes of human living and evolution.

Transformation concerns in a most peculiar manner the three aspects of mind upon the mental plane:

  • The lower mind
  • The son of mind, the soul
  • The higher mind.

Transfiguration concerns the life of the Spiritual Triad upon its own three levels of identification.


[MDR] Our world is in a predictable crisis. [emphasis mine]

[JB] Unpredictably deterministic chaos: “When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future” (Lorentz). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_theory

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Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially

If the number of cases were to continue to double every three days, there would be about a hundred million cases in the United States by May. That is math, not prophecy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

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Leonard Cohen – Anthem (w/lyrics) London 2008

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.

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Let LIGHT stream forth!

Let LOVE stream forth!

May LIGHT and LOVE and POWER

Restore the PLAN

On Earth!

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Agni Yoga in Cataclysms

Agni Yoga applied to large-scale and violent events in the natural world.

Tsunami Japan 2011 (Spanish)

 

 

 

  • Profound attentiveness: revealing the inner (symbolic) meaning hidden in outer circumstances.
  • Serene expectancy: mitigating the anxiety associated with the uncertainty of unpredictability.
  • Perfect adaptability: minimizing personal resistance in facing events beyond individual control.

 

Case study: Major Earthquake in Puerto Rico

Background:  Financial bankruptcy declared in PR in 2017. Category 4/5 Hurricane Maria hit PR on Sep 20, 2017.  Island-wide power outage, lasting for months in significant urban and rural regions of the island.

Event: Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on Epiphany Day (January 6, 2020). Last major earthquake in PR: 1918.

Methods: On the Sagittarius Full Moon of December 2019, I brought my Tibetan singing bowl to mountainous Adjuntas and played it in front of the Sleeping Giant, leaving some vibratory field activated there … which now may be of use to appease the elements … employing a topographic map of the island I can lay my hands on … soothing the affected coastal areas… from the mountaintop … in the full moon of Capricorn.

Topographical Map of Puerto Rico

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https://earth.google.com/

 

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https://earthquake.usgs.gov/

After a 6.4 earthquake hit Puerto Rico, @NASA is using satellite data to help federal/local agencies identify potential damages. Earthquakes cause permanent changes to the ground surface–comparing data before and after the quake helps map those changes:

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Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir – The Perfect Jewel- Sacred Chants of Tibet

 

 

 

 


 

Photos by JB

December 2019
Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

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Chintamani by N. Roeich

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Sunrises in Puerto Rico

by JB

 

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Astrological Model of Acupuncture

[Work in progress]

Title: A new theoretical model of western astrology applied to acupuncture.

Objective: To individualize the 24-hour circadian rhythm of the 12 acupuncture meridians of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) model,

http://lieske.com/channels.htm

aligning these twelve acupuncture meridians

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http://lieske.com/channels.htm
[diagram not drawn to scale]

with the 12 houses in timed natal charts on the fifth harmonic.

zodiac man

https://www.traditionalmedicine.net.au/medastro.htm

Method: Weaving an internally consistent narrative of symbols relating western astrological precepts (12 houses, Sun, Moon and the 5 Ptolemaic planets: Mercury though Saturn) with the five elements of TCM and the 12 acupuncture meridians.

Outline

1. Four astrological ELEMENTS: Fire stoked by Air, and Earth nourished by Water.

2.1 Cycle of five PHASES of the TCM model: Metal (Air) generating (condensing) Water generating (nourishing) Wood, consumed by Fire to generate Earth generating (mineralizing) Metal (Air).

http://lieske.com/channels.htm

2.2 The reverse of the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gaseous), with the solid state comprised of two sub-phases (Wood and Earth).

2.3 The (alchemical) transmutation of Wood into Earth is activated by Fire.

2.4 Metals can vaporize at high temperatures (more Fire) and liquify (less Fire) at room temperature (e.g., Mercury).

3.1 The arms, not the head, are the highest anatomical location in TCM. The esoteric history of the evolution of the human race

Image result for root races esoteric astrologer

https://esotericastrologer.org/articles/time-history-re-establishing-esoteric-chronology-in-world-history/

may suggest that the head centers were not the focus of attention for the average population at the time when TCM and acupuncture were established as a healing practice. It is possible that the solar plexus served as the physiological brain at prior stages of human evolution.

3.2 In astrology, the arms and hands, as well as the lungs, are ruled by Gemini. So, the choice for the lungs to lead the sequence of three major meridians symbolically projected into the twelve zodiac constellations.

3.3 The constellation of Gemini may be assigned the tropical sign of Aries (in the same way that, due to the precession of the equinoxes, the constellation of Pisces is currently assigned the tropical sign of Aries, to be superseded by the constellation of Aquarius -the Age of Aquarius- in a few hundred years).

An astrological model for the three meridians of acupuncture
applied on a fifth harmonic birth chart.

[Note that the four astrological elements are different from the 5 phases, also called “elements,” in TCM.]

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[Aries = House 1, Taurus = House 2, Gemini = House 3, … , Pisces = House 12]

4. There is an offset of two tropical signs between the zodiac constellations (e.g., Aries – Gemini) and the tropical signs assigned to each of the 12 minor meridians comprising the 3 major meridians of acupuncture. A tropical sign corresponds to a house in the birth chart. A fifth harmonic chart seems ideal for an initial exploration of the astrological model given the importance of the pentatonic scale in the TCM model.

5.1. The best goodness-of-fit in the  new model is between the Heart Meridian in Leo and the Small Intestine in Virgo. They serve as the fulcrum of the whole model around which all other meridians are fitted.

5.2 The worst goodness-of-fit in the model is between the Triple Heater meridian (Fire) in Capricorn (Earth).  However, Capricorn is the vertical Father polarity in the Cardinal Cross, associated with the skeletal system -the vertebral spine, in particular, as it relates to the kundalini fires. Furthermore, in our model, Earth and Wood are considered as sub-phases of the solid state of matter, transmuted by Fire.

5.3 Other sub-optimal instances of goodness-of-fit are worth mentioning upfront.

5.3.1 The Large Intestine and Taurus may need a reinterpretation of the excretory function of the voice, associated with the neck, traditionally ruled by Taurus. The vulgar expression when nonsense is spoken (bulls##t) may be related to the 3-7 am meridian partners.

5.3.2 There are two nadis points associated with the stomach (dual solar) plexus.

There are two points of vital light within the solar plexus centre, which makes this centre of dominant importance and a clearing house for the centres below the diaphragm to those above it. One of these points of light is connected with the lower psychic and astral life, and the other is brought into livingness by the inflow from the head centre. I would here remind you that the centres above the diaphragm have only one vital point of energy, whilst the centres below the solar plexus also have only one, but that the solar plexus itself has two points of dynamic energy—one most ancient and awakened, being expressive of the life of the astral or lower psychic body, and the other waiting to be brought into conscious activity by the soul. When this has happened, the awakening to the higher issues of life makes the disciple sensitive to the higher “psychic gift waves” (as the Tibetan occultists call them) of the spiritual world. –DINA II, p. 114

5.3.4 The cleansing of the Augean stables and the redirection of currents in the 11th Labor of Hercules, could be associated with the gall bladder function in Aquarius.

