Monthly Archives: April 2014

DK on Experience & Truth

It is perhaps wise to remember here that, as a general rule, no one believes what others may tell him “no matter how apparent the truth or how much the person may protest that he accepts that truth. Only those truths which are wrought out individually in the crucible of experience really penetrate into the living consciousness and bear fruit. But in this group effort which we are undertaking, the fact that all in the group are made aware of what is said to the individual may prove most useful and produce much more rapid adjustments than could otherwise be the case” provided that, unitedly and in love, they will then help their fellow disciple to change the undesirable condition. I count on one thing only, my brothers, and that is your deep sincerity. It is not a negative thing (as some claim) to point out a fault or error. As the clear light of the soul pours in, it reveals the personality for what it is. If true dispassion is practised, this group of disciples can see things as they are and remain untouched by the revelation of the desirable or the undesirable qualities. If you are depressed or irritated or hurt by such revelation, it indicates a basic lack of dispassion and proves attachment to the personality and to the opinions of others.

From: Bailey, Alice (1944) Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, (p. 11). Lucis Trust.

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DK on the Spiritual Diary

You would find it useful to keep what might be called a spiritual diary. This does not involve the daily entering of the day’s events and has no relation to the happenings which may concern the personality. Note this. In this diary you should record the following:

1. Any spiritual experience which may come to you, such as contact with some Presence, either that of your own soul, the angel of the Presence, contact with some disciple and eventually when your life and work and discipline warrant it contact with one of the Masters. Record this in an impartial way, preserving the scientific attitude and seeking ever a practical explanation before accepting a mystical one. A spirit of agnosticism (not of atheism) is of real value to the beginner and preserves him from the snares of the world illusion and of lower psychism.

2. Any illumination which may come to you, throwing a flood of light upon a problem and revealing the way that you or the group should go. Any intuition which corroborated by the reason carries one forward into knowledge and evokes the wisdom of the soul and its registration by the brain, via the mind.

3. Any telepathic happenings between you and your fellow disciples. This telepathic interplay should be cultivated but it must be most carefully checked and counter-checked and the strictest accuracy preserved. Thus we shall have the fostering of the spirit of Truth, which is the governing principle of all true telepathic communication. An Ashram functions telepathically when fully and rightly organised.

4. Any phenomena of a mystical and spiritual kind should also be noted. The seeing of the light in the head comes under this category. Its brilliance should be noted, its growth and dimming; the hearing of the Voice of the Silence which is the voice of the soul but not of the subconscious; the registering of messages from the soul or from other disciples and world Servers; expansions of consciousness which initiate you into the conscious life of God, as it manifests through any forms and the hearing of the note of all beings. A close study of the third part of The Light of the Soul (the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) will indicate the type of phenomena which should find its place in this diary.

5. Any experiences of a psychic kind which do not come under any of the above headings. Those mentioned above come under the heading of the higher psychism and concern the higher psychic faculties, spiritual perception, intuitive knowledge, mental telepathy (and not the telepathy which is based upon the solar plexus activity). The lower psychic experiences can also be noted whether pleasant or unpleasant. Once noted, however, they should be forgotten for they are of no moment.

Days may go by and weeks with no record. Let this in no way disconcert you. The sensitivity of the mechanism of the soul to spiritual vibration has to be cultivated and existing sensitivity to lower psychic impressions has to be tuned out; so many voices clamour for attention, so many impressions emanating from the physical and astral forms around us register upon our consciousness, that the vibrations and sounds coming from the subjective and spiritual world are lost and not registered and recorded. You will find it interesting to note, at the end of a few years, the difference in the data recorded and the development of sensitivity to the right kind of impression. This can only be realised after much time has elapsed and much spurious material has been eliminated, after being recognised for what it is: astralism, spurious claims and thoughtforms.

From: Bailey, Alice (1944) Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, (pp.14-15). Lucis Trust.

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Vywamus on the Mahatma

Vywamus: “The Mahatma is a direct link to a greater state of awareness, and some of you , at first, may not see the difference between this and your Higher Self or connecting with the creator, with God. but I will say that it is more specific – more specifically attuned to what can be gained by your journey here on the Earth. It’s the difference between calling a consulting firm and saying, “I am connected with you” and having them do the work for you without your direct involvement.

Now, you have that connection, that link. You can reactivate it any time; you can call back. And if you are confused about what specifically you want, then the Mahatma energy is for you. It will search out what is needed within your subconscious mind before you even know that you need it consciously. It will begin to bring you the means to understand that next step. That is what is so important, so different about it.

Your soul certainly helps you in this regard. If you prefer the term Higher Self, it helps you in this regard also. But there is a group response from the Mahatma energy – a representation from each of the 352 levels from the Source of this Cosmic Day to the Earth level – which your Soul, in it’s connection with you physically, can’t yet bring to you on the physical plane.The Soul level is, of course, a part of that group expression on every level, but it is necessary to see that often Souls ask for help, and this is what has occurred. The Mahatma energy – the I AM Presence – was introduced to us because enough Earth Souls evoked that contact. It is a direct result of the Soul-level input.”

