Esoteric Science and Philosophy

Esoteric Science and Philosophy

The work of Alice A. Bailey, H.P. Blavatsky and Master D.K.

And other esoteric groups.

Explored by EDGEBA

 Disclaimer: I am a private individual with no ties to Lucis Trust, the Arcane School, the Theosophical Society or any other organization anymore. All insinuations and speculative ideas expressed are entirely my own as well as those of the authors of the articles that I might include from time to time. I take full responsibility for the contents on my website and has no intention to insult any personality or race in my exploration and search for truth. EDGEBA

 

The intention of this website is to try and lift the veil on the work of the most outstanding authors, that the world has ever seen, on subjects like esoteric sciences, Eastern Religions, the occult, mysticism, psychism, mediumship or in short the Ageless Wisdom Teachings. You will find many “experts” on the net that will give you information on the authors and their shortcomings. This is mostly from people associated with one or other religion that still tries to cling to old out-dated ideas that are not relevant in the world anymore. They attack the messengers and have never read any of the messages in the books accept in some cases where they use quotes that came under their attention from somebody else who have read a book halfway without understanding its contents properly. These quotes are then being used out of context by a band of people who are unwittingly working for the dark side because they interfere with the spreading of knowledge into a world that is in the grip of ignorance and greed because there is no light. They believe they are doing well, so we must not be hard on them. People fail to distinguish between right and wrong because they do not know better.

This site is not about the Messengers, but about their work: “The way of Holiness.” “To cease from sin, to acquire virtue, to purify the heart, to serve the world.”

“Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born

And not within thyself, thy soul will be forlorn.

The Cross on Golgotha thou lookest to in vain

Unless, within thyself, it be set up again.”

Herein [as expressed by Angelus Silesius during the Middle Ages] lies the heart of true religion, which is less of theology, creed, blind faith and outer observances than of deep interior experience. Biblical narratives were well aware of this fact, and had themselves attained to profound mystical illumination.

We all know what philosophy is but what is esoteric science?

In EDUCATION IN THE NEW AGE, we read the following:

The basic approach for all who endeavour to grasp esotericism, or to teach esoteric students, is to lay the emphasis upon the world of energies and to recognise that behind all happenings in the world of phenomena [and by that I mean the three worlds of human evolution, the physical, the emotional or astral and the mental], exists the world of energies; these are of the greatest diversity and complexity, but all of them move and work under the Law of Cause and Effect.

The first task of the esotericist is to comprehend the nature of the energies which are seeking to condition him, and which work out into expression on the physical plane through the medium of his equipment, or his vehicle of manifestation. The esoteric student has, therefore, to grasp that:

1.             He is an aggregation of force, inherited and conditioned by what he has been, plus a great antagonistic force which is not a principle and which we call the physical body.

2.             He is sensitive to and should be increasingly aware of certain energies, at present unknown and of no use to him; of these he must eventually become aware, if he is to move deeper into the world of hidden forces. They may be energies which, for him, would be evil were he to work with them, and these must be distinguished and discarded; there are others which he must learn to use, for they would prove beneficial and would increase his knowledge, and should therefore be regarded as good. Bear in mind, however, that energies per se are neither bad nor good. The Great White Lodge, our spiritual Hierarchy, and the Black Lodge employ the same universal energies but with different motives and objectives; both groups are groups of trained esotericists.

The Esotericist in training has, therefore:

1.             To become aware of the nature of the forces which constitute his personality equipment and which he himself magnetically brought into expression in the three worlds. They form a combination of active forces; he must learn to differentiate between strictly physical energy, which is automatic in its response to other and inner energies, and those which come from emotional and mental levels of consciousness, focusing through the etheric body which, in turn, motivates and galvanises his physical vehicle into certain activities.

2.             To become sensitive to the impelling energies of the soul, emanating from the higher mental levels. These seek to control the forces of the threefold man when a certain definite point in evolution is reached.

3.             To recognise the conditioning energies in his environment, seeing them not as events or circumstances but as energy in action; by this means he learns to find his way behind the scene of outer happenings into the world of energies, seeking contact and qualifying for the bringing about of certain activities. He thus acquires entrance into the world of meaning. Events, circumstances, happenings and physical phenomena of every kind are simply symbols of what is occurring in the inner worlds, and it is into these worlds that the esotericist must enter as far as his perception permits; he will sequentially discover worlds which will call for his scientific penetration.