5.3.5 The final synthesis (transformation, death) attained in Pisces could be associated with the biochemical synthesis produced in the liver (chemical death, or burning, of substance transformed into another substance).

6. The traditional rulership of the five phases in TCM (Mercury-Water, Venus-Metal, Mars-Fire, Jupiter-Wood and Saturn-Earth) is an additional layer of the model, not to be conflated with the rulership of the astrological signs (5 planets, the Sun and the Moon).

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7. An example (chart above) applying the principles of the new astrological model on a patient with liver dysfunction (fatty liver, with burning sensation over liver area). The Moon and Pluto on House 12 (ruled by Jupiter), with Jupiter in a stressful square angle with natal Sun.

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The previous work of Trudy Wendelin is acknowledged.

Western Astrology & Chinese Medicine: A Synergy of East & West

https://www.truewindshealing.com/single-post/2016/11/24/Western-Astrology-Chinese-Medicine-A-Synergy-of-East-West

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Other references

Zodiac

https://vijayajyoti.com/sidereal-and-tropical-zodiac/

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homunculus

https://www.ebmconsult.com/articles/homunculus-sensory-motor-cortex

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Diagrams adapted by JB from several sources.

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Schematic of Chinese Fluid Physiology:

http://lieske.com/channels/5e-stomach.htm

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Spiraling Meridians

by JB

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Esoteric Healing Framework
(JB’s summary of excerpts from the AAB-DK books)

1. Cosmically, the three Aspects of Divinity are: Mother (material intelligence, past solar system), Son (consciousness, present solar system) and Father (spirit, future solar system). In the previous solar system, the third (Mother) aspect of the Trinity was developed. The solar plexus corresponds to the physical sun of the human organism, the third (Mother) aspect.

2. The organs below the diaphragm were developed in the Lemurian and Atlantean epochs. The Chinese race belongs to the fourth root race (we are in the fifth; the Mongolians are the 7th sub-race of the fourth root race). What is now autonomous in the human organism may have been subject to conscious attention / regulation in previous periods / races, either by new development or by recapitulation.

7 rootraces timeline med

https://esotericastrologer.org/articles/time-history-re-establishing-esoteric-chronology-in-world-history/

3. The spleen (below the diaphragm), receiver of solar and planetary prana (vitality), is the bridge between: a) the etheric body and the dense physical body, and b) the cardiac chakra (different from the physical organ of the heart) currently concentrating and conducting the vitality (life aspect) of the individualized soul in the human being. Currently, there is a close relationship between the spleen and the cardiac chakra.

4. The centers of the head (coronary-pineal, ajna-pituitary, alta major-carotids) were not the focus of attention of the fourth root race (therefore, my conjecture is that the brain was not specifically mentioned among the 12 meridians of acupuncture, with the exception of the cranial nerves, because the plexus solar served as the “brain” of the organism).

5. The relationship of the spleen with the two kidneys forms a very important triangle in the physiological regulation of the lower chakras (below the diaphragm, kundalini energy). This may explain the importance of the meridians associated with the kidney and the bladder in acupuncture, which are much longer relative to other meridians.

6. Premature stimulation of the Kundalini energy is advised against in occult meditation. However, the organs below the diaphragm may be subject to medical intervention (endocrinological: adrenals, gonads; TCM: acupuncture) for regulation.

7. Acupuncture may be considered one of the complementary modalities recommended in the AAB-DK book Esoteric Healing (EH) to treat illnesses and mitigate pain in the physical plane. However, the primary attention of EH is directed to the psychological (“inner”)  causes of the diseases with the purpose of preventing them at a “higher” level (relative to the physical-etheric plane, i.e., astral, mental; see study guide). The correlation of emotions with the organs in TCM could be considered a first attempt to link these “higher” (psychological) causes with the diseases.

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In casting the horoscope of a human being who is born in a particular month, however, it should be borne in mind (which it seldom is) that now the month and the sign do not coincide at all. The sun is really not in Leo, for instance, during the month of August. The correct interpretation therefore of a chart is largely psychometrical and dependent upon the thought-form of the constellation which has been built up for ages by the astrologers. Energy follows thought. For thousands of years certain types of energy and their consequent qualifying effects on substance and form have been considered to be thus and so. Therefore, thus they are, except in the case of the highly evolved, of the true aspirant who has oriented himself, and is thus escaping from the wheel of existence and beginning to govern his stars, and so is no longer under their rule and domination. –Treatise on White Magic, p. 437.

I seek to lay the ground for a somewhat new approach—a far more esoteric approach—to the science of astrology. … It is intuitive astrology which must eventually supersede what is today called astrology, thus bringing about a return to the knowledge of that ancient science which related the constellations and our solar system, drew attention to the nature of the zodiac and informed humanity as to the basic interrelations [Page 4] which govern and control the phenomenal and subjective worlds. –Esoteric Astrology.

[2019.07.12 Rev. 2019.07.21]

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[2019.12.29] Other references:

Tonal system and its theoretical rationalization

Music for health: the five elements tonal system

 

 

Polar Alignment

The Esoteric Significance of Polar Alignment

 “Concentration upon the Pole-Star will give knowledge of the orbits of the planets and the stars.” – Light of the Soul, Book III, #28.

In astronomy, polar alignment is the process of accurately aligning the rotational axis of a telescope’s equatorial mount with the north celestial pole. This alignment allows for accurate tracking, from the Earth’s perspective, of the fixed stars in the celestial sphere by means of a clock drive synchronized with the sidereal time.

The Celestial Sphere

The Celestial Sphere
(Image Courtesy of the Lunar and Planetary Institute)
https://planetary-science.org/astronomy/the-celestial-globe/

A metaphor:  the causal body — the monadic heart in the higher mind — as the telescope, and the Soul as the Observer “thinking in the heart”.

“The causal body is the correspondence in the monadic manifestation to the heart center.” – A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 538.

The mind (casual body) as an instrument of observation (telescope).

The optic nerve is a symbol of the antahkarana, and the entire structure of the eye ball is one of the most beautiful symbols of the threefold deity and the threefold man. – Esoteric Healing, p. 572

The need for a well-balanced and aligned instrument of observation.

A balanced mind is unbiased (free from glamour). The Technique of Light dissipates glamour.

Polaris (Ursa Minor) and the two Pointers (Ursa Major) serve as guideposts to align the mind with the divine Purpose and the Plan (polar alignment).