From: Grattan, Brian (1994) Mahatma I and II: The I AM Presence, p.18. Sedona, AZ: Light Technology Publishing.

 

DK on Freedom of the Soul

I promise no quick results. I undertake to provide no spectacular unfoldments. The results rest entirely with you. They depend upon your patience, your exactness in detail, the discipline which you are willing to impose upon your lives and your self-forgetfulness. May I beg of you to leave results alone and to work without attachment for you know not with exactitude what are my goals for you; may I beg you to desist from that constant self-analysis which is such an outstanding characteristic of the introspective, yet ambitious Occidental mystic…. What, therefore, is the position I take? That I, one of a great group of disciples “from the humblest aspirant up to the highest Member of the Hierarchy link humanity with the spiritual kingdom”can teach you the ancient rules and give suggestions to you so that you may travel more rapidly along the Path and arrive at greater usefulness to your fellowmen. There is not the slightest suggestion of authoritative pronouncement by a member of the Hierarchy who must be obeyed and whose word is infallible. Let this be remembered, otherwise work will not be possible, elements of danger may enter in and the present effort come to naught. My anonymity has always been preserved and will continue to be so though members of this group of disciples know me for who I am. You know me as a teacher, as a Tibetan disciple and as an initiate of a certain degree”what degree being of no importance to you at all. It is the teaching that I shall give you which will matter. I am an initiate into the mysteries of being. That statement in itself conveys information to those who know. You know also that I am in a human body, and am a resident of northern India. Let that suffice and let not curiosity blind you to the teaching.

We stand together in spiritual enterprise. All of you have voluntarily and without pressure stated your willingness to go forward into a more intensive spiritual life. This you must do in the freedom of your own souls and through the power of your own intellects. You will follow such instructions as seem to you reasonable and right but “when you do choose to follow them”you will attempt to fulfill the requirements with exactitude. You will analyse and question the requirements which from time to time come from me and you will accept no belief in their verbal inspiration. Language ever handicaps and limits. You will also be guided in your work by health and circumstance, and you will ever remember that Masters are made through the achieving of mastery and not through obedience to any person. You will bear in mind that I, your teacher, am not constantly aware of your physical condition or daily doings. I concern not myself with the affairs of the personality and those misguided aspirants who claim that the Masters are forever telling them what to do and are guiding them in their personal affairs are still far from the grade of accepted discipleship. You will remember that the light will shine into a mind that is self-controlled and free from the mental dominance of another mind. With these provisos clearly understood, let us pass on to the enunciation of certain principles and to a consideration of what it may be possible to do.

From: Bailey, Alice (1944) Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, (pp. 7-8). Lucis Trust.

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Initiation: Human & Solar

Initiation, or the process of undergoing an expansion of consciousness, is part of the normal process of evolutionary development, viewed on a large scale, and not from the standpoint of the individual.  When viewed from the individual standpoint it has come to be narrowed down to the moment wherein the evolving unit definitely apprehends that (by dint of his own effort, aided by the advice and suggestions of the watching Teachers of the race) he has reached a point wherein a certain range of knowledge of a subjective nature, from the physical plane point of view, is his.  It is in the nature of that experience wherein a pupil in a school realises suddenly that he has mastered a lesson, and that the rationale of a subject, and the method of procedure, are his to use intelligently.  These moments of intelligent apprehension follow the evolving Monad throughout his long pilgrimage.  What has been misinterpreted somewhat at this stage of comprehension is the fact that at various periods the emphasis is laid on different grades of expansion, and always the Hierarchy endeavours to bring the race to the point where its units will have some idea of the next step to be taken.

Each initiation marks the passing of the pupil in the Hall of Wisdom into a higher class, marks the clearer shining forth of the inner fire and the transition from one point of polarisation to another, entails the realisation of an increasing unity with all that lives and the essential oneness of the self with all selves.  It results in a horizon that continuously enlarges until it includes the sphere of creation; it is a growing capacity to see and hear on all the planes.  It is an increased consciousness of God’s plans for the world, and an increased ability to enter into those plans and to further them.  It is the effort in the abstract mind to pass an examination.  It is the honour class in the Master’s school, and is within the attainment of those souls whose karma permits and whose efforts suffice to fulfil the aim.

Initiation leads to the mount whence vision can be had, a vision of the eternal Now, wherein past, present, and future exist as one; a vision of the pageant of the races with the golden thread of pedigree carried through the many types; a vision of the golden sphere that holds in unison all the many evolutions of our system, deva, human, animal, vegetable, mineral, and elemental, and through which the pulsating life can be clearly seen beating in regular rhythm; a vision of the Logoic thoughtform on the archetypal plane, a vision that grows from initiation to initiation until it embraces all the solar system.

Initiation leads to the stream that, once entered, sweeps a man onward until it carries him to the feet of the Lord of the World, to the feet of his Father in Heaven, to the feet of the three-fold Logos.