4.             For the majority of aspirants, the Hierarchy itself remains an esoteric realm which demands discovery and which will accept penetration. [As the Kingdom of God or the Fifth kingdom. This, the Esotericist has to do.]

 

 So, as you can see, Esotericism is not in any way of a mystical and vague nature. It is a science; essentially the science of the soul of all things. The Esotericist is dealing with substance all the time; he

is concerned with that living, vibrant substance of which the worlds are made off and which, inherited as it is from a previous solar system, is coloured by past events, and is already tinged with karma. He is occupied and working with those principles which energise each level of the cosmic physical plane and which are, in reality, aspects of the qualified life energy which is working in and through unprincipled substance. His task is to shift the focus of his attention

 away from the substance-form side of existence and to become aware of that which has been the source of form production on any specific level. It is his task to develop within himself the deeded responsiveness and sensitivity to the quality of the life dominating any form until he arrives eventually at the quality of the ONE LIFE which animates the planet and within Whose activity we live and move and have our being.

The Tibetan goes on with the following words:

 

 I would ask all esotericists to live redemptive lives, to unfold their innate mental sensitivity, and to work continuously with the meaning which is to be found behind all individual, community, national and world affairs. If this is done, then the light will suddenly and increasingly shine upon your ways. You can become light-bearers, knowing then that “in that light you will see Light” – and so will your fellowmen.

 

 

 

BOOKS BY ALICE A BAILEY

 

THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE ATOM

In this book the scientific relation of matter and consciousness is discussed as evolution progressively affects the atomic substance of all forms. This book provides an intelligent basis to the occultist for a study of consciousness in depth and in the right relation to the life pattern of the Universe. The “atom” emerges as a miniature but complete replica of the energy structure common to all forms of life—cosmic, planetary, human and subhuman. Groupings and relationships are shown as they exist on a small and on a vast scale within the evolutionary process, and the effects of energy interplay on the whole structure of consciousness.

THE DESTINY OF THE NATIONS

World problems are increasing in complexity as the population of the world increases, and as nations become inter-related and interdependent. It is important for the future of mankind that we understand and cooperate with the spiritual laws and forces at work within the interwoven structure of civilisation, so that the individual part—human and nation—can be rightly related to the evolving whole.

A nation is subject, as a man is, to the impact of energies emanating from solar and cosmic sources. These energies influence the nation as a whole through the “mechanism of response” equivalent to the Monad-soul-personality constitution of a man. Different nations are more receptive to some energies than to others; and all nations, subject to the evolution of national consciousness, have a destiny before them which is literally based on the qualities and the principles of the particular ray energy seeking expression through the national soul.

A recognition of the soul destiny of nations in the light of the teaching in this book, has a practicality today in our search for international adjustments. The ray qualities affecting the peoples of the world can be used intelligently to promote understanding and unity.

DISCIPLESHIP IN THE NEW AGE, VOLUME I AND II

These two volumes contain the record of a series of personal and group instructions given to a small group of aspirants over a period of fifteen years by a Master of Wisdom. They contain detailed teachings on Meditation, initiation and six stages of Discipleship. They emphasise the new age pioneering necessity for group work, the development of group consciousness, and the change in training for initiation from individuals to discipleship groups.

EDUCATION IN THE NEW AGE

Education is, or should be, a continuous process from birth to death concerned not so much with the acquisition of knowledge as with the expansion of consciousness. Knowledge of itself is a dead end, unless it is brought into functioning relationship with environment, social responsibilities, historical trends, human and world conditions and, above all, with the evolution of consciousness which brings the infinite vastness of an unknown universe within the range of the finite human mind.

We can say that education is a continuous process of learning how to reconcile the human and the divine elements in the constitution of man, creating right relationship between God and man, spirit and matter, the whole and the part.