An aligned mind is free from illusion (right road map) and thus able to unfold the intuitive sense (thinking in the heart).

The Technique (Practice) of the Presence (mindfulness), or Agni Yoga, transcending the linear sense of time into the Eternal Now, dispels illusion.

Cosmic Swastika: the Cosmic Clock

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“In the centre of the will of God I stand.
Naught shall deflect my will from His.
I implement that will by love.
I turn towards the field of service.
I, the Triangle divine [Monadic Triad] , work out that will
Within the square [Swastika] and serve my fellowmen.”
-DINA II, 141

Rule IX for Group Initiation. Let the group know there are no other selves. Let the group know there is no colour, only light; and then let darkness take the place of light, hiding all difference, blotting out all form. Then—at the place of tension, and at that darkest point—let the group see a point of clear cold fire, and in the fire (right at its very heart) let the One Initiator appear Whose star shone forth when the Door first was passed.

DINA I, p. 359. “May the Holy Ones Whose disciple I am show me the light I seek; give me the strong aid of Their compassion and Their wisdom. There is a peace which passeth understanding; it abides in the hearts of those who live in the Eternal. There is a power which maketh all things new; it lives and moves in those who know the Self as one. May that peace brood over us, that power uplift us till we stand where the One Initiator is invoked, till we see His star shine forth.”

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For a glossary of esoteric terms please see the Lucis Trust books online.

References

Light of the Soul (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, translated by Alice A. Bailey), Book III, Aphorism #28. Concentration upon the Pole-Star will give knowledge of the orbits of the planets and the stars.

This sutra is of small significance to the ordinary student, but is of profound use to the initiate or pledged disciple. Suffice it here to say that this sutra forms the background for all astrological investigation and from an appreciation of its meaning will eventuate an understanding of:

1. The relation of our solar system to the other six constellations which (with ours) form the seven force centres of which the seven great spiritual influences of our system are the reflections and agents.

2. The path of our sun in the Heavens and the twelve signs of the Zodiac through which our sun apparently passes. Therefore it will be apparent that this sutra is the key to the purpose of the [Page 304] seven and the twelve upon which all our creative processes are built.

3. The meaning of the twelve labours of Hercules in their relation to man, the microcosm.

4. The purpose of our planet, gained by the adept through an understanding of the triplicity formed by:

a. The Pole Star,
b. Our Earth Planet,
c. The Great Bear.

Other meanings are available to those who hold the key, but the above will suffice to show the deep, though esoteric significance attached to these brief words.

Light of the Soul, p. 331.  Liberation from the thorny path refers to the path of physical life, and is nowhere more beautifully referred to than by the Christ in His parable of the Sowers, where some of the seed fell among thorns. The explanation is given that the thorns are the cares and troubles of worldly existence which succeed in choking the spiritual life and in veiling the true man for so long. The thorny path must lead to the northern path and that in turn to the Path of Initiation. In one of the old books in the Archives of the Lodge, are found these words:

“Let the seeker after truth escape from drowning and climb the river’s bank. Let him turn towards the northern star and on firm ground stand, his face directed towards the light. Then let the star lead.”

Esoteric Astrology. p. 361 [Gemini]: Venus is also the Earth’s alter ego, as it is called in the occult literature, and its true supplementary and complementary planet. You have thus established a double dual relationship: that of Gemini itself, the two brothers, and that of the Earth and Venus. The Earth is peculiarly related to the “brother whose light is waning,” for it is not a sacred planet, as you know, and to that aspect of divinity which is material or substantial; Venus is closely related to the “brother whose light grows stronger cycle by cycle” and thus to the soul whose nature is love. It is this Gemini-Venus situation which lies behind the fact that our Earth is uniquely the “planet of releasing sorrow and of purifying pain,” the energy producing these releasing factors being focused through Mercury and Venus upon our Earth. You will see, therefore, the significance of that triangle of planets [Page 362] (at which I hinted in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire): the Earth-Venus-Mercury.

Esoteric Astrology, p. 47.  We have, therefore, a direct stream of energy flowing through:

a. The logoic twelve-petalled egoic lotus, cosmic mental plane.
b. The solar twelve-petalled lotus.
c. The planetary logoic heart, also a twelve-petalled lotus.
d. The twelve-petalled human egoic lotus on the mental plane.
e. The twelve-petalled heart centre in a human being.

Or, to word it otherwise, energy flows direct from:

a. The solar Logos, via three great cosmic centres:

1. The central spiritual Sun.
2. The heart of the Sun.
3. The physical Sun.

b. The heart centre of the planetary Logos, situated on the fourth cosmic etheric plane (our buddhic plane).

c. The egoic lotus of a human being on the mental plane, which is literally a correspondence to the “heart of the Sun.” The monadic point is a reflection in the human system of the “central spiritual Sun.”

d. The heart centre of a man on the etheric plane of the physical plane, which is in its turn a correspondence to the physical Sun.

Thus the tiny atom is linked with the great central Life of the solar system.

Esoteric Astrology.  There are four of the zodiacal signs which are mysteriously concerned with what one might call the “personality expression” (if such an unsuitable term can be used in default of better) of the solar Logos Himself, or with the Divine Quaternary, the fourfold manifestation of Deity.

These four signs are Aries—Leo—Scorpio—Aquarius, and they involve the expression of the energy of one Cardinal sign and of three signs which form part of the Fixed Cross of the heavens. We could express this truth in another manner: God the Father, the Will to manifest, initiates the creative process which is worked out through the activity of God the Son, the cosmic Christ, crucified upon the Fixed Cross in the heavens.

The activity of God [Page 194] the Holy Spirit, implicit in the Mutable Cross, is closely allied to the previous solar system, and the energy of that divine aspect is practically entirely occupied with manipulating the forces inherited from that system and inherent in the very nature of substance itself. This divine aspect is to the whole general divine manifestation what the lower nature (form life or personality in the three worlds of human evolution) is to the soul where an individual human being is concerned. As regards these three Persons of the divine Trinity, we might say that:

  1. Aries is the focal point of the expression of the first aspect of divinity, the will aspect.
  2. Leo is the focal point for the expression of the second aspect, the love-wisdom or consciousness aspect. This, primarily where humanity is concerned.
  3. Virgo is the focal point for the expression of the third aspect, that of active intelligence. In that sign the highest function of matter is symbolised.

The four signs—Aries, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius—are related to the following stars which are not numbered in the twelve signs of the zodiac; they constitute another field of relationships:

  • Aries to one of the two stars, found in the constellation, the Great Bear, which are called the two Pointers.
  • Leo to Polaris, the Pole Star, found in the Little Bear.
  • Scorpio to Sirius, the Dog Star.
  • Aquarius to Alcyone, one of the seven Pleiades.