Initiation leads to the cave within whose circumscribing walls the pairs of opposites are known, and the secret of good and evil is revealed.  It leads to the Cross and to that utter sacrifice which must transpire before perfect liberation is attained, and the initiate stands free of all earth’s fetters, held by naught in the three worlds.  It leads through the Hall of Wisdom, and puts into a man’s hands the key to all information, systemic and cosmic, in graduated sequence.  It reveals the hidden mystery that lies at the heart of the solar system.  It leads from one state of consciousness to another.  As each state is entered the horizon enlarges, the vista extends, and the comprehension includes more and more, until the expansion reaches a point where the self embraces all selves, including all that is “moving and unmoving,” as phrased by an ancient Scripture.

Initiation involves ceremony.  It is this aspect that has been emphasised in the minds of men, perhaps a little to the exclusion of the true significance.  Primarily it involves the capacity to see, hear, and comprehend, and to synthesise and correlate knowledge.  It does not necessarily involve the development of the psychic faculties, but it does entail the inner comprehension that sees the value underlying the form, and recognises the purpose of pervading circumstances.  It is the capacity that senses the lesson to be learnt from any given occurrence and event, and that by means of these comprehensions and recognitions effects an hourly, weekly, yearly growth and expansion.  This process of gradual expansion—the result of the definite effort and strenuous right thinking and living of the aspirant himself and not of some occult teacher performing an occult rite—leads to what one might term a crisis.

At this crisis, which necessitates the aid of a Master, a definite act of initiation is performed, which (acting on a particular centre) produces a result on some one body.  It keys the atoms to a certain pitch, and enables a new rate of rhythm to be attained.

This ceremony of initiation marks a point of attainment.  It does not bring about attainment, as is so often the misconception.  It simply marks the recognition by the watching Teachers of the race of a definite point in evolution reached by the pupil, and gives two things:—

1. An expansion of consciousness that admits the personality into the wisdom attained by the Ego, and in the higher initiations into the consciousness of the Monad.

2. A brief period of enlightenment wherein the initiate sees that portion of the Path that lies ahead to be trodden, and wherein he shares consciously in the great plan of evolution.

After initiation, the work to be done consists largely in making that expansion of consciousness part of the equipment for the practical use of the personality, and in mastering that portion of the path that has yet to be traversed.

***BAILEY, ALICE A. (1951) Initiation, Human and Solar, pp. 9-15. LUCIS TRUST. (Dedicated with reverence and gratitude to the Master K. H.)

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Chart — The Seven Planes of Our Solar System, The Constitution of Man

The constitution of man, as considered in the following pages, is basically threefold, as follows:—

I. The Monad, or pure Spirit, the Father in Heaven.

This aspect reflects the three aspects of the Godhead:

1. Will or Power……………..The Father.

2. Love-wisdom……………..The Son.

3. Active Intelligence………..The Holy Spirit.

and is only contacted at the final initiations, when man is nearing the end of his journey and is perfected.  The Monad reflects itself again in

II. The Ego, Higher Self, or Individuality.

This aspect is potentially

1. Spiritual Will………………Atma.

2. Intuition…………………….Buddhi,

Love-wisdom, the Christ principle.

3. Higher or abstract Mind………..Higher Manas.

The Ego begins to make its power felt in advanced men, and increasingly on the Probationary Path until by the third initiation the control of the lower self by the higher is perfected, and the highest aspect begins to make its energy  felt.

The Ego reflects itself in

III. The Personality, or lower self, physical plane man.

This aspect is also threefold:—

1. A mental body…………….lower manas.

2. An emotional body………astral body.

3. A physical body………….the dense physical and the etheric body.

The aim of evolution is therefore to bring man to the realisation of the Egoic aspect and to bring the lower nature under its control.

***BAILEY, ALICE A. (1951) Initiation, Human and Solar, p.1. LUCIS TRUST. (Dedicated with reverence and gratitude to the Master K. H.)

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DK on Love

DK: “Watch with care your thoughts about each other, and kill out at once all suspicion, all criticism and seek to hold each other unwaveringly in the light of love. You have no idea of the potency of such an effort or of its power to release each other’s bonds and to lift the group to an exceedingly high place. By the pure light of love for each other, you can draw nearer to me and to the teachers on the subjective side of life and arrive more rapidly at that Gate which opens on the lighted Way. You have the opportunity to demonstrate to each other the scientific value and power of love, regarded as a force in nature. Make this demonstration your endeavour. You will thus release for each other all that is needed to bring about potent and vital changes in the life patterns and purpose of the group members. Love is not a sentiment or an emotion nor is it desire or a selfish motive for right action in daily life. Love is the wielding of the force which guides the worlds and which leads to the integration, unity and inclusiveness which impels Deity itself to action. Love is a hard thing to cultivate—such is the inherent selfishness of human nature; it is a difficult thing to apply to all conditions of life and its expression will demand of you the utmost you have to give and the stamping out of your selfish personal activities.”

From: Bailey, Alice (1944) Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, p.10. Lucis Trust.

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