Therefore, this book includes a brief final chapter on “the science of the Antahkarana”, that is, with the creative effort to bridge in consciousness between the lower analytical, knowledge-gathering mind, the soul, and the higher mind which is an aspect of divine Self, the spiritual man. This is a scientific process which can be studied and practiced as a meditation technique, combined with the effort to apply spiritual principles to the daily life under any and all circumstances.

THE EXTERNALISATION OF THE HIERARCHY

This book, as one of its many values, shows the extent to which Hierarchy and other centres of life on the planet are dependent upon the unpredictable and often irresponsible factor of human free will. According to law, the Hierarchy—even at danger point—could not infringe human free will and dictate or impose a course of action based on their own deeper knowledge and more profound insight.

The energies at work behind the world scene are shown; and the identity revealed of certain great Beings magnetically attracted in service towards this planet at a climaxing moment in the evolution of our planetary life. Some of these energy factors are particularly clear in the special “Massages” given over a period of many years at the time of the Festivals of Easter, Wesak and the Christ. Many aspects of Hierarchial work, thought and planning are discussed in these Messages, with the Hierarchial effect shown of planetary evolution and initiation and its reflection into humanity.

We are helped to understand what the interdependence of life on this planet really signifies in terms of love, sacrifice and service by the part to the needs of the whole.

FROM BETHLEHEM TO CALVARY

The five initiations of the Master Jesus during His life in Palestine are known as the Birth, Baptism, Transfiguration, crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. Through these five stages on the Way, we follow the Master from Bethlehem to Calvary. These experiences are both symbolic and actual, setting guideposts along the way of the disciple. They exemplify the experience of the human soul through the five stages of its spiritual journey and can be invaluable to individual man facing the vast span of the same five-fold experience.

FROM INTELLECT TO INTUITION

The development of the intellect, while necessary, is a means to an end. The intellect should become a means of penetrating into new dimensions of thought and consciousness, and of awakening the intuitive faculty of “pure reason”. Through occult meditation the gap is bridged between the threefold mind and the intuition.

GLAMOUR: A WORLD PROBLEM

This book deals with the misconceptions existing on all levels of the personality life—maya on the etheric level; glamour on the emotional plane; and illusion on the mental plane; climaxing in the sum total of all three combined in the personality—the so-called dweller on the threshold. A higher form of energy must be brought to bear on the blocked condition. This means in practical terms, maya must be subjected to the inspiration and idealism of the emotional plane; glamour to the illumination of the mental plane; illusion to the light of the intuition, a buddhic energy; and the dweller on the threshold must be confronted by the Angel of the Presence, the Soul.

As this clarity and transformation of the personality proceed in the individual, he can begin to serve consciously, preferably in group formation, to lift and enlighten the world.

INITIATION, HUMAN AND SOLAR

An initiation is an expansion of consciousness—a means of opening the mind and heart to a recognition of what already exist in reality.

One of the great values of this book is that it stretches the mind towards a new conception of the intense activity involved at all levels of consciousness on the planet to create conditions in which evolutionary growth can proceed. The work of the Planetary Hierarchy, and some of the responsible workers within the Hierarchy, is outlined in a way which brings everyday human life into focus as an outer expression of qualified purpose through the Ashrams of the Masters. The Inter-relationship and interaction of many kingdoms and certain centres of consciousness are revealed as tending towards the complete integration and alignment of our Planetary Logos within the systemic whole.  

LETTERS ON OCCULT MEDITATION

Meditation, in the occult sense, is not only a training technique for the mind, but a means of achieving alignment, union and identification with the soul, with the Christ, and ultimately with “the Father”. As distinct from the experience of mystical union, occult meditation establishes a scientific process by which causes set in motion will produce identifiable effects which can be repeated at will. this is a technique to be mastered by the mind; it involves intense mental activity followed by an absolute stillness, with the ability so to control and order the mind that it engages in action or becomes stilled to “reflection” at will.

THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL

In this book the factor of mind in meeting present-day needs is given prominence as the agent of the soul, and the key to personality release. These Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are based on Raja Yoga, the “kingly science of the soul”: “Through the science of Raja Yoga the mind will be known as the instrument of the soul and the means whereby the brain of the aspirant becomes illuminated and knowledge gained of those matters which concern the realm of the soul.”