There is little that I can tell you in connection with the energies pouring into the four zodiacal signs from these distant though potent points of outgoing energy; they are part of the life expression of an Identity, immeasurably superior [Page 195] to and more advanced than our solar Logos. A few hints may, however, be of service to the truly esoteric astrologer who may study these pages, particularly where Scorpio is concerned. Scorpio, at this particular stage of human evolution, governs the Path of Discipleship. You will note here also how Leo-Scorpio-Aquarius form a peculiar triangle of force, but of this I will later deal [in Chapter III under the heading, The Science of Triangles].

Aries is, as might be expected, closely connected with the Great Bear but peculiarly so with one of the stars called The Pointers; these point to the Pole star which is at this time a major “star of direction.” Direction, will, purpose and plan are all connected with the solar Logos and with His evolutionary undertakings in connection with the many lives manifesting in the vehicle of expression which we call the solar system. All these respond to the influences of the first ray which is, to all intents and purposes, the energy of divine embodied will, which has been esoterically described as “unavoidable directed purpose.” Within our solar system, Vulcan and Pluto are expressions or custodians of this first ray energy and are, as I have told you, esoteric planets. The first indication of the true spiritual will only begins to manifest upon the Path of Discipleship—hence the late discovery of these two planets (late in point of time and from the angle of human knowledge) for it is only in this Aryan race period that humanity is to any large extent beginning to manifest evidence (and as yet it is no more) of a reaction or a response to the spiritual will of deity as it comes to our planet and hence to us via Aries, Vulcan and Pluto. You have, therefore, the following direct line of will energy:

  1. The Pointer furthest from the Pole Star in the constellation of the Great Bear [Merak]. This is, esoterically speaking, [Page 196] a great reservoir or focal point for divine energy, carrying out God’s purpose. The Pointer nearest to the Pole Star [Dubhe] is expressive of a lower aspect of the will, which—in speaking of humanity—we call self-will.
  2. Aries, in which the will to create or to manifest makes its appearance and the great divine experiment is initiated.
  3. Vulcan and Pluto are related to the two Pointers and are only now beginning, in any definite and clear manner, to affect human response. Their effect has been planetary in its nature up to date and has not hitherto been at all effective in either the fourth or the second kingdoms in nature.
  4. Shamballa, the Custodian of the Plan for our planet.

Leo is the sign wherein the consciousness of individuality is developed, utilised and finally consecrated to divine purpose. It is related to Polaris, the Pole Star (found in the Little Bear) and it is also peculiarly susceptible to the influence of that Pointer in the Great Bear which is the nearest to the Pole Star [Dubhe]. Esoterically speaking, the Pole Star is regarded as the “star of re-orientation” whereby the art of “refacing and recovering that which is lost” is developed. This eventually brings a man back to his originating source. It might, therefore, be correctly inferred that this Pointer [Dubhe] and the energy emanating from it guides humanity upon the involutionary path, and is constantly active in its influence upon the man who is still upon the Mutable Cross. Then the energy of the Pointer furthest from the Pole Star [Merak] begins to make its presence felt and a sense of right direction or guidance is registered by the disciple upon the Path, and such guidance (when followed) leads man nearer to the Hierarchy.

It is here that the divine [Page 197] necessity of achieving alignment is portrayed for us in the symbolism of the sky and when it has been achieved then there is a direct inflow of divine energy and man is linked up in a new and creative manner to sources of divine supply. Astrologers will do well (in connection with the horoscopes of disciples and particularly of initiates) to consider the two Pointers [Merak @ Leo 19 and Dubhe @ Leo 15] and the Pole Star [@ Gemini 28]. They are mysteriously connected with the three aspects of incarnated man—Spirit, soul and body. More than this it is not permitted to me to convey to you. I may, however, give you another hint. These three stars are embodiments of the three aspects of divine will. It is the three aspects of all expressions of divinity in manifestation which underlie the Science of Triangles. This I will later elaborate.

Another triangle of energy also appears: Aries, Leo and Polaris, and they are doubly connected through the medium of the Pointers.

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Esoteric Quarterly, Winter 2006, p. 49. In perhaps what is an even more striking example of likeness between the astrological correlations posited by Leo and by Bailey for the Tibetan, there is a linkage posited by Leo between the monad and the Pole Star, [Alan Leo. Esoteric Astrology. Destiny Books, 1913/1983, p. 261] which star, of course, belongs to the class of fixed stars. It was a special claim of the Tibetan’s version of esoteric astrology that monadic awareness is equivalent to awareness of the energies coming from the fixed stars and non-zodiacal constellations. Thus, although Leo had in mind just the Pole Star and not fixed stars or non-zodiacal constellations in general, he was certainly on the same track the Tibetan would ultimately take in regard to the linkage of monadic awareness with the influence of the fixed stars and non-zodiacal constellations.

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[Excerpt from Alan Leo’s Esoteric Astrology]




Q:
Why is Polaris at Gemini 28 if its RA is 2.5?

 A: Because celestial longitude is NOT equal to ecliptic longitude!

Although 1 hr of RA = 15 degrees of celestial longitude, the obliquity of the ecliptic with respect to the celestial equator makes it necessary to apply spherical trigonometry formulas to calculate the corresponding ecliptic longitude.

Ref: Calculating the right ascension (i.e. converting from ecliptic to equatorial coordinates) requires some spherical trigonometry, but fortunately there are internet tools that will do this, such as here.

https://lambda.gsfc.nasa.gov/toolbox/tb_coordconv.cfm

The resulting RA coordinates are: Aries 0h 0m 0s; Taurus 1h 51m 39s; Gemini 3h 51m 16s; Cancer 6h 0m 0s; Leo 8h 8m 44s; Virgo 10h 8m 21s; Libra 12h 0m 0s; Scorpio 13h 51m 39s; Sagittarius 15h 51m 16s; Capricorn 18h 0m 0s; Aquarius 20h 8m 44s; Pisces 22h 8m 21s.

Example (Polaris J2000)

Celestial +89:15:50.00 Latitude (deg) +02:31:49.00 Longitude(deg)

Ecliptic +66:31:02.44 Latitude (deg) +88:09:15.10 Longitude(deg)

Galactic +26:24:14.56 Latitude (deg) +122:47:04.51 Longitude(deg)

88 degrees = GE 28

Spherical trigonometric formulas:

The transformation from celestial right ascension (α) and declination (δ)

to ecliptic longitude (λ) and declination (β)

sin β           = cos ε sin δ – sin α cos δ sin ε

cos λ cos β = cos α cos δ

sin λ cos β  = sin ε sin δ + sin α cos δ cos ε

where ε = 23.439 281° is the obliquity of the ecliptic.

http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/Books/Syntaxis/Almagest/node12.html

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https://classicalastrologer.me/fixed-star-ephemeris-1500-2005/

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Polar Alignment

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Hierarchical Democracy

Hierarchical Democracy, Agni Yoga and the Plan

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Agni Yoga, the Practice of the Presence


Three preliminary steps
for which the practice of alignment should have prepared the student of the higher mysteries. These steps must precede all effort to develop the intuition, and this may take several months (or even years) of careful preparation. Fire is the symbol of the mind and these are the first three stages of the Agni Yoga discipline, or of the yoga of fire, for which Raja Yoga has prepared the student.

