Esotericism or redemption is not of a mystical and vague nature. It is a science- the science of the soul of all things- and has its terminology, experiments, deductions and laws, just as modern science, but just on a higher level. In the future, it will become one with modern science. It is the science of the animating consciousness found throughout nature and on those levels which lie outside the territory usually called nature. Every level of awareness, from the highest to the lowest, is an aspect of the cosmic physical plane, and is therefore material in nature, and definitely tangible and formed of creative substance. The esotericist is dealing with that living, vibrant substance of which the worlds are made and which – inherited as it is from a previous solar system- is coloured by past events, and is already tinged with karma. The physical plane is not regarded as a principle, [part of the body of manifestation of a Soul] by the esotericist who is occupied in discovering and working with those principles which energise each level of the cosmic physical plane and which are, in reality, aspects of the qualified [soul] life energy which is working in and through unprincipled substance. He must become aware of that which has been the source of form production on any specific level and to develop within himself the needed responsiveness and sensitivity to the quality [soul] of the one life which animates the planet and within Whose activity we live and move and have our being. He learn to differentiate between the quality [level of development] or karmic predispositions of the, unprincipled, substance of which his form and all forms are made, and the qualified [soul] principles which are seeking expression through those forms and, incidentally, to redeem, salvage and purify them so that the substance of the next solar system will be of a higher order than that of the present one, and more responsive to the will aspect of the Logos.
Thus, esotericism is the science of redemption, and of this all World Saviours are the everlasting symbol and exponents [explainers or ambassadors]. It was to redeem substance and its forms that the planetary Logos came into manifestation, and the entire Hierarchy with its great Leader, the Christ [the present word Symbol], might be regarded as a hierarchy of redeemers, skilled in the science of redemption. It is the redemption of unprincipled substance, its creative, restoration and spiritual integration, which is Their goal. Their activity will produce a great spiritual and planetary fusion, of which the fusion of personality and soul is the symbol in the microcosmic sense. We can see by this the close relation between the work of the individual aspirant or disciple as he redeems, salvages and purifies his threefold body of manifestation and the work of the planetary Logos as He performs a similar task in connection with the “three periodical vehicles” with which He works: His personality vehicle, His soul expression and His monadic aspect.
These concepts give to all living, a true meaning and a sense of useful activity about life. We are part of a great redemptive activity, which includes not only our own individual redemption but is also a constructive part of a great scheme of redemption up to a cosmic scale. When we have reached the end of our quest- than we have redeemed our lower bodies. The same goes for the planetary Logos and solar Logos.
The forces of evolution are the main redeemer and as we start to work with the Plan, we become part of it. Humanity, the fourth kingdom in nature, is the planetary saviour of the three lower subhuman kingdoms. The ultimate function of the human kingdom is in applying the Will of God to those kingdoms in execution of the divine Plan; of the lifting, releasing or redeeming of the “lives” evolving through the forms of those kingdoms. We are already doing this work through the domestication of animals and the cultural work taking place in the vegetable kingdom.
The esotericist is working with energies, their manipulation, and their use. All these energies are redemptive in nature once we have grasped the divine pattern and submitted the lower energies to the higher energies, thus redeeming the lower energies through the medium of the higher. He uses the forces of the third aspect [that of intelligent substance] as recipients of the energies of the two higher aspects and, in so doing, salvages substance. This forms a vast system of relationships. As we work redemptionly, we proceed from one relationship to another, producing a steady expanding consciousness or awareness, until the redemptive, creative whole dawns upon us as the glory of God.
“Eventually, the solar Lords, through mind [manas] will control the lunar lords of elemental substance, and not alone their own but that which looks to them for aid. Thus will redemption come to all through man, and thus the glory of the Lord of Life be seen”.
This theme of redemption [which underlies all the initiatory processes] is hidden in the karmic responsibilities of Sanat Kumara; stage by stage, initiation by initiation, the disciple arrives at an understanding of redemption. First of all, he learns to bring about the redemption of his threefold personality; then the concept enlarges along paralleling lines as he seeks the redemption of his fellow-men; later, he shares the redemptive work connected with all true hierarchical endeavour and becomes an “active part of a redeeming Ashram”. At the later initiations of Revelation, he sees with a new clarity some of the karmic liabilities which have led the planetary Logos to create this planet of suffering, sorrow, pain and struggle; he realises then [and with joy] that this little planet is essentially unique in its purpose and its techniques, and that on it and within it [if you could but penetrate below the surface] a great redemptive experiment is going forward; its prime implementing factors and its scientific agents are the “sons of mind who choose to be sons of men and yet for all eternity remain the Sons of God” these “sons of mind” were chosen, in that far distant time when the fourth kingdom in nature came into being, to carry forward the science of redemption. There is a true historical and spiritually esoteric significance in the words in The New Testament that the “whole creation groaneth and travaileth together in pain until now, waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God”. St Paul is there referring to planetary purpose and to the determined insistence of the Sons of God that eventually-as they brought about the redemption of substance, of matter and form, and thus proved the possibility of that redemption through their own transfigured personalities-their reward should be their eventual manifestation as expressions of divinity. For this purpose and with this goal in view, they instituted the great evolutionary process of initiation, thus producing, a continuity of revelation and of enlightenment. In reality, the period of time at which the final initiation is undergone is simply a climaxing, triumphant demonstration of the realisation and purpose of all past experiences; it is fulfilment [by the One Initiator] of the first promise ever made to the “sons of mind” when they originally started their redemptive work, and is “a sudden blazing forth of the individual glory and its merging at initiation with the glory of the whole.
One attainment leads to another; out of the lower kingdoms man has emerged, and [as a result of human struggle] the kingdom of God will also appear. The bringing in of that kingdom is all that truly concerns humanity today, and all living processes in mankind are bent towards preparing each individual human being to pass into that kingdom. We may gain knowledge that there may be greater manifestations than even the Kingdom of God may be inspiring, but that is all. The manifestation of the Kingdom of God on Earth, the preparing of the way for its great Inaugurator, the Christ, the making possible the externalisation of the Hierarchy upon Earth give us each and all a fully adequate task and something for which to live and work, to dream and to aspire.
Thus, through man, redemption is brought to the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms. Eventually the whole word will be redeemed
I must keep on telling myself: “All the above, TAKES A LONG TIME.”
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