Patanjali explores exhaustively the means, the techniques and the mental posture which create the connecting thread between the form-centred personality and these stages towards spiritual achievement and soul fusion. The four parts of the book developed: [1] The Problem of Union, [2] The Steps to Union, [3] Union Achieved and Its Results, [4] Illumination.

Sutra 31 of Part 4 rings out like a bell and a clarion call to those who venture on the path of union with the soul. “When through the removal of hindrances and the purification of the sheaths, the totality of knowledge becomes available, naught further remains for the man to do.”

PROBLEMS OF HUMANITY

Six basic world problems, with many ramifications, continue to present humanity with opportunity for progress. A perspective on these problems is shown in this book. The spiritual factors and subjective causes are related to outer appearances and effects on the world scene.

THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST

Many religions today expect the coming of an Avatar or Saviour. The second coming of Christ, as the world Teacher for the Age of Aquarius, is presented in this book as an imminent event that is logical and practical in the continuity of divine revelation throughout the ages. The Christ belongs to all mankind, and can be known and understood as “the same great identity in all the world religions”.

THE SOUL AND ITS MECHANISM

It is an established and accepted occult fact that the soul works through the mechanism of the three-fold personality in stimulating the three worlds of human evolution—the mental, the emotional and etheric/physical planes of consciousness.

It is said that the aspirant to discipleship really needs to know only two things: the constitution of man and the next step ahead. In this book the way the human constitution actually functions in its component parts is made abundantly clear. It is an accepted goal for the aspirant that he learns to make of his personality equipment an instrument for the soul to use. 

TELEPATHY AND THE ETHERIC VEHICLE

The entire subject of telepathic communication can be approached under a more subjective designation or name, but one which is interpretive of the more universal and prior stage than that of direct telepathic reception. The occultist ever approaches the subject connected with the evolutionary process from the angle of the whole and then the part, from the periphery to the centre, from the universal to the particular. Among themselves, the Masters do not deal with telepathy as a science warranting consideration, endeavour and impartation; they are concerned primarily with the Science of Impression.

A TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE

In her foreword to this book, the author mentions a five-fold purpose within its teaching: briefly: [1] To provide a compact and skeleton outline of a scheme of cosmology, philosophy and psychology which may serve as a reference and textbook; [2] as an elucidation of the relation between Spirit and Matter, demonstrating as consciousness; [3]  To show the coherent development of all that is found within a solar system and to demonstrate that everything evolves: [4] To give practical information about focal points of energy found in the etheric bodies of the Solor Logos, the macrocosm, and of man, the microcosm: [5] To give some information of the place and work of those sentient lifes who form the essence of objectivity, and to indicate the nature of Hierarchies of Existences who form out of their own substance all that is seen and known.

These five objectives, and more, the book encompasses; for the effect in the individual consciousness is such that theories become transcended and the mind begins to experience through contemplative thought what the words on paper reveal to the intelligence. The finite human mind can touch its cosmic origins and its fiery essence when it opens to the three cosmic Laws of Synthesis, of Attraction and of Economy.

A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS

Five volumes have been written under the overall title of A Treatise on the Seven Rays. They are based on the fact, the nature, the quality and the interrelationship of the seven streams of energy pervading our solar system, our planet and all that lives and moves within its orbit.

ESOTERIC PSYCHOLOGY, VOLUMES I AND II

From the point of view of esoteric psychology, evolution is the evolution of consciousness, by which the imbedded fragment of the soul within the personality progressively identifies its spiritual source and becomes at-one with it.

The second volume deals exhaustively with the ray qualities controlling the life, consciousness and appearance of a human being on the physical plane. The first part of the book dealing with the Egoic Ray, including sections on [1] The growth of soul influence; [2] The seven laws of soul or group life; [3] the five groups of souls and [4] Rules for inducing soul control. While the second part on The Ray of the Personality, contains detailed teaching on [1] The appropriation of the bodies; [2] The coordination of the personality; [3] Some problems fo psychology and [4] Diseases and problems of disciples and mystics.

The final part of this volume on ‘Humanity Today’ anchors these pervasive thoughts and energies within the world arena. The world situation is viewed from the esoteric and Hierarchical angle and in relation to the requirements of the dawning new  Age of Aquarius. A synthesis of thought and a unity of purpose must be established in the world in order to create conditions in which peace can prosper and the Christ can reappear with the externalisation of the Hierarchy.

ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY, VOLUME III

The science of esoteric astrology is said to be the basic occult science of the future. Astrology is described in this book as “the science of relationships”, a science which deals with those conditioning energies and forces which play through and upon the whole field of space and all that is found within it.

ESOTERIC HEALING, VOLUME IV

Esoteric healing is a science baced on a number of requirements, including knowledge of the constitution of man and the nature of the various bodies, both dense and subtle. To this practical knowledge, the science of occultism contributes vital information of the energy factors, the karmic and ray influences, the psychology and astrology of the soul, and the laws and rules fundamental to the safe and successful practice of esoteric healing.

In this book the seven ray techniques of healing are described; the laws and rules of healing are enumerated and discussed; the requirements for healing are given in detail; and the basic causes of disease are shown. We learn, for example, that much disease can be karmic in origin; that certain diseases are inherent in the soil and in the substance of the planet; and that many others are psychological, arising in the emotional or mental bodies. Hence the need for a total and comprehensive understanding both of the patient and of the correct and safe methods of healing.

We are also given a true understanding of death as the abstraction, or the withdrawal, of the soul from the body to continue life on its own plane without the limitation of the body, until a new cycle of incarnation and experience in form is necessary.

THE RAYS AND THE INITIATIONS, VOLUME V

This final volume of A Treatise on the Seven Rays, contains the fundamental spiritual structure on which the next presentation of the Ageless Wisdom teaching will build. The book is in two parts; the first part enumerates and details the Fourteen Rules for Group Initiation. These are the rules for disciples and initiates, paralleling on a higher turn of the spiral the rules for applicants contained in the book ‘Initiation, Human and Solar”. The second part of this volume is concerned with the Rays and the initiations, those nine major expansions of consciousness through which the initiate becomes progressively liberated from the various forms of our planetary life, ultimately proceeding upon his chosen Path of development and service within the universe.

A TREATISE ON WHITE MAGIC

This book contains the Fifteen rules for Magic, and for soul control, based on these words in the Bhagavad-Gita: “Though I am Unborn, the Soul that passes not away, though I am the Lord of Being, yet as Lord over My nature I become manifest, through the magical power of the Soul.”

The soul unmanifest in its essential being, manifest through the nature of its personality equipment, is always a source of mystery. It evades the analytical concrete mind: it reveals its true self to the illumined mind fused with the open heart, seeking not to grasp and to hold for personal progress, but to wield the magical power in service. The power of the soul is always available to the one who seeks, as an aspirant to accepted discipleship, to become of practical service in his own peculiar times, state and environment.

 The book closes with a rousing call to the soul in all aspirants: “I close with an appeal to all who read these instructions, to rally their forces, to renew their vows of dedication to the service of humanity, to subordinate their own ideas and wishes to the group good, to take their eyes off themselves and fix them anew upon the vision….Let all students make up their minds in this day of emergency and of opportunity to sacrifice all they have to the helping of humanity.”

THE LABOURS OF HERCULES

The story of the dramatic experience of the great and ancient Son of God, Herakles, will give a synthetic picture of the progress of the soul from ignorance to wisdom, from material desire to spiritual achievement……. Its theme will be found to be so inclusive that all of us, struggling in our present modern life, can make application to ourselves of the test and trails, the failures and achievements of this heroic Figure, who strove, centuries ago, towards the same goal as e do.

A secondary object of this study is to present an aspect of astrology which will differ from that usually expressed. We shall trace the story of Hercules as he passed through the twelve signs of the Zodiac. In each sign he expressed its characteristics, and in each sign, he achieved some fresh knowledge of himself, and through that knowledge demonstrated the power of the sign and acquired the gifts which the sign conferred. In each of the signs we shall find him surmounting his natural tendencies, controlling and governing his destiny, and demonstrating the fact that the stars incline, but do not control.

THE UNFINISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Although her death in December 1949 prevented the completion of this book, enough of the author’s life story emerges to show the stages in her journey from Christian evangelism to mastery of the science of esotericism and her work as an author, lecturer and teacher.

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