  • Profound attentiveness, the evocation of the stage of spiritual “tension.” It is a tension brought about by complete control of the personal self so that it is “fitted for contact with the real,” like the tension of a taut string attuned to a musical note ready to resonate at a certain frequency.
  • Adaptability of the Soul-infused Personality. The Personality becomes pliably receptive to the life of the Soul, achieving a state of fusion with the Soul, or solar Angel, as it eliminates the “points of frictions.”
  • Serene expectancy. The holding of the mind steady in the light of the Soul, which remains the attitude of the lower self for the entire remaining period of work, held at the point of tension by the Soul and not by an effort of the personality. The Soul undertakes this holding when the personal self has done its utmost to achieve the desired tension.

Next stages in the Technique. These must be thoroughly understood and form the basis of prolonged brooding and intelligent reflection, carried on whilst the daily avocations and duties are being performed and not carried out at certain set times. The trained intuitive or disciple lives ever the dual life of mundane activity and of intense and simultaneous spiritual reflection. This is a suggestive formula for a more advanced meditation attitude, not a meditation form.

  • The (Monadic) Presence. Keep a definite and sustained effort to sense the (Monadic) Presence throughout the universe in all forms and in all presentations of truth. This could be expressed in the words: “the effort to isolate the germ or seed of divinity which has brought all forms into being”. This effort is primarily to see in the light which the solar Angel radiates the point of light behind all phenomenal appearances.
  • Intuiting the Purpose. Having sensed the (Monadic) Presence – not theoretically but in vibrating response to its Existence – next comes the stage of the ascertaining of the Purpose, the effort to achieve an understanding of that which through the medium of form is seeking to embody the high purpose at any specific point in the evolutionary cycle.
  • The triple light of the intuition. To carry some world problem, some design which has evolved in the mind or the heart of the disciple for the helping of Humanity, into what is esoterically called “the triple light of the intuition.” This light is formed by the blending of the light of the personal self, focused in the mind, the light of the Soul, focused in the solar Angel, and the universal light which the Presence emits.
  • The interludes. After relinquishing of the Higher (Monadic) Way and returning to the solar Angel (refocusing in the Soul),
    • a pause or interlude for constructive thinking, under the influence of the solar Angel;
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      the turning of the mind to the formulation of those forms of thought which must embody the revelation; and

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      then again, a pause which is called “the pause preceding presentation.”

  • Fiery ordeal. The presentation of the revelation of the imparted truth and its precipitation as a formulation of the lower concrete mind is achieved. It is a GROUP revelation. The group is needed to protect the individuals from “some of the fire within that which is revealed” as it “wings its way back to the source from whence it came; some of it serves to destroy the revealer, and some to burn those who recognize the revelation.” This phase of Agni Yoga may only be INDIVIDUALLY practiced by those group-conscious initiates who can penetrate beyond the solar Angel into the place “where fire dwelleth,” and where God, the Presence, functions as a consuming fire and waits for the hour of total revelation. 

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  • Final Stages of Precipitation (see Rules on White Magic)

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[Adapted by JB from the Technique of the Presence (Glamour: A World Problem) by Alice A. Bailey.]

The Christ

The Lord Looked at Peter

Christ

by Herbert Beecroft*

[Photo credit: John Wesley’s House & The Museum of Methodism]

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* It is not entirely clear why [Herbert Beecroft] decided, at the age of 41, to emigrate to Australia. He did much the same kind of thing there, making a good living, and it was there, in 1927, that he painted his most famous picture. He was a devout and life-long Methodist, and the story went that one day, after a time spent in prayer, he had a vision of the face of Christ. This he set down in oils, and it was subsequently copied many times.

I can remember a copy of it hanging of the wall of my Sunday school superintendent, and finding it distinctly unnerving. It had the caption: “And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter……..and Peter remembered.”

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REFLECTIVE MEDITATION UPON PREPARATION
FOR THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST

Forgetting the things which lie behind,
I will strive towards my higher spiritual possibilities.
I dedicate myself anew to the service of the coming One
and will do all I can to prepare men’s minds and hearts for that event.
I have no other life intention.

https://www.lucistrust.org/arcane_school/meditation/two_redemptive_meditations

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THOUGHTS ON THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST

BY ALICE A. BAILEY, JUNE 1949

Keep close in touch with Me and with the Master who surveys your life.
With Us are found the forces of the living Light and Love which you must use.
Keep close to us, and day by day draw on the strength
And knowledge which We have and which is also yours.
Let naught disturb the acquiescent calm which keeps you close in touch,
Which brings you light and understanding
And keeps you steadfast on the Way.

Source: I Stand and Wait by Alice A. Bailey

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Today Christ is nearer to humanity than at any other time in human history; He is closer than the most aspiring and hopeful disciple knows, and can draw closer still if what is here written is understood and brought to the attention of men everywhere. For Christ belongs to humanity, to the world of men, and not alone to the churches and religious faiths throughout the world.

The Buddha Himself is standing behind the Christ in humble recognition of the divine task which He is on the verge of consummating, and because of the imminence of that spiritual accomplishment. Not only are all those who are functioning consciously in the Kingdom of God aware of His Plans, but those great spiritual Beings Who live and dwell in the “Father’s House,” in the “centre where the will of God is known,” are also mobilised and organised to assist His work. The spiritual line of succession from the throne of the Ancient of Days down to the humblest disciple (gathered with others at the feet of the Christ) is today focused on the task of helping humanity.

-Alice Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ

 


 

Kim, Inchang. The Future Buddha Maitreya: An Iconological Study.
New Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 1997. ISBN 8124600821.

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Maitreya, in Buddhist tradition, the future Buddha, presently a bodhisattva residing in the Tushita heaven, who will descend to earth to preach anew the dharma (“law”) when the teachings of Gautama Buddha have completely decayed.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Maitreya-Buddhism

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Maitreya, the “future Buddha” in Buddhist eschatology, is a Bodhisattva that many Buddhists believe will eventually appear on earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. As such, he will be the spiritual successor of the historic Śākyamuni Buddha. Unlike his antecedent, however, Maitreya is understood in a more millennial light, as he is predicted to be a “world-ruler,” uniting those over whom he has dominion.

The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya is found in the canonical literature of all Buddhist sects (Theravāda, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna) and is accepted by most Buddhists as a factual statement about a long-distant (or, in some cases, an incipient) millennial age.

The name Maitreya or Metteyya is derived from the word maitrī (Sanskrit) or mettā (Pāli) meaning “loving-kindness,” which is in turn derived from the noun mitra (Pāli: mitta) (“friend”).

Many images of Maitreya portray him seated on a throne or in a meditative posture — both of which represent his future role in embodying the Dharma. In both cases, he is often depicted in the dress of either a renunciant monk or Indian nobleman, wearing a small stupa in his headdress, and (occasionally) holding a Dharma wheel and/or lotus.

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Seated Maitreya,
Korean, fourth-fifth century C.E. Musée Guimet, Paris.

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Bodhisattva Maitreya,
2nd century, Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara.

https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Maitreya

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In Mahayana schools, Maitreya is traditionally said to have revealed the Five Treatises of Maitreya through Asanga.

These important texts are the basis of the Yogachara tradition and constitute the majority of the Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma.

http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Maitreya



Andrea Bocelli – The Lord’s Prayer

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“Say each day, with care and thought, a very familiar prayer, The Lord’s Prayer. It has many meanings and the trite and usual Christian significance is not for you. Ponder on this most ancient formula of truth and interpret it entirely in terms of a formula for the dissipation of illusion. Write an exegesis on it from this angle, taking it phrase by phrase and regarding it as giving us seven keys to the secret of the elimination of glamour. The formula (which is not essentially a prayer) can be divided as follows:

    • a. Invocation to the solar Lord.
    • b. Seven sentences, embodying seven keys for the dissipation of illusion.
    • c. A final affirmation of divinity.

Use your intuition and apply these all to the subject of glamour and see at what knowledge you will arrive. [Page 25] Then write it down in the form of an interpretation or article and we may arrive at much value.

From Glamour: A World Problem by Alice A. Bailey

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The Great Invocation

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Michael Robbins – The Great Invocation

https://sevenray.org/the-great-invocation/

 

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Musical rendition of the Great Invocation in Spanish

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Geometric Tarot

The purpose of this essay is to consider possible numeric, geometric , musical and cosmological keys that may prove useful in deciphering the archetypal code of the CBD Tarot of Marseille. In Part I, the reader is introduced to the methods of inquiry. In Part II, the implications of this inquiry — related to the practice of Agni Yoga — are discussed.

PART I

There are 22 Major Arcana Tarot cards, and there are 22 — and only 22 — regular polygons with integer sides and angles which can be inscribed in a circle.[1] This coincidence suggests a cyclic (sinusoidal) pattern, as well as a “foolish” quest for the “squaring of the circle.”

Furthermore, the sides of this series of 22 polygons can be factorized as products of the prime numbers 2, 3,and 5, like in the 5-limit just intonation.[2]

Table 1. Factorization by prime numbers 2, 3 and 5.

2a x 3b x 5c = 3,4,5,6,8,9,…,40,45,60,72,90,120.

(for a=0,1,2,3; b=0,1,2; c=0,1)

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However, the polygons of 360 and 180 sides, corresponding to a point and a line, do not have “conjugate” polygons in a 2-D plane. Conjugates are pairs of polygons in which the  number of sides in one correspond to the central angle degrees in the other. For instance, a triangle (3 sides) and a dodecontagon (120 sides) are conjugate polygons because their central angles are 120 and 3 degrees, respectively. The product of these two numbers always equals 360.

The triangle (3) is the first regular polygon of the remaining 20 polygons inscribed in a circle; the dodecontagon (120) is the last. The octadecagon (18) and the icosagon (20) are positioned at the midpoint of the series.

When we sort the 22 cards of the CBD Tarot of Marseille in reverse order, as shown in Table 1, and align them with the corresponding inscribed polygons, a semicircular (V) pattern emerges (Figure 1), with the Wheel of Fortune serving as the point of return corresponding to the conjugate polygons of 18 and 20 sides.

Figure 1

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Therefore, there may be a 2-3-5 musical key to the Mysteries. Also, three octaves comprise 22 notes. The 5-limit just intonation generates 22 inscribed polygons, pointing to mathematical and geometric keys of the Mysteries, as hinted herein. A cosmological key may also be present — As Above, So Below — as in the Tree of Life, in the Sepher Yetzirah and the 22 letters of the Kabbalah alphabet.

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The 3 Mother Letters would correspond to the Triangle, the Square and the Pentagon: the factorization by the three prime numbers 2, 3,and 5 (“primordial” polygons) manifesting the Father, the One.

The 12 Simples would correspond to: 1, (2), (3), 4, (5), 6, 8, 9,10, 12,15,18, 20, 24, 30.

[30 is the end of the “simple” series, for a=b=c=1]

21 x 31 x 51=30

The 7 Doubles ([30 x 2 = 60] x 2 = 120) would correspond to: 36,40,45,60,72,90,120.

The point (1) and the line (2) precede the 2-D polygonal figures, whose respective archetypes begin to externalize (manifest) with the triangular polygon.



A Cubic Tarot

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Three orthogonal axes of direction: East-West, North-South, Above-Below.

Six faces and the center: the Seven Rays (1-7, 2-6, 3-5 and 4 at the center)

Twelve edges: the Three Crosses of the Zodiac (Mutable, Fixed and Cardinal).

The Antahkarana Helical Bridge
3 + 7+ 12 = 22

PART II

The Probationary Path of the Prodigal Son, from the birth of the Fool to the Magician stage, has a turning point (Wheel of Fortune). This point must be crossed again, on the Way of Return, now led by the Soul — the true Magician within — back to the Source of all Light. The Fool has been transformed into a Buddha, the Enlightened One, an Initiate of the Mysteries (revealed on the Day of Judgment).

Figure 2. CBD Tarot of Marseille.

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However, the order of the steps to be trodden in the Fool’s Journey is not lineal, but rather, labyrinthine, as shown in this 2-D rendition of a multidimensional process.

Figure 2 

Prime Generating Symmetry of the Number 22

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Source: https://www.virtuescience.com/22.html

As shown in Figure 2, any two numbers linked by a line add up to an irreducible prime number, signaling a new beginning in a path of many trials and errors, back and forth, ups and downs, until the Light of the Word — the Word of the Light, the true Archetypal World — is revealed.

[Archetypal cosmology] recognizes the multidimensionality, the intradimensional variability, and polyvalence of astrological archetypes, which underscores their inherent indeterminism [archetypally prophetic, but not factually predictive].
-Glenn Perry

The Practice of the Presence, as practiced by Brother Lawrence and Hedwig Lewis (At Home With God), could be understood as viewing life like a series of daily snapshots (“cards”) of meaningful coincidences (Jung’s synchronicity) presented to our consciousness for continuous contemplation (the last stage of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga). The practice of contemplating the Tarot cards may be viewed as a tool to hone this “spiritual reading” skill as we weave our “continuity of consciousness.”

The “three directions” of Agni Yoga  — the yoga of the Practice of the Presence — are profound attentiveness (mindfulness), serene expectancy and perfect adaptability. These correspond to the Will, the Love-Wisdom and the Intelligence of the practitioner. These three directions — when employed on each of the 7 days of the week, and on each of the 12 months of the year — may reveal meaningful associations related to the 7 rays (musical  notes or colors) of our psychological constitution, and to the 12 houses and signs of the zodiac in our birth charts. This practice may provide a “spread layout” of our personal Tarot cards in real life, unique to our specific circumstances.

How many times have we paused to reflect on the significance of apparently casual encounters and “co-incidences” related to archetypal figures of authority  —the Empress [3] and the Emperor [4]— and teaching  —the Popess [2] and the Pope [5]— represented by bosses, parents and advisors in our daily lives? The Lover card [6] may remind us of the choices that we make with consequences that accompany us for the rest of our lives. “The Chariot [7] and the Hermit [9],” according to  Ben-Dov, “can represent two opposites. The Justice card [8], with its scales and sword, can be weighing them one against the other, as well as ‘cutting’ and choosing between them in a particular moment.”  And so on, as so well described by Yoav Ben-Dov in his rendition of the Fool’s pilgrimage. 

We are all “Fools,” in the Christ’s sense: “Truly I tell you, anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:17)

May this outline help others — and myself —  find the hidden keys deciphering the ARCHETYPAL code of the Tarot, to the Glory of the One.

-JB
2019.04.06

APPENDIX

Possible astrological correlates of the Tarot
by JB

(# and * marked as semantically exchangeable)

TAROT ZODIAC
22 Fool Mercury (Hermes)
21 World Houses
20 Enlightenment (Judgment) Aries
19 Sun Leo
18 Moon Cancer
17 Star Ascendant
16 Tower Saturn#
15 Devil Pluto
14 Temperance Sagittarius
13 Untitled (End, Death) Pisces
12 Hanged Uranus
11 Force Mars
10 Fortune Jupiter#
9 Hermit Neptune
8 Justice Libra
7 Chariot Scorpio
6 Lovers Gemini
5 Pope Capricorn
4 Emperor Taurus
3 Empress Virgo*
2 Popess (Priestess) Venus*
1 Magician Aquarius

Theories of contrast in nature

In addition to the doctrine of the Sefirot and the letters, the theory of contrasts in nature, or of the syzygies (“pairs”), as they are called by the Gnostics, occupies a prominent place in the Sefer Yetzirah.

Seven pairs of contrasts are enumerated in the life of man:

  • Life and death (JB: Rays 1/7)
  • Peace and strife (JB: Rays 2/6)
  • Wisdom and folly (JB: Rays 3/5)
  • Wealth and poverty (JB: Rays 3/7)
  • Beauty and ugliness (JB: Ray 4)
  • Fertility and sterility (JB: Rays 2/5)
  • Lordship and servitude (JB: Rays 1/6).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sefer_Yetzirah


Tarot of Cosmic Consciousness
(Sacred Geometry and Tarot)

  • Circle: (Dot in center) A beginning, Oneness (1) FATHER
  • Vesica Piscis: reflection of the One (2) MOTHER
  • Triangle: Multiplication (3) CHILD
  • Square: Order, stability (4) FOUR DIRECTIONS (crucified FOOL in the World)
  • Pentagon: Processes of life, Law of Analogy (5) SOUL, LIGHT (Third Eye)
  • Hexagon: Perfection, balance, harmony (6) COSMIC SEX (Love)
  • Heptagon: Eternal The (indivisible) VIRGIN (7)
  • Octagon: Expansion and contraction (8) PYRAMID, SOUND (Pranayama)
  • Nonagon: Completion Processes of life (9) INFINITY
  • Decagon: Wholeness (10) HEAD, PERFECTION (Human Kingdom)
  • Hendecagon: (11) HANDS, MAGICIAN
  • Dodecagon: HEART (Lotus), COMPLETION (Deva Kingdom)

Adapted from:
http://tarotofcosmicconsciousness.blogspot.com/2016/03/sacred-geometry-and-tarot.html

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The Divine Feminine is not Feminist

International Women’s Day 2019

See adjacent text.

Today we pay homage to the Divine Feminine, the archetypal mother and wife, as an equal Partner of the Divine Masculine, the archetypal father and husband.

Modern feminism may be construed as an ideology of equality and sameness. I fully agree with the principle of equality. I take exception, though, with the pursuit of sameness, a gender neutral ideology pretending to negate the natural and universal Law of Polarity.

For instance, I disagree with the image of women in the battlefront, waging wars like men. Equality by imitating men is not progress, but rather, a regression to the mean. In this case, a regression to the frequently mean goal of waging unjustified wars to achieve ephemeral peace.

We need more men to imitate women’s natural approach to conceiving and giving birth to peace, rather than the masculine way to impose peace by defeating an enemy. Permanent peace can only result when justice is born, socially and internationally.

I agree with the image of women as rulers of countries, bringing their experience, formal and informal, as accomplished professionals, as well as wise mothers and wives, to decide the fate of the soldiers they will send in harm”s way. We need the balance of women’s and men’s wise judgment in governing, and in declaring just wars.

Today we pay homage to the Divine Feminine, discerning between equality and sameness. The former is progressive; the latter, rather regressive, regressing to the pre-Edenic stage of undifferentiated gender.

The future holds the promise of a post-differentiated fusion of gender. That time is not yet, though. In the meantime, here and now, women keep inspiring men to be better men, as men keep inspiring women to be better women.

Archetypes, according to Plato and Jung, are meant for that purpose, as uplifting ideals for the progress of humankind.

So may it be.

JB

PS: I understand the controversial nature of this statement. It is not my intention to stir controversy. Instead, I intend to present a point of view from a spiritual, but not religious, perspective. If it serves to simply stimulate conversation with an open mind, detached from ideological straitjackets, my objective has been accomplished.

Excerpts from Reviewer #1:

… the esoteric point of view …  we are moving toward androgyny – as the youth today seem to be expressing in their way of thinking – not identifying themselves as either male or female – they’re simply humans.

Like you, I do not identify with traditional feminism. I find it abhorrent that women go into military battle.  Their insistence on having done so is now karmically coming home to roost. We heard on the news a few days ago men are now demanding to make a new law that women be required to enlist in the military (be drafted) the same as men because women are now allowed to engage in battle, whereas before they did not.  To your point, ‘equal’ does not mean ‘the same’.  Of course, because we know something about rebirth, some of these women may have had a recent life as a man and remember the pull of battle.  What a dilemma.   But your points are “spiritual”, they are about consciousness.

We need to distinguish higher and lower masculine and feminine traits or tendencies.  It becomes clearer when we speak about ray energies (hard line and soft line rays), qualities, and positive and negative polarity, rather than gender differences.  For example, I do not find it true that the feminine is equated with love and the masculine is not, or that the masculine is equated with intelligence and the feminine is not.  Or that one is soft and the other is strong.  Both have all these qualities.  All can and do love.

Also, at one level the soul is genderless.  At another it is considered feminine whereas humanity is considered masculine.

And – we have the subtle distinctions of masculine / feminine vs. male / female.  The former are states of being in the realm of consciousness, the latter are physical facts.

Reviewer #2: Thank you for this splendid article. I deeply resonate with all of the ideas so clearly voiced, especially regarding discernment between sameness and equality. Although it is true that “the future holds the promise of a post-differentiated fusion of gender” it is also true that “that time is not yet”. Equality by imitating men is indeed not progress.

One feminine voice in the world making a difference is that of Arianna Huffington who writes and speaks of what she calls “The Third Metric”, a new way, a third way, of measuring success in our now dysfunctional world and workplaces.  The first two measurements have been Money and Power. The third new measurement should be: Well-being, wisdom and wonder. And she speaks also of “The Third Revolution”: ” The first revolution was women getting the vote, the second was getting an equal place at every level of society…’  adding that this revolution is still unfinished. “The third revolution is changing the world that men have designed. It’s not sustainable. Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s personal sustainability….When we succeed at making these changes, not only are we going to have a lot of grateful men because they are paying too heavy a price, but we’re going to have a lot more women at the top. Many women currently leave the workplace because they don’t want to pay the price.”

And now we have women who leave the military because they don’t want to face the abuse.

This is telling us that the struggle should not be to have an equal place but to create a new place, a new way of being, where the best of the masculine and feminine principles complement each other for a harmonious and saner world.

Another important voice is that of Marianne Williamson, Democratic candidate for President of the United States. She quotes Gandhi: “Politics should be sacred”. She says this means, it should be approached from the level of the heart, the reverent, devotional aspect of ourselves. Would we not then take better care of our children, wage more peace than war? She does not emulate the male approach but speaks profound truths.  The media is completely ignoring this voice of the Divine Feminine.

There is indeed “much that needs undoing in belief systems”.

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Esoteric Lent 2019

[HBH] To “summon the Soul of Humanity to Life.”

I call you to prayer and to meditation for both are needed today, fusing as they do the emotional and mental bodies into one aspiring whole. I call you to discipline, for that is the meaning of fasting, and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time; this is so often a dream but not often a fact. Today, in the hour of the world’s need, aspirants and disciples who are willing to make at least consistent, persistent effort are needed by humanity and the Hierarchy.   (EOH, 353)

[JB] The Soul, with capital S, summons the Personality to experience and express the Life of the Monad. The soul, with lower case s, is the center of consciousness of the Personality.

The bridge between the soul, in the highest sub-plane of the concrete mind (the mental unit), and the highest sub-plane (atomic) of the abstract mind is the Antahkarana, woven by the Soul-infused Personality.

Prayer and meditation need a third vertex of action to complete the triad of service. In service, mind, emotion and skill in action converge on the physical plane to meet a need, human and planetary.

The Power of Meditation, the Loving Prayer and the Enlightened Action, in wise, loving and effective service. This fiery synthesis is Agni Yoga, the Practice of the Presence, “the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time.

This “call to the discipline of living at the highest possible point all the time – a (practice) for rising to and stabilizing higher consciousness in the upward spiral of the initiatory journey,” is Agni Yoga, a life lived from the constant “point of tension” of the Soul, the Angel of the Presence, in profound attentiveness, serene expectancy (Advent) and perfect adaptability.

Discipline and practice: two words that merit reflection. Discipline is an act of will. Practice is an act of love. Discipleship training involves both discipline and practice in order to skillfully serve.

“The initiate considers service as the spontaneous, easy expression of a definite soul contact, brought down on to the physical plane and giving insight, practicality and inspiration to the disciple as he works on the outer plane of expression.” – DINA I, 84

JB

From: Esoteric Advent
Sent: Monday, March 4, 2019 5:30 PM
Subject: Invitation to Esoteric Lent – Begins Wednesday March 6 – on the New Moon of Pisces

Dear Friends of Esoteric Advent,

This Wednesday, March 6 (Thursday, March 7 in the South Pacific) – on the New Moon of Pisces, we shall begin the sacred ritual process of Esoteric Lent – which is a “call to discipline” to “live at the highest possible point all the time”— in preparation for EASTER and the THREE ANNUAL FESTIVALS highlighting the year.  In this period, we shall move to unfold and stabilize yet another vibrational rung(s) on the ladder of the rising Christ – as individuals and as a consecrated Group, flowering the Soul of Humanity through which the Saving Force flows for all the Kingdoms of Nature.

In this purpose, when we work together as a group Soul, we summon the Soul of Humanity to Life.

Of this “call to discipline” the Master DK (MDK) has much to say to broaden our cooperation with Them.  Here follows an excerpt:

I call you to prayer and to meditation for both are needed today, fusing as they do the emotional and mental bodies into one aspiring whole. I call you to discipline, for that is the meaning of fasting, and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time; this is so often a dream but not often a fact. Today, in the hour of the world’s need, aspirants and disciples who are willing to make at least consistent, persistent effort are needed by humanity and the Hierarchy.   (EOH, 353)

We are in the preparatory years of the Advent and “Appearing” of the Great Ones and The Christ.  There is a balance needed between God Transcendent (what the Piscean Age brought forth) and The PRESENCE or God Immanent (what the Aquarian Age prescribes).  This too is an Advent – God Immanent is the manifestation of God through all forms:

“God Transcendent eternally exists, but can only be seen and known and correctly approached by God Immanent—immanent in individual man, in groups and nations, in organised forms and in religion, in humanity as a whole and in the planetary Life Itself.”    (EOH, 355/6)

In God Immanent, we manifest.  Between now and Easter Holy Week, the Esoteric Lent focus will be “a call” to the discipline of “living at the highest possible point all the time” – a training so to speak for rising to and stabilizing higher consciousness in the upward spiral of the initiatory journey —individually and as a consecrated Group in the rising Soul of Humanity. When we work together as a group Soul, soul-focused energy is greatly magnified. We work for Humanity as saviors in Christ.

In our preparations for the “Appearing” of the Great Ones and The Christ, let us be renewed in our call “to discipline” to “live at the highest possible point all the time.”

Halina Bak-Hughes and Sheldon Hughes for Esoteric Advent and the Soul Star Group

To participate, go to www.EsotericAdvent.org – Esoteric Lent